Cycle: science fiction in the spotlight in May


SIf the arrival of spring in recent weeks has been marked by a flowering of series that dramatize real stories, our May selection takes us, on the contrary, to fantastic lands. We must believe that the return of Strange things Inspired by Netflix competitors! Science fiction is without a doubt the dominant genre this month with a mythical monster that evokes the creature of Loch Ness (The Essex Snake), a time travel romance (The woman of the time traveler), a getaway to a mysterious planet (Towards the stars), Star Wars Returns ()Obi-Wan Kenobi) and a fun alien hunt (Visitors). Guaranteed change of scenery!

Strange thingsseason 4, volume 1

For lovers of the series, the spring-summer 2022 collection only evokes one thing: the great return of the phenomenon. Strange things. We’ve had to wait almost three years, but the fourth season will soon be moving, in two stages, to Netflix: 5 episodes in late May and 4 in early July. While the financial problems of the streaming giant are news, all hopes of (re) conquering subscribers rest on the fragile shoulders (although they have expanded now that the actors are approaching the age of twenty) of Mike, Will and the rest of the band. That’s why Netflix has spent, according to the Wall Street Journal, $ 30 million per episode. Simply a monstrous sum. The villains have also multiplied since the Battle of Starcourt: the Duffer brothers, creators of the series, announced the arrival of Vecna, a terrifying creature inspired by Hellraiser and Freddy Krueger. Fans of the 80’s horror movies will be so happy to hear that actor Robert Englund, who was the first Freddy of The claws of the night, has a small role here. Horror is therefore increasingly present, with a haunted house, a gloomy prison where a Hopper (David Harbor) is locked up in disrepair, and the announcement of a war against the Upside Down. With our heroes scattered between Hawkins and California, get ready to leave behind the intimate atmosphere that made Season 1 so enchanting.

Available on Netflix on May 27th.

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The woman of the time traveler

Here is a series that is part of the mythical genre of impossible romances, or at least very complicated. If Clare and Henry make perfect love, their married life is dominated by one big hurdle: absence. Henry (Theo James, seen in the saga Divergent) actually suffers from a genetic anomaly that drives it without warning to the past or the future, and this for an indefinite period. This ability to travel through time makes him land, disoriented and completely naked, in surprising and dangerous situations. He is also forced to review the traumas of his childhood. Meanwhile, Clare (played by Rose Leslie, Ygritte a Game of Thrones and recently seen in the excellent series alert) waiting for you. Each in his own way, the spouses suffer from this discontinuous chronology. His atypical experience, however, raises universal questions. Why does passion intensify when the loved one is out? Can we be happy despite the imbalance in love? After a film released in 2009 and a musical announced for the end of 2022, this HBO production is the third adaptation of the novel. time is nothing by Audrey Niffenegger (2003). At the helm are two veterans of science fiction television: director David Nutter (The X files, supernatural) and producer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock), which says, “This is the love story we all need.”

Available at OCS on May 16th.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

In this new work of the universe Star Wars, we find Obi-Wan Kenobi ten years after the events of The revenge of the Sith and nine years before those of the first Star Wars. Stored in the franchise since 2005, Ewan McGregor put on the Jedi Master costume again for six episodes, with obvious joy: “I watched all the movies in the series from start to finish to the spirit. The story begins when his character is devastated by the choice of his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, to join the dark side of the Force. Like Darth Vader, Hayden Christensen is back. For showrunner Joby Harold (who was hired in 2020 to rewrite the scripts when Lucasfilm suspended the project), the goal is to understand what happened to Obi-Wan between Ewan McGregor and Sir Alec Guinness brought him to life. “. As for the production, Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) was able to direct several newcomers to Tatooine, played by Moses Ingram (The women’s game), Kumail Nanjiani (The eternal ones) and Maya Erskine (PEN15). We look forward to discovering your mastery of the lightsaber!

Available at Disney + on May 27th.

Visitors

For its first original French series, Warner TV has recruited Simon Astier, the co-creator of Hero Corp, the crazy parody of superheroes that ended in 2017. It combines comedy, science fiction and homage to American genre cinema, Visitors takes us to the peaceful a priori city of Pointe-Claire … until two UFOs collide one evening in the sky. He has just joined the local police, Ricard (played by Simon Astier, who is also the screenwriter and director of the series) is determined to solve the mystery. Accompanied by his childhood friends Bob (Damien Jouillerot) and Mitch (Vincent Desagnat), he goes in search of aliens. With his stylish staging, his idiotic second-degree lines, and his winks at Steven Spielberg’s vintage filmography, as well as the series. X files i Twin Peaks, Visitors will be the next invader of your nights.

Available on Warner TV on May 10th.

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The Essex Snake

As for the prestigious series, it is Apple TV + that dazzles us with a poisonous story from Sarah Perry’s novel, The Essex Snake. The story opens in 1893, in Victorian London, and this time takes us to the fantasy genre. Claire Danes, who returns to television in her most important role since then Homeland, performer Cora Seaborne. This fascinated widow The origin of the species of Darwin decides to settle on a whim in a remote corner of the Essex region that would recently have been the site of the appearance of a lake creature. So, myth or reality? Cora first confronts the skepticism of the village pastor (Tom Hiddleston, seen in the series). The night manager i Loki), then to the hostility of certain inhabitants. The man of faith married to Stella (Clémence Poésy completes this five-star cast), we understand that the serpent is also a symbol of sin. Despite a slow start, the gothic atmosphere of the series enchants us. Will you also succumb to temptation?

Available on Apple TV + on May 13th.

Towards the stars (The night)

Amazon has recruited a “star” team for this atypical intergalactic series. We are pleased to meet the legendary actress Sissy Spacek (Carrie, missing) who has not appeared in film or television since 2018. She is accompanied by the American king of intense supporting roles, JK Simmons (Juno, Whiplash). Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 for In his eyes, Juan José Campanella is directing. Married for over fifty years, Irene and Franklin York have found an interesting way to spice up their daily lives: a vortex passage in their garden that allows them to travel through time and space to a planet. desert. As they fiercely guard this secret, they are surprised when a mysterious young man (Chai Hansen, seen in Shadowhunters) burst into their lives. The portal they thought they had mastered is full of surprises. Fostering emotions over action, this first season of eight chapters is one of great visual poetry.

Available on Amazon Prime on May 20th.

Oussekine

Let’s put science fiction aside to go back in time with a historical series that has been talked about since it was presented at the end of the Series Mania festival last March. Oussekine is an ambitious French production that confirms the talent of the Disney + platform to stage in a surprising way (Pam and Tommy), moving (sick of drugs) or revolting (The abandonment) stories inspired by real events. It is a political and committed immersion in the France of the Mitterrand years. Paris, December 5, 1986: Malik Oussekine (Sayyid El Alami), a 22-year-old French student of Algerian descent, is killed by police. In 4 one-hour episodes, showrunner Antoine Chevrollier (The Bureau of Legends, Dark Baron), accompanied by screenwriters Faïza Guène, Cédric Ido and Julien Lilti (Hippocrates, Germinal), explores the impact on Malik’s family. The clan’s struggle for justice enlightens the society of the time.

Available at Disney + on May 11th.

Not to mention the returns you can’t miss:

If you had fallen under the spell of Maaaaaarc, the bachelor surrounded by a dozen suitors in The flame know that Jonathan Cohen returns to Canal + in May with The Flambeau, the adventurers of Chupacabra, directly inspired by Koh Lanta. Always next to the parody, and on the same channel, Girls5eva premieres its second season on May 6. The girl band created by Tina Fey and Meredith Scardino is always in top form. Another fun feminist play, Working mothers of Catherine Reitman (daughter of the recently deceased director Ivan Reitman) already has six excellent seasons. Her overwhelmed mothers will be on Netflix on May 10th. The survival series The savages, which we really liked when it premiered in 2020, reinvents its concept. Will Season 2 (May 6 on Amazon Prime) be so addictive? Finally, a little spin-off, anyone? How I Met Your Father arrives on May 11 at Disney + with, for even more nostalgia, Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) in the lead role.


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