It’s another #SetTheVCR! Sammy and Mr. Green give their picks for TV the week of July 12th.

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

There are mysteries, cops, big waves, musical numbers, aliens, ghosts, music and a lot more this week in our picks. Plus this week marks the end of Loki. There is a lot to choose from.

From Stan Lee to Rick Rubin to the Tenth Doctor Who this is a legendary #SetTheVCR week!

Sammy Younan

Monday, July 12

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A New Reality (3 am / Audible) – Stan Lee who died in 2018 gifted us one final Universe to explore. In 2019 nerds were introduced to the final Universe Stan co-created: Stan Lee’s Alliances. In this Universe, via Book 1 we meet Cameron and his cyber kinetic talent who later connects with Nia whose powers include well I can’t share. Together they of course forcibly right some wrongs. A Trick of Light was originally an Audible Original co-written by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield and narrated by Yara Shahidi. It was the first story of Stan Lee’s Alliances series co-created by Lee, Luke Lieberman, and Ryan Silbert. The second story is now out, a prequel and it’s yes an audiobook; still co-written by Kool Kat Rosenfield. “Biohacker Olivia Park is obsessed with an emerging mystery within Oz, the online portal created by alien technology. What she finds is a primitive xenobot, Eno, who takes her on a mind-bending trip through time that begins as the Berlin Wall is falling, and takes her back to the origins of the modern internet and the fall of a digital Atlantis created by her father, Wesley Park, and entrepreneur William Ackerson.” Face front True Believers: it’s always great to start the week with some Science Fiction. (Sammy)

The Beast Must Die (10pm / AMC) – After dropping earlier this year in Britain we finally get to see this mystery thriller in North America. After the police drop the investigation into the death of Martie, his mother Francis Cairns decides to pursue vengeance for his death. She plots out a plan to kill the man responsible for Martie’s death but the clock is ticking as a young police detective is trying to also catch the killer but stop any additional deaths along the way. This should another great addition to the British mystery genre that has become quite popular over the past decade. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, July 13

A Quiet Place: Part II (3 am / Prime Video) – “After 89 days, most of Earth’s human population has been annihilated by blind creatures with hypersensitive hearing that attack anything making noise.” So began 2018’s A Quiet Place. I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic worlds and this one is strange: you can’t make a sound. So making one of the main characters pregnant was such a compelling choice. Another engaging character was…silence. In an interview with Headliner Magazine Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl (the sequel’s sound design, supervising sound editors) shared how sound (and silence) was a central character in the film: “We started hearing stories after the first film that people were afraid to eat their popcorn in the theatre! That was thrilling for us to hear because it’s like, ‘Okay, this experiment that we tried actually works’! We were able to literally make the audience hold their breath.” Sadly cinemas did not open in Ontario so here we are watching at home: “Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.” “Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits.” (Sammy)

Schmigadoon! (3am / Apple TV+) – Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star in this batshit crazy musical. On a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship, a couple discovers a magical town living in a 1940s musical; they then learn that they can’t leave until they find true love. It is clearly created by someone riding high on an eight-ball of coke but it still looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, July 14

Gunpowder Milkshake (3 am / Netflix) – Karen Gillan is playing a professional assassin: a hitwoman! Solid pitch right? Karen Gillan has also unleashed a gang war when her high-stake mission goes sideways and so she needs a gang. Can’t fight a gang war without a gang right? Her gang includes her mother and her former hitwomen sidekicks. Gunpowder Milkshake echoes Wanted a 2008 movie adapted from a Mark Millar mini-series: Angelina Jolie was a hitwoman, she belongs to Fraternity who select their targets via the Loom of Fate. In Gunpowder, the assassin’s organization is called the Librarians. Let’s see where the similarities start and end. (Sammy)

Loki (3am / Disney+)SEASON FINALE! As the series comes to an end the only mystery remaining is who is the creator of the TVA. Personally, I think it’s a Loki variant and not Kang but we’ll see who it really is today. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, July 15

Staged: Season 2 (3am / Hollywood Suite) – Wanna hang out with Simon Pegg, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor, Ken Jeong, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Gad, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Cate Blanchett? Oh and David Tennant and Michael Sheen. That can easily be arranged and ah…Staged. Season 2 is now in Canada: all 8 episodes are on demand. This unique British comedy is primarily filmed using video-conferencing technology. Guess the lockdowns did prompt some creativity. (Sammy)

Dark Side of the 90’s (10pm / Vice) – Vice gave us Dark Side of the Ring and Football now they are looking to reveal the truth about the ’90s. A decade I remember well and have both good and bad feelings about. It will be interesting to see how they view a decade of insane excess. (Mr. Green)

Friday, July 16

ICON: Music Through The Lens (9 pm / PBS) – Originally broadcast last November on Sky Arts in the UK ICON: Music Through The Lens comes to America. The six-part series about music photography will explore all aspects of music photography. For example, Episode 4 On The Cover details the role music magazines played in elevating music photography to iconic status. “Since having the idea almost a decade ago to highlight the amazing contribution photographers have made to popular music we are humbled and delighted to have been able to document the truly incredible stories and experiences of many of the most important people in this field,” says producer and director Dick Curruthers. “Nobody has shone a spotlight on the impact photography has made to our understanding of popular music in quite the way this series has and it will, we are sure, stand as a testament to that contribution.” Sounds fascinating let’s look to the left and see what…develops. (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

SurrealEstate (10pm / SyFy)SERIES PREMIERE! A new series starring good friend of Geek Hard Tim Rozon. Of course, we saw him last earlier this year has he wrapped up the finale of Wynonna Earp and now he’s back with his own series. The show looks equal parts fun and funny. This is a niche that fits Tim very well and I can’t wait to start watching this week. Also, if you are a fan you should check out Back Issue Bloodbath hosted by Andrew and Petula Neale who sit down with Tim this week to discuss Fantastic Four. Tim loves comics as much as we do. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, July 17

McCartney 3,2,1 (3 am / Hulu) – It’s Rick Rubin: that’s it. I could tell you this docuseries is 6 parts or it explores Paul McCartney’s music. But it’s Rick Rubin: you in or you out? (Hulu for Americans; Disney+ for Canadians.) (Sammy)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Anytime / Disney+) – Last week saw another member of the Rebels cast of characters appear. This time the story focused on Hera Syndulla who later becomes the Captain of the Ghost in Star Wars: Rebels. She is not alone either, no Kanan hasn’t hit the scene yet far too young still, we also get a look at Chopper. Filoni does a great job on the episode giving us a look back at a pre-Rebels Hera/Chopper and seeing them before the things that made her who she becomes. Also, I really enjoyed the idea of telling a story in which the Batch are minor bit players and only are part of one small scene mid-way. The creatives behind the series are really beginning to tie the threads together making for a larger more cohesive universe than previously shown. Each week is really bringing the thunder now, looking forward to where they take us next. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, July 18

100 Foot Wave (10pm / HBO) – Surf’s Up! “The six-episode series captures the common spirit and fearless passion shared by Garrett McNamara ( the Guinness World Record holder for the largest wave ever surfed for eight years) and big-wave surfers from across the world as they push themselves through life-altering injuries and tantalizing near-misses in their collective pursuit of the inconceivable. Spanning four continents, 100 Foot Wave is an inspirational story of a group of people on a quest to achieve new heights, and a town and a sport that were forever changed by one seemingly impossible dream.” Sounds like a wild ride; doubt you’ll be “board” watching this docuseries. (Sammy)

100 Foot Wave (10pm / HBO) – This will officially be the first time I will mention this but I love movies/documentaries about surfing. I have had this obsession for 20+ years now and I will literally watch anything about surfing. There is something almost magical about the desire to ride a wave especially a big wave. Many surfers have tried and failed but along the way there will always be a few that try and succeed. This warrior monk mentality that seems to permeate the big wave surf scene is really mesmerizing to me. There is a noble lunacy to which these people go after these wonders of nature that we non-surfers will ever fully understand. (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!