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The end of 2013 marked the arrival of some decidedly “geeky” television. There were some familiar entries including a reboot to a UK sci-fi series as well as some new and exciting programs. These were a breath of fresh air and, this year, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of these fantastic fiction forays as 2014 kicks into gear.
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People is the second attempt at a US remake of the classic UK show. Similar in premise to the X-Men, the series follows the adventures of a few gifted individuals who represent the next step in human evolution. They are blessed (or cursed) with the ability to teleport and mentally manipulate their environment. After a rocky start in 2013, The Tomorrow People seems to have found its feet with plenty of intrigue and action coming in 2014, as our heroes square off against the shadowy Ultra group.
It’s hard to argue with Canada’s pedigree when it comes to high-concept science fiction and Orphan Black is just the latest in a long line of these. Starring the extremely talented Tatiana Maslany, the series explores the ethical and personal ramifications of cloning and the effects on the world and identity. The real draw to this ground-breaking series, however, is Maslany’s ability to portray numerous versions of herself – each with a distinct personality, motivation and destiny.
Outcry against anyone other than Hopkins portraying the legendary cannibal was quickly put to rest when Mads Mikkelsen took the reins. Few can even come close to doing what Mikkelsen has done in this stylish, dark, atmospheric and gory retelling of the chilling novel. Hugh Dancy plays our unreliable protagonist, uncanny profiler Will Graham, but it’s hard not to root for the cannibal and all his idiosyncrasies. He’s a cannibal, but he’s not a monster, and it’s this dichotomy that brings it all together.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon’s long-awaited return to television might not have been everything Firefly fans had hoped for, but the series has managed to secure a following with decent to middling ratings. While some might have hoped for the experience they had in The Avengers, this spin-off provides a much-needed human perspective in a world brimming with super-powered beings. It’s a celebration of human ingenuity and adaptability as our heroes dare to step to those who would consider themselves gods.
Defiance was an epic science fiction series and an epic MMO – both fueling a sprawling narrative and making Syfy lots and lots of money. While, historically, Syfy wasn’t very kind to its sci-fi fans, Defiance changed all that with a first season that focused more on real drama set against the backdrop of a fantastical, futuristic setting. Racial barriers are tested as the local law struggles to keep the peace in Defiance in the wake of an increasingly alien Earth and, with a second season on the way, it’s hard to be certain what the future holds.
Those are just a few new programs worth watching as they make their triumphant return for 2014. There will, of course, be familiar favorites as well including HBO‘s epic, dark fantasy Game of Thrones and the techno-spy thriller Person of Interest. Geeks will have plenty to appreciate this year and, hopefully, many more years to come.