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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/31/19

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, Amazon Prime Video released all 6 episodes of the new original series Good Omens, which is an adaptation of the 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen, The Good Fight, Masters of Sex) and demon Crowley (David Tennant, Doctor Who) have been on Earth since its creation, literally. In fact it was Crowley who tempted Eve with that apple. While they work for opposite sides, the two have come to an arrangement during their centuries of influencing humans, particularly in situations where their efforts would just cancel one another out. This professional respect for one another has grown into a long-lasting friendship – in so much as an angel and a demon can be friends. The two are enjoying their time on Earth and don’t want to see it end anytime soon. So when they learn that the Antichrist has been born, they decide to insert themselves into the child’s life, to mentor him, so that when he comes into his powers at age 11, he will not bring about Armageddon. However, this means defying their superiors, who are looking forward to this long-awaited war between good and evil to play out – but things don’t go quite as smoothly as Aziraphale and Crowley planned.

Meanwhile, Anathema Device (Adria Arjona, Emerald City), an American ancestor of infamous 17th century witch Agnes Nutter, makes her way to the small British town where the Antichrist resides. Agnes had written a book of incredibly accurate prophesies, which has been passed down for generations. All her life, Anathema has been letting these prognostications dictate her actions, and that has led her to cross paths with Newton Pulsifer (Jack Whitehall, Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father), an awkward young man who seems to break any piece of technology he touches. Newton is the ancestor of the man who executed Agnes Nutter for being a witch, and the latest protege of the head of the Witch Hunter army (of one), General Shadwell (Michael McKean, Better Call Saul). Shadwell has a few screws loose and is focused on his self-appointed duty to rid the world of witches.

As the four horsemen of the Apocalypse make their way to the spawn of Satan, time is quickly running out. Humanity’s last chance to prevent Armageddon lies in the hands of a band of quirky misfits.

I can’t recommend this series highly enough. Over the course of the 6 episodes, you get a complete story, so it’s not a huge time commitment, and you don’t have to worry about being left on a cliffhanger that may never get resolved. Once I started watching the first episode, I couldn’t stop. Who would have thought a show about preventing the apocalypse could be so delightful and entertaining?! The show is filled with bizarre, off-beat characters and extremely smart and witty writing that combines fun pop culture references with a bit of social commentary on the human condition. The style and tone of the series often reminded me of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The series is extremely faithful to the original source material, and now I can’t imagine anyone else but Tennant and Sheen in these roles. Crowley is like the classic cool rock star, who’s always wearing shades and drives around in his prized vintage Bentley. While he likes being evil, there is definitely some good in him, and he tries to hide this from his superiors. Meanwhile, Sheen’s Aziraphale is constantly trying to do good, but he sometimes breaks the rules when he feels like his superiors – such as the angel Gabriel (Jon Hamm, Mad Men) – don’t have the humans’ best interests in mind. The series’ cast also includes Frances McDormand (as the narrator/voice of God), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland), and Mireille Enos (The Catch, The Killing).

Check out this incredibly fun series now on Amazon.

I’ll also be watching/recording Swamp Thing, How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/19/19

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 overnight last night, season five of Bosch premiered on Amazon. To quickly recap last season… The Korea Town Killer case was finally wrapped up, although it was slightly anticlimactic because the killer was accidentally killed when he was hit by a car. Crate and Barrel accidentally got the “collar” because they picked up that accident. It was a funny but kind of a letdown that all the time spent showing the killer riding around on his bicycle and killing random people felt like a waste when it ended the way it did. Also, Harry (re-)solved his mother’s murder…for good this time, I think. Of course there was the “case of the season,” the Angels Flight murder, which was done well but nothing outrageous to speak of. But the biggest thing was the murder of Harry’s ex-wife (the mother of his teenage daughter, Maddie), Eleanor. Those of us who have read the books knew it was coming at some point, although this was done differently than the books. But it was emotional and intense and showed some great scenes with Harry and Maddie. And it helped bring Harry and J. Edgar’s friendship back to closer than it had been, so that was an unexpected side benefit. Plus, it will set up more drama and emotion for Harry and Maddie going forward, so I’m looking forward to that.

Season five is based on the 2017 novel Two Kinds of Truth, the 20th book in Michael Connelly’s long-running Bosch series. Fifteen months after the events of season four, an investigation into a murder at a Hollywood pharmacy exposes a sophisticated opioid ring, and Bosch goes undercover in a dangerous move. But the season also involves a case from Bosch’s past that resulted in the conviction of a serial killer but has since raised the specter of police misconduct – which could call his entire career into question.

Don’t miss Titus Welliver as LAPD Detective Harry Bosch streaming now on Amazon!

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Blindspot, Last Man Standing, & The Cool Kids.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/31/18

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 released the 10-episode first season of the new original series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan (John Krasinski, The Office) is a former Marine, the sole survivor of a helicopter crash that killed 12 of his fellow soldiers. For the past four years, Ryan has spent his days behind a desk, working as a CIA analyst, studying financial markets and transactions in Yemen, looking for suspicious activity. As the series opens, Ryan discovers an unusual pattern of bank transactions, and thinks he has identified the next Bin Laden, a possible terrorist named Suleiman. But when he takes his data to his new boss, he gets a lot of pushback. Ryan got off on the wrong foot when he first met his new boss, James Greer (Wendell Pierce, Suits, Treme, The Wire). Greer also has a chip on his shoulder – he was a former Base Chief who just returned from a forced leave after an incident and now finds himself demoted to Group Chief for a team of analysts. However, it isn’t long before Greer sees some merit in Ryan’s findings, and Ryan suddenly finds himself thrust into the field, ending up in the middle of a dangerous and deadly situation.

I had never seen any of the five Jack Ryan films, nor read any of the books, so I didn’t really know what to expect from the series or the character. However, John Krasinski is fantastic in this role, which is drastically different from his more comedic Jim Halpert on The Office. The pilot takes its time to introduce the characters and set up the premise, but by the end of the episode, it has really hit its action-packed stride, and I am really looking forward to checking out the rest of the season! The series comes from creators Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, Colony, The Strain) & Graham Roland (The Returned, Almost Human, Fringe) and has already been picked up for a second season of 10 episodes, so there’s plenty more to come.

Binge-watch the entire first season now on Amazon!

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/13/18

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 #1

Danger Will Robinson! Early this morning, Netflix released the first season of a new reboot of the sci-fi series Lost in Space, which updates and modifies some things from the classic 1965 series. The Robinson family — Marine John Robinson (Toby Stephens, Black Sails), his wife aerospace engineer Maureen (Molly Parker, House of Cards, Deadwood), and their three children, Judy (Taylor Russell, Falling Skies), Penny (Mina Sundwall, Freeheld), and Will (Maxwell Jenkins, Sense8) — is part of the 24th colonist group, which has left Earth in search of a better life on a new planet. They are aboard the Resolute space station, when they are forced to evacuate. Their Jupiter 2 escape ship crash lands on a mysterious planet. Everyone in the family has gone through rigorous training for this mission, and each brings some sort of skill to the table, but are they really prepared for what lies ahead?

Immediately upon their arrival, the Robinsons face one danger after the next, until Will befriends a strange robot with special abilities. Meanwhile, another Jupiter ship also crash lands on the planet. This one containing a roughneck/smuggler named Don West (Ignacio Serricchino, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Bones), and a mysterious woman secretly assuming the stolen identity of Dr. Smith (Parker Posey, Search Party). It is only a matter of time until this ragtag group will eventually come together and must work together in order to survive their new environment. But who can really be trusted? Everyone seems to have secrets they are hiding from one another, including the robot!

As the series opens, viewers are immediately thrust into the thick of the action as the Robinsons struggle to survive their harsh new environment. Through flashbacks, the series slowly reveals the characters’ backstories and pieces together the events that ultimately led up to the Robinsons’ crash onto this unknown planet. Where are they? How did they end up here? Who is “Dr. Smith”? Where did the robot come from? And what happened on the Resolute that caused the crash? The first two episodes of the series have some really tense moments and unexpected twists. I look forward to seeing what other turns of events, mysteries, and adventures await in the rest of the 10-episode first season!
 
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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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