5 Shows After Dark: Like Leeloo Had a Baby With a Klingon
“Oh Sit!” on The CW at 8:00pm ET. Second season premiere. Hey, remember that time I told you about a reality series built around musical chairs hosted by Jaime Kennedy? Well, it’s still a thing. Now you know.
“Dallas” on TNT at 9:00pm ET. Two episodes in a row, culminating with the second season finale.
“Defiance” on SyFy at 9:00pm ET. Two hour series premiere. Oh thank god, maybe I’ll finally stop seeing commercials and full-page internet ads everywhere for this shit. Having read the description of the series over at Wikipedia I’ve come to the conclusion that far more time and effort went into naming the different aliens and events in the series than went into coming up with the plot. In my experience, this is sort of a hallmark of terrible science fiction. “Battlestar Galactica” did not play with this shit. The ship where Cylons were resurrected was “The Resurrection ship.” The wars between humanity and the Cylons were “The Cylon wars.” Most of the dumber names for things were taken straight from Greek and Roman mythology, which is a great place to steal from because it gives a superficially intellectual sheen to choices that would otherwise seem lazy. On “Defiance” we have “The Votans” who actually represent seven different alien races (all with their own names and characteristics) who attack Earth in wars called “The Pale Wars” which end with “The Arkfall” where the Votan ships crash to earth, destroying most of it. I do not have high hopes for this series, is what I’m saying.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Logo at 9:00pm ET.
“Castle” on ABC at 10:00pm ET. Starting a minute late, because whatever re-run ABC is airing before “Castle” clearly needs the full 22 minutes of advertising time more than “Castle” does.
Genevieve Burgess is happy to watch science fiction and fantasy series that are well written, well acted, and not completely up their own ass. Which is basically the standard she holds all television to.