The Walking Dead Goes Out With A Bang This Week in Science Fiction
The uneven second season of AMC’s zom-dram hit has the farm under attack and Rick’s leadership being questioned yet again. The show has been (rightly) criticized for a leisurely pace throughout its first half, but things have definitely picked up since its return from winter break, and I very much doubt it will slow down for this finale. At the very least, critics who are sick and tired of Hershel’s farm can likely look forward to new locales next season, and recent casting announcements will give fans of the comic a hint as to what is to come. Taking into accounts the events of the past few episodes, whatever the next season of The Walking Dead has to offer, it will most definitely be a different show. And it will, hopefully, spend less time with the characters twiddling their thumbs on a farm.
Alcatraz (Fox, 9/8c) — “Clarence Montgomery”
The convict of the week was purportedly the only innocent man in Alcatraz, but he doesn’t seem to be keeping up his good behavior after his time jump. The crew must figure out why a supposedly innocent man is now on a crime spree.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Science, 10/9c)
This has nothing to do with H.G. Wells or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Instead, this Science Channel special takes a look at how life on Earth is governed and shaped by the core of our planet.
The Adventures of Tintin (Blu-Ray/DVD)
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the beloved comic by Herge is by most accounts a good old-fashioned rip-roaring adventure. If you missed it in theaters, here’s your chance to watch it at home.
Alien Encounters (Science, 10/9c) — “The Message”
Scientists, science fiction writers, and SETI members examine what would really happen if we received a message from outer space.
Controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier spins a tale of two sisters struggling to go about their lives as a rogue planet named Melancholia is hurtling toward a collision with the Earth.
The River (ABC, 9/8c) — “The Experiment”
The show reaches its penultimate episode of the season with the crew exploring an abandoned facility for clues that suggest Dr. Emmet Cole may still be alive. Unfortunately, they’re also being stalked by something nasty. (When aren’t they being stalked by something nasty?)
“Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse” by Troy Denning
The Fate of the Jedi series comes to a conclusion with a massive battle between Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Knights and the resurgent Sith. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:
In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off—with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all.
In a planetwide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise. But victory against the cunning and savage Abeloth, and the terrifying endgame she has planned, is anything but certain. And as Luke, Ben, Han, Leia, Jaina, Jag, and their allies close in, the devastating truth about the dark side incarnate will be exposed—and send shock waves through the Jedi Order, the galaxy, and the Force itself.
Face Off (Syfy, 10/9c) — “The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge”
The season reaches its finale as the remaining contestants compete to see who will be this year’s champion.
“Saucer Country #1″ by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly
Doctor Who writer Cornell launches this new comic series that revolves around Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States…who also happens to believe she was abducted by aliens.
Awake (NBC, 10/9c) — “Guilty”
Michael Britten’s son is kidnapped by an escaped convict in one reality, while his wife gives him grief over missing an event honoring their dead son in the other reality. Sometimes this whole divergent timelines thing can be a real pain in the ass.
Community (NBC, 8/7c) — “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts”
Sure, it may not be science fiction, but it is one of the funniest shows on television, and it needs all the eyeballs it can get if it’s going to get renewed for another season. If they cancel it, it’s your fault. Yes, you in the back, I mean you.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network, 8/7c) — “Revenge”
The show reaches its fourth-season finale as Obi-Wan faces the inexplicably not-dead Darth Maul. If Maul’s torso is scooting around on one of those wheeled push-carts, this fight is going to be really anti-climactic.
Comic Book Men (AMC, 10/9c) — “Ink”
The show reaches its season finale with Ming daring Walt, Bryan, and Mike to get tattoos.