What did you watch last week (w/e December 5)?

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.

The A-Team: Misfits, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Homeland, Suburgatory and Community.

The B-Team: Dexter, House, Rev and Ringer.

It’s at this point I have to fess up and say I really haven’t watched that much TV this week, since I was away at the weekend, the new stuff I wanted to watch I’ve already reviewed and the new stuff I didn’t want to watch – well, I didn’t watch it. Also, almost everything good is now being shown on Sundays. That’s not helpful. I might have to move this back to Fridays.

But I will say that Community was great last week (anime!) as was Homeland; Dexter is frustratingly daft and poor; and Ringer didn’t have a bad mid-season finale.

No new movies. No new books. Sorry, again. Not been doing too well, have I? Sorry.

“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?




  • Mark Carroll

    “Castle”, which I watch mostly because my wife likes it, is remaining reliably quite good if one’s decided one likes that kind of thing.
    “House” is picking up reasonably, I think. I am liking it. Okay, it’s not the best it’s ever been, but it’s better than it’s averagely been, I think. Caucasian female doctor I find fairly blandly forgettable right now, but overall it’s good.
    “Community” has picked up too. Judging by the last couple of episodes, I think it might have returned to previous good form. I thought this season was shaky for a while; hopefully that was just a transient anomaly.
    We watched “Attack the Block”. My son much liked it. It was much as one might have expected. Not exactly sophisticated, but it didn’t aim higher than it hit. My daughter watched the Percy Jackson lightning thief thing; that wasn’t too bad, either: again, unsophisticated, and it was very unsurprising, but it didn’t disappoint reasonable expectations.
    My wife watched “Cold Fish”, a Japanese film including everything from rape to insanity to dismemberment. I found it strange and unpleasant in ways that whatever other virtues it may have had rather failed to redeem; it fell into my “should never have been made” category. Mind you, I was hardly much of a fan of Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” either. Each to their own, I suppose.

  • The other David

    I’ve been watching The Killing II/Forbrydelsen II and (thanks for the heads up, Rob) Braquo. Even though I know how it ends, the TKII is my most anticipated watch of the week. While I know you dissed it, Rob, I’m quite taken with Braquo (although I’ve never seen The Shield which you mentioned it resembled).
    While Garrow’s Law is a little contrived, it is enjoyable. If you read the writer’s/director’s (?) blog about the episodes, you’ll see he’s stitched together some cases Garrow’s done and other ground-breaking attorney’s have done, but it still makes for an interesting historical drama.
    The U.S. PBS program, Nova, has had an interesting three-part series on quantum mechanics (for dummies) called, The Fabric of the Universe. Having seen the Brian Cox production, Wonders of the Universe, I would highly recommend TFOTU one over that. While neither got into the mathematics of the theories of what they were explaining (even on a superficial level which was disappointing), I thought the scope and examples were quite interesting and thought-provoking (and we weren’t presented with the same breathless delivery style).
    And besides the above, the rest were just entertaining moving wallpaper.

  • Mark Carroll

    I’m generally a fan of NOVA. It reminds me of how Horizon used to be when it was good.

  • SK

    On the advice of a friend I’ve been watching Young Dracula, which is quite witty, and has a clever dramatic triangle set up at its heart: it’s nice to see that kids’ TV hasn’t become completely awful.
    Catching up on the fourth series of Chuck via a DVD-rental service. Not quite hitting the highs of series two, but not bad either, and lots of Yvonne Strahovski to tide one through the bits which are less than stellar.
    Caught up with Misfits. Found the Nazi episode a bit disappointing, mainly because the B-story of time convolutions required a lot of legwork (it wasn’t complicated, but there were a lot of fairly predictable scenes that simply had to happen to get through the plot) that squeezed out the A-story of Kelly and Sean. The next one was better though. I am really glad that it hasn’t slipped into an American-style ‘format’, where each episode has some antagonist with a new weird power that they have to deal with, a la Smallville, Supernatural, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer et al: I can’t stand those.
    End of series three of True Blood on channel 4. Just amazed at how it simply decides it’s going for utter po-faced camp and then powers straight ahead.
    Death in Paradise continues to be Death in Paradise. I think it should probably have only been six episodes rather than eight.
    Sitcoms: How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Rev (Thursday nights last a long time these days).

  • SK

    Update. Mr C. Brooker needs to stick to what he is good at, as soon as anyone remembers what that is.

  • Gareth Williams

    Dexter: Urgh.
    I guessed what the twist was going to be in episode one, and not wishing to give it away, but a certain film has ruined this suprise forever. It has been so obvious, and painfully hinted at, in recent episodes that I doubt anyone will failed to have noticed; apart from Dexter, obviously, who is supposed to be an expert in these sort of things. The prostitute death reveal was obvious from the beginning too.

  • bob

    Agreed with Gareth. Dexter has been incredibly disappointing this year. There has been no effort put into it at all. Such a shame.

  • Mark Carroll

    I’m planning to watch “Dexter” season 5 soon. At some point I’m going to have to make a decision about if I should continue beyond that into season 6. I’m already in two minds about if I want to bother with “Being Human” season 4, though I’ll wait for release and reviews I guess.