What did you watch this week? Including The Almighty Johnsons, Suits, The Newsroom, The Bridge (US) and Strike Back

It’s “What did you watch this week?, my chance to tell you what I movies and TV I’ve watched this 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 “TMINE recommends” page features links to reviews of all the shows I’ve ever recommended, and there’s also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I’ve reviewed ever. Reviewed this week elsewhere: Ironside and Trophy Wife.

In my preview queue is a couple of shows: Back in the Game and Welcome To The Family, but I have no idea when I’ll have the time to watch and review them – fingers crossed for Tuesday or Wednesday, though.

Shows I’m watching but not necessarily recommending
Under The Dome
Only one (?) more to go. This had better be good, because it’s all been a big waste of time so far. Not much Rachelle Lefevre this week, either…

Under the Dome TV Schedule

The Bridge (US)
Problematically, where the show is slavishly following the original, it’s still not doing it as well; where it’s tweaked it, it’s usually been to the detriment of the show; and where it’s gone completely off-story, it’s been significantly weaker and less interesting. But at least Sonja wasn’t so rubbish this week, unlike last week – for those who didn’t watch the original, (spoiler for both shows)in the original, Saga was shot at the safe house, guarding the son, rather than being hit by a car on the way to the safe house.

The Bridge TV Schedule

Strike Back (Cinemax/Sky 1)
More fun violence, but quelle surprise, another strong woman dead. A good character moment, though, even if it was a tad too late.

Recommended shows
The Almighty Johnsons

A really cracking episode and surprisingly eerie at times. The revelation at the end was a good nod to fans and actually quite unexpected. Fine acting by Michelle Langstone, too. Probably the best episode of all three seasons, I reckon.

The Almighty Johnsons TV Schedule

The Newsroom
I’m really not sure what they’re trying to do with the show now. It’s just all over the place. I almost get the feeling that Sorkin is trying to turn it into a comedy. That might almost be a better option, since there were some fun Sloan moments at least.

The Newsroom TV Schedule

Suits
On the one hand, nice to see a show where everyone actually seems to enjoy their jobs. On the other, Louis is getting more and more implausible and Mike is turning into a bigger and bigger dick. Some good individual moments but I’ll be glad to see the back of Hessington Oil.

Suits TV Schedule

“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'm not minding Suits so much but many of the interactions are feeling increasingly implausible. I'm definitely still watching, anyway, it's still good, but there seems to be an unfortunate abundance of personal issues and posturing, and so far I couldn't give a fig about the romance and sex aspects, the characters mostly aren't drawing me in.

    You're tempting me with The Almighty Johnsons; Netflix seem to stream it.

    We watched Blackfish, pretty much a documentary about a mistreated killer whale injuring and killing at places like Seaworld. It was well done and fairly eye-opening and miserable, just the thing if you didn't think people weren't already disappointing enough in pursuit of profit.

    The Great British Bake-Off and InkMaster amble along adequately, but not really any better than earlier seasons. I watched a new CSI: NY that wasn't too bad. Oh, also that Panorama about the police locking up mentally ill people because proper emergency care for them is underresourced, which was presented reasonably.

    We also watched Five Broken Cameras, which was quite a good view of life in Palestine from the point of view of a guy with a camera and those in his village, as the Israelis encroach on what was their land, and they protest.

    Series 2 of Wolfblood has started. The dialogue's dire, but the children like it.

    I watched a couple of random later South Park episodes; they weren't the best for me. I don't mind the crudity, but there weren't quite as funny, or biting at social issues, as I've liked. They'd still clearly been thought about, and were subversive; maybe I'm being too harsh.

  • Julia Williams

    I missed the beginning, unfortunately, but I loved The Wipers Times. Ben Chaplin was particularly good I thought, and Michael Palin's cameo was marvellous.

    Also subjected my family to A Song for Marion, which is a weepie, but a lovely one, with brilliant performances from Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. The children are still traumatised 🙂

    Haven't been watching very much else as TV in our house seems mainly dominated by teenagers watching The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Sigh.

  • Julia Williams

    I missed the beginning, unfortunately, but I loved The Wipers Times. Ben Chaplin was particularly good I thought, and Michael Palin's cameo was marvellous.

    Also subjected my family to A Song for Marion, which is a weepie, but a lovely one, with brilliant performances from Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. The children are still traumatised 🙂

    Haven't been watching very much else as TV in our house seems mainly dominated by teenagers watching The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Sigh.

  • Mark Carroll

    As American sitcoms go, I can think of far worse. (-:

  • The Almighty Johnsons takes about four episodes to really get going, pretty much every season, so if you are going to give it a go, bear that in mind

  • The Almighty Johnsons takes about four episodes to really get going, pretty much every season, so if you are going to give it a go, bear that in mind

  • I'll be reviewing some this week, I suspect

  • I'll be reviewing some this week, I suspect

  • Julia Williams

    This is very true. But the fact they are never off the screen puts me off. Still better then 90210 which the 15yo is obsessed by. She has the decency to watch that somewhere else 🙂