If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/23/16

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

macgyver923smallThis season, I was looking forward to two new shows in particular: Lethal Weapon, which everyone seems to have enjoyed more than they thought they would…and the other? Tonight’s premiere of MacGyver. I was a big fan when I caught the original series on repeats years ago, and Lucas Till is adorable. So I had high hopes – and after seeing a screener for the first episode a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. In case you don’t know…

Angus “Mac” MacGyver is a young special agent in a clandestine organization within the US government, and his specialty is basically being able to do almost anything with almost nothing – like disarming a bomb with nothing but a paperclip. In the original series, MacGyver is a bit older and has been around a while. So this iteration is us seeing Mac in his younger years, before he turns into the MacGyver from the original series. In this one, Mac works with former CIA agent Jack Dalton (George Eads, CSI) and Riley Davis (Tristin Mays), a computer hacker they “break out” of jail to help with their case but who ends up an integral member of the team. Their boss Patricia Thornton is played by Sandrine Holt, and Mac’s roommate, Wilt Bozer, who doesn’t know what Mac really does, is played by Justin Hires (from TV’s failed Rush Hour drama).

On tonight’s episode, “The Rising,” Angus “Mac” MacGyver and Jack Dalton, special agents for the Department of External Services (DXS), join forces to recover a missing bioweapon that has the ability to destroy hundreds of thousands of people with one single drop.

Meet Mac, Jack, and Riley tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hell’s Kitchen, Last Man Standing, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, & Van Helsing.
 
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Kyle’s Choice

vanhelsingsmallThis summer, Syfy gave viewers a special sneak preview of new series Van Helsing, but tonight the series premieres in its regular timeslot with a special 2-hour premiere, including a second brand new hour. The series is set in the year 2019, three years after “The Rising,” when vampires rose up and took control of the world. Vanessa Helsing (Kelly Overton, True Blood), a descendant of the legendary family of vampire hunters, wakes up from her three-year coma when some vampires make their way into the bunker where she’s being held. Vanessa holds a unique ability that may hold the key to finally changing the course of this battle, and so marine Axel (Jonathan Scarfe, Hell on Wheels) had been assigned to guard her body while she was asleep. Among the other survivors fighting to stay alive are deaf, former-gardener Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl, Sanctuary), the short-fused John (David Cubitt, Medium), eternal-optimist Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro, iZombie), take-charge guy Brendan (Terry Chen, Continuum), and Vanessa’s former neighbor Susan (Hilary Jardine). Among those on the other side of this battle are powerful vampires Dmitri (Paul Johansson, One Tree Hill), Julius (Aleks Paunovic, Battlestar Galactica), and Rebecca (Laura Mennell, Haven), as well as their turned subjects Flesh (Vincent Gale, Reign) and former scientist Doc (Rukiya Bernard, Supernatural).

The series reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead, especially how the pilot opens. This woman wakes up in a hospital room and learns the world is overrun by monsters. However, instead of these being mindless zombie-like creatures, the vampires are much more intelligent. As the series goes on, we will learn more about their society and their plans for the human race. Also like in TWD, we get this ragtag group of survivors from all different backgrounds who need to band together to keep each other alive, but of course there are some fractures forming within the group. The pilot also sets up this interesting twist, and I can’t wait to see how that plays out.

On the first half of tonight’s premiere, “Help Me,” after a three-year sleep, the mysterious Vanessa is resurrected in a world now ruled by vampires. Joining other human survivors holed up in an abandoned hospital, she discovers she has special powers, which, in the series premiere, she quickly puts to use fending off those who want her dead. Then, in “Seen You,” in the days leading up to “The Rising,” Vanessa is attacked and left for dead by an intruder. When Doc discovers anomalies in Vanessa’s bloodwork, Axel and the marines come to retrieve the body, only to become marooned in the hospital when all hell breaks loose outside the building.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I had the opportunity to talk with the cast and creators of the series. You can check out my video interviews at NoReruns.net: http://www.noreruns.net/2016/07/30/van-helsing-press-room-san-diego-comic-con-2016/

Choose a side tonight on Syfy starting at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording MacGyver, The Exorcist, Z Nation, and Quarry.
 

Megan’s Choice

hawaiifiveo923smallIt’s hard to believe that Hawaii Five-O is premiering its 7th season tonight, because it seems like just yesterday that I fell in love with this show (and of course Alex O’Loughlin). Last season ended with Gabriel finally dying, which was long overdue, but it opened up a lot of questions for the cast as a whole. Chin is now faced with the decision of adopting Gabriel ‘ s daughter. Steve is going to have to struggle with his near-death experience and how he sees his life going from here. After almost killing Steve’s shooter, Danny is going to be faced with some decisions as to whether or not this is still the life he wants for himself, and Kono will likely be on the same thought trail now that it’s almost time for Adam to be released from prison. I’m not sure where this season is going to take us, but I hope wherever it is, we get proper closure if this ends up being the final season.

On tonight’s episode, “Maaukau ‘oe e Pa’ani? (Ready to Play?),” when the bodies of two serial killers are found on Five-0 property with chess pieces in their mouths, McGarrett and the team hunt for a vigilante as fear grows that tourists aren’t safe in Hawaii. Rosalind Chao guest stars as Governor Keiko Mahoe.

To see if the team can solve the case before it affects tourism indefinitely, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Hell’s Kitchen, MacGyver, The Exorcist, Blue Bloods, and Van Helsing.

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