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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/7/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Wasting no time after the triumphant end of Doom Patrol season one, DCU dove right back into the folds with the premiere of Swamp Thing last week. It’s one of the darker, stranger DC characters and, we’ve been told, is a tale that exists outside the continuum that started with Titans last fall. This moist, murky story started as you might imagine, deep in a swamp with two scientists trying to retrieve readings they have been tracking in this corner of the wetland. The swamp itself became agitated though, and it impaled the one researcher to death with a barrage of pyscho animated vines that extended from every direction in the muck. The second man, Eddie Coyle, escaped somehow with his life.

A few days later though, Coyle’s daughter, Susie, succumbed to some sort of virus in the middle of her school day. CDC specialist Abby Arcane was called in to head the response to this potential outbreak of an unknown virus, after the school nurse and a teacher also were hospitalized by the mystery disease. Following the trail of the virus’s apparent origins, she encountered fellow scientist and freewheeling interloper Alec Holland taking sample near the body of Eddie Coyle, who was stuffed to death with swamp vines. Holland convinced Arcane that the best way to catch her up on how this bizarre contagion works was to show her in his own lab. She agreed to go along, and deep in the swamp at his lab he showed her that he had identified a new mutagen that he believed was the root cause of the virus and the violent animated vines in the swamp.

Later, back at Arcane’s labs, testing of one of Coyle’s latest samples somehow animated his body and woke Susie from her catatonic slumber. This soon shifted from shocking to a full-on vine monster attack on the lab. Holland was able to improvise a bomb, and they got away. At the local bar, they met Abby’s press contact, who gave them a solid lead on what part of the swamp Coyle had been allegedly boating in the night his partner in science vanished. When they followed up on that, they recovered a laptop with new data to analyze. As they went over the new data, they bonded over their dark histories.

When they returned to the swamp for more samples, an enigmatic man with a gun shot Holland’s engine, knocking him into the water. He was soon overtaken by the vine attacks, but he was not impaled to death right away. Instead he came back up from the water looking very much like the Swamp Thing hero we’ve known and loved for the last forty years. Very last scene of the episode was Abby Arcane knee deep in the swamp fleeing as Holland emerged as the veggie-beast.

This was an exciting, jam-packed start to what was once going to be a 13-episode season one. Then it got lowered to 10 episodes. As of yesterday, however, it’s been called off at the end of that 10-installment run. It seems North Carolina is reneging on fifty million dollars worth of promised subsidies, so DCU can no longer afford to shoot the show there. They decided to cut their losses, no matter how much of a success the show could turn out to be. So at least we know not to get our hopes up about this one. Nonetheless, let’s hope it’s a stellar ten-episode run!

On today’s episode, “Worlds Apart,” while Sheriff Cable searches for Alec unsuccessfully, Abby theorizes that it was more than an accident and retrieves his video journals from Daniel Cassidy. When one of her patients, Susie Coyle, escapes from the hospital, Abby and Matt follow her into the swamp.

Check out the fun this morning on DCU, which went up live at 9AM/8AMc.

I’ll also be tuning in to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/24/19

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 excited because Blindspot is back tonight (after the last one over a month ago!), with just three episodes left to go this season. Last time, a huge corporate party was invaded by security and everyone was required to relinquish all their electronics. Turned out there was a data breach, and what had been stolen were the files that contained launch codes to a satellite the company, alongside the DOD, had developed that was armed with missiles, currently in space, and fully operational. Eek! The team (minus Jane & Weller) investigates and figures out that one of the senior VPs had a kid with an insulin pump, and when the files couldn’t be found anywhere else, they knew they had to be on the pump. They assumed it was the kid’s father, but it actually turned out to be his mother…who was a Russian sleeper agent or something. They (including Weller & Jane now) cornered her where she was hiding out with her son and about to give the files over to the Russians, but Weller convinced her to do the right thing by her son.

Meanwhile, we met Weller’s mother, who got addicted to Oxy and now owes a bad guy a lot of money. She’s didn’t abandon her kids to their abusive father. She was going to take them with her but couldn’t because he would have killed them all. Weller eventually forgave her, paid off her debts, and said he’d get her into rehab.

And finally, Rich and Patterson met with crazy Kathy, the third of the trio of Three Blind Mice. She had been released from prison on good behavior, Unfortunately, Rich and Patterson realized she’d already done a bank hack, and it led them to her apartment. She was all happy happy joy joy, even saying she was going to get married and she wanted them to be in the wedding party. She dressed Patterson up in a HORRIBLE gown, but Rich was pretty happy with his tux. LOL Surprise, surprise. In the end, they bribed her with $$ to stop hacking, but that’ll never work…especially since her new partner-in-crime to take Rich and Patterson down is none other than…Dominic! Dun dun dun!

On tonight’s episode, “Coder to Killer,” a horrifying and vengeful villain threatens the FBI. Weller considers his priorities. Zapata and Reade try to navigate their living situation. Patterson explores a budding interest.

Find out Patterson’s new interest and what priorities Weller needs to consider tonight on NBC at 8/7c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/22/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

The past two episodes of Doom Patrol have pitted the team of miserable misfits against a weird doomsday cult called the Cult of the Unwritten Book, which anticipates the ascension of a boy covered in ancient script into the bringer of the Apocalypse – the Decreator. With Mr. Nobody as the overall Big Bad for this show, the episodic villains are of a 1990s X-Files Monster of the Week caliber at the very least, in an early 90s DC Comics kind-of-way.

We opened last week with a weird flashback to the late 1970s, with Crazy Jane beating serious Nazi ass at a Punk show. This landed her back in an asylum. Meanwhile in the FWD→now, we saw a giant eye had opened in the sky, the form the Decreator was supposed to take. Almost immediately people were being “undone” as reality was slowly destroyed. The Decreator’s once human parents, the Archons, held Robotman and Crazy Jane captive in Numheim; little did anyone seem to understand the snowy city itself was in a snow globe at Doom Manor.

Meanwhile, in a cozy little pocket dimension, Mr. Nobody was pissed that the Universe was about to end and that he hadn’t been featured in two episodes. (His nuance with the 4th wall was sublime.) He conferred with his captive, the Chief, on how they might defeat this cult and their already succeeding Apocalypse. They hatched a scheme to travel back in time to form an anti-cult led by Crazy Jane. Nobody targeted her in 1977 when she was in that asylum after the Punk show. He coaxed her Dr. Bertrand persona, who was blessed with charm that bordered on mind control, to form this Recreator cult. She started by recruiting all the other crazies in the asylum. In the present, the Chief returned to recruit the help of his team. Rita tried to get Elliot, the boy who was becoming the Decreator, to abandon his fate, but it was beyond his will.

As the giant eye in the sky undid reality, the Doom Patrol tracked the location of the Recreator, who was a dog not a human. Inside the snow globe, Crazy Jane rang the church bell, which made the glyphs on the Recreator active. Trusted ally of the Chief, Willoughby Kippling, read the glyphs and BAM. Recreation canceled Decreation. The world was then redone, resetting back to 1977 for the timeline to happen again, this time sans the Cult of the Unwritten Book.

This show continues to deliver, maybe the best comic hero show airing week-to-week right now. But you gotta get on that elusive DCU platform to watch, so consider that investment.

On today’s episode, “Doom Patrol Patrol,” Jane, Larry and Rita visit a school where the original Doom Patrol has retired. Meanwhile, Cliff & Vic bond over their mutual “father issues.”

To see how the visit goes for Jane, Larry, & Rita, tune in to DCU starting at 9AM/8AMc.

I’m not watching any other “new tonight” shows, but the only other recent comic book adaptation to come close to (or surpass, tbh) this show is the recent Netflix release The Umbrella Academy. Don’t sleep on that if you haven’t seen it yet!

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