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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/8/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, FX enters the world of Marvel Television with its new series, Legion, based on characters from the New Mutants comic. David Haller (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey) has been confined to the Clockwork Psychiatric Hospital for the past 6 years, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He has been seeing and hearing things ever since he was a young boy and believes he may even have telekinetic abilities. He finds it difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. When he’s not trying to convince those in charge that he’s ready to be released, David spends his days in the common room with best friend and fellow patient Lenny (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation). That is, until he meets kindred spirit Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller, Fargo), a new patient with whom it’s love at first sight. Through flashbacks and interviews, we not only learn more about how David got to this point, but the series also sets up a much larger, more interesting mystery about what’s really going on in the present.

The series comes from writer/director Noah Hawley (Fargo) and has a very unique, stylized look and feel that reminded me of 60s spy film meets The Prisoner. Add to that a soundtrack that goes anywhere from unsettling string music to 60s rock music, and you’ve got a very interesting viewing experience. The premiere really builds the mystery and tension throughout, while also adding in a bit of humor here and there. I found myself constantly trying to put together the pieces, and just when I thought I had things figured out, there would be some new twist. But by the end of tonight’s premiere, I was completely sold on the series and can’t wait to see what happens next. It felt like I was watching the formation of a new X-Men team.

Dan Stevens is fantastic in this role – I didn’t even recognize him and was shocked at the end to see his name pop up in the credits. The rest of the cast also includes Jean Smart (Fargo), Mackenzie Gray (LoliRock), Katie Aselton (The League), Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder.

On tonight’s extended-length premiere, “Chapter 1,” a troubled young man battling mental illness wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient.

See if David connects with reality tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, black-ish, Match Game, Hunted, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Spy in the Wild: A Nature Miniseries, Workaholics, Jeff & Some Aliens, Man Seeking Woman, The Magicians, The Expanse, and Suits.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/25/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Syfy’s fantasy series The Magicians returns for its second season. This series was a pleasant surprise for me last year. When I saw that the premise was about a bunch of people in magic school, I jumped to the incorrect conclusion that it was just going to be Harry Potter in college. However, the show has a very unique style and more of an adult tone, and halfway through the first season the series took a very creepy, dark turn that had me hooked.

When the series left off, the group had made their way from Brakebills College to the magical land of Fillory, a place they thought only existed in a series of novels. Eliot discovered that he was next in line to become High King of Fillory and agreed to get married, meaning he could never leave this land. Meanwhile, the others sought a magical blade that would help them defeat the Beast, who had been threatening the lives of those back at Brakebills. However, the confrontation with the Beast didn’t go as planned. Alice, who had swallowed the magical “elixir,” froze under pressure and the group was badly injured. Penny got the worst of it, losing both his hands. Meanwhile, Julia, who was still reeling over her revelation that she had been violated by a trickster, snatched the blade and appeared to make some kind of deal with the Beast, helping him to get away.

The second season picks up right where we left off as the gang must regroup, tend to their wounds, and figure out their next move. Can they forgive Julia’s betrayal? What deal did she make with the Beast? How will the group prepare to face the Beast again? I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere – it is a lot lighter and funnier than I would have expected, given the extremely dark direction the first season headed. The premiere has some really funny moments and sets up some interesting quests/journeys for each of the characters, kicking off what looks to be another thoroughly entertaining season.

I got a chance to speak with the cast about the new season at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. You can check out my videos at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s premiere, “Knight of Crowns,” in the aftermath of their clash with the Beast, Quentin and his friends scramble for a new plan. Meanwhile, Julia and the Beast strike a dangerous deal.

Learn what deal Julia made tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Hunted, Arrow, Frequency, Workaholics, Jeff & Some Aliens, Man Seeking Woman, Incorporated, Suits, and The Young Pope.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/4/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, the surreal comedy Man Seeking Woman returns for its third season on FXX. This highly-creative series follows the adventures of hopeless romantic Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel, How to Train Your Dragon, Undeclared) as he tries to find love again after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend. As the third season opens, Josh meets Lucy (Katie Findlay, How to Get Away with Murder), and while the pair immediately find love, Josh is not really a hit with Lucy’s roommates.

I had forgotten just how much fun this show was until I checked out tonight’s premiere. While this is the show’s third season, those who have never seen the series before can easily jump in and thoroughly enjoy tonight’s premiere. (Though I would highly recommend checking out the hilarious first two seasons.) The series is so cleverly written. I love the way that the writers depict these universally familiar aspects of relationships through seemingly ridiculous and surreal storylines. For example, tonight’s episode starts off as a timely parody of border security/illegal immigration as Lucy’s roommates try to keep Josh out of their apartment. Tonight’s premiere had me smiling throughout. Katie Findlay is an adorable and fun addition to the cast, and I look forward to seeing how Lucy and Josh’s relationship plays out over the upcoming episodes.

On tonight’s premiere, “Futon,” Josh and Lucy fall in love but struggle with the living arrangements.

See if Lucy and Josh can make things work tonight on FXX at 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, black-ish, Match Game, Criminal Minds, Blindspot, Lethal Weapon, Frequency, and Incorporated.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/7/16

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’ve seen a good handful of people claiming they won’t watch Criminal Minds anymore since Hotch left, but I think they’re missing out. I still say now, after being here a few episodes, Adam Rodriguez is a great fit for the team/show. Like last week, when he was part of the group who teased Garcia about being the last to know something instead of the first. That something had to do with Tara (remember… TAR-uh, not TEHR-uh), who was the focus of last week’s episode, since a strange man showed up to meet her, acting like he was her brother. Turned out he was one of the multiple-personality-disorder patients and Mr. Scratch had brainwashed him into believing he really was Tara’s brother. Thankfully the team was able to find her real brother and save him (barely!) and also get some help for the poor guy who’d been brainwashed.

Even after the addition of Luke Alvez a few weeks ago, the show/team is welcoming a new cast member tonight. Damon Gupton (who you might recognize from shows like Goliath, Bates Motel, The Player, Empire, and Prime Suspect) is joining the team. To me, he seems a bit older than the others (he’s not… I mean, technically I think he’s Kirsten Vangsness’s age, so only a few years older than AJ Cook. But from everything I’ve seen him in, he “feels” older, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in with the team. Plus, his character is a seasoned FBI profiler, so will he fit in as smoothly as Rossi did? I’m very interested to see how the dynamic might change now.

On tonight’s episode, “Scarecrow,” the BAU team heads to Yakima, Wash., after the remains of a dozen people are found along a creek bed. Also, they welcome new team member Stephen Walker (Damon Gupton), a seasoned profiler from the Behavioral Analysis Program of the FBI.

Travel with the team to Washington tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Goldbergs, Lethal Weapon, Speechless, Brothers Take New Orleans, Cooks vs Cons, & black-ish.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/23/16

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!

Megan’s Choice

codeblack1123smallCode Black really loves to drag us around by our emotional strings every episode. Last week we watched the ER team work on a group of highly dangerous offenders from prison who were all injured in a riot. There was one extremely dangerous guy who ended up killing a guard just to escape, only to be found by Leanne. He held her at knife point until he lost all his strength from the internal bleeding. The doctors were forced to save his life, even if they didn’t believe he deserved it. I am loving the bromance between Mario and Angus because it is a great way for us to see these characters evolve with their emotions and grow into amazing doctors. (Yes, it helps that Mario is easy on the eyes as well.)

On tonight’s episode, “1.0 Bodies,” the doctors treat cult members who unwillingly survived a mass suicide attempt, and Mario decides to connect with his late father’s girlfriend.

To find out if the doctors can get through to any of these cult members, tune in to CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Cooks vs. Cons and Survivor.

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