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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/9/18

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

Tonight Starz kicks off the second season of Counterpart. The series is an espionage thriller with a sci-fi twist. In the first season, mild-mannered Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) found himself thrust into a dangerous new world when he learned the truth about the United Nations agency he worked for in Berlin. In 1987, East German scientists had created a door between two parallel Earths, and it is the agency’s responsibility to oversee this crossing point. Up until that point in 1987, the two worlds were exactly the same, but over the 30 years that have passed, they have become much more divergent. In Howard Alpha’s world, his wife is in a coma, but in the Prime world, she is still well – though Emily Prime is involved deeper in the agency and has a strained relationship with her husband. Howard Alpha and his Prime counterpart swap places so that Howard Prime can track down an assassin from his world who made her way into the Alpha world. Meanwhile, we learn that there is some deeper conspiracy going on and a mole inside the agency. By the end of the first season, travel between the worlds is off-limits, and the Howards are stuck living each other’s lives, just as Emily Alpha awakes from her coma.

J.K. Simmons is phenomenal in this series. The two Howards have very different personalities, and it is easy to tell which is which simply by the way they act. However, when the Howards are pretending to be one another, there is this added layer to the performance that is just amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes this season, if we’ll get more information on how and why this door was originally built, and what’s really going on with this conspiracy. Also, how much does Emily Alpha knows about all this parallel universe stuff, and was her coma a result of someone trying to silence her?

On tonight’s premiere, “Inside Out,” while hiding in Howard’s life, Howard Prime must avoid detection at home and at the OI; Quayle and Clare struggle to adjust to their new arrangement.

Catch up with Howard and the other Primes and Alphas tonight on Starz at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Flash, Doctor Who, and Nightflyers.

 
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Remembering Spartacus

It has been 8 years since Spartacus first came to our screens, but the memory of the engrossing series still lives on, not just in our minds but in popular culture through merchandising and off-shoots.

As the name would suggest, the show was inspired by the historical Thracian gladiator Spartacus. According to records, the historic gladiator of Rome led a major slave uprising against the departing Romans in Capua.

Despite receiving high praise from critics and fans alike, the show was overlooked at a number of award ceremonies. This is possibly because it was to be overshadowed by Game of Thrones, another big-budget show of a similar genre.

Since the show was first aired in 2010, each episode has gone on to attract an audience of over 1.25 million and gained cult status in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the land the series was filmed, New Zealand. Each episode was granted a huge budget of $5 million to fund the shows much-enjoyed special effects. It’s no shock how popular it has become.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look back at Spartacus and discover how its legacy still lives on today. Jump with me to read more! Continue reading

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/4/18

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

After the super long hiatus, Ash vs. Evil Dead is finally back, folks. And if chop ’em up slapstick gore-fests starring Bruce Campbell are your thing, then your fix is on Starz Network Sunday nights this spring!

At the end of last season, Ash had defeated the demon trying to take over earth with the Necronomicon. As such, season three opened with Ash happily opening a hardware/dildo store in his hometown of Elk Grove, where he was finally hailed as a hero. But even as the store was having its Grand Opening day, a girl was on an “Antique Evaluator” show asking for the worth of the book, bound in human skin, she found “in the mud.” The appraiser of course read from it, and wham bam thank you ma’am, the unholy powers of darkness had been reawakened. Almost immediately, (a freshly blonde) Ruby showed up to claim the magical Book of the Dead that she helped write eons ago.

Same time that this was going on, the runes that showed Pablo’s possession through season two had returned, and at the Elk Grove high school, the team mascot had seemingly been possessed and was harassing two girls with detention. At the celebration for his store’s opening, he was confronted by former stripper Candace “Candy” Barr, who claimed to be his wife “from that one night” years ago.

Ruby performed a blood ritual with the Necronomicon (which almost made me and her both puke) as Candice informed Ash that not only did they have a daughter together, but that she was at the high school under duress and they must save her at once. They found her and her friend Rachel in the music classroom. But sad thing was – Rachel had already become a Deadite, who launched into intense instrument warfare, attacking them with every musical implement in the room. In the midst of these attacks, Candice died. Finally, though, Ash stomped her face to pieces with the super sharp strings of a harp. The gore factor here was “over-the-top-sliced-to-jelly-face-9.9-outta-10.” This show is not for the weak of heart.

After they slayed Deadite Rachel, the mascot reappeared just in time to get killed by Kelly, who had tracked them down along with her new pal, and Ash devotee, ancient Sumerian: Dalton. The gang was all reunited, and Ash decided to light up the stashed doobie he’d been saving, which he promptly offered to his 16-year-old shell-shocked daughter Brandy Barr.

On tonight’s episode, “Booth Three,” Ruby dons a new disguise in order to bond with Brady after she gives birth to something evil; Kelly comes back with a friend who leads the search for The One; Ash comes to realize that his daughter is being targeted by evil forces.

To see what disguise Ruby takes on, tune in to Starz at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/21/18

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

Tonight, FOX airs the first half of the two-night premiere of the new medical series The Resident, which takes a look at the darker drama happening behind-the-scenes at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. The series follows recent Harvard Medical School graduate, the wide-eyed young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal, Halt and Catch Fire), as he embarks on his new internship at the hospital. As he arrives on the first day, Dr. Pravesh learns that his supervisor will be hot shot third-year resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry, Gilmore Girls), who has a reputation for being a bit of a jerk. As Dr. Hawkins uses tough love to teach his new intern the ropes, Dr. Pravesh quickly discovers that for these doctors, the ethical lines for treating patients are blurred.

Meanwhile, Dr. Conrad constantly finds himself dealing with problems caused by the Chief of Surgery, Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson). The aging chief refuses to acknowledge that he’s no longer the sharp surgeon he once was. He often puts patients at unnecessary (and sometimes fatal) risk and then uses his power to intimidate the other doctors into covering up his mistakes. Other staff members include Dr. Conrad’s former flame, nurse Nicolette “Nic” Nevin (Emily VanCamp, Everwood), and intelligent, gifted surgeon Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson, Billions), who has no bedside manner and little patience for the chief. The series cast also includes Moran Atias (24: Legacy, Tyrant), Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies, Alias), and Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY).

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. The series is fast-paced and mixes interesting medical cases with some really engaging character drama. It doesn’t seem like this series will be a simple case-of-the-week type medical procedural. A lot of the focus is on the drama going on behind the scenes at this hospital as the doctors struggle to fix the broken system, starting with how to deal with this chief who is putting lives in danger while hiding behind his notoriety, fame, and power. The series looks beautiful and has a very cinematic feel to it, making use of some creative camera angles, including a scene shot from the POV of the patient. The cast is great, and I really look forward to seeing what happens next, when the series moves to its regular time slot tomorrow night!

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” on his first day as an intern, an idealistic Dr. Devon Pravesh faces the harsh realities of medical care; resident Conrad Hawkins teaches him unconventional methods for treating patients; Conrad goes head-to-head with Dr. Solomon Bell.

To meet the new doctors and nurses, tune in to FOX at 10/9c.

Note: Tonight’s premiere will follow the football game, so be sure to pad your DVR recording for the inevitable sports run-over.

I’ll also be watching/recording Worst Cooks in America, The Alienist, Crashing, and Counterpart.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/7/17

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

Tonight, the third season of The Last Man on Earth comes to a close on FOX with a special 1-hour finale. Last week, the show took a sudden and unexpected leap forward in time, and Tandy comically and casually mentioned all of the “boring” stuff viewers missed during those 6 months. Melissa was now sane again and ready to walk down the aisle with Todd. Meanwhile, Jasper was talking up a storm, Erica and Gail were a couple, and Erica’s and Carol’s pregnancies had advanced tremendously. And the episode ended with Erica’s water breaking.

Will these untrained survivors be able to deliver the baby successfully, or will Erica face the same fate as her baby’s father? Will Carol also give birth before the end of tonight’s finale? And will we finally see the return of Kristen Wiig’s character? (I really hope so. She’s so hilarious!) The series creators already warned that this season finale was not written as a series finale, so we’ll likely be left with yet another twist/cliffhanger, so I really hope we hear of some good renewal news from FOX soon!

On tonight’s season finale, “When the Going Gets Tough; Nature’s Horchata,” the long-term consequences of surviving an apocalyptic event start to have a major impact on the group as their daily lives are turned upside down.

See how the season (series?) ends tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Making History, Into the Badlands, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Veep, and American Gods.
 
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