What to watch this weekend: ‘Invasion,’ ‘4400,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Insecure’

Today saw the ending of “American Horror Story: Double Feature,” whose 2nd installation (a large enhancement over the very first) reworded United States history around aliens landing throughout the Eisenhower administration. The fixation with seeing the skies is being signed up with by Apple television+’s globe-spanning “Invasion” and CW’s “4400,” both of which depend upon secrets however which seem in no rush to disgorge their tricks.
Developed by “X-Men” veteran Simon Kinberg and David Weil, “Invasion” (introducing Oct. 22) follows the unusual behaviors surrounding an alien intrusion through the viewpoints of numerous characters around the world. It’s sort of the anti-“Independence Day,” where rather of huge ships all of a sudden appearing, unusual little things start occurring, gradually (too gradually, based upon the 5 episodes previewed) amounting to an extraterrestrial encounter of, well, some kind.

When It Comes To “4400,” which premieres Oct. 25, the CW series is really a reboot of a program entitled “The 4400” that premiered in 2004, however with a fascinating twist. Once again, it includes individuals being returned, the same, after vanishing years and often years previously, however the focus is on marginalized individuals, whose lacks were felt by their households however not seriously inspected by authorities.

The group shows up in Detroit, and they’re basically quarantined by the federal government, while both being familiar with each other and, when it comes to those taken fairly just recently, finding what took place while they were gone.

Why are they back now? What was done to them? And what takes place next? The hope is you’ll remain to learn, however offered the size of the cast, there are a great deal of subplots to check out in the interim.

Therein lies the issue with both programs, which especially when it comes to “Invasion” feels so calm in its design template of seeing the crisis unfold as an international phenomenon regarding blunt the drama.

“The X-Files” encountered comparable issues in its later seasons, as the folklore ended up being significantly thick. However the existing television excess has actually just sped up the sense that if the program you’re seeing does not appear to be going anywhere, click, next.

It’s unclear whether these alien visitors have all the time in the world waiting around for somebody to get to the point, but a lot of us mere mortals don’t.

Don’t look for ‘Curb’ blurbs. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Susie Essman, Lucy Liu, Larry David in the new season of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'

Larry David tends to keep his own counsel when it comes to things like publicity, so you won’t see any advance reviews of the new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” because nothing was made available in advance.

For all the talk about creative freedom these days, “Curb” has actually long been a model of a network acceding to the program’s architect. The comedy returns Sunday for its 11th season (which is pretty, pretty good) spread over 21 years — including a six-year hiatus between seasons eight and nine — reflecting David’s “I’ll deliver ’em when I’m ready” strategy, and HBO’s willingness to let him to work at his own quirky, unhurried pace. (HBO and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia.)

The deal, basically, is whenever you’re ready to do more episodes, we’re here. And while 100 episodes in 10 seasons is absolutely nothing to sneeze at, it’s worth noting how that compares with the industriousness of something like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which premiered the year before “Curb,” and hit its 500th episode this week.

Speaking of premieres, “Curb” returns Oct. 24 along with the fifth and final season of “Insecure.” The first few episodes of the latter were offered, and they’re good — a college reunion episode especially — without really offering much sense of what sort of endgame Issa Rae’s groundbreaking funny wants.

Are you #TeamSubtitles?

Matt, Prue and Paul with Crystelle in Season 5 of "Great British Bake Off."

Now, Sandra Gonzalez with a a fiercely discussed concern amongst couples all over

“Not since our great Pitbull’s music should be played at all parties debate of 2018 have my husband and I disagreed on something as strongly as the use of subtitles while watching our television shows.

First, let me say, neither of us have a medical need for them. And people who rely on them to watch and enjoy television should be the priority at all times.

Below them, there’s what seems to be an increasing number of people who, like me, watch TV with subtitles on.

Unlike his strong pro-Mr. Worldwide views, my husband does not prefer subtitles. He finds them distracting. I, meanwhile, find them helpful for exactly that reason. As someone with an attention span that’s as stunted as my five-foot frame, subtitles help me concentrate on the show I’m watching.

One article from a couple of years ago attempted to nail down a reason behind the trend, focusing on it as a behavior exhibited by Gen-Z and Millennials. I prefer my own theory: This is evolution at work. Those of us who enjoy subtitles are the brightly colored peacocks of our time. Our ever-splintered attention spans have required us to find alternative means for enjoying our television fully. And that’s OK.
This week, a bunch of ‘Great British Bake Off’ viewers across the pond complained when subtitles for the most recent episode were unavailable due to technical issues at Channel 4. To those who were vocal with their frustrations, I see you. I AM you.”

Need to watch/will watch

The Backstreet Boys perform a concert on May 11, 1999.

Another from Sandra Gonzalez, who has a confession about her streaming intents this weekend:

“I know I should watch ‘Dune’ because if I don’t it will be spoiled for me. The good thing is I don’t really care if it is. Come find me, ‘Dune’ spoilers. I’ll be on YouTube watching old Disney Channel in Concert specials, which I just recently remembered existed.
How brilliant were these little pieces of pop music propaganda? I have the Backstreet Boys one memorized by heart, down to every crowd call-out in the middle of songs. (‘Sing it with me!’) I miss these specials — fun with no disingenuous claims about being ‘raw’ or ‘real’ versions of the subjects at the center. A non-spoiler, kids: Everyone who’s claiming to be an open book is just turning to the page they want you to see. Sincerely, your tipsy aunt. P.S. – Disney+, please pay the money and put these specials on your service. Thank you.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.