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TV: What I’m Watching

 

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This post is a round-up of every TV show I’m currently watching week to week, in alphabetical order and with no more than a paragraph or two per programme. I’ve split it into three posts that will all be up within a week (they’re already typed and scheduled), and this is the first. General spoilers will probably follow for the season being discussed and anything preceding it:

Bones (Season 6)

I’m going to bring up “will they, won’t they?” relationships a couple of times in these posts (which I’ll shorten to WTWT), and Bones is a series that has created an obvious connection between Brennan and Booth but has resisted acting on it, not least because Brennan herself plays things a lot more clinically and less emotionally than Booth, who is a firm believer in True Love and things of that nature. I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t head in that direction eventually (though I’d prefer they leave it until the final ever episode), but for now they’re firmly grounded in WTWT territory and in Bones I don’t find that to be a bad thing.

To finish off the last season Brennan and Booth both left for different places around the world and this season looked like it was going to go in a slightly new direction thanks to the entire old team being disbanded and into new things (including different professions), but by the second episode almost everybody and everything was back in place and the show is back to its normal formula. That’s no bad thing though because Bones is still a fun show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 3)

I’ve started watching my DVD box set of Buffy over again and actually wrote a full blog post about the first season, which I then lost in a crash that somehow kept WordPress and my Lazarus recovery add-on from retaining it. I’m now one episode into season three and enjoying it as much as I used to in its initial TV run. Season three is when we meet Faith, Wesley and Mayor Wilkins, who do a good job of making up for the absences of season two regulars like Spike and Drusilla, something which I don’t remember the next season handling very well when the show again loses a lot of regulars by the end of season three.

Having only re-watched one episode of this season I don’t have that much to say about it yet. Even with their failures the Scooby Gang seem a little too competent at taking on vampires considering they’re just regular high school kids, but that was mostly just to show that the Hellmouth hasn’t taken a break during Buffy’s absence while she works through the awful thing she had to do at the end of the fantastic season two. I’m hooked all over again.

Burn Notice (Season 3)

Burn Notice for me is sort of the anti-Fringe, being a show that I’d say maybe isn’t actually that great but which I still enjoy immensely, whereas Fringe is a show that seems to do a lot of things right but which I have no interest in watching (and its absence on this list is because I have many episodes sitting unwatched on the DVR). Burn Notice doesn’t take itself too seriously and the team are almost always able to keep steps ahead of their target-of-the-week, while the overall arc of Westen’s burn notice (which can never truly be resolved until the series ends as him being reinstated as a spy would be the end of his Miami adventures) slowly moves forward in the background. I don’t like to keep falling back on ‘fun’ to describe a show but that’s really what Burn Notice is, something to sit down and enjoy and then put to the back of your mind.

Castle (Season 2)

Police procedurals set around a central character with a unique quirk are fairly overdone, and as I’ve mentioned before Castle‘s version is particularly silly. It works though because Nathan Fillion is just so darn great as Rick Castle, the rest of the cast are great, and even though it’s dealing with murder (a lot of them quite tragic) it never bogs itself down in the grimness, with either Castle himself keeping things light or discussions with his family doing so for him. It also comes across as one of the least out of touch procedurals I’ve seen, discussing subcultures it tackles (like people obsessed with vampires) as something weird but not judging or mocking, or having Castle relax by playing some Guitar Hero or his daughter discovering a piece of news on Gawker. In some respects its playing to its audience of Fillion fans, which maybe pushes its demographics in a slightly different direction to a lot of cop dramas, but it’s a better show for it.

Chuck (Season 4)

Chuck has been the biggest victim of a WTWT relationship that I can recall. Through the first three seasons the show kept them apart at all costs, which meant that every time either of them found a partner who was better suited (Jill and Hannah for Chuck, Bryce and Shaw for Sarah) they either had to be killed off, turned evil or otherwise written out because they couldn’t possibly be happy with other people. By season three Sarah spent the whole time being miserable and just being no fun to watch so I was really hoping the writers would finally get them together so we could be done with all that, and that’s actually what the writers did. It also seemed like the show was going to go the Alias route and make it so that every regular character either was a spy or knew that Chuck was one (which in the case of Alias meant they could stop spending time each week on non-spy stories), but they seem to have pulled back from that in season four.

The biggest problem with this new season though is that every episode devotes significant time to Chuck and Sarah having issues with their relationship rather than just getting them together and keeping it in the background. It’s always present and causing lots of trouble, meaning it’s not really any less annoying that the WTWT nonsense of the past few years. I think main characters can be in a relationship without it defining a majority of their interactions and hopefully Chuck will figure that out before too long, rather than feel people aren’t enjoying the relationship and split them up again.

Burn Notice
Modern Family
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bones
House MD
Chuck
Castle
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mass Effect
Dexter
Community
Community
Lie to Me
Stargate: Universe
Modern Family
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mass Effect
Community
Community
Community
Community
Community
Community
Plants Vs Zombies
Burn Notice
Thorne: Sleepyhead
Thorne: Sleepyhead
Thorne: Sleepyhead
Eric
Eric
Mass Effect
Plants Vs Zombies
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
House MD
Inside Nature’s Giants
V
Bones
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Burn Notice
Castle
Modern Family
Community
Community
Interesting Times
Interesting Times
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Chuck
Lie to Me
Stargate: Universe
Mass Effect
Interesting Times
Dexter
Mass Effect
The Walking Dead
Bones
Interesting Times
Orc and Pork
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Dexter
Thorne: Scardeycat
V
Mass Effect
Interesting Times
Interesting Times
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Work
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mass Effect
Castle
Modern Family
Community
Community
The Last Continent
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
House MD
Bones
The Walking Dead
Mass Effect
Mass Effect
The Last Continent
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mass Effect 2
Chuck
Stargate: Universe
Burn Notice
The Last Continent
Eastbound and Down
Dexter
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