What I’m watching…

We need to talk about “The Affair” (again).  So all this time Noah stabbed himself?  I wish he had finished the job.  Talk about a loathsome character.  And no, I don’t feel bad for him because of his crappy childhood.  Plenty of people have hardships and don’t become self-destructive nymphomaniacs.  I know the show has been renewed for another season so we’re probably stuck with this lame character, but I’d much rather focus on Helen and Cole.

I’m not sure how the show intends to wrap everything up in one hour tonight, which probably means that it won’t.  Why do we need the distraction of this random French woman?  Why does Noah need another woman fawning all over him?  Why does Noah need to be in the finale at all?  Did Brendan Fraser gain weight for the role or did he just get fat?  Burning questions, all.

It’s hard to make any predictions given how unpredictable the show’s been, which is one of the reasons it’s a great show.  I thought season 2 was much better than the current season.

I saw the first episode of Riverdale and I’ll stick around for a few more, if only to watch the actress playing Veronica. She’s just about the only thing this show has going for it, besides the snarky millennial dialogue.

Homeland is off to a slow start but I understand the producers have to set the table for the season.  It looks like Saul gets kidnapped again, so I expect that Carrie will come up with some crazy scheme to save him.  I wish Quinn had died last season because I can’t stand watching him behave so recklessly.

Happy tv watching!

What I’m watching…

DVR alert

Warren Buffett documentary – HBO Monday night

Trumped (unseen footage from The Circus re: campaign) – Showtime Friday night

Planet Earth – BBC 2/18

Billions – Showtime 2/19

Tickled – HBO 2/27

The Partner – CNBC 3/7 (moved from 2/28)

Better Call Saul – AMC 4/10

House of Cards – Netflix 5/30

DVR alert

New season of Homeland…

For those of you who don’t know, the first episode of the new season of Homeland is available On Demand.  It premieres on January 17 but I just couldn’t wait.  I had to watch the finale of season 5 beforehand to remember where it left off.

The new season has a promising storyline.  Carrie is now in NYC with her daughter.  She appears to be running a non-profit organization that assists disenfranchised people.  In this episode, Carrie and a lawyer at the organization represent a young Muslim American who is arrested for running a website which allegedly incites violence against the USA.  Otto During is somehow involved (perhaps the funder?).

Quinn is alive but appears to have a brain injury.  I so hate to see him in this state, to the point where I wished he had died instead.  I hope he recovers but that seems unlikely.

Saul seems to be on the outs due to his sympathy for the president-elect.  Isn’t it interesting that Homeland cast Elizabeth Marvel from House of Cards in this role?  She does have the gravitas to carry it.

Where is this all going?  The scenes suggest that Saul is sent abroad on a mission and gets captured.  Perhaps that’s orchestrated by Dar, et al.?  It’s obvious that Carrie will get dragged back in, probably when Saul is in trouble, or possibly related to her organization’s new client.

I suspect that Quinn believing that someone is watching Carrie will be met with suspicion due to his brain injury, but it will end up being true.

Happy watching!

New season of Homeland…

Back from hiatus…

Sorry I’ve been remiss in posting for the last few weeks.  The weather’s just starting to improve here in the NE so I’ve been taking advantage by leaving my cave to bask in the sunlight.  Also, I haven’t been inspired much by tv lately?  Couple things:

-Game of Thrones returns next Sunday.  This is when my blog will really be back in action. I’m more convinced than ever that Jon Snow will be resurrected.  I can’t wait to see some new characters and see what Tyrion is up to.  HBO is being coy and hasn’t put the title or description up on my guide yet.

-Better Call Saul is on fire.  The finale is tomorrow night and I have no idea what might happen.  Chuck took a nasty fall but it looks like in the preview that he’s not dead (at least not yet).  I feel like Mike will have something to do with Hector’s ending up in a wheelchair but I’m not sure how yet.  Ultimately, I think that Gus Fring will be impressed by Mike’s gumption and hire him on, but that’s probably a future season development.

-I thought the Billions finale was great.  The show was a bit of a slow burn the previous few episodes but the payoffs in the finale were worth it.  I was glad to see Wendy go her own way from both Axe and her ugly husband (by ugly I mean both inside and out).  My birthday wish this year was that Chuck would be recast for next season.  However, now that I told you my wish, but more likely because it’s Paul Giamatti, it’s never gonna happen.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Paul Giamatti, but he is overplaying this role and ruining the show for me.

-The Walking Dead finale sucked.  I’m seriously contemplating breaking up with this show after that.  The ending was so lazy and corporate.  All they did was drive around in the RV for the entire episode.  I don’t even care who got beaten, even if it was Daryl or Michonne, who I still like.  The show has ruined Carol’s character and turned her into some religious/ethical nut (wait is that an oxymoron?).  I watched the first episode of Fear TWD and that sucked too.  Definitely not investing any more time there.  I hate the characters and can’t wait until they get chomped.

-House of Lies is back.  I believe this is the last season and so far, so good.  Kristen Bell looks great this season.  I’m hoping Marty’s loathsome ex-wife is off the show for good but I doubt it.  Thanks to Showtime for giving the show a proper sendoff.

That’s all for now.  Be back soon to update you on what I’ve been reading.

Back from hiatus…

Weekend wrap-up

I’m still processing what really happened on Homeland this week. I remarked to my fellow watcher towards the end that it was a boring episode, then the proverbial shit hit the fan. Is Saul involved? Does he know? Is he behind it? Is the redhead using him to orchestrate her plan/s? Loyal readers know that I have believed that Saul is the mole from the very beginning of the show, because what better twist could there be? It didn’t all seem to fit together until now, assuming he’s involved. He did look shocked when the plane blew up but of course that could have been fake.

Is redhead working for the Russians? Israelis? Both? None? Many questions and I need a Carrie pushpin wall to keep track of all of the players and stories. Now I’m thinking maybe During is involved and is seeking retribution on the Israelis for something but that doesn’t make sense, at least not yet.

Did anyone else think Carrie’s “disguise” was terrible? Her facial features are way too recognizable. She needs something better than a Mia Farrow wig to hide herself. Colored contacts at least!

So glad that The Profit is back! Marcus Lemonis for president. I’m not an animal person but the concept of Bentley’s Bakery is a great one, especially since pet products are hot right now. These owners were probably one of the nicest set of owners we’ve seen on this show, with truly good intentions that went a little bit off track. Fortunately, they listened to Marcus’ advice and it appears they’re doing well. I chuckled when I realized that the show aired right after the RNC debate on economics, thinking that Americans could learn more about economics from Marcus than they ever would from any politician.

Speaking of what was called a debate but was simply a travesty, CNBC ought to be ashamed. I’m a libertarian so I have no dog in this fight but the moderators had such an obvious agenda it was painful to watch. How does a question like what is your weakness help anyone assess a candidate’s plans for the economy? I was glad it ended up backfiring on the network as their talking heads lost control early on and looked just plain silly. I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz but I respected his calling them out on it. It was clear that the network and/or the moderators were more interested in furthering their own agenda and making names for themselves. FAIL!

Weekend wrap-up