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TV Watch: Harper Lee and Seattle's coming 'Superstorm'

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In this week’s episode, Kate presides over an insurance dispute between a fishing boat captain and an injured deckhand. She’s still a ditz and a sex object, with Shahi hamming it up. On the other hand, the actress’ charm is hard to deny. She’s a lively Sandra Bullock look-alike who plays the material for laughs, but also shows flashes of righteous anger or empathy when need be.

So is Fairly Legal demeaning or delightful? Weighing both sides of the issue, I rule for the latter.

Seattle Superstorm (8pm Sat, SyFy)

I recently rediscovered 1955’s Tarantula, my favorite late-night creature feature as a child. I was stunned to find that what I’d considered high-quality cinema was in fact a slow-moving snore in which stiff actors traded hilariously terrible lines while waiting for the massive tarantula to crush a few screaming extras.

SyFy has improved on the old creature features with its irresistible Saturday night movies. In Seattle Superstorm, stiff actors trade hilariously bad lines while waiting for the massive weather event to crush a few screaming extras. I guess that sounds similar to Tarantula, but Superstorm feels more like a bad-movie tribute than simply a bad movie. A tough military mom with luscious blond hair (Ona Grauer) and a humorless scientist dad with a square jaw (Esai Morales) spring into action when a freakish storm wreaks havoc on Seattle. Yes, a misguided bureaucrat tries to minimize the catastrophe for PR purposes even as the Space Needle topples. And yes, the violin section practically busts a blood vessel sawing through the turgid score.

“Let’s err on the side of caution until we get this thing figured out!” the military mom urges.

Luckily for us, this unhinged movie doesn’t know the meaning of the word “caution.”

The Killing (7pm Sun, AMC)

When it premiered last year, this series impressed audiences with its somber day-by-day investigation of a girl’s murder. True, people complained about the season finale, which left the mystery unsolved, but I think all will be forgiven after the season-two opener. The episode is rich with twists and dramatic tension — and beyond that, it’s just a pleasure to get reacquainted with Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), the haunted Seattle detective risking health and happiness to figure out whodunit.

Sarah apologizes to her young son for turning their lives upside-down while she pursues the case: “Everything’s going back to normal, how it used to be.”

I don’t think he believes her, and neither should you.

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