Travelers and Crazyhead

The first seasons of several new series are now available on Netflix.

Travelers doesn’t deliver. I expected a lot more from a series by the creators (and much of the cast) of Stargate. It was pretty disappointing. Crazyhead, however, was pretty good.

About the only thing Travelers had going for it was that it was touted in every Sci-Fi mag and website as being the next brainchild from the creators of Stargate. Sadly, that’s just about all it has going for it. The story is weak and untethered. The concept is that an AI from the future is trying to save humanity by injecting the consciousness of a person from the future into contemporary people who have narrowly escaped their deaths. It is an interesting concept, but fails the paradox test since the people that are now still alive (though now functionally possessed by the personalities of people centuries hence) continue to live their lives and interact with the world around them. If the only way they can be possessed is if there’s a documented record of their deaths including time of death, elevation, latitude and longitude (their “TELL”) and they don’t die, there’s no documented record anymore, right? Sigh. Especially after they’ve possessed over 3,000 people, the butterfly effect should have been perceived and anticipated long before where the story begins. In theory it could get better next season, but as of right now my recommendation is to skip it.

Speaking of possession, Crazyhead steps in to save face, as it were. This other new Netflix original series is about a couple crazy British girls with the ability to see people that are possessed, and, like any great good vs evil story, they kill the demons. Think of it as Supernatural meets Buffy. No, none of the leads are particularly athletic, but it makes up for the lack of action with quite a bit of comedy and a well-rounded story. It’s a little raunchy at times, and not for children, but well worth your time. It’s also a British series, so it’s pretty short (6 episodes): easy enough to binge watch in an afternoon.

So, go brew a “cuppa” and get your older children together to have a laugh with Crazyhead.

Warm Bodies

Warm BodiesWarm Bodies is a zombie love story. Amazon describes it:

If true love is meant to be, what does it matter if one is human and the other a zombie? Warm Bodies is a pretty delightful, tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy loosely based on Romeo and Juliet.

Maybe more appropriate to say very loosely based. It’s too much “love story” and not enough “zombie.” And to be perfectly frank, there’s not enough “love story” either.

Yet another in the recent series of inner-monologue narration films, Warm Bodies tries to create a romantic horror comedy but is woefully light on romance, horror and comedy. There’s a total of one scene in the entire movie that remotely lends itself to fright, and you’ll see worse during a typical trip on the subway.

Love story? Not so much. More like a crush ‘R’, the zombie character, has on the human, Julie. That relationship isn’t remotely reciprocated until the last five minutes of the movie. Warm Bodies tries to be too much – comedy, horror, romance – and as a result it fails at being any of them.

This wasn’t a bad movie, but it surely wasn’t worth the time. If you can watch it twice (with interest) you’re a better man than me.