There’s just too damn much cool stuff out there. It’s a good problem to have, but between TV, movies, games, and good old-fashioned words on dead trees, there’s a lot of quality genre awesomeness out there and too little time to consume it all. Even if you’re on top of your fanboy game, it’s easy to let some stuff slip through the cracks. Thankfully, we here at Giant Freakin’ Robot have an internet connection and nothing better to do than to compile a rundown of all the awesomeness that’s coming your way this week. This is Strange New Worlds: The Week in Science Fiction.
GFR Pick of the Week: Real Steel
Blu-Ray, DVD, and On-Demand, Tuesday 1/24
It’s clearly a good omen that the week we launch this column, this movie hits DVD. Sure, Real Steel’s robots may not be giant, there’s still no denying the badassery of fighting robots. While the movie was initially dismissed as “Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots: The Movie, Real Steel earned some decent reviews and nearly $300 million in worldwide box office. And again: fighting robots. Hugh Jackman stars as a down-and-out promoter who hopes to reconnect with his 11-year-old son by fixing up a decrepit fighting ‘bot and trying to make it a champion.
Alcatraz: “Kit Nelson” (Fox) – J.J. Abrams’ latest enters its second week with the team in pursuit of a kidnapper who always returns his victims after he’s done with them. Not alive, but still: considerate.
Being Human: “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (Syfy) – “Past mistakes come back to haunt Aidan and Josh while Sally flirts with a fun but dangerous new pastime.” Is it hot yoga? It’s hot yoga, isn’t it?
Lost Girl: “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae” (Syfy) – “Bo’s involvement in the Fae world deepens as she helps out a Will-o-the-Wisp in need.” This Canadian series is already on its second season up north, but Syfy is now airing its first season for us American folk. Anna Silk (who really should be a porn star with that name) plays a succubus raised as a human, gradually learning the truth about herself and the mysterious world of Fae creatures. It’s like a naughtier version of Buffy.
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (by Mark Hodder) – The third volume of Hodder’s steampunk trilogy begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. [see cover art]
Boneyards (by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) – Hugo Award winner Rusch returns to her Diving Universe and her popular character, Boss a fugitive who “dives” derelict space craft in search of lost technology.
Touch: “Pilot” (Fox) – Kiefer Sutherland returns to network television as a father whose mute, autistic son has the ability to see connections and patterns between seemingly unrelated events.
Chuck (NBC) – Chuck’s five-year adventure as an unlikely spy comes to an end tonight with a double-dose of episodes, including the series finale, “Chuck Versus the Goodbye.” I gave up on the show last season, but I will miss knowing that I can see Yvonne Strahovski on TV on a weekly basis.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: “Friends and Enemies” (Cartoon Network) – Obi Wan is in disguise and on the run with several bounty hunters. Pursuing him? A Jedi named Anakin Skywalker.
Fringe: “Forced Perspective” (Fox) – “Olivia continues to cope with the ominous warning from the Observers, while Peter and the team track a girl with the mysterious ability to predict death.” Hopefully the death-predicting girl isn’t getting any bad vibes about Fringe’s chances for renewal.
Spartacus: Vengeance: “Fugitivus” (Starz) – Sure, there’s not a lick of science fiction to be found, but Spartacus is too damn good a show not to mention. The show’s second official season kicks off tonight – third if you count the prequel series Gods of the Arena.
The Fades: “Episode 3” (BBC America) – BBC America’s latest import imagines a world where the boundaries between the living and the dead are breaking down, allowing spirits – the Fades – to enter our world.