This Country
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This Country renewed; Living Biblically cancelled; Charité acquired; Amazon’s Utopia remake; + more

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Let's Get Physical
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Seven Seconds, Taken cancelled; Let’s Get Physical acquired; This Close, six CBS shows renewed; Nat Geo’s Ebola drama; + more

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  • Teaser for season 2 of Netflix’s GLOW
  • Cary Elwes and Jake Busey join Netflix’s Stranger Things
  • Netflix cancels: Seven Seconds
  • Netflix green lights: series of Julian Fellowes invention of football drama The English Game; DJ comedy Turn Up Charlie, with Idris Elba; Amsterdam demon period drama; French supernatural thriller Mortel; German series The Wave; and Italian witchcraft series Luna Nera

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  • E4 acquires: Pop TV (US)’s Let’s Get Physical
  • Trailer for Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose

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Killing Eve
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What have you been watching? Including Black Lightning and Killing Eve

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

The flurry of new Spring shows has been dying down of late, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped regaling you with reviews of the latest and greatest – or at least freshest – shows. True, Trust and The Terror are still sitting in that viewing queue, looking ever more unappealing, but I’m still going to give them a shot. And elsewhere, I have at least given you reviews of:

As well as a third-episode verdict on The Crossing (US: ABC; UK: Amazon). Incidentally, in case you haven’t visited that The Detail review recently, it turns out that it really is a remake of ITV’s Scott & Bailey. They kept that one quiet (at first).

Being the lazy type, I can’t be bothered to check the worldwide schedules for new shows, so let it all be as much of a surprise to me as it is to you if a new one materialises for me to review – or as if I actually get round to Trust and The Terror.

After the jump, a look at the latest episodes of the regulars: The Americans, Deep State, The Good Fight, Harrow, Killing Eve, Krypton, Legion, The Looming Tower, SEAL Team, Silicon Valley and Timeless. We’ve also had the season finale of Black Lightning, so I’ll be letting you know how that went, too.

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Ruth Wilson in Mrs Wilson
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The 20th Man, The Peripheral adaptations; Netflix enters The Order; BET, OWN, Comedy Central’s new shows; + more

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  • Netflix green lights: series of secret magic society monster drama The Order, with Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Matt Frewer, Max Martini and Sam Trammell
  • Amazon developing: adaptation of William Gibson’s The Peripheral

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  • Iain Glen, Keeley Hawes, Fiona Shaw and Anupam Kher join BBC One’s Mrs Wilson

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  • BET green lights: series of sexual chemistry app drama The Archer Connection and professional sports drama Games Divas Play
  • OWN green lights: series of multigenerational family saga Ambitions
  • Comedy Central developing: 20-something rapper comedy Awkwafina, overzealous church-league basketball comedy Robbie, and competitive friends comedy Kevin vs Josh
  • Paramount developing: police brainwashing drama
Sandrine Holt, Steve Zahn and Natalie Martinez in The Crossing
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Third-episode verdict: The Crossing (US: ABC; UK: Amazon)

In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, ABC
In the UK: Tuesdays, Amazon

The Crossing started as a really quite basic allegory about modern day politics, in which a whole bunch of refugees are literally washed ashore in the US, only to reveal themselves as Americans travelling back in time to escape from a war they’re losing quite badly.

Come on, audience, feel some empathy for Syrians – there but for the grace of God go you.

For the most part, that was all it was, with small town sheriff Steve Zahn (Treme, Mind Games) and Department of Homeland Security agent Sandrine Holt (Hostages, House of Cards, MacgyverThe ReturnedThe Art of More) having to deal with the new Americans. Holt has to deal with the mystery of the refugees’ arrival, while Zahn has to deal with one particular refugee (APB‘s Natalie Martinez) who it turns out has superpowers – the war was actually between Homo Sapiens and a newly engineered master-race of Apex predators, of whom she is one.

Come on, white audience, feel some empathy for oppressed minorities – there but for the grace of God go you.

And it wasn’t very good. It was okay, but it wasn’t great sci-fi, Zahn was less than plausible as a sheriff and Holt just sat behind a desk answering phones for the most part. A hint that another bunch of time travellers had already come through a good deal earlier gave the ending a nice twist, but beyond Martinez and her super-leaping, that was about it.

A mild improvement

Since then, things have got a bit better, as we’ve moved away from the allegory into telling more of a story. Episode two gave us some glimpses at the Continuum-like future and revealed Martinez’s mission in the past. We also got a super-virus that the world needs to watch out for.

While Zahn and Holt have had the same duties as before, Martinez has had some really quite whizzy super-fights and it rapidly became clear that she was the one good thing about the show. We also got some nice greying of the waters, with the previous travellers turning out to be regular humans coming back in time to try to prevent their terrible future from occurring, but not being especially concerned about what they have to do to prevent it.

However, while episode three at least maintained Martinez’s fighty fun, Zahn spent most of his time with his kid at a funfair, while Holt spent it typing into a computer or calling other people to get them to type into a computer. I do wonder if she’s only been hired for a couple of days, so they had to film all her scenes back-to-back on the same set.

The Crossing: Conclusion

Like The Whispers before it, The Crossing is probably going to turn out to be one of those sci-fi shows that ABC periodically produces that has a semi-decent core and just enough promise and decent production values that you imagine it might not be too bad – but which ultimately is likely to disappoint and never lead anywhere really satisfying.

That’s how I ended my review of the first episode and I stand by it. The Crossing is all of that and if you’re after decent sci-fi with pretty much all the same themes as The Crossing, try Continuum instead since it’s a lot better.

That said, The Crossing‘s meat and two veg sci-fi will serve you just fine as one of your regular servings a week, even if it doesn’t really contain much that’s nourishing. I might just keep watching to see what Martinez gets up to and if the plot will advance at all and become about more than looking for lost children and endless capture/release cycles, but as that would be my only draw, I imagine that if anything else pops up in the schedules, The Crossing would fall out of my watch-list very quickly.

Barrometer rating: 4

The Barrometer for The Crossing