Here are a few things that are occupying my geeky little brain this week:
- Children of Blood and Bone … I’m about halfway through this audiobook, and have to admit that I’m only about 50% sold on it. It’s a very intriguing concept, but the concept is one of the few things keeping me engaged with the story. I should like the characters more by now, but their motivations and relationships still feel very thin. That being said, the main character, Zélie, is one capable chick.
- Mercury 13 … IMDb synopsis: “This documentary profiles women who were tested in 1961 for spaceflight, but had their dreams dashed when only men were chosen to become astronauts.” Where would we be without all those wacky boys clubs?! In theaters April 20th.
- Rebels, Season 1 … We are finally picking up the pace in our family viewing of this series. As expected, it’s everything I loved about Firefly and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and with a nice little dose of Lando Calrissian. Hera is my girl…I love me a Captain who is logical, level-headed, capable, and just all around badass!
- The Titan … Interesting little sci-fi flick from NetFlix. It was a satisfying weekend watch. Not riveting enough to really capture my attention 100%, but offered a lot of food for thought. The question of humanity colonizing other worlds isn’t just about finding a habitable environment, but perhaps in making humanity more capable of surviving in extreme conditions. What does that bode for our evolution as a species? I was particularly impressed with the movie’s portrayal of the main character’s wife. Super intelligent, supportive, and self-sacrificing until it becomes apparent that things are not o.k., then she kicks into high gear and takes command of the situation. And a very nice performance from Taylor Schilling. Available now for streaming.
- Upgrade … IMDb Synopsis: “In the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. Within this setting, a technophobe avenges his wife’s murder – and his own paralysis-causing injury – with the help of an experimental computer chip implant called ‘Stem’.” Australian science fiction action / horror film? Check. Morally questionable AI? Check. Fridging yet another defenseless woman at the beginning of the story to set our main/male character off on his journey of fulfillment and self-discovery via the murder of many, many bad guys? NOPE. In theaters June 1st.
- Avengers: Infinity War … As we get closer to the release date, my anxiety level is definitely climbing, and my internal predictions for who we’re going to lose keep swirling around. I’m gonna be a hot mess in the theater on or near April 26th.