What did you watch this week (w/e January 13)?

The Firm on NBC

Time for “What did you watch this week?”, my chance to tell you what I watched this week that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

First, the usual recommendations: The Daily Show, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Portlandia, Sherlock, Suburgatory and 30 Rock. Do watch them.

But still in the viewing queue are the first episodes of The Finder, Eternal Law, Rob, The L.A. Complex and Arctic Air, none of which appeal to me in the slightest, but fingers-crossed, I’ll take the bullet for you guys on some time next week. And embarrassingly, I haven’t seen this week’s Sherlock, either. Yes, I watched Are You There, Chelsea? instead, just for you guys. I hope you’re happy.

A few thoughts on what else I’ve watched this week, though:

  • Three Inches: around the time SyFy was working on Alphas, it was also developing this pilot with James Marsters and Naoko Mori of Torchwood (albeit in the supporting cast). Practically identical to Alphas but played for laughs, it’s about a mysterious, probably benevolent individual (Marsters) who assembles a team of superheroes with slightly rubbish abilities to solve crimes for the government, including the hero who can move things three inches with his mind. It’s easy to see why SyFy went for Alphas – this was rubbish – but at the same time, it’s clear that Three Inches had more heart in any given two minutes than Alphas did in any episode you care to name.
  • The Firm: NBC’s TV sequel to the movie and book of the same name by John Grisham. NBC showed two episodes of it but it couldn’t maintain my interest for 15 minutes, not even when Juliette Lewis and most of the Canadian cast of Battlestar Galactica turned up. Basically, just lots of running around being chased by men in suits. It may make more sense to people who have seen the movie, mind.
  • Portlandia: good, but not as laughter-filled as last season. Nice to see the feminist bookstore back, though.

In the glorious tradition of “things that I’ve recorded that I won’t watch because the commissioner decided to strip them and I don’t have the time to watch them”, I’ve just deleted the following from my DVR: Great Expectations and The Royal Bodyguard. I’ve taped the first two episodes of Borgen in the same tradition and confidently expect to delete them some time in the next couple of days.

“What did you watch 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. 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

    More “Foyle’s War” for me (the one starting with DCS Meredith), it’s picked up again. Not much else this week, though, it’s been busy. We did watch “Win Win” which I suppose was okay if you like that sort of thing. Oh, and we rewatched some “Life” which remains fairly good a second time around.

  • Gareth Williams

    ‘Sherlock’ struggled to live up to last week’s episode and I’ve given up on ‘Earthflight’; it looks fantastic but birds are just dull.
    I didn’t watch much ‘new’ stuff this week and have just polished off series one of ‘Community’.

  • Oh Sherlock was delightful (sorry to disagree) but whilst I agree it wasn’t the top-notch that the opener had been — deja vu anyone? — it was a significant improvement on the first ‘season’ middle episode with the dodgy ‘foreign-folk’.
    And you didn’t watch ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’? (unless I missed reading that in the list?)
    THAT was a treat, and waaaay better than the Great Expectations adaptation (which I had nevertheless enjoyed, but this was much darker and funnier: taking this incomplete work and making it whole was lovely: great performances too)
    And I have to confess, I’ve been watching ‘Eternal Law’. It’s compulsively awful in a charming way. I’m a sucker for an angels storyline…

  • I loved Sherlock too.
    And Lisa, I saw Edwin Drood. It was a treat, though I did guess the denoument. Shades of Our Mutual Friend ran throughout, I felt. But being one of the few Dickens’ novels I haven’t read, it was great to come to the story fresh, and I think the way the story was finished off was very satisfactory. Top notch perfomances all round, particularly from Martin Rhys as John Jasper, but the guy who played Datchery was also delightful.
    Still watching The Royal Bodyguard which is plain silly, but fun.
    With movies caught up with Cowboys v Aliens at the weekend which was bizarre, but I loved it mainly because Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford were so believable. Also watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was much better then I’d feared.

  • PS Rob, hope you are avoiding Twitter cos there is a lot of Sherlock spoilering going on, including by me. Sorry, delete my threads if you don’t want to see. I will say that both BC AND MF were awesome.

  • Gareth Williams

    Yup, episode three was fantastic, if not as good as the first.

  • bob

    Sherlock: I thought episode 3 was the best of the series… Possibly of the show. I will have to rewatch from the beginning!