What did you watch last week? Including Archer, Kung Fu and Colossus: The Forbin Project

David Carradine in Kung Fu

It’s “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.

First, the usual recommendations: Archer, Being Human (US), BeTipul, Cougar Town, The Daily Show, Happy Endings, House, Modern Family, Portlandia, Ringer, Shameless (US), Southland, Spartacus, Suburgatory, 30 Rock and Top Gear.

Still in the backlog: the second episodes of Awake and GCB. But largely, the regulars are chugging along, doing their regular thing, and I’ve not much to say about them, except to say keep watching them, particularly Archer which had a very odd homage to Midnight Cowboy last week.

But I have also been watching:

  • Kung Fu: Slowly watching the first season again on CBS Action. Because everything is very slow on Kung Fu in a way that’s surprising for US TV. Fights, despite the title, are a bit dreadful, and you can tell the stunt guy actually only knows judo; Carradine’s take on being half-Chinese is also borderline racist. But it’s a lovely lyrical show, almost fairytale in its way, that makes it virtually unique in the annals of US TV. Go watch it on CBS Action or investigate the pilot movie over here.

And in movies:

  • Colossus: The Forbin Project – One of the first of the decent sci-fi movies of the 70s, nevertheless, it has dated quite a bit. But it’s still really good, and you have to love a downbeat ending and a German lead.

How about you?

“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

    I’ll give “Colossus: The Forbin Project” a try. I’d not heard of it before.
    “Grimm” and “Once Upon a Time” are both going okay; they’re still among the better dramas currently on US network TV, I’d say, which may not be saying much. We seem to have a gap in “House”. None of the regular crime dramas are really worth a mention, frankly. I liked the first “Awake” but won’t get to the second until tonight and, beyond the premise, they’d better have a good idea where the show’s going.
    I saw some movie with “The Mentalist”-guy as a serial killer being pursued by Alfred Molina and that was okay. I also saw a movie with Godzilla and Mothra and Battra and it was a bit pointless and painful.

  • MediumRob

    “I’ll give “Colossus: The Forbin Project” a try. I’d not heard of it before.”
    Well worth watching if you like dystopian sci-fi films of the 60s and 70s. Fortunately, Colossus appears to have uploaded the whole movie to YouTube:

  • bob

    I am just so thrilled with Spartacus. I was struck with a thought as I watched the last episode which is that there is an almighty hole where a certain character used to be (don’t really want to spoil “Blood and Sand” for people who are years behind). That hole is this howling pit of despair that permeates the show and so instead of missing this character as I used to do, I relish how horrible and hopeless it all seems now.
    I might have had a lot of wine…