The long-awaited second season of Da Vinci's Demons kicked off in style last night with its usual blend of pseudo-history and mysticism, conjuring up a portrayal of the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci as a Renaissance superhero somewhere between Iron Man (sans armour) and Doctor Strange.
There was a six-month flashforward to Da Vinci's exploits in the New World, then it was back to the embattled streets of Florence where the mob has been whipped up against the ruling Medicis.
The Blood Of Man featured a couple of gag-worthy moments, first when the wicked Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson) was threatening to gouge out Lucrezia Donati's (Laura Haddock) eye and then when Da Vinci (Tom Riley) invented the blood transfusion to save the life of Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan).
Amidst all this it was great to see the mysterious Al-Rahim (Alexander Siddig) popping up again, even if only in Da Vinci's visions.
The second season of Bates Motel also kicked off this week, continuing to play fast and loose with the established Psycho mythology and with so many characters murdering people in the town, what's so special about Norman?
It's still the powerful, creepy, chemistry between Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman (Freddie Highmore) that draws me back to this oddball show, but it's pretty hard to really care about what happens to anyone as everyone - except Norman's sweet friend Emma (Olivia Cooke) - is either shady or truly disturbed.
I really would have preferred a more low-key, escalating horror tale of the Bates family opening their motel in a normal town, and Norman gradually revealing - to the audience, at least - his darker side. Instead they're thrown into a low-rent sub-Twin Peaks (but without the supernatural elements) town of criminals, where you could imagine Norman growing up into a Dexter-style character, taking out the town's trash. Which isn't really Psycho, is it?
Meanwhile, this has been a week of housekeeping on my Sky+ box, culling series that just didn't make the grade for me.
Although New Worlds (Channel 4) started promisingly, with an Indian raid on a settlers' colony, it failed to hold my attention after that and, although I made it to the end of the episode, I couldn't tell you what had happened or why I should care. So I hit 'delete' on that, as I had done with Elementary (Sky Living) a few weeks before.
The American rip-off of Sherlock (bringing Sherlock Holmes into the modern era) had initially looked as though it was carving its own path, but eventually it just sagged into a monotonous, by-the-numbers, police procedural with a slightly quirky lead character... and there are already too many of those shows on television.
Another show that was deleted off the Sky+ box this week was Game Of Stones (Discovery), a 'reality' TV show about gem hunters travelling the world and facing great risks in pursuit of wealth.
Sadly, from the opening credits, it became clear that there was very little so-called 'reality' in the show and it was actually a rather tiresome, scripted, faux reality show "based on real events".
The phrase "based on real events" carries so little weight with me these days, being attached to every cheap "found footage" nonsense ghost story churned out for an undemanding audience, that it almost feels as if the makers of "reality television" aren't even trying any more.
I was looking for a "filmed-as-it-happened" documentary about modern day treasure hunters, not something cooked up from second-hand stories.
Of course, one of the reasons for making room on my Sky+ box, as well as to ensure I get to record all the new shows that are starting around now, is to make sure there's capacity to hold the enirity of Season Four of Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic) which starts at 2am on Monday - simulcast (and ad-free) with the US.