TV THIS WEEK: Speed Force drama on Flash, Iron Fist debuts, politics on The Expanse and more

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Mar 13, 2017

The big story this week is the premiere of Iron Fist on Netflix, despite the fact that reviews have not been terribly kind to Marvel's latest series. But that's not the only thing to check out.

On The Flash, Barry heads into the Speed Force to catch up with a whole lot of fan favorites from his past and David takes things back to where they all started on FX's Legion. The space politics continue to heat up on The Expanse and the slow march to war continues on The Walking Dead.

Check out our full run-down below and be sure to set your DVR accordingly.

Highlights

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Into the Speed Force"

Barry, desperate to stop Savitar and save his friends, turns to the speed force for answers. Meanwhile, H.R. gives Jesse some advice.

The Flash | Into The Speed Force Trailer | The CW

 

Legion (FX), Wednesday 10PM - "Chapter 6"

David goes back to where it all started.

Chapter 6 | Season 1 Ep. 6 Trailer | Legion

THE HUNGER GAYS BY NATHAN ALEXANDER

According to Rule 34, if something exists, there's a porn version of it -- even The Hunger Games. But in this version, The Hunger Gays, our female protagonist has been replaced by a male one, and the fight to the death includes sex. Lots of it. With lines like, "I can't help wonder what would happen to Pan if he were my sex slave," it caters to a very select audience. But if you know someone who is excited by male/male pairings and has exhausted every slashfic that fanfiction.net has to offer, he (or she) will love it. ($10) - Carol Pinchefsky

 

The Expanse (Syfy), Wednesday 10PM - "Pyre"

Naomi tracks down signs of protomolecule; and Fred Johnson's control over OPA collapses.

The Expanse 2x08 Promo "Pyre" (HD) Season 2 Episode 8 Promo

VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGE FLASK

Every gamer knows to keep a stash of health potion on hand at all times, and the team at Ink Whisky is making that task easier by breathing new life to the forgotten treasures of early gaming: Nintendo cartridges. These concealable entertainment flasks feature some of your favorite classic titles reimagined with clever names like Fine-Ale Fantasy, Tetriquilla Drunk Hunt, and more. Grab the collector’s pack for $85, their limited, anniversary edition Legend of The Drink Gold Edition for $50, or one of their regular flasks for $25. ($25-$80) - Cher Martinetti

 

Iron Fist (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

The first season of Marvel's latest superhero series hits Netflix as Danny Rand returns to New York City as the Iron Fist.

Marvel's Iron Fist | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

 

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "The Other Side"

The Saviors pay an unexpected visit to the Hilltop, catching everyone by surprise. This time, they're planning on taking more than just supplies.

The Walking Dead 7x14 “The Other Side” Sneak Peek [HD] Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Monday, March 13

Bates Motel (A&E), Monday 10PM - "Hidden"

Norman examines his loyalties as he guards his secrets and Romero struggles to find safety.

Bates Motel: Hidden - Season 5, Episode 4 Preview | Mondays at 10/9c | A&E

LATEX SUPER HERO OUTFITS

Oh captain, my captain! Get a full salute in this latex Captain America bodysuit from Shhh! Couture. Whether you want a sexy twist on your favorite cosplay look or want to bring out your inner superhero in the bedroom, these designs are sure to hit the mark. In addition to the Captain America bodysuit, there are designs for Supergirl, stormtroopers, Captain Marvel, a Starfleet captain and more. ($156.50) - Cher Martinetti

 

 

HUMANS (AMC), Monday 10PM - "Episode 5; Episode 6"

In the first-half of this combined episode, Mia risks falling into the wrong hands; Odi struggles to find purpose in life; and Hester and Leo stake out the Silo, but with a fatal outcome. Then, Athena discovers Milo's real plan; and Max begins a new community of synths.

Scorpion (CBS), Monday 10PM - "Monkey See, Monkey Poo"

The team search for an endangered monkey hiding in the Amazon in hopes of uncovering a cure for a dangerous virus. Meanwhile, Happy and Toby meet with a counselor to prepare for their marriage.

Scorpion - Monkey See, Monkey Poo (Sneak Peek 2)

CYLON PASTIES

T’was the night after Christmas and you’re about to get it on, when under your girlfriend’s shirt you find two cylons! These geektastic pasties are a fun and sexy way to keep your fandom close to your heart. If Battlestar Galactica isn’t your thing, there’s Spidey, Batman, The Flash, and more. ($25) - Cher Martinetti

Tuesday, March 14

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Into the Speed Force"

See more in our Highlights section above.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "Moonshot"

The Legends track Commander Steel to NASA headquarters in 1970 and learn where Nate's grandfather hid the last fragment of the Spear of Destiny. They also notice a time aberration during the Apollo 13 mission and believe the Legion of Doom might be involved. As the Legends journey into space to intercept Apollo 13, the Waverider suffers massive internal damage and Ray's life is left in jeopardy when he is stranded on the moon.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow | Moonshot Trailer | The CW

 

Face Off (Syfy), Tuesday 9PM - "Odd Couples"

The five remaining All-Star teams create comedic fantasy duos in their elimination challenge.

FACE OFF | Season 11, Episode 7: Puppet Masters Morphs | Syfy

COMIC BOOK BOMBSHELL POSTERS

Everyone has a favorite comic book character, and Ant Lucia has created some stunning, throwback bombshell posters featuring tons of our favorite DC (and Star Wars) characters. From Harley Quinn to Hawkgirl, there are several prints that would make a sexy — but classy — gift for the comic fan in your life. We dig the Supergirl, Hawkgirl and Batgirl prints, and remember that these designs have also been adapted for collectible DC Comics Bombshell statues ($25) - Trent Moore

 

Bones (Fox), Tuesday 9PM - "The Final Chapter: The Radioactive Panthers in the Party"

The battered and burning body of an up-and-coming filmmaker lands on a moving car, opening an investigation of unusual locations and characters linked to his movie. Meanwhile, Brennan gets advice from Dr. Mayer on work and romance; and Booth makes way for Aubrey to take the lead on the current case.

Bones 12x10 Promo "The Radioactive Panthers in the Party" (HD) - ft. Betty White

 

The Americans (FX), Tuesday 10PM - "Pests"

Stan and Oleg wrestle with the harsh consequences of their complicated history as Philip and Elizabeth face a new mission with devastating implications for their country.

Pests | Season 5 Ep. 2 Trailer | The Americans

Wednesday, March 15

Arrow (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "Checkmate"

Oliver gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity until she does a favor for them.

Arrow | Checkmate Trailer | The CW

 

The 100 (The CW), Wednesday 9PM - "We Will Rise"

Clarke and Roan travel through hostile territory in order to deliver an invaluable asset to Abby and her team.

The 100 | We Will Rise Trailer | The CW

“Shadows,” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The final arc of Season One proved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had finally found its footing, but the stellar debut for year two cemented the fact. This episode had everything, from a well-utilized tie-in period from Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell), to some nice twists and turns with genre fave Lucy Lawless playing Agent Isabelle Hartley. It also does an excellent job of utilizing the Marvel comic lore, with the formidable baddie Carl Creel (Brian Patrick Wade) causing havoc for the team. The series had always been missing that “back against the wall” attitude, and this episode perfectly captured what this show should aspire to be. Smart, fun, fast, witty and action-packed.

 

The Magicians (Syfy), Wednesday 9PM - "Word as Bond"

The Magicians deal with a variety of crises as Quentin struggles to keep his own problem a secret.

The Magicians 2x08 Promo "Word As Bond" (HD) Season 2 Episode 8 Promo

“Straw Man,” Almost Human

Oh, dearly departed sci-fi shows of the past season. This quirky series from J.J. Abrams and the minds behind Fringe was the perfect mix of Blade Runner and buddy cop stories (with some 80’s action tropes thrown in for good measure). This episode was the final of the season (and series), and included some great character moments between Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy). It was the perfect example of what made the show such a good time, embracing its old school feel with a future-set twist, and also moved forward some lingering story arcs. R.I.P., Almost Human, you will be missed.

 

Legion (FX), Wednesday 10PM - "Chapter 6"

See more in our Highlights section above

The Expanse (Syfy), Wednesday 10PM - "Pyre"

See more in our Highlights section above.

Thursday, March 16

Colony (USA), Thursday 10PM - "The Garden of Beasts"

Will, Katie and Broussard search for a way out of the colony; Maddie gets some visitors in the Green Zone; and Bram looks for closure.

Colony 2x10 Promo "The Garden of Beasts" (HD)

“The Climb,” Arrow

No, it’s not just that this episode is still fresh on our minds from that shocking midseason finale a few weeks ago. This was, easily, one of the best episodes of one of the best shows currently airing on television. Those are strong words, especially for a CW series, but it’s true. The third season of Arrow has found the show diving head first into the deeper waters of DC lore, deftly introducing the iconic baddie Ra’s al Ghul and taking the characters in surprising directions. The anticipated face-off between Oliver and Ra’s did not disappoint, and this episode would make the list if only for that jaw-dropping final shot.

Friday, March 17

Iron Fist (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

See more in our Highlights section above.

Grimm (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Where the Wild Things Were"

A mysterious portal takes Eve and Nick on a surprising journey. Meanwhile, an uneasy alliance is established when Capt. Renard is brought in to help and discovers this all may be connected to the person he cares for the most.

Grimm 6x11 Promo "Where the Wild Things Were" (HD) Season 6 Episode 11 Promo

“Basic Intergluteal Numismatics,” Community

After a positively disastrous fourth season following the ouster of series creator Dan Harmon, so bad they brought him back for year five, this fifth season episode found the cult hit comedy proving it could still be awesome. Community is known for spoofs, but instead of zombies or action tropes, they turned their sights on horror crime classics like Hannibal, Zodiac and Seven. The culprit? In classic Community fashion, the Ass Crack Bandit. Weird? Sure. But so, so good.

 

The Originals (The CW), Friday 8PM - "Gather Up the Killers"

Season 4 begins. On the fifth anniversary of Klaus' defeat, Marcel is king of the city and welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose an unexpected threat to his rule, which leads him to seek counsel from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, as Hayley closes in on the cure that will allow her to revive Elijah and the slumbering Mikaelsons, she faces a final task that forces her to make a ruthless decision.

The Originals - Season 4 - Promo (Official Trailer 4x01) [HD]

“Danse Vaudou,” Constantine

A latecomer to the 2014 season, NBC’s bubble DC series Constantine has quickly grown into one of the best new shows of the year. This episode was easily one of the best of the young run, diving deep into the supernatural mythology and deftly juggling several characters who will almost certainly become bigger parts of the mythos. You know, assuming the show is renewed. “Danse Vaudou” was a great spin on the ghost story, with Constantine and his whole gang (along with Papa Midnite and future-Spectre Jim Corrigan!) trying to stop some murderous spooks out for blood. It had tension, great character moments — and was truly spooky. We’d expect nothing left from the master of the dark arts.

 

Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Friday 9PM - "The Way of the Gun"

A mysterious woman's identity and allegiances test the team's cognitive abilities when she wanders into the vault, while Alex struggles with her complex feelings after finding herself in quite a predicament.

Sleepy Hollow 4x11 Promo "The Way of the Gun" (HD)

Saturday, March 18

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Saturday 8:30PM - "Twin Suns"

Reacting to a vision of Maul, Ezra defies Hera and Kanan to travel to a remote planet in hopes of stopping the former Sith Lord from carrying out his plans.

Star Wars Rebels: Twin Suns Extended Trailer

GAME OF THRONES VALAR MORGHULIS BEER

After giving that sweet Game of Thrones goblet to someone, it would only be right to also provide them with a proper beverage to pour in it. Thankfully you need look no further than Brewery Ommegang (and any beer distributor worth their barley that carries it). As something of a beer nerd, I can guarantee that the Belgian-style brewer out of Cooperstown, NY, already has one of the best product lines around. But when they partnered with HBO to release brews based on GoT, they didn’t just slap a gorgeous label on an already-great beer. Instead, Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and Innovation Manager Mike McManus lovingly developed new beer inspired by the show. The first three became gradually more complex from the very Lannister-esque Iron Throne blonde ale; the approachable Take The Black Stout; and a spicy Fire and Blood red ale. The fourth, Valar Morghulis, a dubbel ale, just conquered my palate. It is quite simply a great beer regardless of whether or not you give a damn about the Faceless Men of Braavos. The first three beers sold out but Valar Morghulis is still available. Just like Syrio Forel taught us, say “not today” to Death, but the First Sword of Braavos would say “yes, please” to this beer. (About $10 for a 750ml bottle wherever you can buy beer) – Aaron Sagers

 

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD), Saturday 9PM - "Lyin' Eyes"

When Rocket and Drax wake up with absolutely no memory of the night before, the Guardians must piece together their adventures.

Sunday, March 19

Once Upon a Time (ABC), Sunday 8PM - "Ill-Boding Patterns"

Snow is upset that Regina brought the alternate reality version of Robin back from the Wish Realm and points out that he is not the same man that Regina loved. But Regina is holding on to hope that there's some of her Robin inside this Robin.

Once Upon a Time 6x13 Promo "Ill-Boding Patterns" (HD) Season 6 Episode 13 Promo

 

Time After Time (ABC), Sunday 9PM - "Secrets Stolen"

Dr. John Stevenson has met his match in a stunning, and equally cunning, doctor named Brooke, while H.G. and Jane travel back to the 1980s where they make a shocking discovery that could change Vanessa's life.

Time After Time 1x04 Promo "Secrets Stolen" (HD)

SUPERNATURAL OUIJA BOARD

Do you have a giftee who has “slumber party with Sam and Dean Winchester” on their wish list? Well that naughty nerdy fantasy is somewhat closer to reality with the Supernatural Ouija Board by USAopoly and Hasbro. Based on the 10-year-old hit series, the spirit board features a circular communication design, but the box is where it’s at with the dreamy, somber gaze of the Winchester boys looking out at the beholder. The Ouija allows an aspiring Hunter to communicate with the dead without the bother of leaving one’s own home – or dying multiple times, descending into Hell and facing off against various demons. Of course, this is for entertainment purposes, so if your loved one does manage to kickstart the apocalypse, we won’t be held responsible. ($25) – Aaron Sagers

 

Making History (Fox), Sunday 8:30PM - "The Boyfriend Experience"

Deborah suspects that Dan may not be the clever inventor he claimed to be back in 1776, which leads to questions about their budding relationship. Meanwhile, Chris' mentor puts him under intense scrutiny as he works to achieve tenure at the university.

Making History (FOX) "Al Capone" Promo HD - Leighton Meester Time Travel comedy series

 

The Last Man on Earth (Fox), Sunday 9:30PM - "Hair of the Dog"

Melissa's pre-virus past is investigated by Todd and Tandy to find clues for her current condition, while Carol's outlook on life undergoes a major makeover.

The Last Man on Earth 3x12 Promo "Hair of the Dog" (HD)

 

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "The Other Side"

See more in our Highlights section above.