Call it coincidence if you like, but my theory is that the stars have aligned for sci-fi and fantasy to return to the airwaves. After long hiatuses, we’re about to see the return of V, Merlin, and Doctor Who.
V, off the air since November, returns under the direction of a new showrunner. Maureen Ryan has had great coverage the last few days, so let me just point you over to her. I shared her reservations about the show’s first four episodes last fall (here are my posts if you want to relive the snark), but she actually has me excited for V‘s return tonight. Cool!
Merlin‘s first season aired on NBC last summer, but since the peacock network seems incapable of recognizing anything good these days, they’ve given it up — season two begins this Friday on SyFy. The show is hardly the Arthurian legend you grew up with, but I think it’s good fun and I’m definitely ready for more.
Doctor Who returns this Saturday if you’re in the UK (or, you know, use bit torrent). In the US, the TARDIS will arrive two weeks later: April 17 on BBC America. Expect new stars and new writers, but the same old lovably insane alien time traveler. After the generally disappointing specials we got last year instead of a regular season, this has me very excited.
Honorable mention (shows for nerds, shows about nerds — it fits, right?): Glee comes back April 13! I don’t love that both Glee and V have moved to Tuesday nights, but there we are. I’ve heard all sorts of exciting hints about what’s to come — an all Madonna episode, Idina Menzel guest starring, Neil Patrick Harris guest starring, Joss Whedon directing — so I’m hoping that this show has shed the Baby Drama and is ready to shoot for the stars.
And a last note, genre fans: I don’t cover Castle because it would turn into this big list of “hey, that bit was funny, and this thing was really clever” (um, sort of the way my How I Met Your Mother posts do) but I do love a good mystery from time to time. Last night’s solution to the cliffhanger was great… but did you catch the Firefly reference near the end?