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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/21/20

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!

Jenny’s Choice

This is going to be a quick and dirty write-up to recommend Amazon’s latest, Hunters. Executive produced by Academy Award–winner Jordan Peele and led by legendary Academy Award–winner Al Pacino, Hunters follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

I’m not a fan of period pieces (shows/books/movies set in the past), but given the story line and the cast, I’ll probably check this one out. It also stars Logan Lerman (Jack & Bobby), Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy, Here and Now), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, Rise), Tiffany Boone (The Chi, Little Fires Everywhere), Greg Austin (Class), Louis Ozawa Changchien ( Matador, The Miraculous Year), Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, Blind Justice, Nero Wolfe), Dylan Baker (The Big Time, Damages, I’m Dying Up Here), Becky Ann Baker (Freaks and Geeks), Lena Olin (Alias, Welcome to Sweden), James Le Gros (True Fiction), Jeannie Berlin (The Night Of), and Ebony Obsidian (Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Sistas), as well as Henry Hunter Hall, Jonno Davies, Josh Mostel, Julissa Bermudez, Kate Mulvaney, Miles G. Jackson, and Caleb Emery.

The entire first season came out overnight last night on Amazon, so check it out now!

I’ll also be watching Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector & Hawaii Five-0.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/20/20

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Listen, Star Trek: Picard is good. It’s like the best of Star Trek and the best of Star Wars sorta mashed up in what is definitely the old TNG timeline, pre-reboot movies. After the alleged daughter of Data came to him for help, she was assassinated by a Romulan sect known as the Tal Shiar. She had a twin sister however, and she was out there somewhere, so Picard was on a quest to find her. He recruited an old friend from Star Fleet, Raffi, and her friend the star pilot, Rios. Rios played as “intellectual Han Solo” to me. We also added android scientist Dr. Agnes Jurati at the last minute as they were departing Earth.

Last week, instead of heading directly to the lead they have to follow up on on Freecloud, Picard had Rios charter a course to the Romulan resettlement world of Vashti, where Jean Luc once lived. He revisited the Qowat Milat, who were an order of ass-kicking nuns. He recruited the help of Elnar, who was the only male raised by the nuns. They got off planet together just in time for the ship to be attacked by local warlords. This was where the Star Wars–like action kicked in. Very few Trek films or shows have featured such intricate, fast, and masterfully pulled off outer space combat. Perhaps Discovery had some battles that were as cool, but these are the next gen shows, and starships have grown much more agile in this continuum fo’ show. They barely won this battle with the help of a mystery battler on a small A-Wing sized ship. When beaming that person aboard, they got the next recruit to the team: Seven of Nine!

Meanwhile, out on a defunct Borg cube, the lost twin sister, Soji, was part of a strange reclamation project. They are salvaging Romulans by taking Borg parts out of them then rehabilitating them as pure organic beings. The process didn’t work on all victims equally however, and she was trying to find out what happened with the particular batch of the misfits she happened upon in her research. The Romulan she was cavorting with promised her access to information, but at the same time, his contact in the Tal Shiar threatened to use force if his subversive tactics didn’t pay off soon.

This show moves quick, is a lot of fun, and features aspects of all kinds of Star Trek cannon. Don’t miss out!

Catch this week’s episode, “Stardust City Rag,” now on CBSAA.

I’ll also be tuning in for How the Universe Works & Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/9/20

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

So there are several HBO seasons that I have been waiting for anxiously. At least two I can think of. But I don’t watch their coming attractions, so I had no idea that Avenue 5 was about to drop last month, so I understand if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s a science fiction comedy that stars Hugh Laurie (I heard he did this show called House?) as Ryan Clark, the captain of the wayward deep space cruise ship called Avenue 5. The ship and the companies which run it are owned by Herman Judd, who lampoons on the ship as a passenger. The expensive space cruise ship was recently struck with a disaster that killed one of its engineers and knocked them off-course, extending their journey by at least six months.

Last week, Captain Clark found himself once again facing the dissatisfaction of Karen, the Domme wife to rollover hubby Frank Kelly. Karen had been gathering complaints from the passengers to blindside Clark with. He invited her to a later private meeting to further discuss those issues, and she agreed. Meanwhile, Judd was putting together his plan to gather 500 shuttles to rescue the people on the Avenue 5 on the 48 hours they should hypothetically, sometime in the future, orbit Earth again. Nad, one of the crew PR guys, tried to work out couples therapy for an unhappy couple who were only there on the free ticket given to them by their friend Rav. Rav was the earthbound coordinator of the company who worked under Judd. Somewhere in there, we learned that back on Earth, Captain Clark was in a polyamorous relationship with both a man and a woman.

In an effort to stave off the threat of mutiny Karen posed, Clark offered her a swanky suite that used to belong to Dead Mary. All she had to do was accept the title and responsibilities of Passenger Liaison Officer. In this meeting, while totally tipsy, he accidentally spilled two secrets to her that his drunk self presumed she knew: A) that he was truly British, not American, & B) that he was a real captain, not an actor planted in the cruise to present a charming demeanor of calm amongst the tourists aboard. The trajectory math that was meant to cut their trip down to six months instead got re-calibrated to 3.5 when they counted in 500 extra passengers who Judd threw on board for profit. On Earth, Rav had a huge breakdown just before she had to face the press about the fiasco that was this cruise. Billie peeled back layers on Cpt. Clark to show him even the crew was not the crew. Karen warped the perceptions of the hostage passengers to usage their concerns, and this show gets legit lit.

On tonight’s episode, “Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?” with Judd worried about his reputation, Iris arranges a meet-and-greet with several passengers in his luxury suite. Frustrated by a bridge crew with no answers, Ryan and Billie bond with the engineers below deck. Matt encourages Frank to become the man he always wanted to be.

Don’t miss the fun tonight on HBO at 10/9c.

Tonight also brings us the long anticipated macabre return of Kidding, the Jim Carey black comedy
on Showtime.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/29/20

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

On last week’s episode of The Magicians, Alice used dark magic to bring Quentin back in golem form in hopes that he would be able to translate the document she had found. However, things didn’t quite go as planned, and Q came back as the 12-year-old version of himself, unable to read the document. Julia immediately recognized her childhood friend and was upset at Alice for using dark magic to bring him back. However, Quentin’s visit was short-lived. He was only there to help Alice properly say goodbye to Q and then vanish.

In Fillory, Margo was locked in a magic-proof cell with no way to get out. However, earlier Eliot had come across Jane Chatwin’s cabin, where he obtained three magical stamps that could be delivered to anyone, anywhere, at any time. So after a couple misfires, they used the stamps to warn Josh, and he, Fen, Tick, and some others managed to transport themselves ahead 300 years and avoid being executed. Now they have to put together a plan to take back the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Kady was in New York City with Pete. They were supposed to be trying to track down who stole the book deposit from the Library, but instead Kady was at a hedge witch bar, where she met and went home with a guy. When she woke up, her memory had been wiped and she had a massive hangover…even though she hadn’t been drinking. The guy she was with also didn’t remember anything. So Penny used a spell to help see what went on the previous night. They soon discovered that her one-night stand was some kind of Manchurian Candidate sleeper agent. He once again activated and attacked Kady. But before she could get him to reveal who he was working for, the man killed himself.

As the episode came to a close, we discovered that Eliot had lied about using the second stamp, so there was still one left, and Eliot held an envelope addressed to “Quentin Coldwater Before He Went To the Seam.”

Who sent the sleeper agents to wipe Pete’s and Kady’s memories and why? And what did they want with the stuff they had stolen? Will Alice finally accept the Library’s offer to be the new Librarian? Will Margo, Eliot, and the others be able to defeat the Dark King and take back their kingdom? Will Eliot mail his letter to Quentin? And will we ever see Q again? The latter seems unlikely, as the producers seem adamant that Jason Ralph isn’t returning, but I wouldn’t put it past these showrunners to work the long con.

On tonight’s episode episode, “The Mountain of Ghosts,” Eliot and Alice go for a hike; Fen gets a haircut.

See why Fen’s haircut is important tonight on Syfy at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Single Parents, Riverdale, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Party of Five, and 68 Whiskey.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/23/20

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!

Jenny’s Choice

Two of my favorite actors to watch on TV are Jason Biggs (American Pie movie franchise) and Maggie Lawson (Psych), and tonight they’re starring in the new FOX comedy Outmatched. The premise is really fun: Two ordinary, blue-collar, working-class parents are raising four children…three of whom are geniuses. It’s a hard life trying to nurture their children’s amazing minds while not able to keep up with or understand them. They’re determined to give all of their kids as normal a childhood as possible, but for the three big-brained kiddos, that’s more difficult than either parent anticipates.

The show also stars Tisha Campbell (Dr. Ken, My Wife and Kids), Jack Stanton (The Mick), Connor Kalopsis (The Grinder), Ashley Boettcher (Lost in Oz), and Oakley Bull (Beautiful Boy).

I’ve seen tonight’s premiere, and it’s a lot of fun. Biggs and Lawson play off each other well, and you can see their love for their kids, even though most of the time they’re scared spitless of them as well. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to more.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Kay and Mike cope with raising three high-IQ children.

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere on FOX at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching Last Man Standing, Deputy, Will & Grace, Perfect Harmony, & Beat Bobby Flay.
 
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