There are quite a few shows of interest to Unpopcult starting over the next few days, and CJ will be along soon to flag some of them up. Let’s start, though, with long-standing Unpopcult favourite Hawaii Five-0, now into its fourth season. If I’m being honest, the third season was variable at best, with some real curios like the Victoria’s Secret supermodels-in-danger episode, the all-female roller derby episode, and the Derrida-esque experiment in deconstructing the notion of the omniscient storyteller. And not enough bromance either, although finding plausible female partners for Steve and Danny continued to be a challenge when they very plainly only have eyes for each other.
Unfortunately the producers quite like the gimmicks, and later this season we’ll get the chance to see a “fan-built episode”, the result of viewers being allowed to vote on certain key plot points. For example: is the murder weapon a five inch stiletto, flame thrower, poisoned jacuzzi, snow shovel, poisonous toad, tiki torch, or spear gun? (Stiletto, say the people.) In fact, if you head over right now to CBS.com you can vote on what you’d like Chin to be wearing. (I am not making this up.) If you’re being kind, you can see this as evidence of a playful willingness to engage with the fanbase and stretch the parameters of TV procedurals, or it might look like creative exhaustion.
Anyway. The Five-0 have a bit to prove after season 3, but American ratings have held up well enough. And we’re still doing weekly reviews, so Bromance Watch, “Oh, FFS!” Watch, and the rest will be back just as soon as we can get them done (Sunday 19 January, Sky 1, 9pm).
Also starting: season 7 of Psych (Sunday, Universal Channel, 7pm); season 5 of NCIS: LA (Sunday, Sky 1, 10pm); season 3 of uterine British drama Call The Midwife (Sunday again, BBC 1, 8pm); season 3 of Girls (Monday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm); season 2 of The Following (Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm); and new Chuck Lorre comedy creation, the Anna Faris and Allison Janney-starring Mom (Monday, ITV 2, 9pm). More tomorrow from CJ.