What did you watch last week (w/e October 14)?

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Time for “What did you watch last week?”, my chance to tell you what I watched last week that I haven’t already reviewed 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: Dexter, House, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Homeland, Suburgatory and Community.

Things you might enjoy but that I’m not necessarily recommending: Being Erica, Strike Back: Project Dawn, and Ringer.

A few thoughts on some of the regulars:

  • Community: Crisis over! Excellent third episode last week. Phew!
  • Dexter: It’s basically season one again, but not quite as good. Not bad though
  • Being Erica: It’s basically season one again, but not quite as good. Not bad though
  • Strike Back: Project Dawn: The amount of female nudity in this is getting ridiculous.
  • House: New doctor isn’t a patch on Amber Tamblyn, a nice twist with Foreman, but sadly missing Chase, Taub and 13 at the moment.

A few things I’ve given a try this week:

  • Enlightened: Appropriately paired with Bored To Death, this sees Laura Dern get a rage attack at her workplace, leave, go off to an anger management enlightenment retreat, then come back and try to get her life back. Possibly the dullest, most pointless TV drama since… oh, Pan Am, but even less happens. Laura Dern’s really pulling out all the stops, though, to give it credit. One episode was enough and so little is happening in it, that I couldn’t even work out what I’d put in a full review. So this is all it’s getting.
  • Spy: A Sky 1 foray in comedy, starring Darren Boyd as a computer geek who quits his job and ends up in MI5. No, not a total Chuck rip-off. Unfortunately, it was so unfunny that we gave up after 15 minutes so never actually saw what happened what he joined MI5 and met up with Robert Lindsay. We’re going to give that second half a try when we’re in a more charitable mood.

I didn’t watch any movies this week, I’m afraid.

The movie I watched this week was Source Code, which wasn’t bad but felt more like the pilot of a TV show (namely Seven Days, but with a few differences). Complicated, but still easy to follow, and the ending made no sense. As, actually did the mechanism for all the time travel.

“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?




  • Electric Dragon

    Gradually making my way through DW (new) series 1-4 at the moment – this weekend got up to Human Nature/Family of Blood/Blink/Utopia – the first three of those just get better and better with age. The air seemed to get a bit dusty during the end of Family of Blood. Utopia not as good as I remember it, perhaps because the first time I did not pick up on Derek Jacobi’s true identity until the fob watch, whereas the second time through it felt incredibly telegraphed all the way through. At some point I will have to tackle Sound of Drums and Last of the Tinkerbell Gollum Magic Jesus Time Lords, not looking forward to it.
    Have also been doing the commentaries. Surprisingly the commentary for “Fear Her” is not just 40 minutes of Matthew Graham apologising.
    Also trying to play Deus Ex:Human Revolution, but currently stuck at the stupidly difficult first boss battle. It gives you the freedom to specialise your character in stealth and hacking rather than combat if you want – then gives you an unavoidable fight against a tank-like boss. Cheers guys.

  • Mark Carroll

    I liked “Source Code”. It wasn’t great, but was quite good. It seemed to me to make reasonable sense but perhaps I didn’t think about it hard enough.
    We finished off “Spaced”. Well worth watching.
    I’m still not thrilled by “Community” but I know you’re not alone in much liking the latest episode.
    I did like the first season of “Dexter”. Hopefully I’ll reasonably like this one when I finally get to it.

  • SK

    I thought Source Code was okay. Did you recognise the voice of his father on the telephone? Nice to see them paying homage.
    Made me think of Déja Vu, another film which seemed like the pilot for a TV series — but unfortunately the TV series it was a pilot for was Crime Traveller.

  • MediumRob

    @mark: It’s the quantum things in the brain, married with the eight minutes of memory to create time travel that isn’t bit that makes no sense. Then when you add on the ending, it makes even less sense.
    @SK: I didn’t but at your prompting I looked it up – it was a nice touch, yes! And the “Oh boy”.

  • TemplarJ

    I quite liked Spy, thought it was obvious but frequently funny.
    This week I have been mostly open mouthed in a kind of bored respect at ‘Terra Nova’. THE most generic series ever on television? If they get a pet dinosaur by the end of the series it really will be.

  • We watched the second half of Spy last night and it was better, but not significantly so. We’ll give episode two a try though.

  • Mark Carroll

    Hmmm. I assumed that we were meant to think that some kind of quantum entanglement thing over time (why not time, if also across space) allowed their brains to interact (thinking of Penrose’s quantum-phenomena brain ideas) and the resulting differences in the past spun off new timelines in a Community-die-like way but mostly I was relying on some combination of general ignorance about physics and that in reality it hasn’t all been figured out either to save the day. As speculative premises go, it was at least simple, like in Primer. It’s when plots hang on complicated speculative things I get more weary.

  • Please someone tell me I’m not alone watching The Fades on BBC3? It’s like someone made a programme just to please me this autumn. It’s really funny, some nice body horror and some cracking performances. A real delight.

  • TemplarJ

    I’ve been loving The Fades as well. I think Jack Thorne is British TVs unsung hero, he would top my list to take over on Doctor Who,

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