I refused to subscribe specifically because they were doing that. It’s like, no, Disney, go fuck yourself. There’s literally no consumer-friendly reason to do that. They’re solely doing it so people don’t binge The Mandalorian and immediately cancel, and that they tried to justify it other ways just made me so vexed that I decided that even though there was other stuff I kind of wanted to watch, they could get fucked. So maybe in a few months. Not like I really have much more time than I did before anyway. I also suspect the fact that if people binged The Mandalorian they’d realize how 10x 30 minute episodes isn’t actually very much TV.
Why commit these crimes, Disney? It’s so profoundly unnecessary. It’s not like Netflix is panning and scanning Star Trek: The Next Generation or whatever! It’s not normal to do this. It’s freakishly weird, and must have cost time and money. And so extra-weird in the context of them restoring so much other older stuff.
Oh whoa there let’s not say anything we regret later! I mean, they’re pretty boring, but they’re not like, Hoshi/Malcolm/Travis levels of boring. More on a sort of Trip/T’pol kind of level. And Burnham finally escaped from that in S2, both in the sense of being less boring (was “a human who acts like a Vulcan but isn’t subject to Vulcan insanity like pon’farr or massive repressed rage” ever a good idea character-wise?), and that Tyler is gone (thank fuck - I like the actor but god not the character).
The Section 31 show was due to start filming in February, so I’m guessing that’s been cancelled/put on hold. I kind of hope it stays that way, because really the last thing we need is an even darker ST show, even if, as I suspect, it ends with the outing/destruction of S31. Discovery finished filming though so S3, where the trailer explicitly talked about making the galaxy a brighter place and re-establishing the Federation, should appear before too long.
That is correct. It is an interesting show and had the lead not died, I suspect it would have gradually improved and become quite successful, because it really prefigured a whole bunch of vampire shows that later succeeded.
Ultraviolet was pretty fucking amazing in 1996, but I haven’t re-watched it since the 1990s so I don’t know how well it aged (and that godawful Milla Jojovich movie stole it’s title and ruined it). It was intended to be exactly what it was. Back in the 1990s, there were a vague tradition of doing sort of realistic takes on basically genre concepts (SF, thriller, horror, etc.) as mini-series on Channel 4 or the BBC, and indeed, mini-series were common on the beeb generally back then. Ultraviolet did one of the first attempts at a “realistic” vampire setting, which was only arguably supernatural. It’s actually three episodes long (like most British mini-series of the late 1980s and 1990s). SyFy split it into six for some ungodly reason, and thus I think it is split on most streaming services. Also Idris Elba and Jack Davenport is a pretty great cast. It was the first time I saw Elba and I was like “More of this guy!!!”, I think it might have been his big break (in the UK, at least).
Space - Above and Beyond. Wow. There’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. It’s arguably more obscure, because Ultraviolet immediately gained and still has a cult following, but Space is just largely forgotten. You are being generous to call the acting not “all that great”, it was pretty bad, even by teenage-me’s low standards. I think what was most interesting about it was that it really encapsulated a brief era in sci-fi really well, in terms of what it was interested in. An era when cyberpunk was dead (having never really lived on TV, and no, we won’t talk about TekWars), but post-cyberpunk wasn’t yet a thing, and there had been no return to sci-fi epics, either. So we have military SF, with evil corporations, massive conspiracies, bad androids, troubled clones, creepy aliens, psychic powers, colour grading that gave a “reality is brown”-type effect, and so on. It’s extremely 1995.