Stuart’s Week In Entertainment November 21 (inc. The Mumbling Girl Off Homeland, The Jobbosaurus and The Idiocy of the British Public)

I can’t believe how far behind I am on ‘Week In Entertainment’, so once again for those who likes to read this part of my blog, I apologise and I’ll play catchup…

Television

Amazing to think about how much TV people – or I – get through in a month. There’s been plenty, so let’s get into it…

Modern Family:

Around the time of my last Week in Entertainment I was very critical of Modern Family. It had been on a very poor run of form extending back into the third season earlier in the year, but I’m pleased to report that it’s back on track with three genuinely funny episodes in a row.

The worst two characters remain the sinister looking Phil and his annoying son Luke. If only they could kill them off, the show would be far better. Sadly I don’t think the death of two characters would fit in with it’s ethos.

Pity..

How I Met Your Mother

This is the other show I slated last time around and things haven’t improved. Indeed, so annoyed was I by the last few episodes I was moved to write a scathing article on the subject which you can read here

Needless to say, things haven’t improved since I wrote that, and since the last episode I saw, there’s been another one that someone online described as The Worst Episode They’ve Ever Done.

*shudder*

The Big Bang Theory

People criticise this show more than most, but…well…sod them. Without question this remains the funniest comedy on TV every week. The cast is spot on (the irritating Stuart hasn’t been seen since my last article), there’s suitable character development and its genuinely funny.

What I was surprised and pleased to see was that the most recent episode was actually the most viewed episode in the show’s history, and that has to be pretty rare for a comedy. For the show to pick up more viewers than ever six seasons in is a testament to its quality.

If you haven’t given BBT a chance, I urge you to do so at your earliest convenience.

Happy Endings

This returning comedy flies under the radar a bit. I don’t really know anyone else who watches it and I don’t hear anyone praising it, but it’s good.

Oh what crazy hijinks are the Happy Endings Gang up to this week? Seriously though, it’s a pleasant show. Not hilarious but enjoyable.

I can’t really put my finger on why though because it’s not ‘Laugh Out Loud’ funny.

Then again, neither was Scrubs and most of us liked that show, or at least we did until we took a moment to think about how the main character was actually a complete prick.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here

I know, I know…I’m A Celebrity is ‘TV for idiots who have nothing worth living for’ etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

That sort of thinking always bugs me. In my opinion it’s people who are lacking in themselves who feel the need to criticise others for what they watch. TV is TV. Whether it’s ‘High Brow’ like Andrew Marr’s History of the World or low-brow like Big Brother, my attitude is that if you like it, watch it, and if you don’t like it, live and fucking well let live.

Well anyway, I’ve never watched an episode of the show until this year, but gave it a go as I – for my sins – wanted to see how Colin Baker performed.

And I must admit I find it perfectly acceptable entertainment.

Whether people want to admit it or not – and for whatever reason some people won’t want to – Ant & Dec are very good hosts of shows like this, and beyond that there are plenty of likeable characters in the jungle as well.

Obviously there’s Colin Baker, but other than him I’m liking Eric Bristow, Ashley Roberts and Rosemary Shrager. The likes of Charlie Brooks and Linda Robson may as well not be there, while the arrogant and insecure David Haye and the vacuous Helen Flannigan can piss off as far as I’m concerned.

The most disappointing aspect of the show though is how stupid the sort of person who phones in to vote is. Surely part of what makes this show entertaining is watching the celebrities tackle the bush tucker trials. Well wouldn’t it be good to actually see someone attempt it? I know that Helen eventually did give it a go, but for goodness sake, around a week of the show was ruined because of the phone vote.

My prediction to win? Bristow.

Grey’s Anatomy

Nine seasons in and I’m beginning to get a bit worried that Grey’s Anatomy has lost it a bit. It’s still good, but maybe not quite as good as it once was.

The problem is that they’ve killed off two likeable characters, they’ve not really replaced them and the storylines seem to be all about the aftermath of the plane crash, and I’m not too keen on that.

Having said that, one thing they did well was the plot with Christina working in Minnesota. Quite a shocking and poignant conclusion to that one.

Credit also has to be given to the CGI guys who have done a terrific job of realising Arizona’s false leg. Very convincing.

Hopefully the writers can improve upon what we’ve seen so far though, because right now this isn’t the show it once was.

Dexter

Dexter on the other hand has rebounded from a couple of off-form seasons to hit it out of the park this year.

On the whole it’s been excellent with four different storylines working alongside each other, and as each week passes they begin to show signs of converging.

Focusing on this week’s episode in particular, the scenes with Deb’s breakdown in front of Dexter and especially the one in the bar between Dexter and Isaak were terrific.

I’m maintaining my prediction that La Guerta isn’t making it beyond the end of the season though, and I’m still pegging Deb as the one to bump her off.

Homeland

I really like Homeland as a show, but there are a few things about it that annoy me.

First of all, Claire Danes has an unsettling face. If you wonder where she went for about 10 years, I think the answer could be that nobody wanted to hire her to play characters that weren’t rather severe.

For Christ Sake girl, stop mumbling!!!

She’s good in it, although I am getting a little bit tired of her relationship with Brody.

And speaking of Brody, or more particularly about his name, why is it that his wife calls him Brody? Surely she’d call him by his first name? I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone call their partner or spouse by their surname. Is it common in America? Or is it just poor writing? The latter would be surprising but it seems the most likely explanation.

The other thing that annoys me is his daughter. Why? Well there’s a few reasons. First of all I hate teenagers generally. I can’t stand the way they are all so broody and consider their lives to be so massively important. She’s definitely the worst type of example of the brooding teenager on any show I’m currently watching.

Then there’s how badly cast she is. Ethnicity wise, why would a woman with black hair (who is really from Brazil) and a man with ginger hair (who is really from England) have a child that looks absolutely nothing like either of them and has sort of brownish hair? Terrible.

And there’s also the fact she can’t fucking act. For christ sake love, open your mouth when you speak! Every line is an incoherent mumble.

Oh, and trim your eye brows.

Other than all of that though, I think the show is great.

WWE

Titus O’Neil – commentator extraordinaire.

Brodus Clay – Jobbosauras.

That’s about all I have to say on that.

Gaming

Moving on from TV and into gaming, it’s got to that time of year when game developers start to actually release new games again in the run-up to Christmas.

I’ve played a few like the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, FIFA 13, Football Manager 2013 and Sonic & All Stars Racing: Transformed, but I want to focus on…

New Little King’s Story

Long time readers of the blog know that the original Little King’s Story for the Wii is one of my all time favourite games, so I was looking forward to the new VITA version of the game when it came out a couple of months ago.

All Hail The Jobbosaurus; the recipient of the ultimate Fall From Grace

I enjoyed it, but I have to admit I was more than a little disappointed to find out that it was exactly the same game but for a few minor changes (including worsening the soundtrack)

Why call a game ‘New Little King’s Story’ when it isn’t new?

It also finishes with one of those really annoying aspects of gaming; the Final Boss Slog. I appreciate that the Final Boss is meant to be hard, and that’s fine, but what tends to be the case these days is that Final Bosses aren’t so much hard but ridiculously time-consuming.

I took about 15 minutes defeating the boss only to find that I had to beat him all over again. When I lost, I then had to go all the way back to the start and watch through cut scenes that I’d already seen but couldn’t skip. A brief check online to see how many times I’d have to defeat the Final Boss revealed I’d have to beat him seven times.

Why!!

What’s the point!!

So I just didn’t bother. I claimed it as a personal victory and simply haven’t gone back to the game.

Disappointing.

 

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