Starring: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper
Description: “The Expanse” is an American science fiction television series based on a series of novels of the same name, written by James S. A. Corey. The premise of the show takes place hundreds of years into the future after the human colonization of the solar system. The series follows a diverse group of antiheroes as they are guided across the solar system and find themselves at the center of the most significant conspiracy theories in human history.
Why it’s a keeper: Over the years, “The Expanse” has received praise for its character development, visuals, and political narrative. Though we aren’t famed television critics, we couldn’t agree more!
The Tick (BEST)
Starring: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Yara Martinez, Valorie Curry, Brendan Hines,
Description: The Tick is a superhero in a blue tick suit who arrives at the city to help fight crime and uncover the mysterious figure behind the city's underworld. He befriends a nervous young man, Arthur, who becomes his sidekick. Together, they come to the understanding that the supervillain they thought was dead is still pulling strings...
Why it's a keeper: When comic book fans heard that Amazon was producing "The Tick," only one thought came to mind: "Would anybody be able to fill the shows of original live-action star Patrick Warburton?" The answer is yes! Peter Serafinowicz managed to nail the airheadedness that is...the Tick.
Free Meek (BEST)
Starring: Meek Mill, Jay-Z, Van Jones, Swizz Beatz
Description: The true-crime docuseries examines American rapper Meek Mill's ongoing battle with the U.S. justice system following his disputed conviction in 2007. The five-part series includes interviews with the rapper and his family, as well as fellow rapper and friend Jay-Z, Black Lives Matter activist Tamika Mallory, and many more.
Why it's a keeper: The show's viewers thought it was an eye-opening, educational documentary, and we have to say that we agree. Free Meek" was produced by Mill's record label, Roc Nation, and the Intellectual Property Corporation, and you can tell time and effort went into eloquently telling his story.
Night Sky (So-So)
Starring: Sissy Spacek, J.K. Simmons, Chai Hansen
Description: The Yorks are an unassuming, small-town couple who hide an incredible secret. A portal to a faraway planet has appeared beneath the shed in their backyard, and they routinely travel to the silent and unoccupied alien world as a way to get away from their boring lives.
Why it’s lukewarm: While not a bad show, it’s clear that “Night Sky” tries to do a little too much with the limited time it has, pacing problems abound in the show, and there are a couple of weird writing quirks that might trip you up. That said, there are plenty of clever sci-fi elements, and the veteran actors know how to put forward a good performance.
Blade of the Immortal (So-So)
Starring: Kenjiro Tsuda, Ayane Sakura, Nozomu Sasaki
Description: The very first original animal series from Amazon started with flying body parts, and it got more violent from there. It follows the sixteen-year-old Rin and her bodyguard, who is cursed with immortality. Combining cerebral anime like “Serial Experiments Lain” and samurai shows like “Samurai Champloo,” it certainly grabs your attention.
Why it’s lukewarm: For people who are used to an excessive amount of gore (and we’re talking really excessively), this show will be a nice thing to watch. For those who aren’t used to people getting cut in half on the regular, it’s going to be a hard anime to swallow. You’ll have to buckle up for a gory ride no matter what. It’s ruthless, and for those looking for something to cheer them up, it’s not the correct option.