This week’s Channel Surfing TV picks cover a wide variety of genres including teen superhero, animated science fiction, and high fantasy. The Justice Society of America (JSA) looks to work with former foes in Stargirl. Humans find a new way to live past death using technology in Pantheon. Then, visit the Second Age of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Making it Work
During the season two finale of Stargirl, heroes and villains teamed together to defeat the greater evil of Eclipso. The unexpected partnership earned the bad guys some good will and Courtney is willing to give them a second chance. Sportsmaster, Tigress, and Artemis even unexpectedly moved next door to the Whitmore-Dugan family.
The new season, subtitled Frenemies, explores the JSA and the remnants of the Injustice Society and Injustice Unlimited trying to coexist peacefully. Also, with the return of Sylvester Pemberton, Starman begins training Courtney to better use the Cosmic Staff.
The season three premiere of Stargirl will air Wednesday, August 31, on The CW.
Ken Liu is an acclaimed writer and winner of multiple Hugo Awards. Recently, a collection of his short stories has been adapted into a television show called Pantheon.
The story follows a young teen named Maddie, who is bullied at school. One day, she receives help online to counteract her tormenters. It soon turns out that her mysterious savior is her recently deceased father, whose consciousness has been uploaded into the cloud. The rise of these Uploaded Intelligence could lead to a different kind of world war.
The first two episodes of Pantheon will be released Thursday, September 1, on AMC+.
Back to Middle Earth
Many have watched the fantasy adventures of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) on the big screen. Now, we’ll have the chance to visit the same world but in an era thousands of years prior. There are high expectations for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power not only because of the beloved franchise but also because it will be the most expensive television series ever made.
There are many events that occur in Middle Earth’s Second Age found in the appendices of The LOTR novels. The show will cover the forging of the titular items, the rise of Sauron, the destruction of the island kingdom of Númenor, and the final alliance between men and elves.
The series premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be this Friday, September 2, on Prime Video.
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