My recent lack of regular or substantial posting is not due to the fact that I have renounced TV and all it stands for. I have been watching more than my fair share as usual but I have not been watching anything worth talking about. I am not having the best time of it at the moment, so I am watching anything to take my mind off things and nothing that requires me to think too hard. And if I have to post on here, then some thought about what I am watching is required. To tide things over, here are my impressions of my TV-watching week:
- That 70s Show is still keeping me entertained. Hyde is still pretty sexy and Eric is still cute. Kelso is still dumb but entertaining and Fez the same. Donna is pretty and kicks ass and Jackie is annoying but sweet too. It is like friends only they are all younger, and you have fantastic clothes and music and references. Plus they all smoke dope, which whilst I do not find it in itself to be particularly clever (Just Say No to drugs, kids), it is fugging hilarious when it’s done on primetime TV. I am now picturing Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler and Joey sitting the The Circle getting stoned. It would probably be called The One where They Get Stoned. Or something.
- I have finally finished watching Jane Eyre after getting confused with the BBCs scheduling and not realising I could have watched the final episode last week. In any case, it was good. Not great but good, and I still want to read the book as I am intrigued to know if Charlotte Bronte was as racy as it seems from the adaptation. Jane Austen never has people kissing who aren’t married and yet Jane and Mr Rochester kiss. A lot. Not that I am a prude but I am just interested to see if times had really changed that much in 30-odd years. Actually thinking about how things were in 1972, times probably had changed that much.
- I have watched the first episode of Robin Hood which I thought was great fun. The characters seem to be well-rounded (for example the comic foil, Much, was the archetypal side-kick but also showed a vunerable and emotional side when asked about the violent crusades from where he and Robin had just come. Robin is quite charming and handsome enough to get away with it but not too much to be unbelievable in the role. I still have a couple of episodes to catch up on and given the good start, I think I will persevere.
- I tried to watch Firefly because it came from the great Joss Whedon but just couldn’t get into it. It doesn’t help that I can’t help thinking that the Sci-Fi Channel missed the very beginning of the first episode because when I tried to read the TWoP recaps, they didn’t seem to match what I had just watched. We have borrowed the spin-off film Serenity so I will give that a go, and if I like it, maybe try the DVDs of Firefly. I want to like this so much because anyone who can make Buffy and Angel, is a TV-genius.
- This season of Extras has now come to an end and it didn’t disappoint. De Niro was good but the scene with the sexy pen was just priceless. Stephen Merchant is just brilliant. I read that the actress who plays Maggie, Ashley Jensen, has a part in Ugly Betty, a new show in the US. The show sounds fab and I am hoping that her appearance will mean some interest over here so that they pick it up on one of our channels. Jessica from TWoP (who recapped the final couple seasons of Dawson’s Creek) is recapping it so reading those would enhance my enjoyment I am sure.
Another show I would like to see over here is Heroes. The review of this show were mixed when it first came out but things seem to be improving and I am hearing more and more good things. The fact that Erin is recapping also means I would like to watch/read – its just not the same reading the recaps if you haven’t seen it. The laughing-through-the-nose-in-recognition is the main reason I read TWoP recaps.