What I learned by watching television last week

24: Never give jessie-wuss girls a gun because they’ll never use it, even when it could shorten a whole season and save the US

30 Rock: Is getting seriously cerebral. I thought Numb3rs was the only show on tele that could talk about “transitive properties”

Battlestar Galactica: James Callis can do a pretty good Yorkshire accent (he did go to the University of York, apparently); the class war will continue in space

The Class: Adultery is perfectly acceptable if your husband mixes you up with one of his ex-wives.

CSI: William Petersen’s beards can be used as plot development

Heroes: Is just so cool

Lost: Some flashbacks can be amazingly tedious and pointless and should be best left forgotten

Numb3rs: Just occasionally, Ken Sanzel can write a good episode. It’s still not great, though, not even though it’s ripping off 24

Studio 60: If you’re going to go, go out on a bang or your chances of ever coming back are scuppered.

The Unit: It’s possible to make the LA metro look like the Berlin underground system. A bit.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.