Spoilers Pandora - New CW Sci-Fi Series

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  1. JD

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    Pandora is a new Sci-Fi series that premiered on The CW last night. It follows a young seemingly human woman, who joins the Earth Confederacy's Space Academy following the death of her parents. Along the way she butts heads with a teacher, finds a groups of friends that includes a member of an alien race Earth was just at war with, a freed clone slave, a telepath, and a regular human played by former The Librarians cast member John Harlan Kim. The end of the episode reveals that there appears to be some kind of conspiracy around her parents death involving alien creatures, that she is somehow related to the alien creatures, and that her alien friend knows about all of this and is actually spying for his father.
    I thought it was pretty good, some of the dialogue was a bit cheesy, but I liked the characters overall, and the story is interesting. A lot of the cheesier dialogue was kind of awkward info dumps when the characters and ideas were being introduced, so I'm thinking now that all of that is out of the way, it might get better.
    I actually thought it almost had a tiny bit of the kind of vibe I would have expected from a Star Trek: Starfleet Academy show.
     
  2. Guy Gardener

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    It's not good.
     
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  3. Tenacity

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    Didn't see it, but the ratings and the reviews don't look good.
     
  4. StCoop

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    It is however, very, very cheap. So much like 'The Outpost' it'll probably get a second season, where other better series got the axe.
     
  5. Guy Gardener

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    Bring back...

    Flash Forward.
    The Event
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    Firefly
    Starhyke
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    The 4400.
    The Librarians.
    Terra Nova
    Terminator The Sara Connor Chronicles.
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  6. JD

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  7. The Wormhole

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    It was pretty bad. Bland and generic sci-fi fare that ends on a plot twist so obvious it's ridiculous. And something that bothered me through most of the episode, if this is a military academy, why don't the cadets (which they are identified as in dialogue) wear uniforms? Even cadets at the supposedly non-military Starfleet Academy wear uniforms.
     
  8. Enterprise is Great

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    It was ok. The Outpost started out pretty mediocre but it got better. Not great but just better. It's not going to win any awards for sure.
     
  9. Christopher

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    I found it pretty mediocre in writing, acting, and concepts, mostly a rehash of stuff we've seen before. Not sure I'll bother to keep watching.
     
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  10. JD

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    I have to admit, the more I'm thinking about it, and comparing it to other stuff I've been watching, the lower it's going in my opinion.
     
  11. Guy Gardener

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    I have to hide Pandora from my wife.

    This is about as bad as the Shanara Chronicles and she loved that pig vomit.
     
  12. Mysterion

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    I could only hack about 20 minutes of it before I flipped to a Frasier re-run over on Cozi-TV. Unlikely to give it a second look.
     
  13. Christopher

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    On the one hand, the scene where Jax met the other characters who became her "study group" was overloaded with exposition, characters telling each other their life stories in a contrived way. On the other hand, the one scene with Jax's roommate didn't have enough exposition. Is she an android or a cyborg? What's her role in the show beyond that one scene? Maybe not all the characters needed to be in the first episode.

    Did anyone have the captioning on and catch Jax's surname? It sounded like they were saying "Ms. Joe." Maybe Zhou?

    They did find a pretty striking cave location for the climax there. Apparently this is shot in Bulgaria.
     
  14. The Wormhole

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    Did that scene even have a point other than to show Jax strip and take a shower?
     
  15. JD

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    It was introducing her roommate, I guess.
    I almost have to wonder if there was a scene with her meeting her roommate that got cut or something. It was kind weird how that played out, after making a point of giving us overly detailed explanations of every other character, then all of a sudden, boom here roommate is there with no real introduction.
    The scene with Jax meeting her friends was the one that bothered me the most, they way they had them going detailed introductions of themselves was just so bad. Nobody talks like that.
     
  16. Velocity

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    Turned it off about midway. Just not worth my time right now.
     
  17. SAndrews10

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    That was awful. So low rent low budget sci-fi someone over at the CW must owe someone a favor for that to be on their summer schedule. That was film school bad.
     
  18. JD

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    I noticed a really weird habit I have, when I'm watching something even something bad, I'll find myself getting real into it, but then over time as I think back over it I'll start to realize, that yeah, it really was pretty bad. That's exactly what's happening with Pandora, especially when I think back over it compared to awesome stuff like Stranger Things, and Legion.
     
  19. Velocity

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    I finally watched the rest of it. The characters don't engage me much, but it might have a guilty pleasures (or Mystery Science Theater 3000) potential. One thing that made me laugh was when Jax told her uncle's flunky that she was "never going to let this go", I misheard "never going to like disco".
     
  20. Christopher

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    I thought I'd give episode 2 a chance, just to be generous, but the attempt at comedic banter in the opening scene was so contrived and cliched that I didn't even last a full minute before turning it off.
     
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