02CD0: Old TV, New TV

Thursday - Bacolod Chicken Inasal

Farscape is a science fiction TV series created by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment. The show celebrated its 25 anniversary this week, which is a bit of a coincidence as I only recently finished watching the full series including The Peacekeeper Wars movies. While I can't say it's a favorite, it certainly had a unique charm to it. Plus the involvement of the Jim Henson folks means that the aliens were pretty bonkers in a very good (non-Muppet) way. But it also wasn't great enough for me to want to involve Tobie in my efforts to watch it, which is why it has taken so long for me to finish it.

So now I'm back to Stargate SG-1 as my science fiction side project, but at least I'm already 3 seasons in (out of 10!). I recognize that the Stargate franchise is actually a lot larger than just the movie and this show. I'll get through all of it eventually. The other big science fiction project I want to tackle is watching all of Babylon 5, but this show might be one that I involve Tobie in. Just call it a gut feeling at this point, but I think we'll enjoy watching it together. 

For more modern viewing, the internet seems to be really happy with the first two episodes of X-Men '97 that debuted this week. While I won't say that this is like the best television ever, the show is starting out really strong as a true love letter to the original 90s cartoon. The first episode largely followed the structure of the original pilot, which was a smart way of easing the audience back into the action. And the folks behind the show are really leaning into the craziness of the time including even more over-the-top dialog for Storm and some new innovations in terms of everyone's abilities. We're not quite at secondary mutation levels but there are definitely some very creative interpretations of how everyone's powers can work. 

The second episode has set up a very interesting stage for the season ahead and I'm pretty excited. More than the 90s craziness, the show also appears to be drawing heavily from some of the great Claremont stories of the 80s just like the original cartoon did, which could mean we're all in for a crazy ride indeed. And what a fun addition to our Sietch entertainment roster.