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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/22/18

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

Well, it’s time for another full season installment of the MCU’s Netflix original series, as Luke Cage season two went live last night. With 3 out of 5 of the last MCU Netflix seasons being flops in my book, including season one of this show, I am not expecting a whole lot out of this one. But I’ll watch, and if it’s as bad as Jessica Jones season two was, it’ll only take me 3 months to grind through the pain of watching it.

Chronologically, Luke’s story left off at the end of The Defenders, one of the fun recent seasons which saw Daredevil sacrifice himself to destroy the dragon bones under NYC that the Hand was going to use to enslave millions. Somehow Matt survived that explosion, but Jessica and Luke don’t know that as they catch a drink and agree to keep in touch.

Over in his own first season, the last episode opened with a ridiculous 15-minute boxing match with Cage’s brother, Diamondback. Diamondback is almost a legit super-villain with his powered-up battle suit that allows him to go toe-to-toe with the superhuman Cage. But my suspension of disbelief was dialed to Spinal Tap 11 as Cage at any moment could have simply torn the powerpack off the back of the suit and ended the fight. After seemingly all of Harlem watches the bout, Misty Knight brought Luke to the station for questioning, and a series of lofty soliloquies ensued.

Misty pinned the murder of slain crime lord Cottonmouth on Mariah but found out her key witness had been murdered, so it wouldn’t stick. And poor Luke got sent to jail for old crimes he’d been running from for years. But don’t feel too bad for him. He got out in episode one of The Defenders. Some critics are already calling season two not as good as season one, and I thought S1 of Luke Cage was just an over-glorified hip hop video that happened to have a cool comic book character in it. So like I said, my expectations are low for this one. Oh well, I’m still gonna watch!

Check out all of season two now on Netflix.

I’m also going to be watching 12 Monkeys.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/21/18

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!

Jenny’s Choice

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while – slow summer so far, huh? But tonight is a new show that I’ve been looking forward to since I heard about it months ago: ABC’s Take Two, which comes from Terri Miller & Andrew Marlow, the exec producers of Castle, and starring Rachel Bilson (The OC, Hart of Dixie) & Eddie Cibrian (Rosewood, CSI: Miami, Third Watch). Bilson plays actress Sam Swift, the former star of a hit cop series who had a breakdown caught by the paparazzi and was sent to rehab. Once released, her friend/manager comes to her with a possible new role as a private investigator, but Sam wants to learn the ropes, so her manager sets her up with lone-wolf private investigator Eddie Valetik (Cibrian). He isn’t happy about what he considers a babysitting gig, but by the end of the first episode, he realizes she can be an asset if he lets her.

I’ve seen the premiere, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a fun show – lighthearted, easy to watch, and Bilson and Cibrian have a great chemistry. I haven’t watched her since The OC, which I loved her in as Summer, but I absolutely love Eddie Cibrian, and this show is no exception. The show is a bit reminiscent of Castle with their chemistry and fun, light story lines. Murder? Sure. But it’s definitely a comedic drama – it feels a bit like a romantic comedy movie turned into a TV series. Sign me up.

On tonight’s episode, “Take Two,” the former star of cop series shadows a private investigator as part of a plan to restart her stalled career.

See if you’ll take the case tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Match Game & Beat Bobby Flay.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/20/18

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, Young & Hungry returns to Freeform to kick off the second half of its fifth/final season, with back-to-back episodes. After nearly five years of their will they/won’t they/on again/off again relationship, when we last left off, Gabi & Josh finally officially became a couple. It seemed like this was never going to happen – especially when in the midseason finale, Josh bumped his head and got amnesia, and Gabi had to recreate their first date in order to jog his memory.

I have really enjoyed this series over the years and am looking forward to seeing what the show does with these final 10 episodes. Will we ultimately get an engagement or wedding by the end…or will the couple just find some new obstacle to keep them apart? Now that Josh and Gabi are together, will Gabi still work as his chef? Will they move in together? How would that affect Josh’s other employees, Elliot & Yolanda, and Gabi’s roommate Sofia? There are a lot of fun stories they could tell now that these two are together, and I can’t wait to see what the writers have come up with.

On the first half of tonight’s premiere, “Young & Downton Gabi,” Elliot and Yolanda worry about how their work lives will change now that Josh and Gabi are a couple; Gabi asks Josh to spend more time at her apartment, but Josh is horrified when he learns how messy Gabi is. Then, in “Young & Third Wheel,” Josh sets Sofia up with his dentist, but after the two hit it off, Gabi isn’t so sure he’s the right one for her friend; Elliot turns to Yolanda for help in reigniting the spark between him and Alan.

Check out the double-episode premiere tonight on Freeform starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Reverie, MasterChef, Yellowstone, and The Expanse.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/15/18

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

Syfy debuts season 4 of 12 Monkeys tonight, and you better hold on to your era-appropriate hats because it’ll all be over in three weeks. Talking time is always confusing with this show that revolves around time travel and a war to constantly nudge history by two opposing sides: the Army of the Twelve Monkeys and the inventor of the time travel machine: Dr. Katarina Jones. But this year they will be dropping 3 episodes at a time, over three weekends, as they continue to experiment with tight summer schedules. This show has been brilliant from the jump and is easily the best reboot this side of Karate Kid Cobra Kai.

Last year’s finale opened with two young children ghost hunting in a haunted mausoleum, where they found Jennifer Goines. Jennifer was waiting for a dying man. Far in the past in 1881, Cole and Cassie finally caught up to the timespace that their son Athan was in before he chose to go back to the future and assume his destiny as the foretold Witness. All three were wearing those neato time travel jackets, and a cat and mouse chase across time ended with all three of them stranded in “the house” in 1959 – the paradoxical point outside of timespace where he was conceived, which should no longer exist because of changes to the fabric of reality.

In the 2140s, Jones had 12 Monkeys lieutenant Olivia imbibe the magic tea leaves from the red forest to enter a vision state to figure where in time they were. She was determined to stop the Witness. He told her his location, knowing the Army would come for him if they knew where he was. As Olivia came out of the vision, the Witness revealed itself to her, unmasking and showing their true identity. Aided by her daughter and the remnants of the Daughters an old form of Jennifer once led, Jones surrounded Cole, Cassie, & Athan, threatening them at gun point. She wryly pointed out in one of the best lines of the season, “What happens next, happens last.”

During that standoff, a lightning storm erupted, announcing the arrival of time-traveling city from the year 3000 and home base to the Army of the 12 Monkeys: Titan. Inside the house, we got a Mexican standoff: two moms, one dad, a son, and a daughter all pointing guns at each other. Athan got shot in the chest, but the time travel jacket got him out before he had time to die. In the temple of the Monkeys, Olivia killed the Pallid man, thusly ascending to the highest rank in their hierarchy. We were then shown how “recently” she had escaped holding in Jones’s compound and killed Deacon in the process. She was told by Jones, “The Witness is dead,” as she’d just shot Athan. After a moment of shitty diatribe, Olivia stabbed (killed?) Jones.

Jennifer finally got the dying man she was waiting for when Athan arrived in her mausoleum. She nursed him back to health, and he returned to rescue Cole & Cassie, only to be slashed by Olivia. After, he revealed she was always meant to be the one behind the mask, the true Witness. After that, all of the “good guys” time ported out. We ended the season with Cole as a child in 2015. A slip of paper with the iconic image of an ouroboros drawn on it, (a snake in a circle eating its own tail). Cole’s father mentioned Cole’s mother.

I can’t wait to see where this season goes, and we won’t have to wait long to see. I know they are daring to go even further in the past than last season’s use of Victorian England. And Jennifer is going to make some huge changes and impacts based on an interview I read recently. Just gotta get me one of them nifty time travel jackets, and I’ll be set.

On tonight’s first episode, “The End,” the final conflict with the Army of the 12 Monkeys begins when the Witness returns to Project Splinter. Then on the second episode, “Ouroboros,” Travelers come face to face with ghosts from their past when they find themselves maneuvering around their own timelines. Finally, on the third episode, “45 RPM,” Cassie travels back in time to confront a younger Olivia while Cole helps Jennifer find the meaning behind her final Primary vision.

Don’t miss the first three episodes of the final season tonight on Syfy starting at 8/7c.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/14/18

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week, Freeform gave us the first two episodes of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, and I was definitely impressed enough to start a bandwagon for everyone to hop aboard. So get yer traincore on and watch this show! This is another comic book show in the MCU, and the major departure so far has been that they gain their powers by being in the same bay at the same time that a Flash-styled “particle reactor” exploded, making them “metas.” Episode two started with a car accident scene on a wooded forest road somewhere. It was a totally a non-sequitur that will only happen in the last minute of the episode.

The chronological start of the episode was Detective O’Reilly and other cops checking the scene of where Tandy/Dagger stabbed a guy to death last episode. Tandy told her bf/PIC, William, about the stabbing, and they plotted to get her out of town. O’Reilly soon was talking to the other two men who assaulted Tandy before she stabbed the one guy through the chest with one of her “hardlight” daggers.

Later that day, Cloak/Tyrone dozed off, and in his nap accidentally teleported miles away, causing him to be late for basketball practice. So late that the coach made the rest of the team run “suicide sprints” the whole practice till he showed up. To make up for thousands of dollars her mom spent on drugs, stolen from her stash, Tandy & William targeted a wedding to steal from them. Oh yeah. In this show? Dagger is totally a thief. That’s her M.O. They were ripping off the wedding to afford her fake credentials, as she planned to flee New Orleans (where the show is inexplicably set). Meanwhile, O’Reilly was already touring the neighborhood with a sketch artist drawing of what is clearly Tandy.

Tyrone’s teammates beat him up in the locker room for making them run suicides. Afterwards, as penance, he did the sprints on his own. At the same time, Tandy’s hands glowed with power at the wedding, and she had to hide it under the table. Next she had a vision of William proposing to her – that ended in her freaking out and running to the bathroom. But there she met “resting basic face” maiden that had all the cash. She stole it, but they had to steal the “Just Married” car to get away. Tyrone had a strange vision that led him to try to shoot the scarred cop who killed his brother years ago.

Once she had her new ID, Tandy took the car and set out on her own, not wanting to deal with William’s love. Just as Tyrone was about to shoot the corrupt cop, the shadows he was in swallowed him and teleported him to the remote road that Tandy was driving on, and she veered off the road and crashed. Point, looping Counterpoint.

On tonight’s episode, “Stained Glass,” Tandy is on the run as Detective O’Reilly closes in on her, but the detective may not be after her for the reasons Tandy thinks. Tyrone is desperate for answers and turns to Evita and her Auntie Clarisse, a Voodoo priestess, for help.

Find out why O’Reilly is after Tandy tonight on Freeform at 8/7c.

I’ll also be wondering wtf Freeform is.

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