In this regular TheTorchOnline.com feature, we gaze deep into a mystical crystal ball to predict the future! Or at least we run down the fantasy-themed entertainment offerings for the week ahead:
It’s sci-fi, not fantasy, but Monday starts the first in a five-night presentation of the Torchwood mini-series “Children of the Earth.“ The first four installments, about an alien race that demands to be given millions of children for a purpose they don’t disclose, are fantastic, among the most interesting sci-fi television I’ve ever seen. Alas, the finale is a shockingly stupid let-down. Does that mean the four episodes before it aren’t worth watching? No, but just barely (BBC America, 9 PM, M-F).
Tuesday, on The SyFy Channel’s X-Files-like Warehouse 13, Pete and Myka seek a mind-altering artifact in upstate New York while Artie probes the strange energy surges plaguing Warehouse 13 (SyFy, 9 PM).
On Thursday’s The Listener (the last episode that NBC is going to air, now that it’s been canceled), Toby uses his psychic ability to try to find a serial rapist, only to discover that Detective Marks has some secrets of her own (NBC, 10 PM).
On Friday, Ghost Adventures visits the Ram’s Head Inn on its summer season finale (Travel, 9 PM).
On Saturday, we have part 2 of the finale of Kings (ABC, 8 PM). Also on Saturday, check out Being Human, the pilot of the horror-drama about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost sharing a house together (BBC America, 9 PM). Check back for our follow review on Friday.
On Sunday’s episode of Merlin, “The Beginning of the End,” Merlin rescues a telepathic boy, only to see his Druidic father then be killed by Uther. Against the advice of the dragon, Merlin gives the boy sanctunary — but his choice comes at a grave cost. Here’s a preview:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince continues to pack ‘em in in theaters, and two new fantasy-esque movies open on Friday: Orphan, a horror film about a “bad seed” child, and G-Force, an animated movie about a group of secret agent guinea pigs.
OUT ON DVD
Two major fantasy DVD releases this week: Coraline, the animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book (we reviewed the film, putting it in the “very nice try” category), and Watchmen, based on Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel (we reviewed this film too, praising it to high heavens).