The view from the couch: The catch up begins.


Christ, it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed anything, due to Halloween remake 2 breaking my brain, and not in a good way, but having spent the last three months with a baby in the house, we’ve not really watched anything in the way of films. What we have watched, however, is a whole shitload of TV. So, brace yourself for a stampede of mini-reviews, for stuff that you’ve all probably seen already.

As is usual with this, I’ll be honest about how long I stuck to each series before throwing poo at it.

Also, I’m so far behind, I’m splitting this mammoth post into sections. This is part one.

Contains spoilers, and lots of them, below


First up out of the blocks: Arrow

Arrow- Episodes watched:  Half of the first series.

Arrow– Episodes watched: Half of the first series.

Not a bad series to get started with. Now, I know nothing at all about the funnybooks, and have a mild loathing of John Barrowman, so on one hand I really should hate this. But, on the other hand, it’s basically Batman with a bow and arrow, so I can easily get on board with that shit.

I’m kind of torn really, because so far, it’s not been hugely whelming. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been garbage, and I’m kind of enjoying him tootling around Star City fighting crime and whatnot. I am not, however, enjoying the “romantic” love triangle between his ex and his douchebag mate, and nor am I digging, particularly, his mother being the bad guy. Let alone the Daddy issues motivating him. You know, writer types, there are other character motivations than daddy issues.

Nevertheless, the origin story is being cleverly handled via flashbacks that inform without boring the arse off me and given that the thought of sitting through ANOTHER fucking origin story in one hit is enough to make me drown puppies, this is quite a good idea. It’s intriguing without being suffocating.

So, all in all, I’m giving Arrow a pass, and am definitely going to be finishing series one and maybe even catching up with series 2. Unless I forget.

Have a couple of changs, with potential to be upgraded when I catch up with it.


Unlike the next series coming: Community


Community: Episodes watched- half the first series

Unfunny, annoying shit. It’s only that it’s free on Lovefilm, and I can’t be arsed thinking when feeding our son at 2 in the morning that I’ve seen as much as I have.

This is the easiest plot summary I’ve ever written: A group of “misfits” at a shitty low rent community college get into shenanigans that strive manfully for comic gold but inevitably end up with comic failure.

You know what? I want to call a moratorium on “kooky” characters behaving exactly like humans don’t do in the name of contrived comedy. In this case, I’m almost convinced that at least 3/4 of the characters are meant to be suffering from some kind of mild Autism rather than just one- Abed. More to the point, I actively want to pound fat, unfunny, assclown Chevy Chase into wallpaper paste. He was shit in the 80’s, shit in the 90’s, shit in the 00’s and he’s an intensely irritating, obnoxious, cretinous waste of screen time again now. Just fuck off and die, you type 2 diabetes corpse in waiting.


Needless to say, I won’t be watching any more of this bullshit and it can fuck itself. I find it mystifying that there’s 5 seasons of this crap, as I’m half way through the first series and have seen precisely one semi-decent joke.

And I can’t even remember what that was.

Nevertheless, because whatshername that plays Britta is hot, and there was one semi-decent joke, have half a chang. But still fuck off.


While I’m on a roll with duff comedy: Anger Management


Anger Management: Episodes watched- All of it. For my sins

Keeping Charlie “Full of Win” Sheen in Tiger Juice since 2 and a half men went tits up, Anger Management is loosely based on the mildly amusing Adam Sandler/ Jack Nicholson vehicle. And by “Mildly Amusing”, I mean tolerable. And by “tolerable”, I mean not “50 first dates”. You get the drift.

This, actually, is more interesting for what has obviously happened behind the scenes than the actual comedy itself. Which, let’s face it, isn’t very funny. When the series starts, it’s a relatively simple idea about a shrink who seems to be Charlie Sheen from 2 and a half men and his kooky (that word again) therapy group and his ex-wife (whatshername from Saw), OCD suffering daughter (although they really don’t do anything with that idea), and relationship with his fuckbuddy who he may or may not be in love with (Selma Blair).

However, what we have actually got here is a gigantic ego gradually taking over the reins and running berserk. By the end of Series 3, or whatever one it was, Sheen’s ego was a giant Frankenstein’s monster terrorising the village of television, causing untold devastation in its wake, and you can almost smell the TV executives gathering a mob and looking for somewhere to rent pitchforks from.

As a TV series? This is shit. As a bizarre car crash (I’m waiting for Sheen to overdose on coke live on air. I swear it’s coming), it’s grimly compelling. Fascinating, even.

Nevertheless, not recommended, really. If you want to see the progress pick 3 episodes, one from each series and marvel that the production company is letting a man so clearly out of control take control. It’s really, really incredible.

Have half a chang. And I’m feeling generous with that.



That’s the easy ones out of the way. I’ll be back later in the week with the more challenging series including, in no particular order, Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story, Vikings Season 2, that Piracy nonsense that I’ve temporarily forgotten the name of and much much more.

Until next time,



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Workshy cynic, given to posting reams of nonsense on the internet and watching films that have inexplicably got a piss poor reputation.

30 responses to “The view from the couch: The catch up begins.”

  1. Xiphos0311 says :

    Arrow is a series that gets stronger as it goes on. It sort of wondered around for the first 6 or so episodes then it took off. Season 2 was insane.

  2. Xiphos0311 says :

    Community is beloved by the nerds and hipsters becasue it speaks in their “voice”. It’s occasionally amusing like when Abed does a spot on Don Draper imitation to the big lunged chick that is on Mad Men

    Sheen’s ego is running amok he got Selma Blair fired.

    • Continentalop says :

      Community seems to me to be a show where the clips friends send you or post are all you need to see. Like let someone find the one funny moment every episode so you don’t need to sit thru the entire painful 22 minutes.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s not one per episode. From my count.

      • Continentalop says :

        Well, I’ve only seen two episodes and they both had one good joke, so I just assumed…

      • Jarv says :

        The missus has reminded me of a few others as well, so I’ve been unfair. It’s about 1 decent joke every episode and a half. That is still not a great strike rate.

        And it has that fat fuck in it as well.

    • Jarv says :

      I’ve heard that before, but the thing is, it doesn’t. Not at all. It’s vaguely sneering at them. The Abed joke was the laugh I got. Thanks for reminding me.

      I may include Mad Men in this epic series

    • Jarv says :

      That was at the start of Series 3. The character has undergone what can only be described as a total rewrite. He’s now an alcoholic who seems to have strippers on the go constantly. It’s totally different from the vaguely responsible person in the first series. But, hey, Charlie gets to play with hot chicks in a tub every week now.

  3. Continentalop says :

    Speaking of TV, a friend of mine wrote this in time for the Emmys. explaining , how Nic Pizzolatto, the “genius” who wrote TRUE DETECTIVE, ripped off half the dialogue from obscure writers like Thomas Ligotti and passed it off as his own.

  4. kloipy says :

    I’ve only seen Community. I’ve found some of it to be really funny, but not enough to make me watch more of it. I feel like it really wants to be like Arrested Development but isn’t as smart. I feel like it is so meta half of the jokes won’t make sense 10 years from now.

    Charlie Sheen show looked like shit. No interest in him or his show.

    Arrow- just never that interested in the character. The Flash looks alright though

  5. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Not seen any of these, but your review of Community made it worth getting made. Well done, though missing a few cunts.

    I’m surprised every likes Arrow, didn’t look good the first time I stumbled over some initial previews.

  6. Judge Droid says :

    Community is shit but has a couple of decent jokes in the first 2 seasons. I binned it during season 3.

    Only saw about 4 eps of Arrow. It was a bit shit. I’ve heard from multiple sources that it gets much better.

    No interest in Anger Management.

    • Jarv says :

      I think I said it in the review, but pick 3 episodes, one from each series, and watch them. It’s amazing how heavily Full of Win has run amok. It’s almost inconceivable that it’s the same show.

  7. tombando says :

    Haven’t seen any of these….Arrow looks like it might be okay, if not it’s just an Arrowing experience and I’ll just chalk it up to Archery shows having drawbacks.

  8. Toadkillerdog says :

    Good job Jarv, nice to have you back in the swing!

  9. ThereWolf says :

    Telly? I’ve only just started watching films again (since about April)!

    These sound like bollocks, I won’t be watching any of these…

    • Jarv says :

      I wouldn’t either, exception to Arrow.

      Mostly telly due to being able to partition off an hour but stretching our luck at 90minutes or above.

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