Sometimes, I decide to write for this section so that I have an official reason to stray from my compulsive viewing habits. I’ve already talked about Doctor Who twice, I’ve finished Luther and Bleak House, and now I’ve started obsessively watching Battlestar Galactica. Since BSG is already recapped around these parts (and done so nicely, I assume, but I haven’t spoiler-ed myself), I decided to peruse my Netflix queue for something new. I settled on The Last Enemy, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, better known from Sherlock.
(Parenthetical aside: Holy shit, that finale of Sherlock! Curse you, British television, for your indeterminable wait periods between series!)
In The Last Enemy, Cumberbatch is Stephen Ezard, a talented mathematician, who has returned to London after four years of living in China. His brother has just died doing humanitarian aid work in Afghanistan, and after the funeral, Stephen meets his widow at their flat. Stephen is a major germaphobe, though in the case of his long flight, I thought, “I feel you, dude.” Planes might as well be plague factories.
Stephen and the widow, Yasim, endure their complicated grief – it’s very New Yorker short story. However, there’s a government conspiracy angle regarding the Afghani camps and Britain’s new Big Brother-esque Total Intelligence System. There’s a mysterious illness and questions about privacy/surveillance, but the specifics are not clear in this first episode.
Surprisingly, I’m not watching for eye candy purposes. I like Cumberbatch well enough as the smartest person in the room, but he doesn’t do it for me like he does for some people. Still, he and Robert Carlyle (also in this series) could compete in some sort of advanced cheekbones competition. I like The Last Enemy enough to keep watching, but perhaps only when the mister isn’t home to watch BSG with me. In that case, I’m to be polite and not outpace him.
Any of you watched this series? Alternately, do you have shows that you’re not to binge upon on your own?