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September 27, 2017

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: October 2017

WNET’s very own Leandro Mejia, a self-proclaimed public media superfan, writes a monthly column of his must-see recommendations on THIRTEEN. Check out his suggestions for new and encore programs you won’t want to miss.

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Trick or Treat, Channel THIRTEEN, show me something good to see! This October PBS has no tricks, just treats, to distract from those kids rapping, rapping at your chamber door!

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight (Wednesday, October 4, 9pm) is the perfect premiere for the dress-up Halloween season. From King Arthur to Ivanhoe, and Iron Man to Batman, the metallic marshal aesthetic still holds a certain fantastical fascination. This installment will show the science and manufacture behind the majesty of their metal.

‘She loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not’…well, in Great Performances: She Loves Me (Friday, October 20, 9pm), find out how two apparent strangers are not strangers at all in this update of the risible romance. Mostly, I want to see the performance by Zachary Levi, of sci-fi fame. Will he be like Frandral The Dashing of the anastrophic Warriors Three (Thor: The Dark World) and live up to his portentous epithet?

If you thought Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was scary, then Frontline: Putin’s Revenge (Wednesday, October 25, 10pm) makes one ponder, weak and weary! Russia is red (again) this October, with the rise of Putin as potentate. Much scarier than watching Dick Cavett turn into Freddy Krueger, is witnessing how a low-level KGB Cold Warrior metamorphosed into a byzantine sachem. A strongman whose Russian bear (cyber) swipes his paw at other nations, as if they were salmon in a river.

Never say Nevermore as Cyberchase (Monday, October 23), returns to (TV) life, galvanized with a new Halloween episode, Watts of Halloween Trouble. I am amped to see our (re) animated show back on air, and see what new toil and trouble Hacker (does he not resemble Dracula?) has in store. The nuts and volts of the episode? The Chasers must use energy conservation and pictographs to, both, keep the Haunt-O-Rama going, going and going, as well as escape R Fair City before they are trapped, for evermore.

Even feretrophobes (those with fear of coffins) and taphophobes (fear of being buried alive) will enjoy American Masters — Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (Monday, October 30, 9pm). Whether in Vertigo (inspired by “Ligeia), The Crow (sharing themes with The Raven), or stories by King, Spillane and other Edgar Award winners, Poe’s creative tell can be seen at the heart of many a tale. Though long disembodied, his ideas have made apparitions even in sports (the Baltimore Ravens who, unlike the Super Bowl winners, nevermore Jets, won in 2013) and science (in “Eureka” he vaticinated the Big Bang Theory)! Poe was not all chthonic and thanatos, however. The veracity of his character remains immured behind, yes, forgotten lore, entombed by the tessellated misunderstandings of posterity. This suspenseful sesquihoral (“hour and a half) special seeks to disinter the truth, shedding light to dismiss the abyss that obscures the legendary Dark Romantic. A bard whose quaquaversal influence has metempsychosed into the body of modern culture with a perennially pendulous propinquity.

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