Doctor Who — the BBC refit of the classic series. The first season was utterly spank. This season’s been good so far too. The show retains its exuberance and strangeness, but has received a massive upgrade in FX quality; fortunately the writing seems to be fairly high-standard as well.
Battlestar Galactica, seasion première. The “2.5″ split left cliffhangers galore. Now we get to see what happens to two undermanned battlestars when they have to figure out how to deal with a Cylon-occupied planetful of humans who’ve had a year to grow soft and lazy. Like Doctor Who, this is a total refit of an older series, and while the sets and settings include some highly questionable details — such as terrestrial foodstuffs and 12-hour clocks — the caliber of the writing is superb.
As for rentals this week, I’m afraid you’re on your own. I spent the earlier part of this week re-watching BSG 2.5 to make sure I was up to speed for tonight’s opener. I won’t be as committed next week, and should be able to take on a sweetly-made American classic based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel from the early 1960s.
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