What did you watch last week? Including The Bridge, The Almighty Johnsons and Don’t Trust The B—-

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 I’ve missed them.

The usual recommendations from the first-run shows are: The Almighty Johnsons, The Apprentice, Awake, BeTipul, The Bridge, Community, Cougar Town, The Daily Show, House, Mad Men, Modern Family, and 30 Rock. Hunt them down.

Only two episodes in the backlog this week: House and Touch. And I’m saving up the second series of Braquo for when the mother-in-law comes round.

Here’s a few thoughts on the regulars:

  • Mad Men – funny, interesting to see where they’re taking Megan as a character, but also Pete and Peggy. And who knew what a new man Don Draper was? And The Beatles – awesome.
  • Missing – an entirely predictable set of revelations, but Judd seems to have become crap at fighting all of a sudden
  • Cougar Town – glad they’re expanding the cast with the new character, who fits in well
  • Louis Theroux’s Extreme love: Autism – I have to ask – why did LT have to go to America to find some autistic children? We do have them here, you know. Was there an ethics problem or is there, as my wife suggests, an embarrassing lack of residential care facilities for autistic children in the UK?
  • The Almighty Johnsons – a lovely episode. Good to see the goddesses now coming front and centre, but it has to be said the male gaze is still there: it was a golden opportunity for the goddesses to explain becoming a goddess to Gaia but that was glossed over because essentially it’s all about the gods’ reactions to the goddesses, rather than the goddesses as people in their own rights. But I knew it was only a matter of time before other pantheons came into the show, and I’m pleased by the looks of the trailer for the next episode as to which one it might be.
  • Suburgatory – how quickly do women gestate in Suburgatory? Alicia Silverstone wasn’t showing at all last episode IIRC…
  • Awake – A bit dull, and a distinct lack of therapists
  • Community – Shocks all round from the finale! A weird episode, but still not very funny
  • 30 Rock – A spot on analysis of scripted reality shows bit rubbish and unfunny all the same.
  • Don’t Trust The B—- – And the show finds its feet again, this time with the first of the non-James Van Der Beek celebrity appearances: Kevin Sorbo. Let’s hope they can maintain this, even if Dreama Walker’s character still isn’t funny, despite her best efforts this episode.
  • The Bridge – well, I was expecting it to be a cop, so the revelation at the end of the last episode wasn’t too surprising. Then again, the previous episode revealed it might be Stefan, so maybe that’s not too conclusive a statement. Still very much enjoying it though.

“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?

  • Indiekid76

    I read that complaint about the Louis Theroux docs elsewhere, too. Do you think that it is because American's are more open and honest, whilst we are more reserved and cynical?

    It's equally plausible that we are now accustomed, or the producers think we're more accustomed, to Louis in America. I'm trying to think of any documentaries he's done in the UK, other than the '…meets…' series.

  • Mark Carroll

    I hadn't got that far with “The Bridge” yet. We are certainly liking it though. I'll spare you the this-and-that are still okay; there's not been anything very special in our regular series. We have been watching the old “Roots” miniseries — my wife borrowed it — and it seems quite good if you're into American slavery stuff.

  • Probably should have spoiler tagged that (thought I did, but…), but in context, they're actually less spoilery than it appears. Sorry though.

  • If I were conspiracy theory minded, I'd say that not only would we all be wary of Louis Theroux taking the piss since we know him better than America does, but post-Hutton Report, the BBC steers clear of anything controversial at home in favour of looking at the issues abroad. Busily watching Fry's Planet Word and he studiously avoids talking about both Welsh and Scots Gaelic in episode two in favour of going to Ireland and France to talk about Irish and Basque, even though the issues are exactly the same.

  • SK

    I've watched the first two episodes of The Bridge and I think I'll stop, because I have a particular loathing for the typeof detective story where the detective spends their time following a trail of clues deliberately left by the killer.

    to my mind the interesting thing about a detective story is the battle of wits: the detective trying to find the killer, the killer who doesn't want to be found. The hunt.

    But if the killer is leaving clues deliberately meaning for the detectives to solve them just so the writers can drag things out / get the story to where they want it to go, that element of adversary is utterly missing: it's like a drag-hunt. the detectives are just following a trail, they're not outsmarting the killer (until the very last moment, when the writers run out of ideas and have to come up with an ending, anyway).

    I had the same problem with the Moriarty episodes of Sherlock, actually.

    Homeland kept up its wonderful standards of very clever plotting right to the last, thank goodness. Carrie is a hero, having saved the day and she doesn't even know it! Brilliant.

    Not much else on at the minute.

    • SK

      Someday I'll get the hang of those new spoiler tags.

  • If you log in with a Disqus account, you can edit comments you've already made. I think it works with other types of accounts, too, but I don't know which ones. I've edited your comment to fix the tags – a stray close-italic instead of a close-spoiler tag was the problem

  • But it's not quite that. The killer is leaving clues not so they can find him but so they can find what he wants them to find. He doesn't want to be found, himself. So they're still having to work out where he is, what he's up to, etc using police work rather than simply following what he leaves them.

  • Indiekid76

    I only seem to remember this when I'm on iOS so haven't checked on my Mac, but have you disabled the ability to post under your Twitter account? I could when you first changed the replies thing, but now I can't.

  • SK

    Still, though, they don't actually seem to be getting any closer to finding the killer: like I said, the thing I find interesting is the battle of wits and at the moment that seems entirely one-sided, with the clever killer leaving the trail and the dull police following it.

    Basically it feels like the crim is going to be one unfailingly one step ahead of the police until the last episode, when he makes an unforeshadowed slip-up and so they catch him.

    And I can't really be bothered to watch about eight hours with subtitles to confirm that.

  • I enabled the mobile theme for handheld devices. Can you use Twitter now I've turned it off?

  • They're a lot closer (seemingly – we'll have to see) in 5 and 6 and they get close enough to have a fight with him in 4. So far, they're actually doing quite a good job of detecting and hunting down using evidence.

  • SK

    Okay, maybe I'll leave them on the hard drive for now and see if I get time to have a look…

  • Mark Carroll

    Though, without the clues, I still found the first season of The Killing a bit tedious in how things got dragged on in how the killer first looked like A, then B, then C, and episodes would keep having a new thing that made it look like a new person. Okay, maybe it wasn't that bad, but I have at least liked in The Bridge (so far) how they don't seem to be switching from suspect to suspect based on a long, slow parade of new evidence. I think Rob's point about the clues not being about who the killer is is important.

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