ALTERED CARBON (2018 – )

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Creators: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda

Set in the near future A prisoner has a second chance after 250 years in jail sort of speak to go into an other body. As soon as he sees foot outside he is taken to where a rich man wants him to solve a murder in order to get full immunity.

In the new Netflix sci-fi  Altered Carbon, the human soul , its essence, is no longer contained in the body, but in a technological marvel called a “cortical stack” that is attached to the base of the neck. With the “stack,” people can change bodies regularly and live for decades, even centuries. The human body, called a “sleeve” can be changed as often as one can afford it . But if the cortical stack is damage it is the end of the road.

Altered Carbon is part Blade Runner, The Expanse, and Firefly, with a conceived mystery with action tossed in the mix.  And by god you will be hooked. Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) here has this life time sentence and after 250 years has a new body and find himself working for Bancroft (James Purefoy) so he can solve the murder Bancroft ’s own. There are quiet of colourful characters in this one it is like a sci-fi Neo-noir plus Altered Carbon takes us on quite the wild ride during its 10 episodes and there are twists and turns enough to keep you occupied. There is one character named Poe which runs the hotel where Kovacs reside. Poe here acts like is a security personal and his concierge as well. Joel Kinnaman does a great job incarnated his character which has plenty of demons. There it is on Netflix so don’t miss it. 

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE (2017 – )

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Creator: Bruce Miller

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

Set in a distant  future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under , well a new world order.

Based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel and taking place in a near-future in the states a society overtaken by religious extremism where women who are fertile are used as pregnancy surrogate like sex-slaves for the largely sterile commanders of the new world order.

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This series that I have found on OCS in France is worth watching for. The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of great story telling. This new religious extremist here are not fooling around as you see the handmaid who waits for the other handmaid at the same time everyday to go shopping for the commander keep in mind that they are dressed like the 1600’s, they travel in pair for safety purposes even they are guard at the gates of the commander’s house. You will see people hanging in the street I guessed those who did not obey or those who rebelled. They are offered an other name. as you see in the flashback little by little you will see June (Elisabeth Moss) that her husband and her kid has been killed and they took her to train her as a handmaid. It is a captive story and shocking at times, they have a ruthless dictator. they called themselves the Republic of Gilead they pray on fear and they praise motherhood, feminism but look out if you are gay well so long. As the story goes along you find out that some of them wants a way out. Plus other things will develop. The music fell terrifying and loud and make its point. The thing is people believe that the abnormal is normal. The series has won two golden globes, best series and best actress Elisabeth Moss.

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TRANSFERTS (2017 – )

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Creators: Claude scasso, Patrick Benedeck

Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Brune Renault, Steve Tientcheu

Awarded at the Mania Series Festival in 2017, the sci-fi series Transfers by Claude Scasso and Patrick Benedek is on Arte the channel in France and I got to see it all six episode and what an imagination.  The series is from the German film of the same name directed by Damir Lukacevic in 2010.

In the near future, the transfer of one soul from one body to another has become possible, sparking hopes, fantasies and new trades. Florian (Arieh Worthalter), a father in a coma, wakes up in the body of a policeman, Sylvain, charged with fighting illegal “transfers“.

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Florian who wakes up does not know what happen and why he has a new body well not his. Because we are in the near future where it is possible to get someone soul into an other body. Here Florian was in a boat accident, in the coma his wife decided to transfer his soul to the cop’s body who has just been shot, the hero of the day. You see it is illegal to do that you must have consent from a certain some one. Here Florian is in the body of a cop (here it comes) the section BATI where they track people who transfer souls illegally. As he discover himself and wants to go back with his family which he can’t as his wife says to him but she has a plan, he discover other little secrets. Of course you will see that religion and politics and a priest who wants to be Number 1. It’s a series about identity, which questions identity. how a man who is in the body of another and how he will manage his life. Us human that is why we all live. We are all social animals that have an external identity that is not what we are really inside. They went there and more there are twists and turns  as well, in hope that they will be another season. Breaking news Transferts is the most popular series now. The second season should be ready soon and it seems they are going to avoid the clichés. I do hope so.

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BLACK MIRROR (2011 – ) SEASON 3

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Creator: Charlie Brooker

Cast: Chris Martin Hill, Hannah John-Kamen, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

The first two seasons of the great British series Black Mirror consist of a grand total of seven episodes (including the Christmas Special starring Jon Hamm). So far so good. The third season of the series has 6 episodes, nearly doubling the seasons one and two. Each season has their own stories.

NOSEDIVE: In a distant future where people rate each other through their daily social interactions, we follows a young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) trying to move into an upper-class neighbourhood. she must secure a high-ranking and a friend’s wedding seems like the perfect occasion to up her social status. But unfortunately , not everything goes according to plan. It is like the network that we have now but friends has to like you in order to be popular. I thought they were going to go somewhere dark with it  but the episode turned  out to be funny.

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PLAYTEST: An adventurous backpacker (Wyatt Russell) signs up to test an experimental virtual reality game. While the technology starts off as fun, it eventually it goes into this horror trip from hell. Actually it is my favourite one.  Nightmarish imagery is employed to scare the viewer and a few moments. It was a bit predictable here but hey! what isn’t those days. I knew how it was going to end. Maybe it should end differently. well c’est la vie.

SHUT UP AND DANCE: Here is the coolest one of them all . Anteenager (Alex Lawther) is  blackmailed  after the hackers record him through his webcam. In order to keep an embarrassing video off the internet, the teenager goes through with their increasingly strange demands. Great performance by the actors here. What I like they think they are done and the hackers keeps demanding stranger demands.  The ending is just right there they nailed it. So cool.

SAN JUNIPERO: In 1987,  (Mackenzie Davis) meets an outgoing party girl (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in a strange town. However, things aren’t exactly what they seem and a timeless romance soon blossoms between them. They keep meeting in different time and you think they are time travellers. They try to look for each other every time the switch world. I do love this on as well do to the fact this one is the romantic one and become a bit twisted.

MAN AGAINST FIRE: After his first battle a soldier with an elusive enemy A soldier becomes experiencing unfamiliar sensation and strange technical glitches. I do love this one where they will be a twist in there they even ended it just right. This soldier goes in battle to fight the enemy but he comes back he has some vision and glitches that will question him of what is going on here. When he does well he superior gives him an alternative and the end I did not expect here it is so good.

HATED IN THE NATION: A journalist (Elizabeth Berrington) is brutally murdered, two detectives (Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay) investigate a series of homicides that are linked to social media. Unfortunately, the case is complex and things are out of control. So far season 3 seems to deliver some great episodes. I can’t wait until season 4.

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WAYWARD PINES (2015 – )

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Creator: Chad Hodge

Cast: Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Matt Dillon

It’s a 10-episode thriller based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch it has an edge of Twin Peaks but is not as imaginative and the series works.

Ethan (Matt Dillon)  is on assignment in Idaho, investigating the disappearance of two other agents, when he has a car accident and awakens in a suspiciously empty and creepy hospital in Wayward Pines. The only person he sees there is Nurse Pam (Ms. Leo) and it feels like she is nurse Rachet fencing at that. When he makes it outside the town it is clear to him that something is going on. The phones are not in working order, everybody is strange and makes strange remarks, and the Sheriff Pope (Mr. Howard) well like ice cream that is all he eats plus he won’t give him too much information. Ethan tries to call his superior and his family but can’t get though. He gets to dig around a little more and find out…….

Ok it is a little bit predictable here and it seems that you already saw that but it is still entertaining and has some sense into it. As humans we are going to have arguments and we are going to turn against each other but the ending is just right. What I would you for the second season is getting the creativity going let’s make a 360. I hope they do otherwise well you know.

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THE EXPANSE (2015 – )

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Creator : Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

Cast: Nick E. Tarabay, Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

A couple of hundred years into the future, humanity is spread out throughout the solar system and divided into 3 opposing forces who are on the brink of an all out war for political power and resources well like water and such which is harvested in the form of asteroid ice. The 3 fractions consist of the two superpowers Earth and Mars; the third-party are the “belters”, which is basically everyone unfortunate enough to be living on poor planet well they are the bottom of the barrel. Many belters are  represented by the “Outer Planets Alliance” which  is a radical group demanding more autonomy and fairer distribution of resources for the inhabitants of the asteroid belt, but are considered terrorist. The belters are miss treated and are given ration of water and food to survive.

Here it is series from Sci-fi that is kicking some ass for the Sci-fi fans it is from a book from by James S. A. Corey . There are here three different protagonists: a high-ranking U.N. official on Earth named Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo); a  belter police detective named Miller (Thomas Jane) whose story starts on Ceres; and a young executive officer named Holden (Steven Strait) working on an ice freighter in space.There is Three stories that are connected to each other . In terms of special effect it is perfect as far as I can tell it feels like a Neo-Noir Sci-fi here well worth the effort of watching it. It is well paced with some talented actors the fits in to this thrilling, mysterious tale of adventure and discovery.

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RESIDUE (2015 – )

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Cast: Natalia Tena, Iwan Rheon, Jamie Draven

The story is set in a nameless city, where photo-journalist Jennifer (Natalia Tena) is investigating a mysterious explosion that occurred one New Year’s Eve. We start in the night in question and go from there. There is a quarantine and two side the infected side and the clean side. Plus as one boy says to the reporter “you have seen it haven’t you? “ and yes there is more than meets the eyes here. What was that explosion? with a little investigation they realized that is something there underneath the surface but what is it. Terrific series here from Netflix I hope there is a second season. This one here is only 3 episodes of 45 minutes. It would kind of sucks if it would stop here it leaves so many unanswered questions and would be frustrating for the viewer.

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 – )

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Creators: Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon

Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who travel around the world on a souped-up plane protecting the rest of the humans from super natural threats. The team is led by Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Yes, that Agent Coulson. Also on the team are Agents Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), two top-notch agents at fighting and tactics. Then there are Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), two super smart scientists. And then there’s Skye (Chloe Bennett), a hacker with an unknown past the team meets in the first episode who Coulson invites along and proves to provide a little help as well as cause some problems plus she is a little suspicious the rest of the team has a hard time trusting her.Well, there are the people found dead in the forest with nothing around them. There’s a bus that starts floating. Simmons contacts an alien virus well you get the point. At first I looked at it, it has its flaws but it stands out has I have kept watching. You see all the films from the comics books are connected so is the series. Well done here. Every weeks there are a super hero who finds out that he has power and does not know the full capacity of their powers. And the agents has to find them first before an other bad mama who has a serum who does wonder or not sort of speaks. Overall the series is entertaining and fun to watch.

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THE INVADERS (1967 – 1968)

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Creator: Larry Cohen

Cast: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Mark Russell

David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. But suddenly is a wake by a strange noise, he can not believe it when he sees a UFO landing. Now trying to tell that to the police and make them believe what he sees is an other story.

The Invaders, alien beings from a dying planet. Their destination: the Earth. Their purpose: to make it their world. Well they remade this one as in Falling skies. But this cool little series that did only two season kicked ass big time. It was never been done before a cool original idea.In a nutshell, The Invaders is basically a blending of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). The thing is instead of making it in the form of the fugitive the series, every week someone that Vincent trust in a city got runs out to be an alien it got old a little quickly. They make interesting but with not enough gusto. Do not get me wrong it is still watchable and I still like it.  Plus the special effect back then was so cool.

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3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN (1996 – 2001)

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Creators: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Cast: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A group of aliens are sent on earth to see how human lives and to learn their behavior. They are disguise as a human family. They report to their planet which is the 3rd rock from the sun.

You know you have to cast John Lithgow in this series they are no other way. He is perfect for it. He plays Dick a college professor.Sally (Kristen Johnson), Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Harry (French Stewart) is the rest of the clan who is suppose to study humans and report to their planet. Sally is hilarious especially when she is dressed in a mini shirt and discover what it does to the male species.Tommy is an old alien in a teenager’s body, Sally is a male in a female’s body and Dick acts like a radio and receive messages from home. In the mix there will be a romance between Dick and Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin) . The cast is absolutely delicious here and well as the writers. John Lithgow is a delight to watch here is a wonderful actor at work. It is funny as hell sometimes silly as it can be but you will have a good time.

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