By Dave B.
It’s that time of year when bloggers, reviewers, and fans make their “Best” and “Worst” lists. My lists are going to be a bit different because they aren’t individually exclusive to television, movies, nor entertainment that came out in 2018. They’re going to be inclusive of what I watched for the first time this year, irrespective of medium. This was a tough list to compile and I had to leave some truly GREAT entertainment off of it, so if you’re interested in finding some more fantastic science fiction shows and movies to watch, check out our Science Fiction Pages. And without further ado, here’s my Top 5 Science Fiction list:
5. Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon is fantastic. I’ve never read the source material, so I don’t know how true the show is to the book. I also don’t care. The TV adaptation has compelling characters, lots of action, and a high production value. It was also fairly thought provoking on the subject of what may happen when society finally conquers death. Its vision of that world isn’t pretty (unless you’re unbelievably rich, of course).
It’s interesting, engaging, and leaves audiences wanting more. You can’t ask for much more from your entertainment than that. So, I highly recommend Oats Studios: Volume 1 and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment.
All in all, Maniac is my favorite Netflix series since Altered Carbon. This show connected with me in a way that few ever have and it managed to do so by nailing the basics: strong character development, great storytelling, and out-of-this-world acting.
Honestly, I don’t know how to rate World of Tomorrow. It’s brilliant, unique, funny, moving…and less than 20 minutes long. The internal debate that I’m having is if it’s easier or more difficult to make a great short film than it is to make a great feature length one.
I’ve been wracking my brain for something negative to say about this show and I honestly can’t think of anything. The one (almost) criticism that I can think of is that this is a show that needs to be binge-watched. Waiting a week for the next episode would torture.
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