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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/7/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Wasting no time after the triumphant end of Doom Patrol season one, DCU dove right back into the folds with the premiere of Swamp Thing last week. It’s one of the darker, stranger DC characters and, we’ve been told, is a tale that exists outside the continuum that started with Titans last fall. This moist, murky story started as you might imagine, deep in a swamp with two scientists trying to retrieve readings they have been tracking in this corner of the wetland. The swamp itself became agitated though, and it impaled the one researcher to death with a barrage of pyscho animated vines that extended from every direction in the muck. The second man, Eddie Coyle, escaped somehow with his life.

A few days later though, Coyle’s daughter, Susie, succumbed to some sort of virus in the middle of her school day. CDC specialist Abby Arcane was called in to head the response to this potential outbreak of an unknown virus, after the school nurse and a teacher also were hospitalized by the mystery disease. Following the trail of the virus’s apparent origins, she encountered fellow scientist and freewheeling interloper Alec Holland taking sample near the body of Eddie Coyle, who was stuffed to death with swamp vines. Holland convinced Arcane that the best way to catch her up on how this bizarre contagion works was to show her in his own lab. She agreed to go along, and deep in the swamp at his lab he showed her that he had identified a new mutagen that he believed was the root cause of the virus and the violent animated vines in the swamp.

Later, back at Arcane’s labs, testing of one of Coyle’s latest samples somehow animated his body and woke Susie from her catatonic slumber. This soon shifted from shocking to a full-on vine monster attack on the lab. Holland was able to improvise a bomb, and they got away. At the local bar, they met Abby’s press contact, who gave them a solid lead on what part of the swamp Coyle had been allegedly boating in the night his partner in science vanished. When they followed up on that, they recovered a laptop with new data to analyze. As they went over the new data, they bonded over their dark histories.

When they returned to the swamp for more samples, an enigmatic man with a gun shot Holland’s engine, knocking him into the water. He was soon overtaken by the vine attacks, but he was not impaled to death right away. Instead he came back up from the water looking very much like the Swamp Thing hero we’ve known and loved for the last forty years. Very last scene of the episode was Abby Arcane knee deep in the swamp fleeing as Holland emerged as the veggie-beast.

This was an exciting, jam-packed start to what was once going to be a 13-episode season one. Then it got lowered to 10 episodes. As of yesterday, however, it’s been called off at the end of that 10-installment run. It seems North Carolina is reneging on fifty million dollars worth of promised subsidies, so DCU can no longer afford to shoot the show there. They decided to cut their losses, no matter how much of a success the show could turn out to be. So at least we know not to get our hopes up about this one. Nonetheless, let’s hope it’s a stellar ten-episode run!

On today’s episode, “Worlds Apart,” while Sheriff Cable searches for Alec unsuccessfully, Abby theorizes that it was more than an accident and retrieves his video journals from Daniel Cassidy. When one of her patients, Susie Coyle, escapes from the hospital, Abby and Matt follow her into the swamp.

Check out the fun this morning on DCU, which went up live at 9AM/8AMc.

I’ll also be tuning in to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/5/19

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

Overnight last night, Netflix released the fifth season of the anthology series Black Mirror. Unfortunately, since we got the choose-your-own-adventure Bandersnatch film at the end of December, this season is just three episodes. This season’s first story, “Striking Vipers,” finds estranged friends Danny (Anthony Mackie, Avengers: Endgame) & Karl (Yaha Abdul-Mateen II, The Get Down) reuniting over a Mortal Combat-like video game they used to play a lot while in college. The latest version of the game includes an immersive VR experience, and Danny’s growing obsession with the game starts to affect his relationship with his wife Theo (Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow). The second story, “Smithereens,” finds a rideshare driver’s (Andrew Scott, Sherlock) day spiraling out of control as he desperately seeks an audience with social media tech mogul Billy Bauer (Topher Grace, The Hot Zone). The episode also stars Damson Idris (Snowfall) as a young man who gets pulled into the events. The final episode, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” follows lonely teenagers Rachel (Angourie Rice) and Jack (Madison Davenport, Sharp Objects), who move to a new town after their mother passes away. Thanks to technology, Rachel is able to form a connection to her pop star idol, Ashley O (Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana). However, Ashley’s glamorous life isn’t all it appears to be.

Writer Charlie Brooker continues to provide fully fleshed-out, thought-provoking stories centered around technology. He shows how it can be both beneficial in our lives but can also turn into a destructive force as things can quickly go overboard. I thought these three stories got progressively better as I made my way through the season. All of these stories pose scenarios where technology could potentially take over our relationships or replace people in our lives. The producers have assembled a wonderful cast. Andrew Scott’s performance in the second episode is excellent, and the third episode shows a very different side of Miley Cyrus – this is definitely not Hannah Montana! The third episode was easily my favorite, as it has some really fun comedic moments as the story really comes together in the final act.

The thing that’s nice about Black Mirror is that all of the episode are separate, so you can jump in at any story if the plot sounds interesting or if it features some actors you enjoy. This is definitely one of my favorite Netflix shows. Charlie Brooker does an excellent job of coming up with these interesting and thought-provoking stories that shine a light on how technology could impact the human condition.

Don’t forget to check it out now on Netflix.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Amazing Race and Archer.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/3/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m so excited because tonight is the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance. It’s hard to believe it’s the 16th season, but it is! It started in July 2005 – almost exactly 15 years ago. Crazy. This season, Cat, Nigel, and Mary are back. This go round, they’re joined by Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga’s longtime choreographer and creative director, and SYTYCD alum Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval. Dominic was one of my favorites on his season, way back to season 3. He’s got a huge personality and seems like a sweet guy, so I’m excited to have him back on the judging panel.

On tonight’s episode, “Judges Audition #1,” the first round of auditions begins.

Don’t miss out on the fun tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Best Baker in America & Wedding Cake Championship.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/30/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

In last week’s penultimate episode of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger season two, we finally got “Big Bad” Andre’s origins slightly fleshed out for us. We see that he was a jazz musician chasing the elusive “Blue Note” on his trumpet that would put him amongst the all-time greatest. His migraines struck him on stage though, and his career passed him by. This was what drove him to be on the bridge during the same Roxxon explosion that gave Tandy & Tyrone (Dagger & Cloak respectively) their powers nine years ago; he was going to kill himself. In the hospital, he only recovered by discovering his strange telepathic ability to transmute women’s despair into psionic power in an astral record shop.

In the now, Tyrone & Tandy were trying to trace Andre/D’Spayre, but they found that all the women he still held sway over were in a trance coma state, all humming the same tune. Mayhem brought one of the girls for Tandy to try to read her spirit to see if she had any hope left. While Tandy was discovering that this girl was just a black hole of static noise inside, Tyrone found out that his mom killed Detective Connors and was busy covering up the evidence. Tandy used the static space inside the girl’s mind to enter the memories in her mind, where they faced off against D’Spayre. He was impervious to her attacks, however, and ejected from the astral battle.

Out in the real world, Tyrone shook down a pair of drug dealers and threatened them and told them to warn the streets that no sex trafficking through drug addiction would be allowed, as per Cloak & Dagger. He also got Andre’s location from them. When they got to him, he was using his personalized voodoo symbol, or veve, to completely enrapture a crowd of people who stood to watch him play trumpet. He was reaching for the Blue Note, and Tandy & Tyrone combined their powers to defeat his living body, but that was not enough. The gathered mesmerized crowd all dissolved into nothing as he collapsed to the ground. We saw in the last scene he was somewhere back in the astral plane with a club full of people to perform for now.

This show has been one of the great underestimated sweet spots in comic book adaptations of late. In the last few years, only season one of Jessica Jones, season one of Legion, Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, and most recently Doom Patrol have been in the same echelon of production value and storytelling in comic book TV. They have done well to make the city of New Orleans itself a character in the tales — or at least the voodoo culture of the city has done a great deal to transform this tale about a superhero duo that usually operates in New York City. It has been a pleasant alternate reality to watch. With a good chance for season three renewal, tonight’s finale could be either a conclusive showdown or a cliffhanger to string us along. Tune in to find out!

On tonight’s episode, “Level Up,” Tyrone and Tandy head to the Loa dimension to stop the evil force threatening New Orleans. To finally put an end to it, they must come face to face with their own personal issues that have been holding them back. Meanwhile, Mayhem and Evita do their best to hold off the dangers in the real dimension.

To see how the season ends, tune in to Freeform at 8/7c.

I’ll also probably cue up an episode of Good Omens, which drops today.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/29/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice

My pick tonight is NBC’s newest drama, The Inbetween. Relative newcomer Harriet Dyer plays Cassie Bedford, a young woman who was born with the rare ability of visions, events that have already occurred or ones that will happen in the future. She also can see and communicate with ghosts. Her father is Detective Tom Hackett, played by the sexy and talented Paul Blackthorne (Arrow & The Dresden Files to name a couple of his latest and most famous roles). When he and his new partner, former FBI Agent Damien Asante (Justin Cornwell, I am the Night on TNT and CBS’s Training Day), need help solving a dark and twisty murder, Cassie agrees (albeit reluctantly) to help. Unfortunately, once she opens that door, the dead don’t want to let her rest.

I’ve seen the first couple of episodes and really enjoyed it. Cassie’s ability is nothing earth-shatteringly new, but it’s still creepy and spooky and all things ghostly. This show has been in the works for quite a while, and I don’t know that NBC has been advertising it much (although I don’t watch a lot of stuff on NBC right now, so maybe they have?), but I’d suggest giving it a shot because at least the first two episodes are really great.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” Cassie helps her father and his partner solve a young woman’s murder using her unique psychic powers. She also encounters a supernatural spirit, Ed Roven (recurring guest star, Sean Bolger), whose evil transcends time.

See how Cassie’s visions help solve the murder tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, MasterChef, Dinner Takes All, Guy’s Grocery Games, The Hot Zone, Best Room Wins, & The Butcher.
 
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