Our first TV Talk of the year! I actually have TV watching to report on this time, since the break has given me some time to grab some viewing time here and there.
First is Jean Claude Van Johnson, which is a (presumably) fictitious look into the real life of Jean Claude Van Damme. The premise is that his movie career is just a cover for a life of espionage. It’s completely ridiculous from beginning to end, but if you appreciate the shittiness of 80s and 90s action movies, you will enjoy this. It also does a surprisingly decent job with callbacks. On a side note, I love how short these new Amazon series are being kept. JCVJ is only 6 episodes, as is the other new Amazon show, The Tick. I Love Dick is slightly longer at 8, but it’s still only half an hour. Perfect if you want to squeeze in a new series.
I also started watching the latest season of The Great British Bake Off, which features two new hosts (Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding) and a new judge (Prue Leith). While it took some getting used to, I feel like the new show is just as good with the cast change. Sandi and Noel needed a few episodes to straighten things out, but 6 episodes in they seemed to have gotten the hang of it. Noel’s shirt game is on point.