It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.
The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there's Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.
Despite working from home for most of this week and ironically therefore having more time to write things but less time to watch them, I’ve managed to keep up with the vigorous summer schedules (blimey, I remember when summer was dead and there was nothing to watch. Now look at it). Not many new shows starting this week, though, although I have reviewed the first episode of Steve Bochco’s new TNT show Murder In The First. And I also gave Power a go.
Power (US: Starz; UK: iTunes et al)
To say I was putting this one off as long as possible would be an understatement. Stop me when you want to get off: night club owner is also a drugs kingpin in a series exec produced by 50 Cent. It just sounds like it’s going to be horrible. And it was. I managed to get through 10 minutes before just deciding that the torture, relentless 50 Cent soundtrack, abuse/debasing of women et al was really not going to make it an enjoyable experience. It wasn’t without its virtues: it stars Omari Hardwicke (Dark Blue) and Naturi Naughton (The Playboy Club), who are both good, even though Naughton basically only has to act selfish and stupid. The direction is fine and it’s well shot. It’s surprisingly bi-lingual.
However, the next 50 minutes of the episode might be the best crime show since The Wire, but I’d rather watch open-heart surgery, because there’d be more humanity in that.
After the jump, yet more, with a round-up of the regulars, with reviews of 24, Continuum, Crossbones, Enlisted, Halt and Catch Fire, and Penny Dreadful