STAR TREK PICARD S3: I had high expectations for this final season, and halfway through they have actually managed to exceed them. I was already excited about finally getting the entire crew back together. What I never could have predicted, and what truly excites me, is using the Founders from DS9 as the villains. Never in a million years did I think Picard S3 would be a stealth sequel to DS9, my favorite Trek series. Wow! Everything about this season has been stellar so far. The main story is a great mystery, the action is great, the returning characters are great, and there’s a ton of truly mind-blowing Easter eggs. This is the pinnacle of NuTrek.
STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN S3: Very happy with this season thus far. The first four episodes were all winners. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how swiftly the plot is moving forward instead of drawing things out with interrupting side quests until the season finale. The show just keeps looking better and I love having Bo Katan in every episode.
STAR WARS BAD BATCH S2: This show is fine but it just doesn’t feel vital to me at all. I love the Prequel Era and the Clone Wars but I just fundamentally do not care about the Clones so having an entire series starring them always felt like a massive missed opportunity to me.
THE FLASH S9: The show has been incredibly uneven since Crisis on Infinite Earths in 2019 and the pandemic limitations thereafter. I still don’t think it ever truly returned to greatness but this opening arc with the Red Death was very enjoyable. I was very glad to see them finally using the Rogues again s they are the primary villains in the comic book yet have been essentially absent since Season 1. I’m hopeful the series will have a strong final season to leave a good memory for this truly exceptional Arrowverse shared universe. In its heyday this was the television equivalent of the MCU.
THE LAST OF US: I haven’t played the game. It was a very well done post-apocalyptic drama that really made me care about the characters more so than other shows like Walking Dead. My number one complaint? Not enough cordy-zombies! They’re barely in the series! But I have read the show was meticulously faithful to the game and I really appreciate that.
VOX MACHINA S2: I haven’t finished the season yet but this is a really cute show. It’s legitimately funny and I’m finding the storyline of this season much more interesting than the first one. I really love these characters and their interactions.