What’s On TV This Week (September 5 – September 11)

by Michael Lauck on September 4, 2016 · 0 comments in Buddhist Blog

*TV listings are as fluid as a tai chi fighter and may change without notice. Channels may also vary schedules by region. Movie titles and dates are based on the channel listings and usually reflect US release versions. The scriptures say “the wise man always checks local listings.”*

I can’t lie to you: it is a thin week, and at the time of writing this, El Rey has not published its schedule for Saturday and Sunday. BBC America is not showing INTO THE BADLANDS this week, but they are showing every episode of the original STAR TREK series starting Thursday night, the 50th anniversary of the series’ premiere on NBC back in 1966. Look, I realize that STAR TREK isn’t exactly martial arts but it is awesome. Kirk has his signature two fisted over-handed strike and judo toss, plus there is the Vulcan nerve pinch (which I was always convinced was invented to avoid paying stuntmen to fight). If you catch the episode AMOK TIME (which BBC America is showing Saturday at 9:30 AM and Sunday at 9:30 PM), when Spock goes crazy because he is in heat, there is a definite kung fu influence. Don’t look for impressive fight choreography… but Vulcan hand to hand combat weapons look suspiciously like traditional Chinese weapons such as the monk’s spade. Of course, WALKER TEXAS RANGER is still on every single day on Grit at 8:00 and 9:00 PM, weekdays at 2:00 and 3:00 AM, and 10:00 and 11:00 PM on Inspiration (plus two more on Sunday at 8:00 PM) and Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 AM on WGN.

Monday the movies are all on Sony. They have INTO THE SUN (2005) at 9:20 AM, AGAINST THE DARK (2009) at 11:00 AM, and NOWHERE TO RUN (1993) at 12:35 PM.

Tuesday and Wednesday… well, there is a little time for you to get ready for that big STAR TREK 50th Anniversary celebration Thursday because there is nothing else on!

Thursday El Rey brings some classics with THE YOUNG TIGER (1977) at 4:00 PM, THE MAGNIFICENT RUFFIANS (1979) at 5:30 PM, MASKED AVENGERS (1982) at 7:30 PM, FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (1973) at 9:30 PM, and THE CHINESE BOXER (1970) at 11:30 PM.

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Friday sees El Rey re-airing
FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH at 1:00 AM, THE CHINESE BOXER at 3:00 AM, and THE YOUNG TIGER at 4:30 Am. Sony jumps in with SECRET RIVALS (1976) at 11:55 AM, followed by SECRET RIVALS 2 (1977) at 1:20 PM. Saturday sees THE EXPENDABLES 2 (2012) at 11:00 AM on TNT, and HIGHLANDER (1986) at 4:00 PM on HDNet Movies. The week ends Sunday with THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (2008) at 1:00 PM on TNT, and NOWHERE TO RUN at 3:20 PM on Sony. Once El Rey actually posts next weekend’s schedule there may be a few more martial movies.

One other non-martial arts movie thing to mention besides STAR TREK… If you have Comet TV, one of the many new broadcast networks found on digital sub-channels around the country, they are having a Labor Day GODZILLA marathon. If you do not have Comet in your area you can stream them for free at their COMETTV.com… it is actually better because they do not actually stream the commercials on their live feed. As long as we are talking about streaming, I have also been meaning to mention that the free streaming service over at Pluto.TV not only has a couple of streams of fights (including one devoted to Glory kickboxing and another featuring hockey fights), but also a dedicated kung fu movie channel. That should help get you through some of these dry spells on TV!

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