TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Star Wars Rebels return; Legends time loop and more

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Feb 19, 2018

The Winter Olympics are still bumping most new shows off the schedule for a few more days, but don't worry, The Walking Dead is finally back to end the week on a high note.

Along with the war between Rick and Negan, this week also brings Starz's bloody fun Ash vs. Evil Dead back for a new season. There's also a fresh episode of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, which puts the team in the middle of a time loop. This show has always done a great job of playing with sci-fi tropes, and that should be a fun one to explore. There's also the long-awaited return of Star Wars Rebels, which look to be some of the series' best episodes yet.

Beyond that, SYFY has new installments of The Magicians and Channel Zero: Butcher's Block. The Magicians is telling one of its most ambitiously weird and engaging stories yet, while Butcher's Block is guaranteed to make your skin crawl. In a good way. We've also cherry-picked some excellent movies to fill in the scheduling gaps, from 1990s classics to the zombie-slaying schlock we all love.

Highlights

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 8 p.m. - “Here I Go Again”

After the team returns from a mission, Zari finds herself trapped in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again. Zari soon begins to suspect that the answer to stop what is happening might lie hidden among her fellow shipmates' secrets. But in investigating them she starts to understand her place on the team.

 

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Monday 9 p.m. - “Jedi Night,” “Dume”

The Ghost crew infiltrates the Imperial headquarters of Lothal to save one of their own. Then: The Ghost crew rallies together to find new purpose and resolve.

 

The Magicians (SYFY), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Poached Eggs”

Margo makes a bold stand against the Fairy Queen; and Quentin and Penny try to retrieve a lost item.

 

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Honor”

MIDSEASON PREMIERE: Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.

 

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz), Sunday 9 p.m. - "Family"

SEASON PREMIERE: Bruce Campbell's Ash is back to take on the Deadites, and he's bringing his chainsaw with him. Oh, and he also has a daughter now. Expect buckets of blood and one heck of a good time.


Monday

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 8 p.m. - “Here I Go Again”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Monday 9 p.m. - “Jedi Night,” “Dume”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.


Tuesday

With the Olympics positively dominating the schedule, Tuesday is shaping up to be a very slow night for sci-fi fans. Feel free to dig into your DVR or streaming queue. Looking to cable, FX has the excellent Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on FX; and SYFY has a block of Futurama episodes. Beyond that? Just enjoy the Olympics.


Wednesday

Expedition Unknown (Travel), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Global Game Show: Out of This World”

Josh Gates gives his contestants the opportunity to win big on the topic of extraterrestrials.

The Magicians (SYFY), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Poached Eggs”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Channel Zero: Butcher's Block (SYFY), Wednesday 10 p.m. - “All You Ghost Mice”

Alice has a terrifying encounter in an abandoned hospital; and Luke, Louise, and Nathan play cat and mouse with Robert Peach.


Thursday

Birdman (HDNET), Thursday 8 p.m. 

A washed-up actor (Michael Keaton), whose previous claim to fame was his portrayal of a popular superhero, attempts to recapture his past glory by mounting a Broadway play.

 

The Martian (FX), Thursday 8 p.m. 

The fantastic near-future sci-fi flick that follows an astronaut's journey to return home after being stranded on Mars. Feel free to fix some potatoes for dinner to stay on theme.


Friday

Ancient Aliens: Declassified (History), Friday 8 p.m. - “Alien Annihilation”

The possibility that alien beings are the reason humankind has survived some natural disasters through history is analyzed, according to new evidence that suggests certain myths might be true.

The Craft (Vice), Friday 9 p.m.

The classic 1990s supernatural thriller about teen misfits (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell) who befriend a suicidal newcomer (Robin Tunney) and strike back at tormentors with witchcraft in Los Angeles.


Saturday

Resident Evil Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution (Fuse), Saturday 7:30 p.m.

Fuse has a block of Resident Evil sequels, full of zombie kills and Milla Jovovich. They’re big, silly, and a whole lot of fun. The perfect palate cleanser for the weekend.

 

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9 p.m. - “Extra Pulses: The Domes”

The team goes to the Arizona desert to investigate the Casa Grande Domes, an abandoned manufacturing plant that became a home for Satanic rituals. During the investigation, Zak and the crew witness a menacing shadow figure.

Falling Water (USA), Saturday 10 p.m. - “Nothing Personal”

Burton faces his past, with Tess' help. Shadowman stays one step ahead of Taka and Alex. Woody agrees to help bring Taylor Bennett down. Boerg remembers his lost sister.

 

The Dead Files (Travel), Saturday 10 p.m. - “Jumped - Sauk Centre, Minnesota”

Steve and Amy investigate paranormal activity at a historic hotel where the dead take pleasure in tormenting both employees and guests. During the daunting investigation, Amy confronts a dark presence vying for control of her physical being.


Sunday

Counterpart (Starz), Sunday 8 p.m. - "Act Like You've Been Here Before"

Aldrich questions a not-too recent-death in the office; and Emily, Howard, and Shaw follow a lead.

 

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Honor”

See more in our "Highlights” section above.

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz), Sunday 9 p.m. - "Family"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.