What have you been watching this week (w/e October 2)

As you may have guessed, I’ve been watching quite a bit of tele this week and you should have seen the result in a big wodge of reviews. However, on top of this I’ve also seen:

  • Accidentally on Purpose: Episode 2, which was truly dreadful so I’ve given up on it. E4 viewers steer clear of it when it arrives on our scene
  • The Vampire Diaries: Episode 2, to which I can only say, ditto.
  • Hank: review later
  • The Middle: review later
  • The Fixer: Little bit daft, but interesting to see MMA on a mainstream UK show
  • Supernatural: As excellent as always, and nice to see Hector off The Unit getting a job as an archangel
  • House: weird. No instant reset button. A good twist at the end, too (although I did see it coming). No longer can House be accused of being formulaic
  • CSI: Miami: back to insulting our intelligence. I knew it couldn’t last longer than a week
  • Community: last week’s was absolutely sensational, with an ending as well written as 30 Rock. It’s really must-see TV already
  • Mad Men: I played catch-up (not seen Sunday’s though), but the last-but-one episode was excellent

So I’ve still got a big pile of programmes to watch as you can probably tell. Any I should avoid?

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please

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Review: Trauma 1×1

Trauma

In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, NBC

Here in the jolly old UK, we have a programme called Casualty. It’s set in a busy A&E department (aka ER) and has been running for over two decades, yet is even more formulaic than House*.

Basically, each episode starts with a load of normal everyday people going about their business. Nothing seems out of the ordinary, and then… something really ridiculous happens (car flips over while stationary, man swallows Amazonian tree frog while walking a dog, woman attacked by TB-crazed badger in the middle of a cinema) that results in horrific and terrible wounds, requiring the immediate arrival of an ambulance full of brave paramedics – who then spend most of the time agonising about their soap opera-like relationships.

Trouble is Casualty is very badly written, very badly acted and looks appalling since the budget’s about £2.50 a week.

Well, hey ho and away we go, America has its own version of Casualty with two big differences to ours:

  1. The cast is hotter
  2. The production values are better

But that’s it’s. Otherwise, they’re the same “dumb as a box of hammers” show.

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Thursday’s pick up news

Doctor Who

  • An actor talks about David Tennant’s finale [big spoiler]

Film

Books

  • An otter to join Winnie the Pooh in new book
  • Clip of David Simon reading from The Wire: Truth Be Told

Theatre

  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda to be adapted as a musical

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