So I had hip surgery a week ago and have been more or less bedridden. I'm taking the opportunity to watch some shows that I'd been meaning to watch.
1.) I have one episode left in the first season of The Americans. It's really good. My only complaint is that the overall strategy of the Soviets is a bit confusing/non-existent (but maybe that's intentional). It sometimes seems like it's one spy caper of the week after another without any larger coherence between the missions they carry out.
2.) I'm half way through the first season of Fringe. I think I might be about to bail on this one. I didn't watch this when it first started because I thought it looked like a cheesy X-Files knock-off. Then, it seemed like it got pretty good reviews, especially for the later seasons, and I decided to check it out (it's streaming on Netflix which is a plus too). However, at this point, I feel like my initial assessment was correct. It certainly has better special effects than the X-Files, but the characters aren't as compelling, the acting is worse, the dialogue is worse, and it doesn't seem to have the profundity that the X-Files at least occasionally achieved. Is there a good reason to stick with this?
3.) I watched the first two seasons of The Wire last summer and am now watching the third season. It's great, obviously, but given recent political revelations, I find some of the intricate maneuvering to justify maintaining wire taps a bit quaint.