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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/25/18

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 dropped the final installment of Dreamworks’ Trollhunters. The second season of the series opened with Jim trapped in the Darklands. As Jim looked for baby Enrique, who had been taken by Gunmar the Black, Claire, Toby, and Blinky tried to find a way to help Jim return from the Darklands. Eventually both were successful in their missions. Meanwhile, Steve and Eli teamed up to figure out what secret Jim and the others were hiding. As the gang tried to get on with their normal lives, trouble was brewing in Trollmarket. There was a spy in their midst who was actively working to eliminate the Trollhunters and help Gunmar get into the city. The gang was able to hold off Gunmar long enough to evacuate Trollmarket, but in the process, Claire had to wield the Shadow Staff longer than she should have, and this will likely lead to some unfortunate side effects this season. Also, Gunmar had managed to resurrect Morgana, and together they are planning to bring about the Eternal Night, covering the world in darkness forever.

Like the previous season, season 3 is comprised of 13 episodes. However, Emile Hirsch takes over the role of Jim from the late Anton Yelchin. Also joining the cast for this final season are Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) & Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), playing two mysterious new students who unknowingly come to the aid of the Trollhunters. In this final installment, the Trollhunters must find a way to stop Gunmar and Morgana, and in order to do so, they seek the help of the legendary wizard Merlin (David Bradley, Game of Thrones, The Strain).

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to seeing what this final season holds. Anton Yelchin was an amazing actor and brought such personality to Jim – I hope Emile Hirsch can do the same. That said, I’m also excited to see how Steve and Eli will fit in as the latest members of the gang – it was so much fun seeing them finally met Blinky and AAARRRGGGHH!!! last season!

Season 3 of Trollhunters marks the end of the first chapter of Guillermo del Toro’s larger Tales of Arcadia trilogy, all set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia. The story will continue in the new series 3 Below, coming to Netflix later this year, followed by Wizards in 2019. I’m curious to see if we will get a glimpse into the next chapter during this final season of Trollhunters.

Check out the final season of this great show now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life.

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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… 12/23/16

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, early today, Netflix launched its latest original animated series from DreamWorks, Trollhunters, which is based on the book by Guillermo del Toro, who also wrote and directed the series. Teenager Jim Lake Jr. (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek) lives in the small town of Arcadia. Jim is always trying to make things easy on his single mother Barbara (Amy Landecker, Transparent), a doctor who’s constantly pulling double shifts at the clinic. One day while riding his bike to school, Jim finds an unusual amulet that literally speaks to him. As he reads the inscription on the amulet, a magical suit of armor forms around him, which he, of course, thinks is really cool! Jim and best friend Toby (Charlie Saxton, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) are soon visited by a pair of friendly monsters, Blinky (Kelsey Grammer, Cheers) and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore), who inform them that amulet chose Jim as the first human Trollhunter – the champion and guardian of the Hearthstone Troll Market and its people. While excited at first, the two boys soon grow a bit wary upon learning that the previous Trollhunter had been killed by the evil troll Bular (Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy), who is now after Jim. Meanwhile, Jim also has to deal with regular high school things like bullies and his crush on classmate Claire Nuñez (Lexi Medrano, Modern Family).

I watched the 2-part premiere and was instantly hooked. I would have watched more, but the only other screeners I had were for episodes 6 and 13, and I didn’t want to skip ahead in the ongoing story. I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s work, and he once again sets up a visually fascinating world filled with unique and interesting characters. The show has this great blend of fantasy, action, humor, and drama. While Jim is learning about the hidden world of the Trolls and preparing for the dangers that lie ahead, he is also dealing with the everyday things that come with being a teenager and trying to be the man of the house at home. As with all of these DreamWorks shows, the animation looks fantastic. There are some great action sequences in the opener, but I also especially enjoyed every scene Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! were in. They bring so much fun and levity to the show.

Anton Yelchin delivers an excellent performance. I’m really glad that del Toro insisted on not recasting the role after Yelchin’s tragic death. The rest of the talented cast also includes Jonathan Hyde (The Strain), Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager), James Purefoy (Hap and Leonard), Yara Shahidi (black-ish), Tom Wilson (Back to the Future), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). I can’t wait to check out the rest of the episodes on Netflix today! This looks like it’s going to be another great animated series from DreamWorks!

I’ll also be watching Travelers and Terry Crews Saves Christmas.

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