If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/31/18

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 #1

I was on this week’s TV Times Three podcast, and at the end of it, I gave my recommendation of SEAL Team. It’s been on point this season, especially the last few episodes. Last week, while the rest of Bravo Team was in Mumbai trying to find and rescue a US Foreign Service officer who was being held hostage by a group of radicals who’d targeted sites all over the city to infiltrate and shoot up (they killed hundreds of people – men, women, and children), Jason was still at home, trying to deal with the sudden death of his wife (ex-wife? I can’t remember if they’d gotten divorced yet or not…) and suddenly being a single parent to two teenagers. His plan was just to go, go, go, to carry on with what needed to be done in life, using Alana’s calendar like it was his new religion. When Emma refused to go with him to talk to her counselor about college, he went alone. While he was gone, his mother threw out the calendar, trying to convince him the kids needed him to be present, there and then, for them, rather than trying to focus on the future. Emma finally came out of her room and grabbed a photo off the bookshelf of him and her mom. She asked about it, and they shared a sweet moment.

He’d found a package when he got home from the school, and when he finally opened it, he found a scrapbook/photo album Alana had had made and obviously planned to give him. There were lots of pictures of the two of them, of the kids, and of them all as a family. He suddenly had an idea, and he roused the kids and forced them out with him. When he finally got them where he wanted, a spot out in the middle of nowhere where you could look out over the city, he explained it was their mom’s favorite spot, that she always said she could see tomorrow. He told him a story about his early days in the military, when he froze climbing a rock face. He was told then to look just ahead of him to do what he had to do right then, not look into the future, and it was what he still did. It was easy to see he was going to have to change that some now that Alana is gone. He ended that visit by showing them a tree where they’d carved Alana loves Jason. He then took his knife and added to it to include the kids. It was really touching. Then at the end, Jason met with one of his superiors and resigned, saying the team was in good hands with Adam, but Jason’s kids needs him.

Meanwhile, the team found the hostage and were able to rescue him safely, even after learning several of them were probably wearing suicide vests (which they were). It was good to see them all working together without some of the tension we’ve been seeing being Clay and Ray with Adam at the helm. But then they had to put the FSO into the truck to be sent to safety while they went to the local university to rescue some US students in hiding from some of the radicals. They came under gunfire…and fade to black.

I’ve seen tonight’s episode, and it’s just as emotion- and action-packed as last week’s episode. It’s one of my favorite episodes of the series, so I highly recommend you check it out tonight!

On tonight’s episode, “Say Again Your Last,” while tasked with rescuing a group of American students held hostage in Mumbai, Bravo Team suffers life-threatening injuries.

To see what injuries the team incurs and how they all handle it, tune in to CBS at 9:01/8:01c.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, IFC’s comedy/horror series Stan Against Evil makes a timely return for its third season, with back-to-back episodes on Halloween night. Last season, Stan (John C. McGinley) went back in time in a desperate attempt to save his wife Claire but ultimately came to the realization that her death was predestined. So he said his goodbyes and accepted her fate. With Evie’s (Janet Varney) help, they took down the evil witch and escaped back to the present. However, it was too late – the portal connecting the land of the dead to the land of the living had been opened, and who knows what evil is headed toward Willard’s Mill! Oh, and the last time we saw Deputy Leon Drinkwater (Nate Mooney), he was kind of missing his head, so there’s that to deal with as well.

Stan Against Evil is just a fun sci-fi horror show that brings in crazy, over-the-top creatures of the week for Stan and the gang to deal with but at the same time gives character growth in an over-arching storyline. I’m curious to see what evils arise from the hell portal and how the gang manages to stop them and seal the door again. I’m also very interested in seeing how Leon’s head returns to his shoulders! It should be another fun (and way too short) season!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got the chance to speak with the cast and creator of the series. If this season is even half as fun as this gang, we are in for a real treat! You can check out my interview videos at NoReruns.net.

Each week the series will be airing back-to-back episodes. On tonight’s first episode, “Hell Is What You Make It,” Evie is arrested for murder and committed to a psychiatric hospital; Stan attempts to rescue her, but everyone thinks he’s a demon; there may be a new way to free the souls cursed by Constable Eccles. Then, in “The Hex Files,” two eerily familiar paranormal investigators arrive to investigate the Black Hat Society; Stan searches for a bigger evil ally that could help defeat Constable Eccles.

See if Stan can rescue Evie tonight on IFC starting at 10/9c.

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

Jenny’s Choice #2

Who here remembered that on American Housewife, Viv was pregnant before being reminded suddenly last episode? Not me! LOL I guess I watch so much TV that that little nugget slipped my mind. But she is…or was, since she suddenly went into labor and was ready to have the baby so fast that Katie had to deliver it in the middle of the haunted house party she’d planned. Mmhmm. First babies are notoriously slow unless the woman is VERY lucky. I guess Viv was. LOL Besides that fun little scene and Viv continuously trying to get Katie to agree to raise the baby herself, Katie and Greg disagreed about trusting Taylor, who wanted to go to a Halloween party. Greg made the decision without consulting Katie to trust Taylor (who told them there would be parents there to supervise and no drinking), but Katie just knew that Taylor would come home drunk and with her clothes out of place. Katie later learned that no, the parents are out of the country. She told Greg, who insisted that they should still trust Taylor, even though she lied about that. In the end, Taylor came home JUST BARELY on time but in the same condition that she left in, so point to Greg.

Meanwhile, Oliver and Cooper were at Oliver’s girlfriend’s parents’ restaurant, and she introduced them to her cousin, who blatantly came on to Cooper (who was going to be her date), and the girls told them they couldn’t wait to play 7 Minutes in Heaven. That freaked the guys out, and they bought bras and put them on to start practicing. Greg walked in on them, and that whole thing was just hysterical.

Anna-Kat decided she was too old to trick-or-treat, so she stayed home to hand out candy, but when she later regretted it, Greg said he was just trying to support her decision. She said as the parent, he was supposed to make sure she makes the RIGHT decisions. He freaked out, realized maybe he shouldn’t have trusted Taylor, threw a map on Anna-Kat as a last-minute costume, and took her to the party Taylor was at. As they stood outside with several other dads, a mom came out of the party, dragging her daughter by the ear. The girl was screaming that she’d ruined her life. The dads suddenly decided they trusted their kids and quickly left, Greg included.

Unfortunately for Katie, the party she’d planned nearly as scary as the mom who’d hired her wanted it to be…until Katie had to deliver Viv’s baby IN FRONT OF EVERYONE, including Oliver and Cooper, who were thrilled to be called away from the time in the closet with the girls to help Katie. LMAO I just about died laughing. So ridiculous, but it was funny.

As funny as this show is, I’m mainly recommending it tonight because of the episode description. It’s an important topic and one I hope the show handles with the humor I love but also with a seriousness it deserves. As a kid, I was bullied, and my son was bullied when he was in school as well. Bullying is one thing that plays a big part in body image, which is what tonight’s ep is about. Hopefully if any teenagers are watching tonight with their parents, it can foster some conversations about both bullying and body image.

On tonight’s episode, “Body Image,” after the previous “fattest housewife” in Westport gets plastic surgery to lose weight, Chloe Brown Mueller rubs it in Katie’s face that Katie has now assumed that title. In order to get revenge on Chloe, Katie goes through great lengths to dig up bad photos of Chloe from high school. In discussing body image with the kids, Katie and her mother, Kathryn, turn out to be bad influences on Anna-Kat and Taylor, unintentionally encouraging them to focus too much on the outward appearance. Over time, Katie realizes how judgmental she has become and that she is part of the problem.

See what Katie does to correct that tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chicago Med, The Goldbergs, Chicago Fire, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, Single Parents, Chicago PD, & Criminal Minds.

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