What have you been watching this week (w/e May 14)

So what have you been enjoying on the gogglebox this week? Apart from some review copies of Saracen, which I’ll be properly reviewing on the 4th June, here’s what’s been on my gander-list:

  • Community: The paintball episode last week was outstanding. Character development, an hilarious homage to zombie movies and more – why the hell hasn’t Comedy Central or someone in the UK picked this up yet?
  • Cougar Town: Fun but forgetable as always
  • House: A reversal again, with the medical mystery being very dull, but the doctor strand being much more interesting. This week, House is to the forefront with the welcome return of Andre Braugher. Full of interesting revelations, good character moments and some great directorial touches involving some very theatrical techniques.
  • Lost: Oh dear. Have we been waiting all this time for that? A shiny light? The last two episodes had better be better than that, that’s all I’ll say, or I”m going to be very, very annoyed.
  • Modern Family: Not quite up-to-date but some reasonably funny episodes
  • Parenthood: Feels a bit of a chore at times, but with the slow general shift over to the women’s stories, it’s become more interesting, although it could do with a bit more funny. The highlights are always Erika Christensen’s subtle lawyer-mom fights with stay-at-home Buddhist mom.
  • Stargate Universe: Very good as always, with the “stones” used well for once, here to get a disabled ex-love of Rush’s onto the Destiny, but in someone else’s non-disabled body, of course. Some poignant moments, some extreme tension from the aliens, some bits that make you think “Hmm, they’re obviously going somewhere with this?” such as (spoiler) how exactly did the three left behind on the planet get back on board if the Destiny was out of range? All in all, worth watching.
  • 24: The ickiest ever 24 torture scene and the first time where we conclusively say “Jack, you’re wrong”. Where they’ll be going with the finale, I can probably predict, but after that? Hmm. That’ll be interesting to see

Yes, I haven’t got round to watching either Luther, episode two, or Chris Ryan’s Strike Back parts three and four, but I’m sure I will. But what did you watch?

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please. If you’ve reviewed something on your blog, you can put a link to it here rather than repeat yourself (although too many links and you might get killed by the spam filter).

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Review: Chris Ryan’s Strike Back 1×1-1×2

Chris Ryan's Strike Back

In the UK: Wednesdays, 9pm, Sky 1/Sky 1 HD

It’s easy to forget that while Armando Iannucci and co urge the BBC to set up its own subscription-only version of HBO in the UK, one company is already in the fledgling steps of doing just that: BSkyB. Sky have one mission in life and that’s to sell subscriptions and Sky boxes – in particular HD Sky boxes and HD subscriptions (an extra £10 a month). After years of assuming that buying lots of US TV was the way to attract subscribers – to diminishing returns – the last few years has seen a change of strategy: a concerted effort to create home-grown, quality drama, usually based on Terry Pratchett books, in an attempt to get the viewing public to hand over the cash.

Chris Ryan’s Strike Back is the latest part of this strategy. Starring everyone’s favourite Dick Head, Richard Armitage – the actor on everyone’s speed dial when they need to cast an SAS soldier – Strike Back sees Armitage’s down-and-out MI6 security guard (and former SAS soldier) go back to Iraq to recover a kidnapped reporter, who might be in the hands of the Iraqis he fought in his last mission. His MI6 handler: the army intelligence officer who accompanied him back then (Andrew Lincoln).

And you know what? Despite being on Sky 1, it’s actually very good.

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  • FX picks up Don Cheadle’s March To Madness
  • HBO considering Savage Love
  • Carlos Bernard guest starring on Burn Notice