My week in science fiction tv viewing

Y: The Last Man (2021) is available to watch on Disney+. It tells the story of what happens when nearly all creatures with a Y chromosome die on the same day. The Y in the title refers to a 27-year-old magician called Yorick; he and his pet monkey survive the catastrophe, but nobody knows why.

I’m half way through season one of Y: The Last Man. The best thing about the first five episodes is the character of Agent 355, played by Ashley Romans. She’s as bad ass as James Bond and just as able. It’s Agent 355’s job to protect Yorick, played by Ben Schnetzer. Yorick is a less appealing character. The son of a leading politician, he comes across as entitled and bratty. But he’s not awful, so maybe there’s hope for him yet.

I quite like Y: The Last Man but it’s not exactly grabbing me by the lapels. Its depiction of the world after the loss of all the males is realistically bleak but that doesn’t make for entertaining viewing. I think the writers could have lightened things up by showing some characters capably managing local situations for the good of everybody. Instead it’s all riots, conspiracy, food hoarding and people shooting each other. Grim, grim, grim.

This week I’ve also been watching Foundation (2021) on Apple TV. The series is based on short stories by the iconic science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. The tv show is a vast, complicated saga set on multiple planets over many decades. It’s visually stunning and well worth watching if you love escapism and world building.

This week I also started watching The Book of Boba Fett (2022) on Disney +. This series is a Star Wars spin off set on the desert planet Tatooine. (Luke Skywalker’s home planet.)

Now, here’s a confession that may appal you. I’m not particularly excited about Stars Wars. I’ve seen the movies but it’s never got me going in the way that Star Trek has. Last week I decided to try again with Star Wars, which is why I started watching Boba Fett.

So far, I’m impressed by the world building. The sand people feature quite a bit in the early episodes. But I’m still not enthusiastic about the story. I don’t care about the characters. I hope that changes as I’d like to see why fans love Star Wars so much.

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