Public Service Announcement 6 of 2018: Requiem, Altered Carbon, The X-Files

The chill isn’t just outside this week, with a bumper crop of genre shows of varying degrees of creepiness hitting UK tv screens.

First up is BBC1’s new supernatural drama Requiem about a woman (with a very strange haircut) who returns home to rural Wales after her mother’s suicide, only to find herself drawn into the long-unsolved mystery of a child’s disappearance. It’s supposed to be terrifying but, if you’re brave enough to check it out, the BBC has gone all Netflix-y about it and put all six episodes on the iPlayer at once. If you’re more an “episode a week” kind of person, though, you can catch it on Fridays at 9pm. (First episode was last night, currently available on catch-up.)

Netflix itself meanwhile offers up some potentially interesting, unnerving sci-fi in the form of Altered Carbon, a ten-part adaptation of the novel of the same name, set in a future where the minds of the dead are routinely uploaded into fresh bodies – or “sleeves” as they’re apparently known – so if you’re rich enough, you never really die at all. There’s a murder mystery and whatnot, but every article I’ve tried to read about the show has been so densely packed with information it’s given me a sore head so I think it’s probably easier to watch and find out for myself. The whole season is currently available for streaming so if I give it a go, I’ll report back.

And finally, an old favourite joins all these upstart newbies as The X-Files is back again for a second run of its, er, second run. I think we’re calling it Season 11. Last year’s “Event Series” wasn’t an unmitigated success – it was a joy to see Mulder and Scully back in action, but one genuinely terrific episode (“Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” since you asked) out of six in a season that turned the already overcooked “mythology” aspect of the show into complete goobbledygook hardly made for a triumphant return. But the chemistry between the two leads is as electric as ever, and with Gillian Anderson maintaining that this season will be her last, it’s not like I’ll be able to resist tuning in. Advance word suggests that it’ll be worth it too, with critics saying the first episode is a disappointment but the rest are a return to form. If you want to see for yourself, the season kicks off at 9pm on Monday (5th) on channel 5.

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15 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 6 of 2018: Requiem, Altered Carbon, The X-Files

  1. Kay20 February 7, 2018 / 5:18 am

    OMG. Watching the third episode of the X-Files and it’s HILARIOUS. Agree with the critics. First episode is meh, but the next two are better and better. The third episode has genuine laugh out loud moments. “Skulls” – all will make sense later.

    • CJ Cregg February 10, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Oh Kay, I just watched the first one today! It was awful! The dialogue was terrible and the plot incomprehensible. I am so glad the rest of the season is better, I couldn’t sit through another ep like it! Looking forward to the third one especially ☺

      • Kay20 February 11, 2018 / 6:43 am

        It gets better, I promise!

        • CJ Cregg March 1, 2018 / 9:16 pm

          You were absolutely right Kay – it definitely does get better. Episode 2 was decent and episode 3 (with the doppelgangers!) was great – really creepy but funny too.

          • Kay20 March 1, 2018 / 11:45 pm

            I heart episode 4, so much.

            EPisode 5 was back to “meh” for me.

      • Kay20 February 11, 2018 / 6:44 am

        Oh – and I counted wrong, it’s the fourth one that’s downright brilliant.

  2. Kay20 February 7, 2018 / 5:39 am

    And I just read that this third episode was done by Darin Morgan who was also the writer behind….”Were-Monster”. Just awesome.

  3. Kay20 February 7, 2018 / 5:48 am

    Whoops – it’s the fourth episode, not the third.

  4. e March 2, 2018 / 7:33 am

    So when are you folk going to get “Kevin Probably Saves the World”? I can’t find a UK Air Date. I just caught up on 9 episodes I recorded and it’s sweet, it’s light, it’s charming, *there’s shipping*. Like all shows I like, no chance it gets a second season but I’m loving it while it lasts.

    (They also nicely avoid a very bad trope, as a secondary character gets her own inner life, storyline, and challenges.)

    • Jed Bartlet March 2, 2018 / 8:32 am

      No sign that anyone’s bought it for UK transmission yet, e. But if there’s a ship we’re in.

      On that note we’re TREMENDOUSLY excited by the trailers for Timeless s2.

    • Kay20 March 2, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      OMG e, I love that show! It’s adorable, the lead is wonderful, the cast is great. It’s another show that doesn’t treat life as a miserable slog and leaves me feeling uplifted opposed to depressed.

      Highly recommended.

      I don’t really care for the ship, but the rest of the show stands on its own.

      • e March 2, 2018 / 9:34 pm

        There are three main ships. Which is the one you don’t care for?

        • Kay20 March 2, 2018 / 10:19 pm

          Kevin and the teacher I’m “meh” about. Like the other two, in particular the sister and the cop. 🙂

          • e March 2, 2018 / 10:30 pm

            The restaurant guy and Yvette are my OTP

            • Jed Bartlet March 3, 2018 / 11:53 pm

              Hang on. There are *three* ships…? This might, sight unseen, be Unpopcult’s favourite show of the year.

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