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If you have watched any of the following series, I would love your opinion.
Well written?
Cast/creator diversity?
Sexism/racism/other $fail?

The Colony
Into the Badlands

Do you recommend any other TV series (prefer crime/mystery/sf) that are available on DVD and are fun, diverse, and not too $faily?

Date: 13 Feb 2017 02:33 am (UTC)
tagryn: Owl icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] tagryn
Do you mean "The Colony" on the Discovery Channel, or "Colony" on the USA network?

Date: 20 Feb 2017 12:43 pm (UTC)
tagryn: Owl icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] tagryn
I really enjoy "Colony," but I'm aware I may be in the minority on that. It has something of a "V"/"They Live"/"Handmaid's Tale" vibe for me, in that its about the aftermath of an alien arrival, but the plot is mostly about how the humans in this ghetto that LA is now find ways to survive from day to day, whether to resist the invasion or to try to get along and collaborate with the authoritarian Quisling human gov't that the aliens have put into power. So, someone looking for hard sci-fi rather than human drama will probably be disappointed, since the setting is more there to set up the character interactions than vice-versa.

The writing is generally pretty good, I don't feel like I have to turn my brain off as with a show like "24." They haven't quite ventured off the cliff like "Lost" did of having too many different sideplots that they lose track of them all.

As far as diversity, the main cast is all white and thin and isn't really set up to represent a spectrum of anything; there's a few AA and Asian characters, but they're all minor. I haven't looked at the writing or production staff. Sexual diversity isn't explored. I think it passes the Bechdel test in the infrequent times women talk to one another directly, but the writers aren't going out of their way on that one, either.

Unfortunately "Colony"'s probably only going to get two seasons, since this year they've been relegated to the graveyard of 10 PM on Fridays.


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