TV THIS WEEK: The CW's huge DC crossover, S.H.I.E.L.D. returns, Incorporated premieres

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Nov 28, 2016

Welcome to TV This Week! Your one-stop shop for all the cool sci-fi and fantasy stuff you should be watching over the next seven days!

It’s finally arrived: The CW’s massive “Invasion!” crossover arrives. The event kicks off on Supergirl, then feeds into Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow throughout the week. It’s arguably one of the biggest TV events ever attempted, and it’ll be positively insane to see so many heroes share the screen at one time. Regardless of whether you only watch some of these shows, be sure to set your DVR so you’ll catch ‘em all.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also returns this week, as we continue to follow Ghost Rider’s journey. If you haven’t been watching, it’s high time to come back. This show is really hitting its stride. Over on Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.), the near-future thriller Incorporated makes its debut with a white-knuckle pilot into the world of corporate espionage.

Highlights

Supergirl (The CW), Monday, 8 p.m. - “Medusa”

A superhero crossover event begins with Barry Allen and Cisco Ramon from "The Flash" seeking Kara's help with an alien invasion; at the same time, Eliza comes to town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters, which seems like the perfect opportunity for Alex to come out to her mother. Meanwhile, Winn and James consider telling Kara the truth about the Guardian; and Kara wants to team up with Lena Luthor to combat a deadly virus unleashed by CADMUS.

Supergirl | Heroes Vs. Aliens Trailer | The CW

 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesday, 10 p.m. - “Deals With Our Devils”

The team search for answers as Ghost Rider's clock counts down.

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD 4x07 Sneak Peek "Deals With Our Devils" (HD) Season 4 Episode 7 Sneak Peek

George Lucas Almost Directs Apocalypse Now

The creator of the Star Wars mega-empire was on the short list to direct Apocalypse Now. There were just a few problems with his vision of the Vietnam war film. Namely, he wanted to film it in Vietnam and in 1970, when the war was still raging. Had things gone a little differently, Lucas would have had his hands too full to make the Star Wars saga (also, he might have been way too busy being killed in the line of fire).

 

Incorporated (Syfy), Wednesday, 10 p.m. - “Vertical Mobility”

SERIES PREMIERE: Spiga junior executive Ben Larson hides his real identity in order to infiltrate a very sinister corporate world and save the woman he loves in the series premiere of this futuristic drama. Meanwhile, Laura, Ben's wife, considers a life change; and outsider Theo is offered a dangerous job.

INCORPORATED | Watch Full Episode One: 'Vertical Mobility' | Syfy

Producers Lobbied for Chewbacca to Wear Pants

Chewbacca stood seven feet tall and was a true beast. It was a foregone conclusion to studio execs that children would be scared of him and parents would be distracted by trying to get a glimpse of his undoubtedly well-endowed Wookie package. Mark Hamill said of studio execs, "I remember the memos from 20th Century Fox, 'Can you put a pair of lederhosen on the Wookie [sic]?"

Monday

Gotham (Fox), Monday, 8 p.m. - “Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster”

The virus spreads through Gotham; and the laboratory that's working on a cure is compromised. In other events, Mario and Gordon square off before the wedding; Selina meets an unexpected face; and Barbara has information about Isabella for Nygma.

Gotham 3x11 Promo "Beware the Green-Eyed Monster" (HD) Season 3 Episode 11 Promo

Darth Vader Not Luke's Father

After the runaway success of the original film, Lucas brought in veteran screenwriter Leigh Brackett to write the rest of the trilogy. Brackett's leaked draft had a number of peculiar differences from the final version: Han teaches Luke how to weild a lightsaber, wampas have the ability to freeze people, and Yoda shows Luke a vision of his father in the swamp. Brackett passed away during rewrites, and Lawrence Kasdan was brought in. Kasdan and Lucas soon struck upon one of the greatest twists in sci-fi history.

 

Supergirl (The CW), Monday, 8 p.m. - “Medusa”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

People of Earth (TBS), Monday, 9 p.m. - “Significant Other”

Ozzie and Father Doug go out for the night. Meanwhile, Gina hosts a coming-out event for StarCrossed members, and Jeff bonds with an online stranger.

Lucifer (Fox), Monday, 9 p.m. - “Quid Pro Ho”

Charlotte tries to turn Chloe against Lucifer in an effort to get him to depart Earth; Amenadiel becomes Charlotte's soldier, leaving Maze to question his loyalty.

Preview: Lucifer’s Mom Finds Out The Truth About Chloe | Season 2 Ep. 10 | LUCIFER

A New Hope Considered as a Standalone

Early drafts of Star Wars: A New Hope saw the film as a self-contained body, with the Death Star's destruction brinigng down the entire Empire. But, as Lucas stated in 1994, "It wasn't long after I began writing Star Wars that I realized the story was more than a single film could hold. As the saga of the Skywalkers and Jedi Knights unfolded, I began to see it as a tale that could take at least nine films to tell - three trilogies - and I realized, in making my way through the back story and after story, that I was really setting out to write the middle story." Plus, hey, after the runaway success of the first film, there just had to be a sequel, whether it was already conceived that way, or not.

 

Mars (National Geographic), Monday, 9 p.m. - “Pressure Drop”

In 2033, the Daedalus crew struggles to find permanent shelter. Currently, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos partner to launch an orbiter.

 

Timeless (NBC), Monday, 10 p.m. - “Space Race”

The historic Apollo 11 mission unfolds with a nation watching, but Flynn arrives near mission control and sets out to rewrite the events of that day. The trio need to summon courage as they reach out to an unsung hero to thwart Flynn's scheme.

Timeless 1x08 Promo "Space Race" (HD)

Originally a Flash Gordon Remake

Initially, to satiate his space war jones, George Lucas set out to remake the serial films about Flash Gordon. However he was unable to get the rights to the films, so Lucas set about creating his own space universe. Lucas borrowed liberally from the Flash Gordon films, including touches like the scrolling logo at the beginning and the cloud city. 

Tuesday

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday, 8 p.m. - “Invasion!”

A superhero crossover event continues with aliens attacking Central City and Barry asking the Green Arrow for help to stop them. But they soon realize the battle is bigger than they thought, so they track down the Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl to help. Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust.

Supergirl | Heroes v Aliens Extended Trailer | The CW

Han Solo Was Originally a Green-Skinned Alien with Gills

Said Lucas, "[Han Solo] did start out as a monster or a strange alien character, but I finally settled on him being human so that there'd be more relationship between [Luke, Leia and Han]. That's where Chewbacca came in as the kind of alien sidekick." Yeah, we just can't see Leia falling for a frog-skinned creature, much less making out with him.

 

Teen Wolf (MTV), Tuesday, 9 p.m. - “Sundowning”

Scott, Lydia and Malia search for Stiles; and Liam and the others try to keep a friend safe from the Ghost Riders.

Teen Wolf 6x03 Promo "Sundowning" (HD) Season 6 Episode 3 Promo

Harrison Ford Didn't Want to Do Return of the Jedi

One of the most dramatic endings to any sci-fi film to date came at the end of Empire Strikes Back when, OMG SPOILER ALERT, Han Solo was frozen in carbonite. The heightened drama this created was great, but it was not the reason for this huge character to be rendered alive, and in perfect hibernation. In fact, Harrison Ford was uncertain, at the time of filming Empire Strikes Back, whether he would return for another film. To keep the options open, George Lucas needed to create a stasis for Han Solo where he could die or he could live, and the carbonite scene was born. 

 

Scream Queens (Fox), Tuesday, 9 p.m. - “The Hand”

Dean Munsch's efforts to grab positive press for the hospital leads to her pitching a risky surgery to Dr. Holt, whose hand is acting stranger than ever. Meanwhile, Chanel #3 forces Cassidy to take a psych test to get to the bottom of his problem; and Nurse Hoffel puts in motion her diabolical plan.

Aftermath (Syfy), Tuesday, 10 p.m. - “Hieronymo's Mad Againe”

Strangers create trouble for the Copelands, who are on a desperate hunt to find tetracycline after a family member begins to show plague symptoms.

AFTERMATH | Season 1, Episode 9: 'Feel the Waves' | Syfy

Unlimited Sequels

Lucas, towards the beginning of his development of the Star Wars universe, saw the series as having an unlimited number of sequels, not unlike the James Bond franchise. Going hand-in-hand with the Flash Gordon serials, which numbered over one dozen, George Lucas saw the potential of each Star Wars being its own contained storyline. Fortunately, as work continued on writing, Lucas came to view the story as a continuous one, stretching across many films. 

 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesday, 10 p.m. - “Deals With Our Devils”

See our “Highlights” section above for more information.

Wednesday

Arrow (The CW), Wednesday, 8 p.m. - “Invasion!”

A superhero event continues with Oliver waking up to a life where he never got on the Queen's Gambit. Also, Robert and Moira Queen are alive and well, and Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from the Flash and Supergirl.

Supergirl | Heroes v Aliens: The Dominators | The CW

 

Vikings (History), Wednesday, 9 p.m. -“The Outsider”

Ragnar returns to Kattegat and formulates a plan to head back to Wessex, where he intends to right past wrongs.

Frequency (The CW), Wednesday, 9 p.m. - “Interference”

Peyton and Satch discover a connection to the Nightingale's first murder, leading Frank to search for additional clues. Meanwhile, Frank and Julie are forced to have an honest conversation; and Raimy receives a surprise visit.

Frequency | Interference Trailer | The CW

Jodie Foster as Leia?

Initially, the cast of Star Wars was conceived completely different than how it turned out. Burt Reynolds was in the running for the role of Luke, as was Jodie Foster for the role of Leia. George Lucas initially didn't want Harrison Ford in his film, as Ford had already appeared in Lucas' last film, American Graffiti. However, Harrison Ford hung around, helping other actors with their lines and doing screen tests, and eventually George Lucas realized the best actor for the role was right in front of him.

 

Incorporated (Syfy), Wednesday, 10 p.m. - “Vertical Mobility”

For more see our “Highlights” section above.

Thursday

DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Thursday, 8 p.m. - “Invasion!”

A superhero crossover event continues with the Legends, the Flash Supergirl and Green Arrow working together to defeat the alien Dominators once and for all. Meanwhile, Stein figures out how the team can terminate the Dominators, but he's distracted by the aberration he realizes he created in 1987.

The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow 4 Night Crossover Event Extended Promo (HD)

 

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday, 8 p.m. - “The Property Division Collision”

Two nerdy physicists share an apartment and an unlikely friendship with their beautiful neighbor with whom one of them is infatuated. Like the universe after the big bang, the show's popularity expanded, thanks to breakout star Jim Parsons, along with the chemistry among the friends and the developing romance between Leonard and Penny. The addition of Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik in later seasons also enhanced the stories and relationships of the leads.

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday, 9 p.m. - “Rock Never Dies”

Lucifer realizes that as rock star Vince Vincente he can get his fans to do whatever he wants. Thrilled with this power, Lucifer arranges to play a secret VIP concert in order to kill all of them. But Sam, Dean and Castiel enter the underbelly of the music industry to stop him.

Supernatural | Rock Never Dies Trailer | The CW

Lucas Wanted to Stop with Return of the Jedi

Time magazine really got the scoops in the infant years of the Star Wars saga. In a 1983 interview, George Lucas claimed he was burnt out from the exhausting demands of filming the series. He stated his intention to cease making the films, ending the series with Return of the Jedi. While many fans would state that he should've followed through with this plan rather than make The Phantom Menace, we are thrilled to see his full nine-film vision play out on the big screen.

 

Falling Water (USA), Thursday, 10 p.m. - “Three Half Blind Mice”

Taka and Tess are brought together by a blackout; and Burton finds evidence that the Woman in Red may exist outside his dreams.

Falling Water 1x07 Promo "Three Half Blind Mice" (HD)

Originally Four Trilogies

In a 1978 interview with Time magazine, George Lucas revealed that he was planning a dozen films in the Star Wars saga. However, by 1980, Lucas had shortened his plans to nine total films. It looks like that outline stuck around, and we are looking forward to Star Wars Episode VIII: Yoda Takes Manhattan.

Friday

A Haunting (TLC), Friday, 8 p.m. - “Back From the Dead: Tunnel of Death”

In an enhanced episode, an investigation into a haunted tunnel with a gruesome history leads to a ghostly encounter.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW), Friday, 8 p.m. - “Detoured on Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell”

Caroline takes drastic measures to ensure her family's safety when her children become the focus of the Siren's latest plan, and Stefan pledges to do everything he can to save the twins. Meanwhile, Enzo is unable to fight off Sybil's latest move; and Stefan dives into his subconscious and sets off a chain of events that leaves him faced with a life-changing decision.

The Vampire Diaries | Detoured on Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell Trailer | The CW

 

A Haunting (TLC), Friday, 9 p.m. - “Dangerous Games”

Communicating with a ghost is a pleasant experience for three siblings until it opens a door for all spirits—good and evil.

Z Nation (Syfy), Friday, 9 p.m. - “The Siege of Murphytown”

An attack on Murphytown is led by Warren.

Z NATION | Season 3, Episode 12: Sneak Peek | Syfy

 

Van Helsing (Syfy), Friday, 10 p.m. - “He's Coming”

Vanessa and Mohamad find themselves in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse against Sam as they make their way to a vampire-controlled camp. Meanwhile, Sheema discovers a secret that can bring down the ghetto-cell of the Resistance; and Julius takes a clandestine meeting with Dmitri.

VAN HELSING | Season 1, Episode 12: Sneak Peek | Syfy

Doctor Who (BBC America), Saturday, 8:25 p.m. - “The Power of the Daleks Episode Two”

The Doctor issues a warning against reactivating the Daleks after being summoned to investigate a space capsule.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Saturday, 8:30 p.m. - “An Inside Man”

Seeking information on a new Imperial weapon, Ezra and Kanan infiltrate the Imperial factory on Lothal, but must trust an unlikely ally to escape a lockdown

Star Wars Rebels: Inside Man Preview 1

 

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America), Saturday, 9 p.m. - “Weaponized Soul”

The latest episode of the zany detective’s adventures.

Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel), Saturday, 9 p.m. - “Dumas Brothel”

The guys travel to Butte, Mont., to investigate rumors of something malevolent that lurks inside the Dumas Brothel, which at one time was the longest-running bordello in the U.S. Included: Zak suffers a mysterious scratch on his neck and loses time during the lockdown.

Sunday

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz), Sunday, 8 p.m. - "Home Again" ​

A distraught Ash tries to bring back Pablo, while Ruby and Kelly tag along to make sure Young Ash never glimpses the Necronomicon.

Ash vs Evil Dead 2x09 Promo "Home Again" (HD) Season 2 Episode 9 Promo

The Big Goodbye

"If I leave town, the town leaves with me."

We get a boatload of firsts here -- the first 'holodeck gone wrong,' episode, the first Dixon Hill adventure, the first time Data was ever excited about getting into a role, and even the first holodeck villain character to become self-aware. And while some of the writers would go on to regret the convention of the holodeck, there's no mistaking its charms here.

 

Once Upon a Time (ABC), Sunday, 8 p.m. - "Wish You Were Here"

 Be careful what you wish for, it could change your past and alter the course of fairy tales forever. The winter finale.

Once Upon a Time 6x10 Promo "Wish You Were Here" (HD) Season 6 Episode 10 Promo Winter Finale

The Battle

"Hello, old friend."

It's easy to forget that the Enterprise D was not Picard's first command. In fact, Jean-Luc has a bit of a complex past which comes rushing back when the Ferengi return his former vessel, the long lost USS Stargazer. Here we get a worthy Ferengi villain in Damon Bok. We also see Picard doubt himself as he is both figuratively and literally haunted by the ghosts of his past. And, in a tense climax, we see Riker have to outmaneuver a seemingly insane-with-grief Picard. See also: The Picard Maneuver.

 

The Librarians (TNT), Sunday, 8 p.m. - "And the Reunion of Evil" ​

A routine artifact retrieval takes an alarming turn when the relic grafts itself to Cassandra. Meanwhile, a blizzard forces Stone and Cassandra to take refuge at a mysterious hotel holding a demon convention. Noah Wyle directed the episode.

The Librarians 3x03 Promo "And the Reunion of Evil" (HD) Season 3 Episode 3

11001001

"What's a knockout like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this?"

Asexual aliens, a ship-napped Enterprise, and, at the heart of it all, a love story involving a mysterious woman created by the holodeck. It might not sound like much, but Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes create some compelling chemistry as they fight to save the ship and figure out just what exactly the Bynars are really up to.

 

Son of Zorn (Fox), Sunday, 8:30 p.m. - "Return of the Drinking Buddy"

An old drinking buddy visits, but tells Zorn he's sober. Elsewhere: Alan goes to a party to meet up with his crush, but circumstances get in the way.

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday, 9 p.m. - "Sing Me a Song" ​

A much more detailed look into the world of the Saviors and their home, the Sanctuary, is shown. Meanwhile, members of Alexandria look for supplies.

The Walking Dead 7x07 Promo "Sing Me a Song" (HD) Season 7 Episode 7 Promo

Coming of Age

"Are you afraid, if I keep looking, I'll find that you're guilty?"

Rarely did Roddenberry allow for there to be serious conflict among the ranks but, in a rare move, TNG was playing the long game when Lieutenant Commander Remmick first set foot aboard the Enterprise. And it paid off. His surprise inquiry betrayed a worrysome paranoia growing deep within the heart of Starfleet and made us question whether or not there really was something devouring the organization from within. Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher loses at something for once. Will wonders never cease?

 

Westworld (HBO), Sunday, 9 p.m. - "The Bicameral Mind"

The latest episode of HBO's hit sci-fi series.

Westworld 1x10 Promo "The Bicameral Mind" (HD) Season Finale

Where No One Has Gone Before

"Thought is the essence of where you are now."

For all the accusations that Wesley Crusher was nothing more than a Mary Sue, this episode played up the idea that what made Wes special could be both wondrous and dangerous. While the crew literally travels to destinations unseen and unimagined by human eyes, Picard, Wesley, and the mysterious Traveler take their first furtive steps towards the unlimited possibilities of existence; a theme which would be revisited again and again throughout the series.

 

The Last Man on Earth (Fox), Sunday, 9:30 p.m. - "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" ​

Melissa leaves a note bidding the group farewell, so they set out to find out where she's gone. Meanwhile, Gail struggles to deal with her own adventure.

The Last Man on Earth 3x08 Promo "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" (HD)

The Arsenal of Freedom

"That's a heck of a sales pitch."

Considering the story for this episode was in such turmoil that there was no shooting script the day production was set to begin, it should have been a real stinker. Instead, the episode that was meant to push the Crusher/Picard romance forward, wound up a morality play that heralded the dangers of greed and weapons of mass destruction. It might sound preachy, but it was tense and worked marvelously well.  All that, and it gave Geordi LeForge some much deserved time at the comm.