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What have you been watching? Including Virgin River, The Mandalorian, For All Mankind and Mr Robot

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

It’s a bit of a mopping up job today. Already this week, I’ve discussed all the UK TV and the Netflix shows that I watched over Christmas, so today, rather than cover any new shows, I’m going to be talking about the regulars in the TMINE viewing queue – what’s left of it, anyway.

Stumptown and Evil both took a Christmas break, and all the remaining regulars actually concluded either the entire season or the entire series, leaving just those two in the ongoing viewing pile. I wonder how long that will last?

But after the jump, we can discuss the final episodes (for now – they’ve all been renewed for second seasons) of For All Mankind, The Mandalorian and Virgin River, as well the final ever episodes of Mr Robot.

See you in a mo.

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What have you been watching? Including Virgin River and Truth Be Told

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

This decade’s reviews

Christmas may only be one day, but somehow it manages to knock a couple of weeks out of the year. It’s no different with TMINE, either – just imagine our office party! – as we’ll be closing down on Friday until 6 January 2020.

Holidays are coming, as a certain yearly advert puts it.

That means this’ll be the last WHYBW of 2019 and indeed the decade for anyone who isn’t a great big pedant. Have I prepared anything special? Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous.

All I can say for my round-up of 2010-19 is that this decade, TMINE published more than 6,600 posts and more than 1,500 TV reviews, sometimes of multiple TV episodes, which is an awful lot of writing about and watching tele. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

6 Underground
6 Underground

What’s coming this week

I’m going to push the boat out and say there might be an Orange Thursday, tomorrow, seeing as I’ve now watched both The Fear of God and Netflix’s new movie, 6 Underground. I’ll just need to write the reviews. However, that’s easier said than done, particularly given I’m seeing the new Star Wars in the evening. So we’ll see what transpires.

But after the jump, as promised, I’ll be taking a look at Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told, as well as the slightly unexpected Virgin River from Netflix.

Otherwise, the reviews will start again in the New Year.

Watchmen

The regulars

With Christmas nearly here, most of the regular shows have scaled down, but after the jump, we’ll also be talking about the latest episodes of Evil, For All Mankind, The Mandalorian and Mr Robot, as well as the season and (probably) series finale of Watchmen.

See you in a mo.

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Me, Myself and I
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Review: Me, Myself and I 1×1 (US: CBS)

In the US: Mondays, CBS, 9.30/8.30c

As we saw yesterday with The Brave, normally it’s NBC that tries to emulate CBS. However, if there’s one thing that NBC has excelled at for years, it’s schmalzy drama, and with This Is Us riding so high in the ratings and critics’ heart (would there it weren’t so schmalzy, because then I’d be able to tune in for Alex Breckenridge), let’s not be too surprised that CBS has decided to copy NBC this time by producing Me, Myself and I, featuring a cast mostly nicked from NBC shows.

It’s CBS, of course, so there are a few changes.

Firstly, it’s all centred on one white male. Again no surprise.

Secondly, it’s billed as a comedy. Except it’s actually not that funny. Again – CBS, so no surprise there either.

Lastly, and what is genuinely surprising, is that it’s really not half bad as a piece of schmalzy drama. I even felt a little emotional at times.

As the show’s title vaguely alludes, My, Myself and I is set in three times in one man’s life. We get to meet ‘Alex Riley’ as a teenager (Jack Dylan Grazer) in 1994, just as he’s moved to Los Angeles with his mum (Mandell Maughan), her new husband (Brian Unger) and his step-brother (Christopher Paul Richards). He’s worried at going to a new school, but he’s an optimistic kid who loves science – and a girl he meets at the bus stop actually seems to be into him (Reylynn Caster).

We also meet him now in 2017 (played by Bobby Moynihan now) as a struggling inventor, shortly after he’s split from his cheating wife (Alison Tolman) and raising his eight-year-old daughter from inside his friend/business partner’s (Jaleel White) garage. He obviously has a few more regrets and seems to have lost that inventing mojo he had as a kid. But he’s still got the future ahead of him.

Finally, we meet Riley in a futuristic 2042 (now played by John Larroquette) as he’s about to retire, having become a hugely successful industrialist, but unsure what to do with his life. He’s full of regrets, although his grown up daughter (Kelen Coleman) ain’t one. But then he bumps into a friend from long ago (spoiler: (spoiler alert) that girl at the bus stop, now played by Sharon Lawrence) and begins to imagine new possibilities.

As you might expect from such a situation, all three narratives interlink as he we learn what happened to the kid to make the man, both positively and negatively; what helps the older man to get his mojo back; and what the old man who seemingly has everything would really rather have. Characters who are important later on pass through the backgrounds of scenes from earlier in Riley’s life without getting mentioned, but of course we realise their importance all the same.

Nice. It’s just nice

And for a CBS comedy, it’s surprisingly nice. Yes, it’s actually nice. Characters aren’t constantly hating and mocking one another. Cringe comedy is kept to a minimum. People you expect to be douches aren’t. There’s kindness and love. Work goes into giving supporting characters their own lives and cares. And dare I say it – you actually like the people involved.

The fact Me Myself and I is billed as a comedy is problematic. The fact it naturally revolves around one man is a little tedious. But if you found This Is Us unbearable or too 70s but liked the idea of a temporally riven drama that’s full of humanity and charm and that’s partially set in the 90s and the future – or even if you fancy a 90s-set Wonder Years – then Me Myself and I could be right up your street.

 

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