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When the Folklore Doesn’t Hit Home in Netflix’s Spectros

5 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Anyone who loves the supernatural flavour which comes out of traditional Japan should tune into Spectros right away! The series blends paranormal with breakfast club mentality from three teens–Pardal (Danilo Mesquita), Carla (Mariana Sena) and Mila (Cláudia Okuno)–coming together to deal with the supernatural coalescing in their neighbourhood of Liberdade in São Paulo, Brazil.

Ultimately, this series is the type of cheesy pulp action style fun expected when showrunner Douglas Petrie was a key figure in the production of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

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The Internet, or is it the Interview of Everything? The Future is Connectivity

20 Mar

Broadcast Premiere
March 22, 2020
on CBC Docs

9:00 PM EST
and will stream on CBC GEM afterwards

The cyberpunk revolution is here. No, we don’t have massive corporations in control yet, but the Internet–the backbone of what drives data back and forth between the user and computer systems–is considered everywhere. Brett Gaylor‘s The Internet of Everything nicely explores where we are at presently and perhaps where it will go.

His documentary suggests two possibilities: It will either be a surveillance nightmare or an eco-utopia. The outcome is based on what start-ups in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen will offer. Gaylor is a tech junkie much like how I am. We both hail from Victoria, British Columbia with its own unique tech scene. This city has a technology park interested in creating a future for all to enjoy.

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Coming Next Month: Red Dwarf Season 13!

12 Mar

Image result for red dwarf season 13Coming April 2020.

The upcoming teaser trailer for the next “season” of Red Dwarf dropped early this week, and it’s a doozy! With only a few lines of dialogue, all we know (without knowing the synopsis) is that the titular space ship is facing some kind of imminent shut down and the crew must leave. However, strife between the crew continues to exist. Rimmer says, “You don’t need me. I’m not sure you ever did.” Lester tries to be the voice of reason and reveals the gang has to stay together. Kryton stated the obvious. They need a new ship and The Cat, as usual, freaks out. The visuals are sparse. We see an enormous ship chasing after what we assume is the Starbug.

This special replaces the episodic format previous seasons had. As the series looks like it’ll take a darker turn for the gang, the comedy which defines the show will no doubt remain intact. In what they have to face, however, will have ramifications for the future of this wonderful show. I can only imagine that there will no longer be the Red Dwarf spaceship, if the cries of fear are any indication. Just where can they live, or will it be an end? The love for this series is strong, and I suspect two more seasons can be made before the performers get too old.

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Netflix’s Ragnarok Reviewed & Renewed for Season Two!

8 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

There can only be one legacy after season one of Netflix’s Ragnarok has occurred. Anyone familiar with the Norse mythology knows it’s about the end times of this world; the clash of gods and giants devastates everything and what happens afterwards is simple: life is renewed. And for those who enjoyed watching this series, season two is confirmed!

In the work, THE CHILDREN OF ODIN: The Book of Northern Myths By Padraic Colum, after the original devastation, two humans survived. “They wakened, the world was green and beautiful again. These two fed on the dews of the morning; a woman and a man they were, Lif and Lifthrasir. They walked abroad in the world, and from them and from their children came the men and women who spread themselves over the earth.”

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