Alibi V.29 No.11 • March 12-18, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 12

Fary: Hexagone (Netflix streaming anytime) French comedy phenom Fary (there’s a collection of words you don’t hear often) puts a “playful spin on questions of identity, culture and more” in this “epic, two-part stand-up special.”

“Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka?” (WE 8pm) For those who have been wondering why oddball rap star Waka Flocka Flame and his wife Tammy Rivera don’t have their own docu-reality show—you can stop wondering. Now they do.

Friday 13

“100 Humans” (Netflix streaming anytime) In Netflix’s latest social experiment (Netflix calls them “social experiments” and not “crappy reality shows”), 100 people from diverse backgrounds are subjected to various experiments that “explore age, sex, happiness and various other aspects of being human.”

“Bloodride” (Netflix streaming anytime) This Norwegian horror anthology is set among the doomed passengers of a “spectral bus” barreling toward “a gruesome, unknown destination.” … Pretty much describes any journey on Greyhound, as far as I’m concerned.

Stargirl (Disney+ streaming anytime) Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel (not to be confused with the the upcoming “Stargirl” TV series based on the DC comic) lands on Disney+. The film (shot right here in New Mexico) relates the story of a quirky, colorful, ukulele-playing teen (Grace VanderWaal) who shows up at an Arizona high school, falls in love, tries to fit in and transforms the lives of those around her.

The Pale Horse (Amazon Prime streaming anytime) Amazon adapts Agatha Christie’s twisty, supernatural-tinged murder mystery in this two-part miniseries. Rufus Sewell (Dark City), Georgina Campbell (“Krypton”) and Sean Pertwee (“Gotham”) are among the cast members embroiled in some Wicker Man/Midsommar style folk magic.

“The Valhalla Murders” (Netflix streaming anytime) An Olso detective (Gunnar Bersi Björnsson) returns to his native Iceland to help police hunt for a serial killer. Now that’s some Nordic noir!

Saturday 14

“Dance It Out” (Lifetime 8:30am) Billy Blanks Jr. (son to fitness guru, martial arts actor and inventor of “Tae Bo” Billy Blanks) hosts the world’s first “moving fitness talk show.” Every week guests share their “soul-affirming stories of overcoming major life challenges through dance and movement.” Like Shakira said, “Hips don’t lie.”

Sunday 15

Transformers Cyberverse: Battle for Cybertron (Cartoon Network 8am) Is it me or is there always some battle going on on planet Cybertron? Oh well. This four-part movie will explain the latest Transformer/Decepticon dust-up.

“Titanic: Conspiracy of Failure” (Science Channel 6:30pm) For those still obsessed with the Titanic, this hour-long special uses the latest science to explain why it sank.

Monday 16

“The Plot Against America” (HBO 10pm) In this alternate history drama, a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey watches as xenophobic aviator-turned-politician Charles Lindbergh wins the presidency and turns America toward fascism. David Simon and Ed Burns (“Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Corner,” “The Wire”) are the creators behind this series based on the speculative novel by Philip Roth.

Tuesday 17

“Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Botton” (Netflix streaming anytime) After 170 TV episodes, two feature-length films and a 30-minute Christmas special, stop-motion specialists Aardman Animations (producer of “Wallace & Gromit”) returns its too-clever-for-his-own-good farm animal to his sitcom-style roots.

“Niall Ferguson’s Networld” (KNME-5 9pm) Scottish historian Niall Ferguson studies the intersection of social media, technology and the spread of cultural movements—from 19th century witch-hunting through the American Revolution and on to the nightmare visions of Orwell’s 1984.

Wednesday 18

“Motherland: Fort Salem” (Freeform 7pm) Three young witches with basic training in “combat magic” prepare to defend the country (Canada, in this case) against looming terrorist threats by using supernatural tactics and weapons. I can’t help but feel that “Homeland” would have been several seasons shorter if Claire Danes had teamed up with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

“True Terror with Robert Englund” (Travel Channel 8pm) Actor Robert Englund (better known as cinematic serial killer “Freddy Krueger”) travels the country digging up creepy regional tales of death, murder and the supernatural.