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Beacon 23 (2023): A Light in the Vast Wasteland of Space or Just a Flickering Bulb?

A man living in the 23rd Century works at a remote "lighthouse" in space that serves as a beacon to help passing ships.

Hello, fellow space junkies and sci-fi aficionados! It's your favorite movie blogger, coming to you with the latest deep dive into the cosmic abyss of television. Today, we're orbiting around the new MGM+ series, "Beacon 23," starring Lena Headey, Stephan James, and Wade Bogert-O'Brien. Buckle up, we're going for a light-speed ride - and no, I'm not talking about your last Tinder date's commitment level.

First things first, let's address the elephant in the room – or rather, the lighthouse in space. Yes, "Beacon 23" is set in the 23rd Century, where our main man works at a remote space lighthouse, guiding starships like a cosmic traffic cop with possibly less excitement. I love sci-fi, so naturally, I jumped on this faster than a cat on a laser pointer.

What I Liked:

Solid Special Effects: The series dazzles with its effects, as shiny and impressive as your cousin's new veneers at the family reunion.

Cat and Mouse Game: The dynamic between the main characters is more intriguing than my last three relationships combined.

Unpredictable Deaths: Because who doesn't love a good surprise, especially when it doesn't involve your car's check engine light?

Deep Messages: The show throws shade at AI and the effects of isolation, making you question your relationship with Siri.

What Made Me Go "Hmm":

Disjointed Storytelling: Sometimes, following the plot was like trying to assemble IKEA furniture with missing instructions.

Space Lighthouse Logic: Why is there a lighthouse in space? The same reason we have a reality star as a president – no one really knows.

Hollywood Woke-ness: Took just three episodes before it started preaching like a vegan at a barbecue.

Hallucinations as a Plot Device: More overused than "it's not you, it's me" in a breakup.

Space Implants: Apparently, they let you survive in space for 3 minutes, which is just enough time to regret your life choices.

Season One Finale: Left me more confused than a chameleon in a bag of Skittles.

Did You Know?

The lighthouse picture often seen by the beacon is the real deal – La Jument lighthouse from France, snapped in 1989. And let's not forget the show was filmed in Ontario, Canada, adding a polite "sorry" to every explosion.

Final Verdict: 7.0/10

"Beacon 23" shines like a slightly dimmed but still serviceable light in the sci-fi universe. It's like that weird, yet intriguing dish at a potluck – you're not sure you love it, but you'll definitely have seconds.

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