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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/18

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Today, YouTube released the new 10-episode futuristic sci-fi thriller Origin, from director Paul W.S. Anderson. The series follows a group of strangers who were on their way to recolonize a planet five light years away, when something happened and they woke up early. Now they find themselves in deep space, with no signs of the ship’s crew and only a small fraction of the passengers who were supposed to be on board. They begin to search the ship and discover strange and creepy things, which only brings up more questions. There is something mysterious and deadly on board, and the passengers start to question if they can really trust one another.

I checked out the first two episodes, and by the end of the premiere I was completely sold. I love this kind of tense thriller, and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and see the mystery unfold. Things get incredibly freaky by the end of the first episode and continue to amp up even more in the second episode, becoming a consistent stream of jump scares. If I had to describe the show in one sentence, it would be The Thing in space. However, the series does take some breaks from the tension – each episode utilizes flashbacks to explore one of the character’s backstories, looking into who they were and why they ultimately jumped at the chance to erase their past and to start over with a blank slate and a new identity on a new planet.

The cast is great. It includes Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle, Zoo), Fraser James (Holby City), Philipp Christopher, Nina Wadia, Madalyn Horcher (Gracepoint), Siobahn Cullen, Adelayo Adedayo (Timewasters), and Wil Coban. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got a chance to participate in the press room for the series. Unfortunately, due to a tight schedule, I only got the chance to speak with one pair of actors – Tom Felton & Sen Mitsuji – before they were whisked off for their panel. You can find my video from the roundtable Q&A at NoReRuns.net.

Check out the complete first season of Origin now on YouTube.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, Riverdale, and Stan Against Evil.

 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/1/18

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Last week, NBC’s The Good Place headed off in a new direction as the Soul Squad went on their first mission. Michael, Jason, and Tahani headed to Florida to try to save Jason’s father…who turned out to be the “Donkey Doug” that Jason is always referring to! The group tried to get Doug to get his mechanic’s license and start on an honest career path. However, he and Pillboi had other plans – they had invented Double Trouble, a product that was half energy drink/half body spray. And now they were planning to rob three factories – one for the energy drink, one for the body spray, and one for the bottles – to realize their vision. The group decided to just call Donkey Doug a lost cause and instead focused on saving Pillboi. They scared him straight by posing as secret astronaut spies from NASA (which, of course, was Jason’s idea).

Meanwhile, Chidi was afraid that if he stayed with Simone, he would be unable to lie to her and would ultimately tell her the truth about what was going on, thus damning her to the Bad Place. So Janet created a virtual reality machine that he could use to test every breakup scenario to find one that worked. Things didn’t quite go as smoothly as planned when Chidi had to do the break-up in reality, but he managed to get through it. Afterwards, the group headed to Budapest, where they planned to save Tahani’s sister, whose museum exhibit was about to open. However, Janet casually revealed that one of Eleanor’s parents was not technically, actually dead and that Eleanor’s mother had in fact faked her own death. So Eleanor decided to head back to America to have a reckoning with her mom.

The Good Place is my go-to show on Thursday nights. The show is so creative, and I just love these characters – they always make me laugh. Lately the group seems to be splintering in half each week as they deal with two different situations at a time. No matter who the show seems to pair up, things always lead to humorous situations. This show is constantly reinventing itself, and I have no doubt that things will be shaken up once again by the end of the season, and speaking of shake-ups, I can’t wait to meet Eleanor’s mother, to see if she’s the reason Eleanor ended up on her path to the Bad Place.

On tonight’s episode, “A Fractured Inheritance,” Eleanor makes a startling discovery when she travels with Michael to Nevada to confront the mother she believed was dead; Tahani struggles to make amends with her sister.

To see how it goes with Eleanor and her mother, tune in to NBC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Superstore, Will & Grace, and I Feel Bad.

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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.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/26/18

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Early this morning, Netflix released the first season of the new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is based on the iconic comic book characters. Set in the small town of Greendale, where it seems like Halloween every day, the series centers around the life of teenage half-witch Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men). After her parents died in an accident, Sabrina was raised by her witch aunts – the bubbly and nurturing Hilda (Lucy Davis, The Office (UK)), and her stricter, more serious sister Zelda (Miranda Otto, 24: Legacy) – who run a mortuary along with Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), a necromancer who’s been under house arrest and unable to leave the property for the past 75 years.

Sabrina seems like your average teenager – she enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally) and best friends Roz (Jaz Sinclair, Paper Towns) and Susie (Lachlan Watson, Nashville). But she has magical abilities, which she often uses to secretly help her friends – such as to teach the misogynistic high school principal (Bronson Pinchot, Perfect Strangers) a lesson when he refuses to stop Susie from getting bullied. As her 16th birthday approaches, Sabrina has an important decision to make – she must choose between the Path of Night or the Path of Light. If she undergoes her dark baptism to become a full-fledged witch, she will need to leave her human life and friends behind and head off to the Academy of Unseen Arts. However, if she doesn’t get baptized, she will grow old and eventually lose her powers. There also seems to be some other unknown ramifications to this decision that Sabrina isn’t aware of. A mysterious witch (Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who) arrives to town, disguising herself as one of the Baxter High faculty members, and uses her powers to try to influence Sabrina into embracing her darker side, trying to steer her toward her baptism. Meanwhile, the three Weird Sisters – Prudence (Tati Gabrielle, The 100), Agatha (Adeline Rudolph), & Dorcas (Abigail F. Cowen, The Fosters) – who are students at the Academy, don’t want a half-blood joining their ranks and try to dissuade Sabrina from taking her oath. To help her make an informed decision, Sabrina’s aunts seek the assistance of high priest Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle, Coupling), but he also seems to be hiding something and has ulterior motives. And to make matters worse, there may be someone in town hunting witches.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a fun mix of teenage drama and supernatural thriller, with a healthy dose of humor thrown in to keep it from getting too dark. Originally the character of Sabrina was supposed to show up on Riverdale, but they decided instead to spin her off into her own series, which is a much wiser choice. While this series has a similar overall tone to Riverdale, the supernatural elements would have felt odd and out of place in that show’s more grounded reality. The cast of this show is excellent. Kiernan Shipka is delightful as Sabrina – though it’s a little strange to see her all grown up because I’ll always think of her as the young Sally Draper from Mad Men. Plus it’s always great to see Michelle Gomez in another deliciously evil role! I look forward to seeing how this season plays out, and with a second season already ordered, there’s plenty more adventures to come!

Check out the complete first season now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording Child Support.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/25/18

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!

Kyle’s Choice

A few years ago, Sundance TV aired the series Deutschland 83, a German-American spy drama set during the Cold War in 1983, which ended up being one of my favorite shows of 2015. Late night tonight, the sequel, Deutschland 86, finally premieres. In the first series, 24-year-old East German Martin (Jonas Nay) was recruited by his Aunt Lenora (Maria Schrader) to become an undercover spy for the HVA, the intelligence branch of the Stasi. He was sent into West Germany posing as a soldier and aide to the Major General to gather military intelligence. By the end of the season, Martin had to reveal the truth about his actions to both the East and West German governments in order to prevent a nuclear war from breaking out, but this also put him in danger in the process, leaving him a wanted man by both sides of the country. Meanwhile, Annett (Sonja Gerhardt), Martin’s former fiancée and mother of his child, was also recruited to work for the Stasi. It was revealed in the finale that Walter Schweppenstette (Sylvester Groth), Lenora’s boss, was Martin’s father.

Tonight, the new series, Deutschland 86 picks up 3 years later (as is evident by the title). Things are getting rough in East Germany, which is running out of food and money. Lenora has a plan to raise money by selling weapons in South Africa. So she once again recruits her nephew, who had been banished “for his own safety” to an orphanage in Angola, where he’s been teaching the children German for the past three years. Needless to say, he’s not thrilled to see his aunt but is willing to go along with her plan as long as it means he can return home and see the child he hasn’t seen in ages. Joining Lenora and Martin in their mission is tough undercover agent Rose (Florence Kasumba). Meanwhile, Annett and Walter are working on their own way to raise money, involving some questionable West German drug trials for a pharmaceutical company in the West. It looks like this series should be another fun and exciting show. Though, I won’t be trying to watch/read subtitles at midnight, so this will be one for the DVR to watch the next day.

On tonight’s premiere, “Tar Baby,” banished for his sins in 1983, Martin wallows in limbo until his Aunt Lenora conscripts him into her plan to drum up hard currency abroad.

Check out the second season premiere tonight on Sundance at 3:01AM/2:01AMc.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, I Feel Bad, and Legacies.
 
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