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The Mandalorian finds his bounty

The Mandalorian Chapter 1 Review

Finally, after more than a decade of speculation our first live-action Star Wars show has arrived. After having seen this episode it feels Star Wars is back being relevant again. With eight episodes in the first season there is a lot riding on this show for Disney, especially as it is intended to be the flagship series for their streaming service Disney+. Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian does what it needs to do. It raises questions and it sets the stage. The first third of the episode establishes that the main characters The Mandalorian (played...

Happy Halloween landscape

Happy Halloween 2019 + schedule for the fall

I will start by wishing everybody a Happy Halloween Halloween is slowly starting to become more of an event where I live. In fact I saw the first pumpkin lanterns just now as I was walking outside through the autumn coldness. And there is plenty to do this Halloween weekend. Playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Outer Worlds, or watching Terminator: Dark Fate or Malificent 2. However, with just two months left in this year It is also time to reflect. For the last few months it has been very busy here at SciFiEmpire.net. This article included makes for 13...

Treadstone Review - John played by Jeremy Irvine

Treadstone The Cicada Protocol Review

Treadstone is a new series depicting the origin stories of the secretive CIA assassins from The Bourne Ultimatum movie series – and novel by Robert Ludlum. I hadn’t really noticed this series coming – the first I heard of it was in the spring. But after yesterday’s premiere I am glad I have taken an interest in this series. It is dark, mysterious and offers a bountiful springboard for more, but with a few caveats. The episode starts with an man restlessly restrained in a chair at a Stasi facility in East Berlin – sometime before the collapse of communism....

Mr. Robot '402 Payment Required' Review 6

Mr. Robot ‘402 Payment Required’ Review

It has been a while since I reviewed Mr. Robot. The show starring Rami Malek and created by Sam Esmail has been a favorite since the beginning, but also hard to review. This episode was however very enjoyable and easy to follow. The latter cannot be said often of this show, which I think has alienated many viewers. If you want an easy intro to season 4, then this is your review to read. Mr. Robot will be ending with its fourth season. After this episode there are only 8 more to go, not much time left to fully conclude...

Will Byers Secret Files 4

Read my review of Will Byers Secret Files

It has only been just over 2 months since season 3 of Stranger Things aired on Netflix. The series, set in the early 80s has been a fan favorite since its start in 2016. Featuring a group of youths in the town of Hawkins, Indiana who must deal with the illegal experiments wrought upon its citizens. Will Byers is one of the group members. The other core members are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Eleven (El). However over the course of three season this group as changed, now Mad Max, Steve and Jonathan can also be said to be included. The...

Lucy Liu in The Fashion of Elementary Season 7 Printed Silk Turtleneck Dress by Marc Jacobs and Jakeen Belt by Isabel Marant

The Fashion of Elementary Season 7

Elementary may have concluded, but that does not mean we cannot admire its fashion one last time. For seven seasons I have admired how Rebecca Hofherr and her supporting staff clothed Joan and Sherlock. Joan especially sported a trendy, urban but also daring style. While wearing miniskirt and high heels to a crime scene may not be too sensible it is stylish. Her style is more reminiscent of boardrooms, luxury dining and trendy Manhattan neighborhoods. As Elementary sported plenty of each her look was just perfect. Sherlock’s fashion changed over the course of 7 seasons. From sensible 30s something urban...

The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance - Gelflings

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Review

The Dark Crystal is one of those 80s movie that makes you think they were using a lot more weed than you might think. The movie was directed by the late Jim Henson and Frank Oz (Yoda). Henson was always a genius and I am still saddened when I think of his passing in 1990. A sequel to the 1982 fantasy movie had long been rumored, but it still came as a surprise that Netflix would take up the offer to produce a 10-part series. The world of The Dark Crystal So what is The Dark Crystal all about? The...

Mindhunter Season 2 Review - Carr Holden and Tench talk to Gunn

Mindhunter Season 2 Review – Fincher returns to Netflix

Mindhunter season 2 is now available on Netflix. The show, created by David Fincher, tells the story of the FBI unit tasked with profiling incarcerated serial killers. Mindhunter is not director David Fincher’s first foray into this topic. His previous show Hannibal also delved deeply into it, with more horror and suspense. Movies such as Seven, Zodiac, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac have practically defined the serial killer genre in the last 20 years. Mindhunter takes a step away from those stories and gives the viewer a more realistic and nuanced look at serial killers. There are no...

Elementary series finale review - Moriarty's funeral

Elementary series finale review goodbye to Sherlock

After seven seasons Elementary is coming to a close. Just like so many other series I will learn with not being able to get my seasonal shot of Elementary. With this episode an era ends in which Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu managed a unique spin with their re-telling of the Sherlock Holmes franchise. And yet there were times Elementary felt like it had outlived its existence. After season 2 the repetitive nature of the show became a problem. Hard-edged stories became fewer while series regulars weren’t regular enough. And so Elementary continued over the years, with some improvements...

Another Life - Katee Sackhoff as Niko Breckinridge

Another Life Review – Katee Sackhoff stars on Netflix

Since a few days Netflix has released a new show – the Sci-Fi drama Another Life. The show stars Katee Sackhoff as captain Niko Breckinridge of the interstellar ship The Salvare. Set about a 100 years into the future her crew if tasked with travelling to the origin of an alien artifact that has recently landed on earth. Another Life is a not a difficult show to describe. It is a show that wants to be both Arrival and Star Trek at once. It tries to pack in a lot in just 10 episode, on a low budget. Arguably it...

Killjoys S05E01 Run Yala Run Review - Hannah John-Kamen as Yala

Killjoys S05E01 “Run Yala Run” Review

Killjoys has just started its fifth and final season on Syfy. The first episode of the season, “Run Yala Run”, tries to reconnect with casual viewers. Yet, I found it hard to follow some aspects of the story despite having watched the previous season. That said, the characters fulfill alternate roles in this episodes. The humor and drama make it a fun watch. Killjoys is in many ways similar to series such as Farscape and Firefly. They are all set in a universes with little references to Earth or a specific period in history. This is on purpose of course,...

Stranger Things Season 3 Review - Will Mike and Eleven meet cerebro

Stranger Things Season 3 Review

Stranger Things is the Sci-Fi / Horror series to watch. This hit-show by Netflix has been going since 2016 and so far had a remarkable record with connecting to its audience. Set in the middle of the 80s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana it follows a group of teens as they uncover the various mysteries that affect them. The first two seasons dealt with the Upside Down, the result of an experiment to open a portal to another universe. The teenage cast includes characters such as Eleven (who has telekinetic powers), her boyfriend Mike and their eclectic set...

Another Life - Katee Sackhoff as Niko

Another Life Preview – Starbuck returns with her own show!

Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming Sci-Fi series Another Life. The series is set for a release on July 25th and will consist of 10 episodes. It stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica and Longmire) as well as Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions and Hellboy). So what is Another Life all about? Well the official synopsis goes as follows “Another Life follows the story of an astronaut and a space crew, who are on a mission to investigate the origins of an alien artifact that mysteriously appeared on Earth. As the crew attempt to search for alien intelligence, they...

SciFiEmpire 8th anniversary

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 8th anniversary!

It has been 8 years to the day that I made my first post on this blog. Strictly speaking SciFiEmpire.net already existed for a few weeks before that, but I was still figuring out how to set up WordPress. It has been a long road. Looking back at some posts I wrote it feels like the Sci-Fi scene has changed drastically. Back then we still had shows such as Eureka, Person of Interest, Warehouse 13, Alphas and Alcatraz on the air. In fact, streaming services hardly existed. SciFiEmpire.net has had its up and downs since then. Arguably blogging has made...

Good Omens - a demon and an angel

Good Omens Review perfect adaptation of Pratchett & Gaiman

During the last two days I have binge watched Good Omens, a series produced by the BBC and Amazon. The series is based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman from 1990. Sadly Pratchett died in 2015, but Gaiman is acting as showrunner with the good fortune that it stays true to its source material. So what is Good Omens about? So what is Good Omens about? Well, that is not so easily explained. Essentially the forces of light and dark, heaven and hell are containing their eternal struggle. Angel Aziraphale is responsible for making people on Earth...

Elementary S07E01 The Further Adventures Review

After almost a year Elementary is back for its seventh and final season. I have been reviewing the show since the beginning. And though I have complained about some of its weaker aspects I am always grateful to see Lucy Liu as Joan and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock return as the famous detective duo. Elementary can be formulaic at times. The murder mystery is just a prop for character development. That is also the case with this episode – The Further Adventures. And so the murder mystery is bit of a let down. The victim, a famous paparazzi model...