It's "What TV did you watch last month?", my chance to tell you what I watched on TV in the last month that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.
Yes, that's right, last month. Don't worry, we'll go back to weekly or fortnightly soon – this is a one-off because of the August break. August was mostly a month of season finales, so I'll talk about them in a moment, but there were some new shows, a lot of which I couldn't be bothered with because it was August. September is when things start up again and I should have some previews for you this week.
So here's a few thoughts on what I have been watching:
- Burn Notice: Gave up on it again, two episodes before the season finale. Just don't care any more and nothing on it makes me want to care, unfortunately. I hear there was a good twist in the finale, but again, I don't care.
- Continuum: This has now been picked up SyFy in both the UK and the US (I think) so I'd recommend watching it if you haven't been watching it already. The finale, while a little less action-packed than I would have liked, managed to be a good combination of science-fiction, plot-disentangler, cliffhanger and character work. Looking forward to the second season immensely – thankfully, that second season has been commissioned. Woo hoo!
- Copper: BBC America's new show set in 19th century New York, where some Irish guys get to be corrupt cops and solve crimes, because no one knows how cops should behave yet. A good deal better than AMC's Hell on Wheels, it's still a good deal less interesting than it should be, mainly because the characters are uninspiring, although Anastasia Griffith's early suffragette (Trauma, Royal Pains) is a big exception. Nice to see Franka Potente (Run Lola Run and The Bourne Identity) getting work again, too.
- Covert Affairs: Given that up again, too. Bored.
- Gates: It's got Joanna Page in it, it's already being lined up for a US remake, but I've barely managed to get through the first episode. It's not great, I'll tell you that for nothing.
- The Newsroom: So it's all come to an end and there's a second season to sort of look forward to. A very uneven first season that took a while to find its feet and to dump the majority of its catastrophic sexism. Saddled with some very bad characters, the show is hard to root for, although the plotting remains good throughout. Bizarrely, the only really watchable character was Sloane, who was thoroughly enjoyable, and I promise never to malign Olivia Munn again, seeing as she visibly improved throughout the series and became the show's big redeeming feature.
- Perception: After three episodes of pretty run of the mill formula stuff with a surprisingly small amount of Jamie Bamber to relieve the boredom, the last episode was actually rather good, a decent examination of paranoid schizophrenia and why some might not want to take their medication and why some really should. Not many episodes left, but I'll be adding it to my recommendations list from next week.
- Royal Pains: In a sense, I admire the clever arc they've come up with this season designed to widen the character base and give Hank room to do more things. In another sense, I'm bored by the lack of depth to anything. The first season of Royal Pains did a good job of dealing with some of the deeper emotions and issues facing Hank and co, but the show's becoming far tamer, far shallower and far sillier. Needs to pull its socks up.
- Suits: An ever-so-slightly disappointing finale to a fantastic season of the best summer show. The big revelations you could see coming a mile off, but as always with Suits, how the characters then twist and manipulate events and people is what makes it interesting. A couple of things seemed out of character and why they had to introduce a new character when Jenny was within easy plotting distance and able to achieve the same effect, I don't know.
"What did you watch last fortnight?" is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid - and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I've watched. 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?
- January 23, 2017: Amazon tries to make me feel old with The Americans
Amazon has tagged The Americans as an historical drama