This week sees the two-hour premiere of The Cape, featuring Summer Glau as a valiant blogger, plus the return of V, No Ordinary Family, Star Wars and a few other shows. Meanwhile, it's time to mourn, with a Caprica marathon.
The Cartoon Network's Monday night animation bloc returns! At 8 PM, there's a new Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, "Other Tarts." At 8:15 PM, there's the second season premiere of Regular Show. At 8:45, there's a new Robotomy. Here's a new promo:
Also notable in tonight's television, although it's debatably science fiction: The Craigslist Killer, a "docudrama" about Peter Markoff, who allegedly killed a woman he met via the popular site. That's on Lifetime at 9 PM. It's cyber!
First Syfy starves us of new episodes of Caprica, now they're going to force-feed us. Now that the Battlestar Galactica prequel is cancelled, Syfy is showing the five remaining episodes in one glop, from 6 PM to 11 PM. Pretty much any drinking game you come up with is going to leave you with one hell of a headache Wednesday morning, should you choose to sit through all five hours. Of course, the episodes are already out on DVD, and they've already aired in Canada — so they're not new to everybody. But having seen them, we can attest they do contain some amazing thrills and some brilliant moments, as well as a few clunky bits. All in all, these five episodes will leave you even sadder about the incredible potential this show could have had. And the show does end with quite a bang.
It's funny that Caprica started with its first episode available on DVD long before it aired on Syfy, and now its final episodes are going the same way. And by funny, I mean a bit sad.
Here's a spoilery clip from the final episode — warning: it really is spoilery!
Meanwhile, at 8 PM, ABC brings back No Ordinary Family in its new timeslot. This "live-action Incredibles" show was just getting really, really good in its final episodes of the fall, so let's hope the trend continues. When the show returns:
After Jim saves Dave Cotten's life, he and Stephanie become fast friends with Dave, his wife Michelle, and their kids. But Jim begins to suspect that the Cottens may be leading their own secret lives. Meanwhile, Daphne throws her hat into the high school ring for student council president, and Katie reveals a secret to Stephanie about her relationship with Joshua - aka The Watcher.
And here's a sneak peek:
And then at 9 PM, it's the return of V on ABC — the remake of the classic 1980s show about lizards in disguise. Anna has turned the Earth's skies red in apparent punishment for the destruction of her soldier babies, but will this be enough to turn the humans against the Visitors once and for all? Also, this episode sees the return of original series star Jane Badler. Here's the first 14 minutes of the episode:
There's really nothing on tonight, except for the series premiere of Miracle Detectives, a new show about experts who probe events that couldn't — or shouldn't — have happened, with one skeptic looking for rational explanations and one pilgrim, looking for miracles. That's on the Oprah Winfrey Network. And also, the season finale of 1000 Ways To Die, on Spike. Those are both at 10 PM.
The Big Bang Theory is back at 8 PM on CBS, with "The Bus Pants Utilization." In which, "Leonard's idea for a smartphone app derails his friendship with Sheldon."
And at 10 PM, there's another new Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel.
The most promising new superhero cartoon in ages, Young Justice, premieres on the Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. Of course, the first two episodes already had a sneak peek airing back in November, but this is the show's official premiere, with "Independence Day" part 1. In which Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad break into the secret science organization Cadmus.
And then at 8:30 PM, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is back on Cartoon Network, in a new timeslot. What with the glimpse we got a little while ago, showing Ahsoka's eyes looking somewhat scary, this promises to be an exciting ride. At least, let's hope we're done with Senate deliberations for a while.
Primeval's fourth season continues, with the second episode airing on BBC America at 9 PM. In which:
When Connor looks up his old friend Duncan, he doesn't expect to find him obsessed with creature sightings. Warning him of the elusive dock creature, the pair track it down to the docks, only to find evidence of a fresh kill. With Abby and Matt arriving to help, they find the creature after a tense chase through a container yard. Will Connor's quick-thinking and bravery earn him back his place on the team?
There's a new episode of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes at 10:00 AM on Disney XD. In "The Man Who Stole Tomorrow," "Kang the Conqueror tries to destroy Captain America and take over the world." (What shall we do today, Kang? The same thing we do every day...)
At 8 PM, Fox brings back its Sunday night animation bloc, with one new addition. There's The Simpsons at 8 PM, then the series premiere of a show called Bob's Burgers at 8:30 PM, The Family Guy at 9 PM and The Cleveland Show at 9:30.
But then, at 9 PM, there's the two-hour premiere of NBC's The Cape on a special night, before it takes its regular place on Monday nights. This superhero show features a cop who transforms himself into a superhero from his son's favorite comic books, and fights fantastical comic-book foes. And Summer Glau co-stars as Orwell, a blogger who fights crime. Here's what happens in those episodes:
"Pilot": Former police sergeant Vince Faraday is framed as notorious criminal Chess and left for dead at the hands of the corrupt ARK corporation's security. Mentored by Max Malini among a group of bank robbers who use carnival talents, Vince must leave behind his wife and son to fight against corruption in Palm City, including villains Chess and Scales. Under the guise of The Cape, Vince must trust mysterious blogger Orwell to help in the fight.
"Tarot": Ark Corporation's aim is at prison privatization, but The Cape will battle Chess and his newest ally Chef to stop it. As Chess and Chef set their sites on Secretary for the Bureau of Prisons Patrick Portman, the Cape intervenes, barely surviving the encounter. Orwell, Max Malini, and the circus gang band together to help the Cape recover and also save Patrick.
Here are some sneak peeks, in which everything's written in backwards writing for some reason:
And then finally, at 11:45 PM, there's the fifth season premiere of Robot Chicken on Adult Swim. Huzzah!
Source: Futon Critic.