Fringe, Smallville, Spartacus, Who Do You Think You Are

My Saturday had me choosing from this bunch of appealing shows. I began with the first in the 2nd US series of Who Do You Think You Are, with Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams. The UK version has been running for a few years and the US version last year was pretty similar apart from the endless adbreaks and ‘coming next’ moments that were a right pain!

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Human Target, Off the Map.

Due to my slow viewing habits, I’ve watched four episodes of Off The Map in a pretty short space of time, and Mamie Gummer is one of my new favourite actors! Yes, she can blame her mother for that nose and the unfortunate name but the girl is talented! We got two great guest stars this week – Daddy Walton Ralph Waites as an elderly cancer stricken Nazi who Mamie wanted to ensure saw justice. I liked that she didn’t have a particular axe to grind. She didn’t have a relative who suffered (although I was yelling “Sophie’s Choice” at the tv!) but was just determined he lived one more day to face his past. Ed Begley Jr popped up in a tiny role as a visiting dentist. He’s such a good actor, I hope he returns. This episode was directed by Eric Stoltz, who has also directed Glee recently. Guess the failure of Caprica has him thinking.

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TV Round Up – Lie To Me, Human Target, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Episodes, Chase, Off the Map, Harry’s Law

Lots of tv episodes to catch up on this week!

Lie To Me ended a brief 13 episode season with one of those annoying flashback episodes that far too many tv shows do these days. Begin with a shocking scene – in this case Gillian covered in blood – and then do a ‘two days earlier’ thing. The episode featured a Social Network-type plot, with internet nerds fighting amongst themselves and ultimately committing murder. The lead genius but socially inept character (and I know I’ve seen that actor in something else recently, also obnoxious I think..) was like Mark Zuckerberg as played by Jesse Eisenberg if a tad more homicidal!

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