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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/25/18

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

Early this morning, Hulu launched the new psychological-horror series Castle Rock, which is based on various stories by Stephen King. The series is set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, where there seems to be some sort of clash between good and evil brewing. As the series opens, a mysterious, nameless prisoner (Bill Skarsgård, It) is found locked up in a cage in an unoccupied cell block of Shawshank Prison. He appears to have been placed there by former warden Dale Lacy (Terry O’Quinn, Lost) for some unknown reason. The only name he gives is that of Henry Deaver (André Holland, The Knick), a lawyer who grew up in the town but has since moved away. As a child, Henry was missing for 11 days and thought to have been abducted. During the search, his adoptive father, the beloved local minister, was seriously injured and died shortly afterwards. The town blamed Henry for his father’s death, and so now he is reluctant to return to Castle Rock. However, he is curious as to how this inmate knows his name and how and why he ended up in Shawshank. Henry also sees an opportunity to visit his adoptive mother Ruth (Sissy Spacek), whose dementia seems to be getting worse.

There seems to be a darkness that follows this nameless prisoner, and that darkness seems to grow stronger the more Henry unlocks about his past. Other Castle Rock townsfolk include former sheriff Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn), who seems to be harboring some secrets of his own; and Molly Strand (Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness), Henry’s childhood neighbor who is now a real estate agent in Castle Rock. She was obsessed with Henry as a child but never let him know her feelings, and some of those feelings may still be present today. She suffers from hearing voices and is often trying to get her hands on illegal drugs to help quiet the commotion in her head.

The series establishes its creepy tone almost immediately and does a great job of weaving in lots of characters, stories, and Easter eggs that will be familiar to fans of King’s oeuvre. I really enjoyed the first four episodes of the series. It slowly builds the tension by metering out the backstory of the characters and the history of this creepy town at a slow pace. Just in the first few episodes, there are several unexpected twists and turns and many hints that something sinister may be happening in this town. I was kind of reminded of Needful Things, which also includes the character of Sheriff Alan Pangborn and the devil residing in the town of Castle Rock.

This morning, Hulu made the first three episodes of the series available to subscribers and will release additional episodes weekly.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, MasterChef, and Young & Hungry.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/28/18

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

Early this morning, Hulu kicked off the new drama The Looming Tower. The series is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Lawrence Wright. It is set in the late 1990s and is inspired by the real people and events that led to the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. The series also explores how various federal government agencies’ refusal to cooperate may have helped to pave the way for the tragic events that took place on 9/11.

Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard, Wormwood), the head of the CIA’s Al-Qaeda unit at Alec Station, believes his organization is the only one prepared to handle potential terrorist threats. This sentiment is also shared by CIA analyst Diane Priest (Wrenn Schmidt, Outcast, Person of Interest), who helps her boss to conceal the CIA’s intelligence on Al Qaeda from other government agencies. This infuriates the head of FBI’s counter-terrorism unit, John O’Neill (Jeff Daniels, Godless, The Newsroom), who strongly believes the U.S. is being targeted by Al Qaeda. He tries to get assistance from Richard Clarke (Michael Stuhlbarg, Fargo), the chief counter-terrorism adviser on the United States National Security Council, but still finds the flow of information to be blocked. So instead of cooperation, it becomes a race between the agencies to get the information first.

O’Neill mobilizes the members of his I-49 counter-terrorism squad to follow Al Qaeda, in hopes of exposing their plans before it’s too late, but the situation grows increasingly more serious and deadlier each day. O’Neill’s team includes Agent Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim, The Last Panthers), a Muslim Lebanese-American who’s tired of seeing his religion being perverted in the name of terrorism; Floyd Bennet (Sullivan Jones), a former NYPD SWAT Team member; Agent Kathy Shaughnessy (Virginia Kull, Sneaky Pete, Big Little Lies); Agent Vince Stuart (Louis Cancelmi, Billions), who’s assigned to be an unwelcome presence at the CIA’s Alec Station; and veteran New York FBI agent/interrogation expert Robert Chesney (Bill Camp, The Leftovers).

I checked out the first episode and was delighted to see that the series waste no time before jumping right into the action. The series is an interesting and exciting look at how these two federal agencies – the CIA and the FBI – went about trying to gather intel on Al Qaeda’s deadly activities around the globe and how their lack of communication and refusal to share information might have ultimately allowed this terrorist organization to thrive and carry out its plans. I look forward to checking out more of the show, even though we ultimately know how it ends. The cast is great, especially Jeff Daniels. It’s hard to believe that he was once known for playing an idiot on Dumb and Dumber! With The Newsroom and now this series, Daniels now really embodies the idea of a serious, well-educated, and influential man.

Today, Hulu released the first 3 episodes of the 10-episode limited series and will release the rest of the episodes one per week each Wednesday.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Survivor, The Blacklist, The X-Files, 9-1-1, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Schitt’s Creek, Let’s Get Physical, and The Magicians.

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My Latest Must-Watch: Hulu’s Future Man

I have not been a huge fan of Hulu in recent years. They used to be a go-to platform for me when they had a bunch of my favorite shows, morning after they aired, on major network comedies & Bones. Then they started wanting to charge me money at the same time they provided LESS new content. So I strayed from the site. But this past week, two things have brought me back ready to rave about their content: Marvel’s Runaways with it’s hawt debut episodes, and the best comedy sci-fi since Red Dwarf, (huge statement there if ya didn’t know) is clearly Future Man. They dropped it like a Netfilx show, all thirteen episodes at once. I started last Friday and finished Sunday afternoon. Two minutes in and I was hooked.

The story revolves around Joosh Future Man (né Josh Futterman), young adult, in the year 2017 working with Tiger and Wolf, two deadly warriors from the year 2143, naive to the ways of the distant past they have come to. They seek to employ Josh’s help in toppling the “evil” plans of scientist Dr. Kronish. We learn that Kronish really just wants to cure herpes, but the way his cure effects the deep future is a bit insane. The show has an all-star cast featuring Ed Begley Jr. and the recently departed Glenne Headly as Josh’s parents and Haley Joel Fucking Osment (6th Sense) as a bumbling but important-in-some-moments-of-history scientist Dr. Stu Camillo.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/21/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m so glad that Chicago Med is back tonight. I hate that we had to wait until late November to get it, especially after the way last season ended! Dr. Charles was preoccupied with his daughter Robin’s health, both mental and physical, after she had what they thought was a psychotic break but really turned out to be a brain tumor. So that was good, at least, since it meant she would be cured after surgery. But because he was preoccupied, he didn’t go down and check on the former patient who ranted and raved in the ER waiting room all day, and when Dr. Charles left the hospital late that night, the man confronted him…and shot him! Eek!

Of course, that wasn’t the only story line shocker of the finale. The gang was together celebrating the fact that Noah got placed there at Chicago Med, and during the party, Ethan (Dr. Choi) & April finally kissed after they’d been dancing around one another for weeks. Not only that, but Will & Natalie (Drs. Halstead & Manning) danced and looked like they were getting closer – thank goodness, because Will FINALLY broke up with Nina, which meant both of them were single. Now, how the show will handle both potential couples, we’ll have to see!

Did the gunshot kill Dr. Charles? How is Robin doing after her diagnosis, and how did it affect her relationship with Connor (Dr. Rhodes)? Will either of the pairings from the finale be together now? How much time has passed since that night? I’ve seen tonight’s premiere, and it answers (or at least starts to answer) some of those questions. It’s an exciting episode, so buckle up, because I have a feeling it’s going to be a great season!

On tonight’s episode, “Speak Your Truth,” the doctors of Chicago Med take their opinions to the extreme as they try to bring justice to the perpetrator in the shooting of Dr. Charles. Dr. Halstead and Dr. Manning work on a heart-wrenching case that forces them to examine their own matters of the heart. Though Robin’s brain tumor was removed and she is discharged from the rehabilitation center, Dr. Rhodes remains on edge that her problems are not quite resolved. Meanwhile, Rhodes gets blindsided by his colleague Dr. Bekker, Maggie sticks up for a patient, and Dr. Choi and April try to navigate their new working relationship.

Catch up with the hospital gang in Chicago tonight on NBC at 10:01/9:01c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Lethal Weapon, NCIS, Dancing with the Stars, The Little Couple, Major Crimes, MasterChef Canada, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chopped, & NCIS: New Orleans.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/17

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

Early today, Hulu released all 13 episodes of the first season of the new sci-fi comedy Future Man. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) still lives at home with his parents, Gabe (Ed Begley Jr., St. Elsewhere) & Diana (Glenne Headly, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). He works a dead-end job as a janitor at Kronish Laboratories, a sexual-disease research facility. He is obsessed with an unwinnable video game called Biotic Wars – it seems that no matter what he tries, he cannot complete the final level. However, one day he changes up his strategy and manages to win the game. Soon afterwards, he is visited by two characters from the game, Resistance leader Tiger (Eliza Coupe, Happy Endings) and foot soldier Wolf (Derek Wilson, Preacher, Rectify). They have traveled back in time from a bleak future, and Josh is the only person who can help fix things – the video game was a recruitment tool/test to help them find their Savior. After Josh gets over his initial disbelief, he soon discovers that these visitors are a quite crude, violent, and don’t understand proper human behavior. At the same time, Tiger and Wolf are disappointed to learn that Josh is not quite the fierce warrior they expected him to be. This trio must learn to work together to prevent the series of events that led up to the downfall of the planet.

The series comes from executive producers/directors Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Preacher). I recently binged the first seven episodes, and I would have watched the entire season had it been made available. Each episode blends right into the next, making the season feel like one long, epic movie. This show is hilarious, and I found myself constantly laughing out loud. It’s got physical humor, witty dialogue, and fun movie/pop-culture references strewn throughout. At the same time, it’s an action-packed sci-fi series. I also really enjoyed the fish-out-of-water aspect of Tiger and Wolf clashing/trying to fit in with modern culture and morals. It is so great seeing Eliza Coupe back on my TV in a comedy – Tiger is easily my favorite character on this series!

While the show may sound like a family friendly sci-fi action/comedy, there is a lot of adult language and situations, so parents may wish to check it out first before allowing younger viewers to watch.

Check out the entire first season now on Hulu!

I’ll also be watching/recording The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, black-ish, The Mayor, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, This Is Us, The Mick, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Flash, American Horror Story: Cult, and Damnation.
 
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