It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week
This week’s reviews
While US TV has only been serving up mini-series such as I Am The Night, streaming services have been taking up the slack this week. Elsewhere, I’ve reviewed two new Internet shows:
And this week’s Orange Wednesday gave us two film reviews: Split (2016) and Das Boot (1981), as well as a glimpse at Polar (2019)
Sky Deutschland’s Das Boot sequel started on Sky last night and I’m aiming to have that as next week’s Boxset Monday. I might also be able to preview Time Traveling Bong if I get a chance. Plus I’m sure there’ll be something new on Netflix.
Magnum P.I. took another break this week, so after the jump, I’ll be looking at: Cavendish, Corporate, Counterpart, The Magicians, The Orville, The Passage, and Star Trek: Discovery. See you in a mo!
Shows I’m watching but not necessarily recommending
Cavendish (Canada: CBC)
1×5 – Charlottetown Nights
The action moves very slightly from Cavendish to Charlottetown. There’s a hypnotist, but the most fun is to be had with a very Canadian motorcycle gang. Not hugely funny, some bad fight scenes and very slightly racist, but some decent laughs to be had.
Episode reviews: Initial review
The Orville (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)
2×6 – A Happy Refrain
There was a point in ST:TNG where you realised that the producers had definitely lost it and had started to disappear up their own backsides. That was roughly when everyone started heading off to watch classical music recitals.
Want to relive that moment again? Well, now you can with The Orville, which decided to invite an entire orchestra this time, while simultaneously resurrecting the old ST:TNG episode In Theory. Erk.
Still, it was also a good opportunity to see the voiceover cast in the flesh for a change and there was a least both some comedy and some character work, so not all was lost for sure. But sometimes a tribute can be too loving, don’t you think?
The Passage (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)
1×4 – Whose Blood is That?
After shaking the formula up in the previous episode, we’re now in the new normal and it’s not all that fun to have it again. Yes, the vampires are psychically plotting. Yes, the stupid vampire-derived medicine doesn’t work. Yes, everyone running the facility is an idiot. Got that. Can we move things along a bit now?
Episode reviews: 1
Corporate (US: Comedy Central; UK: Comedy Central)
2×4 – Thanks!
While the ‘main plot’ of trying to get a co-worker fired for various reasons wasn’t hugely funny and was more the usual nihilism we’ve come to expect, the b-plot about email etiquette truly was a well observed piece of comedy genius that also plays back to the early season 1 episodes. You’ll never compose an email the same way again after watching this.
Counterpart (US: Starz; UK: StarzPlay)
2×8 – In From The Cold
A lot of sitting around chatting, which worked as well as always, but we finally seem to be letting JK Simmons do things again, which is nice. Blimey, for an old bloke, he’s a bit ripped, isn’t it?
The Magicians (US: Syfy; UK: Syfy)
4×3 – The Bad News Bear
Much better than the previous two episodes, thanks mainly to having the regular characters back, as well as some pleasingly funny and imaginative situations involving magic confidence tricks. I’m not sure ‘the Monster’ plotline is that great and having Alice stuck in the Library the whole time isn’t a winning plan, either, but a properly enjoyable piece, at least.
Star Trek: Discovery (US: CBS All Access; UK: Netflix)
2×3 – Point of Light
Oh God, that was terrible. Everything that was terrible in the first season but with very little to counterbalance a raw blancmange of tedious Klingon, fan fic-level character-plotting, unspeakable dialogue, terrible acting and forced spin-off plotting.
It’s a shame because I was really excited at the start of the season by the prospect of Captain Pike, The Enterprise Spock et al, but they’re utterly squandering it with fan-pleasing idiocy. Even a fungal infection was better than that.
Plus it’s noticeable that Top Trekkie, Lovely Wife, almost had to be forced to watch it last night. When she takes persuading to watch Trek, you know something is going badly wrong.
Episode reviews: Initial review