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TELE­VI­SION FETT

Ian Wood­ward, email I’m torn about new Star Wars show The Man­dalo­rian. Sure, the first pic­ture was ex­cit­ing, though bas­ing a se­ries on a Boba Fett type feels like the lazy op­tion, like they’re go­ing for some­thing that ev­ery­one will in­stantly agree is cool. I just feel live-ac­tion Star Wars be­longs on the big screen, not TV. I can ac­cept all the movies Lu­cas­film is giv­ing us, but there’s some­thing about bring­ing the galaxy far, far away to TV that makes it feel that lit­tle bit less spe­cial. It doesn’t help that ev­ery other time it’s hap­pened it’s been a cre­ative dis­as­ter – re­mem­ber the Hol­i­day Spe­cial and those Ewok TV movies? I try not to! SFX This seems an old-fash­ioned per­spec­tive, now TV’s home to so much great writ­ing. I’m ex­cited about see­ing a ver­sion of Star Wars that has time for proper char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment.

#CAGE PLIGHT

Lau­ren Hooper, email Gut­ted Net­flix have can­celled Luke Cage! I didn’t mind about Iron Fist – it wasn’t great and was trou­bling on many lev­els (rich white boy fan­tasy and all that) – but Luke Cage was a joy. I hope Luke pops up again on the Mar­vel shows, be­cause he’s too good to just throw in the bin. You have to won­der what kind of view­ing fig­ures a show gets for Net­flix to can­cel it; they surely have more view­ers than net­work tele­vi­sion? SFX It does seem odd, but then we know zilch about the au­di­ence data. Any­one have a hor­ri­ble feel­ing Net­flix might have found many in­ter­na­tional ter­ri­to­ries are less wel­com­ing of a show cen­tred on black char­ac­ters? I re­ally hope I’m wrong!

#PANIC AT THE DISCO

Keira Lind­sey, email I’m ner­vous about the sec­ond sea­son of Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery. The first was amaz­ing be­cause it was Trek as we’d never seen be­fore, with more vi­o­lence, peo­ple be­ing prop­erly nasty, and the bonkers na­ture of the spore drive. But with the re­turn of Spock and the En­ter­prise, we’re in dan­ger of get­ting a pre­quel that’s too close to the orig­i­nal. SFX It does seem like we’ve only just got to know the new crew, and now iconic char­ac­ters could steal the spot­light. An­other big ques­tion is whether they can keep mak­ing us scream, “WTF?!” now we’re primed to ex­pect twists.

#THRILLER IN VANILLA

Michael Garner, email The Purge se­ries is a com­plete mis­step. It should have been a satir­i­cal look at the class sys­tem and po­lit­i­cal views. That or a straightup, balls-to-the-wall vi­o­lence hor­ror show. It doesn’t get near to any­thing of that type at all. The vi­o­lence is vanilla, and when it looks like they’re try­ing to say some­thing about sex­ual pol­i­tics it turns icky, not scathing. Just poor! SFX Not caught up with this yet, and af­ter The First Purge, I’m not op­ti­mistic. We’ll have a full sea­son re­view next is­sue.

#P&P IN­CLUDED Gor­don Smith, email Thanks for the piece on A Mat­ter Of Life And Death [SFX 305]. It was a fan­tas­tic read, and took me back to watch­ing old films with my mum as a seven/eight-year-old: Blithe Spirit, The Ghost And Mrs Muir... but my favourite was al­ways this Powell and Press­burger clas­sic. I re­mem­ber the sense of won­der en­gen­dered by the open­ing min­utes, so Bri­tish, whim­si­cal and sub­ver­sive. I al­ways tear up watch­ing it. I have a frac­tured re­la­tion­ship with my youngest brother. Fif­teen years ago, he bought me a sub­scrip­tion to SFX, and it re­mains the best present he’s ever got me. Thank you, Neil! SFX That’s SFX: bring­ing sib­lings to­gether since 1995. Who needs fam­ily ther­apy?

#SUPREME COM­MAN­DER

Robert Mac­Don­ald, email It was a nice sur­prise to see the back page trib­ute to Ser­valan ac­tress Jac­que­line Pearce [SFX 306]. Blake’s 7 was such an in­te­gral part of my child­hood that it’s hard to be­lieve she’s no longer here. I got to know her about 20 years ago when her then-boyfriend was lodg­ing with my friend’s mum. Funny thing is, I never con­nected the per­son I came to know with that char­ac­ter she played. I’m sur­prised the BBC haven’t screened an episode of Blake and his crew. SFX Never mind a one-off re­peat, they should re-run the se­ries in her hon­our!

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