I have been watching Vagrant Queen on SyFy. I’d catch it at the broadcast time of 10pm on Fridays, but then it got moved to 11pm on Thursdays, so I’m catching it via on demand. Probably should set the DVR.
So, we’ve got Elida, a queen that’s rejected the throne because of some bad experiences and she’s scavving (scavenging) to make her way in the galaxy. Royal coups will do that to you. Then there’s Isaac Stelling, a human from Earth whose ship got blasted through a wormhole and he’s doing what he can to survive and get back home. A con man with a heart of gold, or is he? Amae decides to tag along as mechanic and sometimes counselor, with much the same genuine sweetness as Kaylee from Firefly. And like Kaylee in the movie Serenity, Amae’s developing some toughness.
Hunting the trio is Commander Lazaro who has been after Elida for 15 years. A seemingly goofy and ineffectual military officer who is getting more dangerous and unhinged as time goes on.
It’s based on the comic from Vault Comics and uses some striking, vibrant almost-neon colors in some places. For example, when the name of a planet and its location are shown on screen, the letters cycle through different colors, just enough to catch your eye.
As to exactly where each one is? Well, a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy gives you the exact galactic coordinates, not that it’s very helpful to the viewer except in an “ooh, neat tidbit” kind of way. Nope, we’re given a more practical description a la The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the electronic book, rather than the first Douglas Adams novel, radio plays, TV show, text adventure and movie). In most cases, the location is given as “Another galaxy.” followed by “Not yours.” When there’s a flashback to Isaac’s past, the location is identified as “Jupiter. You know the one.”
There’s a good mix of humor and action, and occasional use of “bullet time” sequences where the camera moves about the frozen image. Ever been in a karaoke competition for your very survival to avoid ending up as the main course for dinner? These guys have.
I’m still waiting for the traditional technobabble about how everyone in a different galaxy all speaks English with slang and expressions they didn’t pick up from Isaac, but I got a feeling they’re not even going to handwave this. MST3K, anyone? “If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes and other science facts, just repeat to yourself, 'It’s just a show, I should really just relax”, and watch Vagrant Queen on SyFy Channel."