I wrote not long ago about the series I watched during the regular season, but since then I have polished off a few more:
Game of Thrones: pretty good series adapting what I assume is a pretty good series of books by George R.R. Martin; I’ve never read them but have heard good things. Some threads of the story interest me more than others, and I am a little disappointed that the Big Bad(s) from beyond the wall didn’t really show up at the end of the first season, but hey, dragons.
Luther: Idris Elba chews the scenery effectively in this stylish BBC police series. Luther is a detective with anger problems, an estranged wife, and a best friend that murdered her parents. The first series is especially compelling, the second not quite as good and disappointingly short, but any episode of Luther will probably be better than any other cop show on television right now.
The Killing (US): speaking of. This remake of the Danish murder mystery Forbrydelsen started out reasonably well but lost what little edge it had. I can never understand how a show based on another successfully already completed show (or book, or film) can lose its way like this.
Nicole and I also finished watching Lost – first time for her, second for me – and followed up by burning through Twin Peaks, pardon the pun. Both series hold up pretty well to rewatching. Now we are on Season 3 of Battlestar: Galactica (the good one) and approaching the end of Season 13 of South Park, which has been much funnier overall than I expected. I realized the other day that I never did watch all of Chris Carter’s depressing X-Files-sort-of-spinoff Millennium, so perhaps I will do that next. Speaking of, anyone else remember the short-lived Fox series Strange Luck? The main character’s brother, with his dying breath, asked for information to be given to Fox Mulder.
People say good things about Fringe too; I gave up on it after a few episodes when it started. Of course, people also say good things about The Big Bang Theory. People will probably go see the Glee concert movie next month. Clearly, people are idiots. Case in point, Norm MacDonald’s Sports Show was cancelled by Comedy Central. (shakes head)
Shows I watch that are currently in progress include:
Torchwood: I have never embraced this show as much as it probably wants me to; I’ve just never felt much of a connection with the characters, and now that most of them are gone, I feel it even less. This series and the last were basically miniseries telling one long story, and in both cases my interest is very low.
Damages: interest is pretty low for this one too. I get it, Glenn Close is a cunt. Rose Byrne is always watchable at least. The Blackwater-inspired storyline does look intriguing.
True Blood: what was once a darkly humoured and sexy sort-of-mystery series has become a slapdash softcore porn soap opera. I haven’t read the books so I don’t have the fun that Nicole has of seeing what elements are being used where and how different things are.
Burn Notice: the action keeps rolling along on this agreeable spy series/tutorial starring Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell.
Top Gear (UK): cars, stunts, celebrities, destroying caravans, amazing photography and travel. Hard not to like it. But, as the US version proved, it is the hosts that make the difference.
Haven: surprisingly fun original series from the US SyFy (ugh) channel, shot in and around Lunenberg, NS. Basically a cross between The X-Files and the first season of Smallville, where investigators encounter a freak of the week and parse new morsels of the underlying mythology. Loosely based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid.” The leads do a solid job and Eric Balfour is a welcome scene-stealer.
Finally, I am working through the first series of Stargate: Universe, another (ugh) SyFy series and one of the many spinoffs of the kooky film from years ago. In this series, a few dozen people escape a facility by going through a stargate to an unknown destination, which turns out to be an ancient ship on the other side of the universe. Before the Star Trek: Voyager panic attack takes hold, though, hear this: SG:U is an amazingly well-written and well-cast series, recalling the likes of Blake’s 7 and Firefly more than Trek. I am only about half a dozen episodes in, so I hope the quality level stays high. I am optimistic.
That’s it for now, more in the fall once the new season gets going.