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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/13/19

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 once again this week is #OneChicago. Boy, I’m enjoying these shows. I’ll just do a quick recap of each one with the highlights… Chicago Med: Creepy vampire kids. The girl was clearly either a really bad girl (not evil, but just…bad!) or delusional. She had the boy so snowed into thinking they were both vampires, because his medical problem caused him to be blistered by the sun. As for relationships… Ethan and April are trying to get pregnant, but while April is wanting to take a laidback approach, Ethan is all about tracking her cycles, being proactive, etc, and it’s pushing April the wrong way – so much so that she nearly kisses Dr. Marcel at the party he and Maggie threw. Thankfully Ethan didn’t see, but could this spell trouble? Guess we’ll see! Oh, and speaking of Maggie… She met a guy while getting her chemotherapy who was also there getting his. Sparks!

Then on Chicago Fire: Severide was approached by a young female lieutenant from OFI (Office of Fire Investigations) who wanted to bring him in to help with the backlog of cases, but he turned her down, said his place was there at 51. But not much later, Boden received a transfer order, sending Severide to OFI. Boden thought for a moment it was Severide’s choice, but Severide thought it was the female lieutenant. But they were both wrong. It was Grissom. Dun dun dun! Grissom had a good point, that they had to go where they were needed…and Severide has good instincts when it comes to sniffing out arsons. So they made a deal that Severide will go over to OFI to help with the backlog, and after a few months, he’ll be free to decide whether he wants to stay or return to 51. Meanwhile, Herrmann clashed with a uniformed CPD officer at a scene, and it looked like he was going to get in big trouble over it (even though he wasn’t really wrong about it and the officer was a repeat reporter douche bag), but fortunately for him, part of Severide’s deal with Grissom is that Grissom is calling off the complaint against Herrmann.

And then finally, on Chicago PD: Darius the big-time drug slinger/gang dude (played by the great Michael Beach) was pulled back in as a CI when a dangerous drug was getting put out on the streets. Things seemed to be going okay…until one of Hailey’s CIs (who had basically become a professional CI for a lot of people/organizations) thought he was smarter than he was and walked into CPD (and into Intelligence’s operational space in the basement!) and showed his face in front of Darius…who then had someone kill him. That really shook Hailey big-time. She felt responsible, but frankly, the guy was an idiot. Not that he deserved to be killed, but dang… And while I won’t spoil it, if you saw the preview for this week’s episode, you know tonight is going to be life changing. Eek!

On tonight’s Chicago Med, “Too Close to the Sun,” Maggie gets unsettling news about a new friend and breaks protocol to support him. One of the doctors from the Med family is rushed into emergency surgery after a violent assault. A social media influencer lets his users vote on medical advice, forcing Dr. Charles to make a decision.

Then on Chicago Fire, “Seeing is Believing,” Severide begins his assignment at the Office of Fire Investigation and gets off on the wrong foot when, despite his orders, he reopens an old case. When the cause of an apartment fire hits close to home, Herrmann is on a mission to get to the bottom of it. Kidd finds herself burning the candle at both ends.

Finally, on Chicago PD, “No Regrets,” after injuring herself while pursuing a suspect, Burgess receives a shocking diagnosis. A homicide case turns into a missing persons case, with a sinister twist. Voight has to decide between justice and the letter of the law.

Spend the evening in Chicago with me tonight on NBC starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Guy’s Grocery Games & S.W.A.T.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/18/19

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 popularity of modern anthology series could possibly trace to the massive success of American Horror Story, which debuted in 2011 on FX. One of the unique aspects of how this anthology works is in its rotation of acting talent through the series’ seasons, which overlap one another. There has more than twice been an actress who plays more than one role in a single season. Last year’s AHS: Apocalypse arc was a magnificent merger of the seasons “Murder House” and “Coven.” “Hotel” was also in play, as it featured the fate of Queenie from “Coven” because she got trapped there in one of the numerous crossovers between seasons.

The story that slowly emerged from last season was that the Coven from New Orleans was prepared for Michael Langdon’s attempt to destroy Earth as the antichrist. Ultimately, Madison ascended as the next Supreme after Cordelia sacrificed herself for the greater good. Madison was eventually able to master her powers so well that she traveled back in time to kill Langdon before he could assume his full demonic might.

Tonight, of course, we’ll be diving into a totally new world as AHS: 1984 debuts. No, this is not an Orwell homage from what I am given to understand, but more a take on 80s horror films like Friday the 13th & A Nightmare on Elm Street. Someone must have caught the Stranger Things nostalgia bug. It sounds like we start off on a tangent to the Jason Vorhees mythos, so grab a butcher knife and a hockey mask and let’s go!

On tonight’s episode, “ Camp Redwood,” in the summer of 1984, five friends escape Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood. As they adjust to their new jobs, they quickly learn that the only thing scarier than campfire tales is the past coming to haunt you.

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee & Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/18

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

Today, YouTube released the new 10-episode futuristic sci-fi thriller Origin, from director Paul W.S. Anderson. The series follows a group of strangers who were on their way to recolonize a planet five light years away, when something happened and they woke up early. Now they find themselves in deep space, with no signs of the ship’s crew and only a small fraction of the passengers who were supposed to be on board. They begin to search the ship and discover strange and creepy things, which only brings up more questions. There is something mysterious and deadly on board, and the passengers start to question if they can really trust one another.

I checked out the first two episodes, and by the end of the premiere I was completely sold. I love this kind of tense thriller, and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and see the mystery unfold. Things get incredibly freaky by the end of the first episode and continue to amp up even more in the second episode, becoming a consistent stream of jump scares. If I had to describe the show in one sentence, it would be The Thing in space. However, the series does take some breaks from the tension – each episode utilizes flashbacks to explore one of the character’s backstories, looking into who they were and why they ultimately jumped at the chance to erase their past and to start over with a blank slate and a new identity on a new planet.

The cast is great. It includes Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle, Zoo), Fraser James (Holby City), Philipp Christopher, Nina Wadia, Madalyn Horcher (Gracepoint), Siobahn Cullen, Adelayo Adedayo (Timewasters), and Wil Coban. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got a chance to participate in the press room for the series. Unfortunately, due to a tight schedule, I only got the chance to speak with one pair of actors – Tom Felton & Sen Mitsuji – before they were whisked off for their panel. You can find my video from the roundtable Q&A at NoReRuns.net.

Check out the complete first season of Origin now on YouTube.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, Riverdale, and Stan Against Evil.

 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/10/18

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, Riverdale returns to The CW to kick off the show’s third season. A lot happened last season, especially with the expanded 22-episode season! Betty discovered that her father was the real Black Hood – a serial killer that had been terrorizing the town – though there had also been a second copycat who had been hired by Hiram Lodge. Fred ran for mayor, and even though he had Veronica’s help to try to beat her mother, Hermione ultimately won the election. Meanwhile, Archie was in a political race of his own – he ran for student body president and won. Meanwhile, Veronica discovered his father’s plans to own the entire south side of town, and so she purchased the Whyte Wyrn before he had a chance to do so. She then traded the bar to her father in exchange for Pop’s Diner. Archie had had enough of Hiram and confronted him in his home at knife point, calling him out on all the people he had had a hand in murdering. However, it was all empty threats with Archie – he had no proof and didn’t even think to wear a wire to the confrontation. The next day at school, Jughead asked Betty to join the Serpents, proving that what her father had done hadn’t affected their relationship. Then, Archie was sworn in as class president, but before he could do anything, he was arrested for murder – Hiram had set him up!

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens this season. Will the teens once again find themselves embroiled in another murder mystery? Or else what other kind of evil or misfortune will befall the town of Riverdale this year? And what about Archie – how quickly will he be able to prove his innocence and get out of prison? Will he try to get revenge on Hiram afterwards? It should be another exciting season with lots of soapy twists and turns.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I had the chance to speak with some of the cast about the upcoming season. You can check out my press room videos at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s premiere, “Labor Day,” Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer; Betty must deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly; Veronica pleads with Hiram to help Archie.

See if Archie gets the help he needs tonight on The CW at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Modern Family, Single Parents, A Million Little Things, Survivor, All American, and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/19/18

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

I’m not a diehard American Horror Story fan. I loved Coven. I recently watched Roanoke and thought it was decent. But many of the seasons failed to draw me in. I tuned into the AHS: Apocalypse premiere last week to see if this season would be one for me. So far I’d say so. A fair balance of dystopia and the macabre with a droplet or two of sci-fi mystery hiding in the wings of a secret survival complex.

The episode opened with spoiled rich lady/wannabe-Instagram celebrity Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt at the hair salon getting her hair done. Everyone started to get text alerts that nuclear missiles were inbound to L.A. and they were going to die. Coco’s dad called her, confirming the alerts were real but that she may escape on a private jet if she got to the airport in time. While her boyfriend Brock did not make it, she took with her the hair stylist, his grandmother, and Coco’s assistant Mallory. They were being relocated to a safe place by an organization her father paid 400 million dollars to, named the Cooperative.

In another storyline, we saw how a boy named Timothy was taken from his family in L.A. before the bomb dropped because the Cooperative found him to be genetically predisposed to survival. At first he was taken to a bomb shelter under the city, but in two weeks he and another selectee, a young girl named Emily, were sent to the same safe place as the others, a post-Apocalyptic citadel called Outpost Three. As Tim and Emily were walking into the safe zone in their gawky yellow hazmat suits, they witnessed the execution of two teens guilty of “unauthorized copulation.”

Inside the Outpost, they survive on a diet of jello cubes that were filled with “all the nutrients they require for survival.” Head mistress of the Outpost, a Cooperative agent known as Wilhelmina Venerable (played by Susan Paulson) informed them they had 18 months’ worth of food. A pigeon arrived with the message that three other Outposts had been overrun and society had broken down completely – 99.9% of all humans were already dead. Inside Outpost Three, Purple were the Elites, while Grays were the “worker ants.”

The hairstylist and another young man were found to be radioactive and taken to a decontamination room. After a scrubbing the stylist was clean, but the other man registered as radioactive, so they shot him in the skull. Wilhelmina and Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates) celebrated in private that they faked the Geiger count machine to kill the man as meat. After he was served to the Purples, they had mixed reactions to being cannibals. After dinner, as they all argued over the ethics of it all, the song that had been playing for two weeks straight suddenly changed. They mistakenly took it as a sign the Cooperative will be coming for them soon. Instead we jumped forward eighteen months to when the food was running out. An outside representative of the Cooperative arrived to judge whom amongst them was really fit for survival; he could relocate all or none of them to a ten-year facility that was much more secure.

So far, super rad show. I’ll be tuning back in for tonight at least to give it another try.

On tonight’s episode, “The Morning After,” after the nuclear apocalypse, the world’s chosen elite survive in secure outposts created by the mysterious Cooperative; underneath the surface of humanity’s salvation lies a battlefield for the final conflict between good and evil.

Catch episode two tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

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