The truth and your TV highlights are out there as Best of the Box brings you this week’s shows you need to watch.
The X-Files (February 8th, Channel 5 at 9PM)
When Mulder and Scully departed our TV screens some fourteen years ago, Mulder was on trial for killing an unkillable man, Scully had given their child up for adoption, the X-Files had been shut down, and the Lone Gunmen were dead. When they returned all too-briefly some six years later – Mulder, more obsessed than ever and sporting a suitably survivalist beard; Scully having made a return to medicine – the film’s negative reception and poor performance at the box office had us all mentally bidding farewell to the beloved believer-skeptic FBI duo for good. But we were wrong…
It may only be six episodes, and may lack the involvement of several key parties – writer/producers Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan to name but two – but the new X-Files miniseries could not have come at a better time. In a world of rampant corporatism and supposed “false flag” operations, we need Mulder and Scully now more than ever to shed some (albeit fictional) light on the dark corners of conspiracy.
Happy Valley (February 9th, BBC1 at 9PM)
Sarah Lancashire returns in this gritty police drama that when first aired was raved about by pretty much anyone and everyone who sat down to view the show. Set in West Yorkshire, series one saw Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Lancashire) facing troubles both at home and on the beat.
Playing out at its own pace, Happy Valley slowly began building into a compelling mystery when Cawood was called into action after a flustered and nervous accountant comes into the station to report a crime. We loved it and can’t wait to see what is in store this second series. Eighteen months have passed, Catherine is still trying to balance both work and home and soon finds herself embroiled in a murder and suspect to boot!
100 Code (February 10th, Sky Atlantic at 10PM)
New York, USA. Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past twelve months young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow where Asphodel flowers grow. New York Detective Tommy Conley (Lost‘s Dominic Monaghan) gets a special dispensation from the NYPD to go observe and act as an adviser to the Stockholm Police Department in order to help solve these crimes.
Worth your time, with a good cast and a great mystery driving it forward, plus it already looks like there will be a second season!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (February 7th, E4 at 9PM)
So Simmons is back from her trip to another dimension, or to outer space… but what happened to her, where was she, how did she survive and why the heck does she want to go back?
This new season is certainly feeling a little more comfortable in it’s own shoes, even if those shoes do feel a little like Buffy and Angel. Still, if you’ve got to follow in something’s footsteps, those are as good a pair as any.
Better Call Saul (Netflix)
New series alert! This month “criminal lawyer” Jimmy McGill AKA Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is returning to Netflix in the second series of Better Call Saul and we cannot be happier. If you are yet to sample this Breaking Bad prequel/potential sequel, then now is the time to binge the complete first season.
Funny, gritty, touching and gripping. It manages to do everything it’s parent show did and in some cases one up it with some fantastic character driven drama. If Vince Gilligan has to be too busy to do X-Files, we’re glad he’s too busy doing this.