Netflix’s Cargo in 100 Words or Less – Spoiler-Free

An emergency device similar to an Epipen that instead is used to spring load a large needle into one's brain, in case of zombie infection.

Netflix’s Cargo is a refreshingly original take on the zombie apocalypse. At its heart, it is a story of determination, human will, overcoming mistakes, and handling loss.

It is never action-packed, but rather a slow burn, yet overall fraught with tension. Martin Freeman was engaging, making me at times frustrated at him, frustrated for him, and in the end truly wishing his bleak circumstances will present a modicum of hope.

Settle in to watch, turn off your distractions, and enjoy something different than the last decade of zombie pop-culture. Zombies, here, are secondary to the story of humanity.

Thumbs up.

A drawing of a person kneeled over the ground with their head in a hole.

Netflix’s “The Titan” in 100 Words (or Less)

Stars Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling shown on background of stars.

The Titan‘s core is an interesting concept: genetically modifying people to survive life on Jupiter’s moon, Titan.

Make-up effects on the experiment participants is great.

But the movie fails. It tries to be a mystery thriller, but the trailer and description solved the mystery: the experiment works! Full horror, would have been better.

Too many pieces of the plot rely on convenience of events happening a certain way, in order to force a scene it was obvious they wanted (not needed).

The well-known stars did a disservice to their careers.

Would not watch again, once was enough. Thumbs down.

Lost in Space in 100 words (or less)

A Review of Netflix’s Lost in Space in 100 words or less, including these.

  • Beautiful scenes and sets that keep you visually immersed in the future on an alien planet.
  • Solid cast with young actors that deliver (except Judy is too soft-spoken to feel authoritative). Posey’s Dr. Smith creates an uneasy ambiance.
  • A musical score that’s occasionally too on-the-nose.
  • Survival problems, including alien predators, that must be solved with brains, not wanton gun fire. Cast doesn’t automatically know what others know.
  • Great episodic situations with strong central build up to a satisfying end.

I would watch it again, thumbs up.

The Orville – Season 1

The Orville

Fox.com description:

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted,” “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life.

Originally described as a Star Trek spoof, something along the lines of Galaxy Quest, The Orville starts off quirky and funny, and then immediately loses sight of this as it tries to be serious after creating a premise of satire.

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