Hey not sure what to watch this week on the small screen? No worries #SetTheVCR is here to help you make some of those decisions easier. Each week Sammy Younan and I will give you our picks for each day of the coming week. Please note – enjoyment NOT guaranteed.

All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

Now that Christmas is over I return to the normal world and give you some solid picks to watch. We’ve got secret agents, body-swapping and conspiracies – and that’s from just one show. There is a lot to choose from this week.

Last week was Nerd Christmas for Mr. Green with the return of Clone Wars Season 7. This week is my Nerd Christmas with the return of Altered Carbon Season 2. When is your Nerd Christmas? Lemme know after you’ve checked out the following tv recommendations.

Sammy Younan

Monday, February 24

Altered Carbon (Anytime / Netflix)Altered Carbon: Season 2 drops on Thursday. Time to rewatch Season 1 because on this show the appearances are truly deceptive. What am I talking about?! Drop down to Thursday for my Pick of The Week. You can do that here; in real life I gotta sit here and patiently wait for Season 2 to drop. (Sammy)

McMillion$ (10pm / HBO) – Last week’s episode left us on a cliff hanger with Jerry Columbo’s car getting hit by another car with his family in the car. This week picks up with Jerry in the ICU after the accident and “Uncle Jerry” looking for another person to help with the distribution of the winning game pieces. The FBI intensifies their work on the investigation as they begin to narrow in on suspects that might be part of the conspiracy. Every time I watch this show all I keep thinking about is when Hollywood is going to option it has a movie and hopefully written by Aaron Sorkin. This docu-series is fantastic every week! (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, February 25

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (9pm / PBS) – The audacity to call a jazz album Birth of the Cool and to actually deliver is easily why Miles Davis earns PBS’ moniker American Master. For true. This is a documentary attempting to achieve a difficult task: to place Miles in his proper music context. At a White House dinner in 1987, the jazz musician was asked what he’d done to deserve to be there. Davis wrote in his autobiography that he replied, “Well, I’ve changed music five or six times.” Amazing!! So inspiring… and he is right. (Sammy)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (9pm / CW) – Now in its fifth season this show has really hit its stride. Even with the events of Crisis and Heyworld behind them, they are dealing with the aftereffects each week. Ava is now a full-time part of the crew and slowly finding her way as part of the team. Which is good as it looks like she might be the replacement for Ray when Brandon Routh leaves the show later this season. The comedy is only getting better and the show continues to be a refreshing change of pace from the other DC shows in the Berlanti-verse. No show has as much fun each week as the Legends do. Time travel never looked so much fun, well not since Bill & Ted did it, which is appropriate as the Legends this week face off against a new Encore – Genghis Khan. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, February 26

I Am Not Okay With This (3am / Netflix)I Am Not Okay With This by Charles Forsman is the graphic novel. I Am Not Okay with This is the Netflix adaptation of said comic book starting the girl who played Beverly Marsh in the IT movies. It’s all the high school drama and awkward moments we’ve all endured and seen in movies and tv shows complicated by her budding superpowers. I’ve never read the comic so I dunno what to expect: probably the usual Freaks and Geeks am I right? (Sammy)

LEGO Masters (9pm / FOX) – I still stand by “reality show” dislike but this show continues to be sooo much fun. Even Will Arnett has grown on me as he gets more comfortable as the show’s host. Sadly last week saw the loss of a team I liked (brothers Travis & Corey) after the “Cut in Half” challenge last week. They missed the mark on their “Horse-power” build. Why neither was building wheels is beyond me. However, my top teams remain safe the only team I want to see gone now is not really fair as I only want one member of the team to get the boot. Yet Sam & Jessica had one of my favourite week 3 builds during the last challenge. Sam is still a dick though. I’m fascinated to see how the new challenge of a LEGO movie this week goes. Maybe the “Golden Brick” will be in play for the first time? (Mr. Green)

Thursday, February 27

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Altered Carbon (3am/ Netflix)Altered Carbon is a 2018 cyberpunk (that’s the right genre? The Blade Runner genre lotta neon but everything and everyone is dark and grimy.) Netflix tv show based on the 2002 novel of the same title by Richard K. Morgan. It is excellent. Typically when a TV show’s second season kicks off many of the same actor’s return. For example, Poe an AI fashioned in the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe and who runs a virtual hotel he’s back and familiar and still masterfully played by Chris Conner. However, the main character Takeshi Kovacs who was played by Joel Kinnaman in Season 1 will now be played by Anthony Mackie. Same character, different face. In this Bay City set hundreds of years from now your “soul” is basically stored on a cortical stack like a USB flash drive and bodies are sleeves. You could potentially live forever which is what rich people do or you could keep switching sleeves which is how we get Mackie as the new face yet the same character. There is murder and noir mystery and sci-fi ruckus and because people can switch bodies you do not know who to trust. This is satisfying science fiction. Buying the family-sized bag of cheese Doritos for this. (Sammy)

Star Trek: Picard (9pm / CBS All Access) – Picard and the crew track Soji to the Borg cube in Romulan space, resurfacing haunting memories for Picard. Meanwhile, Narek believes he finally found a way to safely exploit Soji for information. Basically the show keeps getting better each week, surprising no one watching it. With each question answered another 5 pop up as we go. Making my watching experience so worthwhile. Plus the non-stop easter-eggs continue to be a ton of fun and an entire cottage industry for YouTubers. (Mr. Green)

Friday, February 28

The Kingmaker (9pm / Showtime) – Lauren Greenfield’s latest is a documentary on Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. In a way this extends the themes Lauren explored in her previous and outstanding documentary Generation Wealth. Though that one tackled crass American lifestyles of the rich and famous this one is fascinating because it’s outside the American lens where we have a traditional view of capitalism and a standard narrative of greed. Plus Marcos was politically powerful; oftentimes people, especially in America, can be rich but not politically active. (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Queen Sono (3am / Netflix) – Netflix is continuing to show they are the HBO of the streaming era. Each attempt at a show can be hit or miss sure, but they are trying interesting and bold ideas. Queen Sono is just the latest in a line of projects that are making people take notice. Both in houses around the world and behind the camera with creatives. When Hollywood continues to shy away from making the changes to Bond some have suggested with either a female Bond or a person of colour as Bond, Netflix goes “hold my beer”. Here we get a female African secret agent that is in every way Bond except the name and classic double-O-seven moniker. I’m really looking forward to checking this out when it drops this week. This going to have all kinds of secret agent ruckus on screen and I can’t wait. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, February 29

All the Bright Places (Anytime / Netflix)All the Bright Places debuted yesterday on Netflix. Like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before it is a teen drama based on a YA book. Like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before I’ll probably watch this because I’m in the mood for a decent teen movie and it’s a welcome break from the savage darkness of Altered Carbon: Season 2. (Sammy)

Van Helsing (Anytime / Netflix) – Season 4 dropped a couple of weeks ago and I finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Picking up from the end of season 3 just moments after Sam becomes “the fourth” and Vanessa’s ancestor awakens to help in the fight. Sadly as always with this show, there are deaths of characters we like and introductions of new ones that we begin to like and of course are killed off. That’s just par for the course in a post-apocalyptic show like Van Helsing. Plus we finally get to see the Dark One after so much hoopla and it’s a fun reveal. If you are looking for something to watch that is fun and scratches that post-apocalypse show itch than this is a good one to sit back with. Or maybe you just dig crazy vampire stories then also this will work for you. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, March 1

Constantine (Anytime / Netflix) – Yes Keanu Reeves as John Constantine doesn’t work. And yet…I wanna go back to this. It is directed by Francis Lawrence who has moments of goodness. Is it as bad as we think it is? Only one way to find out. (Sammy)

Doctor Who (8pm / BBC America)SEASON FINALE! The conclusion of the two-part finale this season. With the introduction of the Cybermen for this Doctor and companions, we are really starting to feel more like the Doctor we have been getting over the last 11 years. Last season and parts of this one still feel clunky at times but overall the season mystery this year has improved the overall feel of each week. I’m hoping this will mark the final act of Chibnall’s redemption as showrunner. Jodie Whitaker and Chibnall finally are starting to feel like they are comfortable with the character this year. Which of course translates to better overall storytelling and tighter episodes for every fan to enjoy. (Mr. Green)

Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!