Series: Spotlight on Science Fiction in May

Shen spring has been marked by a veritable series of flowers over the last few weeks, our May selection takes us to fantastic countries. We must believe that the return of stranger things inspired Netflix competitors! Science fiction is undoubtedly the dominant genre this month, with a mythical monster reminiscent of the Loch Ness creature (The Essex Serpent), a time travel romance (The wife of the time traveler), an escape to a mysterious planet (To the stars), Star Wars Returns (Obi Wan Kenobi) and a hilarious hunt for aliens (visitor). Change of scenery guaranteed!

stranger thingsSeason 4 Volume 1

For fans of the series, the spring-summer 2022 collection evokes only one thing: the big return of the phenomenon. stranger things. We’ve had to wait almost three years, but season 4 will soon be streaming on Netflix in two stages: 5 episodes in late May and 4 in early July. As the streaming giant’s financial woes make headlines, any hopes of (re)gaining subscribers rest on the fragile shoulders (though broadened now that the actors are heading towards their twenties) of Mike, Will and the rest of the band. For this reason, according to statements by the Wall Street Journal, $30 million per episode. Quite simply, an enormous sum. The villains have also multiplied since the Battle of Starcourt: the Duffer brothers, creators of the series, announced the arrival of Vecna ​​​​, a fearsome creature inspired by Hellraiser and Freddy Krueger. Fans of 1980s horror films will also be pleased to hear about actor Robert Englund, who was the first Freddy in The claws of the night, plays a small role here. The horror is therefore ever more present, with a haunted house, a gloomy prison in which a Hopper (David Harbour) is imprisoned in disrepair, and the proclamation of a war against the Upside Down. With our heroes now scattered between Hawkins and California, get ready to leave behind the intimate atmosphere that made Season 1 so charming.

Available on Netflix May 27th.

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The wife of the time traveler

Here is a series that belongs to the mythical genre of impossible romances, or at least very complicated. As Clare and Henry weave the perfect love, their life as a couple is dictated by one major obstacle: absence. Henry (Theo James, featured in the saga different) indeed suffers from a genetic abnormality that propels him into the past or future without warning, and does so indefinitely. This ability to travel through time causes him to end up in surprising and dangerous situations, disoriented and stark naked. He is also forced to reconsider the traumas of his childhood. Meanwhile, Clare (played by Rose Leslie, Ygritte in game of Thrones and recently featured in the excellent series Alarm) awaits him. The spouses suffer from this discontinuous chronology in their own way. However, their atypical experience raises universal questions. Why does passion intensify when the loved one is gone? Can we be happy despite an imbalance in love? This HBO production marks the third adaptation of the novel, following a 2009 feature film and a late 2022 musical time is nothing by Audrey Niffenegger (2003). At the helm are two veterans of sci-fi television: director David Nutter (X-Files, Supernatural) and producer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock), who says, “This is the love story we all need. »

Available on OCS May 16th.

Obi Wan Kenobi

In this new work from the universe war of stars, We find Obi-Wan Kenobi ten years after the events of Vengeance of the Sith and nine years before those of the very first War of stars. Ewan McGregor, who has been in the franchise since 2005, slipped into the Jedi Master’s costume again for six episodes, with obvious delight: “I’ve watched all the films in the saga from start to finish to get back in the mood. The story begins when his character is devastated by his apprentice Anakin Skywalker’s decision to join the dark side of the Force. Hayden Christensen is back as Darth Vader. For showrunner Joby Harold (who was hired in 2020 to rewrite the scripts when Lucasfilm put the project on hold), the goal is “to understand what happened to Obi-Wan, as Ewan McGregor and then Sir Alec Guinness brought it to life”. On the production side is Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) was able to win several newcomers for Tatooine, played by Moses Ingram (The Queens Game), Kumail Nanjiani (The Eternals) and Maya Erskine (PEN15). We can’t wait to discover her mastery of the lightsaber!

Available on Disney+ May 27th.


For its first-ever French original series, Warner TV has recruited Simon Astier, co-creator of HeroCorp, the crazy superhero parody that ended in 2017. Combining comedy, science fiction and a homage to American genre cinema, visitor takes us to the a priori peaceful town of Pointe-Claire… until one evening two UFOs collide in the sky. Ricard (played by Simon Astier, who also wrote and directed the series) has just joined the local police force and is determined to solve the mystery. Together with his childhood friends Bob (Damien Jouillerot) and Mitch (Vincent Desagnat), he goes on a hunt for aliens. With its stylish staging, its tongue-in-cheek second degree lines and its nods to Steven Spielberg’s vintage filmography as well as the series x files and twin peaks, visitor will be the next invader of your evenings.

Available on Warner TV May 10th.

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The Essex Serpent

As for the prestige series, it’s Apple TV+ that stuns us with a poisonous story from Sarah Perry’s novel. The Essex Serpent. The story begins in 1893 in Victorian London and this time takes us to the fantasy genre. Claire Danes, who has since returned to television in her biggest role hometown, Interpreter Cora Seaborne. This widow fascinated by The Origin of Species Darwin decides to settle on a whim in a remote corner of the Essex region where a sea creature would have recently appeared. Myth or Reality? Cora initially encounters the skepticism of the village pastor (Tom Hiddleston, featured in the series The night manager and Loki), then to the hostility of certain residents. Since the man of faith is married to Stella (Clémence Poésy completes this five-star cast), we understand that the serpent is also a symbol of sin. Despite a slow start, the gothic atmosphere of the series enchants us. Will you give in to temptation too?

Available on Apple TV+ on May 13th.

To the stars (night sky)

Amazon has recruited a “stellar” team for this atypical intergalactic series. We like to find legendary actress Sissy Spacek (Carrie, missing), who had not appeared in film or television as of 2018. She is joined by America’s king of intense supporting roles, JK Simmons (Juno, whiplash). Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 for in his eyes Directed by Juan Jose Campanella. Irene and Franklin York, who have been married for more than fifty years, have found an interesting way to spice up their daily lives: a passageway vortex in their garden that allows them to travel through time and space to a desert planet. While fiercely protecting this secret, they are surprised when a mysterious young man (Chai Hansen, featured in shadowhunters) burst into her life. The portal they thought they mastered turns out to be full of surprises. This first eight-episode season prioritizes emotion over action and great visual poetry.

Available on Amazon Prime on May 20th.


Leaving sci-fi aside, we’re going back in time with a historical series that’s been talked about since it was unveiled at the end of the Series Mania festival last March. Oussekine is an ambitious French production that surprisingly confirms the directorial talent of the Disney+ platform (Pam & Tommy), To move (intoxicated) or disgusting (The Dropout) Stories inspired by real events. This is a political and committed dive into the France of the Mitterrand years. Paris, December 5, 1986: Malik Oussekine (Sayyid El Alami), a 22-year-old French student of Algerian origin, is killed by police. In 4 hour-long episodes, showrunner Antoine Chevrollier (The Bureau of Legends, Dark Baron), accompanied by the screenwriters Faïza Guène, Cédric Ido and Julien Lilti (Hippocrates, Germinal), investigates the impact on Malik’s family. The clan’s struggle for justice sheds light on society at the time.

Available on Disney+ May 11th.

Without forgetting the returns not to be missed:

If you had fallen under the spell of Maaaaarc, the bachelor surrounded by a dozen suitors The flame, Know that Jonathan Cohen is coming back on Canal+ in May The Flambeau, the adventurers of Chupacabra, directly inspired by Koh Lanta. Always on the side of parody and on the same channel, girl5eva Its season 2 premieres on May 6th. Tina Fey and Meredith Scardino’s girl band is always at its best. Another hilarious feminist work, Working Moms Catherine Reitman (daughter of the late director Ivan Reitman) has already had six excellent seasons under her belt. His Overwhelmed Moms can be seen on Netflix on May 10th. The survival series The wilderness, which we loved when it was released in 2020 reinvents its concept. Will Season 2 (May 6 on Amazon Prime) be just as addictive? Finally a little spin-off, anyone? How I met your father Coming to Disney+ on May 11th, for even more nostalgia, Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) In the main role.

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