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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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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/10/19

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

Have you always watched those Bear Grylls survival shows and wished you were there with him, participating in the adventure? Well, now’s your chance! In the new interactive Netflix series, You vs. Wild, you are Bear’s partner on his worldwide adventures, and you get to decide how things will play out. Much like the recent Black Mirror: Bandersnatch special, each episode of the series will prompt the viewer at several points, offering a pair of options. Your decisions will change the course of the story. Which supplies will you choose to pack? Will you follow the river or bushwack through the jungle? Will you climb the mountain or repel down? Will you try to cross a chasm via a fallen log or swing your way across like Tarzan? Which of the two mysterious caves will you choose to enter? Your decisions could mean life or death!

I really enjoyed the interactive Black Mirror episode, and I’ve been a fan of Bear’s other shows over the years, so I was really excited to check out this show this morning. Would I make the right calls, or would I end up leading Bear and myself down a perilous path? I can’t lie…I was purposely trying to pick the most dangerous options to see if Bear would survive. 🙂 While each episode is only around 20 minutes long, there are so many options to go back and replay that you could easily spend an hour or so on each. And if you do manage to get Bear stuck in a situation that he can’t get out of, the program will give you the option of going back to your last choice to select the other option.

The first episode, “Operation Jungle Rescue, Pt. 1,” finds you and Bear heading into the jungle to look for a missing doctor who was on a mission to deliver malaria vaccines to children in a remote village.

Check out the complete first season now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Whiskey Cavalier, What We Do in the Shadows, Schitt’s Creek, The Magicians, and Happy!

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/25/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

As Netflix is wont to do, they dropped the full season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last night at 3AM. Sadly, this truncated 6-episode season will be the final installation of this Tina Fey comedic masterpiece. I guess on the upside, we can probably expect another ridiculously clever and funny show from her soon. The last half season ended on an especially weird and ominous cliffhanger.

Things started with typical Kimmy oddity when she rediscovered the backpack she had stolen in the pilot, (with $70,000 in it also!). The bag soon manifested as a talking puppet: “Janice Sport.” The imaginary friend sparked her creative imagination, and together they wrote a young adult novel in one night. Juxtaposed against that, we found Titus was in a depressing bout of writer’s block on the eve of a big pitch he was about to make to a big-time producer, a show called “Greg Kinnear & The Capist.” Lillian was involved the associated nonsense that came with finally telling the family of her dead lover that he was dead. It happened months ago, so the timing in telling them led to additional awkward hilarity. Jacqueline spent the episode helping her stepdaughter, Xanthippe, deal with a pregnancy scare.

When she realized her bestest pal Titus was left without a good idea, she let him use her YA fiction as his pitch. This worked perfectly for Titus, who really only wanted to charm the producer for acting opportunities. That scheming worked perfectly, and Titus was invited to an audition. Kimmy meanwhile was dejected because her publicist had rejected the story she and Janice wrote because “nobody wants to read happy stories from the bunker girl.” She was so determined to leave her past behind that she took Janice to the East River, where she was filling her with rocks about to murder her, when she got a surprising phone call. It was the son of the producer that Titus pitched to. He had found her story and wanted to know more. This encouraged her to keep working on the tales with the backpack. Later back at the apartment, all the core crew were celebrating various successes when it started to pull out in the POV of a sniper watching them all through a scope. He was speaking in Arabic and referenced an assassin. WTF, Kimmy?!? What did you do???

Catch the second half of season four now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching the latest three episodes of Young Justice that went live on DCU. That is a surprisingly fun show that airs on the exclusive DCU streaming service.
 
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