TV Highlights this Week - - by James Driver

BEST OF THE BOX: TV Highlights December 6th-12th

BEST OF THE BOX: TV Highlights December 6th-12th

Listen up you primitive screwheads, things are about to get real. On this week’s TV highlights we would like to introduce you to our boomstick and give you a crash course in Deadite smashing.

 

Ash Versus Evil Dead (Virgin Media On Demand)

He never said he would be back, but we always hoped. The end of the 2010 remake of The Evil Dead added more weight to the idea that Ash might return, but we thought a new film, some kind of super uber crossover, melding film of the old and the new; this new, gorier, more extreme Evil Dead, mixed with the old, gory, screwball, inventive craziness of old. Imagine. Well, we did.  And it never happened. But now he’s. Ashley J. Williams is back!

We pick up thirty years later with Ash still stuck in retail hell, but there doesn’t appear to be a Deadite in sight until Ash attempts to impress a lady friend until an ill-advised reading from the Necronomicon (the Book of the Dead) opens a doorway to all kinds of freaky deadite monsters and demons. Clearly Ash either hasn’t learnt a thing, or maybe it’s some kind of death wish to get him out of a retail hell-induced coma. Or he was just really trying to impress his lady friend. Alongside Ash is fellow shop worker Pablo, their new colleague Kelly, confused cop Amanda and a mysterious lady named Ruby played by Lucy Lawless.

Campbell and Lawless previously worked on Hercules and Xena together many moons ago, two shows also produced and show run by the guys in charge of Ash’s misery. Rob Tapert and of course Sam Raimi were the original brains and blood and guts behind the original Evil Dead films, and return us to Ash’s world in true style. Raimi directs the pilot with great gusto and love for what he has created. We can’t wait to get our teeth in to all ten episodes. Hail to the King indeed. Oh and season two has already been greenlit. Groovy!

Virgin Media On Demand customers can now stream the first five hits of gory goodness, with the rest of the series prepped for dishing out each Saturday. So, if you were wondering what happened to our favourite chainsaw wielding, S-Mart employee at the end of Army of Darkness, then wonder no more.

 

The Flash/Arrow (December 8th/9th on Sky One)

And there came a day unlike any other… no wait that’s Marvel. The same kind of applies here.

Last year, with the debut of The Flash we were treated to a few Arrow/Flash crossover episodes and they were brilliant. What was interesting to see was how each show adapted to the other. Although existing in the same world, one is lighter than the other, but both handle each other perfectly, complementing each others styles and occasionally poking fun at each other.

This year – before we get the mid-season breaks for that pesky thing called Christmas –  both shows are leaving us with a huge crossover to salivate while we eat our turkey dinners in front of Doctor Who. It all begins in The Flash with an episode titled “Legends of Today”, introducing Vandal Savage to the DCTVU (is this what we call it?). He is a time hoping bad guy who has set his sights on Cisco’s new girlfriend who is going to be very important at some point, especially to the man with wings who kidnaps her once Barry takes her to Star City for Green Arrow’s help. That man with wings? Hawkman. The story then picks up in Arrow with ‘Legends of Yesterday’ and this in turn will set up the new show Legends of Tomorrow. It’s very busy in DC TV land.

 

Tripped (December 8th, E4 at 10PM)

The Inbetweener‘s Blake Harrison stars in this new sci-fi comedy from E4 about parallel universes and some crazy quest that leads him on an adventure into many a mad land. Apparently this will blow our minds.

 

Grey’s Anatomy (December 9th, Sky Living at 9PM)

No Patrick Dempsey. What does this mean for the long running medical drama with impossibly good looking doctors?

In the opening episode of the show’s twelfth season, titled “Sledgehammer”, Grey Sloan Memorial springs into action to save the lives of two young girls whose powerful story will force some of the doctors to revisit the effects of bullying on their own pasts. Meanwhile, Meredith must adjust to changes at home with her new roommates while Bailey continues to fight for the Chief of Surgery position and Jackson prepares for April’s return to Seattle.

 

The Leftovers (December 7th, Sky Atlantic at 10PM)

The years best show comes to a dramatic close. Have you been watching? You really should have.

The Leftovers‘ structure, character study, writing, direction, production, surprises, music, and shear unpredictability have shaped a show that feels very different from the brilliance of the first season, but rather than reinvent or reshape, has simply evolved naturally. This is a feat some shows struggle to even consider doing right, but The Leftovers does so perfectly.

A stunning program, that we can’t wait to see the end of this season, but really don’t want it to be over. We can’t wait to see what Damon Lindelof has in store next.

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