What did you watch last week? Including Don’t Trust The B—– in Apartment 23, Happy Endings, and Vegas

It’s “What did you watch last week?”, my chance to tell you what I movies and TV I watched in the past two weeks that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I’ve missed them.

First, the usual recommendations: 30 Rock, Dexter, Don’t Trust The B—– in Apartment 23, Go On, Homeland, The Last Resort, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Red Dwarf X, Suburgatory and The Thick of It.

Still in the viewing pile: Misfits. But here’s a few thoughts on what I have been watching.

  • Dexter: A little silly, but still as tense as it used to be.
  • Don’t Trust The B—– in Apartment 23: A delightfully daft way to introduce new viewers to the show, with the B in question demonstrating extreme insanity, and the show offering 20somethings extreme TV nostalgia fun with cameos from Busy Philipps from Dawson’s Creek, Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar from Saved By The Bell – all, in standard, Don’t Trust The B—- style, as ‘themselves’. M-P G was actually good, which makes a difference from Franklin & Bash then.
  • Go On: The first post-pilot weepy episode. Which is moderately embarrassing when you’re commuting on a train.
  • Happy Endings: Dreadful, but redeemed by some good performances and Elisha Cuthbert. Hope the next episode is better.
  • Homeland: It’s so hard to keep up with the producers and their twists and turns. Not absolutely convinced by the speed of the events in the episode, but handled well nevertheless.
  • The Last Resort: Another tense one, although the end result was somewhat corny. The best action show on TV at the moment, though (although maybe Strike Back: Vengeance is good – will let you know when I watch it).
  • Modern Family: They always do really good Halloween episodes, don’t they?
  • Red Dwarf X: Rubbish. More like series four or five than previous episodes and correspondingly bad.
  • Suburgatory: Back on the recommended list. Quite sweet, but it feels like no one pays much attention to character continuity.
  • The Thick Of It: A low-key way to end the series. You really wanted Malcolm to go out on a high, but a realistic way to end it all, I guess. What can replace it?
  • Vegas: Perilously close to the quality of the first episode, with only minor hobbling from the procedural aspect of things. Also good to see a few black faces in the story for a change.

And in movies:

  • This Means War: Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are spies who are both dating Reese Witherspoon. Who will she pick? You won’t care, because it’s largely rubbish and McG directed it. But it actually does have a few decent moments in, include a very funny paintball tournament, and both Hardy and Chelsea Handler liven the whole thing up beyond the standard drek. Also features Til Schweiger.

“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

    Well, the kids still like Wolfblood. My wife finds the dialogue painfully awful.

    Still watching HIG(M)NFY, QI XL, Vicar Academy, in descending order of missability.

    Will get around to Homeland, though, it's still on C4 on demand.

  • Mark Carroll

    er, “ascending”, gah

    I've been tired lately.

  • GYAD

    Last Resort – Went about a million miles an hour but enjoyable. Thankfully the glossy-hair/beefcake brigade are matched by some solid actors and decent moments of drama.

    Inspector Montalbano – A decent return to form after two bad episodes but still not as good as it can be.

    The Thick of It – 'Glental' was a good ending to a mixed series. Some very funny moments but the fractured narrative and the dull Lib Dem characters weakened it.

    Strike Back – A surprisingly beautiful opening shot and a more measured pace this week. As silly and enjoyable as ever.

    Arrested Development – Catching up with this on FX and it is just as funny as ever.

  • Last Resort does action and things military very well, but it falls apart whenever it tries to do other forms of drama. It's a great action show though.

  • GYAD

    Yeah, I've just finished episode 2 and I think it's a partial side-process of the speed of the show. So much plot and exposition leaves no time for drama or character. That poor scientist lady in the red dress hasn't managed to have a single conversation that isn't blatant techie exposition. They need to slow down and build the drama – and also to fire the terrible, terrible actor who plays the Navy SEAL.

  • But he's very pretty. They all are.