Today is about mixing the old and the new. Sure, fall television is just weeks away — today’s TV-Cap does have promos for the upcoming premieres of Once Upon a Time and Gotham — but it’s not a bad thing to look back. In addition the promos, this edition of TV-Cap has some information on a Dragon Ball Z mix tape, a Star Wars: Droids retrospective, and more.
A New World. Fairy tale drama returns to ABC with the season five premiere of Once Upon a Time on September 27. Emma has darkness problems to manage — there really should be a 12-step book outlining how to deal with becoming the Dark One — and Camelot’s coming into the picture, as is Merida. A promo for the premiere promises a whole lot of action. [TVLine]
Animated Intelligence. People discount cartoons and refuse to watch them because they’re only “for kids” far too often. More than a few cartoons on TV are aimed directly at adults, but even those made for the younger demographic usually have aspects meant for the older crowd. Derrick has some thoughts on how cartoons like Rick and Morty can be the smartest comedies, and you can read them right this way.
The Reign Is Over. TBS’s reality series King of the Nerds has been canceled after three seasons. Hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, the competition-based show wrapped up season three last March. I’m pretty sure this means the last person dubbed king — Jonathan Adler — will get to keep the title forever. [A.V. Club]
Lord Frieza’s Tunes. Like Dragon Ball Z and rap? You are not alone (discovering you’re not alone in things like this is one reason the Internet is awesome). Rapper Sese has created a mix tape called Sese is Lord Frieza: The Frieza Saga. It’s influenced by the anime series and includes dialogue snippets and music from the show. Here’s hoping this helps get you through this Tuesday that feels like a Monday. [Nerdist]
Looking Back. Star Wars cartoons have come a long way. We’ve had it good since 2003 between Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels, but back in the day, we had Star Wars: Droids. The cartoon starring C-3PO and R2-D2 kicked off 30 years ago in 1985. It was… interesting. IGN’s Max Nicholson takes a look at the series for its anniversary, and his retrospective is worth reading.
Different Dragons. Thomas Harris’s Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a. Red Dragon, has been featured on screen in three adaptations — the most recent of those being NBC’s Hannibal. Matthew Morettini has taken three scenes about Red Dragon from Manhunter, Red Dragon, and Hannibal and edited them together to fascinating effect. Which Hannibal performance catches you the most? [Nerdist]
Brother and Sister. Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha have recruited a select group of inmates at Arkham, and it sounds like they’re going to point the inmates towards Gotham City like they’re weapons. A clip from the season two premiere of Gotham (it returns on September 21) shows the chilling demeanor of Galavan and highlights Jerome and Barbara. [Deadline]
Science Things. BBC America’s The Doctor Finest series recently set its sights on one of the finest episodes in recent memories, “The Day of the Doctor.” Hannah Hart interviewed the woman who played Osgood in the episode, Ingrid Oliver. They talk briefly about her playing Osgood and the evolution of Doctor Who. They finish with what people in Britain think of the modern era. [Nerdist]
What aspect of season five of Once Upon a Time are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!