This tag was inspired by the Try a Chapter Tag created by Malia at BookParadise. The basic idea of that tag is that you choose around five books that tickle your fancy and read the first chapter of each. Then, you share your thoughts and decide whether or not you’ll continue each book and which one is going to be your next read.
I’m a lot more decisive with books than television though. Once I start a book, I usually stick with it, whereas I flit and switch between tv shows and often forget about them entirely.
So, I thought I’d tweak the tag to suit me better and came up with: The Try an Episode Tag!
The rules I gave myself were:
1. Pick four or five tv shows you have an interest it.
2. Watch the first episode or pilot (and if the first episode is spilt into parts you can watch them all).
3. Decide whether you’d continue the series or set it aside, what you thought of the episode, and what one looks the most exciting.
Let me know if you’ve watched any of these shows (Did you love them or hate them?) and, if you’re interested in trying it out, consider yourself tagged.
[Note I found all three of these shows on Netflix UK in Feb 2019. Time and/or your region may affect availability.]
Current number of seasons/ episodes: One 10-episode season (60 mins each)
Released: December 2018 (USA), February 2019 (UK)
(Based on the novella by Game of Thrones author G.R.R. Martin.)
Brief summary (from IMDB): “Set in the year 2093, Nightflyers is a psychological thriller that follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space-it’s already on their ship.”
I’ve not read the novella or short stories, so I’m completely reliant on the show itself.
The opening scene was hella dramatic and incredibly tense! You could cut that with a knife! I winced throughout. Definitely keeping the violence-side of GoT if not the boobs yet. It reminds me a little of the idea of the Reavers from Firefly?
Into the main part of the episode: it’s a slower build, with less memorably distinct characters or action than GoT. But, I really need to stop comparing the two, cause this is a very different beast.
The launch scene was really claustrophobic and well-shot. There’s a creeping dread through everything that’s happening.
Is Thale (aka. Baby!Bolton) the only psychic around? Was there no-one else they could take with them? He seems like an incredibly bad idea.
The plant-guy (Rowan) makes some really good points about their chances. He, Melantha
(the augmented human?) and Lommi (ships’s pilot?) are most interesting characters to me so far. Jodie Turner-Smith (Melantha) and Gretchen Mol (Agatha) the are currently the most compelling actors.
What happened to his daughter? Little children are terrifying anyway, and this uses that for effect well.
I had to look up some names to write this because I hadn’t caught them. There was a lot going on, and I’m not entirely sure I’ve got a handle on it yet.
Will I continue this series? …possibly? Probably. It’s definitely got some interesting mysteries going on, but I found everything a bit confusing and jumbled. It just hasn’t “sparked” with me yet. I’m not in a great hurry to watch it, and I think I’ll have to rewatch this episode when I do.
Current number of episodes/ seasons: One 8-episode season (30 mins each)
Released: February 2019 (USA and UK)
Brief summary (from IMDB): “On Nadia’s 36th birthday she is struck by a car and killed, only to finds herself alive and well, back at her own birthday party earlier that night. When she dies again and her timeline resets, Nadia begins to question her own sanity. Then she encounters a young man stuck in his own loop. Together they strive to unravel the mystery of why and how this is all happening.”
The song from Supernatural‘s Mystery Spot episode went around my heat each time Nadia “woke up”. Heat of the moment!
Natasha Lyonne is utterly charming and perfectly cast. I loved the dry, deadpan delivery and expressions. She perfectly fit the character. Speaking of Nadia, I freaking loved her too. I loved how snarky, sarcastic and occasionally pessimistic she was. Definitely a character I’d hang out with. I’m just not sure — if the point of the time-loop is that she “grow” as a person — do I want to see her change? Her friends were also really cool.
I really need to know that she finds her cat. Is Oatmeal okay?
The time-loop is really interesting: why is it happening, can she break it? I feel like this episode was really getting to know Nadia herself, so I’ll be interested to learn more about the plot and other characters next time.
Will I continue this series? I’ll definitely watch another episode of two. I’m just not sure how long before the premise becomes (too) repetitive. I’m assuming things will develop and repeat the same things less as it goes along.
3Below: Tales of Arcadia
Current number of episodes/ seasons: One 13-episode season (25 mins each). Although, technically, this is a sequel/ spin-off from Trollhunters which had 52 episodes.
Released: December 2018 (USA and UK)
Brief summary (from IMDB): “A pair of teenage royals and their bodyguard escape from their home planet and try to blend in on Earth.”
The first episode is split into two 25-minute parts, so I watched both.
This is obviously sci-fi whereas Trollhunters was solidly urban fantasy, so since I lean more towards fantasy, I know I’ll have to get over the fact that the world-building will be a bit different.
The opening on the siblings home plant is really pretty; sort of Tron meets Cloud City. The succession logic confuses me a little though. It seems to imply some kind of incest…
I loved the bodyguard, Varvatos Vex, an uber-warrior who shouts about “glorious death” and gets stuck as an OAP once they get to Earth. He’s hysterical.
The “princess who just wants to be normal” is a bit overdone, but then, I read a lot of YA fantasy so… Plus, although there’s plenty for all-ages, it is primarily a kids show.
I love the dynamic between the two siblings. It’s a great balance of bickering and support. I really enjoyed seeing them as fish-out-of-water and trying to find their footing in the town.
The line about hiding as Earth’s most invisible people killed me! A girl, a Latino and a senior citizen. Also, did I spot a covfefe joke? Burn!
Will I continue this series? Definitely! This was a lot of fun and really got me excited that this universe is back!
So overall, I think I’d continue with all three shows, but I’m most excited by 3Below and least interested in Nightflyers.