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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/13/18

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, NBC airs the 2-hour season (possibly series) finale of Timeless. Last week, Lucy, Rufus, Wyatt, and Jiya traveled back to 1981, the day of the attempted assassination of President Reagan. They assumed Rittenhouse’s target was the president but were surprised to learn that they were trying to kill a young Agent Christopher so that she wouldn’t be around in the future to form the Time Team. During the mission, the team discovered that Rittenhouse was forcing people to act as sleeper agents, sending them into the past, to await activation for unknown missions. Meanwhile, in the bunker, Mason & Christopher remained suspicious of Jessica’s return and tried to figure out the reason Rittenhouse saved her. Once the crew returned, Wyatt got a double-whammy of surprises. Jessica revealed that her brother Kevin was still alive – but in Wyatt’s reality, Kevin had died of leukemia when he was three. And then Jessica also revealed that she was pregnant.

Why did Rittenhouse save Jessica, and is she working for them? Why did they save her brother, and what does he have to do with all of this? Can Jiya’s visions of the future be changed, or is Rufus doomed to die in the Wild West? (It seems easy enough for him to just avoid ever going back to that time period!) At the time I’m writing this, NBC still has not announced the fate of the series, even though the network will be announcing its Fall schedule on Monday morning. Tonight’s finale is a fun, exciting, and action-packed 2 hours. This show has found a great mix of action, drama and humor, and I hope we get to see more. Unfortunately, the season ends in an amazing cliffhanger, so I really hope we get a third season to see what happens next. Fingers crossed that at the time you are reading this, the series has already been renewed for a third season!

On tonight’s episode, “The General; Chinatown,” the team partners with Harriet Tubman to thwart Rittenhouse’s plan to alter the outcome of the Civil War; Jiya escapes from Rittenhouse but is stranded in 1888 with no way home; the fractured team goes back to save her.

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

I’ll also be watching/recording Deception, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Fear the Walking Dead, Killing Eve, Worst Cooks in America, Trust, Westworld, and Silicon Valley.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/22/18

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

It’s been over 15 months since the first season of HBO’s Westworld came to a close, but the show finally returns tonight! The series is set in a high-tech theme park called Westworld, where realistic-looking robots, called hosts, allow guests to live out their deepest and darkest fantasies. As the first season came to a close, several of these hosts woke up and started having their own thoughts. They went against their programming and started hurting the guests. Park programmer Bernard also discovered that he was not actually human, but rather a host, and that park creator Dr. Robert Ford had used him to kill people and then wiped his memory. There was a bit of a power struggle happening behind the scenes at the park. Corporate wanted to get rid of Ford, and Delos executive director Charlotte was secretly working with disgraced Narrative Director Lee Sizemore, who was helping her reprogram one of the retired hosts so that she could smuggle information out of the park.

Maeve was the madam at the Mariposa Saloon when she woke up. She then convinced one of the park technicians to alter her programming — increasing her intelligence level to the highest setting — and to remove the explosive that kept her confined to the park. However, just as Maeve was about to leave Westworld, she had second thoughts and decided to go back to find the daughter she remembered from one of her past narratives. At the same time, Ford was having a gala to launch his final narrative before retiring. Thirty years earlier, Dolores, one of the first hosts, had accidentally killed one of her creators. Upon waking up, she experienced this all over again, shooting Ford in the head as he was giving his speech. The guests started to panic as the other hosts also started attacking them. Long-time park guest William (aka the Man in Black) was actually thrilled by this turn of events. For years he had grown tired of the safety of the park and had been striving for the next level of this game, where the stakes and danger were real.

I have been looking forward to the second season for a long time. How will things change now that Ford is presumably dead and the hosts are running amok? Will there still be guests at the park, or are the hosts completely running things now? We got a glimpse of Samurai World during Maeve’s escape — how will that play into things this season, and are the hosts there also becoming self-aware? Did the Man in Black survive the onslaught of hosts, and if so, what is his current plan? What information is Charlotte trying to steal, and what does she plan to do with it? How will the Delios folks respond to the news of what’s happening in Westworld? And are there others like Bernard who don’t yet know they are hosts? This evening I will be attending a special premiere event being held in Boston, where they will air the season premiere (only a couple hours earlier than it airs on HBO) and have a Q&A with some of the cast, followed by a Sweetwater & Mariposa-themed after-party. It should be a fun time, and I’m really glad to have this show back!

HBO sent the following description for tonight’s premiere, “Journey into Night”: The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld.

Don’t miss the exciting 75-minute season premiere tonight on HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Deception, Timeless, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The Last Man on Earth, Fear the Walking Dead, Killing Eve, Worst Cooks in America, Trust, Silicon Valley, and Barry.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/2/16

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

westworld102smallTonight, HBO kicks off its new drama, Westworld. Long before Jurassic Park, writer Michael Crichton told another tale about a theme park gone awry. The 1973 film Westworld, which Crichton wrote and directed, tells the story of Delos, a futuristic amusement park for adults where vacationers spend $1000 a day to stay at either Medievalworld, Romanworld, or Westworld and live out their deepest fantasies. Westworld recreates the Old West with its gunslingers, prostitutes, and saloons, but there are no rules, laws, or judgement in Delos. The parks are populated with realistic androids who are there to fulfill the patrons’ every desire, whether that be carnal or even murder. However, the androids soon started glitching and turned on the guests, who then found themselves in a desperate struggle to survive.

The HBO series is inspired by the original film and comes from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan. It will expand the universe and story and delve more into the philosophical questions of right and wrong and just how “human” these artificial beings are. Is it okay to use these androids to act out our deepest desires, or do they have thoughts and feelings like we do? And if so, how long will it be before they rise up and take control of the situation? The series has assembled an all-star cast for its 10-episode first season, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth, and Clifton Collins, Jr.

I was a huge fan of the original film, so I can’t wait to check into Westworld tonight!

On tonight’s 75-minute premiere, “The Original,” as theme park guests interact with the automaton “hosts,” the park’s head of programming is alarmed by subtle changes in some of their main attractions, and a rancher’s daughter is reunited with a gunslinger, even though her father might not approve.

Go back to the Old West tonight on HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Quantico, Madam Secretary, The Simpsons, Son of Zorn, Family Guy, The Last Man on Earth, Fear the Walking Dead, The Strain, Ash vs Evil Dead, Blunt Talk, and Shameless.

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