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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/7/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice #1

Tonight, the second season of Killing Eve premieres, but this year it will be airing on both BBC America and AMC, so those who don’t receive BBC America can finally watch this amazing series!

In the first season, we met Eve (Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy), an MI5 security officer who had grown bored by her desk job. So when she learned that an international female assassin had made her way to London, she jumped at the chance to join a secret MI6 unit trying to track down this mysterious Vilanelle (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster). The more Eve read of Vilanelle’s exploits, the more she became obsessed with this woman. Meanwhile, we saw the charming, funny, and very much insane Vilanelle carrying out her killing spree, ignoring and eventually killing her own handler. She also became obsessed with Eve, and the pair started a mutual game of cat and mouse with one another.

Eventually the pair met face-to-face when Vilanelle broke into Eve’s home and demanded they have dinner together. Later, Eve tracked Vilanelle to a Russian prison, but she managed to escape before Eve could find her. Eve finally caught up with her in Paris, where she caught Vilainelle by surprise as she unexpectedly plunged a knife into her chest.

Don’t let her funny and charming demeanor fool you… Vilanelle is still a ruthless killer – she murdered Eve’s longtime friend/coworker. Despite this, Eve still finds herself inexplicably drawn to this woman. And likewise, Vilanelle feels something for Eve. As we start the second season, Eve is unsure if she killed Vilanelle or not. On one hand, Eve would love to put an end to Vilanelle’s murder spree, but on the other hand, she feels horrible that she may have murdered this woman she has become strangely attracted to.

I really enjoyed the first season – while Sandra Oh won the Golden Globe for her performance, it is Jodie Comer who really makes the show for me. She is amazing in this series. Like Eve, I find myself completely fascinated with and drawn to Vilanelle. She’s a psychopathic killer but so delightful at the same time! It feels wrong to root for her, but I can’t help it! I am happy to report that the second season, which picks up right where we left off, is just as fun, exciting, and shocking as the first. I can’t wait to see more of it!

On tonight’s premiere, “Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?” Eve is reeling from her act of violence against Villanelle and doesn’t know whether she is alive or dead; a paranoid and severely injured Villanelle manages to get herself to the hospital for treatment; Carolyn approaches Eve with an opportunity.

Find out what opportunity Eve receives tonight on AMC & BBC America at 8/7c.
 
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Doctor’s Orders: The Verdict on the Female Doctor

When it was first revealed that the Doctor who would supersede Peter Capaldi would be a woman, it didn’t take long for a Twitter storm amongst misogynists to brew.

Which mainly told us that people fear change. Doctor Who is pretty much a British institution. We’ve had 12 male Doctors, so it’s only natural that some narrow-viewed people thought the boat shouldn’t be rocked and the role should be gender specific. My favourite comment so far which I’ve stumbled across on social media comments sections is “I accept that she’s female, but does she also have to be Northern?”. Of course, there were a lot of crasser things being stated. But it taught me a lot about inclusivity and diversity in the media. Which should come as no surprise, given that viewers have been conditioned to like an archetypal casting and role.

Casting Jodie Whittaker was definitely a gamble for the showrunners. They would have had better odds if they played Cleopatra and enjoyed a few spins over at Egypt Slots.

Was Jodie Whittaker the Woman for the Job?

Now that we’ve seen three episodes from Jodie Whittaker, now we can finally make a verdict on her suitability to the role. A lot of people make the mistake of judging a new Doctor on their first episodes, yet first episodes after regeneration never really tells us much about what kind of Doctor we’re dealing with.

Whilst more people favoured Matt Smith or David Tennant to Peter Capaldi, he was still a hard act to follow. His intensely aggressive monologues captivated us, and we saw how he dealt with his grief and his anger in a better way than we’ve seen with the former Doctors. So, of course everyone would have had to get used to the change between the actors and the temperament of the Doctor. It’s no secret that the screenwriters like to mix it up between the Doctors, and could any actor or actress match the potent angst of Capaldi?

After the first episode aired, I waited for the fallout from angry fans affirming their beliefs that a woman was never fit for the role, yet there was nothing but admiration for her stellar acting and unique approach to the role. Sure, she was a little ditzy and “blonde,” but that can be forgiven – she had just regenerated. But there was so much to love about her, including the fact that she got her first outfit from a charity shop and her ability to stand up to a monster with a face made of teeth despite not even knowing herself. From the start she was authoritative, not overly cocksure with herself, and in short, pretty God damn fabulous.

Whilst Jodie Whittaker may be the perfect for the role, the casting and the writing for the companions is still rather questionable. Firstly, we all know that the Doctor works better with one companion. From the first episode we were overloaded with the four companions. Even though by the end there was only three, there was little opportunity to truly get to know each of their characters. It was even more difficult considering the fact that all they did was run around proclaiming variations of “oh my God” and “We’re going to die.” Yet, after the third episode “Rosa,” the chemistry between the characters seems to be coming together seamlessly and the rest of the season holds a hell of a lot of promise. The third episode was the first opportunity in this series to see the real humanity within the Doctor. There was no over-the-top melodramatics and a hell of a lot more gravitas.

Whether it’s relevant that the fact we have a female Doctor and the episodes seem to be becoming more poignant and relevant to issues faced in 2018, that’s a matter of opinion. Yet, it’s undeniable all the same. In the first episode they didn’t set out to save a whole race of people as they usually do. They set out to save one (rather annoying) character with whom we had a brief encounter at the start of the episode. Which portrayed the message that each life is important. Which was further reinforced as you saw him practicing self-care telling himself that “he’s special.”

The second episode was a little hit and miss, yet the third episode truly pulled the emotive punches. A lot rested on the third episode, as they met Rosa Parks back in 1955 and were faced with the responsibility of ensuring that history went according to plan. There was no threat from grotesque monsters. Just a racist time-travelling agent who wanted to disrupt history to make sure that equality was never a possibility. There was so much emphasis on the fact that little moments in history can change the world. It was clear that the Doctor along with her companions was highly affected by what they stood to lose if history went off course.

The Feminine Touch

Now, if you can imagine Christopher Ecclestone, David Tennant, Matt Smith, or Peter Capaldi dealing with the weight of that situation? The 13th Doctor has a hell of a lot more empathy than those who took the previous roles, so the future episodes hold a hell of a lot of promise for the series. Younger fans may not have got the excitement of exploding spaceships, chase scenes, and the threat of iconic monsters such as the Daleks. But more mature audiences didn’t fail to let the stark message behind Rosa resonate. Especially the scene where the racist police officer came in search of Ryan and Yaz because they had been “upsetting people in the town.” It happened in 1955, and it’s still happening today in 2018.

In episode four, they’ll be tackling arachnid enemies in modern day Britain, so, it will be interesting how they intend to carry on the emotive structure of the episodes we’ve seen so far. Yet, with that said, episode three was still worlds apart from episodes one and two. The trailer for episode four is now on YouTube.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/7/18

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

This afternoon at 1:45pm ET, BBC America joins other stations around the globe to air a world-wide simulcast of the series 11 premiere of Doctor Who. The new season is a complete reboot for the series, with all new characters, companions, aliens, villains, adventures, and likely TARDIS, plus a whole new team both in front of and behind the cameras. Taking over as showrunner is Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), and cast as the first female Doctor is Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). With each new regeneration, the Doctor gains a new personality and new quirks, so it will be interesting to see what the Thirteenth Doctor will be like. She will also be joined by a new set of companions (though that term will no longer be used in the series) – Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh, Law & Order: UK), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole, Hollyoaks), and Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill, The Good Karma Hospital).

I’m curious to check out this latest season, especially since I was one of those who was very much against casting a female Doctor. I hope Jodie proves me wrong and that I find a new favorite doctor in Thirteen – David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor is still my favorite. Over the past few years, I found the series to be in a bit of a decline, despite having some great episodes with each Doctor. I’m hoping some new blood behind the camera can help to revitalize this iconic series, though I’m a bit disappointed that the showrunner has decided to make a complete break from the past, treating this latest season like the start of a completely new series. I’m also curious to meet the new companions. I think the show works quite well with several companions instead of just one – Amy and Rory were my favorite pair since Doctor Who returned to the air, and I’m hoping we get a fun dynamic between the Doctor and this new trio.

On today’s premiere, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” a mysterious woman who can’t even remember her own name falls from the sky.

Before today’s world-wide premiere, BBC America will be airing an Ultimate Watch Party pre-show at 1:15pm ET, which will also continue after the episode. Tonight’s special encore of the premiere at 8pm ET/PT (the show’s regular timeslot) will include bonus interviews with Jodie Whittaker and footage from New York Comic Con. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I attended the press conference for the series. You can find my video from the event at NoReruns.net.

Don’t miss the latest season premiere today at 1:45/12:45c.

I’ll also be watching/recording God Friended Me, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Walking Dead, Star Wars Resistance, and Kidding.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/6/18

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

Last week, I finally got around to checking out the new BBC America series Killing Eve, and I was instantly hooked. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy) works as a security services operative for MI-5, helping to profile serial killers. She generally lives a boring but happy life with her husband but has always been intrigued by the more exciting life of a spy. Eve discovers that there is a mysterious new killer at large, Villanelle (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster, The White Princess). She is deeply drawn into the case and soon finds herself participating in a deadly game of cat and mouse. However, Villanelle seems to always be one step ahead and has also developed a bit of an obsession with Eve.

This series will make you laugh out loud one moment and have you sitting on the edge of your seat in suspense the next. It has a lot of humor, but it is also a genuine thriller/spy show with surprising twists, murders, and a mysterious mole inside the bureau. Villanelle is such a fun and entertaining character, and the relationship between her and her handler is hilarious. However, she is also very deadly and in the first few episodes proves that she is a ruthless killer who shows no emotion while brutally murdering her victims. Eve is similarly complex. While she jokes a lot in the early episodes, things take a dark turn, and things become a lot more serious and dramatic.

I can’t recommend this show highly enough. It’s definitely one worth catching up on if you haven’t yet checked it out (all of the previously-aired episodes should be bingeable via On Demand). This show just keeps getting better and better each week, and tonight’s episode is no different – there are some unexpected turns that will have you holding your breath!

On tonight’s episode, “I Have a Thing About Bathrooms,” having survived a terrifying close call with Villanelle, Eve now has the mole ensconced in a safe house and is buzzing; they have an exciting opportunity to glean information and crack this thing open.

To see what opportunity they get, tune in to BBC America at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Deception, Timeless, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The Last Man on Earth, Fear the Walking Dead, Worst Cooks in America, Trust, Westworld, Silicon Valley, Barry, Sweetbitter, and Vida.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/16/17

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

Tonight’s the night, folks! The weird semi sad but funtastically delightful final episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency season two is tonight! I don’t have time to bring you completely up to date on this adaptation of the character created by Douglas Adams, but I can remind what the funk happened last week. So.

Things started with a flashback to the Cardenas’s house fifty years ago just after the one young boy had used his dreaming powers to kill his abusive parents. Black Wing agents showed up, wanting to tap the potential of his powers. He resisted and the struggle triggered an epileptic seizure that put him in a permanent coma. But from within that coma he dreamed into existence the magical land of Wendimoor. Flash to: in Wendimoor the greatest swordsman of the realm sacrificed himself in a fight versus Suzie Boreton so Dirk and the gang could all regroup and formulate a plan of attack. Back in Black Wing HQ, Ken found holistic actress Mona and convinced her that she must help him save Dirk.

In the real world, Farrah and Tina confronted the Mage at a rock quarry where he was using an entranced Sheriff Sherlock to load a car with explosives. Bart and her new bestie Prince Panto fought their way through Mr. Priest and his Black Wing agents so they could access the portal to Wendimoor. The two gay princes were soon reunited. Evil sorceress Suzie sent her army through her own portal, right into the heart of Black Wing HQ to kill “Project Moloch,” the boy who had been in a coma all his life dreaming the pocket dimension of Wendimoor into existence. Bart then watched her new bff and his loved ones get slaughtered by Suzie’s men. She was about to go ham killing them all, but that gets saved for the finale. Amanda and Todd worked together to manifest a portal that sent Dirk back to Black Wing HQ so he could save Project Moloch and bring him to Wendimoor for the “happily ever after.” But just as he escaped, Suzie showed up, and the Rowdy Three took the point in confronting her.

It’s a very bizarre convoluted plot that you realllllly should absorb from the get go. But each episode is funny on its own if not self-contained. I highly recommend some binge watching. This show hasn’t been renewed yet, but the ratings are way up. So here’s hoping!!

On tonight’s episode, “Nice Jacket,” Dirk fulfills the prophecy and restores order after returning to Blackwing; Todd and Amanda face off against Suzie Boreton.

To see how the faceoff against Suzie goes, tune in to BBC America at 9/8c.

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