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It’s Here: Zombies, Fantasy And Sci-fi

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darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

 

If you’re interested in time-traveling aliens, an epic fantasy battle for a throne, or hordes of zombies wandering the world, then your DVR will be busy this weekend.

The latest season of “Doctor Who” begins Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. on BBC America. The sci-fi show, which is celebrating its 50th aniversary this year, follows the adventures of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through space and time in the TARDIS, a spaceship that resembles a blue police box. Various human companions accompany the Doctor on his journey.

I only recently became a “Doctor Who” fan, devouring season after season on Netflix. Even though the show launched in 1963, its latest incarnation began in 2005 after a lengthy hiatus, bringing the Doctor to a new generation. That’s what drew me to this wonderful show.

In just a few seasons, I’ve watched the Doctor battle foes with the help of Shakespeare and Agatha Christie, fight Cybermen in a parallel universe and hop from planet to planet in the blink of an eye. Every episode has the  ability to make you laugh, cry and cheer (all at the same time).

The Doctor regenerates into a new body every time he sustains a fatal injury, which has allowed 11 actors to play the character over the years. Every “Doctor Who” fan has a favorite Doctor — mine is played by actor David Tennant, although I’m just getting into the Matt Smith episodes. Smith is the current Doctor, so here’s hoping I enjoy his work as much as Tennant. I need to get caught up by Saturday.

Switching from sci-fi to fantasy, the third season of “Game of Thrones” kicks off on Sunday, March 31, at 9 p.m. on HBO. This show is based on George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of fantasy novels.

While I have yet to read the novels, the television show immediately caught my eye. Each episode is like watching a “Lord of the Rings” movie, and the gripping plot always keeps me glued to the screen. The overarching plot revolves around the war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, although there are multiple stories surrounding the massive ensemble cast. (Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, is hands down the most entertaining of the bunch).

If you’d like to get caught up on the series, HBO subscribers gain access to an HBO GO app that lets you watch all of their shows and movies whenever you want. Think of it as HBO’s Netflix.

With sci-fi and fantasy out of the way, we now come to the horror genre. The season three finale of “The Walking Dead” airs on AMC on Sunday, March 31, at 9 p.m. (Yes, the same time as “Game of Thrones.” Get that DVR ready!)

The show is based on the comic book of the same name, which I’ve been reading for years. Both versions follow the survivors of a zombie plague. The show deviates quite a bit from the comic, which I found off-putting during the first season, but now I’m hooked.

I don’t want to spoil anything for the season finale, so I’ll just say that the powers-that-be on the show promise a bloody battle. 

While you wait for the show to return with season four, I recommend giving the comic a try. Issue #108 was just released this month.