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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/21/18

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

One of my favorite things about October is that it brings the Halloween-themed TV episodes, and tonight Halloween hits the FOX Sunday lineup. The Simpsons opens the night with its annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, which features homages to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Split, and Jurassic Park. This was originally going to be my recommendation for the night, until I checked out tonight’s episode of Bob’s Burgers. I always enjoy this series, but the Halloween episodes especially so. No other show seems to bring me back to the fun times of trick-or-treating as a child like this one does. Though the Belcher kids always have far more creative costumes and always get mixed up in some crazy adventure during their annual quest for candy. Tonight’s may be my favorite Halloween episode since the show’s first one back in season 3. Besides the ingenious costumes that pop up throughout, Gene has some hilarious one-liners, and there’s a really fun side plot involving Bob and Teddy.

On tonight’s episode of The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror XXIX,” Homer wins an oyster-eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu; Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers; Lisa finally snaps; Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades.

Then, in Bob’s Burgers, “Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street,” the kids set out for their regular Halloween shenanigans, but when everyone’s candy bags start mysteriously disappearing, it’s up to Tina, Louise, and Gene to find the culprit.

To see the Halloween fun, tune in to FOX starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording God Friended Me, Family Guy, Supergirl, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, You, Camping, and Kidding.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/19/18

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

The cartoon Teen Titans has easily been one of the most popular comic book based TV shows of all time. A generation of Millenials grew up loving it, which makes it slightly past my prime “after school cartoon watching” days. But I have seen it before and DO love most TV shows about superheroes. So I tuned in last week for the premier of the latest iteration of that team, a live action show simply called Titans. It began in the familiar setting of Dick “Robin” Grayson’s origin story: his parents died during a trapeze act right before Dick’s eyes. Only there was only one girl in the audience this time, and when she awakened we realized that was just her nightmare. Odd, but okay. Grayson, we found out, irl (in real life) was transferring to a police department in Detroit after things with his old partner in Gotham went sour.

The next day, the girl who had the vision, Rachel, came home to find her mom being held at gunpoint. The assailant made the woman admit that she was not her real mom, and then he shot her dead. Rachel then unleashed a screaming blast that knocked the guy back fifteen feet into a wall. She hurriedly grabbed some things and ran away. Grayson meanwhile was tracking a child abuser. He single-handedly beat up two gangs at once just to warn the abuser away from his child. There was definite R-rated violence in this scene, punctuated with a controversial line spat by Robin: “Fuck Batman.” I was like whoa… “Twenty minutes into this show, and they’ve gone out of their way to demonstrate that this is NOT a cartoon on Disney XD.”

When Rachel got to Detroit, a social services lady tried to kidnap her. A dark manifestation of herself spoke to her in reflective surfaces, warning her of the imminent danger. To get away, she threw a brick at a cop car, so they took her into custody. Grayson questioned her, and she instantly recognized that he was the one she’d been having nightmares about. CUT TO: on the other side of earth, a girl who stole my pinkish-purple hair color woke up in a car. The driver was smashed into a deflated airbag next to her. The vehicle was riddled with bullets and splattered with blood. Another car soon drove up, and armed men chased the lovely young lady into the woods. A caption informed us this was in Austria. After she killed most of them, she started to deal with the fact she had amnesia. And also apparently some super powers. She discovered her name was Glory and tracked down her ex-bf, a Russian mobster, for more info on her ID. He revealed she betrayed him, and then he shot her. But her powers flipped on, and she burned all the men in the room to ashes. And we learned that she had been in pursuit of “Rachel” as well.

Rachel had now been kidnapped by a cop, but Grayson watched this happen and followed them. While a mad man with a knife sought to cut out Rachel’s heart in some depraved magic ceremony, Robin was searching the old building for them. But a powerful magic came out of Rachel first, killing the evil magician. His death was bruuuuuutal to say the least. Robin came in after the dark power returned to inside Rachel, who remained tied to a chair the whole time. Robin then drove her out of town, saying he would take her to safety. Meanwhile in Ohio, a glowing green tiger stole a Blu-ray disc from a Walmart. Beast Boy! Roll credits.

On the show’s second episode, “Hawk and Dove,” Hank Hall aka Hawk and Dawn Granger aka Dove are a pair of vigilantes, hoping to get out of the superhero business after shutting down one final criminal operation. When Dick arrives at their doorstep with Rachel, looking for a safe haven for the hunted child, his reappearance after many years causes strife between all three of them. Still traumatized over the death of her mother, Rachel struggles to trust Dick. But all their differences must be put aside when a lethal Nuclear Family, sent by The Organization, is activated with the sole purpose of capturing Rachel.

The episode premiered super early this morning at 3AM ET, so you can catch it now on the new DC streaming service.

I will also be starting my Daredevil season three binge and catching Murphy Brown.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/18/18

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

NBC’s The Good Place continues to be a lot of fun and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Last week we sped through a year in the life of the characters. Michael and Janet were now trapped on earth without their powers and resorted to using hidden cameras to track the progress of the humans. Every time it looked like a member of the ethics study group was going to leave, they stepped in to fix things. First Eleanor needed money in order to afford to stay in Australia, so Janet used her knowledge to obtain an $18K lottery ticket. Next, Tahani was getting “mad horny” and was about to have sex with Jason, so Michael and Janet arranged for a meet cute with her ex Larry Hemsworth (the often-forgotten brother of the famous ones). However, things went a little too well, and six months later they were engaged. At their engagement party, Tahani announced that they were planning to move back to London. Eleanor didn’t like the idea of the group breaking up – this was the first time she felt a part of something – and lashed out. Michael decided they needed to reset the earth timeline, so he summoned a door back to the afterlife, but the humans happened to walk by and saw it, leading them to ask What the Fork?!

This seems very familiar – Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason discovering that all is not as it seems. How much do they know/suspect? Will Michael just tell them everything? And how would knowing about their long history together change the group? Or will Michael just reset things, causing the humans to be none the wiser? And if Michael does use the door to go back to the afterlife, will the Judge stop him before he can reset the timeline or prevent him from returning to earth? I have been thoroughly enjoying this season and am really anxious to see what happens next!

On tonight’s episode, “Jeremy Bearimy,” Eleanor and the gang explore the three main branches of ethical thought after learning the truth about their history with Michael and Janet.

Learn along with the group tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Superstore, Will & Grace, and I Feel Bad.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/17/18

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

SEAL Team returned last week, and it was packed full of action and emotion. Mandy wasn’t with the team, on a mission of her own in Mexico. She was there questioning a man named Fausto about a missing DEA agent. I wasn’t too invested in the story line, given that she wasn’t with the team. But I’m wondering if that’ll be a future mission for Bravo Team. Speaking of Bravo, they were in Saudi Arabia for their mission – one of the old tunnel systems at the heart of the largest water source in the country had been taken over by Shiite Extremists. Together with the Saudi military, they had to work to stop them.

Back at home, Ray was having to make a decision about waiting to get back on Bravo or applying to another team – Charlie. Also, Jason took his daughter on her first college tour, which was great because their relationship has had its up and downs, and given what happened at the end of the episode, they may need that bond to be stronger soon. I think my favorite part of the episode, though, was Clay and Stella having dinner with her parents…who were both clearly anti-military or whatever. They were pretty uppity and snotty, but Clay was calm and clearly let them know he was more than they were assuming he was. I think it was the sexiest I’ve ever found him. He’s clearly growing more mature as the series goes on.

And now to the scary part of the episode… In the closing moments, a cop knocked on Jason’s door, asking if he was Jason Hayes. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this. It’s your wife. There’s been an accident.” Even though they weren’t happily married anymore, Jason clearly still loves Alana. And they have two teenage kids, so if she is severely injured or dead, it’s going to knock the three of them on their behinds. And how will Jason handle that? I mean, with his job and everything. So many questions!

On tonight’s episode, “The Worst of Conditions,” after tragedy strikes, Jason is faced with a huge decision regarding his future with Bravo Team.

To see what Jason is going through and what decision he makes, tune in to CBS at 9:01/8:01c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chicago Med, The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Chicago Fire, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, Single Parents, Chicago PD, & Criminal Minds.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/16/18

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!

Jenny’s Choice

My pick tonight is ABC’s latest drama, The Rookie, starring Castle vet, Nathan Fillion, who plays John Nolan, a small-town guy who pursues his dream of being an LAPD officer after an incident one day changes the way he looks at his life. He’s the force’s oldest rookie, so many of the higher-ups feel like he’s just a “walking midlife crisis,” and some are even really hard on him, since if he can’t keep up, he’ll not only be a danger to himself but to the public and other officers out there with him.

I was a big Castle (& Nathan Fillion) fan and was sad when it ended, even though the last few seasons weren’t as great as the beginning. I’m an even bigger fan of cop shows, so combine Nathan, cop shows, and a few producers from some of my all-time favorite shows like Criminal Minds & Human Target, and you know I’m going to look forward to it. When I got a chance to watch the pilot, I was both scared and excited – excited, because, duh…and scared because I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But it did, even more than I’d hoped. There’s some serious story lines, but there’s also that Fillion charm and some laughs and romance as well, so I have my fingers crossed that it’ll be as popular with others as I think it should be.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” after a life-altering incident, John Nolan decides to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer; as the force’s oldest rookie, John is met with skepticism from some higher-ups.

Find out why John decides to join the police department tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Conners, The Little Couple, NCIS, The Kids Are Alright, Chopped, FBI, Lethal Weapon, NCIS: New Orleans, & Sweet Home Sextuplets.
 
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