Travelers Season 3: Spoiler-Free Review of Episodes 1-3 (Ilsa, Yates & Protocol 3)

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While I’m trying to calm down enough to write my recap of Travelers season 3, episode 1, I’ve decided to write a quick, spoiler-free review of the three episodes I’ve watched so far. I need to watch so closely and pay so much attention to detail in order to write recaps that sometimes I forget how much I LOVE THIS SHOW!!

I suppose a review has to be more than emojis and me saying, “I really, really love Travelers,” over and over, though. ūüėė‚̧ԳŹ

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Altered Carbon Season 2: Production Begins & Other News

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Time for an update on Netflix’s cyberpunk bodyswapping series Altered Carbon, which got off to a slow start, but, according to Google Trends, ended up being the 2nd most searched for TV show title of 2018. Netflix has been slow in releasing news about season 2, with little known so far about the plot or returning cast, but, finally, tidbits of information are starting to appear.

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EW’s (& Metawitches) Best TV Songs of 2018

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EW.com is posting their series of end of the year articles with their picks for best of everything in the entertainment world for 2018. I usually don’t get involved in those judgments, because I’m never able to pick favorites or list them in top to bottom order without long-winded explanations full of exceptions to my choices. Sort of like what’s happening with this explanation.

BUT- over the weekend, EW posted their picks for the 5 best songs of 2018 which originated on TV shows, and I have to hand it to them, as these are all great songs. I only knew of about half of them before. I have a song that I think should be added to the list, from back when Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was still putting effort into more of its songs.

I may add to this list if I remember more songs from 2018 over the next week/ish.

EW Picks, My Commentary:

“This One’s for You” sung by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, from the 2018 Tony Awards

How is it that these two beloved, multi-talented performers, who’ve both been around for decades, have never won anything? Well, for example, Sara Bareilles’ Broadway show, Waitress, was shut out of a Tony win the year Hamilton swept the awards. Great for Hamilton, not so great for all of the other deserving shows and artists.

This song uses humor and a great melody to emphasize their camaraderie with the losers of the night, which, inevitably, was most of the audience, and to highlight the unsung heroes of Broadway, the ensemble players, who don’t win awards but form the backbone of every show. It was ironic but classy and good-natured, setting the tone for the night.

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Netflix’s Transfers: Season 1 Episode 3 Recap

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In episode 3, Florian digs deep into the realities of Sylvain Bernard’s life and world. After finding out in episode 2 that Sylvain took part in the beating of political enemies with Gabe, Florian realizes that he needs to find out as much as he can about the life he’s taken over. To this end, he acquires the recordings of his sessions with Sister Viviane and he tries to get to know Sylvain’s son. Both share information about Sylvain he isn’t sure he wants to hear.

Sylvain’s grown son, Fabrice, is involved with an organized illegal transfer business. Fabrice’s job is to lure an unsuspecting young woman into a relationship, then, once the client has approved her, trick her into becoming a transfer for a famous pianist. This transfer is meant to show us how specific and open the very wealthy can be with their transfers, despite the fact that the procedure amounts to murder.

Thomas is hospitalized for his injuries, which has Florian and Sophie on edge. Liza hangs around the hospital to keep tabs on them. Eventually, she goes to meet with Fausto, to make some financial arrangements that she can’t make as a child. Liza makes another visit to an old friend, with disturbing consequences. But this time, we find out who is hiding inside Liza’s skin.

Childhood has its benefits and drawbacks, even for a transfer.

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Travelers Season 3: New Trailer and First Look Photos [Updated]

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Update 12/6/18: Added in-depth video interview with Eric McCormack, including clip from S3 Ep1, from Build and Eric McCormack’s appearance on Stephen Colbert, with clip.

Travelers has finally put out a trailer for their new season, coming December 14th, and change is in the air. Among other things, I spotted new Faction members, a new FBI supervisor, couples in trouble, and this:

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I don’t recognize the city, so if anyone does, let me know. Is it Vancouver or Seattle of the present or future? Somewhere else?

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Netflix’s Transfers: Season 1 Episode 2 Recap

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In episode 2, Florian learns more about Sylvain Bernard and the plight of the transfers, as he works the case of two transfers who’ve escaped from the Transfer Center. He and B√©atrice search for a missing man who was a young Chinese paraplegic. He had a legal, therapeutic transfer into the body of an able-bodied young white man. Now, he faces prejudice from his family and the community.

Florian also continues his reunion with Sophie and his children, with mixed results. He spends an evening with the family, which goes well. He and Sophie try being intimate, which is a disaster. They both need more time to adjust to Florian’s new situation.

As Sylvain’s coworkers try to figure out the changes in him, we learn that he wasn’t universally liked. We also learn that he had some questionable ethics. We get to know the members of the BATI better, and visit the Transfer Center, where the people they arrest are sent. As part of the investigation, this episode gives us our first look into the world of underground illegal transfers.

As episode 2 begins, Liza, the girl from the end of episode 1, ties a ribbon around her ponytail, then surveys the rest of her hair ornaments, of which there are many. They all disgust her.

She can hear her parents arguing downstairs about the changes they’ve noticed in her. Mom thinks she’s a transfer. Dad thinks their little girl is just growing up.

They aren’t the first parents to wonder if their preteen child is a changeling. In this case, they’re correct.

Liza takes care of “her” parents to ensure their silence, then eats breakfast as their blood drips onto the carpet.

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Netflix’s Transfers Season 1 Episode 1 Recap

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This is a recap. My review of Transfers Season 1 is HERE.

Transfers (Transferts) is a French science fiction-thriller series from the Arte network, which aired in November, 2017. The entire 6 episode series, which was created and written by Patrick Benedek and Claude Scasso, is now streaming on Netflix. Transfers won Best French Series and Best Actor (for star Arieh Worthalter) at the 2017 Séries Mania Festival, an international festival. The series was filmed in Belgium.

Transfers follows the story of Florian Bassot, a down to earth cabinetmaker and married father of two. Florian goes into a five year coma after suffering a swimming accident. He’s woken up from his coma by his wife Sophie’s uncle, Dr Vautier, who has transferred his mind into the body of another man, anti-transfer paramilitary officer Sylvain Bernard.

Sylvain was shot in the shoulder, but died from a reaction to the anesthetic used in his surgery to remove the bullet. His doctor kept his death a secret, and brought him to the transfer center for Dr Vautier to use in his experiments. Florian is confused when he awakens and sees his own dead body on the next table.

Since no one knows Sylvain is braindead, and everyone thinks Florian is braindead, Florian/Sylvain must assume Sylvain’s life as a violent officer in the anti-transfer police, the BATI. He’s forced to try to convince the people who were closest to Sylvain that he has amnesia, while navigating the world of illegal underground transfers and organized crime, as well as attempting to secretly rekindle his marriage to Sophie and reconnect with his children.

All while trying to avoid being identified as an illegal transfer, arrested, and interned in the transfer center for life.

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Netflix’s Transfers: Season 1 Review

*This is a review of Season 1. Recaps of individual episodes can be found HERE and on the Home Page as they are published.*

Transfers (or Transferts) is a 6 episode science fiction-thriller series, produced in France, which is now streaming on Netflix. The series aired in France in November, 2017, after having won Best French Series and Best Actor (for star Arieh Worthalter) at the 2017 Séries Mania Festival, an international festival. Transfers was created and written by Patrick Benedek and Claude Scasso.

Transfers takes place in the near future in a generic French city. Florian Bassot, a woodworker and family man, drowns while boating with his wife and children. He wakes up after having been in a coma for 5 years, and finds himself in another man’s body. While he was asleep, body swapping technology was developed, legalized, and then made illegal again two years later.

His wife, Sophie, never gave up on Florian, and arranged to have his mind transferred into the body of Sylvain Bernard, a brutal member of the anti-transfer police force, known as the BATI. Sylvain was shot in the shoulder, but died during surgery from a reaction to the anesthetic. Even though transfers are illegal, Sophie’s uncle, Dr Vautier, is a major researcher in the field, so he was able to secretly help her and Florian.

There is a thriving black market in illegal transfers and the kidnapping of young healthy people for their bodies has become a crime wave. An anti-transfer offshoot of the Catholic church has grown up around a young, charismatic priest named Father Luc, who believes that transfers are doomed by God. Father Luc uses technology to his benefit in slightly unscrupulous ways, and has an order of fanatical bald nuns who follow him. Father Luc also has a wealthy patron, Dangeac, who has supported his work from the beginning.

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Travelers: Netflix Announces Release Date for Season 3

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After what feels like a very long wait, but actually wasn’t, Netflix has FINALLY announced the release date for season 3 of their science fiction time travel series Travelers. Prior seasons of the show, which stars Eric McCormack, were shown weekly on the Canadian network Showcase before being released all at once to the rest of the world on Netflix. After Showcase decided to back out of its part in producing Travelers season 3, Netflix took over production completely, so everyone will get the show at the same time this year.

And when will that be? I’ll let the Travelers Twitter do the honors:

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Upcoming Supernatural Shows Part 1: Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina [Videos]

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Halloween is almost upon us and it’s time for some witchy fun! Next week, on Friday October 26, two relatively lighthearted supernatural series will join the pack. NBC’s Midnight, Texas, based on the book series by Charlaine Harris, author of True Blood/the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, will return for season 2. And the entire first season of the Riverdale quasi spin off The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, from the same team who brought Archie, Veronica and Bughead to life, will debut on Netflix the same day.

In this post, let’s look at Sabrina, then I’ll make a second post for Midnight, Texas.

238px-chilling_adventuresof_sabrina_issue_2Sabrina is based on the teenage witch from the comics, most specifically from the comic series of the same name written by creator and showrunner¬†Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also the showrunner for the CW’s Riverdale. It’s not connected to the 90s sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, though I imagine the writers won’t be able to resist throwing in some inside jokes.

The show stars¬†Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, a half human-half witch teenager who has a big decision to make on her 16th birthday.¬†Lucy Davis plays Hilda Spellman, the more maternal of Sabrina’s two aunts, who act as her guardians.¬†Miranda Otto plays Zelda Spellman, a fierce, protective witch who wants Sabrina to follow in her footsteps as a devotee of the Dark Lord. (Guess JK Rowling doesn’t own that phrase.)¬†Ross Lynch is Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina’s sweet, clueless, human boyfriend, who has no idea what’s really going on in the town of Greendale, where Sabrina’s chilling adventures take place. The cast is rounded out by¬†Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Richard Coyle, and Tati Gabrielle, who play various friends, allies and enemies of Sabrina.

Updated 10/25/18: Added video of Sabrina’s comic book-style opening credits.

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