Tag: Scifi

OFFWORLDER #1 (REVIEW)OFFWORLDER #1 (REVIEW)

Offworlder #1

Offworlder #1 is the first issue of this star-spanning science fiction comic book saga by writer Mike Baron and artist Jordi Armengol. Imagine Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter, Tarzan et al) pulp scifi concepts melded with the brutal barbaric sensibility of Robert E. Howard’s Conan books.

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THE EXPANSE S05E10 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E10 (REVIEW)

Camina Drummer in The Expanse S05E10

The Expanse S05E10 concludes the latest season of the critically acclaimed scifi streaming TV space opera drama. Entitled “Nemesis Games”, The Expanse S05E10 ties up several plot strands as diverse character arcs intersect to present a very satisfying denouement for this penultimate season. At the same time, the season finale provides the perfect set up for season 6, which will probably see broadcast in 2022.

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THE EXPANSE S05E08 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E08 (REVIEW)

The Expanse S05E08

The Expanse S05E08 continues the latest season of the critically acclaimed scifi streaming TV space opera drama. Entitled “Hard Vacuum”, The Expanse S05E08 was expected to be a deeply plotted instalment, especially after the ending of the previous episode but once more it proved tentative and transitional.

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OUTSIDE THE WIRE (ANALYSIS)OUTSIDE THE WIRE (ANALYSIS)

Outside the Wire

Outside the Wire is a 2021 scifi war thriller streaming on Netflix. The film is set in 2036 and stars Anthony Mackie (who also serves as a producer on the film) as an android officer who works with a drone pilot (Damson Idris) to stop a global catastrophe. Our short take on Outside the Wire is that it is possessed of both an interesting premise and a strong underlying message but certain narrative choices turn the third act into a unsatisfying cliché.

Please note that there are spoilers in our analysis of Outside the Wire that follows.

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SYNCHRONIC (MOVIE REVIEW)SYNCHRONIC (MOVIE REVIEW)

Synchronic poster

Synchronic is an American science fiction horror drama directed and produced by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead and written by Benson. It stars Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie. The film has been touted by many critics as one of the best scifi movies of 2020. Benson and Moorhead have a good reputation as cutting-edge indie scifi directors with previous well-received movies like Spring and The Endless. The duo are also working together on the upcoming Disney+/Marvel Studios streaming Moon Knight series.

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THE EXPANSE S05E07 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E07 (REVIEW)

The Expanse S05E07

The Expanse S05E07 continues the latest season of the critically acclaimed scifi streaming TV space opera drama. Entitled “Oyedeng”, The Expanse S05E07 is arguably the best episode of this stellar 5th season so far. This is probably because finally, the episode digs deep into the story behind Naomi Nagata’s history with Belter freedom fighter (or terrorist, take your pick) Marcos Inaros and their son Felip.

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THE EXPANSE S05E06 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E06 (REVIEW)

Camina Drummer and Marcos Inaros in The Expanse S05E06

The Expanse S05E06 continues the latest season of the critically acclaimed scifi streaming TV space opera drama. If you have been following season 5 of The Expanse with us, then you would have found the narrative quite grim as the solar system slips into the chaos of war with the aggression of Marcos Inaros on behalf of Belter liberation.

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THE EXPANSE S05E05 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E05 (REVIEW)

The Expanse S05E05

The Expanse S05E05 signals the halfway mark in the latest season of this scifi space opera streaming TV drama. Entitled “Down and Out”, The Expanse S05E05 continues to explore the ramifications of Marcos Inaros’ asteroid attack on Earth on our key characters. Suffice to say, things are not going well at all.

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THE EXPANSE S05E04 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E04 (REVIEW)

The Expanse S05E04

The Expanse S05E04 brings us squarely into the business segment of the season as Marcos Inaros executes his plan to bring the inner planets (i.e. Earth and Mars) to their knees. The asteroid bombardment of Earth and the theft of the protomolecule from Tychos is justified as revenge for the generations of oppression of the Belters by the Inners.

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THE MANDALORIAN S02E08 (REVIEW)THE MANDALORIAN S02E08 (REVIEW)

The Mandalorian S02E08

The Mandalorian S02E08 is the season 2 finale of this well-received Star Wars streaming TV drama series. It is no exaggeration to proclaim that success of The Mandalorian has ‘saved’ Star Wars fans and has redeemed the franchise in the eyes of many hardcore fans disillusioned with the way the sequel trilogy turned out.

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THE EXPANSE S05E03 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E03 (REVIEW)

The Expanse S05E03

The Expanse S05E03 continues the new season narrative for the highly acclaimed scifi space opera streaming TV drama series. Entitled “Mother”, The Expanse S05E03 focuses on key character plot events as they impact on the underlying new season narrative – Marco (Keon Alexander) Inaros’ devious plan to attack Earth with stealth asteroids.

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THE EXPANSE S05E02 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E02 (REVIEW)

The Expanse S05E02 Camino Drummer (Cara Gee)

The Expanse S05E02 continues the new season of this scifi space opera drama streaming TV series. The opening episode revealed that the Rocinante was undergoing repairs and thus its crew was undertaking a valuable furlough to take care of unfinished business. The Expanse S05E02 picks up on some of these plot treads but not all of them.

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THE EXPANSE S05E01 (REVIEW)THE EXPANSE S05E01 (REVIEW)

The Expanse Season 5

The Expanse S05E01 is the first instalment in the ongoing science fiction space opera streaming TV drama series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the series of novels of the same name by James S. A. Corey. James S.A. Corey the joint pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Thus far, there have been nine books in The Expanse novel series since 2011 and is due to be concluded with Leviathan Falls in 2021.

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HIS DARK MATERIALS S02E06 (REVIEW)HIS DARK MATERIALS S02E06 (REVIEW)

His Dark Materials S02E06

His Dark Materials S02E06 is the penultimate episode in Season 2 and thus, story events needed to progress beyond the static. His Dark Materials S02E06, entitled “Malice”, certainly shook up the status quo as far as this series is concerned. One main flaw of the series so far is the slow moving plot and sloppy pacing issues. While less than perfect, at least this episode seemed to move the plot forward.

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HIS DARK MATERIALS S02E05 (REVIEW)HIS DARK MATERIALS S02E05 (REVIEW)

His Dark Materials S02E05 was built around a highly anticipated confrontation. Things had come to a head in the previous episode as the machinations of Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) to acquire the Subtle Knife reached the point of hopeful fulfilment. Not only does Boreal bring Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) into his confidence, he takes her to our world, where he has set up a trap to lure Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson).

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THE MANDALORIAN S02E06 (REVIEW)THE MANDALORIAN S02E06 (REVIEW)

The Mandalorian S02E06

The Mandalorian S02E06 provided Star Wars fans a memorable moment with the proper return of fan-favourite Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison). Entitled “The Tragedy”, The Mandalorian S02E06 certainly telegraphed that the episode would be a difficult one for Mando (Pedro Pascal) as Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) set his plan in motion to capture Grogu.

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