Work has been absolutely flat out this week, what with Term starting tomorrow and everything. So my television watching has been a little random, a little distracted (although I think it’s Cubitt that argues this is typical TV viewer, i prefer to give it my full attention), and just basically a little of the usual stuff.
Sunday: The Einstein Factor
Some young fella had picked Doctor Who as his special subject. Only the new series though, so his fandom is questionable. However, as he did look about 12 he probably wasn’t around to watch the older series. And I’m not really qualified to ascertain degrees of Doctor Who fandom. I can’t remember who won. But I do know that I don’t like the changes to round two where the contestants only get to pick from the board once and then the Brains Trust get to pick one. This was the most interesting round, because you could join in. Just like trivia night in your own lounge room.
The Biggest Loser: Weigh -In Shock…the biggest one (purple lady with arm in sling and DVT) lost the littlest amount. If my memory serves me correctly (even though I am not the Iron Chef) it was .7 of a kilogram. The tension, the drama, the crying, the unbearable wait until Monday to see who got voted out. It’s just all so exciting. Wendy’s jumping up and down…in an ironic, mildly sarcastic mode of excitement.
Cranford: Poor Doctor Harrison…all these women thinking they were going to marry him and he only had eyes for the vicar’s daughter. What’s to do now that she’s been whisked away from him? I couldn’t stand to wait until tonight so very naughtily looked up the final episode on Wikipedia. Drama awaits us my friends with the coming of the evil railway. But a smidge of romance as well.
Tuesday: Biggest Loser return…WHAT?…they voted off Mr and Mrs Purple of the small weight loss and kept those whingey yellow sisters. I cannot believe it. Stupid!! And now it’s Nathan and Andrew the big, boofy brothers against the world (well the rest of the contestants anyway). And I may as well as continue with the rest of the week here because I watched it intermittently. That challenge with the beam across the pool and the balloons looked blinking difficult. And the warehouse with the choice of takeaway food or 5dollars a day was a doozy little twist as well. Weigh in tonight!!! Tune in at 7 everyone for all the crying and over-sized scales you can possibly wish for.
Wednesday: The New Inventors.
To be fair I was only half listening to it while I did some marking. but it sounded boring. I’m sure there were some worthy inventions. However, worthy does not always make for interesting television.
Spicks and Specks: Better guests thank you ABC. Soul singer lady was excellent.
Chandon Pictures: Actually I declined the ABC’s kind offer to watch Chandon Pictures and turned the television off. I know…it happens sometimes.
Thursday: Nothing doing on the actual TV so watched an old Doctor Who, Gridlock with Martha, the return of the big face and cat nun. As well as Ardal O’Hanlon for all Father Ted fans as a cat person stuck in the underground traffic. Very good.
Friday: Again, nothing on the TV, so borrowed a DVD. Burn After Reading. What the hell the fuss was about here I have no idea. Unlike Kerrie Murphy in yesterday’s review in The Australian, I though Brad Pitt’ gym junkie Chad was the most interesting character and he got killed off halfway through. I didn’t understand the point of George Clooney’s character. France McDormand grew on me. And John Malkovich did his usual schtick. I only kept watching to see if it got better. All in all, verdict, just a little bit dull.It reminded me of the time I was swayed by the glowing reviews for Get Shorty and went to the movies to see it. It’s not that it was boring. It was like it was nothing, not funny, not scary, not dramatic, just…stuff happening.
Saturday: New Tricks. Now I know I’m probably not in the prime demographic for this show about old coppers, but it’s amusing, smart and has some great actors. My favourite is Alun Armstrong’s slightly off-kilter Brian. It’s in repeats but still beats anything else on offer at this time.
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