Alibi V.27 No.35 • Aug 30-Sept 5, 2018 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 30

“One Dollar” (CBS All Access streaming anytime) This mystery thriller is set in a small, rust belt town where a single one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. It’s nice to see something told from the cash’s point of view for a change.

The Archer (LMN 6pm) Lifetime Movie Network goes full-on Southern drive-in movie circuit exploitation with this tale of a “high school archery champion” who ends up an inmate at an all-girls’ reform camp. Realizing the camp is a corrupt and twisted prison, our heroine (Bailey Noble from “True Blood”) and another prisoner (Jeanine Mason from “Grey’s Anatomy”) escape with the warden hot on their heels.

Friday 31

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Amazon streaming anytime) Or “John Krasinski’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” if you wanna get specific. The star of “The Office” takes over for Chris Pine, who took over for Ben Affleck, who took over for Harrison Ford, who took over for Alec Baldwin as the CIA analyst who always gets his terrorist.

Saturday 1

“Monkey Twins” (Netflix streaming anytime) Inspired by “Khon dance drama and Thai martial arts” comes this action series starring Phakhin Khamwilaisak and Sumret Muengput. It’s about a “fighter scarred by the past” who teams up with a “determined cop” to battle an organized crime ring. Now go to the internet and look up “Khon dance.”

“Transformers: Cyberverse” (Cartoon Network 7:30am) Seems that transforming robot/car Bumblebee has lost his memory. Fellow Transformers work to repair his memory chips, enabling him to rediscover his past adventures home back on Cyberton—which look a hell of a lot like the old school, Generation 1 cartoon.

Sunday 2

Dinner For Two (TVOne 5pm) Actor/R&B sensation Tristan “Mack” Wilds stars in this “complicated love story about life and sacrifice” in which a brokenhearted alcoholic shares one last dinner with his former beloved (Chaley Rose from “Nashville”), reflecting on memories over favorite dishes and multiple glasses of wine.

Monday 3

“A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities” (Netflix streaming anytime) This Mandarin-language drama tracks two women—a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in Taipei and a Taiwanese-American programmer in San Francisco—who swap homes.

Tuesday 4

The Bobby Brown Story (BET 7pm) From his time in New Edition to his reality show with Whitney Houston, this two-part miniseries charts the life of the bad boy of R&B.

“Mayans M.C.” (FX 11pm) This spinoff of “Sons of Anarchy” deals with the trials and tribulations of rival motorcycle club the Mayans. Edward James Olmos plays the patriarch of the gang.

“The Purge” (USA 8pm) How can you confine one night of lawless anarchy to a mere four movies? Now we have a TV series in which Americans put on masks and try to kill their neighbors.

Wednesday 5

“Back to School Just For Laughs” (KWBQ-19 8pm) Comedians reflect on how school shaped them during their performances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.