While it's true that Airlock Alpha's primary audience is the United States, we do have a large following internationally. And while America may seem to be the center of the entertainment universe, much does happen elsewhere.
That includes science-fiction/fantasy programming.
I want to take a few moments talking about a couple of shows airing elsewhere.
"Misfits" is scheduled to air its second season in November on the U.K. network E4. It's the story of six teenagers serving community service who get superpowers after being affected by a freak storm. The first season revolved around their coverup of the death of their probation worker, who also was affected by the storm.
They root of their powers stems from a psychological desire or aspect of their personalities. And of course they aren't the only ones who were affected by the storm.
It's not made for a U.S. audience, and if it ever finds its way here it will need severe editing. The teens swear, and one episode contained a full nudity sex scene. Some Americans have issues with accents, but I am usually pretty good with them. But there is one character whose accent is so thick I had to replay her dialog several times to get it.
The characters felt like real people, and have the same problems normal people have, just intensified by also having to deal with superpowers.
This is definitely not "Heroes," and you can be thankful for that.
"Lost Girl" is a Canadian series airing on the Showcase channel on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. This is the heir to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" I have been looking for.
It stars Anna Silk as Bo, a succubus. She was raised by human parents, and believed herself human until her abilities manifested. In the pilot she discovers she is Fae, as are all supernatural beings in this universe. All Fae are required to declare themselves Light or Dark, and once the Fae community discovers her, she is put to trials, and earns the right to choose.
Of course she chooses neither.
Bo has a kick-ass quality that reminds me of Buffy, and she has a delightful sidekick in Kenzie. Kenzie is a street-smart pickpocket who learns what Bo is, and helps her fit in. She is a combination of Buffy's Xander and Xena's Gabrielle.
Language and sex also are a big part of this show. How can it not be when your lead is a succubus. It's humorous and fun, and the fight scenes are enjoyable.
It's not yet available in the United States, but it's designed so that an American network could pick it up. The setting of the series is a non-descript city.
Episodes for the series also air on the website lostgirlseries.com, but you need to be behind a Canadian proxy server to view them.
I also wanted to talk about the New Zealand series "This is not my Life," which is described as reminiscent of "The Prisoner." But I haven't seen it yet. Episodes are available on their website, but again, you need to be behind a proxy server to see them.
While the bulk of genre programming is American ( or Canadian produced for American audiences) there is plenty more to see out there somewhere.
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