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Doctor Who–TV Review

It’s official–I’ve become a Whovian. But, really, what’s not to like about an alien who can regenerate and (in one form) thinks bow ties are cool?

In a world gone a little mad–many people becoming more and more self-serving and narcissitic, or obsessed with narcissistic celebrities, it is refreshing to have a character who tries to live honorably and help others. The Doctor is an egotistical and flawed character, but he is still motivated by a desire to help people and show them the beauty of the universe.

It certainly helps that the show has a lot of wit, intelligence, and humor. I think, however, that one thing I like most about the character of the Doctor is his willingness to be an extreme individual–he stands out because he doesn’t mind standing out. He’s unique, and he attracts unique people who work with him. In a world obsessed with fitting in, it’s nice to have a hero who doesn’t care about such ridiculous things. After all, you never know when you’ll meet someone named Alonso, so you can say “Allons-y, Alonso!” And bow ties are cool.

Rev.

I recently watched a couple seasons of a BBC show called Rev. It is about an Anglican priest (or vicar) named Adam Smallbone. He has recently moved from a country parish to an inner-city parish, and seems to attract the strangest, most troublesome, people to his church.

Rev. Smallbone, however, tries to deal with everyone he encounters in the proper Christian manner, even though he is frequently put into terrible situations by the very people he’s trying to help.

Rev. is a hilarious and well-thought-out show. It’s definitely worth checking out. 

Thanks to Supercharged Hobbit for mentioning this series to me!

Bad psychology in Breaking Bad?

I came across an interesting article about the show Breaking Bad. I stopped watching the show a while back, because I got too disgusted with many of the characters.

This article is interesting, though, and raises a point that I hadn’t thought about. Perhaps, however, it is one of the reasons the show felt ridiculous to me. Here is the link for any of you that are interested!

http://acculturated.com/2012/08/06/god-cancer-and-breaking-bad/

“That’s a lie.”

I have been a bit too busy recently to watch many movies (other than watching The Dark Knight Rises twice. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it!). Instead, I will watch an episode of a TV show inbetween DIY projects, work, and other activities. I’ve rediscovered the brilliance of the show Lie to Me. It’s my second-favorite TV show.

It’s an interesting premise and a wonderful cast. It’s worth checking out!

Another visit to the Abbey

I re-watched both seasons of Downton Abbey, and enjoyed it even more the second time around. What I find fascinating about the show is that everyone I’ve talked to that has watched it, likes it. I have not heard a single person say, “Oh yes, I watched it and couldn’t stand it.” I’m not saying there aren’t people like that out there, but I haven’t encountered any of them.

In fact, the appreciation for the show seems to have spread into every area. I know people who like it who watch shows like American Idol and others who only watch PBS shows. I applaud Julian Fellowes, the writer and producer of Downton Abbey, for coming up with a story line that is compelling and appealing to so many people.

If you haven’t yet watched the show, you should give it a try at your earliest convenience. If you have watched the show, feel free to share your opinions on it!

I know I wrote a post some time ago about James Herriot’s books and the TV show based on them, All Creatures Great and Small, but I think it merits a re-visitation.

I just watched the second season, and was reminded again how much I enjoy the show. One thing that is quite amazing, when one thinks about it, is that there are a lot of live animals on the show, and they show things like cows and sheep giving birth. They must have had film crews ready to go at a moment’s notice, because it’s not always easy to capture a moment like that on film! I found out that those involved with the show even referred to the show as All Creatures Grunt and Smell instead of All Creatures Great and Small.

I enjoy the show because of the animals, the scenery, the pace, and the characters. Siegfried Farnon is one of my favorite characters, possibly because he’s rather eccentric. He’s also played wonderfully well by Robert Hardy. Christopher Timothy also does an excellent James Herriot.

It’s a pleasant show, especially for anyone who enjoys animals, and the people who devote their lives to taking care of them.

The little grey cells

I like mysteries. When I was younger I read a lot of Agatha Christie’s stories, particularly the ones dealing with Hercule Poirot. What’s not to like about a quirky Belgium private detective with ridiculous mustaches?

My Grandma also liked mysteries, but she tended to watch TV shows more than reading them later in her life. So I started watching Poirot with her. Although Albert Finney as Poirot is good in Murder on the Orient Express, it is really David Suchet who embodies Poirot. He has the voice, mannerisms, mustaches, head-shape, and walk down well.

I forgot how much I enjoyed the show until I started watching some episodes recently. If you’ve never seen Poirot, you should check it out. It’s well-done, clever, and entertaining. And David Suchet is impeccable.

The Voice

I started watching The Voice on the recommendation of one of my friends. It was a recommendation well worth listening to.

The Voice is a little bit like American Idol, since they are both vocal competition shows. However, contestants on The Voice are picked by one of four coaches (sometimes they all want one contestant, in which case the contestant chooses which coach they want) while performing in a blind audition. They’re called “blind” auditions because the coaches can’t see the singers, so they have to judge them solely on their voices. It’s quite an interesting idea.

Oh, and the coaches? They are Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera. In other words, people who clearly know a thing or two about music.

The Voice is innovative, especially for reality TV, and rather addicting. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next stage has in store!

Downton fever

I have caught Downton Abbey fever! A lot of people seem to have caught it as well.

I’m off to catch up on season two so I won’t feel so out of the loop.

William and Mary

William and Mary (2003) came highly recommended, and since the character of William is played by Martin Clunes, whom I enjoyed so much in Doc Martin, I decided to give it a shot.

From the beginning, there’s something captivating and endearing about William Shawcross. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s an undertaker, so women don’t usually stick around to find out much about him. He’s also a widower with two teenage daughters.

William meets Mary Gilcrest, played by Julie Graham, who is a midwife and a single mother of two teenage boys. They entangling of two families is such a manner is predictable, but any such predictability is fine because the characters are realistic and engaging.

One aspect of the show I enjoy is that William’s job as an undertaker is not made fun of. He’s good at his job, and deals with grieving people with calm empathy.

William and Mary is quite an enjoyable show, and definitely worth checking out, especially for those who enjoy the odd English show.