The Walking Dead
“Made to Suffer” Fall Finale
AMC, Sunday December 2nd at 9/8c
“A situation in Woodbury throws inhabitants for a loop and forces Andrea to take charge, while a new threat arises at the prison.” That’s the official synopsis of Sunday’s night’s fall finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Given how intense this season has been so far, that description seems deceptively low key. With this season’s episodes steadily building to the inevitable confrontation between Rick’s survivors holed up in the prison and the Governor’s supposed utopia in Woodbury, there’s little doubt that things to come are going to be even bloodier and more brutal than what we’ve seen so far.
With eight episodes still to air when the show returns in February 2013, we shouldn’t expect much resolution Sunday night. In fact it’s probably a safe bet that we’ll be left with an extremely painful cliffhanger of some sort. At the rate they’ve been going this season, I wouldn’t put it past them to kill off another character just in time to leave us simmering over the holiday hiatus. But hey, if you’re only a fan of the show so far, the break would be a perfect time to catch up on the 100+ issues of Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed comic book series, or the supposedly awesome videogame from Telltale Games.
Revolution (NBC, 10:01/9:01c) – “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”
“The quest to rescue Danny means that Miles must meet with Monroe. In other events, a discovery shocks Charlie; and Rachel tests Monroe’s patience.” NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama is also bowing out with a fall finale tonight, and it sounds like they’ll finally be wrapping up the kidnapped-Danny storyline, which just fine by me. Show creator Eric Kripke has been saying that we may discover the secret behind the blackout before season’s end…could they be ballsy enough to drop that reveal into tonight’s episode? It would certainly give us a reason to come back in 2013?
“A Fighting Chance (Legion of the Damned Series #9)” by William C. Dietz
Dietz’s long-running series is set in a future where the terminally ill can get a new lease on life by volunteering for the so-called “Legion of the Damned,” where your consciousness is dumped into a cybernetic body and you hit the front lines to defend humanity. I’ve never read any of the series, but the concept sounds similar to (and predates) John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. “A Fighting Chance” wraps up the series, but Dietz is launching a prequel series set in the Legion universe beginning in next week’s “Andromeda’s Fall.”
The all-new, thrilling conclusion to the Legion of the Damned series from the national bestselling author of When Duty Calls.
Earth has fallen. And the men, women, and cyborgs of the Confederacy must dig deep within their warrior hearts to make one final stand against an alien aggressor…
On a rim world, Captain Antonio Santana is reunited with diplomat Christine Vanderveen to protect the severely wounded Ramanthian Queen, who has fled there to avoid assassination. And they’ll risk everything to save the Confederacy, billions of lives-and their future together.
“The Fractal Prince” by Hannu Rajaniemi
Finnish author Rajaniemi returns to the universe introduced in 2010’s The Quantum Thief and gives us the further adventures of master thief Jean de Flambeur. I’m in the midst of reading The Quantum Thief right now, and it’s a supremely bizarre, thoroughly enjoyable adventure through a strange post-Singularity world where the question of what makes a human being has become extremely complicated. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
“The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to.”
A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.
And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.
Jean de Flambeur is back. And he’s running out of time.
In Hannu Rajaniemi’s sparkling follow-up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The Quantum Thief, he returns to his awe-inspiring vision of the universe…and we discover what the future held for Earth.
“In the Lion’s Mouth” by Michael Flynn
It’s a big Spiral Arm, and the scarred man, Donavan buigh, has gone missing in it, upsetting the harper Mearana’s plans for a reconciliation between her parents. Bridget ban, a Hound of the League, is unconvinced that reconciliation is either possible or desirable; but nonetheless has dispatched agents to investigate the disappearance. After all, Donovan had once done the favor for her (in Up Jim River). There is a struggle in the Lion’s Mouth, the bureau that oversees the Shadows—a clandestine civil war of sabotage and assassination between those who would overthrow Those of Name and the loyalists who support them. And Donovan, one time Confederal agent, has been recalled to take a key part, willingly or no.
Mass Effect, Volume 4: Homeworlds (Dark Horse Comics)
This collection groups together the most recent Dark Horse Mass Effect comic series. Homeworlds featured one-off adventures of the cast of Mass Effect 3, set before Shepard united them in the final push to save the galaxy from the Reapers.
Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters masterminds this new collection of action-packed tales from different corners of the Mass Effect universe! These four essential stories from Walters and the writers of Mass Effect 3 star characters central to BioWare’s latest epic, including James Vega, Tali, Garrus, and Liara, in adventures that reveal their unbreakable connections to their homeworlds.
With Mass Effect 3 shattering records and blowing minds, don’t miss these canonical pieces of the Mass Effect saga!
Men in Black 3 (Blu-Ray & DVD)
A new Men in Black sequel seemed desperate at best, and a likely train wreck at worst, so nobody was more surprised than me when the damn thing actually proved to be a hit and a good time to boot. If you skipped it in theaters, now you can check it out from the comfort of your couch.
Saucer Country Vol. 1: Run (DC Comics)
If you’re not reading Saucer Country, you absolutely should be, and this collection is the perfect way to dive in. The brainchild of Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, Saucer Country follows rising political star Arcadia Alvarado, the Hispanic governor of New Mexico and a Presidential candidate. Her road to the White House has one major hurdle to overcome, however: Arcadia believes she was abducted by aliens…and she might be right.
Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was ‘abducted by aliens.’ As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she’s dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She’s about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever. But then…a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth—and maybe, to save the world.
Arcadia’s quest is at the heart of this new title from writer Paul Cornell (DEMON KNIGHTS, ACTION COMICS, Doctor Who) and artist Ryan Kelly (NEW YORK FIVE, NORTHLANDERS, Local). With the help of her quirky staff, Arcadia will pursue the truth of her abduction into danger, mystery and awe.
Saucer Country is a dark thriller that blends UFO lore and alien abduction with political intrigue, all set in the hauntingly beautiful Southwest.
Stargate Atlantis (Blu-Ray)
The first Stargate spinoff got a full-season Blu-ray release a while back, but MGM is putting out individual season sets on Blu-ray just in time for the holidays.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations #2: Silent Weapons” by David Mack
You think they could cram any more colons into that title? Here’s the synopsis:
A WAR OF LIES
Three years after the disastrous final Borg Invasion, a bitter cold war against the Typhon Pact has pushed Starfleet’s resources to the breaking point. Now the rise of a dangerous new technology threatens to destroy the Federation from within.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew answer a distress call from an old friend, only to become targets in a deadly game of deception. To protect a vital diplomatic mission, they must find a way to identify the spies hiding in their midst, before it’s too late.
But Worf soon realizes the crew’s every move has been predicted: Someone is using them as pawns. And the closer they get to exposing their enemy, the deeper they spiral into its trap…
Star Trek, Volume 3 (IDW Comics)
This set collects issues of IDW’s ongoing Star Trek comic series, set between J.J. Abrams’ first film and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. This collection includes new takes on several classic Original Series episodes, including “The Return of the Archons” and “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Just because you’ve seen all the episodes, don’t assume you know where the new universe will take you…
The countdown to the second Star Trek movie continues here! In “The Return of the Archons!”, Kirk, Spock, and the crew search for a lost Starfleet ship that may hold clues to the future of the entire Federation. And in “The Truth About Tribbles!”, the crew of the Enterprise encounters the classic alien species in an all-new story inspired by the fan-favorite episode. Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci oversees this latest chapter in the ongoing adventures of the starship Enterprise.
“Star Wars Fate of the Jedi #8: Ascension” by Christie Golden
How long can the Jedi remain in power?
How far will the Sith go to rule supreme?
What chance do both stand against Abeloth?
As Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power—which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood.
On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.
The Jedi are committed to maintaining peace and ensuring just rule, but even they are not prepared to take on the combined threats of Sith power, a deposed dictator bent on galaxywide vengeance, and an entity of pure cunning and profound evil hungry to become a god.
Dark Matters: Twisted But True (Science, 9/8c) — “Unabomber, Get the Lead Out, Salvation by Starvation”
“Examining a psychological experiment that Ted Kaczynski (aka the Unabomber) underwent during his teenage years. Also: leaded-gasoline poisonings; a look at Russian scientists who protected their work from the Nazis during World War II.”
Ghostbusters #15 (IDW Publishing)
After several issues spent road-tripping and busting various supernatural bad-nasties all across the U.S., Ray, Peter, Winston, end Egon return to New York City to find they no longer have the market cornered when it comes to ghostbusting.
The unexpected aftereffects of the knock-off proton packs utilized by the Ghost-Smashers have unleashed one very juiced up ghost on the city of New York! If even the tried and true equipment of the real Ghostbusters can’t stop this thing… what can?
Planetoid #4 (Image Comics)
Planetoid follows a space pirate marooned on a sparsely populated world deep in alien territory. He’s up against unfriendly robotic creatures, cyborg militias, and more. “After a period of calm the Ono Mao strike back! How long can the newly formed settlement survive without the protection of Silas?”
Person of Interest (CBS, 9:01/8:01c) — “Til Death”
“The team is spread thin when a husband and wife’s numbers both come up.” It’s a miniature Lost reunion as Mark Pellegrino — Jacob from ABC’s supernatural island drama — pays a visit to Michael Emerson’s (who played Benjamin Linus on Lost) regular stomping ground. With guest turns on this show, Lost, Supernatural, Revolution, and Syfy’s Being Human, Pellegrino seems to be competing to steal away the Most Omnipresent Genre Actor trophy from Terry O’Quinn.
Tron: Uprising (Disney XD, 7:30/6:30c) — “The Stranger”
“Beck falls into a trap and discovers a shocking secret that will annihilate all of his assumptions about his role as Tron’s mentee. While Beck is missing, Able helps uncover a plot to build a super-weapon.”
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Networks, 9:30 a.m./8:30c) — “Secret Weapons”
“R2-D2 and other Republic droids receive a mission to retrieve an encryption module from the Separatists.”