The Week in Entertainment
TV: The Neighbors - I wish the duck & elephant show were real ... and "Oh my god, Alien vs Predator! Jackie, wait!" The Michael J Fox Show - again, perfectly cute but nothing special. But MJF, so I'll keep watching. Sean Saves the World - this one's getting cuter. The Middle - I loved Sue's breakdown in the fast food place (It's horrible). Modern Family - Poor Phil and all the egg/bird references. I also (on a friend's recommendation) tried out (thanks, On Demand!) The Crazy Ones and liked it well enough. The supporting cast holds their own with Robin Williams, and the set up is conducive to his brand of riffing humor. It's on the DVR list now. The Mentalist was (again) dominated by the Red John arc - I suppose I might as well stop saying that, right? Not a bad episode, though. (I knew the guy had killed himself, though; it was pretty clear that was why he was running from the cop.) I loved Rigsby's little congratulatory 'and the crowd goes wild' when Cho agreed with him - nice character moment. Sleepy Hollow is getting very complicated. I think I like it. Agents of SHIELD - this continues to be terrifically entertaining. And finally Last Tango in Halifax - wow. I liked that Alan doesn't seem to care and is, in fact, supportive, and is angry at the way Celia treated Caroline. When he told Gillian "Celia reads Daily Mail", that was funny. And those were definitely two awkward dinners. I felt so sorry for Alan - it's a long cry from "like heaven come to earth." But Celia came through in the end, for a real feel-good ending that I admit had me a little teary.
Read: Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel The Lowland, which was excellent, lyrical and haunting - it's no surprise it's a contender for major awards (Man Booker, National Book). And Ancillary Justice, which blew me away it was so damned good. Best science fiction I've read in years. Look for that one at awards time, too.