It’s almost June and you know what that means! A new month of things to be excited about! As I do every dang month, I combed through the scheduled releases in TV, movies, comics, video games, and more (but really those things) to find the stuff that’s got me pacing nervously in anticipation. As ever, dates are subject to change and sometimes a late announcement makes a chump out of me. Did I know Arrested Development was going to come out at the end of the month when I wrote May’s list? No, I did not.
Humans Season Three (June 5) – The other show about humanoid robots gaining sentience returns for a third (and I think final) season. Despite what I just said it’s completely different from Westworld and really examines the effect that these “Synth” servants have on society, both before and after they wake up and change the world. At the end of last season, all Synths everywhere became sentient (as opposed to the slow rollout that had been seen up to that point) and it points to a fundamentally different society. The new trailers include ads for what appears to be different and less aware kind of Synth, and I’m eager to see what that’s going to be. Basically? I am very excited about Humans. (AMC)
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn (June 5) – It’s a sequel to the 1994 game that’s been deemed one of the worst of all time. It’s not E.T. bad, but it’s “an episode of The Goldbergs was devoted to how bad it is” bad. It’s a fighting game starring Shaquille O’Neal, and it seems impossible to screw that up. And yet, they did. Bad controls, subpar graphics, half-assed gameplay. It’s the kind of thing you don’t bring back unless you have a plan to make it awesome, and the trailers look like exactly the kind of silly, self-aware crazy game that it always should have been. I mean, I’m going to wait for reviews to hit before I plunk down any money, but I’m guardedly optimistic.
Ocean’s Eight (June 8) – It’s the all-women take on the franchise, with Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s sister. I’m a sucker for the original trilogy and heist movies in general, and the cast is pretty amazing. There are a couple of music people whose names mean nothing to me, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. It looks like a lot of fun. Also, I finally realized why they went with Eight – that way, if they do another trilogy, they hit Ocean’s Ten and don’t bump up against the existing movies. But if they want to combine the casts for Ocean’s Fourteen, I would be very into that.
Hotel Artemis (June 8) – This sounds like a nice filler in between John Wick movies. “A nurse runs an underground hospital for criminals and finds that one of her patients is there to assassinate another.” Who’s in this movie? Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, and more. Did I know I wanted Drax to meet Paper Boi? No, I didn’t. And now that’s all I want.
Plastic Man (June 13) – It’s a good month for stretchy heroes as my favorite non-Batman character gets his own miniseries for the first time in forever. Gail Simone and Adriana Melo bring us six issues of Plastic action that establish Plas’ current origin and place in the DC Universe and deal with his original identity as a mobster. I love Plastic Man so much, and this is a very good creative team. I don’t think he’s appeared in any capacity since the New 52 reboot in 2011, and now he’s starring in a team book and a solo miniseries. It’s the year of Plastic Man! (DC Comics)
Incredibles 2 (June 15) – The original is one of my favorite Pixar movies and my most-wanted sequel. And this time, Bob Odenkirk is involved! He voices one of a pair of siblings who want to make superheroes legal again, and they choose Elastigirl to be the face of their campaign. I have already mentioned my love of Plastic Man, so obviously I am on board for a movie with stretchy superheroics. Plus, baby Jack-Jack is an overpowered menace, there’s a mysterious threat out there, and everybody you loved from the first movie is back. I am so excited about this one I can’t even stand it.
Detroiters Season Two (June 21) – The first season of this surreal comedy came as a great surprise. The cast (fronted by Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson) and premise (incompetent but sweet-natured ad men in Detroit) got it off to a good start, but it was so much funnier and weirder than I expected. And so much warmer – it’s about friendship just as much as it’s about selling wigs made of human hair. I feel like it was kind of overlooked, since we’re not all walking around talking about how great Detroiters is. Let’s not make that mistake a second time. (Comedy Central)
Luke Cage Season Two (June 22) – Sweet Christmas! After a slow start, this turned into one of my favorites of Netflix’s Marvel slate. The last four or five episodes in particular are the greatest Superman movie never made. Cage gets right to the sweet spot of why I love superheroes while also driving home some real social relevance. (Me watching Season One: “I bet if he just tried to explain things to the police who’ve been given special Luke Cage-killing weapons, he could clear things up. Oh, wait….”) This is going to be a must-watch. (Netflix)
Big Brother (June 27) – I make no apologies for this. I am an unbearable TV snob and every year I get so excited about a new season of Big Brother. A whole summer of people sharing a house together and gradually going mad and I can’t get enough of it. I especially love the anticipation when the possibilities are endless. Sure, in reality there’s a chance that we’re going to get another season of terrible gameplay where everybody sacrifices their own game in favor of a returning contestant that inexplicably charms them. But right now, the sky’s the limit! (CBS)
GLOW Season 2 (June 29) – As established, I would watch this ’80s set comedy-drama about a womens’ wrestling league regardless of quality because it stars Alison Brie. Luckily, it’s actually a really great show. Funny and insightful, the first season was one of the best shows I saw last year and I came to love all the characters, even the ones who aren’t played by Alison. I’m really looking forward to this new season and I’ve missed the whole gang. Now that they managed to get GLOW (the show within the show) on the air, they should have a whole new set of challenges. Chances are that I’m going to watch the whole season in one night and I will have no regrets. (Netflix)
There’s also a Jurassic Park movie that will probably be dumb and fun, but they’re already advertising on every can of Dr. Pepper and don’t need my help. What are you looking forward to? Let me know!