I decided to take a different route with this week’s piece and put out an open call on Facebook: “what are you watching this coming week (Saturday-Friday) that you want the world to know about?” I have a pretty diverse group of Facebook friends that I’ve met throughout a bunch of different phases of life, so I wasn’t sure what recommendations were going to turn up. Would they be geeky? Historical? Comic-book related? Turns out, a little of all of those. They gave me way more suggestions than I can feature in one article, but I think I’m going to turn this into a regular thing. I will also gladly accept any recommendations left in the comments or via Twitter, so if you’re not in my Facebook feed, you can reach me either of those ways. Now, what did the survey say, and what did I already have in mind? Here we go!
Outlander (Saturday 4/11 at 9/8c on Starz). I have to admit, this one is mostly my pick and the pick of the What’cha Reading Geek Girl squad, but Facebook friends Jen and Seafair did chime in on this as well. Last week’s episode featured some difficult content (which some outlets have called “spanking” and others “domestic abuse”) but it was handled brilliantly with writing, direction, and acting. It was exactly what I had imagined when reading the book (because make no mistake, that came directly from the book), and I can’t wait to see how they handle what’s to come. If you haven’t read the book, I’ll give you a hint: it makes last weeks subject matter look like a walk in the park. At least some of the Rat Queens do live tweeting during Outlander, so keep an eye out for us on Twitter!
Game of Thrones (Sunday 4/12 at 9/8c on HBO). Seriously, is anyone not going to tune in for this? It’s GoT, dammit, we’ve been waiting for this forever! The entire What’cha Reading team is going to be watching this, and Amy, Debbie, Stephanie, Stacey, Colleen, and Damon are in as well. Damon summed it all up by saying “Is it okay to say I have a raging nerd boner? Well tough, I said it anyway.” We’re all in for Westeros.
Wolf Hall (Sunday 4/12 at 10/9c on PBS). This is one of my picks, because I apparently cannot deny anything that’s featured on Masterpiece. What can I say, I likes me a period drama. If this one isn’t on your radar, ask yourself: do you like stories about Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Thomas Cromwell? Do you like Mark Rylance as an actor? If you answered yes to any of those, this show is for you. Tip of the hat to Paula (my undergraduate advisor, who honed my writing skills years ago although you can’t tell it by the amount of parenthesis I use now) for reminding me to set the DVR for this one.
Turn (Monday 4/13 at 9/8c on AMC) Yeah, this is totally my own pick. My history background means I got sucked into Turn hard last year—this one sticks fairly close to the truth instead of making twistory (ala Sleepy Hollow) or just turning history on its ear (ala Salem). This week is the two-hour season première, with a marathon of season one running all day Monday. Spies, double agents, and revolutionary America, what more could you ask for?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday 4/14 at 9/8c on ABC) is delivering the goods since the midseason break. Did you see last week?? Did you see the FitzSimmons feels??? So freaking good, and why I would like the rumored spinoff to be about FitzSimmons. Anyway, I digress. Watch this. The Geek Girls are, Facebook friends Grace, Melissa, and Damon are…just hop on board. You’ll be happy.
iZombie (Tuesday 4/14 at 9/8c on CW) I have yet to see my first episode of this (thank you, DVR, for saving the whole series for me for binge-watching), but in addition to Steven’s recommendation, Facebook has spoken. Jen, Grace, Melissa, and Regan are all singing its praises, making me think that we really need to add another hour or two to the day so I have time to work, eat, sleep, write, and watch all the stuff on my DVR backlog.
Justified (Tuesday 4/14 at 10/9c on FX) got a very enthusiastic thumbs up from Kelly on Facebook, and I trust her judgement (she lived next door to me freshman year in college, I know she’s got good taste). I have no idea how I missed this one (really, it’s been on for six seasons?) but this week is the finale and if you’ve been watching right along, this is your moment.
The Americans (Wednesday 4/15 at 10/9c on FX) is one of those shows I’ve been meaning to watch because I keep seeing commercials for it, but I just haven’t remembered to set the DVR when I see them. Allison and Bebe have recommended it in glowing terms, though, and caught a few of us who were on the fence about it (looking at you, Melissa and Kelly). Allison says it’s “one of the best shows on TV” and Bebe likes the 80s perspective, especially with regards to the Soviets. And my DVR gets another show.
Although I highlighted Daredevil as one to watch last week (since it hit Friday at midnight), enough of my friends (Tina, Grace, Denise, and Damon) declared their intention to watch it this week that I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that it’s streaming on Netflix and you can catch all thirteen episodes at your convenience. Like I probably will tomorrow. And probably Avery will as well, since his entire family was using Netflix at the same time to watch it, so he couldn’t. Freakin’ Netflix, do they not understand that today’s geeky family needs to watch from different locations??
And that concludes this week’s What’cha Watchin’. Remember, I’m taking recommendations on Facebook, Twitter, and in the comments, so if I haven’t covered something you think is worth watching, give me a shout–as you can see above, I will credit you with anything you recommend.