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

Mongrel Home Cinema (New Channel!) – Welcome the latest screener slash platform: Mongrel Home Cinema launched on April 30. Mongrel Media is an independent Canadian film distributor established in 1994; Mongrel is also a dog that does not belong to one officially recognized breed. Which if you’ve seen the movies Mongrel Media distributes you understand how apt that name is. In partnership with New York-based Magnolia Pictures, this streamer will only be available for Canadian audiences offering art-house movies, cool indies: a curated collection of films from both companies’ catalogues. 10 titles will be added on the first Tuesday of every month. Subscriptions are available through MongrelHomeCinema.com or the Android or iOS app for $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually. (Get: 3 weeks free using promo code: MONGRELSOCIAL) Some launch title suggestions: Before Trilogy, Ex Machina, Under The Skin, The Lobster, Frances Ha (highly recommended movie…excellent soundtrack) and you know…many others. If Netflix is like Blockbuster where you “rent” James Bond or Jurassic Park Mongrel Home Cinema is like Queen Video: all taste and curated. (Sammy)

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

Nerd Christmas (See Below) – Happy Christmas to Mr. Green: It’s May The 4th. I’m sure he’ll recommend The Bad Batch and other Baby Yoda and lightsaber adventures today. I’ll get out of the way and let him do all the talking. (Sammy)

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

Weird Science (3 am / Netflix (Canada)) – One of the best Robert Downey movies from back in the day. If you got kids they gotta watch just for the old-timey computers (Wyatt’s computer is a Memotech MTX512 with an FDX add-on. So cool!). And that whole mutant bikers scene is just: weird. Still, Weird Science for sure doesn’t age it just improves. Two dorks with bras on their heads use their computer to make a hot girl. ‘Tis a John Hughes classic. (Sammy)

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

From Cradle To Stage (3am / Paramount+) – In 2017 Virginia Grohl mother of Foo Fighters Dave Grohl published From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. A kind of Behind The Music that was more like Behind The Mothers who were Behind The Music. That book has been adapted into a six-part docuseries. The musician-and-mother guests set to appear on the series are Imagine Dragons‘ Dan Reynolds and Christine Reynolds, Pharrell and Dr. Carolyn Williams, Miranda and Bev Lambert, Brandi and Teresa Carlile, Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello and Mary Morello, plus Rush‘s Geddy Lee and Mary Weinrib. Though it debuts today on Paramount+ you may wanna save this for Mother’s Day on Sunday. (Sammy)

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

Greenland (8pm / HBO) – Gerard Butler stars in a ground-level movie about the end of the world: think Deep Impact but as an indie movie. A comet is on a collision course with the Earth, its impact expected to cause an extinction-level event in a day or so. Thus Butler’s a structural engineer who must race against the clock to get himself and his family (shout to Morena Baccarin!) to a secure shelter in Greenland. The problem? Well many because the movie’s running time is 119 minutes so of course there’s a number of obstacles in their way otherwise this would be a short movie. What you think people…fall in love in the first 10 minutes of a rom-com?! They’re over an hour for a reason. (Sammy)

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

A Nolan Doubleheader (Anytime / Crave) – I saw Tenet on September 20, 2020. I didn’t expect that’d be my last movie for such a long time. Tenet requires more than 1 viewing so this is most helpful: it was added on Crave on May 7. With Inception, Nolan clearly established the physics of that world (well dream world) so viewers knew what was possible (if they didn’t always know what was real.) With Tenet I don’t feel Nolan fully firmly established the physics or rather it was too complex so viewers end up doing calculus instead of enjoying a movie. In Star Trek I dunno what dilithium crystals are but I know when the ship is in trouble: you know? So here ya go: A Nolan Doubleheader: Tenet and Inception are on Crave. (Sammy)

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!