A maybe weekly round-up (3)

It’s the evening of August’s summer bank holiday. I’ve had my three-day weekend. Back to work tomorrow to a four-day working week. Summer is nearly over. Usually that’d make me a little bit sad. Summer’s my favourite season. I’m enjoying all the long, hot days. Warm evenings and nights. It’s brilliant. But. The end of August means the beginning of September which means it is mere days until I head to Bahrain. WOO!

So what’s happened in the past week? Continue reading →

A maybe weekly round-up (2)

There was a plan to post something during the week. But my laptop decided to die. Okay, let me correct that. Windows decided to die. For, possibly, the third time in 6 months Windows 7 on my laptop had freaked out while, I think, trying to do an update and the operating system just died. Start-up loop. JOY. Thankfully, because a) this has happened so many times and b) all my data is stored on my Synology NAS, it’s not too much of a big deal to have to re-install Windows and start from scratch on my laptop. Just a pain having to re-install drivers and software and what not.

It wouldn’t be a total lie if I were to say that Apple Macs are suddenly seeming an attractive alternative. If they weren’t so bloody expensive.

Here endeth the moaning. Continue reading →

New TV ain’t what it used to be

It could be I’m getting old, more impatient and my attention span is shrinking. But I like to believe I’m finally understanding that I don’t have all the time in the world to devote to TV. I actually have a life outside of my living room! Shocking, I know.

So, not long ago I posted the new season’s TV I was most looking forward to. Among them, some new TV shows that had caught my eye.

Out of the six new TV shows that I was looking forward to I’ve found that I’m only sticking with two of them. And one of them is very much on the border of getting drop kicked out of my viewing schedule. Oh and I’ve not yet seen one yet – Arrow.

Shall I run you through my thoughts? Continue reading →

Scandinavian Invasion

It’s been such a long time since I made an update on what I’m currently watching on TV. In fact, my last proper round-up was in December!

The Mini TV Catch Up

Before I get to the point of this post, I’ll do a quick mini-round up.

I’ve ditched a lot of TV this year. The likes of White Collar, Hawaii Five-O, Awake, Touch, The Killing, Alcatraz, Falling Skies (decided I won’t be starting that one up again. Sanity has prevailed!) and the US version of Shameless. I swear there’s more. There was an overwhelming sense of relief when I decided to quit these shows.

Back to The Bridge

The Bridge
The point of this post? The Bridge. A new TV show that’s started on BBC4 a couple of weeks ago, which has got me hooked. Earlier this week, Scott over at Front Room Cinema professed his love for the show and I felt the need to share mine. Why? This show is fantastic.

It’s a Scandinavian import – a Swedish/Danish crime/mystery/thriller. A body is found on the bridge that links Sweden with Denmark and the mystery goes from there.

What is it with all of this Scandinavian imports recently? TrollHunter, Headhunters, Rare Exports (Which I’ve yet to see but really want to!), The Killing, Wallander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Borgen. There are so many. I’m not complaining. I’m enjoying it all. I wish I had seen the original The Killing, but I knew about it just a little bit too late.

The Bridge isn’t your typical crime/thriller TV show. Well, not for this side of the sea. Maybe for those guys over there. I love the colour palette of the show. The pacing is near on perfect. Each episode is a solid hour-long, but never feels like it.

It’s not all serious

In amongst all the drama, there’s a surprising amount of humour. For me, the humour comes from the character of Saga Noren.

Saga Noren

The Swedish detective on the case. She’s not exactly people friendly. Yet, she’s an incredible detective. She’s blunt, to the point and maybe a little bit tactless. Which is where her humour comes from.

The Bridge isn’t the kind of show you can dip in and out of. You need to be watching every single episode. Though, after you’ve seen the first one, I doubt you’d not want to.

I can see this getting turned into an American series in no time. Which is a shame. So before that gets turned into the next bandwagon, get on to the original! You can catch up on BBC iPlayer right now.

There’s a new couple of episodes on tonight, so I’m going to get settled in for some Scandinavian TV gold.

The magical mysteries of The River

The River

Listen up! There’s a new, completely creepy TV show that I may well get very into. And I’ve only seen the first two episodes. What is it? The River. Ok, ok – the title doesn’t exactly fill you with wonder. But hear me out.

Bruce Greenwood stars as Dr. Emmet Cole, a TV explorer who’s gone missing in the depths of the Amazon rainforest. His family, along with a TV crew, go to the Amazon to find him. Which is where the magic happens!

One of the creators is Oren Peli. He of Paranormal Activity fame. So there’s definitely a bit of a stamp of that all over the show. Heavy use of CCTV style cameras. Plenty of shaky cam. It’s something a little different for TV. And in the first couple of episodes, there have already been a couple of truly creepy moments because of the CCTV cameras.

Granted, the format could get a little bit old and I’m not entirely sure how much more they can get out of the multi-camera view. I mean, for one thing, we as the audience see the weird goings on in the cameras, but no one else seems to be monitoring them! It reminds me a little of 24 with its split screen goodness. Well, at least the first few seasons of 24. Further down the line, I think they forgot about them!

Bruce Greenwood is Bruce Greenwood and he is brilliant. That should be another reason to watch. That’s not to say the rest of the cast don’t compare – there are some solids in there too – Paul Blackthorne and Leslie Hope are a couple of other actors I was excited to see on TV again. Funnily enough, they were both 24 alums. I think I’ve got 24 on the brain…

Back on topic!

The River hasn’t done very well in the ratings race so far. It just didn’t capture any sort of audience with its premiere. Whether that’s due to the marketing, or lack of, or just no interest. So, I’m bracing myself for a short run. But I’ve got some hope that a few more people will give it a go. I guess I’m still looking for my Lost replacement.