Being in love with a television show is something a lot of science fiction/fantasy fans can relate to. This week viewers see two very different perspectives on fandom. On the lighter side, the question isn’t where but when as the study group ventures off campus and over to InspecTiCon; a convention for all things Inspector Spacetime. Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) guest stars on “Community” in this whimsical look at cosplay and conventions.
On the darker side, “Cult” is a show within a show that has low ratings but a passionate, possibly obsessed fan base. Life imitates art as these cult-like followers may be committing crimes in the name of their beloved show. The series comes from Rockne O’Bannon, the creator of “Farscape,” and definitely owes some of its obsessive-fan theme to that earlier project. O’Bannon professes great love for “Farscape” fans and envisioned this series by asking what happens when TV fans go too far?
Also this week, another “Battlestar Galactica” alum James Callis takes on Stephen Amell in “Arrow” and two fanboys try to save the day in Syfy’s original movie “End of the World.” The television landscape isn’t as bleak as it seems. Each week we’ll countdown the best in sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal television for the viewer with discriminating tastes. Here is this week’s Watchlist for February 18 – 24.
Bones (8 p.m., Fox)
(“A Friend in Need”) The remains of a 15-year-old boy are the subject of an investigation that begins to paint an unflattering portrait of the teen, who is initially remembered as being smart though socially awkward, but is ultimately linked to illegal behavior and allegations of rape. Meanwhile, Finn wonders if he should tell Cam that her daughter is in town for the weekend.
Continuum (8 p.m., Syfy)
(“Time’s Up”) The Liber8 freedom fighters are up to no good, kidnapping the CEO of Exotrol, Henrietta Sherman. Kagame puts the decision to kill or free his hostage to an Internet vote.
Being Human (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“What’s Blood Got To Do With It”) The Bubble Boy begs Aidan to make him immortal… but then what will happen to The Chin’s meal ticket? Plus Sally finally realizes that she should have left Boston a long time ago.
Lost Girl (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Kenzi Scale”) Kenzi convinces the others to imprison Bo in the Dal Riata. But that’s not the REAL Kenzi!
Castle (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Target”) Castle and Beckett’s homicide case exposes a kidnapping plan centered on the daughter of a rich businessman from the Middle East.
Face-Off (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Bugging Out”) The contestants bug out, well at least their latest looks do. After choosing abstract, microscopic images, the artists are told they must use them as inspiration for creepy-crawly creations.
Cult (9 p.m., The CW):
(“You’re Next”) The season premiere of Rockne O’Bannon’s majorly meta TV show. It’s a show about a show about a fictitious cult group. A show so popular it has its own secret cult following. A reporter gets tangled in the strange world of Billy Grimm and he’s creepy Cult show after his brother (a huge fan of the show) goes missing. (Rockne O’Bannon – Creator of Farscape is back! Sans puppets, unless you attribute that to the show’s premise)
Arrow (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Dodger”) Felicity tells Oliver he’s all work and no play, so he asks Detective McKenna (Janina Gavankar) on a date. A jewel thief named Dodger (James Callis) hits Starling City and targets someone very close to Oliver. Meanwhile, while working with Laurel, Thea gets her purse stolen by a very fast pickpocket named Roy Harper (Haynes). Moira makes a move against Malcom (John Barrowman)
The Neighbors (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“Larry Bird Presents An Oscar-Winning Film By Larry Bird”) Max makes it into the final round of the school spelling bee. When he finds himself going head to head with Dick Butkus, Larry and Reggie, who’ve become obsessed with winning an Oscar, decide to videotape the bee – and the competition between Max and Dick – hoping to take home the award for Best Documentary.
Ghost Hunters (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Ghosts From Hale”) Ghost Hunters returns to its original time slot. TAPS heads to Coventry, CT to investigate the Nathan Hale Homestead.
NOVA (9 p.m., PBS)
(“Mind of a Rampage Killer”) Learn how much science can tell us about a brain at risk for violence.
Supernatural (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Man’s Best Friend With Benefits”) A police officer named Kevin (Christian Campbell), who turned to witchcraft after working a case with Sam and Dean, is plagued by nightmares in which he murders innocent people. However, when the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in by Kevin’s “familiar” (Mishael Morgan) to help — but the brothers aren’t sure they want to save a witch.
Ghost Mine (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Gold Fever”) Season One comes to a close with the miners voting to begin work in the new shaft, despite concerns raised by Kristen and Patrick, who fear an evil presence is lurking inside the old tunnel.
The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Monster Isolation”) After a terrible date, Koothrappali vows to never leave his apartment. Meanwhile, Penny actually impresses Sheldon with her acting skills.
Community (8 p.m., NBC)
(“Conventions of Space and Time”) In support of Troy and Abed, the study group heads to InspecTiCon – the annual Inspector Spacetime Convention. Trouble begins when the group meets up with Abed’s email “pen-pal,” Toby Davies (Matt Lucas), who’s shared passion for Inspector Spacetime comes between Abed and Troy. Meanwhile, Annie leaves the convention floor to enjoy the luxuries of the hotel while Jeff relaxes in the bar with Lauren, an Inspector Spacetime fan (Tricia Helfer).
The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Stand By Me”) When Stefan arrives back in Mystic Falls with Elena and Jeremy, Caroline is immediately worried about Elena’s state of mind. Stefan reaches out to Dr. Fell (Torrey DeVitto) and Matt for help. Still on the island, Damon relays somber news to Rebekah, and is surprised at her reaction. Together, Damon and Rebekah learn an unexpected bit of recent history from Vaughn (Charlie Bewley). Everyone is horrified when Bonnie reveals the rest of Shane’s (David Alpay) plan. Finally, after Damon does his best to help her, Elena comes up with a plan of her own.
Zero Hour (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Face”) An explosive start to Hank’s search for his wife, Laila, brings him and “Beck” to a near-death confrontation with White Vincent, who slips away in the Canadian Tundra. Now faced with more questions than answers – not just about his wife, but about his own existence – the search is on for the next clock. Determined to unlock the next clue in the hope that it will bring him closer to understanding his past and the woman he loves, Hank and Beck set course for India, where Hank is confronted with a bombshell discovery. Meanwhile, Rachel and Arron chase another path, which reveals the final journey of the mysterious Rose Commandant.
Beauty and the Beast (9 p.m. The CW)
(“Tough Love”) After a dinner where Cat introduces Vincent to Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) ends badly, Heather enlists Tess to stage an intervention with Cat. Evan (Max Brown) receives an interesting proposition that could change the course of his cross species investigation and at an event to honor Joe, Heather goes missing and Vincent is forced to make a tough decision that saves her life.
Comic Book Men (9 p.m., AMC)
(“Super Hoagie”) Watch Kevin Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts live, work and breathe comic books. This week the guys try to create a special sandwich that represents the Stash.
Person of Interest (9 p.m., CBS)
(“Relevance”) A lethal and sexy government operative (Sarah Shahi) who tracks and stops terrorist threats before they occur finds herself on the run — and the new focus of Reese and Finch’s attention. However, their pursuit proves to be their most formidable when they discover that her remarkable skillset equals their own.
Elementary (10 p.m., CBS)
(“Possibility Two”) Sherlock investigates a case involving a wealthy philanthropist who believes his incurable illness was given to him on purpose. Meanwhile, Sherlock tries to teach Joan his deductive skills by sending her to a suspicious dry cleaning establishment.
Touch (9 p.m., Fox)
(“Perfect Storm”) Unforeseen developments at Aster Corps force Martin to make a nail-biting decision and strike a deal with someone unexpected. Meanwhile, Lucy visits the police with new information about Amelia’s kidnapping and Avram (Bodhi Elfman) spots Guillermo in New York and warns Martin and Jake that he’s on the hunt for them.
Merlin (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“The Hollow Queen”) A young druid boy begs Merlin to leave Camelot and journey with him to his village to help save his dying sister. However, it’s a trap set by Morgana. Meanwhile, back at Camelot, the Morgana-controlled Guinevere plots with the ruthless Sarrum of Amata to kill Arthur.
Stuff You Should Know (2 p.m., Science)
(“Matter Of Time; Trust No One”) Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant are two real guys and actual Discovery Communications employees. Science Channel will follow Josh and Chuck inside and outside the recording booth with “Stuff You Should Know,” a series that combines all the delicious informational nuggets of their podcast and wraps them in deadpan mockumentary-style humor. Along for the ride are a wide array of guests making cameo appearances, including John Hodgman, Sarah Silverman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rufus Wainwright, and Michio Kaku.
End Of The World (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Original Telefilm”) In this valentine to science fiction fans, plasma rain causes massive power surges, collapsing communication networks and reducing cities into piles of ash. Two small town sci-fi fan boys who run a video store dig deep into their vast knowledge of disaster films to find a plan that might save humanity. A production of Cinetel, End of the World stars Neil Grayston (Eureka), Brad Dourif (Lord of the Rings) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes).
An Idiot Abroad (10 p.m., Science)
(“Lost Luggage”) A trip to the Middle East, with stops at the Dead Sea, Israel and Petra, Jordan, is revisited with new footage.
2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (10 p.m., IFC)
Andy Samberg hosts indie film’s annual answer to the Oscars, with a pack of nominees led by “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” while “Breakfast With Curtis,” “The Color Wheel,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “Mosquita y Mari” and “Starlet” are up for the always interesting John Cassavetes Award for movies made for under $500,000. The awards take place in the afternoon and are no longer broadcast live, so anyone looking to maintain suspense should steer clear of news feeds and social media until the evening.
The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC)
(“I Ain’t A Judas”) Rick and the group are forced to make a decision now that their safety is no longer guaranteed. Andrea feels uncomfortable now that Woodbury has become a police state.
Talking Dead (11 p.m., AMC)
Host Chris Hardwick is joined by celebrity guests to recap this week’s episode and take your questions live.