This Week's TV: William Shatner mind-probes Star Trek fans, and Adventure Time goes to Mars!

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Syfy's Warehouse 13 and Alphas are both back — and both shows are changing up their formats pretty radically. William Shatner is finally getting to the bottom of the Star Trek phenomenon. Walter Bishop explains all about lobotomies. People are getting their backyard redone with Kryptonite. Syfy has its most dignified original movie everPlus you'll never guess which show features Cylon genitalia! (Or maybe you will.)

Check out clips from Adventure Time, Futurama, Teen Wolf, Warehouse 13 and more, below.


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
Finn and Jake go to Mars! That's right, kiddies — how many of your other favorite shows are going to Mars this week? Probably none. Not only that, but there's a case of Martian mistaken identity, when Magic Man turns Jake into a copy of himself. This is going to be a pretty eventful 12 minutes. Check out a clip! That's followed by a new Regular Show, a new Annoying Orange, and a new Mad.

Warehouse 13 (9 PM, Syfy):
How on Earth is this show going to resolve that crazy cliff-hanger? Check out a clip, and read this tantalizing blurb:

Season 4 kicks off with the Warehouse Team still reeling from the shocking events of the climactic season three finale - the loss of Agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder), H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) and the destruction of the Warehouse itself. Their only hope lies in racing to the other side of the Earth to hunt down an obscure artifact, which may or may not even exist - and if it does exist, what consequences will they face for using it?

Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV):
Here's a sneak peek from "Party Guessed," plus a synopsis:

It's Lydia's birthday, and also a new full moon. As Derek locks his pack up, things get tense between Allison and Scott, due to the situations and dangers surrounding them.

Alphas (10 PM, Syfy):
This show also has a pretty huge cliffhanger to resolve, although in this case it's more of a huge status quo change — the mutants went public. Check out your first clip from the season premiere, plus Syfy's blurb for the new season:

Season 2 picks up eight months after last year's finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility (the Guantanamo of the Alpha world) that could have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his revelation. The rest of the core team has disbanded and some, without Rosen's guidance and care, have regressed to their old, destructive ways. They must now battle their individual demons in order to reunite and try to save their own.


This episode was written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, so it ought to be darn good.


Yardcore (9 PM, DIY):
There's just nothing on tonight — but at least you can watch a family get their yard redone with "blasts of Kryptonite." Whatever that means. This yard remodelling show is having an episode called "Surreal Sci-Fi in Suburbia," and here's the blurb:

There will be blood-curdling screams of joy when a family of film buffs return home to a backyard inspired by several movie genres. The Moss brothers and their crew create a fantasy space that blends entertainment, art, and relaxation for everyone. Three areas set the scene: the refurbished deck that houses a TV, barbeque, super long reclaimed wood bar faced with ledge cut stone and sunken lights; along with the oversized crop circle stepping stones that lead to a recycled tractor-rim fire pit and seating circle; and finally the surreal towering twisted metal and rock art sculpture that doubles as a bench. Bordering the space are half-moon metal partition-walls embedded with blasts of Kryptonite-AKA recycled windshield glass.

Okay then.

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Total Drama on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. And a brand new Mysteries at the Museum on Travel at 9 PM. And finally, a new Freaks and Creeps at 10 PM on National Geographic Wild.



Iron Man: Armored Adventures (8:30 PM, Nicktoons):
The season finale! And it's guest starring... pretty much everyone:

Tony, Rhodey,and Pepper must team up with Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, the Hulk and Black Panther to save New York from the Makluan Invasion.

Futurama (10 PM, Comedy Central):
It's the "Six Million Dollar Mon":

Hermes makes physical upgrades by replacing his body parts with robotic prostheses when he tires of being inferior to machines.


And apparently Bender takes Hermes' discarded organic parts and makes a ventriloquist dummy out of them. Check out a sneak peek, including the classic line, "Some things were not meant to be Cylon-ed."

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science):
This time around, Lucius Fox is looking into the "Mysteries of the Subconscious."


Also on TV tonight: A new Johnny Test on Cartoon Network at 7:30, followed by a new Ninjago at 8 PM. Plus a brand new Dragon Ball GT on Nicktoons at 8 PM. ("Baby Put to Rest.")


Motorcity (8:30 PM, Disney XD):
This dystopian future show is back, and we're spending time in "Detroit Deluxe":

After a Burner mission goes awry, Dutch is forced to hideout in Detroit Deluxe, where he has an unexpected reunion with his parents.

Saving Hope (9 PM, NBC):
Here's what to expect from "Heartsick":

With Charlie's life hanging in the balance, Alex and Dawn go head-to-head over who gets to be his legal decision maker - but are forced to put personal matters aside when they scrub into a heart transplant surgery together. Charlie, meanwhile, is in no mood to talk to the heart donor - a deceased prisoner.


And check out a promo in which the sound is apparently not working. Sorry about that.

Misfits (10 PM, LOGO):
Honestly, I'm not even going to try and describe this week's episode — just watch the clip at left, in which Nathan goes around trying to get the other kids interested in the somewhat abstract photo of his new stepdad's junk. Only on LOGO do you stand a decent chance of them not bleeping this bit out. Check out Simon's face as he scrutinizes the photo.


Also on TV tonight: There's a brand new My Babysitter's a Vampire on Disney at 7:30 PM. And then, another new Dragon Ball GT at 8 PM on Nicktoons, "Piccolo's Decision." That's followed by a new Monsuno at 8:30 PM. Plus a brand new Wilfred on FX at 10 PM.


Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy):
It's "Table for Fae." What does that even mean? Do Fae need a special type of table? Here's the skinny:

Bo investigates the disappearance of human backpackers and finds something that threatens her physique; Bo's new man sets things in motion that prompt Kenzi to make a desperate choice.


Check out the only clip I could find from the episode online — in which Bo and a random girl make out.


William Shatner's Get a Life! (8 PM, EPIX):
In his second full-length documentary about Star Trek, Shatner wonders why people can't stop obsessing about Star Trek. More details:

Based on Shatner's hugely popular book (in response to his now infamous skit on SNL), this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as "Trekkers." On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some — but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals' compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what's happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.

The Philadelphia Experiment (9 PM, Syfy):
It's that rare Syfy original movie that has a somewhat dignified-sounding title. And it stars Malcolm McDowell! Plus it actually sounds somewhat serious:

A secret government research project tries reviving the World War II "Philadelphia Experiment," which was an attempt to create a cloaking device to make warships invisible. When the experiment succeeds, it brings back the original ship (the Eldridge) that disappeared during the first test in 1943. The Philadelphia Experiment also stars Gina Holden (Fantastic Four) and Nicholas Lea (Supernatural). Michael Pare, who starred in the original The Philadelphia Experiment, makes a special appearance.


Dark Matters: Twisted But True (10 PM, Science):
This time around, Walter Bishop tackles "Dr. Lobotomy, Voodoo RX, and Killed by Kindness."


Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (11 AM, Disney XD):
Here's what these shows have in store:

"The Attack of the Beetle" - Spider-Man is put on a S.H.I.E.L.D. security detail to protect his worst critic, J. Jonah Jameson, from a high tech enemy. But things get personal for Spidey when he must also save Mary Jane from The Beetle.
"Behold... the Vision!" - Now that the threat of alien invasion is over, Captain America does his best to restore hope to the world by rallying what is left of the Avengers. Together, the remaining members travel to Wakanda to repair Cap's shield, only to find a mysterious caped figure who plans to take the shield for himself.

True Blood (9 PM, HBO):
Here's what's on tap, as the season enters the home stretch: "The Authority tacks a different course; Sookie and Jason visit the place where their parents died."


Breaking Bad (10 PM, AMC):
It's "Hazard Pay":

Marie confronts Walt over some of his recent actions. Meanwhile, Mike, Jesse, and Walt move forward with their newest business operation.


Also on TV tonight: There are two new episodes of Winx Club on Nickelodeon at noon. Leverage airs at 8 PM on TNT. And Adult Swim has Black Dynamite at 11:30 PM, followed by a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force at midnight and Squid-Billies at 12:15.

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.


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You know, I know Shattner was Kirk, but seriously, sometimes I wish us Trekkers would stop being exploited. How did we remain the weirdos in the nerd-core fansplosion? Did we just never get cool like Star Wars?...

Most of the Trekkers I have ever met in my travels...embraced Star Trek as an ideal, because the universe, and the message are so much more touching than anything else. And even no we are getting called Sappy and Unrealistic.

What kind of a world would I want to live in, if I had to devote my energy to imagining one universe for the rest of time? One where people work together? One where there is no hope?

I choose Star Trek, and I always will because in the end I like to pretend one day things will get better, and I can help because I was given a road map by the Great Bird of the Galaxy.