Once a blonde, always a blonde – anyone else baffled by Intruders?

Image: BBC America

Dear ladies and gents,

I consider myself a person of reasonable intelligence. Oh will you stop sniggering, I said reasonable! Obv I won’t build a rocket ship any time soon. BUT… normally I can keep up with what’s going on on a TV show.

Until Intruders.

What the effing what is that about?

I can’t decide whether a) I am so dense and as such not able to understand what is going on OR b) the show is moving at such a slow pace that indeed nothing is being revealed and there isn’t anything to understand really?

So there is this dude. Played by John Simm (and I LOVE John Simm). And he is a former cop and an author. Married to this lady Amy. Played by Mira Sorvino. Which you know… meh? So Amy goes missing.

So he goes to look for her. And hooks up with a cabbie who helps him look for her. And then there’s her dodgy/creepy boss. And then she is back home, speaking Russian for some reason. And listening to jazz.

So there’s that.

Then we have this kid. Who has nightmares and drowns her cat in the bathtub (I know! Just ugh). And is just all sorts of creepy for a 9-year old kid.

So there’s that.

Bill Anderson. Whose wife and son were killed. And he is missing.

So there’s that.

And then we have this Shepherd guy who goes around killing people. And showing people number 9?

Also – Because in the beginning, there was death? Or so they keep saying.

So that’s that in the nutshell.

Now this is a synopsis from BB America website:

From writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the eight part series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines – a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run – begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, the series is based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s ‘The Intruders’.

Source: BBC America

Yes, even with that explanation, it still makes little to no sense.

Please tell me – am I being a total blond, which you know fair enough? Or is anyone else baffled as much as I am?

What the what USA Network?!

USA Network does one thing well. And when I say well I mean REALLY well. Light, fun, frothy summer shows. Noone does them better than USA Network.

White Collar, Royal Pains, Suits, the now defunct Necessary Roughness, Monk and Psych, you get the gist. This is/was USA Network’s bread and butter.

Take pretty people, put them in nice clothes and gorgeous looking locations (with some to die for set design) and presto – you have a hit on your hands.

That’s why I don’t understand what the what they are trying to do with the new slew of shows.

For example – there is Graceland. Which I think was USA Network’s first foray into gritty cop show territory?

I know Graceland got renewed and all but as far as I’m concerned – gritty it ain’t

I watched their latest show Rush? Me thinks they wanted to go for House/Royal Pains hybrid of some sort?

Will Rush is a doctor to the LA’s rich and famous. People do stupid sh*t, people need to think of their image, people call Rush, pay cash and get treated, no questions asked.

The only problem being a) the main character is an arsehole and b) Tom Ellis the guy who plays him? He might be a good actor, but Hugh Laurie he ain’t. It takes serious skill to make me care about an arsehole is all I’m saying.

Satisfaction

Another new show Satisfaction is about a couple who have been married for a while. And then the husband finds out the wife is cheating on him. With an escort. Because she doesn’t feel appreciated enough? Be as it may – this one seems to look promising, but light and frothy it is not (also I *know* I’m a crusty b*sh but it kinda reeks of #firstworldproblems?)

tl; dr

If USA Network is going for edgy, dark and twisty I don’t think these two shows will cut it. They are kinda dark, but not all that deep?

And besides – what is wrong with light and frothy and fun? We all need more of that in our lives (says she after watching the Strain yesterday and dreaming about freaking worms all night (facepalm)

The Strain – grosser than Fringe?

Dear ladies and gents,

so the Strain? I think it might be even grosser than Fringe. Super and I mean SUPER gross. Even the poster was so gross Fox had to pull a number of billboards because people were complaining.

Because I’m nothing if not service-y here is how the poster looks like

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I told you – SUPER gross!

But… BUT… for what it is – a vampire/horror drama – I have to say I enjoyed it.

It is based on the horror novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (part of a trilogy that also includes The Fall and The Night Eternal). A plane from Berlin lands at JFK airport with 200 people on board. 4 survivors. The rest are all dead. All doors sealed, all lights off. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (played by Corey Stoll) from CDC is allowed to go in first.

And from there on out, sh*t starts hitting the fan.

This is no sparkly vampire sh*t. This is proper, albeit at times a bit cheesy, horror. And it will not be to everyone’s taste. But if you enjoy being grossed out and creeped out, if vampires are your thing, do give it a go.

2 new autumn shows that seem interesting

Dear ladies and gents,

I have been half hardheartedly checking out some trailers for the upcoming autumn shows. Obvs I am not even bothering with sitcoms.

The only two shows (yes, TWO!) that have peaked my interest are How to Get Away with Murder and Gotham.

Shonda Rhimes owns the Thursday nights in the States. But you can’t begrudge her, the lady allegedly writes 60 pages of script each week (the mere thought would make many weep). So this is a lady who works. And works hard. (on a side note – if you haven’t seen her Dartmouth commencement address, check it out here, it is well worth your time).

How to Get Away with Murder is the latest addition to the Thursday night slot and it stars Viola Davies as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who gets entangled with four of her students in some type of a murder situation? tl; dr it looks promising? Also Viola Davis!

Also Gotham? And for no other reason but that it is a Batman origins story.

So has anyone seen any new autumn show previews that look promising?