It’s that time of year again, when leaves will soon begin to fall off the trees, and DVRs will fill up with either new television shows or new episodes of old television shows. Here’s the new sci-fi stuff I’m planning to watch next week and why …
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season 2
(Monday, FOX, 8pm EST) The first season of this show started off a bit uneven, but really hit its stride about midway through, particularly after the introduction of Derek Connor from the future. And holy crap, the last half-hour of the season finale? That pool scene? Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around”? I still get goosebumps. If you haven’t already seen Season 1, or just want to watch it again, FOX has full episodes up on their website. Or you can always just go back and read my recaps.
True Blood, Season 1
(Sunday, HBO, 9pm EST) All I really know about this show are three things: 1) it’s based on a series of novels; 2) it’s been adapted for TV by Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, which was a great show; 3) it’s about vampires coming out of the closet, so to speak; and 4) HBO really put a lot of energy into the whole viral “Tru Blood” marketing campaign this year, so I bet they’re hoping the show doesn’t tank. Okay, so that was four things. Anyway, it will be interesting to see if Ball can breathe new life (un-life?) into the vampire genre with this project.
Fringe, Season 1
(Tuesday, FOX, 8pm EST) One thing’s for sure, J. J. Abrams knows how to crank out winners. From Felicity to Alias to Lost to Cloverfield to the highly anticipated Star Trek movie, he keeps people coming back for more. At first blush, this new show just seems like an updated version of The X-Files. And having seen the pilot already, I can say … it kind of is … and isn’t. The first hour or so felt a bit predictable, but then in the last 20 minutes, things took a turn, and made me curious about the second episode.