Here we are, post NYCC, and I don’t know about you but I’m having a lot of trouble readjusting to real life again. Fortunately because some of the channels have been doing a reeeeally slow roll out, we’ve got new geek-friendly shows to add to the regular lineup.
Let’s start with the holy trinity: Doctor Who (Saturday 10/18 at 9 PM on BBC America), Sleepy Hollow (Monday 10/20 at 9PM on Fox), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday 10/21 at 9PM on ABC). All of these shows are heating up, and I don’t know what else I can do short of beating you over the head to make you watch them. Please tell me you’re watching them so that I know all this proselytizing hasn’t been in vain, people. Also, if you haven’t checked it out yet, BOOM! put out a damned good Sleepy Hollow comic this week, the start of a four issue mini-series. You can catch my review here, and we’re going to have an interview with series writer Marguerite Bennett soon as well. And you’re welcome for the Phillinda picture, ‘shippers. I am one of you.
The list of geek-friendly shows (which I quantify as “sci-fi, fantasy, or based on a comic, but YMMV) out there is now nearly as long as my DVR backlog (hooray about the shows, notsomuch about my backlog), so we picked a few favorites this week, things that we might have pointed you towards before but we feel really strongly about, as well as some new stuff that we’re really excited for.
The Affair (Sunday 10/19 at 10PM on Showtime) doesn’t fit the definition of geek TV I gave above, but that never stops me from watching a good show (and a fair amount of train wrecks, actually). This one comes highly recommended by Avery: “Watch the Affair ASAP. It’s utterly fascinating. I’m only worried it’ll fall into the same problems as Lost. But it’s also not as crazy town as Lost.” Count me in.
Roe’s been watching Scorpion (Monday 10/20 at 9PM on CBS) and says “I’m still waiting to get sucked into this like my husband and mom have been. Before you chortle, my mom had an iPod and tattoos BEFORE ME, she introduced me to horror movies as a kid, and loves superhero movies and steampunk almost as much as I do. So I defer to her when she says something is a must-watch.” I will defer to Roe’s mom’s judgment as well, because she’s wicked cool (totally sucking up here, please pass that one on to your mom, Roe).
We are having a staff disagreement about The Flash (Tuesday 10/21 at 8PM on CW). Basically the Geek Girls are loving both and the Geek Boys are not convinced. Nancy says she “can’t get enough of that show,” but Juan is not feeling it: “I was disappointed in Flash, but over a real nerdy point like how could Captain Clone duplicate his clothes (OK, I realize it’s TV so you can’t have naked clones running around) but duplicating his gun?” So it’s a basic “step it up, Flash” from the guys.
Roe’s also into Person of Interest (Tuesday 10/21 at 10PM on CBS) because “I’m psyched to see the fallout from last season – the team is spread out, floundering even, but still together and trying to regain some traction. The writing is still fresh, the characters still have secrets to tell, and I’m ready to go follow them anywhere.”
Nancy’s been watching Sons of Anarchy (Tuesday 10/21 at 10 PM on FX) forever and trying to get me onboard, too. I want to be, I really do, but I have this problem where I have to start at the beginning of a series and work my way to the present season (seriously, I haven’t seen Breaking Bad or Walking Dead because of this issue). For those of you who don’t have this problem because you’re up to date or just not OCD like me, Nan says “Sons is taking me deep into the darkness as we play out this Shakespearean tragedy.” I’m going to have to find a way to squeeze an extra hour or two into the day, I guess.
One of my very favorite shows returns this week: Grimm (premieres Friday 10/24 at 9PM on NBC). Yes, there have been some rough patches over the years (I still haven’t forgiven them for the Juliette/Renard plot line), but last year ended on one hell of a bang as Nick lost his Grimm-ness and a whole room full of Wesen went nuts at the sight of another Grimm at Monroe and Rosalee’s wedding. It was an epic cliffhanger and I want to know what happens next!
And then we have Constantine (premieres Friday 10/24 at 10PM on NBC), which so far the ladies and gents are in agreement on. Now granted, so far the only staff members who have seen it are Steven and me because we both caught it at a Saturday night screening at NYCC, but we both loved it. I’m a complete Constantine newbie and Steven’s a fan of the comics, so it seems like it appeals to both groups. Also, judging by the reaction to the episode in the Empire Stage on Saturday, we weren’t the only ones digging it.
And there you have it, this week’s What’cha Watchin’. Let us know how you feel about the new shows in the comments–I’m really interested in how people react to Constantine in particular, especially considering how many people hated the movie (didn’t see it, I avoid most Keanu Reeves films). And where do you fall on our Flash debate? Love it? Hate it? Nitpicking it like Juan is? Let us know!