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New trailers: Star Trek: Discovery, Doctor Who: Flux, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, etc.

Ahead of its premiere, Jason Sudeikis described the second season of Ted lasso like the show The Empire Strikes Back season, and of course the whole season has been focused on fathers and sons, and after the season finale we’ve got a pretty clear “enemy” all set up for season three. I know season two wasn’t as universally loved as its first season, but Ted lasso dug into thorny issues about men, sports, and mental health that few other shows attempt, and still managed to make me smile just about every week. I will be missing this show until it returns next year.

I also managed to binge-watch Midnight Mass on Netflix – an interesting if not entirely comprehensive review of organized religion – and I still hang on with it The morning show which got quite spicy thanks mainly to Julianna Margulies.

The theme for this week’s trailers: Colonial Titles. A few of them fell on Saturday during New York Comic Con; look for a recap of this year’s event on Monday The edge.

Here is the recap for this week:

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Star Trek: Discovery

The fourth season of Discovery finds Michael Burnham in the ship’s captain’s chair (yes), and she and the crew face “a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered,” according to the promotional copy. This time it is a massive anomaly threatening the entire galaxy, Federation planet or not. Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala, and Doug Jones return in season four, and the trailer gives us some glimpses of guest stars David Cronenberg, Oded Fehr, and Tig Notaro. Star Trek: Discovery boldly going (sorry) to Paramount Plus on November 18th.

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Doctor Who: Flux

Eliminate Him Early: No, we have no idea who the next doctor will be. It is barely even a 19 second teaser, but we get quite a bit of information on season 13. Doctor Who (Jodie Whittaker) tells us “we don’t have much time” and warns that “the stream is coming” and brings with it are various enemies from all over the universe, for “the fight of our lives”. This is Whittaker’s final season as titular Doctor and we don’t have to wait too long for new episodes; Doctor Who: Flux arrives at BBC America on October 31.

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Blade Runner: Black Lotus

The new animated series based on the Blade Runner universe is set in Los Angeles in 2032, so halfway between Blade runner (set in 2019) and Blade Runner 2049. We had a teaser a few months ago, but in the full trailer we see Elle, a replicant wondering why her dreams are getting worse (“what have you done to us?” Asks- she), and in the end she decided “I’m going to kill them all”, but we don’t know who “them” are. The animation of the trailer is truly breathtaking, especially the scenes from the seedy future LA. Blade Runner: Black Lotus arrives at Crunchyroll and Adult Swim on November 13th.

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Dune

After several delays related to the pandemic and a few teasers and trailers, we get one last Dune trailer before its debut. Along with a reminder that “fear is the mind killer,” we take a peek at some of the movie’s massive battle sequences (look, the ornithopters!). We are all ready. Let’s go. Dune arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22.

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Hanna

An action series about a woman turned into a super soldier by a shady government program is so relevant to my interests it is almost comical and yet I haven’t watched Hanna. Its third season arrives on Amazon Prime Video on November 24, so I have time to watch seasons one and two before then. Esme Creed-Miles plays with Dermot Mulroney, Mireille Enos and Aine Rose Daly.

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