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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/30/18

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

I’m so excited about tonight’s series premiere of Reverie. It comes from Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant, and stars Sarah Shahi, whom I’ve loved in everything I’ve ever seen her in, like Person of Interest, Fairly Legal, & Life. She plays Mara Kint, a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who endured a horrible tragedy in her personal life and quit the police force and became a college professor. But her former boss, Charlie Ventana (played by the incomparable Dennis Haysbert, from one of my favorite shows ever, The Unit, among others), recruits her to do what she does best in an entirely new way. He now works with a company that invented a highly advanced immersive virtual-reality program called Reverie, in which you can live out your wildest dreams. It’s so good that they’re finding some people don’t want to come back out from it, and if they stay, they’ll die. So she’s brought in to go in with them and convince them to come out.

It’s such a fun, cool premise. I’ve seen the pilot, and it isn’t surprising that Sarah Shahi rocks it. She’s brilliant in everything, and this is no exception. The cast also includes Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes, Covert Affairs), Jessica Lu (Awkward.), & Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot/Apertus,” former hostage negotiator Mara Kint is hired by tech company Oniratech to save people who have lost themselves in a sophisticated virtual reality program called Reverie.

Step inside Reverie tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing American Ninja Warrior, MasterChef, & Brother vs Brother.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/16/18

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

The other night, I binge-watched 8 episodes of SEAL Team. For some reason, it built up on our DVR and I finally sat down to watch…and I couldn’t stop. I love this show. Last episode started exactly where the previous episode left off: with Jason and half the team going down in flames after their helicopter was hit with a SAM (surface-to-air missile). Thankfully all of the team themselves survived, although they lost the pilots – and, we came to learn late in the episode after a hurt Jason went searching for him on his own, their HVT, Nouri Halani, who lived for a while but then died from his injuries. Jason suffered a leg injury, which he took multiple shots of morphine for in order to go after Halani, and a bad concussion, which caused him to hallucinate several major conversations with one of the dead pilots – at one point, I thought he was seeing the guy as a younger version of himself, with his dad’s name, wife’s name, etc. In the end, the rest of the team was able to make it back to them, help stave off all the enemies who made their way to kill them, and take out the bunker that held the SAM, thereby letting the rescue helicopters finally make their way to the team. And I gotta say, it was awesome seeing Clay step up and take control before the rest of the team got back. He did a fantastic job!

Tonight is the season finale. Lots of story lines to watch out for… Jason is determined to find proof that Cutter is in bed with the Afghanis and behind the death of Echo Team. I can’t imagine much time has elapsed between the helicopter crash and tonight’s ep, so he won’t be over the concussion, which will make it hard for him to do what he feels like he needs to do. Then there’s the huge amount of chemistry we’ve seen lately between Clay and Davis, who are both feeling the pressures of deployment on their relationships with Stella and Danny. I love Clay and Stella, but even I can’t deny the connection he and Davis have had lately.

On tonight’s episode, “The Cost of Doing Business,” after Jason lies about the severity of his concussion to get cleared for combat, he and the SEAL Team plan a final mission to avenge Echo Team’s deaths once and for all before they return home from deployment.

See if Jason and his team can find out for sure who was behind Echo Team’s death and if they all make it home from deployment tonight on CBS at 9:01/8:01c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Goldbergs, Modern Family, American Housewife, & SciJinks.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/2/18

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

In 1984, audiences cheered as Karate Kid underdog Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) executed his iconic crane kick to take home the trophy at the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Championship, stealing the title away from despicable Cobra Kai student Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). YouTube Red’s new series Cobra Kai revisits these characters nearly 35 years later, as their bitter rivalry is reignited. Since he won the karate tournament decades earlier, Daniel LaRusso has made quite a great life for himself. He has a loving wife and two children and owns a successful auto shop/dealership franchise. He gives out bonsai trees to every customer (in honor of his late karate master Mr. Miyagi), and uses lots of karate metaphors in his TV ads and billboards. Meanwhile, life hasn’t been so kind to Johnny – he is a far cry from being the popular kid in high school. He works a crummy job as a handyman for thankless rich people, doing odd jobs such as cleaning dead rats out of their gutters. He still drives an old Pontiac Firebird from the 80s, has a teenage daughter he never sees, lives alone in a messy apartment, and doesn’t even get a second glance from the women he tries to hit on.

Today, YouTube Red has released all 10 episodes of the first season of Cobra Kai. I have checked out the first two, and while the acting isn’t likely to win any Emmys, I did find the series to be a lot of fun and filled with nostalgia. The show has this nice mix of humor and drama, with lots of callbacks to the original movie. I had re-watched the film before checking out the series, but there’s really no need to, as the first couple of episodes include a lot of clips to refresh your memory.

The series twists things up a bit in a fun way, changing the roles of the characters from the movie. This time Daniel is more of the villain, and Johnny takes on the Mr. Miyagi role. Johnny blames Daniel for the state of his life, and every time he sees one of his TV ads or billboards, he grows more and more angry. Daniel has become a bit obnoxious in his success, and Johnny wants to take him down. So when his new neighbor, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña, Parenthood), asks him to teach him self-defense, Johnny decides to start his own school and bring back ways of the Cobra Kai. It is a lot of fun to check back in with these iconic characters decades later, and I look forward to seeing how the first season plays out. Will these two always be at odds? Will Johnny teach his students the same dirty tricks his Sensei insisted on? What kind of revenge does Johnny have planned? And is Daniel truly the villain now, or will things go back to more familiar territory?

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Alex, Inc., Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Survivor, The Blacklist, The Americans, Archer, The Expanse, Krypton, and Colony.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/25/18

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

Each season, the FXX series Archer re-invents itself. Last year, the series became a noir detective mystery, with the characters taking on different roles in the dreamworld inside Archer’s head. This season is called Archer: Danger Island, and once again the characters aren’t quite themselves. The season is set in 1939, on the island of Mitimotu in the South Pacific, where Archer’s mother owns a hotel. Malory pays off local French police Capitaine Reynaud to look the other way when it comes to the illegal businesses she runs out of the hotel. Staying at the hotel is heiress Charlotte Vandertunt, whose life has started to fall apart after she cheated on her husband with Archer, during her honeymoon.

Archer is a one-eyed, eye patch wearing pilot for Sterling Airlines, a small business that flies folks around the island. His co-pilot is Pam, who can also serve double duty as a tough jungle guide. Princess Lanaluakalani charters a flight, but Archer suspects she might be hiding some sort of secret agenda. She is joined by a foreign “businessman,” Siegbert Fuchs, who is obviously some sort of German spy. Oh, and there’s also a talking macaw named Crackers.

I’ve checked out the first two episodes of this new season, and I still find this show to be so much fun. It’s wonderful how the writers find new ways to make each new season feel like a fresh, new, self-contained story. While the characters are different, they still have a lot of the same personality traits we’ve come to love. Archer still drinks a lot, loves female companionship, hates his mother, and makes lots of sarcastic remarks. It looks like Danger Island is going to be another great season, with lots of crazy pitfalls, dangers, and precarious situations to befall the characters.

On tonight’s season premiere, “Strange Pilot,” Archer inserts himself into a domestic dispute; engine troubles threaten to ruin Archer’s business.

Visit Mitimotu with Archer and the gang tonight on FXX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Handmaid’s Tale, Alex, Inc., Designated Survivor, Survivor, The Blacklist, The Americans, The Expanse, and Krypton.
 
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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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