I didn’t watch much this week because I’ve been busy preparing for the Oscars. Here’s a few thoughts on what little I did watch.
Allo Allo (Sunday, PBS)
Lt. Gruber thought that he spotted the ghost of Rene’s twin brother in the cemetery and was frightened for his life. Of course, what we all know is that Rene never had a twin brother and instead, he’s been pretending to be his own twin brother after faking his death several seasons ago. Somehow, no one on the show has figured this out yet or found it strange that Rene had to explain that both he and his twin have the same name. Things only got more complicated from there, with Flick trying to disguise himself as a British spy and the Italian soldiers learning how to speak English. Officer Crabtree still still thinks that he can speak French. What I like is that, whenever he says “Good moaning,” all of the French characters respond with “Good moaning,” indicating that they are also mangling their French in sympathy for him. That’s nice of them. I’m also starting to get the feeling that those British airmen are never going to get out of France.
American Idol (Sunday and Monday Night, ABC)
ABC gave us two episodes of American Idol this week. The auditions came to a close. Because I was busy on both Sunday and Monday, it wasn’t until Tuesday that I watched both of the episodes on Hulu and I have to admit that it wasn’t long before I started to get bored and I ended up fast forwarding through some of the auditions. From what I heard, some of the singers had good voices but there was still an overwhelming blandness to the whole thing. Perhaps things will perk up in Hollywood.
Beyond the Edge (Wednesday Night, CBS)
The show is all about celebrities doing stuff in the jungle. Aguirre, The Wrath of God, it is not. So far, none of the celebs have had a breakdown and requested to leave the show so what even is the point?
The Brady Bunch (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)
The Bradys went to a national park, laughed their way through a Native ceremony, and declared themselves to be The Brady Braves. More like the Problematic Bunch, am I right?
The Dropout (Hulu)
Full House (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)
The Tanners and the Uncles are stranded at the airport on Christmas Eve and proceed to make life miserable for all of the other passengers. Uncle Jesse gives a speech about the true meaning of Christmas. Santa Claus is revealed to be a grumpy passenger who wears a toupee. In a scene of maximum cringe, Danny falls asleep on the baggage claim carousel. This was followed by three more episodes, all of which dealt with Jesse and Joey trying to work from home while Stephanie and Michelle demanded all of their attention. DJ and Aunt Becky were the only characters on this show who ever seemed to worry about anyone else’s feelings.
The Love Boat (Saturday Afternoon, MeTV)
On Saturday’s episode, The Love Boat’s passengers included: Kim Darby, Howard Duff, Greer Garson, Lawrence Pressman, Louanne, and Jim Stafford. To be honest, I didn’t know how the majority of those people were. Greer Garson was a psychic. Lawrence Pressman was a guy who used his best friend’s daughter to convince Kim Darby that he was a single parent. In the episode’s serious plot, Isaac briefly went deaf. It all worked out in the end.
The Office (All Week, Comedy Central)
On Sunday, I watched two episodes from season 1, both of which were classics of cringe comedy. In Basketball, Michael challenged the warehouse to a game and Jim ended up getting punched in the face by Roy. (Agck! That was a lot of blood and, according to John Krasinski, it was real.) Then, Amy Adams showed up at The Office to sell purses and Michael ran out to buy her a cappuccino machine. Amy Adams deserved an Emmy for the look of horror she got in her face when Michael tried to flirt with her. Will offices really let you sell purses out of their conference room? I might actually check into that.
Open All Hours (Sunday Night, PBS)
This week, PBS aired the first ever episode of Open all Hours. Granville looked younger and a smidgen less disgruntled than he did in later episodes. He still seemed to be a bit of a ticking time bomb, though.
Survivor (Wednesday Night, CBS)
I wrote about this week’s episode here! I enjoyed this week’s episode far more than I enjoyed the previous two episodes.
Talking Dead (Sunday Night, AMC)
Chris talked to Michael Biehn and Seth Gilliam, both of whom were absolutely charming.
The Walking Dead (Sunday Night, AMC)
Now, on to the Oscars!