The summer TV season is ramping up, and there are some pretty frickin' great shows coming our way. Falling Skies is back and juicier than ever, and so are Continuum and Teen Wolf. But there's one new show you absolutely can't afford to miss.
Here's our complete guide to the week's television, including tons of clips and details and stuff.
Top image: Falling Skies season 3 poster, via UnrealityTV
Defiance (9 PM, Syfy):
This show is back after a couple weeks, and we're getting a "bottle" episode that actually sounds pretty fascinating. I only wanted to see you in the razor rain.
Defiance is hit by Razor Rain, forcing its residents to stay indoors – where interesting relationships develop. Irisa’s visions lead her to Sukar and the Spirit Riders, where she finds Sukar under the influence of a strange and mysterious force.
Warehouse 13 (10 PM, Syfy):
Oh thank goodness. H.G. is back, and we get to see Jaime without any wacky makeup. And hopefully the H.G./Myka relationship gets some progress! "H.G. returns to the warehouse to help the agents track down an artifact. Meanwhile, a series of mysterious quakes shake the warehouse."
Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV):
The third season premiere of this show that has, by all accounts, gone from "guilty pleasure" to "actual pleasure." Here's what happens this time around: "Derek and Isaac search for Erica and Boyd."
Revolution (10 PM, NBC):
The season finale! In spite of some of the snarky things I've written about this show, I have a modicum of faith that it'll give us a slam-bang conclusion. Don't let me down, Kripke! Here's what's in store:
MILES AND MONROE FACE-OFF AND THE CORE GROUP SUFFERS ANOTHER BIG LOSS - Life-threatening dangers abound on all sides as the Rebels infiltrate the Tower. Miles' (Billy Burke) leadership abilities and character are sorely tested as well as his feelings for Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Nora (Danielle Alonso). Aaron's (Zak Orth) genius comes in handy while Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Randall Flynn (Colm Feore) bring new meaning to the dark side.
Random thought: remember when the main relationship on this show was Miles and Charlie? Now it's all Miles, Nora and Rachel. When was the last time Miles and Charlie even shared a scene?
Also on TV tonight: A new Scaredy Squirrel on Cartoon Network at 1:30 PM, and then a new Rocket Monkeys on Nickelodeon at 2 PM.
Johnny Test/Teen Titans (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):
Above, feast your eyes on brand new clips from these episodes, in which the following things happen: "Johnny, Dukey, Susan, Mary, Gil, The General, Mr. Black, Mr. White, Bling Bling, Mr. Mittens, and Albert race super awesome video game go carts to see who wins the Cart Wheelies 7: Greatest Racer in the History of Racing Racer's Cup!" And then: "Robin struggles with whether to build a senior center or a pool, while Beast Boy and Cyborg try to get a pizza for free."
Also on TV tonight: The season premiere of Bang Goes The Theory on BBC America at 9 PM.
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science):
This show is back for another round of the big questions, starting out with "When does life begin?" Here's the skinny:
We can all trace our lives back to a beginning. But what defines the beginning? Is it the moment when two cells unite? Or does something have to know it is alive before its life can begin? It is a debate scientists and religious leaders have been battling over for centuries, but with the birth of new technology, scientists have been able to probe the question deeper and deeper. There is groundbreaking evidence showing that inside all of us are traces of cells from our relatives, blurring the lines between the beginning of one life and the end of another. Some scientists believe life doesn't truly begin until we are conscious. But when does consciousness begin? One child psychologist's experiments suggest true consciousness may not begin until the age of five once children become aware of how the world perceives them. Does life begin after we are able to walk and talk? The argument extends beyond human life. Technology is giving birth to new life forms made of nonliving things. One computational neuroscientist is building brains for robots. Can a machine become alive if it can think, feel, and move on its own? Perhaps the only way to know when life begins is by going back to the beginning of life on earth 4 billion years ago. How did non-living chemicals first become alive? And could Earth still give birth to a new life-form: one comprised of all of humanity in a globally connected network.
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9 PM, followed by a new Big Brain Theory. At 10 PM, USA has a new Psych.
The Hero (8 PM, TNT):
If you think this show sounds like Who Wants to be a Superhero? without costumes, then you're basically on the right track, as far as I can tell. Except instead of Stan Lee, you get The Rock:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson welcomes nine strangers as they move into an upscale Panamanian penthouse together, each with hopes of being crowned “The Hero.” With up to a million dollars at stake, the contestants quickly realize that this will be no ordinary contest, as they must climb and hang from skyscrapers, navigate dark underground bunkers and face tough moral dilemmas. In the end, there can only be one hero, and America will vote on the winner. In the War Room, a sudden change of heart shocks the group. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson serves as mentor and motivator to the contestants.
Save Me (8 PM, NBC):
Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Amazing World of Gumball at 7, followed by a new Annoying Orange at 7:30 PM. At midnight, there's the season finale of Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell on Adult Swim.
In the Flesh (10 PM, BBC America):
This acclaimed BBC zombie series is airing on three consecutive nights on BBC America, and it's our must-watch of the week. We've already praised the hell out of this show, and now here's your chance to see for yourselves. Here's the skinny, according to the BBC:
It follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see Kieren again. But shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies - now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers - are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran arrives, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state.
Also on TV tonight: NBC has another hour of Save Me, the show where God talks to Anne Heche, at 8 PM. There's the season premiere of Burn Notice on USA at 9 PM. At midnight, Adult Swim is giving us The Greatest Event in Television History II, which should really be called The Second Greatest Event in Television History, or else An Even Greater Event Yadda Yadda.
Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters (7:30 PM, Hub):
This show is back from a brief hiatus, and we're all learning the dangers of synthetic energon! "'Thirst' – Knock Out and Starscream's rogue experiments with synthetic energon lead to monstrous results that threaten to take over the Decepticon ship and unleash an old enemy."
Da Vinci's Demons (7:30 PM, Starz):
Season finale! How on earth is this show going to go out with a bang, considering what they've already given us this season? Almost afraid to ask. Here's what they're telling us: "The Pazzis set in motion a scheme to murder Lorenzo and Giuliano on Easter Sunday, while the Turk tells Leonardo where the Book of Leaves resides. Later, Lucrezia serves up a startling revelation as Leonardo steps in to save the Medicis."
Continuum (10 PM, Syfy):
The second season premiere — and let's hope they give us some quick closure on just what Future Alec's plan is for Present Alec. And they resolve the whole "Kiera apparently changed her mind about wanting to preserve the timeline" thing, too. I deliberately haven't been watching any of the episodes that have already aired yet in Canada, even though I got screeners, because I wanted to come to this fresh when it aired in the U.S. I'm really hopeful that season two will build on the good parts of season one. Fingers crossed!
Also on TV tonight: A new Phineas & Ferb on Disney at 9 PM. The second part of In The Flesh on BBC America at 10 PM.
SheZow! (12:30 PM, Hub):
This "controversial" superhero show is already creating an obnoxious sidekick. Yay? "'Makin' Bank; Super Sidekick' – After SheZow defeats some bank robbers, he takes $500 and loses his powers; The friendship between SheZow and Maz is at stake after Maz’s new sidekick identity, Shaverine, defeats a giant hairy monster."
Wizards Vs. Aliens (7:30 PM, Hub):
Already having Doctor Who withdrawal symptoms? This show from Russell T. Davies and some of his Who collaborators might help. This time around: "Tom’s quiet Saturday at Benny’s house becomes a thrilling fight for their lives when the vicious alien Grazlax hunts them down. The two boys must learn to fight together, combining Tom’s magic with Benny’s science, or else the Nekross’ savage pet will succeed – and devour them."
Sinbad (9 PM, Syfy):
Did you even know this show was coming to Syfy? Apparently this is another British import, and its cast includes Dougray Scott and Sophie Okonedo. And no, it's not about the 1990s stand-up comic who used to have soul cruises and things. In any case, it was already cancelled in Britain, so there's just one season. Here's what it's about:
The 12-episode Sinbad follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad, played by newcomer Elliot Knight, who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny, as he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. On board The Providence, an intriguing band of travelers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan/Marchlands), agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett/The Devil's Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels/Thorne). Completing the ship's complement is the odd-ball cook (Junix Inocian/The 51st State) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas/Grange Hill).
Have a feeling this is going to make us miss the late, great Ray Harryhausen even more.
Primeval: The New World (10 PM, Syfy):
And here's another import, that's a miniseries because it's already been cancelled in its home country. (This time, Canada.) It's a spin-off of the British time-warping monster show, created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Enterprise). Here's what's up:
The 13-episode series stars Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Eastenders) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.
Also on TV today: The Hub Network has a new Pound Puppies at 9:30 AM, featuring British dog agent Bondo, who rides in a flying car. Also at 9:30 AM: a new Fairly Oddparents on Nickelodeon. And then there's a new Monsters Vs. Aliens on Nickelodeon at 11:30 AM. Also, there's a new Aquabats! Super Show! on Hub Network at 1 PM. And at 10 PM, there's the finale of In the Flesh on BBC America.
Ultimate Spider-Man (11 AM, Disney XD):
No Avengers this week, but instead we're reconnecting with Spidey, with a generous amount of the Avengers crossover we'll never see in live action:
"Swarm" - When a lab experiment at Stark Industries goes awry, Spider-Man and Iron Man must work together to contain an unstoppable threat.
"Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man" - Spider-Man and his team are turned into mini-versions of themselves when they cross paths with Loki and the Destroyer. Guest starring the Avenger, The Mighty Thor.
Falling Skies (9 PM, TNT):
This show about the last humans fighting back after an alien invasion is back, after yet another WTF cliffhanger. And the new season is mostly really fun, with a couple of super-frustrating subplots. More than anything, watching a bunch of the new episodes, I got the sense that the cast has really gelled and the relationships among the Mason family and the other main stars have become solid enough to survive some occasionally dodgy plotting and cheesy soap-operatics. Plus this show always seems to stick close to its main theme of how the aliens' presence has changed people, and that's a major plus. I'd really encourage people to give this show another shot, all in all. Here's what's up in the season premiere:
Season three of Falling Skies opens seven months after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston. In the interim, Tom has been elected to political office, but he has his hands full as the resistance continues to battle the alien invaders. Tom's decision to have the rebel skitters fight alongside humans creates tension and raises suspicions that someone may be feeding secrets to the enemy. Meanwhile, Hal struggles with nightmares that seem so real, he has difficulty knowing if he's awake or dreaming.
Game of Thrones (9 PM, HBO):
The 70-minute season finale. Probably just going to be all the characters sitting around and clutching their heads while going, "Dude, WTF." Actually, here's what HBO says is happening:
Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) challenges Tywin (Charles Dance). Bran tells a ghost story. In Dragonstone, mercy comes from strange quarters. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) waits to see if she is a conqueror or a liberator.
"Joffrey challenges Tywin" sounds like the greatest scene in the history of the universe.
The Venture Bros. (Midnight, Adult Swim):
Absolutely no details available for this episode, but it's happening. Get excited!
Also on TV today: Nicktoons has two new Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes at 11 AM, followed by a new Monsuno at noon. Most importantly, there's a new Dog With A Blog on Disney at 8 PM, showing that even dogs aspire the noblest of undertakings (or maybe, just that dogs haven't learned about Tumblr yet.)