As the first week of 2022 comes to a close …. I have yet to watch the fourth season of Cobra Kai! What’s up with that? Oh well, I’ll watch it next week. This week, I was busy. Next week, I’ll ignore everything else I need to do and watch TV. How is that not a good plan?
Anyway, here’s what I watched this week:
Allo Allo (Sunday Night, PBS)
After being gone for a month due to pledge programming, Allo Allo returned to the PBS line-up on January 2nd. Having escaped from the hospital, Rene returned to the café and dealt with Michelle’s latest scheme to get the airmen out of France. It involved hiding them in a hollow bomb that would be dropped over England. The only problem is the Resistance needed a place to hide the bombs. Michelle, of course, volunteered Rene’s cafe.
While I continue to laugh at Crabtree’s mangled French, I also find myself looking forward to the every scene involving LeClerc and his attempts to disguise himself. “It is I, LeClerc.”
The Amazing Race 33 (Wendsenday Night, CBS)
The Bachelor (Monday Night, ABC)
Big goofy Clayton is the new Bachelor. Big goofy Jesse Palmer is the new host. Honestly, we need more of a break between installments of this franchise. Anyway, Monday’s episode featured Clayton meeting the girls and, of course, sending one of them home on the first night because she wasn’t there for the right reasons (plus, she was like sloppy drunk). It was such an obvious set up.
Dexter: New Blood (Sunday Night, Showtime)
Joe Millionaire (Thursday Night, Fox)
On this dating reality show, a group of women are competing to end up with one of two men. One of the men is a millionaire. The other isn’t! The twist is that the women don’t know which is which. Unfortunately, the viewers do know and that takes a lot of the fun out of the show. It would be a lot more enjoyable if we were guessing along with the women. Instead, we know that the farmer is actually very wealthy and the dude who looks like a European prince is actually a construction worker.
(To be honest, this show seems more like a parody of a reality show than an actual show.)
The first episode of this new edition of Joe Millionaire aired on Thursday. One of the women was sent home because she followed one of the men on social media. The show handled this development as if it was the most serious thing ever. I guess sending one random person home on the first day is going to be a new dating show ritual. Anyway, Joe Millionaire was pretty stupid. The men were boring. The women were boring. The host is also the butler at the mansion where everyone is staying. There was a lot of nonsense over whether or not everyone was there for the right reason. (What is the right reason when it comes to stuff like this?) Who cares?
I’ll probably watch it, though. I just won’t talk about it on twitter. It’ll be our little secret, my dear readers. Sound good?
The Love Boat (Sunday Evening, MeTV)
The Love Boat and its enthusiastic crew completed their cruise to Alaska. Everyone learned an important lesson about being too competitive and the importance of following one’s heart. Yay! Needless to say, it was a pretty silly show but sometimes, it’s good to watch something silly.
And Love …. won’t hurt anymore….
The Office (All The Time, Comedy Central)
I watched a few episodes from the fourth season on Thursday. Michael hanging out in New York with Ryan was good. The dinner party remains a classic. I had to change the channel once we got to the one where Jim was playing golf with the client and, for some stupid reason, he brought along Kevin and Andy. It never felt right whenever the show featured Jim actually working.
Open All Hours (Sunday Night, PBS)
After being off the air for the month of December due to pledge programming, Open All Hours has returned to the PBS lineup. On Sunday’s episode, Arkwright longed for Nurse Gladys Emmanuel while Granville continued to stew in resentment. I don’t blame Granville. It couldn’t have been easy being a 40 year-old stockboy. I always find myself wondering what Granville did to get sold into indentured servitude in the first place.
Shipping Wars (Tuesday Morning, A&E)
A&E is now showing the old, original episodes of Shipping Wars in the morning and new episodes at night. I have yet to watch any of the new episodes, mostly because the old episodes got so annoying after Roy died that I can’t imagine that the new episodes could be any better.
Anyway, on Tuesday, I mostly had the show on for background noise. I did notice that one episode featured a bunch of people pointing guns at Roy. It was presented as being a very dramatic situation but if Roy was really going to be shot, I kind of doubt that Shipping Wars film crew would be allowed to just hang out while it was happening. Eventually, it all turned out to be an elaborate prank.
Another episode featured Jen basically destroying a butter sculpture that she had been hired to deliver. Apparently, this was no prank. On the original Shipping Wars, Jen ruined nearly every delivery she was supposed to make. It’s kind of odd that people kept hiring her.
The Twilight Zone (Sunday, SyFy)
SyFy completed its Twilight Zone marathon on Sunday. I caught two of the marathon’s final episodes, both of which were from the season when the show had an hour running time instead of 30-minute. The hour-long Twilight Zones tend to be uneven. The first episode I watched was about a ship that came across as possibly haunted submarine. It would have been an enjoyably creepy 30-minute episode but, at an hour, there was just too much obvious padding. The second episode featured a young Dennis Hopper as a Neo-Nazi loser who finds success after a mysterious benefactor takes him under his wing. The identity of the benefactor was obvious from the start (it rhymed with Jitler) but Hopper’s odd and unhinged performance made this episode memorable.
U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2022 (Saturday afternoon, NBC)
USA! USA! USA!