For some, summer is a time for going outside, being active and maybe even getting a tan. For others, it’s when a lot of the best sci-fi is on TV.
Here’s a list of five great sci-fi shows to binge on while you are holed up on your sofa trying to beat the heat. They are all in their first seasons, so catching up is very doable.
Matt Murdock is a young lawyer looking to do some good in the world by defending the innocent in court, as well as on the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen. Although blinded by chemicals as a child, Murdock’s other senses are now superhuman, which comes in handy when he moonlights as a masked vigilante.
This series features great characters, such as Murdock’s quirky partner/best friend, Foggy. You pretty much have to be quirky to pull off the name ‘Foggy.’ Karen, who works in their office, is independent without being cold and vulnerable without being weak. Wilson Fisk, the big bad of the series, is truly terrifying when he is angry.
You can watch all of Daredevil Season 1 anytime on Netflix.
Six people wake up on a broken spaceship with no memory of who they are or how they got there. That is the ‘in a nutshell’ plot of the first episode, but Dark Matter is so much bigger than sorting through amnesia. There are androids, and zombies, and clones (oh my!). Although it can go to some very dark places, the show also has a great sense of humour.
As you watch, you discover that every character has a unique backstory unrelated to the others. These stories all contribute to a very well developed universe. There is so much to be done in the world of Dark Matter that it is not hard to imagine fresh and interesting plotlines coming out of it for a long time to come.
Dark Matter airs Fridays at 7 or 10 p.m. on Space. You can catch up at space.ca.
A ‘killjoy’ is a stateless bounty hunter who has traded citizenship for freedom. The only obligations killjoys have are to their agency and their warrant, which puts them in a unique position in a universe where the political situation is about ready to boil over.
Dutch, John and D’avin, the killjoys the series follows, are both a team and a family, along with their talking spaceship Lucy. Dutch and D’avin both have dark pasts they are hiding, and John is the heart of the group trying to show them they do not have to cope alone.
Killjoys airs Fridays at 6 or 9 p.m. on Space. You can catch up at space.ca.
The Last Man on Earth
Who doesn’t love apocalyptic comedy? The Last Man on Earth stars creator Will Forte as Phil Miller, who initially believes himself to be the only human passed over by a deadly virus that killed everybody else. When another living human – and a female one to boot – shows up and insists they get married, Phil goes along with it, only to regret it later when another woman who he is more attracted to shows up.
Catching up on this one before the new season airs in the fall is going to be tricky because it is not on Netflix. It’s on Fox’s website, which is, of course, geo-blocked to Canadians. Remember though, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
This drama is about eight unconnected people in different parts of the world forming a psychic bond with each other. Topics such as religion, gender and sexuality are explored in a unique way as the ‘sensates’ see into each other’s lives and feel each other’s emotions. The sensates are, of course, being hunted.
Sense8 Season 1 is available in its entirety on Netflix.