Since I just made a big post about Star Trek: The Next Generation, I figured I should also talk about the other television show I am rewatching at the moment, The Simpsons. As with TNG I am watching this one with my boyfriend. We both watched and loved The Simpsons when we were younger, but slowly drifted away from it as we got older. Sort of like Star Trek except that The Simpsons is still being made after 20+ years! But we were keen to revisit the show so we’ve started rewatching it from the beginning and we’re currently almost finished season two. I’m not sure yet whether or not we’ll go through the whole show up to the present date, but we certainly plan to watch quite a few more seasons of it. I’m really enjoying it so far, and I’m surprised by how much of these episodes I remember. It’s probably because I watched so many of them over and over again at an impressionable age! My sister and I used to communicate largely in quotes from The Simpsons at one point! So part of it may well be the nostalgia, but I still think it’s a good show and I am happy to be watching it again.
So way back in April last year I purchased this massive boxset of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was a massive Star Trek fan as a kid. A couple of years ago I rewatched all of Deep Space Nine, which was a great experience, and I posted about it several times. I haven’t really mentioned TNG since I finished the (truly awful) first season, so I thought I would update you on my progress.
I’m now halfway through season four, just past the episode where Wesley Crusher has finally departed! (Yes I know he reappears in a few episodes later on. For the record I like Wil Wheaton, but Wesley Crusher is an incredibly annoying character). If you’re wondering why it is taking so long to get through it, that is because I’m watching the show with my boyfriend, and we only have a limited time together each week, not all of which is spent watching TNG. So we’re making slower progress through the series than I would be if I was watching it on my own, but we are still getting through it and enjoying it a great deal.
I was quite negative in my review of the first series but I said, “I am looking forward to it growing into the great show that I remember”. Well I think that has definitely happened now. There are still some pretty rubbish episodes here and there, but there have also been some very good ones, including some episodes that I remember as being classic defining episodes of TNG. The characters are also much more developed and actually now resemble the characters I knew and loved as a kid watching the show. Highlights so far include: The Measure of a Man, Yesterday’s Enterprise and The Best of Both Worlds. All great episodes.
I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and there are some particular episodes I know are coming up which I am waiting for with anticipation. I will try to post a bit more about it from now on, as I am really enjoying this experience, and Star Trek has always been a great joy in my life which I am thrilled to be revisiting again now.
I’ve been meaning to post something about this television show Uncle for a few weeks now, but I kept forgetting to do it, and now the series has finished. The show is about a failed musician Andy, who is slowly dragged into being a responsible uncle to his nephew, the eccentric Errol, while his sister is going through a messy divorce. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I watched the first episode, but I was pleasantly surprised. The show is funny, but also very touching at times, and full of great characters. I really liked it, and I meant to say so earlier to encourage other people to watch it. So a bit late now that the series has finished, but if you do get a chance to watch the show I would highly recommend it. It’s been renewed for a second series and I will be looking forward to that.
So I was going to watch the first episode of the new series of Death in Paradise on iPlayer this evening. I really liked the first two series of the show, it’s a fun detective series in a unique setting with great characters. Then I accidentally read a spoiler that the main character dies and is replaced in the episode, with a new main character taking over for the rest of the series. Wow. Well I’m not watching that then. I love the character, he’s a big part of what makes the show great, and I’m not in the right frame of mind to cope with that. I suppose this is the universe balancing out the happy ending to Sherlock!
I have now seen Sherlock so I can come back to the Internet without fear of spoilers. A couple of weeks ago I rewatched the first two series in preparation for the long awaited series three, and I was going to do a big post about Sherlock but in the end I couldn’t quite express what I wanted to say so I never got around to it. But I do love the show, so I was very excited for its return, especially after that cliffhanger.
I really enjoyed the new episode, although I admit it was a bit frustrating at times. I am still none the wiser as to how Sherlock faked his own death, and the various theories suggested on the show were not that different to various speculations that I had already read online. I still thought it was a good episode, just not so much in terms of the mystery to solve, it was more of a character-driven episode, but it covered the points that needed to be covered with regards to Sherlock’s supposed death. Overall I am really pleased that the show is finally back, and I am certainly looking forward to the next two episodes to come.
A bit late, as I needed some time to process my thoughts, but here are a few comments on Doctor Who. Firstly, I do like Matt Smith as the Doctor, but my enthusiasm for the show has been waning a bit over the past series or two, as I think a lot of the stories have been disappointing. So while I do like Eleven, I was excited about the prospect of Twelve and the way that would shake up the show. When Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor I was really pleased, as he is a fantastic actor, and it could lead the show in an interesting new direction.
The episodes leading up the Matt Smith’s departure (The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor) were actually better than I expected. Certainly they were a better send off than the final episodes of David Tennant as Ten. But these episodes highlighted for me that I was ready for the show to move on, and ready for the Doctor to move on. As much as I was sad to see the departure of Matt Smith, I was really thrilled to see the first appearance of Peter Capaldi.
I am really interested to see where the show will go from here. One point is that I am not a big fan of Clara as a companion, I’ve been mostly unimpressed with her so far. So I am hopeful that a new Doctor will change the dynamics with her as a companion and hopefully lead to some better development for her character. Certainly I assume the relationship between them will develop and change and we get to know the new Doctor. That can only be a good thing, right?
Overall I am still a fan of the show, but I do hope that the new Doctor will take the show in a slightly different direction, and hopefully there will be some good stories for him. I am really looking forward to watching how this develops. Bring on the next series!
I finally had a chance to finish watching book two of Legend of Korra. I have written before about how much I love this show, both the original Avatar: The Last Airbender and this follow up series. The first season/book of LoK was really good, although not without some flaws. I thought this second season was excellent. I really liked the deeper look at the spirit world, and one of the best episodes was the origin story of the first avatar. Again I felt the show was let down by the rather tedious love triangle between Korra, Mako and Asami. But on the plus side we got to meet the rest of Aang’s family and I really liked the dynamic between Tenzin and his siblings. Varrick was also a fun addition to the cast. Overall I really enjoyed this season, I think the show overall is fantastic, and I am looking forward to the next season/book, hopefully without such a long wait this time.
Doctor Who! I thought The Day of the Doctor was brilliant. I was sceptical at first, but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was reminded of how much I loved David Tennant, and John Hurt was fabulous too. As much as I do like Matt Smith, my enthusiasm has been waning over the past series of so, but now I am really excited to see where the show is going next. I also still need to watch An Adventure in Space and Time, and there is a lot of other Doctor Who content on iPlayer which will keep me entertained over the next few days. But overall I thought it was a great episode, and a fitting celebration of the anniversary.
Slightly late, but I just wanted to make a post about Ambassadors, the three-part comedy drama series starring Mitchell and Webb which was recently on the BBC. David Mitchell plays the British Ambassador to the fictional Central Asian state of Tazbekistan, while Robert Webb plays his diplomatic advisor. I am a huge fan of Mitchell and Webb, I love their various comedy series, so of course I was interested in watching this. It is however a bit of a departure from their usual material. It’s a 60 minute comedy drama, rather than a 30 minute sitcom, and it is definitely not a laugh-a-minute comedy with an emphasis on the jokes. Instead it relies more on the larger plot and character development, and ultimately it feels like a much more serious and grown up project. Nonetheless, it is still funny, and overall I found it to be very enjoyable viewing.
The Night of the Doctor
The Children in Need special episode of Only Connect this week was brilliant. I’ve said before how much I love this show, and I have very much been enjoying the current series. This is a nice episode to jump in on if you’re not a regular viewer.
Trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. I had to watch it through twice to spot all eleven of them.