What I'm Watching
- Columbo 7.3 (Make Me a Perfect Murder): A TV executive kills another TV executive after he breaks up with her and passes her by on a promotion. She's got a clever scheme that involves changing movie reels during a screening, but Columbo's dealt with this sort of thing a couple times before (in "Double Exposure," the subliminal cut episode, and "Forgotten Lady"). I like how Columbo so often incorporates technology in the stories, tape recorders and digital watches and burglar alarms and so on.
- Columbo 7.4 (How to Dial a Murder): This is probably one of the more complex murder schemes. A film buff psychologist kills his wife's lover by training his dogs to attack when they hear the word "Rosebud."
- Columbo 7.5 (The Conspirators): All these years of seeing this episode--a garrulous Irish author and entertainer is buying guns to smuggle to the IRA--and I never realized it was the final episode of the original series. And knowing that, I now appreciate its closing scene: Columbo, once again sitting across the table from a killer, marks a bottle of whiskey and repeats the killer's catchphrase, "This far, and no farther." What an excellent series.
I was under the impression that I would be able to watch the newer Columbo episodes next, but they're not available on Netflix or Amazon, so I can't, which is unfortunate. I also was not able to watch the two pilot episodes in this viewing. Not sure what's coming next.
What I'm Reading:
- Barry Eisler, The God's Eye View: I borrowed this one for free with Prime Reading! So far so good. The director of the NSA is bent on keeping his surveillance program under wraps, and he's taking some dramatic steps to do it.