Tonight in HD: June 11

Season Finale: Game of Thrones (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) “There’s more closure in this episode than I would have thought possible,” Entertainment Weekly said of the 70-minute climax. But Variety thought it “buckled in places under the weight of having to juggle so many concurrent subplots”. Agreed Time: “A challenge the series will increasingly have to deal with going ahead [is] there’s just so much story to deal with that it can’t reasonably handle everything at once. Valar Morghulis had to give us a little of everyone to tide us over until next year, but it also accepted that not everyone was going to get epic closure of a season-long arc. Game of Thrones is playing a long game, and some subplots simply need to drop in the middle, to be picked up later.” For this reason, The Hollywood Reporter urged HBO to drop its 10-episodes-a-season quota: “If HBO would add three episodes to each forthcoming season, it could ease the worries of fans who are watching for shortcuts that, in fact, cut too much, or the importance of scenes/stories that have to be abandoned in order to form a 10-episode story arc.” ✭✭✭✭✭

Movie: Eagle Eye (TV3, 8.30, 5.1, R) You don’t have to be eagle-eyed to spot the improbabilities of this ludicrous but entertaining hi-tech Hitchcockian thriller about Big Brother gone beserk. After the Rear Window-ish suspense of Disturbia, Shia LaBeouf reunites with director DJ Caruso to go the North by Northwest route as the patsy in an ingeniously engineered surveillance conspiracy that relentlessly stalks him cross-country. To reveal more would spoil a plot that is so well executed its silliness is tolerated for the tension and excitement it generates. (2008) ✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Bianca has a medical emergency; April learns Dex is dating Lottie; Roo tries to reach out to Harvey. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Ross and Rachel wake up with hangovers – and find themselves married; Chandler and Monica don’t get married, but he asks her if he can move in with her instead. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Ula lets the wool be pulled; Bella plots revenge for Harry; Wendy and Murray get to the root of their problems; kindness wins the day for Bella. ✭✭✭

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) When Mike’s younger brother Jim and father Bud visit, a sibling rivalry ensues. Malcolm in the Middle’s Frankie Muniz guest stars. ✭✭

Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) The funeral service for a beloved clown mentor reunites Cameron with his estranged ex-clown partner, Lewis. Ellen Barkin and Third Watch’s Bobby Cannavale, who will be seen in the next season of Nurse Jackie, guest star in an episode directed and co-written by co-creator Steven Levitan. Quipped Paste magazine: “At times, the episode felt like the episode’s clown car scene—when Cam and his friends all squeeze into a Mini to head to drink after the funeral—because Levitan and company tried to cram too many things into 22 minutes. Just when things were ramping up, it was time to cue the credits.” ✭✭✭✭

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30, 5.1) SSA David Rossi and the team present one of the BAU’s longest open serial killer cases to a class of students and learn something new in the process. ✭✭

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) On the day of the funeral of a beloved Wisteria Lane resident, each of the ladies thinks back on how this person had affected their lives. ✭✭

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30, 5.1) The latest person of interest finds himself at the centre of a dark government conspiracy, one that Finch is all too familiar with; Reese uncovers something about Finch’s past. ✭✭

Revenge (TV2, 9.30, 5.1) A never-before-seen photo and a missing journal of David Clarke’s have Emily in hot pursuit of a new and a dangerous player. ✭✭

Hawaii Five-O (TV3, 11.40, 5.1, R) Repeat of the season-one finale, in which Five-O get too close to the truth about Wo Fat and his associates. ✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: Street Kings 2 – Motor City (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) High-Def Digest thought the HD qualities of this direct-to-disc sequel “jaw-dropping” but otherwise: “The film has so little to do with the original Keanu Reeves police drama/actioner that it could have just had the name Crooked Copz or something like that and it would have still sold just as many copies. With a B-list cast, as well as a B movie story and B level talent behind the camera (Chris Fisher, director of S Darko), there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is a formulaic wanna-be thriller, full of attempted intrigue and suspense, where cops, get this, are crooked!” (2011) ✭✭

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