On the Idiot Box: "Heroes of Cosplay," "Ghost Shark" and more!

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Yaya Han of "Heroes of Cosplay"

Heroes of Cosplay
Tuesdays, 10pm, SyFy

Captive audience: Cosplay freaks; geek guys who really need to believe there are hot geek girls out there; Chris Hardwick.

Moment of truth: SyFy’s newest, intriguingly peculiar reality show follows a bunch of neurotic, temperamental and mostly female costume geeks (like Yaya Han, pictured) as they assemble and put on elaborate outfits based on assorted sci-fi/fantasy characters and tour conventions in search of adoration and contest money. As someone who has spent the past decade purposely dressing like Whose Line Is It Anyway’s Colin Mochrie, it’s hard to pass judgment on these folk and their incessant need to dress up like somebody more spectacular. But, really, isn’t this show just what they call “fan service”?

Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

Ghost Shark
Thursday, 9pm, SyFy

Captive audience: People who adore awful SyFy movies; Twitter freaks; the late, great Patrice O’Neal.

Moment of truth: Just when you thought SyFy had reached the apotheosis of ridiculous, shark-related thrillers with the Twitter phenom Sharknado, here they come with this bullshit. This movie has a group of teens (led by former 7th Heaven tyke Mackenzie Rosman) trying to stop a great white apparition, which can attack people whether they’re in the sea, a swimming pool or their own bathtub. Like every SyFy movie, this movie is so unabashedly, unapologetically bad—from its performances to its plot to its production values—that, God help me, it’s actually kinda entertaining.  

Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

Masterpiece Mystery!: Silk
Sundays, 9pm, WHYY

Captive audience: Anglophiles; people who like their legal dramas with British accents; viewers like you.

Moment of truth: PBS’ latest find from the U.K. is this three-part, BBC legal drama about a harried, overworked barrister (Miranda Richardson doppelganger Maxine Peake) who constantly has to check her beliefs at the door when it comes to representing suspicious defendants. While the courtroom scenes are tense and compelling, and Peake gives a continuously watchable performance as a diligent yet conflicted legal eagle, she is sadly surrounded by two-dimensional, archetypal characters. As much as I love anything with a British accent, this show left me in a bloody mixed mood.

Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

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