What have you been watching? Including Falling Water, Hyde and Seek, Lucifer, Supergirl and Timeless

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently 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. 

As a great man once said, “Never give up! Never surrender!” I’ve been away for a few days, during which I watched close to zero TV, but that doesn’t mean I won’t have caught up again by next week.

In the past seven days, I’ve reviewed the first episodes of The Great Indoors (US: CBS; UK: ITV2) and Pure Genius (US: CBS; UK: Universal), as well as passed third-episode verdicts on Travelers (Canada: Showcase; UK: Netflix) and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Agency (US: BBC America; UK: Netflix). But in the next few days, I’m hoping to have reviewed in some form or other Good Behavior (US: TNT), People of Earth (US: TBS), Stan Against Evil (US: IFC), Second Jen (Canada: City) and Frontier (Canada: Discovery; UK: Netflix), and maybe pass a third-episode verdict on Eyewitness (US: USA) as well. Fingers crossed, lovely wife and I will have made it through to the end of the rather good The Crown (Netflix), too.

But of the regulars, I’ve not watched as much as I should or would have liked, meaning that after the jump, I’ll only be able to regale you my thoughts on the latest eps of Falling Water, The Flash, Hyde and Seek, Lucifer, Supergirl and Timeless. Still, this is ‘What have you been watching?’, so why not let everyone else know what you’ve been up to?

Falling Water (US: USA)
1×4 – Castles Made of Sand
Ever have a recurring dream? That’s going to be pretty much my review each week with this show, I’m beginning to think – “stupid in the real world, fascinating in the dream world.” Every week. But I think I spotted a reference to Twin Peaks‘s Red Lodge this episode, but a pretty tenuous one. That’s different, right?
Reviews: First episode; third episode

Lucifer (US: Fox; UK: Amazon) 
2×6 – Monster
A little more serious than normal, but still plenty of fun moments, including Maze trick and treating, as well as the final reveal in the weekly therapy session, which should make things more interesting in the weeks to come.
Reviews: First episodethird episode

Supergirl (US: The CW; UK: Sky1)
2×4 – Survivors
Perilously close to being Arrow-ed from the regular viewing list (ie watched for crossover episodes only). Apparently, there have been dozens of aliens around this whole time and the DEO could have just gone down the local bar to round them all up. Hmmm. Dichen Lachman turns up for no really good reason, but the Martian Manhunter and the Mon-El storylines did have their highlights, even if Mon-El’s makes no sense – why is he calling Kryptonians snobs when he calls from a planet with a royal family and he was in the palace guard? Huh?
Reviews: First episodethird episode

Timeless (US: NBC; UK: E4)
2×5 – The Alamo
A return to more regular Timeless storytelling, with our heroes learning very important lessons about history and Pretty Delta getting angsty about his brothers in arms. Also, hard to get worked up about whether history should be preserved to ensure that Texas would remain part of the US.
Reviews: First episodethird episode

The recommended list

The Flash (US: The CW; UK: Sky 1)
3×5 – Monster
Confusingly, one of two shows this week with the episode title of Monster (cf Lucifer), with something of a fluff episode designed to give the new Harry something to do. Caitlin’s getting something to do other than mope about her husband this year, at least, although moping about her mum isn’t really an improvement. Might be getting a downgrade from recommended soon.
Reviews: First episodethird episode

Hyde and Seek (Australia: Nine)
Promoted to recommended this week, thanks to another solid bit of anti-terrorism spy and police thrills that manages to deal with terrorists more smartly than US TV shows do, while still delivering the adrenaline goods. Always perilously close to a whole big bunch of cliches, it still somehow manages to avoid the obvious traps to provide a superior piece of viewing that doesn’t get too bogged down in detail, and having a female NZSIS officer as one of the two leads is a unique trick the show manages to make work.
Review: First two episodes


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.