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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/14/17

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 marks the halfway point in the third season of Syfy’s Dark Matter. Last week the Raza crew finally learned what hitched a ride with them when they returned from their trip through time last season — it was their doppelgangers from the alternate universe, aboard their own Maurader. The evil Portia Lin and Boone infiltrated one of Zairon’s ships, releasing passengers out the airlock. This started giving our Two and Three a bad reputation and caused Commander Truffault to call off their alliance. Our crew eventually figured out what was going on and were able to stop the alternates. Afterwards, Adrian decided it was time for him to move on, and the others decided to make a trip to check in on Six. However, when they arrived at the colony, it appeared that everyone there was dead.

What happened to the colony? Is Six still alive? Is this really the last we’ve seen of Adrian and his bodyguard Solara? (I hope not, as I was really enjoying those characters — they were a great fit with the rest of the Raza crew!) Will Ryo be able to stop the fall of the House of Ishida? And will he ever return the nice Four we once knew?

On tonight’s episode, “Wish I Could Believe You,” an injured crew member is haunted by the past, unaware of the dangers that are lurking in the present.

Find out who’s haunted by the past tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Friends From College, The Great British Baking Show, Ginormous Food, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, and Playing House.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/16/17

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

My love of cooking/baking shows is not just limited to the United States. It extends across the pond to the UK as well. One of my favorites? The Great British Baking Show on PBS. The ABC version is the spinoff of this one, which is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Both these ladies are so much fun to watch host. They play well off each other, interact perfectly with the bakers, and have a lot of fun teasing and poking fun at the judges, well-known bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who are both also entertaining to watch. Overall, it’s just an easy, fun show to watch, and I’m so excited PBS is airing season 4 starting tonight with back-to-back episodes, as well as season 5 in the future.

On tonight’s first episode, “Cake,” meet the 12 bakers as they tackle a British classic, a sponge cake and a high-end showstopper. Then on the second episode, “Biscuits,” follow the remaining 11 bakers in their efforts to make biscuits, and learn a little more about each of them.

Meet the bakers and find out which two go home first tonight on PBS starting at 9/8c.
 
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Recap/Review – The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 6/5/17

A few years ago when 30 Rock went off the air, I almost thought for a minute that there would be nothing left for me to laugh at. I picked up some other comedies and got through it somehow. And then Tina Fey returned to TV – almost. Her latest brainchild, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was actually nixed by NBC before it aired a single episode. The project was then sold to Netflix, where it has gone on to complete three seasons. Most recently, season three came out last month, just in time to fill the vacuum of all our favorite shows going on summer vacation.

The show features perennial cutie pie Ellie Kemper as a cult survivor who was kept in a bunker for 15 years and led to believe that the world outside had been destroyed. Kimmy and her sisters were rescued in the pilot, and ever since she’s been living in New York City with her new best friend/roommate Titus Andromedon. Titus is in many ways a caricature of a struggling gay black man trying to make it as a singer in the big city, but he is based on the actor who portrays him, so it’s not as grating as it sounds. Fey herself appeared in the first season, for three episodes, as a satirical version of OJ lawyer Marsha Clark, when Kimmy had to face her captor in court. She returned in season two as Dr. Andrea Bayden, an alcoholic psychiatrist who gets entangled into Kimmy’s life when she moonlights as an Uber driver.

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Recap/Review – 12 Monkeys Season 3 – 5/28/17

Like a phantom fleeting at the corner of your eye, blink and you just might miss it. With the light bulbs flickering… An audible draining of the air from space that just impossibly popped in or out of existence… That is what 12 Monkeys season three was like for me. Last weekend, Syfy decided to take a page out of the Netflix playbook and drop the whole season at once. They staggered it slightly, airing blocks of shows on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, but I had it all finished by brunch Tuesday.

Based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam sci-fi film of the same name, both stories are iterations of a 1962 French film entitled La Jetée. A central theme in all versions is time travel from a post-Apocalypse to a time before the disaster, in hopes of averting it. Also central to all three incarnations is causality in time travel, unalterable tragedy, and love that burns eternal outside of time and space.

Season three began in the far future, where the last one ended: with time-displaced scientist Cassandra Railly being held hostage in the year 2163 by the elusive cult the Army of The Twelve Monkeys. Railly, over the last two seasons, had been working with fellow traveler Cole to stop a virus that was released by the Monkeys in about 2016. In late season two, lost in time, untethered from their team in 2040, the two of them had made a simple life in which they finally explored their love for each other. Shortly thereafter, the Monkeys lured her to their base, the time-traveling city Titan, to kidnap her. Their reason was startling: she was now pregnant with a baby that was destined to become the messiah of the Monkeys, the foretold Witness, who has guided them through looping timelines the whole run of the show.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/24/17

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

[Just a side note before you read my pick for tonight… This episode touches on a hot-button issue, especially right now, after the horrific attack in Manchester a couple of days ago. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all those affected, in Manchester and around the world.]

There are some story lines that bother me more than others. Last week’s Law & Order: SVU was one of those. Christians are often portrayed as crazy, religious zealots, and this was one of those cases. A group of young church-goers was visiting New York, and one of the young women met up with an old friend she hadn’t seen since she’d moved to NYC. That friend was a lesbian, and the church girl was attracted to her, although her parents, church leader, and other members of the group did their damnedest to convince her otherwise. It went so far that another member raped her, although he (& his lawyer & the victim’s family & the other church group members) claimed that it was curative intercourse – supposed to help bring her back to God and away from homosexual thoughts. Even though she told him no at the time, they claim she wanted it. The poor girl was being pulled in so many different directions and was so confused. And even though Lucas was the one who raped her, I’m not so sure he’s not just as confused and blindfolded to the true bad guy, the church leader, who had everyone snowed. They finally decided to go after the reverend. Lucas admitted to having been caught with a boy by the reverend, and then they figured out the revered was paying boys like Lucas for the “curative intercourse.” It just… Argh. In the end, the reverend pled guilty to stop them from calling in the Feds, who would seize all his and his church’s money.

So from one strong story to another… Tonight’s episodes focus on Muslims and deportation and hate crimes. From the frying pan into the fire, I guess. LOL They’re ending the season with a bang, that’s for sure! Will everyone survive, and how will their friendships and working relationships fare?

On tonight’s first episode, “American Dream,” a hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter. When a crucial witness in the case is deported, Barba is forced to drop the charges against a suspect, and tensions rise between communities on opposing sides of the case.

Then on the season finale, “Sanctuary,” the unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.

To see what lengths Benson goes to tonight, tune in to NBC starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Bakers vs Fakers & Cooks vs Cons.
 
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