From a kick-ass cop from the future to a spaceship where the crew wake with no idea of who they are, here are five fantastic series streaming now at SBS On Demand.
How would you cope if you woke up on a derelict spaceship with no memory of who you are, or how you got on board? When the answer to “who are you?” is “I’ve got no idea…”? That’s what happens to the six-person crew in this series, based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by former Stargate writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie and published by Dark Horse Comics. From the opening scenes in the drifting spaceship, with ominous warnings about life-support being at critical levels, this space drama throws plenty of challenges at the six, as they’re hounded by their former employers, bounty hunters and galactic authorities.
While there’s action aplenty (starting with the ship’s android security system, which wants to do away with them all), this show is more than just a space adventure. Along with the rollicking ride, it’s an exploration of the question of nature versus environment. Would you be the same person if you woke up with no memory of your past? What would you do if you found out what appeared to be details of that past, and didn’t like ‘past you’? Can people change? And who can you trust when there appears to be a traitor on board…
Three complete seasons of Dark Matter are streaming now at SBS On Demand.
If you’re after a boxed set binge, this four-season time travel twister will do the trick. In the year 2077 Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) is a cop; suddenly, she’s sent hurtling back in time, along with eight violent criminals, landing in 2012. Technology she takes for granted doesn’t exist, a lot of what folk in 2012 take for granted baffles her, and she’s cut off from her husband and son. She has one thing on her side though: when a confused Kiera tries to use the communications equipment built into her suit, nothing should happen. After all, she’s 65 years in the past. But someone does answer: 16-year-old Alec Sandler, a tech genius who hears her on a system he’s built in his home workshop.
Sandler uses his hacking skills to create a false identity for her as a police officer from out of town, allowing her to link up with local law enforcement and try to track down the criminals who came with her from the future. Looming over it all is the question of whether any of the travellers can find a way to return to their own time – and are there any other accidental time travellers?
All four seasons of Continuum are streaming now at SBS On Demand.
Project Blue Book
In the 1950s and ’60s, the US Air Force undertook a series of top-secret investigations into UFOs and alien sightings: Project Blue Book. Based on real incidents and case files, the series follows astrophysicist Dr. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen) as he’s recruited by the Air Force into their top-secret program and partnered with Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey). With season 2 of this intriguing sci-fi drama kicking off on SBS and SBS On Demand on Wednesday 19 February, now is the perfect time to dive into Season 1, as Hynek and Quinn investigate everything from the case of a military pilot who claims to have survived a dogfight with an alien craft to a series of mysterious green fireballs that nearly caused a nuclear disaster.
All ten episodes of Season 1 of Project Blue Book are streaming now at SBS On Demand.
The very short summary is Star Trek meets office comedy meets, well, actually we’re not sure. Because while The Orville is funny, it’s not just a screwball comedy. While it is set 400 years in the future, it’s not exactly the Enterprise, though it certainly gives a comforting nod in that direction. The Orville is unique. Really, all you need to know is that it’s utterly bingeable, and there are two whole seasons – that’s 26 episodes – waiting for you at SBS On Demand.
Jump on over and meet creator Seth MacFarlane (previously known for Family Guy) as Ed Mercer, the captain of the mid-level exploratory vessel The U.S.S. Orville, and his human-alien crew. You want more? There’s also the fun chat of the SBS Orvilleland podcast.
The first two seasons of The Orville are streaming now at SBS On Demand. Season 3 will air on SBS VICELAND this year.
It’s the show that still has the power to give us nightmares, and you can go back to the very start with Mulder and Scully at SBS On Demand. She’s sceptical, he’s unconventional, and those unsolved FBI cases will challenge both of them.
Seasons 1-7 of The X-Files are streaming now at SBS On Demand.
Season 8 also just landed! Season 9 arrives Thursday, 20 February.