What did you watch last week (w/e September 7)?

What I've been watching this week


Time for "What did you watch last week?", my chance to tell you what I watched last week and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

My recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: none. Sorry, but everything regular is finishing! Although Doctor Who‘s obviously good.

  • Suits: oddly low key ending to the season. Good to see Chi Mcbride doing an evil turn (is he going to be a regular next season) as well as one of the show’s few forays into the courtroom. A mini-cliffhanger to end it with and I’m looking forward to the next season, albeit worried about the change in showrunner (even if it is the show’s creator taking over the helm).
  • Burn Notice: confusingly, the previous week’s episode was a better cliffhanger than this episode’s. Good that they’ve picked up on some of the breadcrumbs laid down earlier in the season and some clever touches in the plotting, and good to see Jere Burns (Kirk in the US version of Dear John) still hard at work.
  • Royal Pains: really? That was the episode you want to finish the season on? Okay…
  • Seven Wonder of the Buddhist World: If you were expecting Bettany Hughes to enlighten you about Buddhism, this wasn’t the show for you. More a combination of travelogue and history lesson, instead, it left me feeling a little unsatisfied compared to the usual Hughes extravaganzas.
  • Strike Back: Project Dawn: a show that can only be said to be loosely connected to the original Strike Back. Largely ludicrous and with Cinemax (aka "Skinemax") now a co-funder, featuring a hefty amount of gratuitous female nudity, it’s good when dealing with action but otherwise poor. The central characters have almost no personalities or interesting qualities and the decision in the first episode to kill off John Porter (presumably because Richard Armitage is filming The Hobbit right now) was just bad. Episode 2 at least redeems episode 1, but it’s not getting that much better. Amazingly, this is mostly written by Frank Spotnitz. Nevertheless, we’re going to keep watching.
  • Chemistry: another Skinemax production, with all the scriping and production values of 80s soft porn (not that I’m an expert or anything). Attempts to have a script are painful, as is the acting.

And in this week’s list of movies:

  • Zorba the Greek: For a supposedly feelgood movie, this wasn’t half miserable. Honour killings, disasters, broken hearts, looting – it can all be fixed with some dancing apparently. But it was fun to watch all the same since it was filmed in Kokkino Chorio, which is where I went on holiday this year and some of the views and places are still the same.
  • Limitless: Actually, a pretty good film. I quite liked it. Essentially, "what would happen if you could take a pill and become a member of The Champions?" Flagged a bit in the middle, ends a bit abruptly and Anna Friel’s character could have been better served, but clever and interesting. Worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already.

But what have you been watching?

"What did you watch last 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. 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? 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.

  • SK

    Watched Happy Endings and Perfect couples with the usual reactions.
    Also the next-to-last episode of Torchwood. Which is awful, but it’s good to see that so close to the end they are getting to the bottom of the Miracle.

  • MediumRob

    “Watched Happy Endings and Perfect couples with the usual reactions. Also the next-to-last episode of Torchwood. Which is awful, but it’s good to see that so close to the end they are getting to the bottom of the Miracle. ”
    Either you’ve already seem the last episode, in which case bravo! Or on Thursday you’re going to laugh at the irony of your comment.
    Incidentally, I might have given up on Wilfred too soon, judging by some of the things I’ve heard have happened in later episodes. But there’s no going back now.

  • SK

    I’ve only seen the second-to-last episode, but it does have that special effect at the end… unless there’s something more to look forward to.
    If ‘look forward to’ can ever be applied to Torchwood.
    How many episode of Wilfred did you watch? I have just seen the, I think, fifth, with the hospice.

  • For me it’s a case of working through the DVR backlog built up over five weeks of vacation. Of all the shows, I’m plowing through the many episodes of the old Western “The Rifleman” which AMC was showing on Saturday mornings in marathon blocks of six episodes, so there are quite a few of those.
    Among the other shows warehoused are the last six “True Bloods” – it’ll be tough avoiding spoilers on the finale, but I’ll give it a go – “Wilfred”, the full final season of “Entourage”, and “The Hour”.
    I’ve been able to stay up to date on my Monday night shows – “Eureka”, “Warehouse 13”, “Alphas”, and “The Closer” – now that I have that night off finally. (20 years I’ve waited for the Sun/Mon combo!) I also kept up to date on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”. And at the weekly bit torrent rebel alliance meeting, we wpent the whole night watching the full season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” so I was able to wipe that clean from the DVR in the morning.
    But the big viewing project for me is the full series (five seasons) of “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. The fiftieth anniversary is coming up on October 3, and I’ve joined a blogathon to celebrate the event. I’m creating a timeline for the series – not only of the fictional events in the characters’ lives but for all of their references to historical figures, facts, events, movies, TV shows, even the magazines and newspapers they’re reading in scenes. My favorite example: ever notice the sheet music for “The Dairy Maids” behind the desk? I’ve got an entry for that.
    So that project is impeding on my DVR clean-out.

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