Televisualist: Snapshot, Bell, and Dixon Hill
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Televisualist: Snapshot, Bell, and Dixon Hill

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.
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Monday

Televisualist knows that we’ve mentioned The Border quite a few times lately, but we just wanted to mention that Grace Park, formerly of Battlestar Galactica, starts her run on the show this week. Mostly because Grace Park kicks ass and is pretty. Simultaneously. Like an Korean version of Angelina Jolie. (CBC, 9 p.m.)
Heroes digs deep into the genre bag of tricks with the flashback episode, this time focusing on Sylar and the other baddie characters before the show started, timeline-wise. Most notable because Kristen Bell shows up again, although Kristen Bell’s performances in Heroes have been sadly un-Veronica-Mars-like. (Global, 9 p.m.)

Tuesday

“The Big Goodbye” is the first major “holodeck episode” of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ” “Holodeck episodes” were TNG’s equivalent of the original series’ “time travel episodes” or “episodes where aliens who look like humans learn about Nazis somehow and become Nazis,” mostly because the holodeck, while silly and futuristically ridiculous, is at least more plausible than all the excuses the original series came up with to dress up Kirk and Spock as cowboys or soldiers. In any case, this episode set up a lot of the “rules” of the holodeck that later shows would exploit. Also noteworthy: the first appearance of Picard in his alter ego of Dixon Hill. (Space, 8 p.m.)
Classic film alert: The Diary of Anne Frank, uncut, on TVO. Slow-paced by modern standards, probably, but it retains all of its emotional power nearly fifty years later. Plus, uncut movies are better than ones with commercials in them. (9 p.m.)

Wednesday

So You Think You Can Dance Canada steps into its Top Ten having mostly impressed, thus far; a couple of relatively weak early performance episodes were greatly outweighed by thoroughly excellent later performances across the board (with the exception of Kaitlyn and Izaak’s dreadful jive last week, and since nobody else is going to mention it, Televisualist will point out that said jive was a total ripoff of Jason Gilkison’s early punkish jive on So You Think You Can Dance Australia—same song, same costumes, much of the same moves). The Top Ten is very solid (although we would have preferred to see Lara make the top ten over Natalli, and Izaak seems to be a little bit out of his weight class most of the time). This is definitely shaping up to be a far better reflection of the original than, oh, say, Canadian Idol. Which is why it’s disturbing that CTV isn’t giving it more airtime. Only one hour? (8 p.m.)
The 42nd Annual CMA Awards honour the best in country music. PREDICTION: there will be a lot of white people. (City, 8 p.m.)

Thursday

Snapshot is a new documentary series about photographers and photographic art that should be of interest to anybody who has a Flickr page and who plays around with lenses and filters and so forth. The first episode focuses on Greg Girard, who takes pictures of decrepit buildings in Shanghai, and the show is a lot more entertaining than it sounds. (Bravo!, 8 p.m.)
The Simpsons rerun of the week: “The Last Temptation of Homer,” which is the one where Michelle Pfeiffer voices a co-worker on whom Homer develops a crush. “I got this friend, Joey… Jo-Jo… Shabadoo?” “That’s the worst name I’ve ever heard.” (Comedy Network, 9 p.m.)

Friday

U-571 is exactly the sort of solid B-grade war movie that seemingly doesn’t get made any more, not since Hollywood decided that World War Two was only for prestige projects depicting soldiers as heroic hero people (like The Great Raid, which—ugh). Hell, Matthew McConaughey is the star, that should tell you how B-grade this movie is. But it’s still an entertaining movie, with everything you expect in a good submarine war movie—the bit where they have to fix the submarine, the bit where they all stand silent hoping not to get noticed by sonar, and the bit where somebody yells “DIVE! DIVE!” like there is no tomorrow. (SunTV, 8 p.m.)
This week on What Not To Wear: Stacy and Clinton are eaten alive by carnivorous ants. Well, no, that probably doesn’t happen, but we can dream. (TLC, 9 p.m.)

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