Netflix have just (2019-09-27) launched a new series, The Politician, which, being their original content, should be available in all of their geographical regions as soon as the clock rolls over to that date in each time zone. The series follows a protagonist, Payton Hobart, adopted into a wealthy family in Santa Barbara, California, who has decided, since age seven, that he will become President of the United States and directed his entire life toward that goal. The first milestone is his election as president of his class at Saint Sebastian High School, and in the pilot episode, he pursues this, with the aid of his support team, already measuring the curtains for their offices in the west wing of the White House once they get him there, with a ruthlessness, amorality, and cynicism which recalls a U.S. president who promised a “bridge to the twenty-first century”.
Now, I’ve only seen the pilot episode, and often series turn south once approved for production and handed off to the people who have to grind out the subsequent episodes. But, from the pilot, this is one of the most wickedly funny political comedies I’ve seen since the original British House of Cards and of high school since Square Pegs.... [Read More]
On July 25, 2019, a new science fiction television series, Another Life, was released on the Netflix streaming video service. As Netflix often does with their own productions, the entire series was released at once, as opposed to one episode per week as on broadcast television. I get most of my news about events in science fiction from Twitter, where I follow a collection of independent science fiction authors and fans whose opinions I have come to respect. There have been relatively few comments about the new series, but they have been curiously bimodal: some people like it and others hate it, with very few in the middle. A couple of nights ago I had a pile of tedious system administration tasks to do which took a lot of time but relatively little concentration, so I put it on to have a look for myself. I was astonished by what I saw…or rather heard.
The story is, from what I’ve seen, banal, and although they seem to have science advisors on tap which keep them from tripping over pesky things like confusing planetary systems with galaxies and the like, there are other inanities such as instantaneous communication over light-year distances and the need for suspended animation on a faster than light ship. Almost every male (including a computer-emulated hologram) with the exception of one political twit seems to have a dumbeard™, and nobody on this ship sent for first contact with mysterious aliens seems to have a rank or title.... [Read More]
Scott Adams has frequently written on the phenomenon of “two movies on one screen”: where people observe the same objective events and interpret them in two (or more) entirely different ways. I recently encountered an example of this which was based on a movie.
On 2018-06-29, Netflix released a production entitled TAU. Here is the official trailer for the movie.... [Read More]