Here’s a few thoughts on what I watched this week!
Allo Allo (Sunday Night, PBS)
The Resistance was finally able to smuggle the Enigma machine out of Rene’s Cafe. The effort, of course, led to lot of costume changes and many scenes of Rene rolling his eyes in exasperation. But the important thing is that the plan worked and Michelle had to “say this only once.”
American Idol (Sunday Night, ABC)
The judges were in Nashville and almost everyone who auditioned wanted to be country music star. It got kind of boring. A former Miss America auditioned and Katy tried to steal her crown. That was pretty cool. I relate to Katy Perry far more than I relate to Taylor Swift. Eventually, one girl sang while playing the piano and was declared to be the industry’s next big superstar so I guess the show’s over now. Oh well.
Baywatch Hawaii (Prime)
I finally decided to return to my Baywatch Hawaii binge after taking about two months off. To be honest, the only reason why I returned is because I’m a completist and it’s hard for me to abandon anything. It’s certainly not because this show is particularly good or anything like that. There’s a reason why, after months of watching, I’m still struggling to finish up the first season.
Sunday morning, I got things started with an episode in which Jason was sent to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he got in touch with his native heritage by making his own canoe. A grumpy old man assisted him. Seriously, that was the entire episode. This was followed by an episode in which Sean and Jenna teamed up to rescue a few people and to argue about whether or not it was even necessary for the Baywatch Hawaii training facility to even exist. Sean thought it was necessary, which makes sense when you consider that he would be out of a job otherwise. Jenna felt it was a waste of money. Despite being attracted to each other, Sean and Jenna fought and fought. Despite being first-billed in the credits, David Hasselhoff was nowhere to be seen in either of these episodes.
Later that evening, I watched the next episode, which didn’t really have a plot beyond Kekoa and Dawn having a crush on Sean and Jason and JD trying to hit on every woman they saw. This episode basically felt like it had been put together out of scenes that had been edited out of previous episodes. Perhaps it was. Again …. no Hasselhoff!
And, for the rest of the week, I kind of forgot about the show. So, I guess I’ll get back to binging it tomorrow.
The Brady Bunch (Sunday Morning, MeTV)
On Sunday, I was too congested to change the channel so I lay on the couch and I was tortured by the Bradys. The Brady kid fought over a clubhouse. The Brady Kids fought over trading stamps. The Brady Kids fought over a lost wallet. The Brady Kids fought over feminism. The Brady Kids spent a lot of time fighting. I blame the parents.
Court Cam (Wednesday, A&E)
Court Cam has finally produced some new episodes and, as a result, I was shocked to actually see some new footage on Wednesday. For instance, I saw the Naked Cowboy getting detained in Daytona. Court Cam remains an odd show to me, largely because of how worshipful it is of the legal system. The judges are portrayed as being modern day super heroes, quick to exercise their power to find anyone in contempt. The unquestioning embrace of the court system is, overall, probably not a good thing but that’s the way of the world nowadays. My inner libertarian will always have a hard time accepting it, though.
The Dropout (Hulu)
Full House (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)
MeTV is currently showing episodes from the first season of Full House. I watched four on Sunday. Every episode has a sort of bizarre train wreck appeal to it, never more so than when Uncle Jesse gets as serious storyline. First, Stephanie cut Jesse’s hair while Jesse was sleeping so Jesse had to go get a real haircut and this led to him crashing his motorcycle and breaking both his arms. Then, Jesse decided that he would rather pursue music with his dorky band than work in the family garage. Jesse’s father was not happy about this but Uncle Jesse was like 40 years old so who cares?
Meanwhile, on another episode, Danny was hired to co-anchor a talk show with Becky (Lori Loughlin). I believe this was Loughlin’s first appearance on the show but she didn’t share any scenes with Jesse. In fact, it almost seemed as if the show was trying to set her up as a future girlfriend for Danny. While this was going on, DJ threw a party and had to kick out several of her guests when they started drinking beer. Fortunately, in the next episode, she got a horse to make up for losing all of her friends.
Law & Order (Thursday Night, NBC)
Ripped from the headlines! This week’s Law & Order was based on the Gabby Petito case and took a look at the difficulty of solving crimes and getting convictions in the social media era. It wasn’t a bad episode but I still don’t know how I felt about it or this revival overall. The episode was so obviously based on the Petito case that it actually felt a bit exploitive. I mean, I doubt Gabby’s parents took much comfort from the fact that their daughter’s death inspired a TV show.
The Love Boat (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)
On today’s cruise: Willie Aames, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Elaine Joyce, Susan Lucci, Rose Marie, Michelle Phillips, Tristan Rogers, and Jerry Van Dyke! That’s quite a lineup! Willie Aames thought he could steal Dr. Bricker’s girlfriend! A psychiatrist tried to take a vacation from his therapy group but the group decided to tag along! And, best of all, Susan Lucci played a soap opera writer who fell for Tristan Rogers. This was a cruise to remember!
The Office (Sunday Afternoon, Comedy Central)
I watched the two-part season three finale on Sunday. Jim, Karen, and Michael all went up to New York to interview for a corporate position. Michael withdrew when he realized that Jan was going to get fired. Karen showed zero sympathy for Jan so Jim apparently abandoned her in New York and drove back to Scranton so he could ask Pam out on a date. And, of course, Ryan got the job.
Open All Hours (Sunday Night, PBS)
Arkwright and Granville pursued a mouse that had invaded the store. Arkwright continued to obsess on Nurse Gladys Emmanuel. It’s odd that this show apparently ran for 10 years, despite producing only 20 or so episodes.
Pam & Tommy (Hulu)
Survivor (Wednesday Night, CBS)
Talking Dead (Sunday Night, AMC)
Yay! Talking Dead has returned to the studio. This week’s episode was pretty good, as any episode featuring Chris interviewing Josh McDermitt tends to be. It was also nice to see the return of Michael Cudlitz to the interview couch.
The Walking Dead (Sunday Night, AMC)