Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Week in Entertainment

TV: The Mentalist which was pretty good. The Middle - I loved Brick saying his sheet-over-the-head costume was the "ghost of Ernest Hemingway" but "with a different belt it could pass for F Scott Fitzgerald". Case Histories on Masterpiece: okay, but I could have done without the intrusive flashbacks - we get it, someone drowned - and the story was too coincidence-filled. Also, I couldn't understand half of what the cop's son said. Seriously. Psych - I miss the '90s lead-ins, but I'm glad to see they're backing off on quite how insane Lassie is. A nice little ep.

Read: The Stone Raft by José Saramago, one of his delightful novels, just surreal enough in a very realistic way, with a wonderful authorial voice. Some more short stories by Rusch. [Citation Needed], a very funny annotated compilation of Wikipedia writing. Another pair of old Gideon Olivers (Make No Bones and Dead Men's Hearts) and the latest Sharon McCone (City of Whispers), both entertaining.



At 5:33 PM, October 31, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Was this the only episode of "Case Histories" on Masterpiece that you've seen? We saw them all, and considered them nowhere near as good as Lynley, let alone Morse, Lewis or Mirren's "Prime Suspect" (haven't seen Bello's rip-off).

We agree that the flashbacks are indeed intrusive; in earlier episodes it's made clear that the victim in the water was Brodie's sister.

Each episode of "Case Histories" was almost totally coincidence-filled, which begged credulity almost to the point of risibility.

We couldn't understand half of what the cop's son said, either. Or most of those Scots, for that matter.

At 8:21 AM, November 01, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

First and most likely last. I have one on the DVR but am not particularly motivated to watch it. Wasn't even before I read your comment, for that matter! :-D

At 5:06 PM, November 01, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Just heard on NPR's "Fresh Air" that the Alec Guinness "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is being released on DVD. That'd be a whole lot better use of time than watching the "Case Histories" series, IMHO. (Remember who played Mrs. Smiley?)


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post

Links to this post:

Create a Link

     <-- Older Post                     ^ Home                    Newer Post -->