2016 was a bad year for celebrity deaths and gorillas called Harambe, but it was a good year for television. What can we look forward in 2017?
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Finally, the holiday period is over. Everyone is heading back to work and the Christmas decorations are coming down. The diets are starting, the gyms are full (for now) and everyone is a little bitter fatter and a little bit poorer than they were before December started. Whatever your views on the global events of 2016, I think we can all agree that it was a pretty good year for television. Admittedly, these reviews come from a Sci-Fi fan so expect spaceships and forehead ridges…
Before I look at what we can look forward to in 2017, here is the best of television from 2016:
The trailer looked great and I was extremely excited about this show from the very start. It has been some time since I’d seen a science fiction series with such potential and I was slightly worried that it wouldn’t get the reception it deserved. It took a while to get into, and some of the plotlines were fairly mistreated at the start, but visuals were superb and the actors well-used. The success of the show led to The Expanse getting a second season starting in 2017.
The fact that the show got 6 Emmy’s this year pays tribute to how good the show actually was. Rami Malek won an Emmy as best actor and a third season is confirmed for 2017.
The Night Of
The Night Of was truly a dark and deceitful show. Did he do it? Didn’t he? We still don’t actually know, but it highlighted the shortcomings of prison life and how the treatment of prisoners can be extremely counterproductive. A brilliant show and some top-class acting from a brilliant cast.
This was probably the shock of the year. I wasn’t expecting much when a buddy recommended the show, but I watched the entire series in a day and it was the perfect hangover cure.
The 4 kids involved have all become stars because of this creepily good show about an evil mirror universe. Winona Ryder was faultless as a spiraling-out-of-control mother who’d lost her child and the rest of the cast were also stellar.
Westworld had it all. It had stellar class led by Anthony Hopkins and a huge budget. It was immensely orchestrated as a science fiction Western and had more twists and turns than a presidential election. Big plot twists kept me watching every week, although my partner bemoaned our treatment of the hosts throughout and brought up the ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence. A brilliant show and a brilliant concept with great performances all-round.
And here’s what we can expect in 2017:
Stranger Things – Season 2
One of the best shows of 2016 gets a second series that promises to be as bizarrely watchable as the first. The teaser trailer doesn’t offer us much to go on, but you can be sure that this show will get huge audiences who were massively entertained from the first season. The biggest asset of the first season was the gang of kids involved and they are all returning for the second season. Eleven, Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin, Nancy, Steve and Jonathan will all be return, as well as a few new characters.
Release date: Definitely 2017, probably summer.
It rarely happens that a supporting character in a series is so good that he gets his own series. This is what happened with Frank Castle in Daredevil. The show promises to be brutal and violent but incredibly dark and satisfying.
Release date TBA
Luke Cage was a pretty cool show. Daredevil and Jessica Jones were also very enjoyable; so why not bring them all together? Well that is exactly what Netflix have done in a new show that brings several Marvel heroes together in a dream team. The cast looks stellar with Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones being joined by Sigourney Weaver.
Release date TBA
The Expanse – Season 2
One of the best things about the first season of The Expanse was the Martian Navy. The Martians were seriously cool and despite coming across as arrogant and obnoxious, they were a great addition to the show. The producers obviously saw the opportunity and the Martian Navy will feature heavily in the next series.
Starts February 1st
Star Trek: Discovery
As a lifelong Trekkie I have to be incredibly excited about Star Trek coming home to television. Star Trek fans are traditionally the hardest group of fans to please and the teaser trailer was met with mixed reactions but fans should just be happy that the show is back on television. We know there will be Klingons, and we know that the show will be from the point of view of a lower ranking female aboard the ship. We’ve had few casting announcements so far, but very little else in the way of leaks. The writers are all experienced and appreciated by fans, and a Roddenberry is involved in the production. Despite Bryan Fuller leaving before the filming started, he did has had a strong influence on the show and we should have something special on our hands.
Starts in May.