Glass seems frag­ile

But it’s look­ing half full of de­buts on the small screen, Chris Lack­ner writes.

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MOVIES

Big re­lease on Jan. 18: Glass

Big pic­ture: M. Night Shya­malan fooled us all. Au­di­ences en­tered 2016’s Split not know­ing (spoiler alert) it was the un­of­fi­cial se­quel to 2000’s Un­break­able. Glass finds Un­break­able ev­ery­man David Dunn (Bruce Wil­lis) con­tin­u­ing to set his su­per­hero sights on Kevin Wen­dell Crumb (James McAvoy), as both are ma­noeu­vred by Eli­jah Price (Sa­muel L. Jack­son) — a.k.a. Mr. Glass — who is again mo­ti­vated to prove real su­per­hu­man he­roes and vil­lains ex­ist.

Fore­cast: This Glass will prove Shya­malan’s ca­reer isn’t un­fix­able. (Go with what works, buddy.) I pre­dict a straight-up se­quel to The Sixth Sense. Then again, the di­rec­tor has a track record for mak­ing poor de­ci­sions. He could also elect to “gift” us with a su­per­hero movie in which Wil­lis can only speak to tooth fairies who help him stop an alien in­va­sion be­cause the aliens end up be­ing al­ler­gic to teeth and pixie dust — and the whole movie hap­pens in a fake pi­o­neer vil­lage, or an an­gry, toxic for­est, or a mer­maid’s swim­ming pool … or what­ever. He’ll think of some­thing non­sen­si­cal.

TV

Big events: The Pas­sage (Jan. 14, Fox); Roswell, New Mex­ico (Jan. 15, Show­case/The CW); Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery (Jan. 17, Space; Jan. 18, CraveTV); Deadly Class (Jan. 16, Space); Black Mon­day (Jan. 20, CraveTV)

Big pic­ture: Deadly Class is my dark horse pick of the week. It’s Harry Pot­ter meets Kill Bill meets The Break­fast Club. Based on the graphic novel se­ries, it fol­lows Mar­cus (Ben­jamin Wadsworth), a home­less teen re­cruited to at­tend a se­cret pri­vate school run by the world’s top crime bosses. Their goal: to train the as­sas­sins, spies and thugs of the next gen­er­a­tion. Gym class has way more hand-to­hand com­bat than you re­mem­ber, and bi­ol­ogy has been re­placed by Poi­son 101.

Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery beams back for sea­son 2. New mem­bers of this TV crew in­clude a young Spock (Ethan Peck), orig­i­nal USS En­ter­prise cap­tain Christo­pher Pike (An­son Mount) and Re­becca Romijn as No. 1, Pike’s first of­fi­cer.

Speak­ing of aliens, Roswell (1999-2002) is re­born as Roswell, New Mex­ico — with more alien-hu­man love tri­an­gles and cover-ups. The first Roswell gifted us with a young Kather­ine Heigl; it could never guess that fu­ture co-stars would come to feel she lives on an­other planet. Mean­while, Black Mon­day is a promis­ing Don Chea­dle com­edy set dur­ing the Wall Street crash of 1987.

Fi­nally, The Pas­sage of­fers hope to su­per­nat­u­ral net­work dra­mas — in as much as it stays some­what true to au­thor Justin Cronin’s su­perb, genre-twist­ing, dystopian vam­pire se­ries. Mark-Paul Gos­se­laar stars as a fed­eral agent who be­comes the un­likely guardian of a 10-year-old girl he il­le­gally re­cruited for a se­cret gov­ern­ment ex­per­i­ment that could un­lock the se­crets to elim­i­nat­ing all dis­ease — or could cre­ate crea­tures that make Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula look like a Boy Scout (al­beit one with badges for blood-suck­ing, shape-shift­ing and stalk­ing peo­ple named Mina). Fore­cast: I pre­dict a Star Trek: Roswell cross­over in which a young, time-trav­el­ling Spock crashes in the New Mex­i­can desert only to spend most of his time at­tend­ing a lo­cal high school, fall­ing in love with mor­tal women to the back­drop of heart­break­ing in­die mu­sic and Vul­can nerve-pinch­ing all de­serv­ing jocks and gov­ern­ment agents.

MU­SIC

Big re­leases on Jan. 18: White­horse (The North­ern South Vol. 2); Deer­hunter (Why Hasn’t Ev­ery­thing Al­ready Dis­ap­peared?); Ju­liana Hat­field (Weird) Big pic­ture: White­horse, com­pris­ing a Cana­dian in­die rock power cou­ple Luke Doucet and Melissa McClel­land, re­leases a se­quel to The North­ern South Vol 1. Get ready for more in­spir­ing, unique rein­ven­tions of blues clas­sics from the tal­ented duo. Cov­ers take on leg­endary tracks by Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed and tra­di­tional songs like John the Reve­la­tor and St. James In­fir­mary.

Mean­while, Deer­hunter re­leases its eighth al­bum Why Hasn’t Ev­ery­thing Al­ready Dis­ap­peared? — which is ex­actly what much of the Western world has been think­ing since Nov. 9, 2016. The band has promised “a sci­ence-fic­tion al­bum about the present” that’s “con­cerned with the dis­ap­pear­ance of cul­ture, of hu­man­ity, of na­ture, of logic and emo­tion.” Logic and emo­tion?! Sounds like young Spock has his in­die sound­track for Earthly love in Roswell! Hat­field re­leases Weird, her fol­lowup to an ac­claimed al­bum of Olivia New­ton-John cov­ers (so let’s just call this al­bum Weird 2).

Fore­cast: One lis­ten and you’ll ea­gerly await The North­ern South Vol. 3.

DEAN PILLING

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClel­land of the band White­horse are re­leas­ing the fol­lowup al­bum The North­ern South Vol. 2 with cov­ers of leg­endary blues clas­sics and tra­di­tional songs.

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