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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/21/20

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

In an interesting pacing turn, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s latest season started last week with their installment in the annual Crisis Crossover as that story’s conclusion. The crossover only really dealt with two “Legends” mostly – Sara Lance and Ray Palmer – so it seemed weird to sacrifice their season premiere to such a minimal overlap. It was still a fun episode. It just did little to nothing to set the tone for what we might expect in this latest Legends season.

So what did happen? Well…everyone from the previous 4 installments of Crisis on Infinite Earths woke up on a newly reformed planet named Earth Prime. Yes, everyyyyyone. So Supergirl & Black Lightning now happen on the same world as The Flash & Batwoman. Cool. So like exactly what happened in the comic version of this story. First order of business was beating some illusionist who used a fake Beebo to distract the heroes as he robbed a bank. Till Flash and Sara figured it out and showed up to kick his ass. Various people were having trouble adjusting to the newly reformed world they shared. For instance, Supergirl now worked for Lex Luthor in the new version of the DEO.

But the Nash version of Harrison Wells had detected that the Anti-Monitor was not quite dead, and sure enough, he soon reformed and the heroes must assemble once more. While the Geek Squad worked on a shrinking bomb that should make the Big Bad shrink infinitely smaller forever, the Muscle and Laser Squad took him on head to head. Eventually the device was created and Supergirl threw it right at him. Bam! Crisis averted. Or at least concluded. Mostly.

Barry showed the united heroes a base he had established for them that featured a shrine to their fallen friend Green Arrow. As they sat down as what could only be seen as the Arrowverse’s Justice League, a strange cackling was heard all about them. Smashcut to credits. So who was that laughing? Beebo again? The Joker? Someone else played by Mark Hamill? I’m really not sure, but I do know that each season of Legends is based on a single problem that causes glitches all through time space. I’m thinking it’s gotta involve the return of Rip Hunter. Let’s just hope Damian Dahrk isn’t a Big Bad for the 4th time, FFS.

On tonight’s episode, “Meet the Legends,” Sara, Ray and Mick are shocked to discover that the Legends have become famous; the Legends discover that their new problem is Rasputin; Constantine thinks he knows the reason for new time blips and informs the team that it won’t be easy to defeat.

Find out the reasons for the time blips tonight on The CW at 9/8c.

I’ll also be tuning in for Arrow.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/10/20

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 #1

My first pick tonight is the series premiere of Lincoln Rhymes: Hunt for the Bone Collector on NBC. Aside from a clunky title (why not just leave it at Lincoln Rhymes?? But whatever…), this is another show that I’m totally, 100% on board with from the first mention of it. For one, it’s a cop show, and you know I love those. Two, it stars Russell Hornsby, whom I loved on Grimm. And three, it’s based on a great book series that I loved, by Jeffery Deaver.

Hornsby stars as titular character Lincoln Rhymes, a former NYPD detective who was injured in the line of duty – paralyzed and unable to return to work. When the killer he was chasing at the time, the Bone Collector, seems to have returned three years later, something finally, FINALLY, piques his interest enough that he decides to take the police up on their offer to let him consult…because his mind is as sharp as it ever was. Also starring is Arielle Kebbel (Midnight, Texas) as NYPD Officer Amelia Sachs, who was smart enough on the scene of a murder to catch some important evidence, and it’s through her that Lincoln will be able to view each scene and help track evidence. The show also stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Mad Dogs, Life on Mars, Law & Order, Detroit 187), Brooke Lyons (Sullivan & Son, Life Sentence), Ramses Jimenez (Vida), Roslyn Ruff (Bluegrass/Blood Red), Tate Ellington (The Brave, Quantico), Brian F. O’Byrne (Aquarius, Saints & Strangers), & Courtney Grosbeck.

I’ve seen tonight’s pilot, and I was very, very happy with it. Russell Hornsby is great, as is (new to me) Arielle Kebbel. The cast has a fun chemistry, and the story lines are exciting. If this is at all your type of show, or heck, even if it usually isn’t, give it a shot. You might be surprised!

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere on NBC at 8/7c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/8/20

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Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Freeform kicks off the newly reimagined Party of Five, which is similar in concept to the original 1990s FOX series but with a more modern take. Nearly 23 years ago, Javier Acosta (Bruno Bichir, Narcos) and his wife Gloria (Fernanda Urrejola, Narcos: Mexico) came to the United States illegally and set down their roots, opening a popular local restaurant and expanding their family to include five children. Their eldest son, 24-year-old Emilio (Brandon Larracuente, 13 Reasons Why) is a DACA child who now lives on his own, pursuing a career as a musician. However, when ICE raids the family restaurant, arresting the Acosta parents, taking them away to be deported to Mexico, Emilio is forced to put his own dreams on the back burner and step up to take care of his younger siblings: Lucia, Beto, Valentina, and baby Rafael. Sixteen-year-old Lucia (Emily Tosta, Mayans M.C.) was a straight-A student, but after her parents’ arrest, she starts to act out and party rather than concentrating on her grades. Meanwhile, her twin brother Beto (Niko Guardado, The Goldbergs) is also neglecting his schoolwork and sports in order to step in and try to keep the family restaurant afloat. And precocious young Valentina (Elle Paris Legaspi, Vida), who was celebrating an academic achievement with her parents at the restaurant when ICE arrived, probably misses and needs her parents the most, as she is just hitting puberty.

I had never seen the original series, but I thought tonight’s premiere was really well done. It feels like a very modern take on the same concepts of the original show – the kids weren’t left orphaned, but for all intents and purposes, it’s almost like they are. I feared that with a topic like this, the series may get too political, but in the first episode, it never felt so. It is just heartbreaking drama depicting this family being torn apart by an unfortunate situation. With no other family to turn to, the siblings are now on their own and must quickly learn how to balance their lives as children while also taking on more adult responsibilities – from making sure they keep what’s left of their family together, to desperately trying not to lose their home or the family business (their only source of income) and raising their baby brother, who may never know his parents. At the same time, they are working to try to work the legal system and reunite with their parents. I look forward to checking out more of this series to see how the story progresses.

On tonight’s series premiere, “Pilot,” when ICE deports their parents, life for the five Acosta siblings is turned upside down; oldest son Emilio puts his music career on hold to move back home and take care of his siblings.

You can check out the episode right now on Hulu and at Freeform’s website or tonight on Freeform at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Modern Family, Single Parents, Stumptown, and Almost Family.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/3/20

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!

Megan’s Choice

I had a wonderful holiday season, but I am also incredibly happy that some new television is starting again tonight! What is even more exciting about tonight is that we are finally getting the Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. crossover I have been wanting since the beginning. It has always bothered me that they haven’t had the teams meet before, seeing as we have supporting characters such as Noelani and Duke who have appeared on both shows. Hopefully after this crossover, it will be more like the #OneChicago series of shows, where the different departments cross paths during each other’s shows. That would make this girl ecstatic.

On tonight’s Hawaii Five-0, “Ihea ‘oe i ka wa a ka ua e loku ana? (Where Were You When the Rain was Pouring?),” when a list of undercover CIA agents is stolen, Steve and Five-0 enlist the help of Magnum, Higgins, Rick, and TC to get it back and protect national security. Also, Higgins gives Tani some personal advice.

Then on Magnum P.I., “Desperate Measures,” Junior is kidnapped as leverage to retrieve the stolen list of undercover CIA agents, and most of Five-0 is rounded up by the CIA to prevent them from interfering. Tani and Quinn ask Magnum and Higgins for their help.

Can my two favorite island crime fighting teams secure the list of CIA agents and save Junior before it’s too late? Find out for sure tonight on CBS starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Blue Bloods.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/13/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, after a year and a half, the sci-fi drama The Expanse finally returns to TV for its fourth season, now as an Amazon original series. The first three seasons originally aired on the Syfy channel and are also available on Amazon Prime as well. The series is set 200 years in the future, where the Earth is governed by the UN. Low on resources, some humans left Earth to settle on Mars. There is a cold war brewing between the planets, and stuck in the middle are the Belters, who live on Ceres, a mining community in the asteroid belt. In the first season, we met the ragtag crew of the Rocinante, which included Earther captain James Holden, Martian pilot Alex Kamal, Belter engineer Naomi Nagata, and Earther mechanic Amos Burton. A mysterious alien protomolecule was discovered by the Protogen corporation, which had goals of weaponizing the creature. Earth, Mars, and the Belter’s Outer Planets Alliance (OPA) also wanted to get control of it. The molecule was incredibly dangerous, and Protogen launched an experiment on Eros Station, killing everyone aboard. Belter detective Joe Miller sacrificed himself helping the Roci crew destroy the molecule (or so they initially believed). The Roci crew had obtained a sample of the molecule, which Naomi ultimately gave to OPA leader Fred Johnson, since Earth and Mars already had their own samples.

In the second season, the crew discovered that Protogen had been experimenting with the molecule, trying to turn children into super-soldiers, but this ultimately just resulted in turning the children into carriers, spreading the alien creature. Meanwhile, on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, Martian Marine Bobbie Draper and her unit came under attack by a strange new creature – a human/protomolecule hybrid that was the result of more Protogen experiments. She headed to Earth to talk about her experience but found that no one wanted her to tell the truth. She ended up partnering with UN Deputy Undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala, who was also experiencing a coup, as her trusted partner was trying to frame and eliminate her. Later one of these protomolecule hybrid monsters also attacked the crew of the Roci.

In the third season, the protomolecule that the crew tried to burn up in Venus re-emerged from the planet, flying into space and forming a large ring. The Rocinante had a documentary crew aboard, but it turned out that one of the crew was the sister of one of the people killed on Eros, and she was out for revenge. Using her footage, she made Holden look like a terrorist. The Roci found itself under pursuit, and they had no other option than to enter this mysterious ring. While other ships had been wiped out when entering the ring, the Roci somehow made it through unscathed, but now other ships were following. The OPA was convinced that the ring posed a danger to all humans and that they had to blow it up. However, Holden had a vision, taking with the protomolecule as it took on the form of Detective Miller, which told him that the ring used to be a gateway to other worlds. After a brief skirmish with the crew of the OPA ship, Holden managed to shut down that ship’s engine to prove to the molecule that they weren’t a threat. Shortly afterwards, nearly 1300 Stargate-like portals to other solar systems appeared in the sky.

Today, Amazon has released season 4 of the series, which picks up 8 months later, following the fourth novel of the series, “Cibola Burn.” Thousands of Ganymede refugees are eager to find a new home in these new solar systems, but the UN first wants to ensure that there are no alien threats. They have set up a blockade to prevent others from entering the ring, but before doing to, a Ganymede ship managed to slip through, landing on Ilus and establishing the New Terra colony. The UN discovers a protomolecule structure on the planet, and UN Secretary Chrisjen Avasarala is afraid of another Eros situation. So she enlists the help of Holden and his crew to head down to the planet to check things out, negotiate with the settlers, and report back their findings. However, there is already political unrest brewing, as the settlers just want to be left alone and are prepared to protect their colonial claim. And things are about to get worse as the company sends a ship of its own with its own ulterior objectives, and unknown creatures are awakening on the planet.

I checked out the first couple episodes of the season, and I have to say, this is probably my favorite season of the series yet. I didn’t really notice any huge difference so far between the Syfy and Amazon episodes as far as runtime or content – the show never really held anything back in the past, especially in regards to Avasarala’s language. It still feels like the same show but with an interesting new setting for the season. I look forward to seeing what other civilizations and planets will be explored and what new alien threats await the Rocinante crew this season. How will Naomi deal with her first visit to a planet’s surface? How will these new planets affect the fragile peace between the Earth, Mars, and Belters? With so many ready-to-go planets, what does this mean for Mars’s huge terraforming project? Will the Earth see more people fleeing to these new worlds? Does the UN really think they can control all of this and hold back those anxious to explore this much larger new world? The series has already been renewed for a fifth season, so there are plenty more adventures to come for the Rocinante crew.

I’ll also be watching/recording Marvel’s Runaways, American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, The Blacklist, and Van Helsing.
 
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