So what’s the What’cha Reading crowd watching this week (man, that felt like a tongue twister)?
Doctor Who: Yeah, we’re still all hooked. We’ll be checking out “Robot of Sherwood” on BBCAmerica (Saturday, 9/6, 9PM EST). Last week’s “Into the Dalek” is repeating right before at 8PM. Juan is also checking out back episodes on his DVR (seasons 1-7 are available on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix so that you can do the same) and highly recommends Season 3 episode 10…in other words, “Blink.” The rest of us also love Sally Sparrow and the hunt for “four things and a lizard.” Life is short…watch Who.
Your resident Geek Girls (Nancy, Rosemary, and myself) are still hooked on Outlander. Episode 5, “Rent,” is on Starz (Saturday, 9/6, at 9PM EST). Back episodes are available on StarzPlay if you’re a subscriber, so you don’t have to sacrifice Who for Outlander.
Sons of Anarchy returns on Tuesday, 9/9 (FX, 10PM). Nancy gives it high scores: “My body is not ready for this final season. I’m still in therapy over the PTSD I suffered from last season. I don’t want my boys from Charming to leave me!”
I’ve been digging Epic Ink, which I’m mostly catching on DVR although it airs Wednesday, 9/10 at 10:30 on A&E. I’m contemplating more tattoos, and these guys (and ladies) have given me some kickass inspiration. While I highly doubt that I’m going to get sci-fi Alexander Hamilton tattooed on me any time soon, I think if I ever want to get a sci-fi Ben Franklin, this would be the place to do it. Geek fans tattooing geek fans, does it get any better?
Arrow: Rosemary is watching this in heavy rotation. When I asked her why, she gave me a tome: “DC can’t seem to do more than eat Marvel’s dust in the movie theaters, but they have TV SEWN UP. Arrow is good television – we get an origin story that unfolds throughout the first season and fills in some blanks during the second season. We have a compelling, sympathetic main character – Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne aren’t the only bad-boy zillionaires out there – who discovers that his cushy upbringing was built on a seriously messed-up foundation. There are more and more DC characters showing up in the universe, which is a strength DC has cultivated through their TV shows (Smallville and the upcoming Flash). I love the interaction between Arrow and Black Canary, Diggle and Arrow/Oliver, and Felicity and just about everyone she talks to. Great writing, great storylines, and John Barrowman. There you have it.” It’s available on Netflix streaming and for purchase at Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.
Veronica Mars: Nancy’s immune system has failed her, and VM is her visual equivalent of chicken noodle soup. It’s available for purchase at Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.
Houdini: I DVR’ed this on the History Channel over Labor Day weekend and now it’s also available on history.com as well as reruns on History. I’m in the middle of it—the first episode absolutely entertained me and I apologize, History Channel, for ever referring to you as the “Aliens and Nazi Channel.” It’s a smart, funny, and tech savvy (very reminiscent of some of the best elements of Sherlock) telling of Erich Weiss’s life story. Can’t wait to see the second half!
So, what are you watching? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments what shows you dig and why, and I might feature it in next week’s column!