10 things we learned from watching TV last week 7
Feature by Tim Carson
Here’s what we learned from watching TV between 27th February and 4th March, 2012.
1. The Bogeyman can actually be quite scary. The first episode of the final story in the latest series of Whitechapel proved as much with some clever but also slightly silly scares using the Bogeyman as it’s villain. It is definitely good fun and very watchable. Let’s hope the final episode delivers what it’s promised.
Whitechapel , ITV1, Monday, 9pm
2. Who is Kara Thrace (pictured)? Yes, we know she’s Starbuck and key character on Battlestar Galactica but what exactly is she – is she a Cylon, a human or something else? This week’s episode didn’t answer any of those questions but with just three episodes to go in Sky Atlantic’s repeat of the brilliant sci-fi series we’re going to find out soon., Hopefully! Battlestar Galactica, Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 9pm
3. Bee careful out there. Like a sort of cross between The X-Files and Blue Bloods Grimm is a pretty entertaining and fun supernatural detective show based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Episode three saw our hero detective Nick Burkhardt tracking down a load of bees in human form with references to tweets and flash mobs. Good, dark fun.
Grimm, Watch, Wednesday, 9pm
4. Facebook has made life as a potential politician trickier than ever – you never know when a dodgy picture of you from your college days might surface to embarrass you just as your about to run for office. And sometimes even a genius like Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) can’t save you. More excellent fun and games balanced with political and emotional intrigue in the excellent The Good Wife.
The Good Wife, More 4, Thursday, 9pm
5. You can’t beat sharp one-liners and good guest stars. The Big C proved that you can make cancer funny and poignant and still manages to keep its approach fresh well into series two.
The Big C, More 4, Thursday, 10pm
6. Ringer can still surprise. The Sarah Michelle Gellar star-vehicle returned after it’s mid-season break and has been better than ever with twists and surprises galore. This week it was Siobhan’s step-daughter Juliette who pulled the biggest rabbit out of a hat of the entire series with a twisted and ultimately successful plot against her father and step-mother.
Ringer, Sky Living, Thursday, 8pm
7. Christmas parties with the New Girl gang are a lot of fun. Maybe more so for the audience than the actual protagonists who had to deal with sexual harassment, a missing child and an awkward break-up. At the risk of sounding embarrassing – laugh-out-loud funny. There I said it. New Girl, C4, Friday, 8.30pm
8. The Walking Dead is just so good it should be compulsory. Utterly riveting TV as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) face off first with a tensely scripted conversation and then in an even tenser physical showdown. Superb.
The Walking Dead, FX, Friday, 10pm
9. A week is just too long to wait for the next episode of Homeland – just where is it going to go and who’s good and who’s bad? An emotionally charged episode as we see good and bad sides to both major protagonists Brody and Carrie.
Homeland, C4, Sunday, 9pm
10. Ah Terry O’Quinn (that’s John Locke everyone!) it’s always good to see you on TV even if it’s in one of the more ridiculous episodes of the all new Hawaii-Five-O. Terry this time as Navy Seal Joe White leads the Five-O team deep into North Korea (yes North Korea) to rescue Steve McGarrett who’s been set-up by an old friend and kidnapped by an old enemy.
Hawaii-Five-O, Sky1, Sunday, 9pm
What did you learn from TV this week? Tell us…