What have you been watching this week (w/e November 5)?

Back to its regular Friday slot, it’s “What have you been watching this week?”, your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched this week.

We’re still in the quiet period on Fox, but the other channels have been continuing with their usual output. So, after the jump, The Apprentice, Being Erica, Boardwalk Empire, Chuck, Dexter, In Treatment, Life Unexpected, Modern Family and Stargate Universe.

  • The Apprentice: Way to talk yourself out of winning, girlfriend. But whatshisface should have gone really.
  • Being Erica: Haven’t seen this week’s, but last week’s “pride march” was okay. The problem I’m finding with this season is it seems a bit aimless, with each episode standalone and without any real reason for the therapy to be happening. There haven’t been any big revelations, the publishing side of things seem almost to have fallen by the wayside, I’m not really invested in the new characters and the old supporting characters’ problems seem to have diminished as well. So the show’s just kind of ‘there’. It’s still good, but not as good as previous seasons.
  • Boardwalk Empire: More of a character piece, with some new people coming on board. Quite a violent ep, but man, this is a slow-moving show.
  • Chuck: Yey, Timothy Dalton! A very good, very funny ep.
  • Dexter: Very tense and yey, Julia Stiles.
  • In Treatment: I don’t know whether it’s because these are now all original episodes rather than ones based on the Israeli original, but the show’s really not as engrossing or as deep as it has been in previous seasons. Only the first patient and Paul’s own therapy have been doing anything really interesting with gay teenage patient just irritating and Debra Winger’s character not doing much at all. I’m hoping things will improve in terms of the story, since the acting’s still phenomenal.
  • Life Unexpected: What is this? The inappropriate relationship advice show? We have Lux have a very inappropriate relationship. We have Cate and Ryan in the stereotypical and somewhat disturbing “Woman hitting man, man restraining her, leads to sexual passion” scenario. Oh dear. I’m betting no one used a condom either.
  • Modern Family: Possibly the least funny episode of Modern Family ever.
  • Stargate Universe: Quite a weird ep, with revelations about Destiny, Chloe and Rush. It’s the start of some game-changing stuff, but it just felt like one of those endless time-looped Star Trek: Voyager episodes.
  • The Trip: Reviewed here
  • The Walking Dead: Reviewed here

But what have you been watching?

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please. If you’ve reviewed something on your blog, you can put a link to it here rather than repeat yourself (although too many links and you might get killed by the spam filter).

  • Mark Carroll

    I watched the first couple of contemporary-set Sherlock Holmes things with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. (If I recall the names correctly: I started from “Cumberland Bandersnatch”.) They were certainly okay, I’ll keep watching for some time if they keep coming.

  • bob

    The exceptionally good Dexter, the decent but unambitious Merlin, the middling Community and copious amounts of repeated Due South alongside the compulsory QI and HIGNFY.

  • We’ve been watching The Secret Life of the National Grid – a wonderful BBC4 series of documentaries about the history of electricity supplies in the UK. Fascinating stuff.
    I also found that we have temporary access to Watch on our Virgin TV supply: rubbish of course, but it did mean I got to see some eps of Primeval without openly having to pull out the boxsets. Nice.
    Oh: and I also indulged in Human Nature/Family of Blood/Blink: quite possibly one of the best runs of episodes from Doctor Who in recent years. Also nice.

  • Still watching Downton Abbey and Whites. Am a bit confused now, because it’s Monday and watched last episode of DA last night. Very satisfying ending, Hugh Bonneville wonderful, but though I love the character of Bates, did want to hit him over the head for being sooo martyred by the end. Talking of hitting over the head, there was a wonderful moment of comeuppance for the odious Thomas.
    Last episode of Whites was good too. The humour is quite biting and often understated and Alan Davies has done a good job of making himself unlikeable, but still think Bib, Caroline and Kiki the best characters.
    Spooks was very gripping but jeez. Talk about a betrayal of character. Am v disappointed with the Lucas North storyline. And yes, I know I fancy Richard Armitage, but it’s not just that, I think they’ve completely rewritten the character. In a very very annoying way. And as for his girlfriend. Total slappable heroine or what. Though I have worked out a redemptive ending for Lucas in which it turns out he’s been led by the nose by her all along, but I suspect that isn’t the way the Spooks team are going with it…
    Also caught a couple of the Moving On plays. One was a rather touching story about a divorcee caring for her alzheimer’s suffering mother. I would have said I didn’t quite believe how bitchy and uncaring her sister was, except similar has just happened to a friend of mine, so it is quite plausible that one member of the family should be so callous.
    I also caught the John Simms story, where he had just come out of prison and found his wife and daughter living with another man. It was very poignant at times, and John Simms was excellent as ever, but I felt the ending let it down a bit.
    Also still enjoying The Apprentice. Agree that Paloma talked her way out of a job, but am glad she’s gone. She’s a prize cow and lied the previous time she was in the board room. The bloke is fairly useless, but I think he was stitched up. The other girl is crap too, and I would have been happy to see her go.