I am not going to make excuses for this sad behavior, I know what I am guilty of.
However I have a keen interest in television and its workings and so obviously, I had to start watching some of the pilots that aired this week.
Forever on ABC is the first new show I’ve experimented with this year, and will not be the last, though that may bode ill for me. (let’s be honest, quality television is slim pickings every year)
Forever is about Henry Morgan, an English medical examiner in New York who is incapable of staying dead. Every time he dies he wakes up in ‘water’, or in this case the Hudson, and he’s completely naked. (that part was stressed though I have no idea why, I imagine it’s a set up for when his cop friend has to come get him and ends in awkward ‘comedy’)
There were certain bits in the show that made me laugh, merely because they were so ridiculous. (he performs an autopsy early in the episode that is really him just waving those giant scissors out of the cameras view, at least it was entertaining?) The ‘I only ever die and can’t trust anyone with my secret, so I’m a loner’ shtick was slightly out of place, but not entirely surprising.
Do not be alarmed though, friends who seek decent television, it was a decent romp and I adore Ioan Gruffud. (if you haven’t seen Amazing Grace you need to rethink your life choices) Also, this was merely the pilot so I’m giving it a chance to fix it’s very minor issues and engage me. I’ll keep you updated on it’s progress.
ACROSS THE POND
I’m going to officially labeling this segment because it will probably keep happening and this will make it official and stuff SO, all that to say, on Monday my family finally sat me down to watch The Escape Artist. (if you know me and my family you know how big of a deal that is, I nearly had to sell my soul to get them to watch Doctor Who)
Originally aired on BBC One, the three part (or two part depending where you are in the world) premiered on PBS as part of the Masterpiece Mystery series. (which is utterly fantastic by the way, drop that CSI and catch up on Agatha Christie’s Poirot instead)
This particular story is a thriller about Will Burton, a barrister with a perfect track record who agrees to defend a murder suspect, Liam Foyle, despite having misgivings about his innocence. Will successfully defends his client, but his suspicions about the man are confirmed when his wife is brutally murdered and he sees Foyle at the scene.
The first three quarters of the series are mostly as expected, as you go through the first and then second of Foyle’s trials. The whole situation is played so very realistically and the tension conveyed through music, acting and camera angles keeps you glued to the story.The END though! The final act is brilliantly written. (and acted, because David Tennant, duh)
Definitely watch The Escape Artist, soon if not yesterday.
A++ in my book =]