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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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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/11/17

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

Last week on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, things started weirdly as they aught on this show, with Amanda & Vogel emerging from a lake in the magical dimension of Wendamore. They were soon captured and locked in giant cages on wheels by a bunch of armored knights that happened upon them. Across timespace, Dirk had slipped down a slide in a closet, inside the Cardenas house he was investigating, which deposited him in some sort of parallel pocket dimension that was both still in the house and absolutely not in the house at the same time. Perfectly normal on this show.

The local cops Sherlock Hobbs and Tina Tevetino paired off with Todd & Farah to investigate any/all things occurring locally now. Todd & Sherlock spotted the bike Dirk used to peddle away from the police building and concluded he was in the Cardenas house. Once inside they answered a long-disconnected land-line phone to find it was Dirk calling, pleading for help. Todd tried to locate the slide Dirk fell down as a giant floppy beast pursued Dirk in the alternate house.

In Amanda’s captivity, she learned half the plot of the politics in Wendamore, while Holistic Assassin Bart Curlish learned the other half in the “real” world with the captive elven prince with pink manga hair. Meanwhile Farah & Deputy Tevetino investigated the disappearance of four women from a book club meeting. They deduced that Suzie Boreton might be the fifth person that was at the meeting who was not a pile of dust next to a wineglass. Todd decided to dive down the slide to try to help Dirk, who had just found a table that was bleeding excessively from a pair of scissors stabbed into it.

In holding, Amanda was powered up with electrical energy. In the pocket dimension of the alternate Cardenas house, Todd & Dirk were pursued by the one-eyed, one-horned, giant purple people eater. Todd decided to tackle Dirk out the door into the static television fuzz that seemed to be surrounding the house, and it landed them back in their world. But Todd hallucinated Amanda in the cage. Maybe he really saw her?

Farah & Tina arrived at Sally’s house, where she was actually being held at wand-point by The Mage inside, but they were called away to investigate the weirdness at the Cardenas house. Everyone met back at the station, where they confirmed that the scissors were the ones used in the murder that brought all these investigators together, but Dirk had a minor breakdown. Todd talked him through the existential crisis, and Dirk had a serendipitous insight.

In Wendamore, an emissary came for one of the people that was locked up with Amanda & Vogel. They sentenced her to death, but she was again charged up with electricity and slayed all the people set against them. They escaped into the woods. Back in the prime dimension, Dirk led everyone to uncover a map of Wendamore that was hidden under the wallpaper at the Cardenas house. The final scene saw The Mage tempting Suzie with promise of being an evil sorceress.

If you did not yet know? This show is based off a pair of novels written by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide guy. Genius level sci-fi comedy. Zen Robot Llamas to the Nth. A hundred thumbs-up. If you are just hearing about this show, you need to binge watch season one and find a way to catch up on season two.

On tonight’s episode, “Shapes and Colors,” the case seems to take a major turn when Arnold, the adult son of the dead Cardenas couple, shows up. Meanwhile, Amada is led to a mystical coven in the woods of Wendimoor led by the forest witch Wakti Wapnasi, where she begins to master the unique powers she first experienced in Bergsberg.

Catch all the fun tonight on BBC America at 9/8c.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/14/16

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

Sarah Manning (TATIANA MASLANY)Tonight, Orphan Black returns for a fourth season on BBC America, on a brand new night. Last season we were introduced to the male Castor clones, who were bred more as soldiers. As the third season came to a close, Dr. Coady had sent Rudy to find Alison, but he ran into Helena and the two had a prison yard-style brawl that ended with Rudy’s death. Mark tried to impersonate Rudy, but Sarah found him and got him to reveal Dr. Coady’s plan. Meanwhile, Krystal was impersonating Rachel, and this led Delphine to uncover the Neolutionist conspiracy – which in turn led to her bleeding out in a parking garage at the end of the season. The real Rachel once again had two eyes and now a sort-of-adopted child in the young Leda clone, Charlotte. Elsewhere, Sarah was reunited with daughter Kira; a pregnant Helena had been helping out with the Hendrixes’ not-so-legal soap business, and as a thanks, Donnie and Alison reunited her with boyfriend Jesse; Cosmina contemplated telling Shay everything; and Alison won the election.

There are so many different clones and conspiracies to keep track of with this show, but it always finds a nice blend of comedy, drama, suspense, and unexpected twists. Tatiana Maslany is so brilliant that I always forget that so many of these characters are played by the same actress – they all have such unique personalities, and the scenes in which they interact look so convincing and real.

On tonight’s premiere “The Collapse of Nature,” a Neolution attack destroys Sarah’s refuge in Iceland and forces her to flee once again.

See where Sarah runs to tonight on BBC America at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Odd Couple, Rush Hour, Grey’s Anatomy, The Catch, The Blacklist, Game of Silence, Bones, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, Archer, and 60 Days In.
 
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