The Week Ahead: April 12-April 18 2010

The Week Ahead: April 12-April 18 2010

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

Big week this week!  While I don’t think we can count on a first place finish for it, I think the movie Kick-*ss, opening on Friday, is going to really resonate with geeks and possibly edgy young people.   It’s only debut competition is probably Death at a Funeral, but I do think it may have to work to beat the second weekend of Date Night (which beat Clash of the Titans this week).  The second big thing for geeks is the (American) debut of a new Dr. Who.  No, not another series…well, unless your British, and series means season and…sigh, never mind.  ;)  Dr. Who is a super-long running British TV show…which, if you are reading this blog, I probably don’t need to say.   The main character, just called The Doctor, “regenerates” from time to time.  It’s a clever thing, and one reason the season has lasted so long.  The main character is played by a different actor…but everybody, including the other characters know it.  It’s not like the second Darrin on Bewitched…people are still talking about how they hated that.  ;)  The character also changes…there’s not attempt at imitation.  Like a lot of people, my favorite doctor was probably number 4, played by Tom Baker.  However, I absolutely acknowledge that David Tennant, the most recent incarnation in the US, was great in the role…and I’d have to go back and watch Tom Baker to make a call between the two.  Matt Smith is the newest version to be seen in the US, and he debuts on Friday. 

Monday, April 12

On TV, you get a new eps of 24, Johnny Test, Adventure Time, Flapjack, Big Bang Theory, and Castle.

Tuesday, April 13

On TV, the talk will probably be about the return of Glee.  You also get new eps of Lost (Hugo-centric), Survivors (new to BBC America), and V.

Tuesday’s videogame releases include: the 5th game in the Splinter Cell series; Attack of the Movies in 3D …yes, literally in 3D, with 4 included sets of glasses; Dawn of Heroes; Family GameshowBlood Bowl for the PSP (combining Warhammer and football); and  Flip’s Twisted World (this one looks like it could be fun…you can flip the world ninety degrees…an impassable pit can become a corridor).

In books, you get Bitter Seeds, the debut novel by Ian Tregillis (in 1939, the Nazis literally have supermen: the British, magic); far from debut is the fourth novel in the Safehold series by David Weber, A Mighty Fortress; and Ted Bell’s Nick McIver adventures continue in Time Pirate.

Wednesday, April 14

On TV, you get a double night on Rebel Monkeys (yes, real monkeys), new eps of Human Target, Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth (Lizard Man), South Park, and Ugly Americans .  Ugly Betty also has its series finale.

Thursday, April 15

On TV, new eps of Flash Forward, Survivor, Vampire Diaries, Fringe, and Supernatural (the 100th episode)

Friday, April 16

On TV, Sarah Silverman finishes her third season.  You also get new eps of Smallville, Stargate Universe, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Most Haunted, Merlin, and Spartacus.  It’s a primate party on Batman: The Brave and the Bold when Batman (Homo sapiens) teams up with Detective Chimp (Pan troglodytes…in a deerstalker), B’wana Beast (Homo sapiens…who has the power to convert two animals into one), and Vixen (Homo sapiens…who can absorb the powers of animals) against the telepathic Gorilla Grodd (Gorilla berengei?) who has taken over New York City. 

Several conventions begin today: Lincoln, Nebraska; Honolulu, Hawaii; Madison, Wisconsin; Warwickshire, England; Melbourne, Australia; and Alexandria, Virginia.  For details, see Fanboy’s Convention List

Saturday, April 17

On TV, you get new eps of Chaotic, Pokemon, Legend of the Seeker,  a Dr. Who special, and a new Who (Matt Smith).  You also get a new version of Riverworld on Syfy following their 2003 version.   This one features Alan Cumming and Tahmoh Penikett. 

Conventions today in Bordentown, New Jersey and St. John’s, Newfoundland (as well as some continuing from yesterday). 

Sunday, April 18

On TV, you get three episodes of Life, a new Simpsons, and a new American Dad.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in The Measured Circle blog.

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