The Week Ahead: April 5-April 11 2010
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Monday, April 5
On TV, there is a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, right at midnight on Cartoon Network. You get two new hours of 24, and a new Chuck. Oh, and a new Adventure Time with Finn and Jake.
Tuesday, April 6
On TV, there is a new episode of Lost as the series nears its end. There’s also a new episode of V, and a new to BBC America episode of Survivors (not the reality show…the unreality show).
Tuesday’s new videogames include a couple of kid friendly titles: Montessori Music for the DS; and the second Mangrove Manor puzzler, The Lost Ship. Oh, and not kid-friendly? An expansion pack for Borderlands.
The book world’s going crazy this week. The release of the iPad has engendered a new economic model for e-books…and that’s impacting everything else. For more details on that, see my e-book blog, I Love My Kindle. I think that’s even changing the release of paperbooks, while they kind of try and figure out what is happening with all that.
Maybe the most interesting DVD of the week is a boxed set: Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films. You may know Hammer for the Christopher Lee Dracula movies, but they were so much more. These six movies (including These are the D*mned) are making their Region 1 (US compatible) DVD debuts. The reimagined Battlestar Galactica gets a complete series DVD release…list priced at almost three hundred dollars. You can also get Blood Ties: The Complete Series, a Canadian contemporary vampire series based on the Tanya Huff books.
Wednesday, April 7
On TV, you get a new ep of Human Target, a couple of new eps of Rebel Monkeys (no, no…these are actually monkeys). New Mythbusters, Ghost Hunters (haunted reform school), and on Destination Truth, one of the segments has to do with Australia’s Taniwha. There’s a new episode of South Park, and on Ugly Americans, blob gets a job.
In comics, Marvel starts a new five issue miniseries on the origin of the Avengers. They also give you the first meeting of Captain America and the Black Panther, featuring Nick Fury and Nazis. They also start the PKD (Philip K. Dick)-based Electric Ant.
Thursday, April 8
On TV, David Boreanaz directs the 100th episode of Bones. Flash Forward, Fringe, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and The Mentalist have new episodes. It’s also the season finale of ABDC.
Friday, April 9
On TV, there is an atypical and special episode of Batman: the Brave and the Bold. The usually light cartoon pair-up talks about the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents (which drives him eventually to become the Dark Knight). Guest voices include: the 1960s Batman, Adam West, as Bruce’s father; Kevin Conroy (as the Phantom Stranger), who has probably voiced Batman more often than anyone else…in fact, probably has played him a lot more; Mark Hamill as the Spectre; and in a particularly cool bit of casting, Julie Newmar as Martha Wayne. Yep, the 1960s Batman and Catwoman as husband and wife. Pam Grier and Phil Morris (Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, and the son of Mission:Impossible’s Greg Morris) guest star on Smallville…the latter as the Martian Manhunter. Medium and Ghost Whisperer have new episodes, as do Stargate:Universe and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But wait, there’s more! You can also see a new to Syfy episode of Merlin, a new episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and Most Haunted.
FilKONtario kicks off in Ontario, natch. It’s a science fiction and filksongs convention. What are filksongs? Well, it originally meant “filthy folksongs”, but they are songs people make up for fantasy things, often parodies of well-known songs. I’ve made up a few, and sung quite a few more. I know all the words to “No-Ego Wood”, for example, a parody of the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood…except based on Dungeons and Dragons type gaming. There are also cons in: Essex, Vermont; Richmond, Virginia; and Brisbane, Australia.
Saturday, April 10
Woo hoo! It’s a new season of Ninja Warrior! This may not be what you think, if you’ve never seen it. It’s a Japanese “game show”, but it’s really a sporting event. The US show Wipeout is in the same genre, but the differences in the shows may something about what the networks think the audiences expect. Yes, NW is an obstacle course…but a really, really hard one. Almost no one has ever completed it…this isn’t one where somebody wins by beating other people: you go as far as you can, and if you do get to the very end, you are a “Ninja Warrior”. Everybody in the competition, which usually includes Olympic athletes, amateur athletes, and a few goofy oddballs and entertainers in the beginning (sort of like the audition rounds in American Idol) could become a Ninja Warrior…but that’s not going to happen. In the first 22 seasons, I think only two people had completed it. I’m not sure mainstream audiences would embrace a show like that (a sport where nobody wins)…and I don’t know if an American network would design one. Legend of the Seeker (based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth books) has a new ep. Oh, and how can you resist Mega Piranha on Syfy with Barry Williams and Tiffany? Ah, like that…yes, I can see how actually wanting it to be good might work. 😉
Sunday, April 11
On TV, there are new episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy. This week’s episode of Life has to do with insects…doesn’t that just bug you? 😉
If you live in Hoboken, there’s a student-run one-day anime con at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in The Measured Circle blog.