Science Fiction: Films & TV

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I'm a latecomer to this - and it's probably very old news to a lot of you - but I recently stumbled on an American science fiction series from way back in 2005 called Threshold. It's all there on Youtube and I am much impressed with it.

The initial set up reminds me of the film Species: an assortment of geeks, security specialists and mercenaries are rounded up and more or less coerced, by the FBI, into partaking in a top secret study of what appears to be First Contact with an extraterrestrial lifeform. (Some sort of multidimensional object reduces the occupants of a military naval ship to gibbering mania). Within the S.F there are shades of horror as well as Spy Fi. It references Body Snatchers and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

It's somewhat noisy with an overplayed soundtrack and full of cliches (the kick ass young female heroine, the cynical FBI overseer hiding a heart of gold, and the various insecure but brilliant geeks etc) but what impresses me about it is the ideas in it. These are far more advanced and interesting than you would expect on a TV show.

Anyway, here's the first episode:
I liked Threshold...if you are into that type of series I recommend Fringe also.

I'm also enjoying Man Who Fell To Earth....a bit quirky but interesting.
 

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Welcome To Eden: Young adults get invited to a festival to launch of a new drink at a secret island location. But of the 100 who attend, 5 will not leave. A cult runs the island, they worship Mother Nature but aren't above using the latest surveillance technology to enforce strict obedience. A rather dark conspiracy thriller in which layer after layer is gradually revealed. Some rather graphic violent scenes. this is very much an adult series. The idea isn't new but this is an interesting iteration. Created & Written by Joaquín Górriz and Guillermo López Sánchez. Directed by Menna Fité and Daniel Benmayor. Eight episodes on Netflix. 7/10.
 

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Everything Everywhere All at Once: A voyage through the Multiverse as Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) tries to survive an IRS audit. She is contacted by her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) from a different universe as he dybbuks this one. She must battle a supreme villain, Jobu Tupaki who is also her own daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu). The IRS agent Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis) is also Dybbuked by a murderous acolyte of Jobu. Great fun as alternate Evelyns possess her body and use their skills to fight back. There is even a universe where everybody has hotdogs instesd of fingers and this segment has a great pastiche of apemen discovering weapons from 2001: A Space Odyssey. There is also a film within a film, actually it's kind of this film, watch by it's star another Evelyn. The traverse of the Multiverse occasionally brings the Marvel TV series Legion to mind, both in production design and charcter traits. Essentially it's a story about the search for meaning, understanding and love. Great performances by Yeoh, Hsu, Curtis, Quan along with James Hong as her father. Written and Directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. 8.5/10.

In cinemas.
 
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