Question of the week: what were you favourite shows of 2015? Here’s my Top 9!

TMINE’s about to take its traditional Christmas and New Year break. I’ll be back on January 4th with the Daily News, reviews, a competition, event round-ups and more. But I’m going to leave you with a question to keep you occupied: what were your favourite shows of 2015? They can be old shows or new shows, but let everyone know your reasons below or on your own blog.

For the record, here’s my Top 9 (yes, 9), in no particular order other than the order I remembered them in…

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Weekly Wonder Woman

Weekly Wonder Woman: The Legend of Wonder Woman #6, DC Bombshells #22, Justice League #46, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year 5 #1

With TMINE about to go off on its Christmas break, it’s time for the last Weekly Wonder Woman of 2015. It’s been a slightly dispiriting year: although we’ve seen the arrival of Wonder Woman ’77, we’ve also seen its possible departureSensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman has ended its run; neither Superman/Wonder Woman nor Wonder Woman have been lighting up the shelves with their dazzling plots; the gods came and went in Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Four; the big Convergence crossover only succeeded in making the formerly happily married Volume 1 Wonder Woman’s life miserable; and the two new animated movies from DC, Justice League: The Throne of Atlantis and Justice League: Gods and Monsters, haven’t done much for Wondy either.

But there have been a few high points, including the two Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailers (1, 2), the return of Donna Troi to the DC Universe, the arrival of DC Bombshells and The Legend of Wonder Woman, an honest-to-goodness Wonder Woman annual, and a few individually decent titles, including Harley Quinn’s Little Black Book #1. So, dear reader, assuming you’re not too busy looking at that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman character poster or watching Lego Wonder Woman do Lego Wonder Woman things…

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…why don’t you let everyone know what your favourite (or least favourite) moment or issue of the year was below? 

Alternatively, feel free to enjoy my round-up of last week’s appearances in the DCYou (and other parallel universes) of Wonder Woman in the continuing, somewhat talky The Legend of Wonder Woman #6, the start of a new year, a new threat and a new conception of feminism in Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #1, the continuation of portentous narration, the Darkseid War and a screwed up timeline in Justice League #46, and the return of Wonder Woman’s first great enemy in DC Bombshells #22

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What have you been watching? Including Childhood’s End, Legends, Limitless, The Expanse and Supergirl

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I’ve missed them.

The usual “TMINE recommends” page features links to reviews of all the shows I’ve ever recommended, and there’s also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I’ve reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there’s Locate TV – they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

It’s the last round-up before TMINE takes its Christmas break, but as I was away for a couple of days at the start of the week and I’m about to head off to YA Christmas party, I’ve not yet caught up on The Bridge. Otherwise, though, I’m up to date with all the regulars, so after the jump, we can talk about the latest episodes of The Expanse, Legends, Limitless and Supergirl.

Elsewhere, I’ve reviewed the first episode of Syfy’s The Magicians but I’ve also been watching a new Syfy mini-series, although I’m only up to episode two (of three), so not too many spoilers if you’ve seen the rest, please. Although it’s based on a book I’ve already read, so they might not be spoilers, if you see what I mean.

Childhood’s End (US: Syfy)
This adaptation of the classic Arthur C Clarke novel sees aliens come to Earth promising to turn the world into a utopia, by helping humanity to end poverty, inequality, global warming, etc, etc. To make things easier, since they don’t think humans will like their true appearance, they pick on an American farmer (Mike Vogel) to be their official spokesperson, turning his life upside down. But various people, including one of the few remaining scientists Osy Ikhile and newspaper proprietor Colm Meaney, who dubs the aliens ‘the overlords’, think the arrivals have an ulterior motive. And maybe they do…

Although the narrative is compressed from the original decades-long story to something a bit shorter to allow the same cast and characters to appear throughout, the show is nevertheless pretty faithful to the original, mulling over what would happen to humanity if we ever did get a utopia, particularly from an extraterrestrial rather than religious source, and whether we’d even like it. The story also plays with the fear of the unknown and the different, religion, and the perils of science, which it constantly subverts, with the aliens seemingly benevolent at each twist of the story. Well aware that numerous similarly-themed, more conventional movies and TV shows have appeared since the original was written (such as V, Signs and Independence Day), the adaptation uses them to its advantage, even referencing them at points (“What do you think their weakness will be? In Signs, it was water…”). 

Filmed in Australia and written by Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), it’s replete with Aussie and British actors including Ikhile, Julian McMahon (Charmed, Fantastic Four, Nip/Tuck), Daisy Betts (The PlayerThe Last ResortPersons Unknown), Don Hany (Serangoon Road), Charles Dance (everything), and various members of The Doctor Blake Mysteries cast. Knowing how everything winds up does ruin it a little for me, female roles do feel a bit 1950s and I’m finding the second episode a bit poorly paced at the moment, but it’s a jolly decent and even surprisingly funny effort by Syfy (which is now committed to its new ‘fewer, bigger, better‘ mantra) that harks back to the network’s halcyon days of projects such as The Lost Room. Matthew Graham for next Doctor Who showrunner?

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