Viewed this Week (37)

Inspired by Ticket to Anywhere’s What I Watched, I post on Sundays about what movies and/or TV shows I watched the week before.  Some weeks will be epic, and some weeks…won’t be.  Let’s get to it!

Switched at Birth 2×2 – “The Awakening Conscience”
Bunheads 1×12 – “Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor”
House of Lies 2×1 – “Stochasticity”
Girls 2×1 – “It’s About Time”
New Girl 2×12 – “Cabin” and 2×13 – “A Father’s Love”
The Carrie Diaries – 1×1 – “Pilot”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thoughts on what I watched:
Not being in school and throwing my back out provided me ample time to watch a fair amount of TV this week.  My top TV priority remains Switched at Birth, which continues to be my biggest guilty pleasure show (that really shouldn’t be all that guilty).  This week’s episode continued the trend of being interesting and on point.  Daphne’s subtle awakening to her own privilege and what that means, as well as Bay’s realization that attending Carlton won’t sit well with everyone, were two of the episode’s strongest points.  I also like that Toby is getting more screen time but remain convinced that Nikki’s topless photos weren’t illegal because that woman is literally 30 years old (JK guys she’s like 19 but whatever).

Bunheads continues to improve for me, as this episode was also pretty strong (although I want some more dancing!).  I loved seeing Liza Weil cameo as Truly’s sister, and the four main ballerinas grow on me every week (although I’m still not sure why Boo is the favorite, as the other girls are equally as interesting to me).  I still think Sutton Foster is great and love watching her react to things onscreen.

J. and I are maybe two of the only people I know who love House of Lies, so we were stoked that the second season premiered last Sunday.  We stayed up (okay, I stayed up) late to watch it, and I have to say that I was kind of disappointed.  While I’m glad it got renewed for another season, I’m already nervous about the direction the show is taking and hope it can get back on track.

The second season premiere of Girls, however, did not disappoint.  I thought the whole thing was great from start to finish (and love that Donald Glover has a guest starring role).  I know there are a lot of criticisms of the show, and while I agree with some of them, I also think it’s one of the most daring shows on the air right now.

Somehow, I got a week behind on New Girl, so this week I caught up by watching both episodes back-to-back.  Both “Cabin” and “A Father’s Love” were really funny, but I think Olivia Munn’s exit was handled clumsily.  There were some great lines in both episodes (including Nick making a joke about Jess’s eyes being 2 or 3 times the size of a normal human’s), and the scene where everyone is tripping on Absinthe was hilarious.

I watched the premiere of the CW’s The Carrie Diaries (but based on the numbers, I was pretty much the only person who did), and was less than impressed (and the bar wasn’t set very high to begin with).  It’s fine enough, I guess, but it’s no Sex and the City, and I actually think Anna Sophia Robb was a mistake, in terms of casting.  She has none of the charm or charisma needed for the role.  I’ll keep watching, but it’s definitely something I watch in the background while I make dinner.

My mom and I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower and found it entertaining but ultimately kind of uneven.  Even setting aside Emma Watson’s incredibly uneven American accent, the film as a whole felt half-baked.  There were things I liked and I enjoyed it, but it’s the kind of film that fades from memory quickly.

What did you watch this week?

2 thoughts on “Viewed this Week (37)

  1. I’m so happy that Bunheads is back! I love all four girls, but Sasha is solidly my favorite. I just want to give that girl a hug. I think probably my favorite thing in the series to date is her dance to “Istanbul, Not Constantinople”.

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