If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/1/17

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 second season of Syfy’s futuristic space drama, The Expanse, takes flight with an exciting 2-hour premiere. In the first season, the ice hauler Canterbury was redirected to answer a distress signal from the freighter Scopuli, and the crew soon found themselves under attack from a stealth ship. As the surviving crew members tried to figure out what happened, they joined forces with a police detective from the asteroid belt, who was looking for Julie Mao, the daughter of a wealthy couple. They soon learned that Julie had become lethally infected while investigating a dangerous new biological weapon. The group then found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time as the mysterious creators of this weapon were performing a large-scale test on the residents of the remote Eros colony. They managed to escape on the Rocinante just as the protomolecule spread across the station, but a couple members of the crew had severe radiation poisoning.

As the second season opens, the fallout from the Eros incident has sent relations between Earth and Mars plummeting and a war is looming. Is there anything that can restore the peace? Who created this bioweapon, and what do they plan to do with it? Is someone purposely trying to cause a rift in the UN? Is there any place safe for the crew of the Rocinante, and what will they do with information they gathered on Eros? Can they stop this protomolecule or find a cure?

I really enjoyed tonight’s 2-hour premiere. It has a great mix of political drama and space/sci-fi action. There are some really interesting developments regarding the UN and the Earth/Mars relationship, we are introduced a whole new crew of Martian characters who will no doubt have a big role in this developing battle/conspiracy, and we also see our gang embarking on an exciting new mission. All of this leads to some pretty exciting moments and even more questions to be answered. I look forward to seeing what developments the rest of the season holds.

On tonight’s premiere, “Safe; Doors & Corners,” James Holden and the crew deal with the aftermath of their escape from Eros in the first half of this combined Season 2 premiere. In the second half, Holden and the crew stage a dangerous raid in search of information about the protomolecule.

See how the group deals with the fallout from the previous season tonight on Syfy 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Hunted, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Workaholics, Jeff & Some Aliens, Man Seeking Woman, The Magicians, and Suits.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

On the last new episode of Criminal Minds, a group of young adults were going around invading people’s homes, first by using a ruse to get an “in” with the home owner to case the house and then coming back and pushing their way inside. They would then tie up the home owners in another room and then drink, do drugs, and trash the place, finally stealing valuable but hard-to-track items. Unfortunately, the home owners were then shot, which was what brought in the BAU. We thought for a while that the guy who shot them was the leader. In the end, we learned it was one of the young women in the group who was the real leader. The final couple they went after were her parents, who’d kicked her out and basically disowned her, doting on her “perfect” sister instead. It was a pretty brutal episode.

There really wasn’t much on the personal front this week. Prentiss is still getting comfortable as the new leader, although I think she fits in well there. Luke Alvez fits in just fine with the team. He gets along with them all but still has his own personality and style, rather than just fading into the background. Stephen Walker (the newest newbie) has a maturity that is sort of between Luke/JJ/etc and Rossi, not just in terms of age but…presence in the only way I can think of it. Experience, maybe. It’s too soon to tell if I’ll like him or not. I like what I’ve seen so far, though. Unfortunately, both Tara and Reid were missing on that episode. Reid was off dealing with his mom. I don’t know why Tara wasn’t there. It’s odd… It feels like she is gone as often as she is there. If that’s the case, I’m not sure why Aisha Tyler was made a series regular. I like her, and the character is okay. Just…isn’t there almost a hundred percent of the time.

Reid’s story line (with his mom and alone?) is set to have a huge impact this season, and we see some of that tonight. Then in a few episodes, I know Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia) helped Exec Producer Erica Messer write one, called “Spencer,” and they’ve promised that one will be a huge one, with life-changing for Reid (not as in killing him but more like changing the course of his life?). So I think we’ll see the beginnings of that tonight.

On tonight’s episode, “Surface Tension,” when a bizarre hieroglyph found under a deceased homeless man’s armpit is the same from previous casualties a few years ago, the BAU is called in to investigate. Also, Reid decides to take his mother out of a clinical study early to bring her home with him. Jane Lynch guest stars.

To see the return of the hieroglyph and what happens with Reid’s mom, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hunted, Cooks vs Cons, Property Brothers, Bakers vs Fakers, & Six.

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