Friday’s TV is basically Agents of Shield (C4) or Atlantis (bbc3)…. I’m suspecting that as far as science fiction is concerned, TV land has thrown in the towel on fridays. Although if you are staying up super late, you’ll find The Vampire Diaries on ITV2 at 1.25am.
Saturday goes a long way to make up for this. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) brings us Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman on CITV, but at 9.25am. We then get Star Wars (retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. (1977)) on ITV1 at 3.15pm, with ITV2 showing The Borrowers (1997) at 5.40pm followed at 7.30pm by Dragonheart (1996) – in which the dragon is voiced by Sean Connery. The evenings scifi offering is Predators(2010) at 9pm on Channel 4 – inevitable, but OK sequel with Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo and Laurence Fishburne; marooned on the alien planet as prey in a big game hunt.
The Golden Compass (2007 – known to us as Philip Pullman’s book Northern Lights) is worth a look on Sunday – 4pm on Channel 4; later sees an offering from E4: 8pm, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) a remake of the earlier 1951 classic; but the performances from Keanu Reeves and Kathy Bates do make it worth seeing.
But for sheer exuberance and fun, and a host of those famous and not so famous then or since (inc. former chief scout Peter Duncan, and the voice and the body that is Brian Blessed!) I’m going to suggest sofa, duvet and popcorn are utilised at 3.45pm where ITV4 are showing Flash Gordon (1980).
Hello sci fiends!, sorry sci friends. Or, take which ever you wish. Another weekend is upon us, and though a sparse selection, there is indeed free to air tv for us to watch, companionably or sat with a big thick blanket to throw over our collective heads when the scary bits come along. Something like that anyway!
Friday has become SuperHero day. 8pm on Channel 4, sees episode 3 of Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Will it continue to live up to the rollicking pace of earlier episodes? Or have you already fallen by the way side. This household remains split, but I’m probably going to hold out for Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) on Film4 at 9pm, or The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) on ITV2 at 10pm
Saturday is rather light for Fantasy and Scifi – but does at least have The Adjustment Bureau (2011) at 9pm on Channel 4. Its the terrestrial premiere for this scifi thriller, which sees Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as politician and dancer, fighting to determine their own future directions against a shadowy state. Also featuring the divine Terrence Stamp, in a character role that leaves us wondering just who is on which side, and whether this is fantasy or scary reality. Its followed at 11pm by horror flick The Hole (2009).
Sunday makes up for saturday with a good selection of family fantasy fare. ITV2 has a run starting at 2.30pm with Richard E. Grant in The Little Vampire (2000), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004 – the live action version starring Sarah-Michelle Geller) at 4.25pm, and director Ang Lee’s The Hulk (2003) at 6.15pm.
These all wrap up in time for alien invasions in Skyline (2010) on Film4 at 9pm. Although my pick of the day goes to ITV at 10.20pm, and the terrestrial premiere of Senna (2010). Whilst not SF/F this documentary contains technical detail, new (to UK eyes) footage and contributions from Prosr, Stewart, Williams and Dennis; as it looks into the on track achievements of Aryton Senna and his untimely death in the 1994 San Marino GP.