Last week, for the first time since I came up with the idea, there was no What’cha Watchin’. I blame two winter storms and the first week of classes (my day job is in academia and it’s a rough time of year). But now all that’s behind us, this week’s anticipated storm is hitting north of us so I don’t have to learn its name, and it’s time to get back on the bandwagon. Some good stuff is on TV this week, and I’m not talking about the Grammys, even though AC/DC is playing. Let’s talk What’cha Watchin’.
Sunday, 2/8 is a red-letter day on most of the What’cha Reading staff’s calendars. For me, Sundays are Downton Day, when I catch up with the residents of Downton Abbey (9/8c on PBS). I might have mainlined the entire series last week when I realized I could just buy it on Amazon and not waiting for it all to play out, but I’ll still be watching it each week on PBS. While season five has been good, this is when it really starts heating up: most surprisingly, you might actually feel pity for Barrow this week. I did.
For the rest of the WR crew, Sunday means the return of The Walking Dead (9/8c on AMC), as Rosemary has been reminding me for literally weeks. I am probably the last person on earth not watching this and I need to find time to mainline it soon. For the rest of you, Andrew Lincoln is promising that the rest of the season is going to be “f–king nuts!” and go very dark. For a post-apocalyptic show about zombies, I feel like that’s saying something. Based on what Nancy’s told me, I have a feeling this has to do with Beth’s death. What do you think?
Dear gods, did you all see the final scene of Sleepy Hollow (Monday 2/9 at 9/8c on Fox) last week? It was a good episode overall with the return of Henry and his struggle with his humanity, but that last conversation between Henry and Irving put it over the top. (PS, If you’re not on Twitter for the cast’s live tweeting during the show, you’re missing out—Orlando Jones’s tweet commentary is priceless. My favorite from last week: “#SleepyHollow PLEASE PRAY FOR IRVING. SUMTHIN AINT RIGHT WITH THAT BOY. ALL HIS DOGS AINT BARKING AT THE SAME TREE.”) This week, my inner Founding Fathers geek rejoices as we get to spend some time with Thomas Jefferson. Let’s take bets on if there are going to be an Sally Hemings references, shall we?
The Flash (Tuesday 2/10 at 8/7c on CW) blew the fans away last week with Gorilla Grodd and the fusion of Dr. Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond into The Nuclear Man. This week Flash and his team have to deal with (forgive me for this pun but I absolutely had to) the fallout of that event.
Agent Carter (Tuesday 2/10 at 9/8c on ABC) has three episodes left in its mini season. Plot strings are starting to come together and last week brought in your favorites and mine, the Howling Commandos, just in time to get Peggy out into the field. We also got a glimpse of the sleeper cell training program that eventually births Black Widow. I’m loving seeing all of these tie-ins to other parts of the MCU, and have high hopes for the rest of the season.
The Blacklist (Thursday 2/12 at 9/8c on NBC) came back with a bang last week. According to Frenchie, “Liz is still denying her instincts re: Red being her father. She’s managed to get a hold of the intelligence item that everyone and their mom is looking for. This week, we find out what she plans on doing with it.”
I can’t believe Constantine (Friday 2/13 at 8/7c on NBC) is already at the season finale (yep, that’s what NBC is calling it, which gives fans hope that it will survive another year even if that includes a move to another NBC/Universal channel). I know ratings mean everything to the TV execs, but the WR Geek Girls are all in agreement that this is one of the best shows on TV in terms of character development throughout the season. Even the angel Manny, who could have been a complete plot device, is a well-rounded character as we saw last week. The season finale brings Papa Midnite back into the mix, and I’m torn between eagerly awaiting this ep and wanting it to never be Friday because that means the end of Constantine for now. I’m anticipating a big party of live tweeting for this one, so join us!
Grimm (Friday 2/13 at 9/8c on NBC) has had a hell of a season, going deep and taking a hard look at racism using the Wesen world as a metaphor. But Juliette’s transformation into a hexenbiest has been uneasy for me, since I had a nagging suspicion that the writers were going back to a Reynaud/Juliette relationship (man, I hated that plotline). So far we haven’t gone that route and I am profoundly grateful. I loved kickass Juliette last week (taking out a manticore, what a BAMF!), and with NBC promoting this week as #biestfight, I can’t wait to see what happens when she and Adalind are left alone together.
I have been waiting for Kingsman: The Secret Service (opens Friday, February 13) to hit theaters since I first saw a preview for it back in…what, July? It seems like they’ve been teasing this film for ages and it’s finally here! I’m currently trying to convince Rick that this would be the perfect Valentine’s date with lots of action and fights for him to enjoy, but he’s skeptical; rightly so, actually, since Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson are in it. I’m holding off reading the comic until after I’ve seen the film, but if you’ve already read it I’d love to hear your opinions on how faithful the film adaption is.
And that concludes a very packed What’cha Watchin’. If there’s something you think I should be watching/writing about, let me know in the comments!