Tonight in HD: March 4


SoHo Highlight: Hell on Wheels (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Revelations: With Elam’s life in the balance, Cullen must decide how much he’s willing to risk; Durant faces financial ruin as Lily confronts the family of her late husband. “The episode really captured the core characters in a way that was compelling and entertaining to watch,” judged TV Fanatic, but added: “While an enjoyable hour of television, it’s time for Hell On Wheels to take these fascinating characters and get back on track with its main story.” Said the AV Club: “I was rooting for some real action scenes to break lose on this show, and Revelations makes a couple of large-scale attempts to deliver the goods, but it’s a case of too-clumsy-too-late.” According to New York magazine, “The whole of Hell on Wheels has been building toward the bromance that was finally consummated this week. Even when Elam and Bohannon were pounding each other’s flawless faces, it was clear that these two would soon team up to form a Wild West version of Will Smith and Kevin Kline from Wild Wild West. This week it happened.” ✭✭✭

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 10.40, R) Said Dominion Post critic Jane Bowron of the season-two premiere: "The thrust of this first episode is that Axl is still in hot pursuit of the goddess Frigg, but his brothers don't seem to be terribly interested in helping him find her. Where's friggin' Frigg has become his obsession, and he isn't convinced when the pinch-faced goddess Agnetha, who once tried to do him in, tells him she is his mother reincarnated. While it is amusing and sweet that the uncouth and uncool Axl is supposed to be the top god, thus proving that the meek shall inherit the earth, he underwhelms as the central character around who all gods must pivot. If left to play out his mortal life, Axl would be wearing a cardigan and slippers by the time he hit 30." ✭✭✭

Hellcats (TV2, 4.00) Lewis enters a dance contest with Kathy as his partner, hoping to win a new car for his father, while Savannah struggles to help her family deal with a major crisis. ✭✭✭

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30) Hanna helps Lucas score a date while Emily deals with the aftermath of her mother spilling to everyone that she has a scholarship offer. ✭✭✭

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) When Dave thinks the kids are getting away with too much, he implements a zero-tolerance, pro-spanking policy. ✭✭✭

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Grown-Ups (TV One, 7.00) Nigel Latta asks: is there such as thing as “normal”? ✭✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.00, R) After being fired from his job, Sheldon attempts to explore the ‘dreadful’ life beyond physics. ✭✭✭✭

Mike & Molly (TV2, 7.30) Mike doesn’t know what to do when Molly insists on saving money for the wedding and he gets a chance to buy Vince’s ’57 Chevy Bel Air. ✭✭

The Big C (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Lee takes Cathy to a Tibetan doctor to help lower her blood pressure for the clinical trial; Thanksgiving dinner at Cathy’s house is thrown into turmoil after she reveals a long-hidden secret. ✭✭

Revenge (TV2, 10.30, R) The future of a major political figure hangs in the balance as Emily plots to avenge her father’s life and death. ✭✭

Sky Movies: Battle: Los Angeles (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) The world’s at war in this epic ET shoot’-em-up. Aliens launch a simultaneous invasion around the earth and Los Angeles’ fate lies in the hands of fearless Marines and a few plucky civilians. The action sequences are sensational but the human-interest dimension is cornier than the opening bars of The Ballad of the Green Berets. Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) directs Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynihan. (2010) ✭✭✭

Sky Movies Greats: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Sporadically funny sports spoof about two rival gym owners – one a buffed-up bozo (Ben Stiller), the other an Average Joe (Vince Vaughn) – who compete in the obscure sport of Dodgeball to settle a debt. It’s the usual story of underdogs and misfits triumphing over impossible odds (and low-brow humour) but is distinguished by an ace cast, self-deprecating celebrity cameos and some great gags about gym culture and the media. Jason Bateman, Hank Azaria and Stephen Root co-star. (2004) ✭✭✭

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