The Weekly Round-Up – 26/10-01/11

Yes it’s a day late. And yes I feel terrible. But now I’m finally back with my Weekly Round-Up of all the best and worst TV… from last week, that is. While one old favourite returned to our screens (see below), another reached the hugely impressive ’50-episode’ milestone. At the moment, it looks like there really is no stopping Arrow… is there?

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The big talking point, however, is the return of CBS’ Elementary – the final addition to my Fall TV schedule. The Sherlock Holmes serial showed steady improvement throughout its second season last year, before limping towards a slightly anticlimactic finale. Will we see a change in momentum with the start of Season 3? Another to look out for is Doctor Who, which was, until last week, enjoying a fantastic run of form. Can it bounce back here?

So scroll down to check out these episodes, as well as updates on ConstantineAgents Of SHIELD and more!


Sunday, 26/10


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Homeland, SHO – About A Boy

Despite a lack of action, there are plenty of politics and consequences as the fourth season finally gets into the meat of the story. Claire Danes is phenomenal – 9/10


Monday, 27/10


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The Blacklist, NBC – The Mombasa Cartel

Diego Klattenhoff and Megan Boone shine, while things take a turn for the shocking as The Blacklist delivers it’s best episode since the Season 2 premier – 8/10


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Gotham, FOX – Spirit Of The Goat

Firmly stuck in uneventful procedural territory, Gotham continues to limp-on without doing anything to impress, bar a solid turn from Donal Logue’s Harvey Bullock –  7/10


Tuesday, 28/10


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Agents Of SHIELD, ABC – A Fractured House

Although not up to the high standard of the previous episodes, A Fractured House retains the entertainment and fun factor that has made this season so successful thus far – 8/10


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The Flash, The CW – Going Rogue

Wentworth Miller is wonderfully intimidating as Captain Cold, but Emily Bett Rickards steals the show, adding her trademark goofy charm and chemistry with Gustin – 9/10


Wednesday, 29/10


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Arrow, The CW – The Magician

Full of drama, tension and breathtaking action scenes, Arrow’s 50th episode lives up to the hype. John Barrowman steals every scene he’s in as Malcolm Merlyn – 9/10


Thursday, 30/10


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The Big Bang Theory, CBS – The Misinterpretation Agitation

Billy Bob Thornton delivers one of the greatest guest performances in TBBT history as the hapless Dr. Lorvis, while the rest of the episode is pretty average – 8/10


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Elementary, CBS – Enough Nemesis To Go Around

A solid, if unspectacular, return for Elementary introduces an intriguing new dynamic for Sherlock and Watson, and a departure from the status quo of Season 2 – 8/10


Friday, 31/10


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Constantine, NBC – The Darkness Beneath

While not bad, the second episode is about as routine as you can get. The creepy monsters and Constantine’s charm are let down by a weak mystery and central plot – 7/10


Saturday, 01/11


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Doctor Who, BBC – Dark Water

Outstanding. Moffat delivers one of his greatest episodes – managing to make it witty, scary and heartbreaking all at the same time. Michelle Gomez is on fire – 10/10


Catch-Up, N/A


Nope. No time. Sorry!


2014/15 Ranking

# Show N E R
1 Arrow CW 4 8.8
2 Agents Of SHIELD ABC 6 8.7
3 The Flash CW 4 8.5
4 Homeland SHO 5 8.4
5 Doctor Who BBC 11 8.3
6 The Blacklist NBC 6 8.0
7 Elementary CBS 1 8.0
8 The Big Bang Theory CBS 7 7.7
9 Constantine NBC 2 7.5
10 Under The Dome CBS 3 7.3
11 Gotham FOX 6 7.2

Key – N = Network; E = # of Episodes; R = Average Rating


Summary

We really were spoilt for quality this week! While it was great to see Arrow‘s 50th episode and Malcolm Merlyn’s majestic return to action, it was John Barrowman’s former show that stole the spotlight for me. It’s been a great eighth season for Capaldi, Moffat and co, and Dark Water was perhaps the best episode yet. Truly magnificent stuff!

Elsewhere, Elementary was as solid as ever – adding in a few new faces and a few changes to the Watson/Sherlock dynamic that’ll hopefully impact the rest of Season 3 for the better. While The Blacklist and Homeland both delivered some of their best episodes this season, Gotham and Constantine were more disappointing. The latest offering from each show fell into the ‘disappointing procedural’ trap – despite their CBM source material.

Best Episode: Doctor Who – Dark Water

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