If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/10/19

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

Tonight, The Walking Dead returns to AMC. In the first half of the season, we said goodbye to Rick Grimes. While our main group believes that he is dead, we know that he was taken away in a helicopter and that his story will continue in some future TV movies. There was a time jump, and folks tried to move on, but Michonne still struggles with the loss of Rick. She was at odds with daughter Judith, who welcomed some new arrivals to Hilltop. Meanwhile, Negan has spent the past several years locked in a cell in Alexandria (why didn’t they just kill him?!), and Carol is married, living in the Kingdom, and helping to raise Henry as her son.

As the first half of the season came to a close, Daryl, Jesus, and Aaron were on a rescue mission to save Eugene and Rosita, who had been injured and were being pursued by an unusually intelligent herd of walkers. This herd was a lot more organized than usual, double-backing and following them at every turn – and Eugene swears that he heard them talking. The herd ended up cornering them into a cemetery and attacked. As Aaron was about to kill one of the walkers, it quickly dodged his weapon and then stabbed and killed him with a knife, whispering “You are where you do not belong” – certainly not your typical walker behavior! The others managed to kill this “walker” and then discovered that it was a normal human wearing a mask made out of walker flesh. Meanwhile, back in Alexandria, Negan discovered that Gabriel forgot to lock his cell and decided to make his escape.

Who are these new “Whisperers” with the ability to control the walkers, and what do they want? Do they plan to attack Alexandria, Hilltop, and/or The Kingdom? What does Negan plan to do with his newfound freedom? Will he go back to his old ways and rally his troops to get his revenge? Or will he just quietly go away? (I really hope it’s the latter!) I did not enjoy the last two seasons with all the Negan stuff, but the first half of this season was a surprising return to the great show I once loved – I didn’t even miss Rick, and I’m actually really looking forward to tonight’s midseason premiere! While I do wish the show would think about winding things down and plan an ending, it’s already been picked up for a tenth season, and Norman Reedus (Daryl) has signed on for 3 mores seasons (I guess they are trying to lock down at least one of the original characters for the long haul), so there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

On tonight’s midseason premiere, “Adaptation,” the communities thought they could build a better future separately, but the recent loss of one of their own drives them to band together; new leaders rise when a disturbing and dangerous threat is unmasked; an escaped captive revisits his past.

Catch up with the survivors tonight on AMC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Worst Cooks in America, Counterpart, Black Monday, and SMILF.
 
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Phoebe’s Choice

Please stop what you are doing and find a way to go watch the first two episodes of Showtime’s new show Black Monday. This Don Cheadle vehicle is a historic comedy piece that takes place in the year leading up to the great Wall Street crash on Monday October 19th, 1987. The show follows Wall Street big mover and shaker, Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Cheadle), the founder and CEO of the Jammer Group – 11th biggest trading company on Wall Street. We opened the second episode with Mo bragging about how he had engineered Blair Pfaff’s marriage to Tiff Georgina in co-ordination with his acquisition of 49% of the shares held by Georgina Jeans. He planned to manipulate Blair into a total takeover of his family’s fortunes. Dawn, Mo’s best employee, flipped out, calling out all the co-incidences that had to fall into place for his lame-brained plan to start to work. She quit in a huff.

Experienced Jammer trader, Keith (Paul Scheer), played a prank on Blair then, sending him to the trade floor to fill a request for one million shares from “Fat Fred.” The order sheet read “1MFAT,” which was meant to send Fred into a rage. This blew up in Keith’s face, however, when competing stock broker Ty Daverman filled the order as “1 Million shares of Federal Allied Titanium.” This was a horrible stock that Jammer should nottttt have acquired. so they sought to dump it, but no one was buying. The Jammer brokers determined they needed one of Dawn’s big whale clients who held huge accounts to stash the stale FAT stock in – they needed a sucker with deep pockets. When Maurice discovered Keith’s prank put the company in a tedious spot, he fired Keith. Feeling partly to blame, Blair tried to appeal to Ty’s sense of good nature, but he had none. Daverman demanded Blair’s mysterious algorithm that was supposed to be able to predict stock patterns.

Meanwhile, Maurice was trying to bribe Dawn to come back, to save the company. He bought her half of a department store’s worth of clothes and accessories to get her back in the office negotiating. His final offer to keep her on board was 15% of the company and her name on the plaques as a partner. Blair refused to give Ty the algorithm only because he knew it still had glitches. He really wanted to get Keith his job back. So when Blair realized Ty was a homophobe that hung Keith’s closeted status over him, he decided to trade the glitchy algorithm for the return of the money for the FAT stock. So Mo made Dawn a partner for no reason! In a creepy last-minute sneak shot, we saw a cleaning lady salvaging the green pin off Blair’s tie that will be worn by someone(???) who commits suicide on Black Monday in about a year.

On tonight’s episode, “339,” Mo attempts to create a bond with Blair; Dawn and Spencer have a lively dinner with Dawn’s parents; Keith finds his secret increasingly difficult to hide.

To see how it goes for Mo, Dawn, and the others, tune in to Showtime at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Shameless and the return of Bob’s Burgers.

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