Are you waiting for a show to come back, but you have to wait until January? If you’re a Trekkie like me and are desperate to see what Star Trek: Discovery will do next (whether that be good or bad), the wait until season two is getting tough. Don’t get me wrong, there are many exciting shows set to premiere this fall, but sometimes these new shows aren’t what you’re looking for, or weekly episodes aren’t enough to distract you. This is where we turn to Netflix! Here are five binge-worthy shows on Netflix that’ll keep you hooked until January.
Six people wake from stasis on a spaceship with no memories of who they are and why they’re even there. Without their memories, they’re left vulnerable in a world where corporations are looking to take advantage of you before disposing of you when you’re no longer useful. It’s up to them to figure out who stole their memories and how to survive. Dark Matter is an excellent show for anyone who loves shows in space, heists and quirky androids that may remind you of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sadly, Dark Matter was cancelled after its third season, but the seasons leading up to its cancellation will capture your attention and give you all sorts of feelings.
When a time machine is stolen, it’s up to our team of three characters—a history professor, an engineer and a soldier—to travel through time to protect history and apprehend the thief before he can rewrite it. For those who love the timey-wimey side of science fiction, Timeless would be a great choice for you. Timeless has sadly also been cancelled after two seasons (after first being cancelled and uncancelled after season one), but there will be a movie coming out to attempt to give the series a proper ending.
The CW’s Supergirl is finally on Canadian Netflix for all us binge-watchers to enjoy. Supergirl follows Kara Zor-El, who had escaped the destruction of Krypton after being sent away to protect her cousin, Kal-El. But her pod is thrown off course, and when she finally lands on Earth, Kal-El has grown up to become Superman. Kara then tries to live a normal Earth life with her adoptive family, working as an assistant at CatCo, but an accident forces her to reveal her powers to the world. This show is great for if you’re a fan of superheroes and are looking for a cast with strong female characters. Supergirl returns for its fourth season on the CW this October, but there are currently two seasons to binge on Netflix.
Lost in Space
Lost in Space is the reimagining of the 1965 series of the same name. It follows a family of space colonists and their adventures after their spaceship veers off course and crash-lands on an unknown planet. This show is great for those who enjoy person-versus-environment conflict with smaller interpersonal conflict interspersed throughout, as well as those who enjoy shows that have a strong familial aspect. There is currently one 10-episode season on Netflix, and it has been renewed for a second. There is no release date yet quite yet, but it should come out sometime in either 2019 or early 2020.
Ascension is a science fiction mystery drama miniseries that aired on CBC in Canada and Syfy in the US in 2014. The show takes place on the generation ship, Ascension, that was launched in the 1960s and is now 51 years into its 100-year journey. They’re approaching the point where they could no longer return to Earth when someone is murdered—something that has never happened before on Ascension. This causes the ship’s crew to question who to trust and what their mission truly is. Ascension is on the shorter side—six 43-minute episodes—but it would be a great show for those who enjoy a drama-centric show.
Bonus: Re-watch old Trek!
If you’re more of a fan of the whimsical space exploration of classic Star Trek, this could be dangerous because it may cause you to hold Discovery Season 2 to a standard that—based on the direction the show is going in—it won’t live up to. That being said, what better way to keep yourself preoccupied for three or four more months than getting lost in an old favourite? Or if you have never watched the previous Star Trek shows, what are you waiting for? Of course, it’s recommended to watch them all in the order that they aired, but if you’re only going to watch one, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager are two that are always at the top of my recommendations list.
Now that you’re well-equipped, boldly go, and binge watch some Netflix!
Article by Paige Shaw © 2018