No, that headline made no sense at all. I'm sorry. Something else that made zero sense: the creative choices on the new Ant-Man movie.

Marvel's latest effort lacks any real creative ambition. It opens with an interesting commentary about the homeless situation in San Francisco (in the MCU, this is the result of people losing their homes due to financial hardship following 'The Blip') and a strong thematic idea about what a superhero can do to have a meaningful life after saving the world.

But then it does nothing to build upon either idea as the film embraces a lack of narrative logic multiple times, while frequently giving characters busy work to chew up screen time while not spending enough time developing characters. Couple this with its large, soulless CGI backdrop and you have a film that has the potential to excite and delight, but instead just reads flat and tiresome. Oh, and the jokes aren't very funny.

It was quite the contrast to finish watching Ant-Man and go home to screen the first two episodes of Apple TV+ show Hello Tomorrow, which debuts Friday on the streamer. Hello Tomorrow stars Billy Crudup as a slick salesman trying to sell property door-to-door to a new housing estate on the moon. The show is set on Earth, but in a 1950s-styled techno-utopia that gives the show a Pleasantville meets The Jetsons vibe.

Like the Ant-Man film, Hello Tomorrow is filled with bold, creative ideas and doesn't quite nail the execution. But it does prove far more satisfying with the sci-fi elements all feeling very grounded and tactile. It's a shame that films like Ant-Man have all but destroyed the market for low to mid-tier budgeted sci-fi movies, because one could imagine a Hello Tomorrow that plays far better as a film than as a 10-episode TV show.

Night Country - first look

Usually in this newsletter I avoid posting publicity 'posters' and preview pictures. I'm more interested in actual footage where one can actually experience a show or movie (ie it should have movement and noise). But... I'm pretty keen on seeing the new take on HBO's True Detective, which stars Jodie Foster (!!!!).

  • To the surprise of absolutely no one, BJ Novak series The Premise will not be back for a second season. Read: TV Line
  • To the surprise of absolutely no one, Rian Johnson show Poker Face has been renewed for a second season. Read: thefutoncritic
  • Netflix's The Mole reboot will be back for a second season. Read: Variety
  • Run The World returns May 26 to Starz. Andrea Bordeaux, the MVP of the first season of the show, isn't back for season 2. Read: thefutoncritic

Daisy Jones and The Six debuts March 3 on Amazon Prime Video.

Lucky Hank debuts May 7 on AMC+.

Disaster anthology show Extrapolations debuts March 17 on Apple TV+.

That's it for today. To the surprise of nobody, tomorrow will yield another newsletter.