It’s another major week in TV watching, so without further ado let’s get down to it!
Saturday, 9/27 features the ever-present Doctor Who (BBCA, 9PM). The What’cha Reading crew has mixed feelings about the combination of Moffat/Capaldi/Coleman (Editor Chuck is still not sold, while I’m ready to follow wherever Capaldi leads), and we’re working on an article about that for the future, but in the meantime, I say watch “The Caretaker.”
Outlander’s mid-season finale is also on Saturday, 9/27 (STARZ, 9PM). After setting fangirl hearts ablaze last week with “The Wedding,” “Both Sides Now” seems like it will give us a little more of Frank Randall’s side of the story as Claire is still stuck in 1743 Scotland. Get your feels in now, kids, we won’t see new episodes of Outlander until April 2015.
Sunday, 9/28 marks the return of fantasy powerhouse Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8PM), although some of my work colleagues share my doubts about where last season ended up: with Elsa from Frozen arriving in Storybrooke. I swear, if I hear “Let It Go,” not even my love of Captain Hook and Rumple will keep me tuning in.
My boyfriend Rick has pointed out that Sunday, 9/28 features the long-awaited Simpsons/Family Guy crossover at 9PM on Fox. I’ve loved these two shows for years, so I’m interested to see where it will end up. Most likely someplace that will leave me shaking my head and saying “That is so wrong” while laughing.
Monday night (9/29) at 8PM on Fox, is Gotham, and I’m not going to lie, the What’cha Reading crew is divided on this one after the premiere. Juan and Steven are definitely on board, but to Chuck it feels a little like ret-conning to make the super hero story more palatable for TV audiences. I’m not quite sure where I stand yet. I was riveted for the first half and then my attention started to wander, which is generally a sign that something is amiss in the storytelling. I’ll give it another shot this week.
Fox continues to be hot on Monday (9/29) with Sleepy Hollow on 9PM. The first episode of the season was one hell of a ride, and I’m looking forward to seeing where we go from here. Not even gonna lie, the Franklin segments (I just had to rephrase those words seven times so that it didn’t sound like a naked Ben Franklin joke) were my favorite part, and although I was a Timothy Busfield doubter originally, I think he might turn out to be just the right person for the role. Just like last season, Sleepy Hollow re-writes history, but with its tongue so firmly in cheek that I don’t care. It’s flat-out good TV.
For my birthday Tuesday (9/30), I get Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9PM on ABC (thank you, ABC!) Last week brought us a lot of new characters, a mountain of FitzSimmons feels, and a set up for the upcoming AoS spinoff Agent Carter. It gave me Clark Gregg and the Howling Commandos in on hour. I can’t ask for more than that.
At 10PM on Tuesday 9/30, stay on ABC to catch Forever as it settles into its regular time. I’m still behind on my DVR, but several friends have described it as “sort of like Elementary, except the British guy isn’t an ass in this.” (If you’ve seen Elementary, you know exactly what they’re talking about…Sherlock is overbearing to say the least.) Hoping to catch up on this one over the weekend.
Gracepoint premieres on Thursday, 10/2 at 9PM on Fox. I watched all of Broadchurch, and have heard that Gracepoint is basically going to be an American version of that show. Part of me is anticipating a bad American remake (ala Life on Mars, anyone?), but David Tennant’s in it, so you know I’ll be watching anyway.
And as several friends who watch the streams from the UK have told me, last week marked the premiere of Season 5 of Downton Abbey. Unlike all the American shows, I can’t tell you exactly how to find this one, but if you Google around I’m sure you’ll come up with something. I watched Episode 1 last night and was as enthralled as I always am. 1924 shows Cora developing some backbone, the Dowager Countess in fine form, and the storylines of all characters (particularly Lady Edith) off to an interesting start.
That’s what we’ve got, what are you watching this week? Sound off in the comments…