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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/26/20

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

Last week, The CW kicked off its latest superhero series, Stargirl. (Episodes also air a day earlier, on Mondays, on the DC Universe subscription service.) In the premiere, we learned that a decade earlier, a band of heroes known as the Justice Society of America was protecting the Earth from a similar band of villains, known as the Injustice Society. However, the heroes were nearly all killed in battle. Just before he died, Starman (Joel McHale) gave his Cosmic Staff to his sidekick, Pat Dugan aka Stripesy (Luke Wilson), telling him it would find a worthy successor. However, the staff would just sit in storage, gathering dust for the next decade. During that time, Pat met and married Barbara Whitmore (Amy Smart), a single mother whose first husband mysteriously disappeared one Christmas, right around the time that the Justice Society of America was killed off (is there a connection?!).

In the present day, the newly-combined family – Pat, his son Mike (Trae Romano), Barbara, and her daughter Courtney (Brec Bassinger, School of Rock) – have moved across the country to their new home in Blue Valley, and Courtney’s first day at Blue Valley High School doesn’t go well. She’s picked on by the popular kids and forced to sit at the reject table for lunch (the future members of a new Justice Society of America?). After school, she stumbles upon the Cosmic Staff in the basement, which seems to come to life and flies her to the drive-in theater, where the cool kids are hanging out. Courtney is a bit of a gymnastics star, and her skills seem to blend well with that of the staff. However, the staff gets a mind of its own and blows up jock/bully Henry King Jr.’s (Jake Austin Walker, Rectify) car. It turns out that his father, Henry Sr. (Christopher James Baker, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was a villain named Brainwave, and now, with this new turn of events, he’s decided to don his old costume and come out of retirement. Courtney eventually meets up with Brainwave and is about to lose their fight when she is saved by Pat, who is wearing a giant 15-foot robot Transformer-like armor.

I really enjoyed the premiere and can’t wait to see more of this series – it has the humor and lighter tone of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so it should pair well with that on Tuesday nights. I am looking forward to seeing Courtney don the Stargirl uniform (I mean, despite Pat’s denial, Starman has to have been her father, right?), and form a new Justice Society of America to take on these bullies and actual villains.

On tonight’s episode, “S.T.R.I.P.E.,” after Courtney has an unexpected run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat reveals the truth to her about their history; Barbara is elated when she sees Courtney making an attempt to get along with Pat.

To learn the truth about Pat and Courtney, tune in to The CW at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/21/20

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 hosts its annual Red Nose Day fundraiser, and kicking off the events is Celebrity Escape Room. In this fun special, Jack Black plays an over-the-top, eccentric, pony-tailed billionaire version of himself. Jack has invited celebrity friends Ben Stiller, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Adam Scott to his mansion to partake in an escape room. They will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and make their way through the various rooms and ultimately escape. For each puzzle they solve, they earn $15K for the Red Nose Day charity, and if they make it through to the end, they earn $150K. Should they get stuck and need help, all four of them must unanimously agree to put on their red noses and ask for a clue, but they must use these requests sparingly, as they are limited to three clues over the course of the game.

As the four celebrities step back in time and make their way through the totally tubular 1980s high school themed escape room, the viewer is regularly notified about the puzzles the participants are trying to figure out and what clues they should be looking for. The puzzles are also personalized for this group of celebrities, including elements from their own high school experiences (as well as their acting careers). Sometimes things seem so obvious, but it’s fun to see these actors struggle and get completely lost or make really stupid mistakes.

Throughout the game, Jack Black chimes in over the loudspeaker with funny quips and insults, and there are also cutaway interviews with the participants, who comment on their own performance during the escape room. There are some really fun cameos from many other celebrities, who also pop up before/after commercial breaks. I’ve been to a few escape rooms and always have fun trying to solve the difficult puzzles. However, this is less of a puzzle-solving task for the viewer and more of just a fun viewing experience. I really enjoyed this special and hope that we get to see more of these in the future.

To see how the celebs solve the puzzles, tune in to NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Holey Moley, To Tell the Truth, Broke, Celebrity Watch Party, and Vagrant Queen.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/17/20

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, TNT kicks off the new series Snowpiercer, which is based on the 2013 film of the same name. In the not-so-distant future, the Earth was overwhelmed by global warming. Scientists tried to reverse the process, but things went wrong, causing the Earth to become a frozen wasteland, with temperatures dropping to -199° Celsius. The only humans who managed to survive were the 4000 or so people who managed to board the great ark-like train known as Snowpiercer, which has been moving nonstop for nearly 7 years. If the train were to stop moving, those on board would quickly freeze to death.

The 1001-car train has its own delicate ecosystem, built upon a class system. Every aspect of the train’s functions are dictated by Snowpiercer’s mysterious but beloved creator, Mr. Wilford, head of Wilford Industries. Those in the first-class section at the front of the train enjoy spacious cabins, real food, and all the creature comforts and luxuries of home. Early into the journey, Mr. Wilford locked himself away in the engine room, and assigned Head of Hospitality Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind) to serve as his eyes, ears, and mouthpiece to the passengers and crew. She delivers his orders and proclamations over the train’s loudspeaker for all to hear. Helping Melanie keep the first-class passengers happy is Ruth Wardell (Alison Wright, The Americans), who has a deep respect and admiration for Mr. Wilford. The first-class passengers also have their own personal bodyguards and the protection of the military-like Jackboots, under the command of Commander Grey (Timothy V. Murphy, Quantico).

While the first-class passengers purchased their way onto the train, the third-class passengers have earned their spots. They are the lifeblood of the train and keep things running. They are the ones cleaning and servicing the train and maintaining the crops and livestock. They are the doctors and even the entertainment. The Night Train is a Switzerland-like neutral zone on the train, where passengers in first, second, and third class can all enjoy a drink or some burlesque entertainment. Helping to keep order in the middle of the train are Captain Roche (Mike O’Malley, The Good Place) and his Breakmen.

At the tail of the train are the passengers who sneaked onto the train just as it was taking off. These Tailies didn’t have tickets or jobs on the train – they were just desperate to survive. They are all crammed into one car at the back of the train, without any glimpse of sunlight for years, and are given the bare minimum of protein rations to survive. Occasionally a Tailie may have the opportunity to move up the train, but they are usually viewed as traitors by the others. Over the past 7 years, the Tailies have tried to rise up several times, but their attempts are always brutally crushed. With their rations growing increasingly smaller, they are once again plotting their attack, and leading the charge is Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs, Hamilton).

As the series opens, there is a serial killer aboard the train, who has dismembered another passenger. Melanie orders that Andre Layton, the only former police detective on the train, be brought in to investigate. He reluctantly agrees to help, seeing this as an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the train in order to plan the Tailie attack. However, he starts to uncover the much larger mystery of what is really happening on the train.

While this is a weekly show, after I checked out a screener of tonight’s premiere, I ended up binging through the entire 10-episode first season. This series takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride as the delicate order that has kept Snowpiercer running for seven years starts to crumble and fall apart, and the different classes aboard the train start to revolt and plot against one another. It is an action-packed thriller with some very interesting and complex characters. In general these characters are neither good nor evil but also both at the same time. While many of them have to make some pretty horrible decisions – beginning with boarding the train, and leaving loved ones behind to die when they boarded the train – they all seem to do so for the greater good (except for some of those greedy first-class passengers). The show does a great job of showing all aspects of life on the train and how the events are affecting each of the classes – each episode also opens with a narration from a different character with a different role/viewpoint on the train.

The cast is excellent, not just the leads but also the lesser-known supporting cast. Each of the actors does a great job of making you care about (or in some cases, loathe) their character. While I enjoyed the whole season, the tension and drama really start to kick in by the fourth episode, and the season finishes out really action-packed and strong. If I had one complaint, it’s that the CGI shots of outside the train look pretty bad – but I’m hoping that’s just a screener thing and that this has been improved for the final air version, but in either case, it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the show. That said, the series has already been picked up for a second season of 10 episodes, so you can board and start your Snowpiercer journey tonight without worrying that it will stop too soon.

The drama starts tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Simpsons, Duncanville, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Killing Eve, Worst Cooks in America, Run, and Belgravia.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/8/20

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

Today, Hulu released the entire 8-episode first season of its new adult animated comedy, Solar Opposites, from co-creators Justin Roiland & Mike McMahan, who previously worked on Rick and Morty. The series follows the daily adventures of four aliens who managed to escape their exploding home planet, only to crash land on Earth in the middle of suburbia. The aliens move into a house, forming their own human family like unit. However, there is a debate among the aliens as to whether life is actually better here on Earth versus their home world. Two of the aliens, Korvo (Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone, The Goldbergs), see the Earth as a polluted wasteland, filled with horrible humans who only care about material goods. However, Terry (Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley) and Jesse (Mary Mack, Golan the Insatiable), quickly fall in love with the human way of life and Earth’s endless supply of TV programs and junk food. As they explore their new surroundings and try to fit in with the humans, the aliens must also protect the Pupa, a living supercomputer that will one day evolve and terraform the Earth to be more like their home world.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to check out any screeners of the series ahead of time, but based on the trailer, the show looks really fun. It appears to have that same kind of irreverent adult humor as Rick and Morty, and with the same lead voice from that show, it’s hard not to feel the similarities. The series also has an amazing guest voice cast for this first season, which includes Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Amanda Leighton, Andrew Matarazzo, Andy Daly, Calum Worthy, Chris Cox, Christina Hendricks, Echo Kellum, Eric Bauza, Gary Anthony Williams, Gideon Adlon, Jacob Vargus, Jason Mantzoukas, Jeannie Elias, Jesse Mendel, Jon Barinholtz, Karan Brar, Kari Wahlgren, Ken Marino, Liam Cunningham, Maurice LaMarche, Miguel Sandoval, Nat Faxon, Natalie Morales, Neil Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rainn Wilson, Rob Schrab, Ryan Ridley, Sagan McMahan, Thomas Barbusca, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Kenny, Vargus Mason, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Check out the entire first season now on Hulu.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Blacklist and The Graham Norton Show.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/1/20

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, Amazon Prime Video released the 10-episode first season of the new sci-fi comedy Upload, from series creator Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation). In the year 2033, people now have the option to upload themselves into a digital afterlife before they die, allowing them to essentially live forever. Those who are still living on Earth can interact with their deceased loved ones using virtual reality headsets – and other specialized equipment, should their needs be a little more intimate. However, much like life on Earth, every bit and byte in these virtual worlds has been monetized, and only the rich can afford to spend their digital afterlife in a luxurious place like Lakeview.

Nora Antony (Andy Allo, Chicago Fire, Pitch Perfect 3) is a customer service representative for the Horizon corporation. It is her job to be an “angel” to the residents of Lakeview, helping them get accustomed to their new digital after-lives and assisting them with whatever needs come up. While she may be good at her job, her boss, Lucy (Andrea Rosen, Episodes) doesn’t appreciate her and is constantly threatening to lower her star rating. Nora also hasn’t had much luck in her personal life, resorting to using a sketchy hook-up app when she feels lonely. However, Nora’s life is about to change when she is assigned to a new Lakeview client.

Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell, The X-Files, The Flash) is a bit of a party boy but also an intelligent programmer. He and business partner Jamie (Jordan Johnson-Hinds, Letterkenny) are working on a freeware program that would allow people of any means to be able to afford to live on in a digital afterlife. However, when Nathan is badly injured in a suspicious self-driving car crash, his wealthy girlfriend, Ingird (Allegra Edwards, Briarpatch), makes the decision to upload him to Lakeview. While Nathan is now “living” in luxury, he also feels trapped as Ingrid has control over his finances and what he can do with his endless time. However, his new angel, Nora, becomes a breath of fresh air…well, if he could breathe.

Once I started watching this show, I couldn’t stop – I thoroughly enjoyed this first season and was screaming to see what happens next after it ended! In some ways the show reminded me of The Good Place – though it does take advantage of the fact that it’s not on network TV and is thus not as family-friendly. The series offers a unique, interesting, and sometimes wacky alternate take on the afterlife, mixing in witty writing, clever humor, topical references, and some really fun, quirky characters. There is a really nice blend of humor and character drama, along with the underlying mystery of whether or not what happened to Nathan was truly an accident. The cast is fantastic and have such great chemistry with one another. In addition to the main characters, there’s also some fun recurring characters, such as the annoying A.I. GUY (Owen Daniels) who seems to be everywhere, Nora’s foul-mouthed 18-year-old client Dylan (Rhys Slack) who’s stuck in a 12-year-old avatar body, and Nora’s co-worker Aleesha (Zainab Johnson) and her clients, young veteran Luke (Kevin Bigley, The Moodys) and bigoted billionaire David (William B. Davis, The X-Files).

The series has some really fun and interesting ideas as to what the future will be like. I just hope the actual future includes another season of this series!

Check out the first season now on Amazon.

I’ll also be watching/recording Trying, Prop Culture, Hollywood, The Blacklist, and The Graham Norton Show.
 
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