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Star Trek Discovery season 2

While Discovery received mixed reviews in it's maiden year, season 2 turned out to be much, much better.Now if they just would change the perspective from Burnham to the bridge crew like regular Trek, we are set for pitch perfect...In this second season, the Discovery gets a new Captain, in no less then Chrostopher Pike who transfers from the Enterprise on temporary assignment.  This is due to a set of mysterious signals being picked up across the galaxy, apparently send by something called "the Red Angel".These signals seem random at first, but the disappeared Spock had a theory they where connected, and soon the crew learns the meaning behind them.  They are waypoints interwoven with each other to prevent an evil AI from destroying the universe.Discovery sets out to not only thwart the threat, but also on how to solve the mysteries behind the signals, while having to deal with the newly established Section 31 along the way. And Klingon politics, and the Prime Directive... all the things that makes

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The Orville season 2

After the funny first season, the Star Trek parody returned for a second run...... and started to take itself to seriously.While it has been known that Star Trek Discovery suffered a bit from the "finding their place" syndrome in the first season, before coming back strong in the second, the Orville seems to have the other way round.  From a comedy show in space, it has changed into a Voyager style show, and no offense, that series actually had funnier episodes over it's run (or for that matter, DS had heaps whenever Ferengi got involved) then this season.Surely it does feature a lot of great guest stars, including more Star Trek alumi (hello Tuvok, counselor Troy) but in the end, it just became serious sci-fi with an overarcing alien invasion in the second part, and even two time-travelling (okay, so the one Malloy goes to meet a women from our time wasn't technically real time travel) episodes.Did all this make the Orville a bad season?  Totally not, as we enjoyed it, but it just isn't there for l

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Gent West season 2

The second season has just ended of this flemish series about a female prison and all the (mis)adventures that go on in there.And like the first one, it had a strong overarcing storyline, but an extra layer of intrigue has been added this year.There is a new director in the jail, and she is one strange and mysterious cookie.  Wit her arrival, and the removal at the end of season one of Kat by the antagonist Veronique, she slowly installs a reign of terror in the jail by salving and hitting.Through these means, she tries to gain control over the prison, singling out the 'current' leader in the prison, Sam, by trying to bring Veronique in her fold.  But Veronique has an agenda of her own however, which she broods on during the whole season and a whole series of seemingly small and odd decisions.  She wants to escape and take revenge on the murderer of her daughter.The two's agenda's at first seem to work perfectly in harmony, but Steve, a warden, slowly uncovers the truth behind the new director,

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Game of Thrones season 8

The final season!  The grand finale!  Episodes of more then an hour with a huge budget!  The stars where lining up for the greatest moment in television history, and the hype build in the two year hiatus of the series.But did it deliver?  Because ever since the writers couldn't fall back on the sourcematerial from season 6 onwards, the quality has been dwindling down.The short answer?  No, it didn't.   For me, season 8 was overhyped and underperforming, and after the weak seventh season really does shame to what was a fantastic series up to and including season 5.And boy are my grievances long.  Take for a start the Battle of Winterfell.  It had been announced as the biggest battle in the history of TV AND cinematic fantasy battles.  Even putting aside it was horribly filmed (rain and nighttime is do-able, remember Helm's Deep), in which the best excuse they could offer was their visuals guy saying 'learn to tune your tv'... seriously, pompous prick?  The

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Love, Death + Robots

The newest thing on Netflix, and one I recommended to collegues and all, is this series compromised of small animation episodes.All standing loose of each other, and in a variation of styles, it contains some great episodes.While rated 18+ due to the odd boob left or right, the anthology always handles one of the three themes of the title.For me, the best episodes of the 18 long series, was Sonnie's Edge, Zima Blue, Beyond the Aquila Rift and best of all Good Hunting, featuring a Huli Jing and the transitition from the age of legends to the age of technology.Very enjoyable, these short episodes are truly worth the time to go through, and with the short and varied theme's and episodes, it never becomes a drag and before you know it, you've seen the whole series.A lovely find for sure!

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Lost in Space

Danger Will Robinson!Any kid from my generation saw the classic (reruns of) Lost in Space, in which the Robinson family was tossed into space en route to a colony world.Or the Matt LeBlanc movie from years ago...But now Netflix has the remake series in it's catalogue, starring none other then Toby Stephens (I'm such a fan of him) as John Robinson.  Sure, the family roles have been changed, and their social interactions have been pulled to today's zeitgeist, but the core story is still the same.The Robinsons, but now together with more colonists, crash land with their Jupiter 2 on a new planet.  Here they encounter the Robot, a creature apparently the cause of their forced evacuation from the mothership Resolute.  Amongst the survivors is also Dr Smith, a manipulative imposter out to save her own skin and gain access to the power of the Robot.As the colonists discover that the planet is dying, they look for ways to launch from the planet, but at the sacrifice of trust, friendships and against th

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Black Mirror season 3

God, I love this series, and how scaringly close the mirrored reality is coming.Counting 6 episodes, this year has some american made ones amongst it as well.  The style differs, the hardness doesn't.For me, it had 3 good, 2 weak and 1 very strong episode in the year.  Especially the San Junipero, where dying old people's consciousnesses are uploaded in a VR world, was an artwork episode for me.But the one of a kid being blackmailed after being filmed for 'giving hand to his own', the series starter where your social level is decided by social media likes, or the (1.5 hr long) finale with the drone ants where great episodes just as well.I wasn't to crazy of the videogame episode and the army system one, but overal, a very strong series once again.

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Zoo season 3

Ah, the benefits of lazy days, as we managed to wrap up this series as well after starting it last year.Now, I liked the original season, thought 2 was still fine, but what about this third (and final) year?The series conintinues with the timejump we made in season 2s finale, and humanity is sterilized due to the actions of the Shepherd's.  Now, time has been kind on our team, as none have aged one day... and we find Mitch again, being released from his hibernation tank.The team in the meantime, guided by the miraculously pregnant Clementime, reassembles as they set out to retrieve him, while bing faced by new hybrid monsters.  Led by Abigail Westbrook, who turns out to be Jackson's sister, and a layer of mysteries the hybrids attack and expand over the globe.Our heroes must find a way to stop not only her but also her beacons she is activating across the globe, and which draw the beasts towards them, rampaging over cities as they go...Now, this season was far weaker then the previous two in my opin

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The Shannara Chronicles season 2

The first completed series of the year 2019, me and Noshi took a whole day off to finish some series we started last year.In other words, we where recuperating from a very hefty birthday party... aka a humongous hangover.The second year follows Wil and the druid Allonon as they further prepare him to face off the forces of evil.  Allonon's former apprentice, Bandon, is set out to resurrect the Warlock Lord, and after the fall of Arborlon has as such less opponents to deal with in this dark goal.The kingdom of Leah, which protects the Heavenswell, now rises to the central position of the story as such, as a marriage of reason is being planned between king Ander and princess Lyria.    In the meantile, general Riga and his army of fanatical magicuser hunters, the Crimson, are out to destroy all magic users in the Four Lands.At great cost to thrust and friendship amongst the heroes, who are joined by Mareth, Allonon's daughter and heir to the role of great druid, they try to prevent the ressurrecti

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Westworld season 2

When HBO released their "next Game of Thrones" last year, I devoured it, and couldn`t wait week after week for the new episode.The fact I only today finished the second season, months after it ended, might already give you an indication on how I feel about the second one...Plot (from Rotten Tomatoes)Season 2 of the drama series deals with the aftermath of the massacre of the Delos board members that closed the previous season. As different timelines overlap, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) puts together an army of hosts and hunts the survivors, planning to take over the real world; meanwhile, Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) tries to understand what happened and regain control of the park. Others embark on different but related quests: Maeve (Thandie Newton) goes looking for her daughter, helped by Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and Lee (Simon Quarterman); Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) tries to find a solution to the situation without revealing his identity; from beyond the grave, Ford (Anthony Hopkins) ropes William (Ed

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Zoo season 2

Noshi really loves this series, and as such we shortly after finishing the first season, we sat down behind our Netflix to go for season 2 of 3.And the war the animals wage on mankind is taking a turn for the worse.PlotAfter we left with the team in danger of the escaped zoo animals, we find out Jackson is for some reason immune to the beast attacks, probably as a result of the bite he suffered in the first season.  The animals now have been mutating to what is called "phase 2" and there have been 7 species identified as the key for the mutations... including a sabretooth cat, thought extinct, but apparently still living on a south american island (and yes, this IS Jurassic Parks Isla Nublar... well, the same island for the shots at least x-D).But what is more, the disease is apparently also spreading to humans, and now the team has to find a way to stop the Noah Objective project.  The loss of human life would proves to be bigger then the estimation projects, and as such General Davies must be stop

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