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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/2/19

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

With only two episodes to sew up the whole story, Swamp Thing found himself in a dire situation to start last week’s penultimate episode. He was held captive by Dr. Jason Woodrue, who was dissecting him in a makeshift portable lab. Woodrue developed a theory that the swamp creature was not Alec Holland, as we’ve believed all season, but a plant that was manifesting as a humanoid that believes they’re Holland. Daniel Cassidy/The Blue Devil woke up in a hospital, confronted by the demonic deal broker who cursed him with his powers. A vision of the future was shared, showing Abby & Liz Tremayne getting slaughtered by mercenaries in a mystery location.

IRL, Abby & Liz went to Woodrue’s house to try to track his location. They spoke with his increasingly insane wife. In the lab, Woodrue tore Swamp Thing’s organs out one by one, despite the fact he was clearly alive. Avery Sunderland recovered with Woodrue’s help and moved directly to having his wife forcibly admitted to an insane asylum. Cassidy accepted his fate, and the power of the Blue Devil possessed him. Abby & Liz used the lead they got from the mad wife and sneaked into the remote, mobile medical lab Woodrue had been using. The gals stopped just short of a room they heard the mercenaries in, when The Blue Devil appeared! Using his demonic powers of electricity and blue flames, he totally killed the shit out of all of them.

That allowed the gals to free Swamp Thing, who wished to return to the swamp to see if Woodrue’s theory was true. Woodrue meanwhile returned home just in time to find his wife dying of an overdose. Abby followed the creature into the swamp where, shockingly, they actually found the body of dead human scientist Alec Holland, proving that Swamp Thing is not Alec!

Now, this show got canceled after one week on the air. It was not given a chance because the state of North Carolina chintz’d out on the tax breaks they had initially offered. The show’s creator did however make a point to tell us to stick around for the post credits for a tease of future content. So maybe the character will see life on a future show? I hope so, because this show has been a great ride, even after being cut down to 10 episodes instead of the originally planned 13.

On today’s episode, “Loose Ends,” The swamp fights back in the season finale. Still reeling with the revelation of the truth behind his existence, Swamp Thing goes on the offensive against Ellery’s mercenary team hunting him. Meanwhile, Abby comes up against Jason Woodrue, who’s crossed the line to save his wife’s life. And as Liz tries to help Dan Cassidy escape the curse of the Blue Devil and leave Marais once and for all, Avery Sunderland attempts to find a resolution to his relationship with Lucilia and Matt Cable.

Don’t miss the finale this morning on DCU at 9AM/8AMc.

I’ll also be tuning in for the 2-hour season finale to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/28/19

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

Swamp ThingSwamp Thing continues to deliver quality episodes that make the cancellation sting. Last week we opened with a flashback to Avery Sunderland’s childhood. They juxtaposed his inability to kill a bound gator as a child with his ease at disposing of a corpse as an adult. Next we shifted to a pair of men hunting in the swamp late at night for cypress copses and rare mosses. Instead they found a corpse that was wrapped in vine in the trees that fell on the younger man, Todd, and cuts his arm a bit. The next morning in Delroy’s Roadhouse, local bar, Todd reported for work but had insane hallucinations instead.

He saw a snake encircling his arm and began to stab at it with a knife. This scene was seriously #hardtowatch, but before he died, he also scratched Delroy, his boss.

Abby went deep in the swamp to find Alec, requesting a sample of him to test at her lab. When she was analyzing that, he appeared to be a flora/fauna hybrid. Dr. Woodrue asked to study it also. The next day, Delroy had a violent hallucination which led to police officer Lucilia getting scratched. Which meant she got her own crazy rage fit moment, in which Abby got scratched. But she was smart enough to go out into the swamp, where Alec absorbed the poison from her and put it back in the corpse it came from.

This episode really struck home how well they were ready to take story arcs from the comics and drop them into episodic, easy-to-digest episodes. Not really a simple task, considering the obscure character that is Swamp Thing. What else to say? I love this show. I hope DCU revives it someday.

On tonight’s episode, “Drive All Night,” haunted by the ghost of her childhood friend who reemerges from the swamp, Abby’s forced to confront both her past with the Sunderlands as well as the dark forces at play in Marais. Meanwhile, Sheriff Cable learns some disturbing information about her son, while Jason Woodrue shares a revelation about Swamp Thing with Avery Sunderland.

To see how Abby confronts her past, tune in to DCU at 9AM/8AMc.

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

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/7/19

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

Wasting no time after the triumphant end of Doom Patrol season one, DCU dove right back into the folds with the premiere of Swamp Thing last week. It’s one of the darker, stranger DC characters and, we’ve been told, is a tale that exists outside the continuum that started with Titans last fall. This moist, murky story started as you might imagine, deep in a swamp with two scientists trying to retrieve readings they have been tracking in this corner of the wetland. The swamp itself became agitated though, and it impaled the one researcher to death with a barrage of pyscho animated vines that extended from every direction in the muck. The second man, Eddie Coyle, escaped somehow with his life.

A few days later though, Coyle’s daughter, Susie, succumbed to some sort of virus in the middle of her school day. CDC specialist Abby Arcane was called in to head the response to this potential outbreak of an unknown virus, after the school nurse and a teacher also were hospitalized by the mystery disease. Following the trail of the virus’s apparent origins, she encountered fellow scientist and freewheeling interloper Alec Holland taking sample near the body of Eddie Coyle, who was stuffed to death with swamp vines. Holland convinced Arcane that the best way to catch her up on how this bizarre contagion works was to show her in his own lab. She agreed to go along, and deep in the swamp at his lab he showed her that he had identified a new mutagen that he believed was the root cause of the virus and the violent animated vines in the swamp.

Later, back at Arcane’s labs, testing of one of Coyle’s latest samples somehow animated his body and woke Susie from her catatonic slumber. This soon shifted from shocking to a full-on vine monster attack on the lab. Holland was able to improvise a bomb, and they got away. At the local bar, they met Abby’s press contact, who gave them a solid lead on what part of the swamp Coyle had been allegedly boating in the night his partner in science vanished. When they followed up on that, they recovered a laptop with new data to analyze. As they went over the new data, they bonded over their dark histories.

When they returned to the swamp for more samples, an enigmatic man with a gun shot Holland’s engine, knocking him into the water. He was soon overtaken by the vine attacks, but he was not impaled to death right away. Instead he came back up from the water looking very much like the Swamp Thing hero we’ve known and loved for the last forty years. Very last scene of the episode was Abby Arcane knee deep in the swamp fleeing as Holland emerged as the veggie-beast.

This was an exciting, jam-packed start to what was once going to be a 13-episode season one. Then it got lowered to 10 episodes. As of yesterday, however, it’s been called off at the end of that 10-installment run. It seems North Carolina is reneging on fifty million dollars worth of promised subsidies, so DCU can no longer afford to shoot the show there. They decided to cut their losses, no matter how much of a success the show could turn out to be. So at least we know not to get our hopes up about this one. Nonetheless, let’s hope it’s a stellar ten-episode run!

On today’s episode, “Worlds Apart,” while Sheriff Cable searches for Alec unsuccessfully, Abby theorizes that it was more than an accident and retrieves his video journals from Daniel Cassidy. When one of her patients, Susie Coyle, escapes from the hospital, Abby and Matt follow her into the swamp.

Check out the fun this morning on DCU, which went up live at 9AM/8AMc.

I’ll also be tuning in to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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