A postcard from the 27th of November, 2020

Friday night is my BIG TELLY night at the moment. The fates have aligned and three of my favourite science-fiction-type-thing programmes are all releasing new episodes every week.

Do fates align or am I thinking of something else? Is it stars that align? Something has aligned. If I find out what, I’ll let you know.

I haven’t worked out a perfect viewing order yet but I usually start with Discovery because I don’t think it has quite found its feet yet this season. It seems to be stuck somewhere between a ‘big arc’ and a ‘monster of the week’ format and it keeps introducing new characters instead of more fully developing the ones it already has. There’s no reason why it won’t all come together in a few episodes though. No reason at all.

I usually go with The Mandalorian after that. I love The Mandalorian. My favourite parts of Star Wars were always things like the cantina and Jabba’s palace, so a series focussed more on those parts of the universe than the battles of generals and princesses is very much my sort of thing. Not that the generals and princesses stuff isn’t good too. I like all Star Wars. I refuse to take part in any debate about Star Wars. There is good and bad in all of Star Wars. Stop having debates about Star Wars. Just stop it. Thank you.

Then, as a final treat of a Friday evening, I watch an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At some point in the next decade or so, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will get a critical reassessment and start to get some of the credit it deserves. Sure, it started off quite slowly, and I can understand why some people gave up after a couple of episodes but, blimey, it’s a rollercoaster of a show when it gets going. To plough on with the metaphor, I think you have to treat those first few episodes as you would the start of the rollercoaster ride; you are slowly being cranked up a track until you are high enough to maintain momentum later on. Anyway, I love it, and you might too if you like things like it. It’s all on Disney+. Watch it or don’t. It makes no difference to me, pal.

And there is a new series of The Expanse in December, though that will be on a Wednesday, so it’s not entirely relevant to our discussion. It’s proper good though, The Expanse. Like, ‘The Wire good’. Like, top ten telly of all time good. You should definitely be giving it a go if you can.