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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/25/18

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

Tonight, AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its eighth season. As the first half of the season came to a close, the Saviors retaliated in full force, doing devastating damage to our combined force of good guys. They stopped Maggie and her Hilltop caravan, killed one of the citizens as a show of force to get Maggie back in line, and sent her back to the Hilltop to keep producing their crops/food supply. In the Kingdom, Ezekiel set fires to buy his people some time to escape, before turning himself over to the Saviors. And Dwight stuck to his agreement, helping lure some of the Saviors into a trap that Daryl and Rosita had set but blowing his cover in the process. Meanwhile, Negan and his men attacked and burned Alexandria to the ground. Negan was out for vengeance, and Carl offered himself up as a sacrifice, but Negan wasn’t having any of that. Carl and the others managed to escape the town as it burned via the sewers. However, at the end of the episode we (and Rick) discovered why Carl was so willing to offer himself up — he had been bitten and it was now only a matter of time before he would join the ranks of the undead.

Will they really kill off Carl? (This seems highly likely, despite the showrunner’s recent backpedaling.) And if so, what does this mean for Rick? This whole series started with Rick’s desperate search to find his son — how will Rick change without this driving force in his life? And how will the rest of the group be affected by the loss of Carl? How will Dwight fit into the group now that he can’t go back to the Saviors? Will Eugene ever man up and do the right thing, or will he continue to stick with the Saviors? And will our group ever manage to kill Negan?! I can’t say that I wasn’t extremely disappointed with the way the first half of the season ended — I’ve kind of been disappointed with the series as a whole ever since the arrival of Negan. I really hope the series can course correct in this second half of the season and become the great show it once was. And if this is his final episode, I hope that Carl gets a great send-off and that he can make one final big move on his way out that helps our group.

On tonight’s midseason premiere, “Honor,” Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.

See how the group fares tonight on AMC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Celebrity Big Brother, A.P. Bio, Worst Cooks in America, Crashing, and Counterpart.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/23/18

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, Amazon Prime Video released the second half of the first season of The Tick, giving viewers 6 additional fun-filled episodes to enjoy. The Tick is set in “The City,” home to various superheroes and villains that do battle on a daily basis. When Arthur (Griffin Newman, Vinyl) was a young boy, he witnessed his father being crushed by a spaceship that had been brought down by a super-villain named The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley). While the government claimed to have proof that The Terror had been killed, Arthur didn’t believe them and has spent his entire life trying to find proof of this. His mother and paramedic sister, Dot (Valorie Curry, House of Lies, The Following), both thought he had gone crazy, and so Arthur spent some time getting psychiatric help.

[Recapping the first half of the season…] One night, while Arthur is investigating some mob activity, he crosses paths with a giant blue superhero named The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz, People of Earth, Spy). At first Arthur thinks he’s seeing things, but the overly-confident but slightly dim-witted superhero encourages Arthur to embrace his destiny and become his sidekick. Arthur reluctantly dons the bulletproof moth costume that he stole from the mob and continues his mission to prove that The Terror is still alive. During this effort, Arthur joins forces with Overkill (Scott Speiser, The Young and the Restless), a viscous masked vigilante who is also looking for The Terror. The Tick and Overkill couldn’t be more different — while The Tick uses his fists to knock out his victims, Overkill murders the bad guys by tearing them to pieces.

The Egyptian-themed supervillain Ramses IV (Michael Cerveris, Fringe, Gotham) is the head of the city’s criminal underworld. Along with his disgruntled, electrically-charged underling Ms. Lint (Yara Martinez, Jane the Virgin), he is trying to get back the stolen moth costume — it is part of an important, secret weapons system. As the first half of the season comes to a close, Ms. Lint finally learns that The Terror is indeed still alive, and so she kills Ramses in order to take his place as The Terror’s number 2. Meanwhile, The Tick, Overkill, and Arthur figure out the purpose of the moth suit/weapon — it has the ability to kill an alien being, and the intended victim is The City’s Superman-like protector Superian (Brendan Hines, Secrets and Lies, Scorpion). However, Ms. Lint manages to capture Arthur and has him stripped of the costume and shackled to a chair with a hood over his head. In the final moments of the mid-season finale, The Terror removes the hood, revealing himself to Arthur, but first he calls out “Alexa, play ominous music” to set the mood and then turns to Arthur/the camera and yells “Cliffhanger!” (Now that’s a way to end a mid-season!)

This is the third time The Tick has been adapted for television — there was an animated series in 1994 and a live-action show in 2001. While I enjoyed both of these prior versions, this new show is easily my favorite one yet. The series feels like a much better version of NBC’s failed superhero workplace comedy Powerless, with even better production value and more action. The series has a comic-book like feel and can be over-the-top and comical at times, but the characters still feel grounded in reality. There is a wonderful mix of humor, action, mystery, and suspense. Each episode flows effortlessly into the next, which is why yesterday I sat down to watch the pilot and two and a half hours later I was already finished with the first half of the season. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story goes next and seeing what other fun characters get introduced in the second half of the season.

Check out the full season now on Amazon.

I’ll also be watching/recording Thunderbirds Are Go, Celebrity Big Brother, and The Graham Norton Show.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/16/18

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 ten-episode first season of the new high school comedy/drama Everything Sucks!. It’s 1996, and in the town of Boring, Oregon, three dorky freshmen — Luke (Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Proud Mary, Feed the Beast), McQuaid (Rio Mangini, Bella and the Bulldogs), and Tyler (Quinn Liebling) — are kicking off their first week of high school by joining the A/V club. Luke is an avid filmmaker — like his absentee father — and immediately becomes smitten with camera operator Kate Messner (Peyton Kennedy, Odd Squad), the principal’s daughter. However, love can be blinding, and Luke doesn’t notice that the attraction isn’t necessarily mutual. Meanwhile, the A/V club often finds itself at odds with the drama club, led by obnoxious power couple Emaline (Sydney Sweeney, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Oliver (Elijah Stevenson, Captain Fantastic), whose relationship is also a bit rocky.

The series reminds me quite a bit of Freaks and Geeks, with its clashing of high school cliques and tonal blend of humor and drama. The series has some really interesting characters and takes its time to slowly explore each of their home lives and dole out their back stories. The characters come from a diverse variety of family types, including widowed and divorced parents. The main focus of the first few episodes is Luke and Kate, but this world is filled with some really entertaining supporting characters. Luke’s friends are hilarious — McQuaid is the smart one who’s overly cautious and worries about the consequences of everything, while Tyler, who has trouble even reading at a 6th grade level, is the wild and crazy one who’s up for anything. They help to balance each other out and try to keep the hopelessly optimistic/romantic Luke a bit grounded. The series also has a lot of fun stuff thrown into the background of each episode, such as the fun banter between the two students who do the morning announcements, the overly dramatic lunchroom dialogue performances by Emaline & Oliver, and the antics of principal Ken Messner (Patch Darragh, The Path), who’s always trying to prove he can be the cool guy.

I checked out the first three episodes, and after each one came to an end, the show dropped some big twist or reveal that made me eager to check out the next episode. Each episode is only around 23 minutes (including the credits), so this should make a very quick binge. The series really is all that and a bag of chips. It takes you back to the mid-to-late 90s with its excellent soundtrack and use of 90s lingo and pop culture. Who doesn’t remember products like Jolt, Surge, and Tamagotchis?! I really enjoyed the episodes that I saw, and I look forward to binging the rest of the season tonight!

Check out the entire first season now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge, Celebrity Big Brother, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The Graham Norton Show.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/7/18

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

I was a big fan of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which last aired in 2007 (not counting the reunion special in 2013). In that show, Carson Kressley (fashion), Jai Rodriguez (culture), Kyan Douglas (grooming), Ted Allen (food & wine), & Thom Felicia (design) teamed up to take straight men and turn them into…well, just better groomed & dressed straight men in better living conditions. Men who lived in messy houses and ate ramen or mac n cheese every night, had scraggly hair or unkempt beard, who wanted to clean up some for a special woman in their life (or to FIND a special woman) or their families, etc. Jai has been in some movies (& maybe TV?), Carson is everywhere it seems, I see Kyan all the time giving makeovers on the Rachael Ray Show, and Ted Allen is all over Food Network. The only one I haven’t seen anything of is Thom. But regardless, the show was a breakout hit and definitely launched a few careers.

Now it’s back as Queer Eye season six, taking place in and around Atlanta, Georgia, instead of New York. The show will touch on everything from LGBTQ rights to making farm-to-table foods and more. With this new season comes a new Fab Five: Tan France (fashion), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Antoni Porowski (food & wine), & Bobby Berk (design). I don’t know anything about these guys, but I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be as entertaining as the original five!

Early this morning, Netflix dropped the entire sixth season, which means you can go now and binge-watch to your heart’s content.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Librarians, 9-1-1, Guy’s Grocery Games, Law & Order: SVU, Property Brothers, The Amazing Race, Chicago PD, Corporate, & Match Game.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/6/18

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

On last week’s episode of The Flash, Barry discovered that Big Sir had been framed and found some forensic evidence that would have cleared him. Barry asked Joe to work on Big Sir’s case, but the gang was busy trying to take down a Meta who was wreaking havoc in Central City with his ability to shrink things. However, it turned out that Barry’s suspect and the new Meta were one in the same, and during the confrontation, the Meta managed to shrink Ralph and Cisco. Meanwhile, Cecile discovered that her pregnancy had given her temporary telepathic powers — the ability to hear other people’s thoughts — which made Joe a bit uneasy, but she was able to help with the case. In the end, the group managed to catch the Meta, but he refused to confess to the crime Big Sir had been framed for. So Barry took matters into his own hands, speeding Big Sir out of the country, to freedom. However, when Barry returned to his cell, he learned that the warden had installed an extra security camera and now had visual proof that Barry was The Flash. The warden drugged Barry, took him to a secret location, and called Amunet to let her know he had a new metahuman for her.

Why does Amunet want Barry? What other metahumans does she have in her possession, and what does she plan to do with them? Will the gang discover what has happened to Barry, and can they save him? And even if Barry does escape, how will he clear his name and prevent the warden from revealing the truth about The Flash?

On tonight’s episode, “True Colors,” after hearing that Amunet has struck a deal to buy all of the metahumans in Iron Heights, Barry must decide if he should expose his powers in order to save his cellmates. After a visit from an old friend, Ralph is reminded of his shady past and wonders if he’s really a changed man.

See what Berry decides tonight on The CW at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, black-ish, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, This Is Us, LA to Vegas, The Mick, Black Lightning, and The Detour.
 
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