Square Eyes

Square-EyedI seem to have watched more television than usual over the past few days, even if a lot of it was on catch-up through i-Player, so for want of anything else to blog about here is my What Was On review.

Actually I’ll start with What Wasn’t On. The Thick Of It is on on Saturday when I’m otherwise occupied so I usually watch it during the week, but for some reason there is a two week gap between episodes four and five.

I suspect this is because it would have appeared on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference  and the writers didn’t want them stealing any more of their hare-brained satirical ideas to dress up as official coalition policy.

As I wasn’t able to use i-Player to watch episode five in the future, I went back in time instead to watch the final episode of Doctor Who. How appropriate.

It was the one in which the Doctor bids a heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory and very confusing it was too.

It started with the trio in New York with the Doctor reading a book that hadn’t been written yet about things he was fated to do in another New York that may or may not have existed.

So they all travel to this other New York where the Doctor meets the wife he hasn’t married yet and Amy and Rory end up jumping off a very tall building to stop this past or future New York from existing at all so that they can live a long and happy life together in the past that never happened.

It was very tense, although mostly in a grammatical sense with the past imperfect becoming future perfect in a twinkling of the Doctor’s eye.

After this mind-bending entertainment, I expected the new thriller series Hunted to be a piece of cake to follow. It wasn’t.

The fifteen minute opening sequence saw the heroine in a sub-titled Tangier rescuing someone important from the hands of villains who may or may not be terrorists. She is then shot in the head, except she isn’t – it’s just a ruse.

But then she is shot for real, although the bad guy decides to aim for her stomach instead of her head which allows her to overcome and kill the assassins and escape to the UK.

She then spends the next twelve months in a remote Scottish cottage eating fried Spam and getting back in shape by running up mountains and lying under her bath water for five minutes at a time.

It is billed as the new Spooks so I shall be sticking with it to find out what is going on, even if Melissa George’s pout is already beginning to grate on my nerves.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Reader Wil 9th October 2012

    Jumping from high buildings seems to be a popular way to end a series. I watched the last episode of the modern version of Sherlock Holmes. He also jumps of a very high building after he saw his arch-enemy Moriarty commit suicide.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. If you can play the bagpipes, you have a fair chance to play the digeridoo well. It’s a matter of circular breathing. You can try it on the tube of the vacuum cleaner, as you suggested. The longer the tube the deeper the sound. Good luck!

  • Roger Green 9th October 2012

    interesting that the eye you used as art looks a lot like the eye I used here: http://www.rogerogreen.com/2012/10/07/doctor-my-eye/

  • Chrissy Brand 9th October 2012

    Too true about the Tories… Best tv I have seen lately were dramas, surprisingly on the usually “dumbed down until it hurts” channel of ITV1: Mrs Biggs and the Bletchley Park drama whose name I forget…

  • john 9th October 2012

    most tv is bollocks…. there is very few quality products….. even my favourite THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF is really a pile of tosh……. ( its fun though)
    I tend to watch reality cop shows ( why?) a few more of the quality (?) comedy shos and old films on TCM….
    I have just re read what I have just written
    god I am a saddo!


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