In theaters Friday
It’s rare that I have a change of heart about a movie I once had as little interest in as I did Warm Bodies. Along with quite a few others, I initially dismissed the zombie rom/com as the latest painful attempt to cash in on the popularity of Twilight. I mean, you’ve got attractive young stars. It’s based on a young adult novel. You’ve got a star-crossed romance hinging on a necrophilic attraction between a fetching young lass and a living-impaired suitor. Thankfully, trailers and early word suggests that Warm Bodies isn’t taking its concept nearly as seriously as Stephenie Meyer’s stubbornly immortal franchise.
Based on Isaac Marion’s debut novel, Warm Bodies kicks into gear after a random but well-preserved young zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) chows down on the brains of a chap who happens to be the boyfriend of a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). In the world of Warm Bodies, eating someone’s brains allows the zombies to relive the memories of the victim, and R soon finds himself both falling for Julie and becoming more human. If it can nail the comedy and be half as much fun as Zombieland, Warm Bodies could be a solid way to spend your Friday night.
Continuum (Syfy, 8/7c) — “Wasting Time”
I’m still an ep behind, but I quite liked the pilot. Keeping my fingers crossed that this can help fill the sci-fi void left behind by Fringe. Tonight, “Kiera and Carlos investigate a murder spree in which the victims have strange holes bored in their skulls.”
Face Off (Syfy, 9/8c) — “When Hell Freezes Over”
The contestants are tasked with creating demon characters. The more interesting developments may be happening behind the scenes, though…
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1 (IDW Comics)
IDW kicks off their celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary with this monthly, 12-issue series which will highlight each of the 11 Doctors (with the 12th issue being a surprise of some sort). Issue #1 of course highlights the First Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell. The series is being written by Scott and David Tipton, and you can read an interview with artist Simon Fraser right here. The issue also includes an article about the First Doctor penned by Big Finish Productions producer, director, and script editor John Ainsworth.
Deadliest Space Weather (Weather Channel, 9/8c) — “Fastest Winds in the Solar System”
This week’s episode takes a look at the blustery conditions on Neptune. Your umbrella isn’t gonna make it.
Do No Harm (NBC, 10:01/9:01c) — “Pilot”
NBC’s Christian Slater-starring My Own Worst Enemy didn’t fare too well back in 2008, but the network is nevertheless trotting out yet another take on the Jekyll and Hyde story. This time it’s a neurosurgeon who is taken over by his dark alternate personality every night at 8:25. Hey, at least Hyde is punctual!
Person of Interest (CBS, 9:01/8:01c) — “Dead Reckoning”
“Reese is kidnapped by an old acquaintance who is plotting a destructive act of cyber warfare.” Word is, that “old acquaintance” is Reese’s ex-partner.
Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope (PBS, 9/8c)
Today is the 27th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, but this special takes a look at another Shuttle that eventually met with tragedy.
From the depths of hell to the heights of space, this documentary tells the compelling, untold story of a crewmember’s determination to fulfill his “mission within a mission” aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Learn how and why a small Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust was entrusted to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon as he lifted into space on Columbia’s ultimately ill-fated flight.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network, 9:30 am/8:30c) — “The Lawless”
Obi-Wan teams up with Bo-Katan, voiced by BSG”s Katee Sackhoff.