TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E1 – Second Contact ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access
August 6, 2020

Episode 1 – “Second Contact”

First day on the Cerritos for medical assistant Ensign Tendl, given tour by Ensign Mariner, who shares a unique tie to the bridge and Ensign Bolmlier. They take a tour of the holodeck, where we learn that Bolmlier desires to be on the bridge and not one of the lower decks personnel. Mariner, however, rebels against authority.

Ransom meets with the aliens on a planet and, unbeknownst to him, brings back a highly contagious alien virus that turns the shipmates into zombie-like creatures.

Mariner and Bolmlier visit the planet. Bolmlier thinks he catches Mariner illegally showing Starfleet technology to the aliens. Turns out it’s farm equipment. A spider monster escapes, pursuing them. Mariner jumps on it and rides it all Starship Troopers style.

It captures Bolmlier and starts feeding on him…

Will Bolmlier escape? Will the virus turn all the crew on the Cerritos into Night of the Living Dead?

Summary

Watched this a couple times and debated whether or not to review it. Decided in favor of it based on potential. This has a better concept than Picard. I like the animation and sound and, although badly cliched, the story shows an attempt at a complete story in 25 minutes. Also, they introduce us to some crew tension and characterization along the way.

The biggest complaint I have is it doesn’t go far enough with the edginess. It’s like Rick and Morty lite meets Harley Quinn censored with a faint Star Trek backdrop. Don’t know which one of the dozen-odd producers to blame for putting on the brakes, but blame has to start at the top.

Seems like too many hands in the cookie jar. A bunch of producers are listed, including associate producers and even at least one assistant to the producer. Yikes, that much administrative oversight and input for a 25 minute creation is dubiously helpful. Oh, and profanity is bleeped out .. why? I guess so it can have a TV-14 rating?

“Coarse language” is the viewer warning. Coarse?

So, Picard can have people launching f-bombs at him, but Lower Decks can’t say “shit”? They are going to take s**t for this. Live action trek can have more edgy language and subject matter than an animated series?

Then there is the logic behind the story, which you need to throw completely out. If the virus is so contagious how did none of the First Contact crew get infected? How can a first officer (Ransom) be so utterly incompetent? The Captain can’t veto what crew members are assigned to her ship? Why isn’t an officer assigned to supervise the lower deck crewmates on an away mission? We have lower decks in charge of … lower decks?

If you can forgive all this and just enjoy the craziness that transpires, you’ll be OK.

This is a comedy, so will give the story a bit of break logic-wise. I smiled a few times, never actually laughed. They need to make us laugh if they are going for the absurd. They have so many opportunities here to exploit the absurd. Potential is there, again, or I wouldn’t bother watching.

They also spoiled the opening three minutes via the virtual Comic Con (see: SECOND LOOK: Star Trek: Lower Decks video clip from first episode courtesy Comic-Con@Home).

Now for the positives.

I like the concept that we’re seeing a side of a Star Trek crew we almost never have seen explored. Sure, we’ve seen them. These people are usually just background, crowd noise, the extras at Ten Forward, only here on this show they are the stars. They are the ones who save the day. They aren’t just red shirt cannon fodder. The underdogs are the ones we can count on.

I’m going to try and stay with this one. Yes, I have several concerns, but think there’s a worthy concept here to explore. Star Trek is all about exploration, so let’s hope they find some original stories in the galaxy going forward.

There are a lot of great stories that can be told withing this framework. Will they execute? I’m not sure after only one episode, but am compelled enough to stick around for a few more episodes to see how it develops. Will they rely on cliches and muted edginess or tell some really fresh, funny stories?

Put all of this together and the pilot is a recommendation with an asterisk or two. If what is described isn’t the type of Star Trek for you, it’s understandable. The first episode isn’t the train wreck that some predicted. I see a side of Star Trek here that Gene Roddenberry would like. He was all about the humanity and would have enjoyed a series exploring the unsung heroes in the lower decks. Whether or not we get that series here remains to be seen, but the potential exists.

Will be back reviewing episode two next Thursday, same place, about the same time.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #32 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu, Peacock

Weekend #32 of 53 (8/7 – 8/9/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

This week I’m most looking forward movie-wise to watching An American Pickle (FIRST LOOK) starring Seth Rogen on HBO Max. It is available for streaming on August 6, 2020.

For TV, I’m looking most forward to the new adult animated series: Star Trek: Lower Decks (FIRST LOOK) on CBS All Access. To get into that Star Trek mode, I’ve been watching The Orville on Hulu, which has a very Next Generation feel. Lower Decks is also available for streaming on August 6, 2020.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Lost Husband (2020)
  2. *We Summon The Darkness (Aug 8)
  3. *The Promise
  4. *The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids In Space

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Selling Sunset – Season 3
    Reality TV, Realtors
  2. *Tiny Creatures – Season 1
    Animals
  3. *Dreamworks Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
    Animated
  4. *The New Legends of Monkey – Season 2
  5. *The Seven Deadly Sins – Season 4
    Anime
  6. *The Governor – Season 1 (Aug 8)

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 6) – Season 1 premiere episode
    Adult, Animated

HBO Max Movies

  1. *An American Pickle (FIRST LOOK)
  2. *Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (Aug 8)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 9 (also available on DC Universe)
  2. *Perry Mason – episode 8 – season finale!
  3. *On The Trail: Inside The 2020 Primaries
    Documentary – CNN (Aug 6)
  4. *The Swamp
    Documentary, Politics
  5. *Mob Psycho 100 – Season 1 – 12 episodes
    Anime
  6. *Promised Neverland – Season 1 – 12 episodes

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Arkansas (Aug 5)
  2. *Dora and The Lost City of Gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also on Hulu)
  3. *The Peanut Butter Falcon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (also on Hulu)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *Jessy and Nessy – Season 1 – 5 episodes available
    Children’s, Educational

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 13: “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part Two”

Season finale of Stargirl!

Hulu

  1. *The Peanut Butter Falcon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  2. *Dora and The Lost City of Gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  3. Slay The Dragon (2019)
    Documentary

Peacock

  1. Hitmen
    Comedy, Crime – Original Series

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #31 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu

Weekend #31 of 53 (7/31 – 8/2/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

The first of the month is huge for the various streaming services, as this is when a bunch of movie licenses move around.

It’s not uncommon to see dozens of movies added and removed from the leading services each month on this day. For movie lovers like us, this is like Christmas Day every month. Included in this week’s streaming picks are lists of movies cycled in on the first of the month by service.

There are plenty of sources out there covering every single movie title.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Banana Split (2018)
  2. *The Hater (2020)
  3. *Seriously Single (2020)
  4. *Killing Hasselhoff (2017)

If you missed rewatching (or watching for the first time — gasp!) the first three Jurassic Park movies have moved from Peacock to Netflix this month and are available as of August 1, 2020. Also, Mad Max (1979).

NETFLIX available for streaming on August 1

A Knight’s Tale
Acts of Violence
The Addams Family (1991)
An Education
Being John Malkovich
Death at a Funeral
Dennis the Menace
Elizabeth Harvest
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hardcore Henry
Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 1-2
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Mad Max
 (1979)
Mr. Deeds
My Perfect Landing: Season 1
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea: Season 1
The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
The Next Step: Season 6
Nights in Rodanthe
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Operation Ouch: Season 1
Operation Ouch: Special
Remember Me
Seabiscuit
Super Monsters: The New Class — Netflix Family
Toradora!: Season 1
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
The Ugly Truth
What Keeps You Alive

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Umbrella Academy – Season 2
  2. *Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy – Chapter 1 (5 episodes)
  3. *Tread
    Documentary, True Crime
  4. *Last Chance U – 5 parts
    Documentary, Sports
  5. *The Speed Cubers
    Documentary, Puzzle, Game

I’m not a huge Transformers fan, but the Cybertron trilogy on Netflix makes me want to check it out. The trailer is below.

HBO Max Movies

  1. *JoJo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  2. The Dark Knight

HBO Max available for streaming on August 1

10,000 BC (2008)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Altered States (1980)
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (Season 1)
Bad Influence (1990), HBO
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Batman (1989)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Bear (1989), HBO
Bee Season (2005), HBO
Before Sunrise (1995), (HBO)
Before Sunset (2004), (HBO)
Biloxi Blues (1988), HBO
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
Blue Crush (2002) HBO
The Candidate (1972)
Carefree (1938)
The Change-Up (2011), HBO
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Contact (1997)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dishwasher (2020), HBO
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Elf (2003)
The First Grader (2011), HBO
The First Wives Club (1996)
Flipper (1996) HBO
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Fool’s Gold (2008)
Fracture (2007)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Get on Up (2014), HBO
Go Tell It on the Mountain (2004), HBO
Grace Unplugged (2013), HBO
Hard to Kill (1990), HBO
Harley Quinn: Seasons 1 & 2 [RECOMMENDED]
Highlander: The Final Dimension (1995), HBO
Highlander IV: Endgame (2000), HBO
The Hindenburg (1975), HBO
Hours (2013), HBO
House of Wax (2005)
House Party (1990)
House Party 2 (1991)
House Party: Tonight’s the Night (2013)
How to Be a Player (1997), HBO
Idiocracy (Extended Version) (2006), HBO
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Jim Thorpe: All-American (1951)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Leprechaun (1993), HBO
Leprechaun 2 (1994), HBO
Leprechaun 3 (1995), HBO
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997), HBO
Leprechaun: Origins (2014), HBO
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2020), HBO
The Lost Boys: The Tribe (Unrated Version) (2020), HBO
Love Field (1992), HBO
Lovelace (2013), HBO
Lying And Stealing (2019), HBO
The Marine (Unrated Version) (2006), HBO
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), HBO
Marvin’s Room (1996), HBO
Maverick (1994)
Monkeybone (2001), HBO
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), HBO
Murder at 1600 (1997)
The Mustang (2019), HBO
My Blue Heaven (1990)
My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
Nell (1994), HBO
New Year’s Eve (2011), HBO
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
On Golden Pond (1981), HBO
Phantom (2013), HBO
Pi (1998), HBO
Raise the Titanic (1980), HBO
Roberta (1935)
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Savages (Unrated Version) (2012), HBO
Say It Isn’t So (2001) (HBO)
Serendipity (2001)
Skyline (2010) (HBO)
South Central (1992)
Spy Game (2001) (HBO)
Steven Universe Movie (2019)
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Striptease (1996)
Swing Time (1936)
They Live by Night (1949)
Things Never Said (2020) (HBO)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Time Bandits (1981) (HBO)
Top Hat (1935)
Two Minutes of Fame (2020) (HBO)
Walk the Line (Extended Version) (2005), HBO
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Without Limits (1998)
Yes Man (2008)

HBO Max TV

  1. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 6 – finale episode
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  2. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 8 (also available on DC Universe)
  3. *Perry Mason – episode 7

Amazon Prime Video available for streaming on August 1

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Inception (2010)
Margin Call (2011)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Rain Man (1988)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Safe (2012)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Square Parts (2015)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
The Holiday (2006)
Top Gun (1986)

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 12: “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part One”

Last week’s episode #10 was action-packed, fun and entertaining. Will be cool too see if they can follow up that episode.

Hulu available for streaming on August 1

71 (2015)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
A Good Woman (2006)
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Australia (2008)
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Child’s Play (1988)
City Slickers (1991)
City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994)
Company Business (1991)
Death At A Funeral (2010)
Elena Undone (2010)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Free Fall (2013)
Gayby (2012)
Hellraiser (1987)
Hurricane Bianca (2016)
Just Charlie (2017)
The Last Stand (2013)
Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole (2010)
Margin Call (2011)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Pit Stop (2013)
Rain Man (1988)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Safe (2012)
The Saint (1997)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Sordid Lives (2000)
Spare Parts (2015)
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Stuck On You (2003)
Top Gun (1986)
Ultraviolet (2006)
Up in the Air (2009)
Were The World Mine (2008)

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E5 – Decoy For A Dognapper ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
October 11, 1969

Episode 5 – “Decoy For A Dognapper”

Scooby is walking around and encounters a woman walking her female dog. Shortly, thereafter someone attacks the woman and swipes her dog. Scooby returns to the gang who are partying on the beach and turns on a radio news report that has them all realize they have new mystery to solve.

They meet with Buck Masters, a dog owner who is offering a reward for the capture of the dognapper.

Buck Masters is offering a reward for the capture of the dognapper

They setup a trap to lure the dognapper by Shaggy taking Scoob on a walk. They put a transmitter on Scooby’s collar. Shag and Scoob run into a van that creates a huge cloud of smoke and during the commotion Scoob is dognapped.

The mystery gang follows the transmitter to solve the mystery and unmask the connection between the ghost of Geromino and the dognapper.

Summary

Good to see Scooby attracted to a female dog to start off this episode.

Had to rewatch this one to get the connection with the ghostly Indian. Dognapping and Indian ghosts, a bizarre connection, but yet it somehow works.

This is the strangest storyline so far, but it works because Scooby is seeking revenge for attacks against other dogs. The mystery, once resolved, is fairly well put together but, again, wish they would have released a few more potential suspects. More suspects could have been done with the 22 minutes of run time.

At the same time we get to see Velma losing her glasses — a staple of several episodes, since Velma is blind without them. We also get to see Shag and Scoob being spooked out by Gerimino’s ghost.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

I came across this interesting fact about how Scooby-Doo was created:

Silverman’s idea for the show changed somewhat while he was listening to music during a flight. He heard Frank Sinatra’s hit “Strangers in the Night.” Near the end of the song, Sinatra sings the nonsense phrase “dooby dooby doo.” Silverman misheard the phrase as “scooby dooby doo.” After that, he decided to name the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and centered the show around its canine character.

How Frank Sinatra’s Comeback Hit Inspired ‘Scooby-Doo’

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E4 – Mine Your Own Business ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
October 4, 1969

Episode 4 – “Mine Your Own Business”

Shaggy reads a map upside down, forcing the gang down the wrong road. The end up at Gold City, a ghost town where they decide to stay.

They run into the mystery of the Miner 49er, who is scaring those away from the mines where his gold is hidden.

Shaggy and Scooby enter a bar and ask for Sasparillas, but instead are served cups of cobwebs.

Shaggy has a funny moment where he tries to light sticks of dynamite as torches.

The secret to the Miner 49er is found deep in the mines and it will take Scooby and the gang to travel down the mine shaft and learn the answers.

Summary

The Miner 49er is a great villain name.

Scooby runs into the Miner 49er. This is but one of several haunting meetings.

Scoob gets a chance to make us laugh with his trademark scares, when he needs Scooby snacks to travel down in the mineshaft elevator.

It’s always great to hear his doggy voice say, “Scooby-Scooby-Doo!” once he’s devoured those tasty Scooby Snacks.

This episode offers up a scary, if cliched these days, backdrop: the deserted ghost town. The Miner 49er has a clever back story but as is the case with many of these mysteries, there isn’t enough time to show us multiple characters that could be the true villain, making it easy for adults to figure out who the villain is before she or he is unmasked.

As a young child, though, I don’t ever remember that being a big deal. I tuned in for Scooby and Shaggy’s antics and the mystery was less important. A very strong episode. Recommended.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #30 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe

Sequel premieres on Netflix

Weekend #30 of 53 (7/24 – 7/26/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

If you plowed through everything Peacock had to offer last week (Lost Speedways was very good for those who like racing, BTW, I recommend that series), then several movies await this weekend across the streaming services.

I haven’t seen the first movie The Kissing Booth, but the sequel is coming straight to Netflix this weekend and the main lead stars are returning. I’m looking more forward to seeing Radioactive and Spotlight. The animated films: Animated Crackers and Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing might be worth a look, too.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)
  2. *Animal Crackers (2017)
  3. *Spotlight (2015)
  4. *Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing
  5. *The Larva Island Movie

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Signs (2018) – Season 1
    Crime, Thriller
  2. *Fear City: New York vs The Mafia
    Documentary
  3. *Love on the Spectrum
    Documentary

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (July 25)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Tig N Seek – Season 1 – episode 1 “The Five Rules of Finding”
    Animated, Children’s
  2. *Room 104 – Season 4 – premiere episode
  3. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 5
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  4. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 7 (also available on DC Universe)
  5. *Perry Mason – episode 6

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Radioactive (2020)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *If You Give A Mouse A Cookie – Season 1
  2. *Jim Gaffigan: Pale Tourist
    Stand-up Comedy

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 11: “Shining Knight”

Last week’s episode #10 was action-packed, fun and entertaining. Will be cool too see if they can follow up that episode.

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E3 – Hassle In The Castle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
September 27, 1969

Episode 3 – “Hassle In The Castle”

The gang runs aground during a boating expedition and ends up, unfortunately on the abandoned Vasquez Island. They venture into the castle looking for help and encounter a mystery to be solved.

A ghost is floating around scaring all who enter the castle.

Scooby is tasked to go undercover as John Wayne, a funny little disguise that leads him into a run and catch routine with the ghost.

Summary

One of my favorite gag parts of this episode is Scooby going into magician mode. It’s little parts of these episodes in the writing that made Scoob so much fun to watch as a child.

This brought back fond memories.

The other humorous moment is when Scooby is asked to enter a room where the ghost might be waiting and, scared, he feigns illness.

The gang knows that Scooby will do almost anything … if enough Scooby Snacks are offered …

Ghosts were clearly the top choice at the start of this series. The mystery part of this episode is a little thin, but we get to see Scooby as John Wayne — the outfit that looks nothing like the famous Westerner, but hey.

The unmasking is ripe with exposition, which explains why the ghost is there, but not much chance to solve this kind of mystery. The episode is saved by Scooby’s antics, but the weakest of the three so far. Barely recommend this one.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blog Housekeeping: Coming Soon and Review Schedule July 2020 and beyond

Movies Coming Soon to theaters 2020 now includes sections for STREAMING PREMIERE and DELAYED/MOVED to help better organize and track movie release updates.

Readers, if you enjoy being surprised by posts then you can safely skip reading this post, as it contains dates of scheduled upcoming posts. There are a few surprises here and there however on certain dates and details that have intentionally been left out. After all, not everything fun and worthwhile can be scheduled.

For those curious to know what to expect in the future that’s new review-related to this blog and wondering what types of posts appear here, the frequency and schedule, this post provides details and specifics.

Of course other non-review posts are made in/around the posts that are actually planned below and there are also some reviews that aren’t listed as well like ongoing The Twilight Zone (1959-) reviews, which are planned to take place over many, many years at this blog, not days, weeks or months.

COMING SOON TO THEATERS – Additions, changes and modifications

The image at the top of this post shows the subsections on the 2020 Coming Soon to Theaters page and now includes the following subsections:

  • STREAMING PREMIERE – these are higher profile movies that either could, should or are simultaneous theater releases. It’s not intended to be a complete list of all new streaming movies. VOD/PVOD movie releases will also appear on this list. From top to bottom it is date sorted (beginning of the month at top, end of month at bottom)
  • DELAYED/MOVED – movies intended to be released to theaters but have moved to other months are now listed under this subcategory

Someday all these movie release date changes might have to be put in a database, but for now this seems like the simplest and cleanest way to portray this information. Again, it’s not every single movie being released, it seeks to capture the wide theater releases, some [LIMITED] releases and streaming premieres. Basically, we’re trying to keep our eyes on new films that have broad appeal or wide release, academy attention (including some indie films) and noteworthy streaming premieres. New films can and will slip through the cracks, but this should be a fairly detailed overview of the “biggest” and “best” new movies being released in theaters in the United States.

Unless otherwise noted, all movie release dates are for the United States only. Other country release dates are not being tracked.

MONDAY / TUESDAY / WEDNESDAY – Compiled Reviews By Others + Critique Posts

New wide release movies planned for review compilation posts. These dates are subject to change based on the movies actually being released and/or our ability to watch the movies the weekend before. In some rare circumstances, reviews by others are compiled without our review, but won’t critique movies that haven’t been watched and reviewed.

All movie reviews (spoiler-free) appear first and/or primarily at Letterboxd see: https://letterboxd.com/tjsnk/

All movies seen in theaters have spoiler-free video reviews created just after leaving the movie theater at our MovieReviewsByUs YouTube channel

All movie review compilations and critiques — these contain spoilers — appear at MovieReviewsByUs.com usually the week following US release, but sometimes delayed longer. Typically, these review compilations will appear Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. There is no schedule for these posts, but you can follow along with the Coming Soon 2020 or Monthly Coming Soon to Theater lists to see which movies will be watched and reviewed.

The goal is to watch and review all wide release movies released in theaters. Not all VOD and streaming release movies are watched and reviewed.

WEDNESDAY – Coming To Theaters This Weekend Posts

Our coming to theaters weekend list will return as soon as theaters reopen. These detail the wide release movies that are being released in theaters the coming weekend.

THURSDAY – What to Watch on Streaming Channels This Weekend

A recap of MovieReviewsByUs selected titles, mostly new titles, but some older movies available across a selection of the various streaming services including, but not limited to: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, Hulu, Shudder, DC Universe, AppleTV+

FRIDAY – FIRST LOOK Fridays

Preview posts of all wide release movies in theaters, some VOD, some movies and TV series on streaming channels.

These posts are not planned in advance, but try to post at least some movies coming to theaters within the next 45-90 days.

SATURDAY Morning Cartoon (Spoiler-Free) Reviews

Currently the following cartoons are have been or being scheduled to have reviews posted on Saturdays:

Scooby-Doo Where Are You (1969)
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)

Every Saturday morning a new review for a classic cartoon series is scheduled to be reviewed. Here’s the schedule of reviews for what’s already happened and the rest of 2020:

  • July 04: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1:E1 – “What A Night For A Knight” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • July 11: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1:E2 – “A Clue For Scooby-Doo” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  • July 18: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E3 – “Hassle In The Castle”
  • July 25: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E4 – “Mine Your Own Business”
  • Aug 01: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E5 – “Decoy for a Dognapper”
  • Aug 08: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E6 – “What The Hex Going On?”
  • Aug 15: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E7 – “Never Ape an Ape Man”
  • Aug 22: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E8 – “Foul Play In Funland”
  • Aug 29: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E9 – “The Backstage Rage”
  • Sep 05: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E10 – “Bedlam in the Big Top”
  • Sep 12: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E11 – “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts”
  • Sep 19: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E12 – “Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too”
  • Sep 26: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E13 – “Which Witch is Which?”
  • Oct 03: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E14 – “Go Away Ghost Ship”
  • Oct 10: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E15 – “Spooky Space Kook”
  • Oct 17: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E16 – “A Night of Fright Is No Delight”
  • Oct 24: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: S1:E17 – “That Snow Ghost” (season 1 finale episode)
  • Oct 31 – Halloween cartoon surprise cartoon review
  • Nov 07 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E1 – “Beyond The Farthest Star”
  • Nov 14 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E2 – “Yesteryear”
  • Nov 21 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1;E3 – “One Of Our Planets Is Failing”
  • Nov 28 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E4 – “The Lorelei Signal”
  • Dec 05 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E5 – “More Tribbles, More Troubles”
  • Dec 12 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E6 – “The Survivor”
  • Dec 19 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E7 – “The Infinite Vulcan”
  • Dec 26 – Star Trek: The Animated Series: S1:E8 – “The Magicks of Megas Tu”

SUNDAY / MONDAY

The following new Stargirl Season 1 TV Show episodes are reviewed (spoiler-free) and posted either Sunday night (PT / GMT-8) or Monday, the date below is Monday, but again some will be posted early on Sunday night, which just depends on whether or not I watch the episode on Sunday or Monday (sometimes I fall asleep before it airs):

Also see: MovieReviewsByUs.com TV Series Reviews:
https://moviereviewsbyus.com/tv-series-reviews/

FIRST LOOK: Yellowstone (TV Series) – Peacock / Paramount

Yellowstone Season 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Peacock, launching wide on July 15

The last time I checked in with Kevin Costner, one of my favorite actors, it was just his voice as the dog Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My blindspot, since we don’t have television, is he’s been starring in the lead role of the TV series Yellowstone, which season three just started June 21, 2020 every Sunday night on Paramount. The first two seasons of Yellowstone are available on Peacock.

The show follows the trials and tribulations of the Duttons, a family of ranchers operating the the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. But you don’t reach the Duttons’ level of wealth and success by playing nice, not out where the west is still wild, and the family is constantly attending to conflicts from outside—including land developers, political opponents, and clashes with the local reservation—as well as from within as the complicated dynamics between the patriarch John (played by Kevin Costner) and his children—frustrated, politically ambitious Jamie (Wes Benton), deliciously vicious Beth (Kelly Reilly), and estranged former soldier Kayce (Luke Grimes)—play out with plenty of scheming, secrets, and no little bit of bloodshed.

How to Watch Yellowstone Season 3 – Where to Watch Yellowstone Online

One challenge with TV shows that are trending and aren’t brand new is having to catch up current with them. Season 1 & 2 are available on Peacock (19 total episodes which with average run times of 45 minutes is like 14+ hours of watch time).

Today, I started watching the first episode where literally in the first five minutes Kevin Costner’s Dutton lead character is in a car accident and must shoot his injured horse in the head. Must admit that westerns aren’t usually my thing, but this is a much more modern western.

The only reason I’m even offering this as a FIRST LOOK here is that it features Kevin Costner and is trending as one of the most watched TV shows at home right now. I’m always fascinated when I look at these top lists and see shows I’ve never heard of that are popular. It just humbles me to no end. Being humbled is good. Just when I think I sort of know what’s going on with movies and TV shows, I’m proven there is much to learn.

Anybody reading enjoy watching Yellowstone?

Yellowstone Season 1 & 2 is available on Peacock now, season 3 now airing on Paramount.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #29 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Peacock, Netflix, HBO Max, Shudder, DC Universe

Available on VOD as of June 30 to rent or own

Weekend #29 of 53 (7/17 – 7/19/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Movie-wise, this is a pretty quiet weekend for new releases, unless we’re talking about Peacock, which has opened up a library of movies — some certified classics (like Psycho) — to the world at large.

Peacock is what I’m going to be spending at least some time watching several of their Peacock Originals. Have already watched a couple of the originals. Leading my interest as of this writing is Dale Earnhardt Jr. visiting a bunch of old racetracks (Lost Speedways). I’m always fascinated with how nature grows up through man-made structures. Even 10 years without upkeep can make something look ancient.

KEY
*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

PEACOCK Movies

  1. *Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

PEACOCK TV

  1. *Brave New World – 9 episodes
    Adaptation of Auldous Huxley Novel
  2. *The Capture – Season 1 – 6 episodes
    Thriller
  3. *Intelligence – Season 1 – 6 episodes
    Comedy
  4. *Lost Speedways – 8 episodes

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Fatal Affair (2020)
  2. *MILF (2020)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Cursed – Season 1 (July 17)
    Fantasy
  2. *The Last Dance – Limited Series ESPN
    Sports, NBA, Docuseries
  3. *Gigantosaurus
    Disney Junior series on dinosaurs

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (July 18)

HBO Max TV

  1. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 4
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  2. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 6 (also available on DC Universe)
  3. *Perry Mason – episode 5

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *Lake of Death
  2. *Nina Forever (July 20)
  3. *The Pool (July 20)

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 10: “Brainwave Jr.”