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!
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.
You know when you are eating a delicious meal? Are you the sort of person who eats the good stuff first, or saves it til the end? or do you eat a bit at a time? I feel like that when a new episode of The Good Wife is on my viewing list. (I usually save it til last!)
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!
This week’s TV viewing rundown. Firstly House saw the grumpy doc trying to coach Cuddy’s daughter to get her into an elite pre-school, compete with animal training clicker (which was a hoot!) The case was pretty mundane, although good to see the gay hoodlum from Caprica getting work. Chase’s skirt chasing ways caught up with him as someone hacked his facebook (or the alternate copyright free name) page. Perfectly fun, nothing ground breaking.
As a huge fan of Lucy Lawless and Xena: Warrior Princess (see website name!) it took me a while to get into Spartacus: Blood and Sand last year. While I might love Lucy, I was not a fan of the movie 300 and found the first couple of episodes of Blood and Sand just grotesquely violent and the nudity and sex rather gratuitous. However, after hanging around on my hard drive for a while I though, as a true Lucy Lawless fan, I should try and get beyond episode 3 and I was glad I did. The epic drama and fascinating treachery that built as the series went on was really gripping! The violence was still bloody, but appeared to have a purpose. Ditto with the sex, that seemed to be about more than pure titillation.
New episodes of Fringe are always a reason to celebrate. The latest signalled Fringe’s move to Friday nights – notoriously bad for many shows (I still miss The Sarah Connor Chronicles! Especially as The Cape with Summer Glau is pretty much unwatchably bad!)
In a knowing nod to this, the episode was called The Firefly (Joss Whedon’s prematurely axed space western which I must admit I was not greatly into although I enjoyed the movie) and featured the return of the observers and guest starring Christopher Lloyd. We had plenty of soul searching for Walter as the observers told him they were there to put right something his incursion into the alternate world had caused. This was later revealed to be the death of Christopher Lloyd’s son, who shortly before his death in 1985 was brought to 2011 by the observers to speak to his now elderly father. Hmm, time travel, 1985…where is my flux capacitor Doc?
After seven years, Allison Dubois will dream her dreams on more. Well, not on tv anyway, the real Allison lives on! The final ever episode ‘Me Without You’ aired this week and I will freely admit I had a few tears in my eyes as the cast said goodbye on camera at the end of the episode.
With the return of new episodes to US TV after the Christmas break, I’ve been watching a whole bunch of shows in the last few days, so here’s a bit of a race through.
The Good Wife, top of my pops, featured another Alicia-liteish episode this week, as the Lockhart Gardner intrigue continued. Will finally figured out that the new guy Derek Bond was manipulating him and Diane and I was rather ridiculously delighted to see them friends again. I love Will and Diana together. In the meantime, Diane had approached Cary about joining her new firm. His demand – twice Alicia’s salary! However, it’s not going to be happening just yet. I kind of like him as their DA foe – for now!
The Golden Globes were given out in Hollywood on Sunday and I wanted to get my opinions in on a few of the awards. Firstly, the Globes did their credibility a fair bit of damage with some of the nominations this year. Piper Perabo for Best Dramatic Actress?? Really? I like Cover Affairs and Ms PP but award worthy? Still if the abysmal The Tourist can land nominations for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie as well as best film, well, like I said, credibility check..