Thursday, August 24, 2006

Comfy evenings in front of the telly

The upside to having a child who sleeps more or less from 6pm to 6am is that we usually have time to ourselves in the evening. Perhaps this is why the boy has always ensured that our collection of unwatched television and film DVDs is never allowed to remain low.

Currently we're enjoying Season Two of Battlestar Galactica. Who'd have thought that a remake of a silly-sounding Seventies sci-fi show, starring an actor whose previous role was as a cowboy (Lorne Green, Bonanza), could be so watchable? Well it is. The good guys aren't all good, the bad guys aren't all bad, and one of the main characters is despicably amoral.

The 4400
is also turning out to be quite good. It's about a group of people who've disappeared over a period of about fifty years, seemingly into thin air, only to re-emerge by a lake somewhere outside of Seattle. Slowly, it becomes obvious that these people have all come back with enhancements e.g. super-strength, the ability to suck the life out of a fellow human, or gestating an embryo that wasn't in her womb before her disappearance. Sounds a little like a serious-fied version of X-Men, I know - but it isn't.

And last but not least, I finally got around to watching Extras, Ricky Gervais' follow-up to the cringingly funny The Office. It's damned funny. Quite apart from the star-spotting (Samuel L Jackson was in the last episode I watched), Gervais and his female co-star play movie extras who have a special talent for putting their feet in their respective mouths. I'm not going to try to give an example though; you should just watch it.

That's all folks. My mum is currently staying at my brother's house and soon I have to go help her use their shower-over-bath.


the fourth person said...

thanks for visiting. have a nice evening!

Make Tea Not War said...

Hooray for children who go to bed early and tv! I'm really enjoying Gilmore girls btw.

Juliabohemian said...

I stopped watching TV when I had my first baby and haven't really gone back -completely. I have one show that I watch. But, it's so hard to really enjoy anything when you have to keep going back and forth to make sure they aren't getting out of bed.

Cathi said...

thank you Violet, thank you thank you. Now I understand. A few people I know online have been raving about Battlestar Galactica and I just could not see the fascintion. Now I get it. They're talking about a remake, not the original, dire, talentless programme

Maybe I should give it a look

Kazzer said...

The original series was BRILLIANT. I looooved Richard Hatch (Apollo).

Violet said...

the fourth person: you're welcome :-)

mtnw: good - sorry about the terrible quality of the discs.

juliabohemian: that'sll be something to look forward to - when TLM is able to escape her cot or bed.

cathi: I'm pretty sure it's quite different, they even changed Starbuck from a man to a woman.

kazzer: no way!

charlotte said...

We are BIG Ricky Gervais fans in this house, so I'm pleased to know Extras is now on DVD. I'm going to get it when I'm in England next week.

Violet said...

charlotte: sorry there, I didn't make it clear at all but I was talking about watching Extras on the telly rather on DVD. Though hopefully it won't be long before it is 'cos I've missed heaps of episodes.