Congratulations! Assuming you make it to midnight, you have officially survived the first half of 2017 — only six months to go! Hurrah! To celebrate, I’m even kicking this week’s pop-culture round up with a piece of good(…ish) news, at least for Sense8 fans. Today co-creator Lana Wachowski posted a letter to the show’s social media thanking fans for being awesome after the show was cancelled a few weeks ago, and announcing that the series will wrap up with a two-hour special on Netflix next year. This isn’t as good as a whole new season, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the crappy limbo Netflix seemed determined to leave fans in, so we take what we can get. Of course, this begs many a question, and the loudest one at the moment is, why didn’t they just do this in the first place? Still, small-y yay!
Also from Netflix this week, is a new trailer and featurette about their upcoming live-action US adaptation of classic Manga Death Note. There’s a lot to be concerned about with this one, but here’s where the Netflix model gets interesting: it kinda doesn’t matter. It’s a movie, not a series, so it’s not asking for any sort of loyalty, and, if you’re already subscriber, you’ve already paid for it, and you don’t have to leave the house or even put on pants to watch it. So you will. I will. We’re all just part of the machine now. Accept it.
…. Okay. Moving on, or back, subterranean killer-worm franchise Tremors has been rumbling around under the pop-culture surface mostly ignored for the past twenty-seven years, but it looks like that might be about to change. This week SyFy announced that they’ve picked up the pilot for a new series starring original worm-fighter Kevin Bacon. The new series is less reboot and more continuation of the original story, set twenty-five years later, and I, for one, welcome the 2010’s continued mining of GenX’s adolescence for new content. At least us old-timers don’t have to learn a whole lot of new lingo, right?
Speaking of… Star Trek: Discovery is still on track to hit our screens in less than three months, and this is still very, very, very exciting! This week showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg have dropped a few more details about their influences in pulling together the new series, and what fans can expect in September. Spoiler: there may be Klingons.
Another long-running franchise that keeps on being very, very exciting is Doctor Who. The current season wraps up this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we’re any closer to finding out who the Doctor is going to regenerate as next — that’s not going to happen until the Christmas special, which we won’t get until, well, Christmas. In the meantime, this love letter to the aggressive queerness of Captain Jack Harkness — accessible to Whovians and normies alike — is kind of great.
In other television news, this week we got the first trailer for (US) ABC’s Marvel Inhumans series, coming in the fall. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I found this a little… generic, and not particularly visually impressive, at least for something that’s being shot on IMAX and premiering on the big screen. And at least one commentator has taken understandable issue with Medusa’s hair. Let’s hope it looks a little more alive come September.
The Marvel costuming team is having better luck on the big screen, at least according to some leaked photos we got this week of Iron Man’s Avengers: Infinity War armour. There’s a lot of chatter about Infinity War at the moment, even though it’s only just starting shooting and not out until next year, but very little of it is definite, and it looks like that’s the way Marvel want to keep it — to the extent that they’re not even letting their friendly neighbourhood Spiderman read the whole script because Tom Holland is so bad at keeping secrets. Which, in a slow news week, I kinda love, if I’m honest.
Also kind of adorkable in a slow news week, is Edgar Wright’s reaction to being asked if he’s ever seen Ant-Man. Oof. Baby Driver is out this week and, at this point, is getting so much critical love it’s ended up with a stellar fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so, you know, he’s probably going to be okay. You can go see how okay for yourselves in cinemas from next week.
One thing you probably won’t get to see, according to one cast member on Twitter, is a sequel to Christopher Nolan’s Inception. This isn’t exactly surprising, with the cast tied up in the spidey-verse or being all Oscar-winning Hollywood Royalty or running online collaborative production companies, but that doesn’t mean it’s not disappointing. On the bright side, the lack of sequel means we can keep debating what that ending means for at least a few more years (until DiCaprio caves, I reckon).
And finally this week, news flash: some people definitely have more money than you. Seriously, though, nearly three million smackers for forty-three inches of metal that is only compiled from parts used during the filming of the original Star Wars movies? Pffft. Save your pennies for something actually impressive, kids.
And on that note, this half-year is done. See you next week, folks!