January 23, 2018

Best new SF-F TV in 2017?

Our panel and audience have spoken!
Carol Doms and Ken Keller did considerable research
for this panel.
At the January 20, 2018 KaCSFFS meeting we once again invited Carol Doms and Ken Keller to present a panel discussion about the best new shows (2017 debuts) in the science fiction, fantasy, and related speculative genres. 

The discussion included shows one can see on TV, stream, or download. Their spreadsheet (probably incomplete) listed 50; audience members added another.

Between our panelists and the audience, ten recommended shows emerged. However--as they pointed out--it's impossible for anyone to follow all the shows and still have a life. They may have missed some good ones. If you think a good one was overlooked, please tell us in the Comments section!

Fiction Series 
These are listed in alphabetical order, not order of preference. Click on the links in the captions for more information, trailers, and other goodies.

American Gods
American Gods, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, is available on STARZ.

Castlevania is an adult animated dark fantasy based on a 1989 video game, available on Netflix.
Dark is a German sf thriller (with subtitles) available from Netflix.

(Marvel's) The Defenders
One of two Marvel titles in this lineup, The Defenders, based on the Marvel comics, is available from Netflix.

The Gifted
Also drawn from the Marvel Universe is Fox's The Gifted, available via Hulu.

The Handmaid's Tale
Based on the 1985 bestseller by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Hulu Original.

The offbeat Syfy series Happy! is based on a graphic novel series by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson.

Marvel's The Punisher
Another Marvel spin-off is The Punisher, from Netflix. "It's dark, but . . . it's the Punisher, so--yeah."

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket's books come to new life in the Neflix production of A Series of Unfortunate Events. "The movie never happened. Do not speak of it"

Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery continues the saga and has generated quite a buzz, but some of our group were pretty disgusted that CBS was making fans pay a premium to see it on All Access.

This year we also heard about two fascinating non-fiction documentaries about SF or things that relate to SF.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
L. Ron Hubbard, who founded Scientology, was a science fiction writer before he created the religion. Our panel praised Leah Remini's work in untangling the backstory and examining the ramifications in this A&E series.

Visionaries: Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics 
Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics tells the stories behind the stories in this AMC series.

Early Looks at 2018

We weren't very far into 2018 at the time of this January 20 meeting, but the panel already was excited about the pilot for one show:

Black Lightning
So far, the Black Lightning pilot impressed our panel. We hope the series, based on the DC Comics character and produced by the CW, lives up to its promising start!

PLUS! great Chili! 
Let it not be forgotten that the Annual KaCSFFS Chili Cook-off drew a large number (for us) of contender-chili recipes, from relatively mild to extremely spicy. Members enjoyed the samples, and when the votes were counted, the winners were:

(Third Place): Mom's Midwestern Chili-moderate spice (David Means)
(Second Place): I Dub Thee Chili Bob!-very spicy (Jim Murray)
(First Place): Torn Label Chili-moderate to spicy (Carol Doms)

IMAGES: The photo of our panelists was taken with their permission by Jan S. Gephardt, for this post and other KaCSFFS publicity. 
We extend many thanks to Slashfilm via The Gryphon (includes a review), for the American Gods image; to GameRant for the Castlevania image; to Flixable for the Dark image; to Honk if You Love Justice's review of the series for the Defenders image; to Wikipedia for the title card image for The Gifted; to Script (with a post about the craft of scriptwriting), for the image from The Handmaid's Tale; to Next Episode for the Happy! image; to Live 105 for the Punisher logo; to YouTube for the image for A Series of Unfortunate Events (nice trailer here); and to Wallhaven for the Star Trek: Discovery title image.
Our deepest thanks also go to The Emmys for the title image of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath; to SkyBound for the title image for Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics, and the link to the YouTube trailer; and to IGN via YouTube for the Black Lightning image (and official trailer). We appreciate you all!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent recap. Congratulations to the winning chili's..they were mighty tasty!!