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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/12/19

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

Blown AwayI’m kind of excited about a new show that premiered overnight last night on Netflix, called Blown Away. Ten master glassblowers compete against one another in a competition to win $60,000 – and of course the title of champion. Nick Uhas (Big Brother Season 15) is host, and glass master Katherine Gray is the resident evaluator, along with a rotating panel of guest judges.

According to Architectural Digest, “The facility in which Blown Away is filmed – which was built specifically for the show – is now the largest glassblowing facility in North America. That may come as a surprise even to glassblowing veterans. But consider the fact that the series requires 10 glassblowers to be able to work simultaneously. That means 10 workstations, 10 reheating furnaces, and two melting furnaces.”

Check out the fun competition now on Netflix.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/5/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Overnight last night, Netflix released the fifth season of the anthology series Black Mirror. Unfortunately, since we got the choose-your-own-adventure Bandersnatch film at the end of December, this season is just three episodes. This season’s first story, “Striking Vipers,” finds estranged friends Danny (Anthony Mackie, Avengers: Endgame) & Karl (Yaha Abdul-Mateen II, The Get Down) reuniting over a Mortal Combat-like video game they used to play a lot while in college. The latest version of the game includes an immersive VR experience, and Danny’s growing obsession with the game starts to affect his relationship with his wife Theo (Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow). The second story, “Smithereens,” finds a rideshare driver’s (Andrew Scott, Sherlock) day spiraling out of control as he desperately seeks an audience with social media tech mogul Billy Bauer (Topher Grace, The Hot Zone). The episode also stars Damson Idris (Snowfall) as a young man who gets pulled into the events. The final episode, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” follows lonely teenagers Rachel (Angourie Rice) and Jack (Madison Davenport, Sharp Objects), who move to a new town after their mother passes away. Thanks to technology, Rachel is able to form a connection to her pop star idol, Ashley O (Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana). However, Ashley’s glamorous life isn’t all it appears to be.

Writer Charlie Brooker continues to provide fully fleshed-out, thought-provoking stories centered around technology. He shows how it can be both beneficial in our lives but can also turn into a destructive force as things can quickly go overboard. I thought these three stories got progressively better as I made my way through the season. All of these stories pose scenarios where technology could potentially take over our relationships or replace people in our lives. The producers have assembled a wonderful cast. Andrew Scott’s performance in the second episode is excellent, and the third episode shows a very different side of Miley Cyrus – this is definitely not Hannah Montana! The third episode was easily my favorite, as it has some really fun comedic moments as the story really comes together in the final act.

The thing that’s nice about Black Mirror is that all of the episode are separate, so you can jump in at any story if the plot sounds interesting or if it features some actors you enjoy. This is definitely one of my favorite Netflix shows. Charlie Brooker does an excellent job of coming up with these interesting and thought-provoking stories that shine a light on how technology could impact the human condition.

Don’t forget to check it out now on Netflix.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Amazing Race and Archer.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/8/19

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

Tonight is the season finale of both The Goldbergs and its spinoff, Schooled on ABC. This season on The Goldbergs, Erica has been lost, after she dropped out of college and her dreams of becoming a professional singer fell flat. Just in the last few weeks, she made the decision to go back to college. And Barry, who has been a goof his whole life but who finally realized he wants to be a doctor, finally put his butt in gear and did what he needed to do to apply to colleges. Last week, they found out both had been accepted into Penn, and that caused a lot of stress between the two. Barry was happy because he thought it was going to be his time to shine without being in Erica’s shadow, but Erica was excited because she’d been worried Penn wouldn’t accept her after her year of failure. In the end, they decided the campus was big enough for both of them. Meanwhile last week, Adam told Beverly he hated her after she tried to get him to pose with her for a Mother’s Day photo after Barry and Erica wiggled their way out of it. Adam went to see Willow with Dave Kim instead, and Beverly told him she was done with him. She didn’t wake him for school and didn’t remind him to wear his glasses, so he was late and his lazy eye creeped everyone out. In the end, of course, they made up. Tonight is Barry’s graduation. They made it work with Erica after she graduated, but how will they conceivably make it where Adam is the only kid left? It hasn’t been renewed yet, but it should be, so it’ll be interesting to see where they take it!

Then on Schooled, it’s taken a while, but Lainey’s turned out to be a decent teacher, even though I’m still not sure how she was qualified to be hired in the first place! Last week, Coach Mellor and Ms. Taraborelli were at odds when a computer was brought in and they talked about putting together a school website. Glascott tried to bring them together, and in the end, it all worked out and a great website went up. But also, Lainey worked with a female student on a song for the talent show, but the girl was really shy and could only sing alone if Lainey were there. Unfortunately, Lainey was planning to skip the talent show in order to perform at a local show in order to get noticed herself. It was no surprise when she showed up at the talent show just in time for her student. And CB was going to tell her how he felt, but when he and Lainey walked out of the school together…Barry was suddenly there to surprise her. That’ll be interesting going into tonight’s season finale, especially since the show hasn’t been renewed and it could go either way! I love CB, but I mean…is there anyone who isn’t rooting for Barry and Lainey??

On tonight’s The Goldbergs, “Breakin’,” when Adam unintentionally lets it slip that Barry never completed his community service requirement, the brothers join together to throw the greatest breakdancing battle in the history of William Penn. Geoff’s stress levels are at an all-time high, so Erica makes an adult decision and plans for them to follow the Grateful Dead all summer. Finally, it’s the end of an era when the JTP graduates from high school.

Then on tonight’s Schooled, “Dr. Barry,” after initially trying to sabotage him, CB works with Barry and the JTP to help him win back Lainey’s heart. Meanwhile, Glascott faces removal as principal after a prank damages William Penn Academy.

Don’t miss the (hopefully just season) finales tonight on ABC starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chicago Med, The Amazing Race, Chicago Fire, Dinner Takes All, Gone, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, Single Parents, Best Room Wins, Chicago PD, SEAL Team, & Whiskey Cavalier.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/3/19

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 #1

My first pick tonight is Dead to Me, the new dark comedy on Netflix. Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?, Jesse, Married with Children) and Linda Cardellini (ER, Freaks & Geeks, Bloodline) star as Jen and Judy. Jen (Applegate) was recently widowed after her husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Judy (Cardellini) is an optimistic free spirit who also recently suffered her own tragic loss. They meet each other at a support group and become unlikely friends, despite their polar-opposite personalities. They bond over wine, Entenmann’s cookies, and a shared like of The Facts of Life, but a secret looms of them that Judy tries to shield Jen from. It also stars Ed Asner, Diana Maria Riva (Gates, Telenovela), James Marsden (Westworld), Luke Roessler, Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura), & Sam McCarthy.

The trailer looks really funny, but it’s indeed dark – Judy looks to have her own secrets and seems to be a little (or…a lot) crazy. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out!

Check out the whole first season now on Netflix!
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/11/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Early this morning, Netflix launched the 8-episode first season of the new Z Nation prequel series, Black Summer. The exciting and intense series is set during the early days of the zombie apocalypse. People are just starting to turn into zombies, and the military is trying to contain things by evacuating cities and towns and then bombing them. Everyone is panicked as they discover that in this new world, those who die wake up as fast-walking, blood-thirsty monsters.

As the series opens, we focus on one small town that is being evacuated. Everyone is pushing and shoving their way to get onto a military transport to the evacuation site. Order quickly breaks down, and the military abandons the remaining people, who now find themselves under attack from the zombies. Rose’s (Jaime King, Hart of Dixie) daughter made it onto one of the evacuation trucks without her, and so she is now on a desperate mission to get to the evacuation zone at the stadium to be reunited with her daughter. She finds herself joining up with some of the other survivors to make it there on foot – army solider Spears (Justin Chu Cary, We Are Fathers), a mute named Ryan (Mustafa Alabssi), and 20-something frat guy Lance (Kelsey Flower, My Imaginary Ex-Girlfriend). Meanwhile, another group of survivors is also trying to make their way to the stadium, but they have a mini-van – driver William Velez (Sal Velez Jr., Mayans M.C.), a young Korean woman named Sun who doesn’t speak English, and scared but trusting grandmother Barbara (Gwynyth Walsh, The Man in the High Castle).

The dangers they face aren’t just the zombies but each other as well. There is little trust between strangers in this new world, and just because you have supplies or a mode of transportation now, that doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t already watching you and plotting a way to obtain your resources. Over the course of the season, these survivors will find themselves face-to-face with new dangers, and not everyone will survive. And new folks will join these groups as others leave. These ordinary folks will need to do unimaginable things they didn’t know they were capable of if they are going to make it to the stadium alive. And even if they do make it to the stadium, what awaits them there? (We already know things aren’t going to get fixed anytime soon, based on Z Nation!)

While Black Summer is a prequel to Z Nation, set in the same world of freaky, fast-walking, and adaptive zombies, this series has a very different tone. The episodes are so tense, feeling more like a horror series and without the comedic tones the original series had. My heart was pounding during much of the first half of the season. The stakes feel more real in this series – no character feels truly safe. This is the kind of show I had hoped Fear the Walking Dead would be…exploring human nature and what it resorts to as civilization starts breaking down and everyone starts to panic in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

Much of the series is filmed using steady-cam, with the camera making long flowing shots that weave around the locations and in and out of the action, making you feel like you are right there in the thick of things. The show also makes nice use of the surround sound to creep you out with zombie roars or to make you feel the boom of the roaring jets as they fly overhead. Each episode is broken down into many short scenes, each with its own title card. This is used to break up the action, allow for time jumps, or to switch the focus of which characters we are following. The episodes also run the gambit of lengths, ranging anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

I really enjoyed this show – I received screeners of the first 7 episodes and couldn’t help but binge all the way through once I started. Each episode flows nicely right into the next, making the episodes feel more like a long film. I look forward to seeing how the season comes to an end now that the full season has gone live on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, Fam, Superstore, A.P. Bio, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Abby’s, The Orville, In the Dark, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, and Tacoma FD.
 
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