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 – All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.
I think you’ll pick up on the trend in my picks this week.
Another streamer joins the TV party! It’s gonna be one of those #SetTheVCR types of week.Sammy Younan
Monday, May 3
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Anytime / Disney+) – The series that launched a new generation into a galaxy far, far away. Dave Filoni was brought in to create an animated series based on the characters created by George Lucas. He took it on with the full gusto it deserved and created not only a fantastic series but new characters and returning characters that were expanded upon. Many (like myself) view this series as the only justification for the prequels. This series far better explains what is happening during these years and makes the films more watchable. Of course, just watching this is all you really need to get the gist of the history in the universe. Really, it is that good. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, May 4
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch (3am / Disney+) – MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!! The first animated series that is not credited to George Lucas. Finally, Dave Filoni gets to take off the shackles of the IP and do his own thing. If The Mandalorian wasn’t enough to prove this man knows his stuff this opening episode of the series proves it. We have ties to Rebels, The Clone Wars and the films themselves. It literally has everything you could possibly want plus it stars a Filoni creation the Bad Batch themselves Clone Force 99. In this extra-long first episode, these five elite troopers and one “Reg” were first seen in the final season of The Clone Wars and they are the perfect evolution for the series. Genetically modified by the Kaminoans as an experiment to see how they could improve upon their own cloning work for the Republic. They have enhanced skills beyond that of “the Regs” what they call the standard Clone Trooper. The opening moments put on full display what they can do and who they are as characters. From there, things get rocky for the team as Order 66 drops and the galaxy changes in an instant. The series looks at those early days after the fall of the Republic and the Jedi Order. It is everything I could have asked for and more. It’s the perfect way to celebrate May the 4th! (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, May 5
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Star Wars: Rebels (Anytime / Disney+) – As I mentioned above there is a very specific and important connection to this series. For those familiar with this show I’m sure they can already guess. If not, don’t worry it won’t affect anyone watching either show for the first time. Stop me if you have heard this before. A young boy, Ezra lives on a backwater planet gets pulled into galactic adventure when the Empire drops into his life. He eventually escapes his planet with a group of smugglers with a wacky droid. Along the way, Ezra begins his lessons to become a powerful Jedi with the help of a disillusioned former Jedi. They join the newly formed Rebellion and continue to fight the Empire. Yeah I know it sounds exactly like the original films. But it is so much more and completely different while retaining what makes Star Wars so great in the first place. If you don’t love this series by the end of the first season you have no soul. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, May 6
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Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventure (Anytime / YouTube Kids) – This one is for the young kids in your life. A series of adventures set in the Star Wars Galaxy that are really short and in some cases are straight retellings of the events in the films without as much of the visual violence. I wasn’t aware of the YouTube Kids channel but I’m glad I found it as the animation style is great and works for these stories. Getting kids on board with quick videos of the stories from this universe is always good in my books. Plus, for parents, you don’t have to worry about the content going past this as it’s a walled garden that doesn’t allow your child to jump over to regular YouTube without your login. (Mr. Green)
Friday, May 7
Jupiter’s Legacy (3am / Netflix) – I recently had the opportunity to speak to Steven DeKnight (a writer and a director on Netflix’s Daredevil; now show-runner and executive producer of Jupiter’s Legacy) who said: “Personally, I’m a fan of weekly episodes. It creates a communal viewing experience and leads to the vital “water cooler” conversations.” Though he later added: “How many episodes per season isn’t decided by the writers or even the showrunner. That’s the studio/network.” Which for Jupiter’s Legacy is Netflix as adapted from the Mark Millar comic book. I asked him about weekly vs binging because we’ve seen how successful the MCU shows were on Disney+ in part because of their weekly experience. Now that you’ve lived with weekly releases and binge releases for a few years: where do you stand? As for this Netflix show, you can tell from the title what it’s about. “Jupiter’s Legacy follows the story of the world’s first superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. In the present day, they are the revered elder guard but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.” Basically, Superboy or Robin is never gonna be as cool as Superman or Batman. So how do you live up to that legacy? I’ve read many Mark Millar comics which has given us movies such as Kick-Ass and Kingsmen but I haven’t read this 10 issue series so this is all new to me. The comics haven’t left a heavy legacy for the TV show to live up to. (Sammy)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (3am / Disney+) – Episode 2! Like The Mandalorian first dropped we are getting 2 episodes in a week which is fantastic! Like the first episode, part 2 picks up the action the team got graded and sent on a mission that doesn’t go as planned. The Empire is not exactly trustworthy. Now they are on the run and with a new recruit as the team has some internal issues. Omega another new character is tagging along and causing some additional issues. But in this episode, we get to see a face from the past of The Clone Wars which is a nice nod to that character and farewell. It really helps continue the awesome storytelling from the first episode. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, May 8
Star Wars: Clone Wars (Anytime / Disney+) – The first attempt at Star Wars animated series since The Ewoks and Droids hour back in the ’80s. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky of Ren & Stimpy fame. He brings his traditional animation style into the Star Wars universe and brings a new level of storytelling with it. Before you ask no this is in no way related to the Dave Filoni series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The only similarity is the characters and that it was meant to act as a bridge from movie to movie. It does have the honour of being the first appearance of General Grievous and explains how he got that breathing problem he displays in Revenge of the Sith. We also get some excellent cinematography during the animation and some kick-ass Jedi battles. It’s more of a nice to watch than required viewing in the Star Wars canon. (Mr. Green)
Sunday, May 9
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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (Anytime / Disney+) – Now we concluded my Star Wars week with Forces of Destiny which is another series but this time aimed specifically at the female fanbase and their daughters. Doing the one thing that Star Wars has not really been good at and that is female characters in the universe. Sure there are plenty of excellent examples in the books, in particular the Legacy stories, same goes for video games but in regular canon, Lucas wasn’t that good at female characters in his stories. Other than Leia and Padme can you name another well-written female character by George Lucas? Yeah, that’s the point. Here we get some good animation with expanding character-driven stories which is always a good thing in my world. (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!