What have you been watching this week (w/e July 22)?

Time for “What have you been watching this week?”, my chance to tell you what I’ve been watching this week and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

As you may have noticed, all attempt to maintain a fixed schedule for this boy are failing, but it’s here now.

My recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Sirens, Suits, The Daily Show, and Wilfred. Watch them (and keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well for British TV highlights) or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff.

In a new twist, here are few shows I’m watching, which you might like, but which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend: Come Dine With Me, Top Gear, and True Blood

Truth be told, I haven’t actually been watching much new TV this week, because lovely wife has discovered, after years of my telling her it is, that Battlestar Galactica is frakking awesome and now it’s all we watch. She even has a new wallpaper on her phone. But that’s okay – it meant I didn’t have to watch Torchwood this week, BSG is awesome and I get to see how the end was foreshadowed (and it bloody was, too, if anyone thought it was all a big surprise at the end). I’m just hoping we don’t have to watch Caprica at the end of it all.

Now to the irregulars and new things, as well as a few thoughts on some of those regulars:

  • Alphas: Episode 2 almost settled down into slightly familiar Eureka/Warehouse 13-style family viewing, but it still had a slight edge, even if it was just an excuse to do Final Destination.
  • True Blood: Alex Breckenridge was back briefly (yey), but largely, I have to say, if I were a teenage girl, this would be a great show, but it’s all a little too Mary Sue-ish for me.
  • Wilfred: This show is getting very, very weird and very, very dark. Even weirder and darker than last week. Is Wilfred God?

And in this week’s list of movies: nothing. I have watched no movies all week.

But what have you been watching?

“What have you been watching this week?” is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you’ve seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?

  • Mark Carroll

    Mmm, a friend’s mother has discovered BSG; I think I heard that BBC America are showing it (!). I do think the arc gets half as lost as Lost seemed to get sometimes, and I doubt they really knew where they were going with it, but it worked okay. That reminds me, I watched “Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner” recently — that was good — I’d clean forgotten that Edward James Olmos was in it.
    This season’s Top Gear, I like, but it really does feel very scripted these days. Of course, it has been for a long time, but the banter is feeling very unspontaneous to me now.
    I don’t think I’ve watched anything very interesting lately.

  • SK

    I watched the first series of the new Battlestar Galactica (surely it should be abbreviated ‘BG’, not ‘BSG’?) and found it in the same tediousness/not making sense league as Torchwood (Obviously Torchwood is up there at the top of the table and Battlestar Galactica fighting regulation, but still, same league).
    The fact that most of the episode began by setting up a moral dilemma and then had the characters angst in circles for forty minutes before doing the thing you could have predicted they would do before the credits was bad enough, but I really lost patience when it turned out that they hadn’t in fact been running the double-clock I thought they’d been running, and the fleet’s trek through space, with its running out of water, food, and social breakdown, had taken all of six weeks.
    Way to undercut any sense of epic drama.
    As for me, finished The Night Shift and want BBC4 to hurry up and buy the sequel. Second episode of The Hour, which is I think not bad, thought it’s so contrived at times it’s painful (like the way every character has to have an ‘issue’ — Dominic Westis handsome, but nervous in front of a camera! Gasp!).
    And The Web Planet, which I loved for its blatant theatricality. You can see the legs of the Zarbi operators — but who cares? It’s exactly the kind of chutzpah you’d do on stage, where an actor with a beak mask can be a perfectly excellent bird*.
    Made me sad that these days TV has gone entirely down the route of ‘it has to look real!’. Where is the place for imagination these days?
    * example taken from the NT Nation.

  • Mark Carroll

    “these days TV has gone entirely down the route of ‘it has to look real!'” — Fingerbobs! Compared to the production values of In The Night Garden. (-: