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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/5/20

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

I’m so excited for tonight’s (US) series premiere of Coroner, which is based off the book series by @MatthewH_books and originally aired in Canada and is set in Toronto. Serinda Swan (Ballers and what I know her from, Breakout Kings & Graceland) stars as Dr. Jenny Cooper, a recently widowed and newly appointed coroner who investigates any suspicious, unnatural, or sudden deaths. She uses her intuition as much as her intellect and heart to solve cases alongside Homicide Detective Donovan “Mac” McAvoy (Roger Cross, Arrow, The X-Files), who isn’t afraid of challenging the status quo. Also working with Jenny is pathologist Dr. Dwayne Allen (Lovell Adams-Gray, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), his assistant River Baitz (Kiley May, It: Chapter Two), and Jenny’s assistant Alison Trent (Tamara Podemski, Run), who keeps it real. And while Jenny solves mysterious deaths, she also deals with clinical anxiety, a teenage son, Ross (Ehren Kassam, Degrassi: Next Class, Degrassi: The Next Generation), who is still grieving the death of his father, and the prospect of starting a new relationship with the enigmatic (& in my opinion cutie) Liam (Eric Bruneau, Trop).

I’ve seen the entire first season (they had screeners available a LONG time ago, and I’ve been dying for it to finally air here so I could share!), and I loved it. Jenny’s mental health is shaky, at best, but she’s great at her job and you really find yourself rooting for her. Mac is great too, and I really enjoyed the story lines that wind throughout the season.

On tonight’s premiere, “Black Dog,” when Dr. Jenny Cooper’s (Serinda Swan) life is upended by the untimely death of her husband, she changes her professional focus, becoming the newly appointed coroner in Toronto. As she learns to navigate raising a teenage son on her own, Jenny’s first case affects her personally when she is called to investigate the death of a teen in a youth detention center.

To see how Jenny handles everything life suddenly throws her way, tune in to The CW at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Guy’s Grocery Games & United We Fall.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/26/20

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

The overall arc on Harley Quinn since the pilot has been one of Harley distancing herself from her former home in the Joker’s shadow, as his emotional and physical punching bag. The short-term arc has been how Harley & Ivy have a vivacious sexual relationship that comes to the fore every time they get drunk together. That’s why it was crazy that a few episodes back, she rebooted the Joker by throwing him back into a vat of acid. He remembered who he was but couldn’t forget that the last half year he has been in love with Bethany, a single mother who is a nurse.

After last week’s mind-control fiasco, Harley & Kite Man finally bested Dr. Psycho and thusly earned the rights to Darkseid’s parademon armies. Harley declined, as she was not sure she really identified as a super-villain anymore. All is well that ends well? Well yes, except that Psycho sabotaged Ivy’s chances at happiness with Kite Man by showing the whole city a psychic projection of Harles & Ives doing the wild thing.

This show has been no-stop hilaritude and crass ball crunching action. This is the Harley Quinn we deserve. No matter what happens on today’s finale, I hope we get a season three!! If not, I have a baseball bat…

On today’s episode, “The Runaway Bridesmaid,” Ivy and Kite Man’s wedding plans are threatened to be derailed by an overzealous Commissioner Gordon who can’t resist a party with all of Gotham’s biggest villains; Ivy and Kite Man’s best chance at happiness is for Harley to come to the rescue.

Don’t miss the season 2 finale this morning on DCU streaming at 9AM/8AMc.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/25/20

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Kyle’s Choice

Today the DC Universe original series Doom Patrol returns for its second season, and this year it also airs on HBO Max, which means a lot more folks will be able to see it! In the first season, over the course of several decades, wheelchair-bound scientist Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton) welcomed various enhanced humans to live with him in his giant mansion, known as Doom Manor, where he tried to help them control their powers. It’s not unlike The X-Men, but these super-powered beings have a lot more personal and emotional baggage to deal with (which we found out about through flashbacks), plus they are a lot less heroic (at least initially).

The team includes 1950s Silver Screen starlet Rita Farr (April Bowlby), who, while shooting a film in 1955 in Africa, fell into the river and was transformed into Elasti-Girl. When her emotions run high, Rita loses control of her body and becomes a massive blob – a far cry from her normally-glamorous Hollywood self. In 1961, Air Force aviator test pilot Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer) was on a test flight in space and encountered cosmic radiation. A Negative Spirit entered his body, and his plane plummeted to Earth, bursting into flames, severely burning his body. Now Larry is constantly covered in bandages, looking like a mummy. The Negative Spirit inside of him can exit his body, but when it does so, it leaves Larry in a lifeless, immobile state – he has become dependent on this cohabitant to stay alive. In the 1970s, Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) found her way to Doom Manor. The troubled young woman has 64 personas, each with her own superpower. Jane cannot control which one of the personas controls her body – it could be anyone from the tough Hammerhead, to the teleporting Flit. Even Caulder hasn’t seen all of Jane’s personalities. In 1988, philandering race car driver Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser) was in a horrible accident, and only his brain survived. Caulder built Steele a brand-new robotic body, turning him into Robotman. And the latest addition to the team is high school football star Victor Stone (Joivan Wade). An explosion at STAR labs left his mother dead, but Silas Stone (Phil Morris) rebuilt the majority of his son’s body using nanites and other high-tech means, turning Victor into the crime-fighting superhero known as Cyborg.

In the first season, the team found itself up against a powerful supervillain known as Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), who had kidnapped The Chief (Niles). As they ventured out of Doom Manor and into the surrounding small town of Cloverton, Ohio for the first time in decades, things almost immediately went horribly wrong, as none of them really had control over their powers. The group soon found itself up against things like Apocalyptic cults and other inter-dimensional obstacles. At the same time, Mr. Nobody was playing mind games with them, trying to make them turn against one another, using their past emotional tragedies against them.

As the season came to a close, the metahumans learned that Niles Caulder had actually been involved in the accidents that caused each of them to obtain their powers. He had been using them as test subjects in his quest to unlock the secret to immortality, in hopes to prolong his own life long in order to protect his daughter, who has the ability to alter reality. Things got very odd and surreal as the team entered the painting of Danny the Street to take on Mr. Nobody and rescue Niles’s daughter, managing to escape just before a nuclear explosion collapsed the dimension inside the painting, trapping Mr. Nobody and the Bead Hunter in the White Space dimension. Afterwards, Niles introduced the team to his daughter, Dorothy Spinner.

The series has a very unique tone, which is largely comedic. The violence and language can be graphic and over-the-top at times, taking full advantage of the fact that this is not a broadcast network DC show. It has a very Deadpool sort of feel to it. The first season episodes were narrated by Mr. Nobody, who constantly made sarcastic remarks, often breaking the fourth wall, referring to the series itself. The world itself is also quite insane, from a flatulating donkey, to a sentient teleporting gender-queer street named Danny, to the talking Ezekiel the Cockroach (Curtis Armstrong) bent on world domination, to The Beard Hunter (Tommy Snider) a man with the power to learn everything about a person just by consuming their beard.

The show knows it’s crazy and embraces it and just has fun, while also exploring some really dark, dramatic moments. I’m curious to see where the series goes this season and what new characters will be introduced. Will the group still be bitter about Niles’s involvement in their conditions? How will Niles’s daughter fit in with the team? Is Mr. Nobody really gone, and if so, who will be the big bad this season and who will narrate the episodes? I am really happy that the series will be airing on HBO Max this year, as I don’t subscribe to DC Universe. Today the first 3 episodes (“Fun Size Patrol”, “Tyme Patrol” & “Pain Patrol”) will be made available, with a new episode launching each Thursday thereafter. Unfortunately, the second season is going to be short, with only 9 episodes, versus 15 in the first season.

I’ll also be watching/recording Holey Moley, Don’t, To Tell the Truth, Broke, and Celebrity Watch Party.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/24/20

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

We’re kind of lucky to have any Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at all this year. It was supposed to get axed after season 6, but when Inhumans flopped (hard), this show was extended. Comic book TV content is still highly in demand, and Fox also cancelled The Gifted, so something had to be salvaged. To be brutally honest, this season could be written off as mashup of Legends of Tomorrow & 12 Monkeys, but we’ve grown to love these characters so much, we’ll take them packaged however, wherever, whenever. So I’m gonna be grateful that we are spiraling through time with the core S.H.I.E.L.D. crew led by Mac, sans Fitz but with a robot Coulson & an afflicted Mae. Why? Because it has been phenomenal so far, as we’ve spent 2 episodes in the 1930s and now 2 in the 1950s.

Last week started with a unique show logo and robot Coulson as a film noir narrator in an appropriately black & white episode. Agent Surry from the short-lived yet classic Agent Carter crossed paths with the time-displaced team already. Robo-Coulson realized as he was in Sousa’s custody that that day was the one that Sousa was meant to die, after delivering a vital piece of technology to Howard Stark. Initially he sought to preserve history and steered Sousa towards his (later famous and revered) doom, but a number of problems cropped up on the way. For one thing, in retrieval of the item, Deek got kidnapped by Hydra. Yo-yo got away with the item, but instead of taking it to Coulson, she was preoccupied with saving Deek. To comedic effect, Enoch was again left as a bartender in the speakeasy where we last saw him in the 1930s. This time his only use was in patching the comms of the crew in a tech-starved era. In the end they faked Sousa’s death and took him forward with them on their next time hop after smoothing out history and foiling the Chronicons attempts to sabotage the timestream.

On tonight’s episode, “A Trout in the Milk,” after a bumpy landing in the disco decade, the team — Daniel Sousa in tow — reunites with more than one familiar face at the S.H.I.E.L.D. hangout and discovers exactly how to dismantle the Chronicoms’ latest plan. But when they get too close for comfort, the Zephyr unexpectedly leaps forward again, this time to a date pivotal to not only the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. but to the future of Director Mack as well.

Find out why the date is pivotal to the team tonight on ABC at 10/9c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/23/20

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

My pick today is the Mayim Bialik-hosted Celebrity Show-Off on TBS. First, I love Mayim, and it’ll be fun seeing her back on TV as herself, rather than Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory. Second, the premise is a lot of fun and there are a lot of fun celebs featured as well.

Based on a hit Korean show called My Little Television, each week, five celebrities will be given the opportunity to produce the most compelling content from their own homes. The home audience will then vote and the lowest-scoring celebrity will be…obviously not sent home…but will be eliminated and another surprise celebrity will put in their place. Their mini shows will debut on TBS’s YouTube channel and will be scored by total views, view duration and engagement.

I’m not sure what that means for the actual show tonight & each week on TBS…but I’m excited to find out!

Check out the TBS YouTube channel to watch the first five celebrities try to gain votes: Bella Thorne, Jason Mraz, Ja Rule, Kevin Smith, & the Willis sisters.

Then tune in tonight on TBS at 10/9c to see what happens!

I’ll also be watching Chopped & Sweet Home Sextuplets.

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