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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/6/20

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

As a kid, I couldn’t wait for each new episode of Stephen Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories. Each week the show would take viewers on a whole new adventure, transporting everyday characters into some fantastical new world and story. It was like a more family friendly Twilight Zone, with the movie magic and wonder of Stephen Spielberg and starring an all-star cast. Today, Apple TV+ kicks off a 5-week reboot of this classic series, this time with longer, hour-long stories. As I checked out today’s premiere, I was instantly transported back 35 years when that familiar theme song started playing.

On the first episode, “The Cellar,” brothers Jake (Micah Stock, The Right Stuff) and Sam (Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf, Maze Runner) are restoring an old house from the early 20th century, when something magical occurs. Jake is older and more mature. He’s married, with a newly adopted baby at home, and wants his brother to join his construction business full time. But Sam is a bit more free-spirited. He likes to have fun, flipping through Tinder to find a one-night-stand while at work, and doesn’t really want to settle down or know what he wants to do with his life. While the brothers are doing some demo on the house, Sam discovers a box hidden in the fireplace, containing an old photo of a beautiful woman in a wedding dress and a matchbook with a code word written on the inside. The next day, while they are working on the house, a siren goes off and a major storm quickly moves in. Sam heads down to the storm cellar, where he hears a disorienting, high-pitched buzzing, and then suddenly finds himself transported back in time 100 years. He soon finds himself face to face with Evelyn (Victoria Pedretti, You, The Haunting of Hill House), the woman from the photo, who is holding a shotgun and demanding he leave her home.

After the initial shock and things calm down, Sam learns that Evelyn is unhappy. She has a deep love of music, but her mother (Sasha Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles) doesn’t approve of her spending time on such foolish things. Her family is in danger of losing their home, and so it has been arranged for Evelyn to marry a widower she doesn’t even love. Evelyn doesn’t really have much choice in the matter and is prepared to accept her fate in life. That is, until she starts falling for Sam, who tells her about a future where women can be and do anything they want. Now, they must figure out how to get back to the year 2019, and they only have 10 days until Evelyn is to be married.

It was so great to have this show back on my TV after so many years. I really enjoyed the premiere – it had that same sense of wonder and adventure I remember from the original series. While the show is mostly family friendly, there were a couple of minor bits of dialogue in this episode that may cause parents of younger children to take pause…perhaps it’s a PG-13, but there was nothing too shocking. If this first episode is any indication of the level of production value and story we can expect from the series, it makes me really excited to see what other tales and actors will show up this season.

I’ll also be watching/recording Spenser Confidential and Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/7/20

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 #1

Today, Apple TV+ has released the entire nine-episode first season of its new comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. The series is a workplace comedy that follows a video game company preparing to release the first major expansion to its massively popular Role Playing MMO game Mythic Quest. Creative Director Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is a bit of an eccentric and is nervous about the release. He is constantly tinkering with the code and wants to delay the launch, but the rest of his team are ready to move forward. Ian is constantly butting heads with lead programmer Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao).

The series reminds me of Silicon Valley, if Pied Piper were a video game company. The show finds humor in the interactions between the departments of the company, from marketing, to the designers and coders, to the testers, the all-important (but obnoxious) gameplay streamers, the odd creative director, and even the head of HR, whom the employees treat like their personal therapist. The amazing cast also includes Danny Pudi (Community), David Hornsby (Good Girls), Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul), and the hilarious (who knew?!) Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the game’s writer, who treats his work like he’s writing a Shakespearean masterpiece. Other characters include internal game testers Rachel (Ashly Burch, Critical Role) and Dana (Imani Hakim, Everybody Hates Chris), and 14-year-old YouTube gamer Pootie Shoe (Elisha Henig, The Sinner).

I checked out the premiere and really enjoyed it – there is some great chemistry between this ensemble cast. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the show. The series is co-created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, who had all worked together on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show has already been picked up for a second season, so there’s plenty more to come.

See the entire first season now on Apple TV+.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/28/19

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! And to our fellow US TV viewers, may you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Kyle’s Choice

Today, Apple TV+ launched the new psychological thriller Servant, from director M. Night Shyamalan and writer Tony Basgallop. The series follows couple Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose, Six Feet Under) and Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell, Dead Man’s Shoes), who are in mourning over the recent loss of their infant son, Jericho. The two have taken different approaches towards dealing with their grief, and this has caused a bit of a rift in their marriage. Dorothy appears to be in denial, pretending that nothing has happened, treating a doll made to look like the child they lost as though it were actually their son. Sean just wants his wife to snap out of it and is annoyed that he must pretend to love and care for this doll. It’s been almost nine months, but the couple hasn’t even told anyone about their loss – the only people who know the truth are Dorothy’s father and her younger brother Julian (Rupert Grint, Harry Potter). The couple lives in a large, expensive townhouse in Philadelphia. Sean works out of the home as a consulting chef, developing recipes for high-end restaurants. Meanwhile, Dorothy works as a field reporter for a local TV news station, and so she needs help taking care of “baby” Jericho. Enter the couple’s new live-in nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free, Too Old to Die Young), a quiet, reserved eighteen-year-old from Wisconsin, who doesn’t seem phased at all by the couple’s unusual situation.

While Dorothy is eager to please the new houseguest, Sean doesn’t feel the same way. He’s confused as to why Leanne insists on treating “Jericho” like a real baby even when Dorothy is not around to see. He senses something is off about this young woman, and when odd, creepy things start happening around the house, his suspicions intensify. I really enjoyed what I’ve seen of the series so far. M. Night Shyamalan projects usually involve strange, unexpected twists and turns, and this show certainly has many of those. As the episodes progress, things get increasingly mysterious and creepy. Shyamalan has a very unusual way of framing the scenes, which adds to the uneasiness and tension of what’s happening. Much of the series takes place inside this house, which can be at times beautiful but also a bit claustrophobic (though in a good way that helps set the tone). The series does a great job of ending each episode in a way that makes you eager to check out the next one. While this series could easily be binged, I like that it will be released weekly, as it is certainly a show that is going to promote water cooler talk. This is easily my favorite of the Apple Originals thus far.

Today Apple released the first three 30-minute episodes, and new episodes will continue to roll out weekly, every Friday, starting next week. Due to the holiday, new episodes of Apple’s other three weekly originals (The Morning Show, See, and For All Mankind) will also drop today, instead of their usual Friday release.

I’ll also be watching/recording Merry Happy Whatever, Holiday Rush, and Almost Family.
 
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