This week on TV, Ridley Scott pays tribute to George Lucas! And we get to watch the Masters of Science Fiction episode that was too shocking for network TV. Can Walking Dead top last night's shocking episode? Also, find out if humans will survive first contact with intelligent aliens. Darth Maul returns to Star Wars!
Check out loads of clips and details from this week's TV after the jump.
Top image: Once Upon A Time
Alcatraz (8 PM, FOX):
A special two-hour bloc of episodes. And no, this isn't anything to do with the fact that the show skipped an episode last week due to some car race thingy — this two-hour event has been planned for quite some time. In the first hour, two brothers who were among Alcatraz's most violent inmates and almost escaped in 1963, return to find something "mysteriously amiss" at the prison. In the second hour, a man with an "incredible dark side" who became ultra-violent during his stint at the prison returns. Could this be the night when the show's mythology kicks into high gear? We can only hope. Here's a sneak peek.
Being Human (9 PM, Syfy):
In "I've Got You Under Your Skin," the Reaper is tearing apart ghosts who've caused trouble, and if Sally doesn't agree to take over his job, she'll be next. In this sneak peek, Aidan advises her to take the Reaper down first.
Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy):
In "Vexed," Bo gets a possible lead about her mom from a vampire, and that leads her to a death row inmate named Lou Ann... who is marked for death, by a dark fae named Vex.
Science Special: Are You Good or Evil? (10 PM, Science):
This BBC special looks at the genetics of morality:
What makes us good or evil? It's a simple but deeply unsettling question. One that scientists are now starting to answer. Horizon meets the researchers who have studied some of the most terrifying people behind bars - psychopathic killers.
The River (9 PM, ABC):
In "Dr. Emmet Cole,"
The Magus crew continue their trek to the Sahte Falls where they discover Emmet's camera bag. Upon further examination of the tapes within it, they find some powerful footage of Emmet that shows him spiraling out of control, and it leads the crew further into the Amazon. Meanwhile, Lena reveals a secret she's been carrying to a fellow crew member.
Yay for more of crazy Emmet!
Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science):
This show returns with "Will We Survive First Contact?" Which, you know, is a pretty good question.
Voltron Force and Iron Man: Armored Adventures (8 PM, NickToons):
In Voltron Force, "The Voltron Force try to fix the black lion, who has Haggarium spreading inside of it, but things go wrong when the lions escape!" And then in Iron Man: Armored Adventures, "Iron Man faces off against Blizzard and learns a mind-blowing turn of events with Justin Hammer!" Check out a Voltron sneak peek.
Doomsday Bunkers (10 PM, Discovery):
This new show is another addition to the burgeoning "Doomsday" franchise, which "pulls back the curtain on advanced and secretive underground bunkers — impenetrable safety zones - that feature the ultimate in security, comfort, and cutting edge design and technology."
Prophets of Science Fiction (10 PM, Science):
In the first season finale, Ridley Scott discusses his fellow director, George Lucas. According to the series episode guide:
From Luke Skywalker's light sabre to Darth Vader's Death Star, the Star Wars franchise is one of the defining science fiction works of the later 20th century. George Lucas' prolific imagination has already inspired two generations of scientists and engineers to push the envelope of technology. By introducing computers into the filmmaking process, he changed the way movies are made, and the way we all see the future.
Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
Yay, this clairvoyant computer show is back, and it's time for Sexy Jesus to beat justice into more evildoers. And more importantly, Keith Mars is back as Elias, the crime boss who knows about Reese and Finch. The return of Elias forces Carter to question her new alliance with Reese and Finch. And in this week's episode, the Person of Interest is a six-month-old baby, which is sort of puzzling.
Awake (10 PM, NBC):
The biggest question hanging over this show is: Could the second episode live up to the amazing standard set by the first? We'll find out this week, as we finally meet the Police Chief (Laura Innes) who's concerned over Britten's strange behavior. Meanwhile, there's a witness in the murder of a homeless man who tells Britten and Vega that a "small guy" was seen at the crime scene — and when the case crosses over to the other universe, Isaiah is confused that Britten is suddenly curious about the height of various suspects. And meanwhile, Britten struggles to reconnect with his wife and son, and his two therapists keep advancing new theories. Above is one sneak peek, and below are two more.
Archer (10 PM, FX):
Archer faces a "dilemma" when his murdered fiancee Katya turns up alive in Krieger's lab. And remember: Just because someone's a cyborg, it does not mean you can feel them up.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (8 PM, Cartoon Network):
As the season winds down, we finally get to the improbable "Return of Darth Maul" storyline. Here's the skinny:
The dark warrior Savage Opress is on a quest to find his long-lost brother. Could Darth Maul truly be alive, after more than a decade since his gruesome bisection at the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Savage voyages into the depths of a twisted planet to find whatever became of the fallen Sith Lord.
Grimm (9 PM, NBC):
In "Plumed Serpent":
While investigating an arson-related homicide with Hank (Russell Hornsby), Nick (David Giuntoli) finds himself in the heated world of Portland fire-dancing where he meets a woman (guest star Danielle Panabaker) who might just be too hot to handle. With Monroe's (Silas Weir Mitchell) help, Nick will have to find out if he can investigate the case without getting himself or those close to him burned.
Ancient Aliens (10 PM, H2):
Finally, they're talking about the space-elephant in the room, with an episode called "The NASA Connection." Because you know that the government has got to be helping to hush up the fact that aliens were there in the earliest reaches of history 'n' stuff.
The Dead Files (10 PM, Travel):
This time, the Travel Channel show about dark, weird destinations deals with Alcatraz: rumored to be America's most haunted former prison. Yes, it's a tie-in with the Fox show, because all the kids are excited about Alcatraz now. In the photo at left, Amy Allan is "overcome by a sensation of deep despair and sadness as she enters a section of Alcatraz prison." Because of the ghosts.
Also at 10 PM Friday: a new (to Americans) episode of Merlin on Syfy.
DC Nation (10 AM, Cartoon Network):
Once again, there's a full hour of Green Lantern and Young Justice, interspersed with zappy new shorts. But there's no way of knowing in advance which shorts will be airing this week — sorry. Also, at 9 AM, there's a new Ben 10. Here's a Teen Titans short that might be airing this weekend.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (10 AM, The Hub):
Twilight receives a warning from her future self, leading her to believe that something terrible will happen. But can she change the future?
Being Human (9 PM, BBC America):
In "The Graveyard Shift," Hal and Tom take a job at a fast food joint, but trouble is afoot in the form of evil vampires. Yes, it's the "Doublemeat Palace" episode of Being Human. And meanwhile, Alice is still trying to keep Baby Eve safe.
The Simpsons (8 PM, FOX):
How can this show follow up its amazing Game of Thrones opening? Maybe by doing an Inception episode! Homer's bed-wedding problem increases, so the family has to infiltrate his dreams to sort out his issues, and he rediscovers his memories of his mom (Glenn Close). Also, in American Dad at 9:30, Roger goes to fight in Iraq.
Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
After quitting Granny's diner and with her self-esteem at an all-time low, Emma hires Ruby to be her assistant in order to help her discover what it is in life that she's good at; and Emma continues questioning David about the disappearance - and possible murder - of Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Red Riding Hood yearns to run away with her true love. But she, along with her fellow townspeople, are virtual prisoners when a bloodthirsty wolf continues on its relentless killing spree.
The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
And now that this show is determined to prove that nobody is safe, maybe you'll cherish the remaining characters a bit more. In "Better Angels,"
The group learns that someone dangerous may be on the loose near the farm. As night falls, Rick, Shane, Daryl and Glenn comb the woods to handle the situation and keep the group safe.
Here's a sneak peek!
Masters of Science Fiction (10 PM, Science):
Remember this show? It was a short-lived anthology show from (I believe) the same folks who brought us Masters of Horror. And only about four of the six episodes that were filmed ever aired, back in 2007. Now at last, Science is airing one of the two unaired episodes, "Little Brother." Adapted by Walter Mosley from his own short story, this episode was reportedly left unaired because it deals with the attempted gang rape of a little girl, who's later murdered by corrupt cops. It takes place in a future where justice is administered by computers. Watch two minutes of the episode at left.