What I watched: The most depressing television series I’ve seen in years, Unforgotten, about a cold-case squad. It stars UK TV favorites Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunil Khan. The show is clever, weaving disparate unrelated persons within the crime story. Unforgotten does an excellent, respectful job in treating the long-term bereaved and in showing that time changes but does not lessen grief. It also does a crushing job of totally fucking up the current lives of suspects (always multiple suspects). None of suspects lack skeletons in the closet, and many are flawed and unlikable, but few have committed chargeable or unforgivable/unjustified crimes. The last show of each season does a fair job of wrapping things up in the best possible fashion, but it in no way does it make up for their life-demolishing inquiries.
Here is a clip from Season 3:
What I read: I’ve been deep in the King’s Watch world I mentioned previously, having zoomed through seven of the nine core books and three of the six related short stories. Still highly recommended, so far there have been no duds!
Aside from that I have read nothing else except for a new cookbook, Essential Ottolenghi, the special edition, two-book boxed set of Plenty More and Ottolenghi Simple. Yotam Ottolenghi is a New York Times bestselling author whose specializes in Middle Eastern, vegetable-heavy cooking.
Stay tuned for the next few weeks however, when I promise a more robust book section: Amazon dropped eight of my preorders on August first, and I will endeavor to read through the wonderful book backlog!
What I listened to this week: I slowed the temp and the volume way down this week (these recommendations are not Wednesday Steel-worthy). Here are Coyote Island – Here Before, Son Little – Hey Rose; Close Talker – The Change It Brings, and Ed Harcourt – Drowning In Dreams.
So, darling DeadSplinterites, what’s up with you? Is everything okay? What have you watched, read, or listened to? Did you do anything that was fun? Anything annoying? Please tell us how you are and what you are up to!