A lot of people slept on this one. I get it. It looks incredible goofy. The costumes may feel very late 1990s-looks-to-the-future with the giant boots, and all the aliens are bipedal humanoids, more or less. I can see some people rolled their eyes and walked away.
Well I’m sorry to inform you that if you like sci-fi, Wynonna Earp, BIPOC gayliens, and Tim Rozon, then you are missing out. The show did get canceled (literally the same week we got the airdates for Wynonna Earp) but you still need to loop back and watch this show.
Elida is former queen turned scavenger who’s been on the run since her throne was stolen as a child. She is played by triple threat (singing, dancing, acting) Adriyan Rae and is the aforementioned queen. The series follows her, via flashbacks, explaining how she was a child-queen (with all the problems therein) who was betrayed by someone she thought was a friend Commander Lazaro (played with simmering sliminess by Paul du Toit).
Her life is fine as is, she’s making do, but then her old buddy Issac (that would be sans-moustache’d, but lovably scruffy Tim Rozon) shows up and says her mother’s alive! Issac has his own drama. He’s from Earth, which is basically a fable to the people in this universe. An astronaut, he was sucked away from his home and wants to get back, but he always wants to help Elida. Joining them on the trip is the one person who can actually manage and pilot their ship, Amae (Alex McGregor), who gets accidently tangled in everything and sticks around because she totally has the hots for Elida.
Along the way to find her mother, the trio crosses paths with Lazaro again and again, and his plans have gotten worse. Like way worse. Like ‘are you trying to destroy the universe, buddy!?’ worse.
Oh and I mentioned gayliens right?
Season one sets up the slow-burn romance (I cannot tell you how many times Issac and I shouted at these lovable idiots) and while we end on a cliffhanger, we know that the two are finally finally on the same page.
My Favourite Episode: No Clue
Now I know the show’s canceled but I need to talk to you about this episode. “No Clue” is the eighth episode of the season and it is hands down one of the best episodes of TV I’ve seen all year. Yeah, 2020 is a rough year for new scripted TV, but this show took all the things I love and blended them into a puree of perfection.
- There’s a mystery
- All our idiots are drunk/hungover
- Space cops are not amused
- There’s pizza delivery in space
- Secret passageways
- At least one murder
- Sexual tension out the wazoo
- Alien infections
As the episode begins, our idiot heroes are trying to plan how to take down Lazaro on their newly re-captured ship, and decide that some alcohol will help the plan. Spoilers? It does not. In fact, it results in Issac ordering take out. This trips the space cops on to them, and they would like the debts paid off, please and thank you. No money? Time for the impound!
While our gang vies for time (pizza anyone?), the lights flicker, a gunshot is heard, and one of the cops dies. The one who was sick with ‘the flu’ naturally. Now what? We have mystery on our hands, and if you thought being drunk or hungover was bad for planning, it’s worse for solving a murder. Especially when another debt-cop ends up dead, the delivery guy needs to use the loo, and then we find out it wasn’t the flu. It’s worse.
Every single scene is played with note-perfect humour. It balances being goofy with actually moving the plot forward on multiple levels. And it, no questions asked, the best episode of the season.
Fight for Vagrant Queen
Now I know it’s canceled.
But we don’t give up for shows that are worth having, do we? No, queers, we do not. There is a chance that a streamer might pick this up!
So here’s what you need to do: Tweet out why you love this show using the hashtag
Tell people about how it’s a BIPOC lead gaylien who struggles with her past and falls in love and has a goofy sidekick. Tell your friends about the show. Heck, show them “No Clue” first and then go back. Did you love the cinematography where they freeze-frame and move the camera around? Talk about it!
This show is a little campy, a bit slapstick, but it’s a lot of fun and has more heart than you can possibly imagine. It’s a show that should be on your radar, and I really want you all to grab it before it’s too late.