Random thing about the Strain

Dear ladies and gents,

so I mentioned a number of times how I wasn’t super excited about anything that aired this summer. But fall is here, it’s not hot anymore and we can watch telly like normal people again.

The problem was what to watch since as I mentioned there wasn’t much on. I thought and thought and then I was like ok I’ll catch up with the Strain. My reasoning was that I can have it on, not pay too much attention and read a book at the same time. Oh please, like you never do that! Sheesh.

So I watched a few episodes, then skipped a few episodes, then watched a few episodes.

And then this character called Mr. Quinlan showed up. I thought something sounded familiar, but again I wasn’t really paying attention?

For reference this is what Mr. Quinlan looks like.

Image via the Hollywood Reporter

I was down to the last couple of episodes and it was nagging at me. Like nagging to the point I had to google. There was something about the face and the voice.

Well. I’m a freaking proper blond, I’ll tell you that.

It was only bleeding RUPERT PENRY-JONES!!!

For reference (for anyone who hasn’t watched Spooks or Whitechapel or Silk) this is what Rupert Penry-Jones looks like.

Image via the Telegraph

What the ever loving ****?!

Did they really have to hide the pretty? (look, we have already established I’m shallow, ok?)

But on the plus side:

a) I’ve read the following interview and according to Penry-Jones the character in the novels doesn’t have nose or ears, which you know they at least left him with that (before you shout at me, no I didn’t read the books. Not yet anyway).

b) he obviously loves it. Like any actor would say no to Guillermo del Toro! If he tells you to slap some goo on, you slap some goo on.

Image via Rupert Penry-Jones’s Twitter

and c) he really is good. I didn’t even realize until a few episodes in. Given I wasn’t REALLY paying attention, but still.

Although honestly? I would prefer another season of Whitechapel.

Fall TV shows

Dear ladies and gents,

in the interest of science (not really, I just had some spare time) I checked all of the trailers for all of the new shows that are due to air in September and October.

Remember way, waaay back when Fringe premiered? I was like

Sadly there was no similar reaction this time around. I did see a trailer for a Dallas rip off (Blood and Oil), 2 shows based on movies (the Minority Report and Limitless), a Dexter rip off (Wicked City) and honestly just a bunch of lackluster stuff. Given it’s kinda hard to judge anything based on the trailer alone. And any one of these might be a sleeper hit. So here is some stuff that kinda looked interesting? Please do let me know if there is anything you are terribly excited about that I might have missed.

Life In Pieces

This one gives me Parenthood vibes, but it seems heavier on the comedy rather than drama.


This seems like a cross between dunno Memento and the Whispers? It must be all the tattoos.


I *think* this is suppose to be an alternative to Castle/Bones? A police procedural with some romance thrown in?

The Player

Based on the trailer alone… well, meh. This is suppose to be another big hit for NBC (like Blacklist was/is). Hm, have they seen Chosen? This is kinda the same thing only with higher production values.


Ok this seems like it might be funny? And John Stamos because obvs I watched the Full House way back in the day. On the side note – how is it possible he still looks exactly the same all these years later? Plastic surgery? A magnificent skincare routine? Or there is a picture in the attic somewhere that reveals his true aging self? Lord knows but I do know I don’t understand it.

The Grinder

Another new TV show that looks like it might be funny. Another reason to watch? Rob Lowe (LITERALLY) and Fred Savage.


Based on the trailer alone and if I had to guess, if there is one show that might be a Blacklist contender (although Blacklist has James Spader so it’s kinda futile to compete with that) than it is Quantico. It seems hm interesting? But again as I mentioned above, it’s not like there is tons of exciting stuff.

Summer of no TV

Dear ladies and gents,

I haven’t watched much television this summer. I have a backlog of stuff that I’ll probably delete at some point. The process was/is as follows – the Strain/boring/delete. The Last Ship/boring/delete. The Whispers/boring/delete. Murder in the First/boring/delete. You get the picture.

I still have about 3 episodes of Hannibal left and I plan to watch that to the bitter end (although I still don’t have a clue what is happening at some points). Maybe, but only possibly maybe I’ll go back to Mr. Robot (can someone please explain to me wtf is USA Network doing? Because I don’t get it. At all).

At any rate – I was on holiday for 12 days and switched on the TV once. Which means a) it was a nice holiday and b) ain’t nobody got time for bad television. As it should be.

The only thing I watched with any regularity are the Golden Girls (no shame) and the Great British Bake Off (even less shame). And I’ve read loads.

To be fair – maybe all of these shows weren’t so bad. When the temperature went to about 40°C, I was so irritable that there was no way I’d sit through 40 minutes of even mediocre TV.

But there you go. My summer in a nutshell.Have I missed much?

Summer TV confessions of a tetchy cow

Dear ladies and gents,

last week we had a bit of a heatwave going on. Most of Europe did. We got a few days of respite where it was blessedly cool in the mornings and evenings. And even though today it was raining, another heatwave is predicted for this week (am slightly obsessed with both of the weather apps on my phone).

I do not do well in warm weather. At all. I do not understand why British people complain about theirs. MOAR RAIN PLEASE!

Can’t eat, can’t function properly, can do sh*t all apart from the bare minimum. 37°C (98.6F for our American friends) does that to me.

tl; dr

I am currently a tetchy cow, so bare that in mind.

OMG. WTF with the True Detective? I was all like True Detective started – YAY something to watch! And it’s been utter rubbish. I case you haven’t gotten round to it yet let me tell you – you aren’t missing anything. Because nothing happens. At all. I don’t understand what is the point of having this freaking great cast. And have them do nothing. But just kinda spout rubbish I could have written.

So at this point a normal person, a smart person, would just give up on TV altogether. To be fair, I have been reading loads more. But then I get annoyed at how the book ends (that’s another story altogether).

But no. Noooooooo.

I did what any not-sane person would do. I switched over to Hannibal.

Which is… I normally like Hannibal. But omg (OMG!) what is it with the freaking water/blood/whatever dripping? And it’s not only occasionally, it all. the. freaking. time. Also snails? I mean by the time they crawl to whatever the hell they are going I want to tear my hair out. Also – da f*ck with kaleidoscopic scenes?

Can I be frank?

I will be frank with you.

I don’t have an effing clue what the hell is going on. There it is, my secret is out.

Most of the time I’m just

I will tell you this much though. The fight between Jack and Hannibal? A thing of beauty.

And you know, a fight is well and good. But Jack could have saved himself a whole lot of trouble if he did one thing. Just one thing.

Threatened Hannibal with some refined sugar. That would have him running for the hills. Or curling up in a fetal position.

That’s where I’m at ladies and gents.

I will be on the balcony. Cooling off my feet and armpits respectively.