New and Upcoming Sci-Fi TV

Exposition Manchu : entre science et science-fiction by  Mediatheque Quimperlé
Exposition Manchu : entre science et science-fiction by Mediatheque Quimperlé

Sci-Fi is making a comeback to the small screen, after a bit of a lull. Movies have been blowing up with titles like Interstellar, Big Hero 6, Hunger Games, and the upcoming Jupiter Ascending over the past year, but we haven’t seen much in the way of television. Now, we’ve got some shows to look forward to again.

12 Monkeys

The second episode of this new series adapted from the movie comes out today. Having watched the first episode, this show looks pretty promising. Syfy’s 12 Monkeys follows a time-traveler who comes from a plague-ridden future back to 2015 to stop the plague at its roots. This isn’t Syfy’s only new show, they’re lining up a number of new series to help put the channel back on the map. 

The Star vs. The Forces of Evil

This animated Disney Channel show premiered Sunday and the first episode received pretty good reviews. According to IMDB, the series follows Star Butterfly, an Intergalactic warrior who comes to Earth as a high-schooler and lives with an Earth family.

Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter is a personal favorite of mine among new TV. In this eight episode first season Agent Peggy Carter helps Howard Stark save-face, while proving to the many men she works with at the Strategic Scientific Reserve that she’s more than just a pair of nice legs. Too bad she’d blow her cover if she told them it was her who was saving their butts time and time again.

Westworld

This hyped new series is set to premiere on HBO this year from creators Jonathan Nolan (as in brother of Chris) and Lisa Joy Nolan. Westworld is the adaptation of the 1973 film by the same name. The story-line centers around a western themed amusement park, where cowboy robots cause trouble after the computer system breaks down.

The Expanse

This highly anticipated Syfy series comes out this year, adapted from the Expanse book series by James S.A. Corey. The first book in the series is Leviathan Wakes, set in a future where we’ve colonized the solar system. Ice mine Jim Holden and Detective Miller must discover the mysteries of an abandoned ship and a missing girl. In a word: So Excited! (oh wait, that’s two).

The Whispers

This Steven Spielberg produced ABC show, based on a Ray Bradbury short story will premiere sometime this year. The plot involves an alien takeover through the manipulation of children.

Sense8

This is a new Netflix show from the Wachowskis (The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) about a group who are linked through the mind. Set to release in 2015.

Humans

Humans will play on AMC in the U.S. sometime this year. Set in an alternate present, this show is about cyborg servants that look human and actual humans who can buy them. The show is based on a Swedish series, whose title I cannot pronounce.

Killjoys

Set to release this year, Killjoys is another Syfy original from the producers of Orphan Black. This show will be about three bounty hunters in a faraway planetary system, which is about to be engaged in an interplanetary war.


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