It was a good week. I got my car inspected, I watched a lot of Big Brother, and I worried about very little.
Here’s a few thought on my week in television:
Allo Allo (Sunday Night, PBS)
Once again, Rene and Edith found themselves in front of a firing squad. This seemed to happen fairly frequently in Nouvion. Of course, they were only being executed because the Communist Resistance thought they were actually Hitler and Goering. No, it didn’t make any sense but that’s the charm of this show.
The Bachelorette (Monday Night, ABC)
Things got a bit awkward this week when it was announced that the remaining bachelors would have to decide whether or not they were there for Rachel or Gabby. With everyone flocking to Gabby, Rachel found herself struggling to find anyone willing to take her rose. Let’s just hope that she agrees to let Meatball come back. Of course, even if Rachel doesn’t give Meatball a second chance to accept her rose, I imagine we’ll see him again on every future season of Bachelor in Paradise….
I can only imagine how weird those sentences read to anyone who doesn’t watch the show.
Better Call Saul (Monday Night, AMC)
Better Call Saul was brilliant this week, giving us a look at what Jimmy’s life is like now that he is “Gene” and he’s a Cinnabon manager. On the one hand, it was nice to see that Jimmy hasn’t lost his edge. He’s still the smartest guy in the room and he’s knows it. On the other hand, even in triumph, Jimmy was a bit of a pathetic character. He may have won but he couldn’t celebrate his victory.
There’s only a few episodes left. Will they all be in black-and-white? Will we learn Jimmy’s ultimate fate? Actually, do we want to know Jimmy’s fate? As clever as he is, it’s hard to imagine this story ending well for him.
Big Brother 24 (Everyday, CBS and Paramount Plus)
Wow, this was actually a good week of Big Brother! Finally, Taylor has an alliance! Finally, we got a true blindside! Finally, the show is no longer hiding the truly over-the-top bullying that’s been going on inside the House! For once, the feeds are actually worth paying for and the Casuals actually got to see how terribly some of the people in the House have behaved. (Looking at you, Daniel.)
Of course, this won’t mean anything to you if you don’t watch or like or know about Big Brother. And that’s okay. It’s not a show for everyone and I’m sure that CBS will find a way to screw up all the fun because that’s kind of what they do. But for now, this season is actually entertaining and I’m actually enjoying writing about it over at the Big Brother Blog!
The Challenge (Wednesday Night, CBS)
For those of us who remember what happened during Big Brother 23, this was an interesting episode to watch. On Big Brother, Xavier engineered Kyland’s eviction and the two of them nearly came to blows before Kyland left the House. It was seriously one of the most awkward eviction episodes either. (Kyland went as far as to say that Xavier’s nephew would be ashamed of the example he was setting.) On The Challenge, Kyland (along with Alyssa) was pretty much responsible for sending Xavier (and Shan) to the challenge that resulted in Xavier being eliminated from the game. You have to wonder what will happen when the two of them inevitably end up getting selected for the next all-star season of Big Brother.
Full House (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)
On the first episode, Stephanie was pressure to throw the little league game. In the second episode, Michelle kept calling Tokyo on the family’s landline and presumably costing Danny a fortune. (I doubt Joey, Jesse, or even Becky ever bothered to help pay the bills around the Full House.) No one really got upset about Michelle being a brat because, as far as I can tell, they were all totally terrified of Michelle.
Inspector Lewis (YouTube)
I watched another episode of Inspector Lewis on Tuesday. Someone was using LSD and arsenic to commit murders in Oxford. One of the unfortunate victims was named Elmo. Among me and my friends, many Sesame Street jokes were made.
Saved By The Bell (Sunday Morning, MeTV)
The first episode I watched featured the Bayside High Class of ’92 finally graduating! Screech stepped aside so that Jessie could be valedictorian. The gang ruined the school’s ballet so that Zack could earn the last credit that he needed to graduate. To top it all off, Zack got to give the graduation speech because Jessie announced that Screech was actually valedictorian and then Screech announced that no one wanted to hear from him as long as Zack was in the auditorium. Screech was probably right but still….
This was followed by an episode set in the “future,” in which the Class of ’02 watched a videotape featuring the Class of ’92. It was a clip episode and lazy even by the standards of the original Saved By The Bell.