It's "What did you watch last fortnight?", my chance to tell you what I movies and TV I watched in the past two weeks that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.
First, the usual recommendations: The Thick of It and Homeland.
So here's a few thoughts on what I have been watching:
- Go On – Still okay. Last week's episode was dedicated to giving the lesbian character some actual, you know, character, which actually worked quite well – looking at with less tired eyes, Go On actually probably has the most diverse cast on TV. It's just a little too Perry-focused, a little too Benanti-light still and the rest of the cast need to get more characters, too
- Homeland – Well, I watched the first 20 minutes last time, and good news! The rest of it's really good, too. While Carrie's storyline is more obviously mental than last year's, Brodie's is working out well quite tensely, thank you, and the final scene with his daughter was surprisingly touching. So still one to watch.
- Mob Doctor – Switched off halfway through episode two. Jordana Spiro's great but this show isn't the vehicle for her, unfortunately.
- The New Normal – episode two was such a hate crime, I gave up. I hear episode 4 might have been interesting though, since it's from Ellen Barkin's point of view. Not going to try it though.
- Perception – While the finale was still marginally ludicrous, everything with Daniel worked well. Overall, a pretty good first season, hampered by its format. Jamie Bamber was woefully under-used, while Rachael Leigh Cooke shouldn't have been used at all. Definitely recommended as a bit of fluff with surprising depth, and I'll be tuning into season two.
- Revolution – Episode two was possibly even more boring than episode 1. If it weren't for the sword-fights, there would be literally nothing to this show at all.
- The Thick of It – The beast is back! Good to see Malcolm back to his old fieriness and poor old Nicola. A beautifully written piece of political manipulation.
- Animal Practice – A mild improvement on episode one, but still a fundamentally flawed, stupid NBC comedy.
- Moone Boy – The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd writes and stars in this semi-biopic as the imaginary best friend of his 1989 self. Very weird, but charming and amusing.
Still in the pile: Made in Jersey and 666 Park Avenue. I'll get onto them later today and tomorrow.
And in movies:
- The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 – A pretty decent animation of Frank Miller's acclaimed "Batman when he's old" graphic novel. This only covers Batman's return, the new Robin and the pre-Superman half, with a second movie to come dealing with all of that. Peter Weller is a little miscast as the voice of Bruce Wayne, lacking much expressiveness, but he's not the worst Batman there's ever been, by any stretch of the imagination. It also shows its age, having originally been written in the 80s, and its vision of the future is indeed very 80s. Ariel Winter from Modern Family is the surprising choice for Robin, but she works quite well, too.
"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?