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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/6/19

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

I was a little bit ticked off when I started working on the schedule for this week and realized The Great British Baking Show premiered last week on Netflix, and my main source didn’t have it listed when I was doing the schedule last week. But I was also very excited since that meant the show was back, and I love it! Unlike the previous season (but like the seasons before it), they didn’t drop the full season at once. Episodes will air weekly overnight on Thursday night/Friday morning, which means last night, they dropped episode 2.

I won’t spoil last week’s premiere, which I’ve already watched, since this is the first time I’m bringing it up. But I will say it’s a fun mix of contestants again this season (and one young guy is so nervous, he cuts his fingers 3 or 4 times in the first episode! LOL) and the hosts and judges are still as fun and kooky as ever.

Check out episode 2, “Biscuits Week,” now on Netflix.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/30/19

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 dropped the first season of the new series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel to Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 fantasy feature film. The series is set a thousand trine after the bird-like Skeksis arrived on the planet Thra and tricked Auhgra (Donna Kimball, The Happytime Murders), the guardian of the Crystal of Truth, into entrusting them with the crystal. The crystal is a source of life for Thra, connecting all of the beings on the planet. The Skeksis declared themselves the Lords of Thra and the sworn guardians of The Dark Crystal. They soon discovered a way to steal power from the crystal, allowing them to rejuvenate themselves and in effect become immortal. However, over the thrine, the Skeksis became overly gluttonous, constantly seeking more power from the crystal, until there was no more left for it to give. The Emperor skekSo (Jason Isaacs, The OA), fearing the loss of their immortality, tasks The Scientist skekTek (Mark Hamill, Child’s Play, Star Wars) with finding a new source of energy. The Chamberlain skekSil (Simon Pegg, Mission Impossible) overhears this and sees an opportunity to help further his own goals and starts plotting something nefarious.

Meanwhile, the seven clans of fairy-like Gelfling who live on the planet are much alive and well (as the film opens, there was only one surviving Gelfling left). The various clans each have their roles and purpose and all work together as a well-oiled machine to keep the planet in balance. The Gelfling are blissfully unaware of what the Skeksis have been up to. They see these creatures as their saviors and are happy and eager to participate in the annual tithing ceremony, where they give an offering to their Lords in thanks for all they have done. However, the Gelfling start to experience some unusual things that have them start to question the status quo.

Rian (Taron Egerton, Kingsman) and his girlfriend Mira (Alicia Vikander, Tomb Raider) work at the citadel, where they serve as guards for the Skeksis and their Podlings. Head of the guard is Rian’s father, Ordon (Mark Strong, Kingsman), who doesn’t take his son seriously. Rian wants to prove himself to his father, so when he and Mira see a giant spider-like creature called a Spitter roaming the castle, he decides to handle the matter himself, recruiting best friend Gurjin (Harris Dickinson, Maleficent 2) to assist. Meanwhile, in the city of Ha’rar, Gelfling queen All-Maudra (Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech) is preparing for the tithing ceremony. Her youngest daughter, princess Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), is a bit of a rebellious free thinker. She has a thirst for knowledge and is eager to learn new things. She joins her mother and sisters for the ceremony, but what she witnesses doesn’t sit well with her. She is the first to suspect that the Skeksis are hiding something and may not be as benevolent as they appear to be. So she returns to the library to do some research, but the Librarian (Toby Jones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) suggests she leave things be. And elsewhere, deep in the caves, Gelfling Deet (Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones, Four Weddings and a Funeral) is feeding the normally peaceful creatures that live off the land, when they suddenly turn on her and attack. These normally docile creatures are suddenly behaving quite unusually, which causes her much concern.

The Skekis’s misuse of the crystal has produced some unfortunate side effects. The crystal has become infected, and in turn Thra and its creatures are becoming consumed by The Darkening. The Gelfling are starting to notice that all is not as it seems, but if they don’t wake up and rise up soon to put a stop to the Skeksis, it could mean the end of the planet and life itself. The one thing they have going for them is that the Skeksis are so arrogant and look down upon the Gelfling. They have ruled for over 1000 thrine and believe that even if the Gelfling do manage to discover what they are up to, they are too weak and have no power to do anything about it. And this may be their undoing.

The series’ star-studded voice cast also includes Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen), Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Harris Dickinson, Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Theo James (The Divergent Series), Louise Gold, and Kemi-Bo Jacobs (McMafia) as the Gelfling, and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, Deadly Class), Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones), Alice Dinnean, Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Neil Sterenberg, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective) as the Skeksis.

Before checking out the premiere of this series, I re-watched the original film, since I hadn’t seen it in decades. I must admit that I wasn’t really a fan. It felt a bit dated, the puppet performances were a bit wooden, and the characters (especially the Skeksis) had harsh, screechy voices. However, watching the premiere of the Netflix prequel series was a very different experience. The show does a great job of setting up a much vaster world as it explores in greater detail the backgrounds and motivations of the various beings and creatures that live on Thra. In the pilot, we follow three different Gelfling stories as well as that of the Skeksis. And this will further expand over the course of the season. The show feels fresh and modern while still maintaining the aesthetics of the original, making use of Jim Henson’s creature shop to once again bring the characters to life. However, the Gelfling and Skeksis feel much more alive in this incarnation and seem to express more emotion. While there are light moments of physical humor and puppet smooching (that is what they call it in the closed captions), the series does get pretty dark quite quickly and may not be for really young viewers (though the series is only rated TV-PG). By the end of the first episode, I was all-in. After a horrific event, one of the Skeksis gives this amazing speech that just shows how arrogant these creatures are, and I would love to see them get their comeuppance. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out and how the Gelfling will finally discover that they have been oppressed all these years and rise up to overthrow the Skeksis. However, I’m a little nervous about their chances of success, seeing where things are at in the film. So will all of their efforts be in vain? This looks like it will be a solid production with an all-star voice cast and certainly worth checking out.

Catch the entire first season now on Netflix.

I’ll also be watching Carnival Row.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/25/19

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

Overnight last night, Netflix premiered the entire first season of their latest sci-fi show, Another Life, starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Longmire), Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl, Teen Wolf), & Selma Blair (American Crime Story, Heathers) among others. After a massive alien artifact lands on Earth, Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) leads an interstellar mission to track down its source and make first contact. The rest of the cast includes Justin Chatwin (American Gothic, Breed, Shameless), Jessica Camacho (Sleepy Hollow, All Rise), Barbara Williams (Silicon Follies), Jake Abel (Dirty John), Samuel Anderson (Loaded), A.J. Rivera, Alex Ozerov, Alexander Eling, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow, JayR Tinaco, & Lina Renna.

I don’t know anything more about the show than the description above. But Katee Sackhoff is great (see her previous shows…), and so is Tyler Hoechlin (not to mention he’s hot to watch…), and the description sounds promising. I know my hubs (who was a huge fan of both Battlestar Galactica and Longmire and is a huge sci-fi fan in general) is going to watch, and I may, simply because of the cast, but I figured it was worth a mention regardless.

Check it out now on Netflix.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing MasterChef, Dr. Pimple Popper, Family Food Fight, Hollywood Game Night, Beat Bobby Flay, & Reef Break.

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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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