Since its beginnings on Netflix, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has delivered three years of superb animated television. The second and third season only suffering from their split format, which left the story arc shared between them feel short and somewhat unresolved by the end of season two. But now the show is back with its fourth season, an epic 13 episode arc that will leave fans breathless, beaming with joy and weeping in distress.
In this age of streaming services, platforms such as Netflix and Hulu have given us some amazing material to enjoy in the comfort of our own homes. With Netflix even using their services to create amazing original content, such as the recently released Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Constructed as a prequel to the now iconic cult film, the new 10 part series allows us a glimpse at the magical planet of Thra decades before it became the desolate wasteland we know it as in the original film. In this past Thra, the Gelfling are thriving but living under the rule of the cruel Skeksis, who still hold control of the crystal of truth.
Here it finally is! After months of beautifully shot teasers, we finally have our official first trailer for the ninth season of American Horror Story (subtitled: 1984). It seems that Ryan Murphy has finally realised that there is now a universal interest in the 1980’s, although arguably even that obsession is now nearing its end. As a past fan of the show, I can happily state that I found this trailer to be the weakest we have ever had. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that this trailer doesn’t feel like it belongs to AHS at all.
Being a huge fan of the animated Teen Titans television show (and I mean the original) I was both shocked and sceptical when I started watching the live-action TV show Titans which was one of the first properties to be produced by DC’s new streaming service. Unlike the cartoon, which was willing to tread some dark territory, the show went full-on extreme in terms of the amount of violence and gore on screen. The characters constantly spouted profanities and there was even some graphic sexual content. The show also seemed to be following a group of characters who were not the ones I grew up with. Raven was not the monotone badass, Starfire was not the wide-eyed alien princess and Robin was not the usual boy wonder. And honestly, I kinda liked it. The show had its issues but it was also a fun and easy watch and I genuinely found some of the characters’ overhauling’s to be interesting and in tone with the rest of the show. And after what was a rather big cliff hanger ending, I am excited to see the second season trailer promising so much more than we got in season one.
2019 has been a year of cinematic landmarks, it is the year that saw Avengers: Endgame take the coveted place of highest-grossing movie of all time, finally knocking James Cameron’s Avatar into second place. It is also the year that, as a universal audience, we waved goodbye to the most successful television show of all time. Yes, this is another Game of Thrones post, but don’t worry, I won’t spend over 1000 words explaining why the final season was a convoluted mess – again. No, instead I’m here to talk about the show’s upcoming spin-off Blood Moon, which right now is the working title, which means it could change to something a bit more interesting. But for now it’s Blood Moon.
Since the end of Game of Thrones, it has been clear that HBO has been searching for the next big thing to replace their global success. Westworld can be seen as the beginning of this, with the show finally returning for its third season next year. And now HBO have unveiled there next attempt to fill in the dragon-shaped hole left behind by Game of Thrones – and it’s called Watchmen.
Another year is almost at an end. Right now we are slowly moving into the summer season, which means that it won’t be long before we reach the final cold months before 2020. And with another year, we get another season of the hit Netflix show, Stranger Things, which still remains to be one of the streaming services most inventive and lucrative properties.
Black Mirror, as a television show, has taken the world by storm. Starting off as a eerily constructed dystopian anthology on Channel 4, the show is now one of the most popular Netflix properties. So, you can only imagine everyone’s excitement upon learning that the show would be returning to our screens with a fifth season. A fifth season that arguably recalls the show’s humble beginnings on British television. Unlike the previous two Netflix commissioned seasons, this one is only made up of three episodes, each one playing out like a well-made short film.
Having now watched the first three episodes of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone redux, I have to say that the show is beginning to feel a little bit like de-ja-vu.
The first three episodes all seem to follow the basic narrative structure. A character discovers that they possess some kind of reality altering ability, they then exploit that ability for either good or bad effect. In the case of the first two episodes, these abilities were used in negative ways, with both main characters (who are both male) eventually meeting their own sticky ends. So it is admittedly refreshing to see this formula being presented from the opposite way, with a female main character using her ability for acts of good. As this is the basic premise of the show’s third episode ‘Replay’ – which may be the best episode I have seen so far.
For a while it seemed that Marvel literally dominated everything. Not only were there movies ruling the cinema and global box office, but their tv shows were also taking over every channel and streaming service.
I for one was happy with this, especially when it comes to the Netflix shows. In many ways, the four Marvel shows we got on the site were the beginning of their own little Marvel Universe, with the release of The Defenders, symbolising the television equivalent of The Avengers. But with the kickstart of Disney’s own online streaming service, it appeared that there was no longer any interest in keeping these shows afloat. In the space of only a month, we saw the cancellation of all four shows – with Jessica Jones being the last to bid farewell.