SciFi Weekend: Under the Dome; Extant; Jessica Jones; Doctor Who; You’re The Worst

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It is a shame that CBS cannot handle genre on the main network as well as they do on The CW Network. The third season of  Under the Dome totally forgot what made the show interesting, even if the stories were highly flawed. Initially the show was of some interest for showing how relatively normal people would react to an implausible but interesting situation. The third season was basically a third-rate alien invasion story, stealing heavily from Invasion of the Body Snatchers with a touch of the least interesting aspects of The Matrix. Earlier seasons threw in all sorts of mumbo jumbo for the show’s mythology. These are even less interesting in retrospect than at the time as there was no real pay off.

CBS announced the cancellation of the series before the finale aired so I hoped that maybe they had a cut ready which was a clear finale. Instead the dome came down well before the end of the episode, with the major characters next captured by the government until they agreed to keep the alien invasion secret. Then the episode ended with signs that the danger was still there. As usual on such shows, if there is no body when a character appears to have been killed, they will show up again–this time in a scene clearly intended to lead into another season.

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Extant started threatening to be an alien invasion series, but then turned into a story of misunderstood aliens who wanted to live in peace. Virtually every science fiction and many other television troupes were thrown in, including a human gaining powers, artificial intelligence, an evil super-computer, and evil versus foolishly-acting evil government officials. Unfortunately none of this was handled very well, substituting the use of  such troupes for good writing

The episode at least tied up all the plot lines for the season, working well as a series finale, but included a final scene to tease a third season. Apparently TAALAR has taken the form of a Humanick and goes out to coffee shops. No decision has been made on a third season, but the second season renewal was not announced until October last year.

Netflix has announced that Jessica Jones will be released on November 20. Trailer above. Time has more on the series.

The reboot of The X-Files doesn’t premiere until January, but it will be shown on October 10 at the New York Comic-Con.

With Bryan Fuller moving on from Hannibal to American Gods, David Slade, one of the directors of Hannibal will be joining him.

The BBC and BBC America will broadcast a prequel to series nine of Doctor Who the day before it premieres on September 19.

Youre The Worst Sweater People

A couple brief notes on two (quite different) television series which premiered last summer which are returning this fall and are worth catching up on if you haven’t seen them:

You’re The Worst has already returned for its second season with Sweater People. Jimmy and Gretchen now must admit they are in a relationship after moving in together but they are still as self-destructive.

WGN has released more information on season two of Manhattan .

 

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    Tony Sidaway says:

    I just saw a BBC Doctor Who broadcast involving the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) making a Faustian deal with someone played by Clare Higgins. It looks like a recurrence of her brief appearance as Ohila in The Night of the Doctor, where she played opposite Paul McGann (8) and Hurt (War).

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of this. She plays a very interesting character. Someone akin to the Time Lords, perhaps more like a kind of Norn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norns

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    Tony Sidaway says:

    Oh I must add, in case you haven't seen it yet, that the broadcast I saw was on BBC iPlayer. I expect it may also make its way to the official BBC YouTube channels, and failing that it'll be all over the fan web if it isn't already.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Thank you for the information. I'm traveling now (which is also why the post is shorter than usual) and will look at this when I return home. Most likely fan sites will have copies which can be viewed in the US but I do have a VPN which I can use to fool the BBC iPlayer into letting me watch things, appearing to be watching from the UK. On rare events I have even watched live shows from the UK, but generally I wait to download as quality is better than live streaming.

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