What have you been watching this week (w/e May 6)?

Posted on May 6, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Hipster Penny in Happy Endings

My usual recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: Community, Cougar Town, The Daily Show, Doctor Who, Endgame, Happy Endings, House, Modern Family, Stargate Universe and 30 Rock. Watch them (and keep an eye on The Stage's TV Today Square Eyes feature as well) or you'll be missing out on the good stuff.

Just a few thoughts on a couple of the regulars:

  • Last week's attempt on Smallville to copy Spartacus was dreadful, even if it did have Callum BestBlue as Zod in it. Still Supergirl's in this week's episode and after that, it's the final episode ever and Lex is back for that, so I'm sticking with it it.
  • Happy Endings – some great moments in both episodes, particularly "the Hipster makeover" and "you're a gaycist", but also a few touching romantic moments. It's at least as funny as Modern Family now.
  • Chuck – the ending was obvious but I enjoyed this week's more than I've enjoyed a lot of the previous weeks' episodes.
  • Doctor Who – couldn't quite work up the energy to review the two-part The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon and since it's clearly a three-parter in disguise, there were so many plot threads left hanging at the end, it was almost impossible to review it anyway. At times, I did feel like the Silence had wiped my memory, since things seemed to jump around an awful lot without explanation (where did the people who still hadn't quite got to the Moon in an Apollo spacecraft get white dwarf star alloy from? Why did the Doctor, Amy and Rory need to be chased down? How come Amy missed and what happened next? What was Nixon doing inside the prison?). You could probably fill in the gaps with a bit of work, but it does feel like all the working out has been scribbled over. All the same, there were some wonderfully clever bits, wonderfully scary bits and so much tease, there had better be a good pay-off or I'm going to… well, sulk probably. And how come they went to the US for the first time and ending up getting two Brits/Irish people, Mark Sheppard and W Morgan Sheppard, to play the lead American?

Since the last "What have you been watching?", I've tried

  • Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe – basically, exactly like every Bruce Campbell straight-to-DVD movie of the 90s. If that's your thing, watch it. If it's not, don't.
  • Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – Glad to see a move away from the grumpy old man routine of last series, aided by some pointless sketches, to his more traditional stand-up. Very funny, brilliantly clever and had the best Godzilla reference of the week.

Anyone watch The Shadow Line – I taped it but I hear it might have been a bit rubbish. And as mentioned earlier this week, stupid scheduling meant that I didn't watch Exile or Case Sensitive – were they any good (thanks to everyone who's already weighed in on this)?

But what have you been watching?

"What have you been watching this week?" is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I've watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you've seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?

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