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April 2, 2016

What have you been watching? Including Banshee, Blå Ögon (Blue Eyes), The Catch, Supergirl and The Americans

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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. 

Despite the Easter break and being somewhat occupied this week, I've actually managed to watch quite a few of the new shows that have popped up on our screens and monitors in the past week or so. Elsewhere, you'll find shiny reviews of:

I've also passed a third-episode verdict on Damien (US: A&E). Still sitting in the viewing pile, however, are the first two episodes of Hulu's The Path - I think I'll wait until the third episode next week and review them (or as many as I can bear, depending on how good it is) all in one go.

Last night, Dice started on Showtime, Netflix offloaded The Ranch in one go (not as an April's Fool) and Syfy also started airing Wyonna Earp. Despite being away for a few days next week, I'll hopefully be reviewing them all at some point - although as I'm old enough to remember Andrew Dice Clay when he was doing horrendous stand-up in the 80s, it's possible I might not bother with that.

But I have watched one other new show:

Blå Ögon (Blue Eyes) (Sweden: SVT1; UK: More4)
Well, the plot summary and trailer are back here, so I won't bother repeating myself. But having now watched the first two episodes, my advice would be stick with it. The show is a mix of the implausible and the very plausible, with Elin Hammar's plotline, in which she gets plucked from a life of waitressing to return to politics, only to discover her predecessor has gone missing, is eminently daft, with all kinds of odd conspiracies going on that remind me of the silliness of Byw Celwydd (Living a Lie) crossed with 24. Similarly, everything involving the right-wing party Trygghetspartiet is embarrassingly bad.

However, where the show does do well is develop over the course of these first two episodes a frighteningly nasty, anti-immigrant, anti-everyone, racist right wing terrorist group, Veritas, with foot soldier Adam Lundgren quietly frightening and ultimately violent, like a slightly malnourished, prettier Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper. Here, the viewing gets very uncomfortable, but after the uninspiring first episode, the second episode managed to sell the show to me.

From a UK perspective, what's also interesting is how similar the rhetoric of Trygghetspartiet is to UKIP's, presumably without the writers borrowing directly. I guess that makes UKIP either very European or very fictional.

After the jump, I'll be covering the return of Banshee, as well as reviewing two weeks' worth of episodes of the regulars: 11.22.63, The Americans, Arrow, Billions, The Catch, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, The Flash, Limitless, Lucifer, The Magicians, Second Chance, Stan Lee's Lucky Man, Supergirl and Vikings. Apart from the ones that are finishing anyway, two of these are getting dropped from the viewing schedule altogether, while a recommended show is going to get demoted. Can you guess which one, tigers?

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April 2, 2016

Netflix does a John Stamos April Fool's joke

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I'll admit I fell for this one, since I saw it last night on Netflix and as we all know, April Fool's jokes are supposed to end at midday. I simply assumed he'd got a new show and that Netflix were doing their best to publicise it:

John Stamos takes over Netflix

I'm afraid I didn't get as far as watching the trailer:

Turns out that Netflix doesn't realise that April Fool's day jokes are supposed to end at all, because it's now put out a video in which John Stamos 'discovers' it was all an April Fool's joke.

Look at the timestamp on that: 8.37pm! Midday, Netflix! Midday!

I don't know what's funnier, though - the whole thing or the person who replied to that Tweet asking "when is sense8 season 2 coming".


April 1, 2016

News: Patrick J Adams is a superhero; Kevin Bishop does Porridge; new Top Gear trailer; + more

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