Five Upcoming Shows I'm Excited About

Here are some of the TV shows I'll be most looking forward to in 2021 and beyond.


THE WHEEL OF TIME (AMAZON)
Based on Robert Jordan's mammoth saga (which consists of 15 books with about 8 books' worth of story between them), this series stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, an Aes Sedai (magic user) seeking the reincarnation of the Dragon, an ancient hero destined to return and save the world from the Dark One. Yeah, it is a bit difficult to describe this series spoiler free without it sounding like your standard fantasy epic. I'll admit that it does starts off as something of a Tolkien wannabe, but it quickly becomes something far more complex and interesting. Like most of the shows on this list, WOT has been held up by the pandemic. Filming started way back in 2019 but was put on hold in March and resumed again in September only to be suspended again in November. Only two episodes remain to filmed, but production isn't expected to resume again until April so lord knows when the show will finally be released.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (HBO)
Like many, I was not the biggest fan of how Game of Thrones ended. However, I'm still very much hyped for this spin-off prequel (it helps that it'll be from a completely different creative team). So far we don't know much about this series except that it will be based on material from George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood book, which chronicles the early part of the Targaryen dynasty, and will star Paddy Considine as King Viserys I, which strongly suggests that the series will cover the infamous Dance of the Dragons, a brutal and bloody civil war that saw rival Targaryen factions slaughter each other for control of the Iron Throne.
MARVEL ON DISNEY+
2020 was meant to see the launch of the eagerly anticipated Phase 4 of the obscenely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then you know what happened and everything got pushed back to 2021 including all the Disney+ shows. Unlike previous shows, which were produced by the separate (and now defunct) Marvel Television, these will be produced directly by Marvel Studios and featuring stronger ties to the studio's big screen adventures. Of all the shows announced so far, the ones I'm most excited about are WandaVision (because it looks so delightfully weird), Hawkeye (because it looks to be taking inspiration from Matt Fraction's fantastic run) and She-Hulk (because of Tatiana Maslany. Yes, I know she's denied being cast but so did Hailee Steinfeld and look how that turned out).
KENOBI (DISNEY+)
Marvel content isn't the only thing that Disney+ has heavily invested in. There's also a lot of Star Wars shows in the works including a Clone Wars spin-off series about the Bad Batch and a Rogue One prequel series centred around Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. But the one that's got everyone foaming at the mouth (myself included) is this series which will see Ewan McGregor don the robes again to play Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Plot detail are scarce, but I don't care. I'd happily just watch McGregor hanging out in his desert shack occasionally being sassy to his Sand People neighbours.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS (AMAZON)
So far we only know four things for certain about Amazon's take on J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium. 1) It will be set during the Second Age of Middle Earth. 2) It will be filmed in New Zealand like the Peter Jackson's films. 3) It will have a large cast of unknowns and established names. And 4) It will be fucking expensive as hell. As to what this show will actually be about, that remains a mystery. Based on the clues have be released so far we can assumed it will at least cover the forging of the Rings of Power as well as the decline and fall of the island nation of NĂºmenor. Since these are not events that Tolkien wrote about extensively, the writers will have to fill in a lot of blanks. Hopefully they'll be up to the challenge.


Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011 More Mark Greig

7 comments:

Billie Doux said...

Kenobi??? Now that's a Star Wars show I would be excited to watch. I have to admit (and this might be sacrilege) that I find The Mandalorian boring. Is it just me?

TJ said...

It's not just you Billie. I tried Mandalorian but gave up after a handful of episodes.

Anonymous said...

Not just you, I found it dull. Baby Yoda is cute and all..but nothing much happens.

Michal Dvorak said...

It's not just you. I admit I do watch The Mandalorian and I find it relatively entertaining in its own simplistic way, but I absolutely don't get all the hype the show's getting. It's just okay. If it got canceled, I wouldn't miss it much.

Kayne said...

The Mandalorian dull? I wonder what you all think about the new trilogy then ;) I thought it was much more fun and interesting to watch than any of the SW movies since... Episode VI?

Billie Doux said...

Kayne, I didn't warm to the new trilogy, either. Good guess.

magritte said...

The events of the Tolkien's Second Age could be great if they have the writers to fill it with the characters and dialogue that Tolkien didn't write. It'll be a bit like making a historical drama in the ancient world where we only have a broad overview of what happened. But the 2nd age really is the stuff of high tragedy, in some ways more compelling than the core narrative of LOTR.