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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/27/19

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

I don’t know when it got renewed, but I was surprised AF two weeks ago when I saw my favorite impeccable pain in the ass was back on Adam Ruins Everything. Last week’s episode was particularly fun, as it was an “Adam & Emily Ruin Everything” event, in which they together ruined “A Night Out” together. Emily, Adam’s friend who has often been the “victim” of Adam’s informative tirades about various & sundry topics, had a date to go out with her old college roommate, Bex.

Bex was still getting ready at her place when they arrived, so Adam & Emily ruined shaving your legs. They recounted the origins of home shaving in the 1st quarter of the 21st century, when a young man named Gillette invented the disposable shaving razor. To maximize profit, he sought to sells razors to women too. So he paid for women’s magazines to fake a “European fad” of women shaving their armpits. They shamed women into wanting to shave their armpits and legs. They went on to explain the “pink tax,” a famous marketing industry phrase. It basically means, when making a women’s version of anything, just make it pink and charge more money. Once they were out in the club, they tackled the fabricated social constructs like: “handbags are feminine” or “women don’t need pockets in their clothes.”

Emily explained a lot to us then about noise in restaurants and how that has grown immensely in the last two decades since Chef Mario Batali started blasting loud dance music at his restaurants in the late 1990s. The last major topic they covered was drinking, as they destroyed the idea that light drinking was “good for you.” Alcohol is a carcinogenic, meaning it causes cancer. So no. Light wine drinking does not make anyone healthy, sorry. Em & Bex realized they were not really close anymore, but Bex wanted to see Adam again. The last clip was Emily explaining to us, through her hangover, that we have no scientific cures for hangovers because we have no conclusive explanation for them. I love this show. So glad to have it back. Mixing facts with humor is perfect!

On tonight’s episode, “Adam Ruins Doing Good,” Adam takes down do-gooders and reveals how Teach For America is harmful to both students and teachers; he uncovers the ineffectiveness of recycling and calls out the billionaires who create charities for tax breaks.

Don’t miss it tonight on TruTV at 10/9c.

My other Tuesday shows right now are Young Justice and Mysteries Decoded.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/25/19

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

Well, the end of August is here, bringing with it a new season of NFL football and the final season of HBO’s Ballers. Last season had that odd nine-episode count that saw Spencer take on the NCAA in honor of his brother’s tragic death. The finale started with Spence visiting his brother William’s grave. He declared “Fuck the NCAA,” just before we saw that the league’s head had been served with lawsuit papers. Joe had his meeting about the Illegal Civilization sneaker deal interrupted by news of Spencer’s reckless actions. Meanwhile over at Ricky’s house, his family had an intervention confronting him about his steroid use. Joe confronted Spencer about the lawsuit. He could be screwing over everyone around him: the NFL had already threatened to revoke their licenses that allowed them to operate a franchise in Las Vegas.

Ricky confessed to Charles about his drug use just before he signed his new contract. Charles was furious and told him to cut the drugs out and act as if he never told him. In a live TV interview, Spencer cited the tragic death of his brother in the wake of his loss of NCAA eligibility and went on to call out numerous abuses the NCAA perpetrates against student athletes. Joe intercepted the Anderson brothers at the airline and convinced them to not axe the Vegas deal, to get on the right side of history. When the NCAA sat down with Spencer, they offered to reinstate Quincy in exchange for dropping his lawsuit, but Spencer refused. The NCAA refused to pay student athletes, so there was no deal. No dice, Spence. No dice.

Joe assured Spencer that he had his back one hundred on hundred, but Spence resigned to shield all his partners, clients, & employees from the potential blowback his lawsuit would create. In the last scene, Spencer saw on the news that Quincy got reinstated anyway and that he had selected USC to play football for. In a mid-credits scene, we watched Joe reach out to Lance about coming back to work with the agency he now ran by himself. An offer of ayahuasca sets the stage for whatever wackiness those two will indulge in this coming season five. The Rock, Rob Corddry, & Russel Brand for eight episodes this year? I’m in.

On tonight’s episode, “Must Be the Shoes,” after learning of competing owner offers, Spencer engages with past allies. Joe is tasked with apologizing for creating a hostile work environment with the help of Kate, a sharp Sports X exec. Ricky and Vernon each consider different kinds of futures, while Charles tries to hide some unwelcome news.

Don’t miss the premiere on HBO at 10:35/9:35c.

I’ll also be tuning in for Preacher & Pennyworth.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/4/19

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

Hot on the heels of The Boys, another Garth Ennis adaptation returns for its last season tonight, when Preacher comes back to AMC. For three years we’ve watched badder than a mo’ fo’ minister, Jesse Custer, on his quest to find God. Way back in the pilot, Jesse was imbued with the power of God, insofar as: when he issues direct commands, humans MUST listen and obey. He lost the power along the way but had it once again as he set out to confront his dastardly mother in last year’s finale. Tulip & Arseface were themselves in quite a pickle, on the roadway from Earth to hell, where the transport bus had been ambushed by Nazis. The Nazis were (of course) trying to rescue Hitler, who had been part of Arseface’s original breakout from hell in the first place.

Yo, did I mention this show is twistedly good? Cause it is.

After finally beating the man who killed his father soundly to death, Jesse turned his sights on his grandmother, who was really responsible for most of his childhood suffering. She tried to cage her way out of the brutal reckoning he delivered with a new contract she signed with the devil, but Jesse had zero fucks left to give. If eternal damnation were the price he must pay for killing his depraved Gma, he was all in. Elsewhere on the road to hell, God appeared to offer Tulip a deal, but she declined on account of what a dickhead she regarded Him to be. Nonetheless she did want to follow up on His suggestion Cassidy might be in trouble.

Cassidy? Oh yeah, he’s the alcoholic Irish vampire who happens to be the third Amigo in Tulip & Jesse’s core group. In season two, he was mostly distracted with this pisshole of a vampire named Eccarius, who has developed a cult of humans around himself. For a minute he was in danger from Eccarius, but he managed to outsmart him and turn the wannabe vamp humans against the predator that was victimizing them all. Twist ending on that plot thread tho? Hoover, agent of the Grail (Roman Catholic element) who is also recently a vampire, showed up to abduct Cassidy while the rest of that coven was destroyed by Grail people. So I guess Cassidy did actually need saving, eh?

When Jesse and Tulip reunited, they agreed to the dedicated purpose of saving their undead third wheel. In hell, a surprising rebellion by the Saint of Killers allowed Hitler to claim the throne. This shit is fuccckkkked. But that is exactly where we left off. So I expect a gory, irreverent, and action-packed season four starting tonight. If you’ve never seen an episode, #ketchup.

On tonight’s two-hour premiere, Jesse is rocked by visions of an apocalyptic future as he and Tulip prepare for an all-out assault on Masada, where Cassidy — trapped to a torturous fate — struggles to hang on; Starr and his Grail operatives are ready for them.

Don’t miss the fun start to the new season tonight on AMC starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching the Perpetual Grace, Ltd finale because I don’t sleep on brilliant TV. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Pennyworth, & Ripley’s Believe It or Not! are on my watchlist tonight as well.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/2/19

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

With only two episodes to sew up the whole story, Swamp Thing found himself in a dire situation to start last week’s penultimate episode. He was held captive by Dr. Jason Woodrue, who was dissecting him in a makeshift portable lab. Woodrue developed a theory that the swamp creature was not Alec Holland, as we’ve believed all season, but a plant that was manifesting as a humanoid that believes they’re Holland. Daniel Cassidy/The Blue Devil woke up in a hospital, confronted by the demonic deal broker who cursed him with his powers. A vision of the future was shared, showing Abby & Liz Tremayne getting slaughtered by mercenaries in a mystery location.

IRL, Abby & Liz went to Woodrue’s house to try to track his location. They spoke with his increasingly insane wife. In the lab, Woodrue tore Swamp Thing’s organs out one by one, despite the fact he was clearly alive. Avery Sunderland recovered with Woodrue’s help and moved directly to having his wife forcibly admitted to an insane asylum. Cassidy accepted his fate, and the power of the Blue Devil possessed him. Abby & Liz used the lead they got from the mad wife and sneaked into the remote, mobile medical lab Woodrue had been using. The gals stopped just short of a room they heard the mercenaries in, when The Blue Devil appeared! Using his demonic powers of electricity and blue flames, he totally killed the shit out of all of them.

That allowed the gals to free Swamp Thing, who wished to return to the swamp to see if Woodrue’s theory was true. Woodrue meanwhile returned home just in time to find his wife dying of an overdose. Abby followed the creature into the swamp where, shockingly, they actually found the body of dead human scientist Alec Holland, proving that Swamp Thing is not Alec!

Now, this show got canceled after one week on the air. It was not given a chance because the state of North Carolina chintz’d out on the tax breaks they had initially offered. The show’s creator did however make a point to tell us to stick around for the post credits for a tease of future content. So maybe the character will see life on a future show? I hope so, because this show has been a great ride, even after being cut down to 10 episodes instead of the originally planned 13.

On today’s episode, “Loose Ends,” The swamp fights back in the season finale. Still reeling with the revelation of the truth behind his existence, Swamp Thing goes on the offensive against Ellery’s mercenary team hunting him. Meanwhile, Abby comes up against Jason Woodrue, who’s crossed the line to save his wife’s life. And as Liz tries to help Dan Cassidy escape the curse of the Blue Devil and leave Marais once and for all, Avery Sunderland attempts to find a resolution to his relationship with Lucilia and Matt Cable.

Don’t miss the finale this morning on DCU at 9AM/8AMc.

I’ll also be tuning in for the 2-hour season finale to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/31/19

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

Early this morning, Hulu released the first four episodes of the new series Four Weddings and a Funeral. The ten-episode series comes from creator/executive producer Mindy Kaling and is a re-imagining of the 1994 romantic comedy of the same name. However, the only thing it really shares in common with its namesake is that over the course of the season, there will be four weddings and a funeral. Andie MacDowell also makes a guest appearance, though not reprising her film role.

The series centers around the lives of four American friends who went to college with one another and spent a semester abroad in London. After college, three of the friends moved to London, while Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones) stayed back. Maya had fallen in love with married Congressman Ted Spencer (Tommy Dewey, Casual) while working on his campaign, and now she is helping him run for the Senate. As all romantic stories like this go, Ted says that he loves Maya and will be leaving his wife any day now.

In the opener, Maya takes a trip to London to see her friends for a costume party. During a bag mix-up at the airport, she meets the charming Kash (Nikesh Patel, Indian Summers), who says that he is an actor. She later discovers that Kash is the boyfriend of her best friend, designer Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse, The Mindy Project, Red Band Society). Ainsley lives across the hall from the posh Gemma (Zoe Boyle, Frontier, Witless) and her husband and son. Gemma is a bit jealous to see that Ainsley has another friend. It turns out that Kash isn’t actually an actor but rather co-workers with investment banker Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith, You’re the Worst), who has just asked girlfriend Zara (Sophia La Porta, The Five) to move in with him. And rounding out the American crew is Duffy (John Reynolds, Stranger Things, Search Party), a dorky, awkward teacher at an all-boys school where he also lives in the dorm. He has had a secret crush on Maya for the past decade but has never been able to get up the courage to tell her how he feels.

The series feels more like an extended feature film than a traditional TV series, with each episode flowing nicely right into the next, plus it has a very British aesthetic to it. The episodes are filled with all those delightful tropes you expect to see in any classic romantic comedy, with the characters going through ups and downs and lots of plot twists and turns. There are also fun callbacks to iconic scenes from classic romantic comedy films. The show has a nice mix of drama and humor, and many of the comedic moments had me laughing out loud as I checked out the first two episodes. The series also has a wonderful soundtrack, and it didn’t even bother me that all the songs were covers.

One of the fun things about the show is that we know there will be four weddings and a funeral, and so there is this constant mystery of who will be a part of those five events (well, not that it’s fun to imagine who is going to die). The first couple of episodes do a nice job of setting up various possible love pairings and triangles, and you don’t necessarily know who is going to end up with whom. I fell in love with the show from episode one – these characters are so much fun and really feel like they could be longtime friends. I look forward to seeing how their intertwining stories all play out over the course of the season… I just hope I don’t have to watch one of their funerals!

Check out the first four episodes now on Hulu.

I’ll also be watching/recording Archer, Krypton, Younger, Match Game, Big Brother, and MasterChef.
 
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