M-Net City (DStv 115) is the place to be this September


Whether you’re looking for epic science fiction or the vicious power struggles behind prison bars, M-Net City is your new home

No matter where or when you want to go in space or time, DStv has a show for you. And in September, M-Net City (DStv 115) will be “springing” some new seasons and new series on us. Sci-fi fans have the brand-new seasons of Roswell and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as brand-new comic book series Stargirl to enjoy. And drama fans can rattle their bars as women’s prison drama series Wentworth returns, too. Read on to see what’s coming…

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Roswell New Mexico S2

S2 picks up exactly where S1 left off, with Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) crying over Max Evans’s (Nathan Parsons) dead body. But this season, alien deputy sheriff Max sends Liz’s big sister, Rosa (Amber Midthunder), a dire warning from beyond the grave: “Liz can’t bring me back to life, do you understand? No matter what it takes, you have to stop her.” And Rosa might start getting an inkling why, as the recovering addict starts to try to make sense of her own second chance. Series executive producer Carina Adly Mackenzie explains, “Things get worse before they get better for Rosa. Physically, she isn’t an addict anymore, but there’s a lot more than just a physical predisposition that goes with that. We will see Rosa’s struggle throughout the season with her addiction. She’s also a person who felt like an outsider anyway when she grew up, and now she feels like a ghost.”

Biomedical engineer Liz is set to give Rosa a tough battle. “We started the series with Liz taking a bullet to the heart and with him (Max) saving her life. So, if that’s how we started our series, we wanted to turn the tables and say, ‘Okay, she doesn’t have superpowers the way that he has superpowers.’ So if he somehow, within him, has the science to save her life, then somehow she should be able to use that science to save his,” says Carina. And Liz is not the only person who’ll be yearning for Max to return. His sister, Isobel (Lily Cowles), could really use his advice; she’s pregnant and has no one from her species available to help her on Earth, should she decide to have the baby. Michael (Michael Vlamis) doesn’t count – he has plenty of problems of his own this season with his 2 great loves, his lost love, Alex (Tyler Blackburn), and his new love, Maria (Heather Hemmens), Liz and Rosa’s BFF, who’s going to realise this season just how many of her friends have been keeping a whopping big pile of secrets from her.

Alien sighting: Look out for original series star Jason Behr (Max) playing Tripp this season.

Watch from Saturday, 5 September on M-Net City (DStv 115) at 20:00 


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Stargirl S1

High school student Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger, no relation to Kim Basinger) takes on some exciting extracurricular activities when she finds a powerful weapon called the Cosmic Staff that transforms her into the superheroine Stargirl. Courtney enthusiastically throws herself into being a superhero, particularly with re-founding the Justice Society of America (JSA). Her allies soon include ex-popular girl-turned-scandal magnet Yolanda Montez (Yvette Monreal), who becomes Wildcat II; Beth Chapel (Anjelika Washington), Courtney's nerdy new friend who becomes Doctor Mid-Nite II; and Rick Tyler (Cameron Gellman), the school bad boy with anger issues who follows in his late father's footsteps when he becomes Hourman II. Her most surprising ally – even to Courtney – will be her new stepfather, Pat (Luke Wilson), the mechanic and inventor who becomes Stargirl’s sidekick, S.T.R.I.P.E. The JSA's main foes will be the Injustice Society Of America (IJA) led by Jordan Mahkent (Neil Jackson), who raises hell in town under the nickname Icicle.

Comic book fans will find that the first season sticks fairly close to one of the original comic’s storylines. ”The Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. story, it's a huge obviously influence on season 1,” says Stargirl (series and character) creator Geoff Johns. “It's got some influences from a lot of different places, from Smallville to Shazam!, to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It also takes a nod from JSA, from my work with David Goyer and all the artists on it and James Robinson's work, who's a producer and writer on the show.”

Stargirl will take its tone from its light-hearted heroine. “To the core of Courtney, she wants justice for everyone,” says Brec. “It's her character and her heart that truly makes her a superhero.” But that heart is also one of her biggest vulnerabilities. “One of Courtney's best and worst characteristics is she's almost like the devil's advocate. She always sees the best in people, almost sometimes where it gets her into trouble. She's new to this. If superheroes were real, I think this is more how it would go. I wouldn't just put on the suit and be the best superhero ever. I'd probably get my butt whooped a couple of times. I just think it keeps it realistic," Brec adds.

Watch from Saturday, 12 September on M-Net City (DStv 115) at 19:10


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Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7

S.H.I.E.L.D.’s agents and their allies – including the Life Model Decoy (android) of agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – are stranded back in the 1930s as its 7th and final 13-episode season begins, but they’re going to have to work out how to get their ship the Zephyr unstuck from time before Earth can fall to alien invaders.

Messing about with time will draw the attention of the sentient semi-robot race of “observers”, the Chronicoms, who record the history of other sentient species across the universe and are out to prevent S.H.I.E.L.D. from ever forming. It’s welcome to Moral Dilemma Town, when Coulson finds out that to save S.H.I.E.L.D., they’ll have to save the hero organisation’s nemesis, HYDRA.

“It’s such an interesting idea that, without the evil that you’re fighting against, the goodness doesn’t manifest and the heroism doesn’t rise. Removing the challenge that makes S.H.I.E.L.D. become what it is, does put us in a funny position,” says Clark. ”The ’30s were just crazy. It was so fun to show up and see all of the old cars and everybody in that garb. But then, we’re going to some other decades and we’ll make the most of that style.”

Exactly where and when are they headed in time? Style and sci-fi fans can get ready for some fabulous 1955 fashions at Area 51 when Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) impersonates agent Peggy Carter in episode 3. A glitch sees Coulson experiencing everything in episode 4 in 1930s film noir style, including a brooding monologue! The agents will also be hitting up the decade that fashion forgot, when they wind up in the 1970s during episode 5. And 1980s music and fashion get a sound check in episode 7.

Watch from Friday, 18 September on M-Net City (DStv 115) at 19:10. The season will be available to binge as a box set after the final episode airs on Friday, 11 December. 


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Wentworth S7

If you’re not a sci-fi and comic book action fan, M-Net City still has one of the best prison dramas ever made for you to enjoy. “If you think about the steam-press as the place where the top dog reigns, it’s like the people struggling in Game of Thrones for the Iron bloody Throne,” says actress Leah Purcell, who plays prisoner Rita Conners. The drama also brings to mind the gritty drama of SA series Lockdown, in the gritty setting of an Australian women’s prison.

6 seasons back, Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) entered the prison system on the bottom rung of the ladder after being charged with trying to kill her husband. Despite all her efforts to stay afloat and avoid trouble, Bea died at the end of S4 at the hands of one of the prison’s major powers holders, Joan Ferguson, aka The Freak (Pamela Rabe). As S7 begins, the tables have turned with prison governor, Vera Bennet (Kate Atkinson), and her conspirators successfully covering up their role in The Freak’s murder after they buried her alive in S6. Now Vera is working to keep a lid on the prison’s power struggles between prisoners Kaz (Tammy McIntosh) and Marie (Susie Porter) as Vera herself prepares to become a mom, carrying her conspirator Jake’s (Bernard Curry) baby. "Vera is breaking free of that conspiracy with Will and Jake. And it feels to me like in this season, the weight and the drive of ambition of 'I have to be governor, and I have to beat Ferguson' suddenly has lifted," says Kate.

But cellmates, a “Freaky” story is making its way around the prison. Could there be some truth to the tale that The Freak dug her way back into the light and she’s now shambling around Melbourne, homeless, armed and dangerous? Keep your eyes on the guards, sharpen those shivs and prepare your escape plans as the new season begins.

Watch from Wednesday, 30 September on M-Net City (DStv 115) at 21:40. The season will be available to binge as a box set after the final episode airs on Wednesday, 2 December. 


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