If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/1/15

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

deutschand8371smallSundance’s new 1980s German spy drama, Deutschland 83 has been the perfect show to fill the void while The Americans is on hiatus. The series follows 24-year-old Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), an East German native who agrees to go to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi Foreign Service in exchange for his sick mother getting a much-needed kidney transplant.

Last week, Martin met his partner/handler Nina, who told him to bug the NATO specialist’s hotel room. However, just as Martin completed this task, Mayer decided to swap rooms, forcing Martin to do it all over again. Meanwhile, Martin had to carefully avoid running into an old acquaintance of the man whose identity he has assumed. Nina had given Martin a second task, to break into a hotel safe and steal secret NATO military plans. Martin was able to get the floppy disk, but when returned to his room, a scantily-clad woman was waiting for him. She pulled a sharp stick from her hair and charged after him. He was able to fend her off, pushing her over the balcony, but she managed to stumble away. Martin decided to use the incident to his advantage, setting her up to take the fall for the stolen report.

Is it only a matter of time before Martin is discovered? So far he’s been pretty messy — first getting discovered on the phone with his East German girlfriend (will anyone believe Renate’s story?!), and now this. What will he be tasked with next, and what else will go wrong? And what will Martin do when he learns that his girlfriend is actually cheating on him and that his mother isn’t getting the treatment she was promised?

So far, I’m really enjoying the series. I like the blend of the tense spy mission-of-the-week action with the interesting drama that looks at the culture clash between East and West Germany, capitalism vs communism. I highly recommend checking this show out. You can catch up online at http://www.sundance.tv/watch-now/deutschland-83. However, one warning: the show’s dialogue is 99.9% German, so that means a lot of subtitles.

On tonight’s episode, “Atlantic Lion,” in Brussels, Martin is assigned to seduce a NATO chief’s secretary and plant a bug in their office, and later, Martin’s aunt informs him that his mother needs a kidney transplant. Back in East Berlin, Martin’s fiancée begins taking care of Ingrid and reveals a secret she’s been keeping.

See if Martin can pull off his new assignment tonight on Sundance at 11/10c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Extant, Celebrity Wife Swap, MasterChef, Melissa & Joey, Baby Daddy, Flipping Out, Suits, and Mr. Robot.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

masterchef2015smallFirst of all, I’d like to say Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks! Enjoy your day with family, friends, and fireworks, but make sure you get to watch MasterChef, because this season is heating up week after week. Last week we watched as the competitors worked on a breakfast mystery box that had a few ahead of the pack, but ultimately it was Derrick who won with his trio of breakfast items, including a delicious looking salmon eggs benedict. Yum! Moving into the elimination round, Derrick got to pick which kind of TV dinner the home cooks must make a more elevated version of, and he chose Salisbury steak with mac n’ cheese and broccoli. I’ve never been a fan of Salisbury steak, but bring on some elevated mac n’ cheese. Derrick also got to choose someone who would lose 15 minutes off their cooking time, and he chose Christopher, which made sense because Christopher is super strong but he gets frazzled easily. It backfired, and Christopher rocked this dish. Too bad the same couldn’t be said for the always annoying Valerie. That woman made enough food to feed a family of 5 but passed it off as one large “Hungry Man” TV dinner. She’s completely batty. The judges agreed with my assessment that she wasn’t learning anything over her time there and finally sent her home. Happy dance over here. Overall, it was a great episode, but I’m interested to see how tonight’s episode goes.

On tonight’s episode, “Happy Birthday, MasterChef,” each team has to create a two-course menu, and they must also make a three-layer birthday cake.

To see which team gives the show a better birthday gift, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Bullseye, Melissa & Joey, and Baby Daddy.

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