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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/5/18

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, Netflix released the entire first season of the British dark comedy, The End of the F***ing World, a British dark comedy/drama that first aired on Channel 4 in the UK this past October and now launches as a Netflix Original series for the rest of the world. The series is based on the award-winning graphic novel by Charles Forsman.

James (Alex Lawther, Black Mirror) is a 17-year-old self-proclaimed psychopath. At the age of 8, he realized he had no sense of humor; at the age of 9, he put his own hand in a deep fryer just to see if he could feel anything; and shortly after that he got a taste for killing small animals. Now he’s eager to try to kill something larger. That’s when he meets Alyssa (Jessica Barden, Penny Dreadful), the new girl at school. She’s a foul-mouthed rebel who can’t stand her mom and stepdad and finds joy in annoying people. James decides to pretend to fall in love with Alyssa in order to get close to her so he can kill her. The two quickly form a bond and embark on a road trip, but things don’t go quite as planned. They soon find themselves involved in a bad situation, and they seem to get themselves deeper in trouble with every day, becoming like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. In pursuit of the young couple are cops Eunice (Gemma Whelan, Game of Thrones) and Teri (Wunmi Mosaku, Guerrilla), who have some relationship issues of their own.

It took me a couple episodes before I really got into this series, but once I did, I was hooked and binged all 8 episodes in one sitting. The season plays out like one long 160-minute movie, with each episode picking right up where the previous episode’s big reveal or twist left off. The series has a nice blend of humor and drama, set to an excellent late 1950s/early 1960s soundtrack. The writers do an excellent job of evolving the characters of James and Alyssa over the course of the season. In the first episode, pretty much all of the “dialogue” comes in the form of inner monologues inside James’s and Alyssa’s heads, but as the series progresses and the characters grow, there is less inner-thoughts and more actual talking. The inner-dialogue is then used more to add punches of humor to the story. I really enjoyed this series, and while I don’t know if there will be a second season (I hope there will be), the first season does provide a solid story and emotional arc for the characters.

Binge the whole first season on Netflix now!

I’ll also be watching Child Support, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/22/17

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! Also, please note that we will be off next week, so we’ll see you back here after that!

Kyle’s Choice

Early this morning, Netflix released the second half of the third season of Fuller House. As the first half of the season came to a close, everyone was heading to Japan for Steve & CJ’s wedding. Stephanie had decided she wanted to have a child but thought it was too early into their relationship to ask Jimmy to be the father, so she started looking for a sperm donor. However, Kimmy accidentally let this slip to Jimmy, who surprised Stephanie on the plane and told her that he did want to be the father. Meanwhile, Matt told Stephanie that he was planning to propose to DJ in Japan. However, DJ, wearing a sleep mask and, thinking she was talking to Kimmy, admitted that she nearly picked Steve over Matt at the homecoming and was afraid of losing her soulmate. However, it turned out that Steve had switched seats with Kimmy, so it was he who heard the shocking confession, and now Steve didn’t know what to do with this information.

I am really looking forward to today’s nine new episodes. I was just a casual fan of the original series but have been really enjoying this revival. Will Steve call off the wedding now that he knows DJ still loves him? Will Matt propose to DJ, and if so, how will she respond? While Matt’s a nice guy, I really want DJ and Steve to end up together, and it seems likely that will happen… I just wish they’d stop toying with the audience and dragging out the inevitable.

Catch the whole season, including the nine new episodes, now on Netflix.

I’ll also be watching/recording Bright and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/15/17

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 #1

Early this morning, Amazon Prime Video launched the action/comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson. The series stars action movie icon Jean-Claude Van Damme playing a parody of himself. Van Damme is out of shape and has been retired for a couple of years but previously worked as a highly talented international black ops agent, using his movie sets as cover while performing undercover missions as Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

After a chance meeting with ex-partner/ex-lover Vanessa (Kat Foster, The Goodwin Games, ’Til Death), JCVD decides it’s time for him to get back in the game and asks handler Jane (Phylicia Rashad, The Cosby Show) to assign him to Vanessa’s mission. So he heads to Bulgaria to help stop a group of drug runners. For his cover, JCVD is starring in an action re-imagining of Huckleberry Finn. And supporting him on the mission are Vanessa – doing recon as his on-set hair stylist – and weapons expert/tech guy Luis (Moises Arias, Hannah Montana), who’s been inserted into the production crew. However, the team soon discovers that they have stumbled upon a plot much larger and more sinister than they imagined.

This series is so entertaining – it is equal parts comedy and solid action/thriller. Much of the humor comes from the overly dramatic acting, witty dialogue, and absurd situations that arise. Jean-Claude is hilarious and does a great job of poking fun at himself. His character is so in love with himself and never misses an opportunity to mention his previous work. However, sometimes JCVD starts to believe that all of the movie magic is real and overestimates his own abilities, getting himself into trouble. Jean-Claude also plays a second character in the series, one who literally had me laughing out loud.

The show is very self-aware, making fun of the tropes you see in all of those action films of the late 80s/90s. The first season follows a serialized story, with interesting and unexpected twists and turns that keep you guessing. While the show is quite funny, it also provides some incredible action sequences. Jean-Claude proves that he’s still got it – using kicks, spins, splits, and punches to take out the bad guys.

I can’t recommend this series highly enough. It’s a really fun and exciting romp that is definitely worth checking out. The first episode is available for free to everyone, but the rest of the season requires an Amazon Prime subscription.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/1/17

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 this morning, Netflix dropped the entire first season of new supernatural drama Dark. The series follows the interconnected lives of four families in the small German town of Winden. As the series opens, a man inexplicably hangs himself, leaving a note with the instructions that his letter should not be opened before a certain date and time. The show then jumps forward several months later as the man’s family members are each still coping with the loss in his or her own way. Son Jonas is constantly waking up in night sweats after having vivid dreams, while his mother is having a secret affair with married policeman Ulrich. Ulrich, who has three kids of his own, has been investigating the disappearance of teenager Erik Obendorf, who has been missing for 13 days, and his only lead is that someone reported seeing a “monster” in the woods.

As the date and time marked on the suicide letter approaches, strange things start to happen in the town. A creepy old man wanders the streets muttering that “it’s all going to happen again.” The teenager’s disappearance is eerily similar to another incident that happened in the town 33 years earlier, to Ulrich’s brother. As the town struggles to find the missing teenager, a second child goes missing, and things take a very unexpected twist that ties back to 1986.

Dark is presented in German with English subtitles. The series has a very dark look and slow burn, which reminded me a lot of the French series Les Revenants. The series is set in an overcast, creepy small town, where everyone seems to have secrets to hide. The town is host to a nuclear power plant that is in the process of shutting down, and any tourism has dried up due to the missing-child incident. There are a lot of characters and relationships introduced in the first two episodes, and it takes some time to understand who is who and what’s going on. However, by the end of the second episode, there’s a really interesting twist that made me curious to check out more once the entire season was available to watch today.

Check out the whole first season of Dark now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Superstition.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/17/17

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

It’s that time again, folks. No, not Indigenous Genocide Obfuscation Day, I mean the newest reason to binge a whole series in one night: Netflix’s The Punisher. The bloodiest corner of the Marvel Universe on film just gave the goriest hero that Marvel ever produced his own show! We were introduced to the Punisher, aka Frank Castle, in season two of Daredevil, and he was as grim and deadly as we could possibly hope. So much so that Netflix answered fan demands that they give him his own show.

As is the trend with these shows, the whole season dropped in the wee hours of the night last night, and we have all weekend to marinate in the bloodbath that this show promises. We know to expect that this show will deal heavily with his time in the US military and several huge gore fests that he took part in overseas while enlisted. Similar to the past-is-effecting-my-present trope that Arrow ran with for five years, that history in a far-off land will impact heavily on the current life that Castle leads. For people familiar with the book, we’ve been teased with appearances from canon of the Battle Van, Microchip, and Billy Russo, who in the books is villain Jigsaw, (who has nothing to do with the Saw movies, I swear!).

We don’t know tooooo much more about the show yet. Although fans are clamoring for appearances by Kingpin, Moon Knight, or Daredevil, there’s a good chance Micro and Jigsaw will be the limit. His trademark “skull-chest” outfit is in the show and done well, however. I for one am very amped to see how this one plays out. I used to read “Punisher: War Journals” as a teenager back in the 90s. Only back then they told the story with Castle being a Vietnam vet. After a weak Iron Fist, the Netflix Marvel Universe started to get its act back together on The Defenders. Let’s hope that momentum carries through and that this series takes us back near the greatness that Jessica Jones season one was.

You can check out all the action of season 1 now on Netflix!
 
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