Netflix Another life continued.

‘But Fortunately’ Should not be in a writers tool box.

But Fortunately!

AHHH!  This story could be so much better.   Netflix, hire a consultant from NASA, would you?  Hire Michelle Thaller, she could assist you in making this a little more believable.

After yesterday, I wrote about the miserable failure of this series and then I slept on it.  Things like this trouble me.  Much like working for someone else, I will give no less than my best, and I expect my employees to do the same.

Today I watched a few more episodes during my lunch and dinner break.

I must say that they seriously need to hire a technical advisor, as anyone with a brain in their heads would know better than to do the stupid shit that they do.  Not only are there mistakes like this but also while they are supposed to be on the other ship, the camera clearly pans past stuff that is from the ship she is on.

Oh, we have a contagion, we must all step into the airlock and be jettisoned into space.

Nevertheless, fortunately, we discover a cure at the very last second.

However, unfortunately, there is not a source of gamma radiation strong enough on this star.

But, Fortunately, there is Gamma radiation on another star, so we are all saved but…We are now all sterile.  Oh no!

We are all going to die because we are drinking recycled urine and the food is running out, but fortunately, there is a moon in the goldilocks zone, which has all the stuff of life.

Oh isn’t this flower pretty let me inhale its alien pollen and sit back and chat with my friend.

Oh, let’s suck up thousands of gallons of alien water and just fill up our water supplies on the ship, which makes perfect sense.

I do have an observation that I cannot resist sharing.  Who in their right mind designed the engineering area to look like some steampunk submarine engine room complete with gauges from the fifties?  Oh and with grease.  They are using tools that would actually fit the era of the submarine.  Is that the best you can do?

The little girl is still adorable, the witchy boss is hateful, and that reporter is just…hmmmm.

The scene in the bar playing trivia did not fit anywhere.   The acting was sophomoric at best. Just possibly, you should consider borrowing some flying sharks.

Ok, I need to say something nice.  It is so hard….

I am glad the bitch died.  She needed to die a horrible death saving the mission and true to the end, she wants the credit for doing so. Much like the wicked witch of the west she just melted….

Please don’t misunderstand that I am glad the character died, she was a bitch.  I loved the actress and I hope they bring her back.

The writers are ‘arcing the characters,’ which I noticed…

The person with the alien bug in his head will probably be the next Dr. Smith, and they should leave his ass on a planet…I digress.

Here is the truth of it.  There is barely just enough to entice me to watch episode seven at a future date.  This is not the kind of thing that I would binge-watch.  If my hands are busy feeding my face, I will watch something.

Note to writers…But Fortunately should not be in your writing. Find other ways to craft your story, where there is not magic beans and happenstance to save their assess.  Have them act, as professionals would be a good start.   You can still have the drama but gees…if this is what future humanity sends into space, we are screwed and will go the way of the T-Rex.

That is my official post on this series…Lol

If you want a good read my novel Earth’s Tipping point is on KU.  It is a shame as it only puts money in Bezos’s pockets but, it is still a good read.

Cheers -TW

Another Life, a Netflix Bomb

As a sci-fi writer on rare occasion, I will see what Netflix or the Sci-Fi channel has to offer.

It has been years since I sat and vegged in front of the TV.  With over 33 Novels, out there, I have a purpose for not wasting time watching mindless stuff.

The last sci-fi I watched that was worth my time was Arrival.  I loved the way the writers came up with depicting ‘outside of time and space.’  They were actually quite brilliant.

As of today, I made it through two episodes of ‘Another Life.’

There can only be two explanations for this writing.

A:  The writers are depicting what the world will look like if we keep dumbing our people down as we are currently.  ‘Astronauts’ by definition represented in this miserable excuse for science fiction would have to be morons.  They are almost as bad as sending monkeys into space.  At least the monkeys would not mutiny. Pffft!

B:  The writers are the monkeys, and are not only a product of common core but, have no clue what goes on to train to be an astronaut.   Never would anyone with mental aberrations ever go into a program like this.  Nobody in his or her right mind would breathe air on an alien world, which by the way would have been Effing cold since it was a rogue planet.  Depicting the moon like a red hot sun…huh?

Didn’t see it when they approached the planet?  What?  Wouldnt they orbit the planet first?  Doh!

This is no slam on the actors or producers, this is just horrible writing.  It is the defacto example of one thing we writers stay away from ‘but fortunately!’  Folks you might as well have brought out a flux capacitor that generates oxygen.

I was turned off by the first episode, but I was in hopes that the second might be better.  I don’t think I can watch a third. Nobody can be this stupid.   Truly, Sharknado is a better film than this. With that film, at least you were entertained.

Let me say something good.  The little girl is adorable, and her ‘father,’ his actions are believable thus far.  The puzzle of the artifact is this series glimmer of hope. Kudos to the writer who is creating that.

Currently, we have a ship full of morons competing to be Gilligan’s island in space.  All we need is the ‘professor and Maryann’….pffft

If this is what we can look forward to with Netflix creating material, it might be time to look elsewhere.

Disagree, tell me why.

I call them as I see them.  I wasted two hours of my life that I cannot get back.

-Chow

 

Lost In Space II

Would you trust Dr. Smith?

Ok, I did it, I binged watched the season with my company. This is the most TV I have watched in twelve months. The cats in my lap made it bearable.
I still love the characters. I like how they are being developed.
The writing is still too predictable…There were no surprises for me as I knew what I would do as a writer.

  • Have you watched it?
  • Were there any surprises for you?

Breaking the laws of physics with the alien thing is a great way to invent your “flux capacitor.”
I actually try to stay within the confines of physics so the plot will be more interesting to those who are nerdy enough to understand that sort of thing.
Until season II is released I guess we can sit back and pontificate on where they will go with this story.

  • I give high marks to the special effects crew.
  • Again I love the characters.

If you have Netflix go and watch it and tell me what you think.

Much Love -TW