What have you been watching? Including Ófærð (Trapped)

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It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Ms Fisher and Steed
Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries

This week’s reviews

So I didn’t quite manage to find time to watch and review ABC (Australia)’s The Heights, as promised, but elsewhere I did review the first episodes of:

Orange Wednesday also brought reviews of The Breaker Upperers (2018), Hunter Killer (2018) and Velvet Buzzsaw (2019).

Il Miracolo (The Miracle)
Il Miracolo (The Miracle)

New shows

As usual, I’ve no idea what’s coming up in the schedules, but I’ve just started watching Il Miracolo (The Miracle(Italy: Sky; UK: Sky Atlantic), so I’ll probably be reviewing the first episode (but maybe not both seasons) before the next WHYBW.

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The regulars

After the jump, we’ll be talking about: Corporate, Doom Patrol, The Magicians, Magnum P.I., Miracle Workers, Ófærð (Trapped), The Orville, The Passage and Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the season finale of Cavendish. One of these poor souls is going to be purged from the queue – which do you think it’ll be?

TV shows

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Shows I’m watching but not necessarily recommending

Cavendish (Canada: CBC)

1×8 – It’s an Andyful Life

The last in the season sees the show borrow Fry and Laurie‘s ‘It’s a Soaraway Life’ sketch to show Mark what his life would be like without his little brother through the intervention of an angel, only to discover it would be great… up to a point. Some funny moments but nothing outstanding.

As a season then, a very strong first few episodes, before the show lost its way and forgot what it was doing – mild comedy horror in the vein of The League of Gentlemen. There was usually something to recommend it, but it’s like they ran out of ideas for bad things that could happen in remote, weird, rural areas. Visit Cornwall for a bit, guys, then come back for your second season. Oh, and work out something better for the actor Kevin Eldon to do.

Episode reviews: Initial review

Doom Patrol (US: DC Universe)

1×2 – Donkey Patrol

So in my review of the first episode, I mentioned Mr Nobody was the element that lifted the show with his Deadpool like quality. Little did I know that that DC’s apparent plan for Doom Patrol is to make it the entire show its equivalent of Deadpool. And by Jove it works.

Mr Nobody is literally talking to the audience, both as narrator and as villain, and everyone knows he is but isn’t sure why. “Who do are you talking to?” Timothy Dalton asks him. “Grant Morrison fans, trolls who have taken out DC Universe streaming subscriptions and three new fans who stayed around after the donkey fart,” says Mr Nobody to camera.

But it’s not just him. We have an honest to goodness superhero team who either don’t what to do anything superheroic (“Shall we go back inside the house?”) or react to everything with “Shit!” or “Fuck!” and haven’t a clue what to do. It’s brilliant!

Of course, this episode also introduced Cyborg to the team as well. Gosh. They really don’t have the same budget as Justice League, do they?

But poor donkey. Don’t do that again.

Episode reviews: Initial review

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Miracle Workers (US: TBS)

1×3 – 12 Days

And I’m done. The show’s had two weeks to make the mortals, their love story and the angels’ remote controlled machinations interesting and has failed both times. In fact, I want the Earth to be destroyed if it stops them (or even The String Theory guy) from ever speaking another word again. There were aspects to this episode that I liked – Steve Buscemi and the general God antics were fun and the String Theory guy and the outcome of his storyline was enjoyable enough, but don’t care, won’t care. Giving up.

Episode reviews: Initial review

The Orville (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)

2×8 – Identity – Part 1

Ooh. Didn’t see that coming. They could still pull a switcheroo in part two, but that’s taken the show in a surprising direction. Quite a dark one at that.

Episode reviews: Initial review, Verdict

The Passage (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)

1×7 – You Are Like The Sun

Starting to get a bit bored now. Yes, lovely scene with Henry Ian Cusick and Jennifer Ferrin, and an honest to goodness decent fight scene involving Mr Saved By The Bell. But could the vampires please get on with taking over the world now?

Episode reviews: 1

Recommended shows

Corporate (US: Comedy Central; UK: Comedy Central)

2×7 – Labor Day

I wondered where Lance Reddick had got to. Hoorah! Here he is. A decent start to the episode, but it got a bit silly in the middle. I do admire a show that actually pioneers new ideas in comedy, though. That is genius.

Episode reviews: Initial review, Verdict

The Magicians (US: Syfy; UK: Syfy)

4×6 – A Timeline and Place

Everything’s getting better again. The characters have interesting things to do and the bit with the mummy was marvellous. Alice’s storyline also geed up well, but separated and their usual selves again, all the regular cast had some great moments. Particularly Margot.

Episode reviews: Initial review, Verdict

Magnum P.I. (US: CBS; UK: Sky1)

1×16 – Murder Is Never Quiet

Private investigating again – I like it. That and some really good fight scenes, including one involving Higgins. I could have done without the b-plot involving the disabled vet. It would also help if the showrunners could either make sure episodes air in order or that the big changes they announce in one episode get followed through in the next. You know, like Higgins not hating Magnum any more.

Episode reviews: Initial review, Verdict

Ófærð (Trapped) (Iceland: RÚV; UK: BBC Four)

2×1-2×2

I’m about a week behind on this and suspect I will remain so for the foreseeable future. Stupid BBC Four scheduling. So Trapped was an interesting show, not just for having almost all the letters of the Icelandic alphabet in its name, but for having a good premise that it followed through one – ie that everyone was trapped in their remote Icelandic town. Now, everyone’s only metaphorically trapped and rather than it being winter, it seems to be springtime, which robs the show of a lot of its uniqueness.

However, in common with a lot of European shows, right-wing activists are the bugbear of the moment and the show is doing some surprisingly hard-hitting things here, as the Hammer of Thor strikes against immigrants, Muslims and homosexuals, leaving our Bear Detective to try to keep the local community together. The eye-rolling teenage daughter is hugely annoying, mind.

I’m not as interested in watching the show as during the first season, but I am enjoying it. It’s a bit weird that so many people are now speaking English in it, but I’m sure I’ll live.

Episode reviews: Initial review

Star Trek: Discovery (US: CBS All Access; UK: Netflix)

2×6 – The Sound of Thunder

It’s a bit hard to care for Saru, to be honest, and six episodes into the season, I’d quite like something other than “Red Angel leads the Discovery somewhere unrelated to the main plot, the crew do something to intercede, they head off again on another adventure.” It’s one way to do episodic in an age of serial, but it’s dull. Plus, there are so many hints that (spoiler) (spoiler alert) it’s one of the Discovery crew, maybe Spock, come back from the future to make the crew do things in a self-fulfilling time loop that I wonder if it’s double bluff.

More Enterprise, more Pike getting to be Kirkish, less Section 31, less larking around, please.

Episode reviews: Initial review

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