What did you watch last week (w/e November 4)?

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, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Homeland, Suburgatory and Community.

Things you might enjoy but that I’m not necessarily recommending: Being Erica, House, Chuck and Ringer.

In the backlog: Friday’s Boss, last night’s Walking Dead, Braquo, Homeland, Once Upon A Time and Dexter, as well as new series Hell on Wheels.

A few thoughts on what I’ve seen though:

  • Boss: Episode 2, while powerful, was also dull – strange huh? It’s definitely acquiring that "worthy but dull" veneer, but episode 3 – directed by Mario van Peebles – is proving a whole lot better.
  • Suburgatory: written by a man, so not very good. My theory continues to hold up.
  • The Walking Dead: good ending and it feels like the show is actually going places now.
  • The Ash Tree: An old MR James Ghost Story for Christmas. Mostly embellishment from the original tale, it’s more scary by mood for about the first 20 minutes until it kicks into James’s story properly and then gets very nightmarish.

And in the movies section: nothing new, but I re-watched Shooter, which is okay as a b-movie action film. Could be better if Mark Wahlberg hadn’t mumbled his way through the entire script, but not that much better.

"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?

  • SK

    Episode two of Death in Paradise continued to be what it is. I did note one slight problem of tone, which is that it seems to want to be an Agatha Christie-esque puzzle mystery, where someone is killed in a puzzling way and eventually some unrelated thing provides the detective with the clue to solving it, and it follows this formula right down to the ‘detective calls everyone together to explain the crime’ scenes…
    … but that kind of relies on seeing the crime as a puzzle, and the victim as a piece in the puzzle. But Thorogood seems to realise this sits oddly in the modern character-centred TV landscape, so we get a lot of empathy with the victims — which makes those ‘how it was done’ scenes seem incredibly callous, as the detective runs the grieving family and friends through exactly how their loved one was killed.
    (This wasn’t apparent in the first one, as one victim was a baddie anyway and the other was a cypher, but with the second episode it became quite an issue).
    I’m interested to see how it walks that tightrope as it continues: I will be continuing to watch as I quite like the dialogue.
    First episode of third Misfits was not bad, though obviously atypical because of the need to re-establish all the new powers. The new guy does seem unfortunately like he might be as scatological as Nathan without being as funny, which is a bad combination.

  • Mark Carroll

    I’m still bothering with “Grimm”. The second episode was about what one would expect after the first. It’s not too bad. “Castle”‘s okay, too, if one likes that kind of thing. I’m liking season two of the UK “Being Human”. “The Office” and “Community” are passable, for now.
    My wife had us watch Richard Ayoade’s “Submarine” and it was rather better than I expected. I think it hit what it aimed for.