If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/3/18

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m so excited that Criminal Minds is back, especially given how last season ended on the cliffhanger of Garcia being kidnapped and Reid being forced at gunpoint to help the bad guys, lest Garcia be killed. In this case, the bad guys were the cult members headed by the guy (called the Messiah) who was cutting out their victims’ hyoid bones. The BAU learned about it when long-missing FBI Agent Quinn was found in a storage unit – alive. At first they thought he was part of the cult, but they later learned he was just as much a victim. They had the Messiah in custody, but at the end of the episode, when Garcia rode down to the garage in the elevator with Quinn and another FBI agent, Mary Meadows, we quickly realized that Meadows was the one who was part of the cult, when she shot Quinn and kidnapped Garcia, turning her over to her henchmen (heh). Reid was then ordered by Meadows to help her get the Messiah out of the FBI’s custody or she would have Garcia shot.

Since both Garcia and Reid were safe from the previous season’s cliffhanger ending, I suppose it’s only fair that they be the two in jeopardy this past season. Given this is a show that doesn’t really hesitate to kill off or say good-bye to their characters, I never take for granted the safety of characters left in jeopardy during a cliffhanger ending. Sure, if either Garcia or Reid are gone, there would be a huge hole in the team/show. As we’ve seen previously, no one can really take Garcia’s place (Kevin, anyone? Gak.), and Reid is in a class of his own. It’s easy to find another good-looking guy who can kick in doors (as evidenced by the two it took to replace Morgan. 😉 ), and there are any number of strong females who could replace JJ or Emily (although, as we’ve seen, they aren’t exactly easy to replace either, since those characters are so beloved). But Reid’s big brain and memory, etc, would be hard to replicate without being a clone, and then…what’s the point of having someone new? So you’d think they’d both be safe. But given that this premiere is the show’s 300th episode, it’s a big one, and if they were going to kill or send either one off, now would be the time to do it, I suppose! (I’ve seen the episode, btw, so I know the answer to all that supposition. But now you have some things to worry about, just like I did…and am? Maybe… *cue evil laugh*)

On tonight’s episode, “300,” when Reid and Garcia are abducted by Benjamin Merva (Michael Hogan), it’s up to the rest of the team to find them. The BAU finds surprising clues in their own history to solve why the two heroes have been targeted by a mass murderer. It’s a race to save them before a “Believers” prophecy is fulfilled.

Find out if the team can save Garcia and Reid tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, Property Brothers, SEAL Team, & Single Parents.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

Tonight is the first #OneChicago crossover of the season, and now that all three shows are on the same night, I’m sure there will be quite a few more. For those who aren’t aware, #OneChicago is a crossover between Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD.

Last week, all three shows had strong premieres, and I loved how nice it was to have all of them together for my television viewing pleasure.

On Chicago Fire, we watched as Casey and Dawson went their separate ways when Dawson accepted a full-time position in Puerto Rico providing aide for the victims there as they rebuild after the disaster. It will be strange not having her around, but perhaps it’ll open up some room for Casey to grow as an individual. We met Dawson’s replacement, a young woman named Emily Foster. There’s something going on with her, since people seem to know who she is, but we don’t know what it is yet. Then we met new Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch (guest star Steven Boyer, Trial & Error), who Grissom basically assigned to Firehouse 51 in order to keep an eye on (ie: irritate) Boden, who Gorsch has a history with. I can already tell he’s going to be a pest!

Then on Chicago Med, April made peace with Ethan’s sister after realizing she was in fact clean and working to be better. We also learned that Natalie said yes to Will’s season-ending proposal, and Reese left Med to transfer to a different hospital because she couldn’t face seeing Dr. Charles (and her father lived and is in prison). Also, Ava made some deal with Connor’s father and got him to agree to help raise the money to fund Connor’s idea for a surgical suite in the ER…with the caveat that Connor stay at Med to run it.

Finally on Chicago PD, Antonio was in charge of the unit while Voight was suspended during the investigation of the shooting. Ruzek didn’t handle it well, which caused a lot of drama and made for some very intense arguments between Antonio and Ruzek. Voight was eventually cleared, and they laid Al to rest. It was sad, especially because Al’s wife requested through Trudy that Voight not attend the funeral. Voight agreed, although he dressed in his uniform and stayed across the street, watching as the unit carried out Al’s casket.

On tonight’s crossovers, we see the following;

On Chicago Fire, “Going to War,” Firehouse 51 is faced with a daunting challenge when an out-of-control blaze consumes a 25-story apartment complex, trapping victims on the top floors. Complicating the rapidly escalating situation, members soon discover that someone close to home may be one of the trapped victims.

Next up on Chicago Med, “When to Let Go,” the doctors and nurses find themselves on high alert when an overflow of patients are rushed through the doors following a terrifying apartment complex blaze. Dr. Rhodes fights to save the life of one of Chicago Fire’s own, while Dr. Halstead and his brother Jay struggle with their own personal battle.

Finally on Chicago PD, “Endings,” after discovering the true cause of the high-rise fire, Intelligence races to find the man responsible. And for Halstead, it’s personal. David Zayas (Shut Eye, Bloodline, Gotham, Dexter) guest stars.

To see how the heroes across these three dramas struggle to save the day, tune in to NBC starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Criminal Minds, SEAL Team, Single Parents, A Million Little Things, and Survivor.
 

Kyle’s Choice

Last week, ABC launched the new drama A Million Little Things. In the opener, three guys discovered that their friend Jon (Ron Livingston) had committed suicide, inexplicably leaping from the balcony of his Boston office building. Musician Eddie (David Giuntoli, Grimm) is 7 years sober thanks to a conversation he had with Jon while trapped in an elevator, but he was secretly cheating on his wife Katherine (Grace Park, Hawaii Five-0, Battlestar Galactica), having an affair with Jon’s wife Delilah (Stephanie Szostak, Satisfaction). In fact, he was in bed with Delilah when Jon made his final phone call to him. Aspiring filmmaker Rome (Romany Malco, Weeds, Blunt Talk), depressed about the state of his career, had taken a mouthful of pills when he got the call about Jon, so in a way, Jon’s death saved his life. Also, Jon’s final act was to arrange a real-estate deal for a property for Rome’s chef wife Regina (Christina Marie Moses, Condor, The Originals) to open a restaurant. Finally, Gary is a breast cancer survivor who’s in remission but is always worried about a relapse. On the day of the funeral, Jon met free spirited Maggie in his survivor support group, and the two hit it off. While Maggie seems happy and well, we discover that she hasn’t been taking her cancer meds. Also someone who may be harboring secrets is Jon’s secretary Ashley (Christina Ochoa, Animal Kingdom, Blood Drive) – before he jumped, Jon left Ashley his cell phone and a folder with his wife’s name on it, and later she could be seen deleting files from his computer.

I really enjoyed last week’s premiere. The series is a solid drama – the first episode set up a lot of places the story can go and introduced a lot of questions to be answered! What made Jon leap off that building? Did he know about his wife’s affair? What is in the folder he left with his secretary, and why was she deleting files? He was seen as an infallible God by his friends – did he have some dark secret? Also, each of the other guys has his own secrets. Will Eddie continue his affair, and will his wife find out? What was in the phone message Jon left for Eddie as his final words before he jumped? Will Rome tell his wife about his suicide attempt? Will Gary’s cancer return? Is Maggie hiding something that would affect her blossoming relationship with Gary?

On tonight’s episode, “band of dads,” the group tries to be there for Sophie as an upcoming father-daughter dance recital approaches; against her better judgment, Maggie agrees to have Rome in for a therapy session; Danny confesses a secret to Gary; Maggie receives an unexpected visitor.

Don’t miss all the drama tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Modern Family, Single Parents, Survivor, and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

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