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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/30/19

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

I always enjoy when sitcoms do holiday-themed episodes, but the Halloween ones are always my favorites. TV characters always seem to have the most creative costumes – way more creative than anything you typically see from your local trick-or-treaters or at an adult costume party. Plus, the writers usually have a lot of fun mixing in some spooky and supernatural storylines into these normally pretty-grounded shows. Tonight, the entire ABC Wednesday night comedy lineup is Halloween-themed. as it goes from the 80s to the 90s and the present day.

In The Goldbergs, “A 100% True Ghost Story,” Beverly scores a bargain on four paintings, but something supernatural is causing them to be destroyed; Barry decides to throw a huge Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed party against Erica’s wishes. Barry Bostwick, Steve Guttenberg, & Stephnie Weir guest star.

Then, in Schooled, “Run, Rick, Run,” Coach Mellor is excited to celebrate Halloween in a couple’s costume with Julie, but his plan might be derailed by Principal Glascott; CB tries to scare the students into not tormenting each other during the school’s annual Halloween parade.

In Modern Family, “The Last Halloween.” Phil is determined to scare Claire on Halloween; Gloria feels self-conscious about her age when someone correctly assumes she is Jay’s wife; Mitch and Cam go to the WeHo Halloween Carnival after Lily decides to go to her first Halloween party alone.

And finally, in Single Parents, “Welcome to Hell, Sickos!” the kids head to the school for a spooky Halloween celebration with Douglas; Will has a stressful night trying to do too much; Poppy and Angie throw a Halloween party at Douglas’s house to try to prove to themselves that they are cool moms.

Check out the Halloween fun tonight on ABC starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Stumptown, Survivor, Riverdale, Nancy Drew, and American Horror Story: 1984.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/31/19

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

Early this morning, Hulu released the first four episodes of the new series Four Weddings and a Funeral. The ten-episode series comes from creator/executive producer Mindy Kaling and is a re-imagining of the 1994 romantic comedy of the same name. However, the only thing it really shares in common with its namesake is that over the course of the season, there will be four weddings and a funeral. Andie MacDowell also makes a guest appearance, though not reprising her film role.

The series centers around the lives of four American friends who went to college with one another and spent a semester abroad in London. After college, three of the friends moved to London, while Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones) stayed back. Maya had fallen in love with married Congressman Ted Spencer (Tommy Dewey, Casual) while working on his campaign, and now she is helping him run for the Senate. As all romantic stories like this go, Ted says that he loves Maya and will be leaving his wife any day now.

In the opener, Maya takes a trip to London to see her friends for a costume party. During a bag mix-up at the airport, she meets the charming Kash (Nikesh Patel, Indian Summers), who says that he is an actor. She later discovers that Kash is the boyfriend of her best friend, designer Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse, The Mindy Project, Red Band Society). Ainsley lives across the hall from the posh Gemma (Zoe Boyle, Frontier, Witless) and her husband and son. Gemma is a bit jealous to see that Ainsley has another friend. It turns out that Kash isn’t actually an actor but rather co-workers with investment banker Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith, You’re the Worst), who has just asked girlfriend Zara (Sophia La Porta, The Five) to move in with him. And rounding out the American crew is Duffy (John Reynolds, Stranger Things, Search Party), a dorky, awkward teacher at an all-boys school where he also lives in the dorm. He has had a secret crush on Maya for the past decade but has never been able to get up the courage to tell her how he feels.

The series feels more like an extended feature film than a traditional TV series, with each episode flowing nicely right into the next, plus it has a very British aesthetic to it. The episodes are filled with all those delightful tropes you expect to see in any classic romantic comedy, with the characters going through ups and downs and lots of plot twists and turns. There are also fun callbacks to iconic scenes from classic romantic comedy films. The show has a nice mix of drama and humor, and many of the comedic moments had me laughing out loud as I checked out the first two episodes. The series also has a wonderful soundtrack, and it didn’t even bother me that all the songs were covers.

One of the fun things about the show is that we know there will be four weddings and a funeral, and so there is this constant mystery of who will be a part of those five events (well, not that it’s fun to imagine who is going to die). The first couple of episodes do a nice job of setting up various possible love pairings and triangles, and you don’t necessarily know who is going to end up with whom. I fell in love with the show from episode one – these characters are so much fun and really feel like they could be longtime friends. I look forward to seeing how their intertwining stories all play out over the course of the season… I just hope I don’t have to watch one of their funerals!

Check out the first four episodes now on Hulu.

I’ll also be watching/recording Archer, Krypton, Younger, Match Game, Big Brother, and MasterChef.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/17/19

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

Last week’s installment of Archer: 1999 began with a classic Archer scene. Lana needed help landing the spaceship as they entered an alien environment to respond to a distress signal, but Archer was busy looking for the maraschino cherries he needed for his Whiskey Sour. Archer then spilled his half-made drink on the console, making the ship barrel down into an actual crash. As they rumbled to a stop, a jar rolled to his feet, and he stated calmly, “Never mind. Found the cherries.” CUT TO CREDITS

When we got back from commercial break, they discovered the fuel cell was shot, and their comms were down so they couldn’t call Mallory for backup. Everyone was worried, but Archer placed faith in his blind luck. This faith was supported by the fact he stumbled off a short cliff right into the ship they were searching for. Inside the wreckage, they find doubles of themselves, sans Krieger, with a bald Archer. Based on these doppelgängers Krieger concluded they were from a different dimension. They happened to find a fuel cell, rammed in the bald dead Archer’s rectum, but also were being chased by a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex, because of course. In the jungle, they met the double of Krieger, who agreed that it was probably a multi-verse crossover of some sort, but he also informed them that the T-Rex could camouflage into the environment like a chameleon. After a “he’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?” moment, the second Krieger was summarily eaten. Things only got resolved when Archer got back to the ship and battled the beast with the weapons and engine thrusters of the ship. Once back in space, Mallory informed them that the other crew were actually clones. Twice the productivity! Also she was happy she could write off the deaths of the other crew and their ship, making the adventure profitable to her bottom line.

This was another solid episode in the 1999 sci-fi run that this season is. It wasn’t the best, and a lot of the jokes required call-back knowledge from the first nine seasons, but it’s not like they are seeking new viewers now. This show is at a cult status, and if we get an eleventh season, it will not be made to attract new viewers. An interesting development in that question of “do we get a next season” has arisen. Since this one began, a ninth episode was added to the order, called “Robert DeNiro.” As the plot listed seems to indicate more Archer: 1999, it may not be the final episode of the series. We expect that the last episode would have to revolve around the end of Archer’s coma. They may wait till the close of this season to tell us, but I am once more hopeful this show will live on!

On tonight’s episode, “Space Pirates,” a voyage home gets interrupted by an alien battle cruiser carrying precious cargo.

Find out more about the “precious” cargo tonight on FXX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Krypton & Florida Girls, ’cause holy crap this show is funny.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/19/19

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

It’s so surreal and depressing that we could be only five episodes from the final episode of Archer, but that appears to be the reality. Whether or not it gets picked up for an eleventh season (or more), at the end of tonight’s episode we are halfway done with the newest incarnation of the brilliant, dialogue intensive comedy: Archer 1999. This third season of Archer’s coma dreams is a truncated eight-episode order, as were the first two, Archer Dreamland & Archer Danger Island.

This year the theme is finally fully sci-fi in a galaxy far, far away. As usual the satire spreads across several send ups, with last week’s installment playing like an eff’d up “Tribbles” episode from the seminal Star Trek series. Stuck in deep space with no food, still parsecs from a supply station, they found themselves overwhelmed by the eggs that a stowaway alien creature kept laying. They were slimy little gross eggs, but eventually the crew started consuming them. They then all begin to behave unusually, culminating in Archer & Lana engaging in a sex marathon, when we all know they can’t stand one another.

Mother, now a hologram AI being untethered from a body that required food, analyzed the situation and determined that the alien eggs were unlocking the inner desires of the whole crew. Cheryl eventually jettisoned the rest of the eggs and the alien who produced them, just as Bret showed up in a spaceship to rescue them. Bret, who famously got shot over and over till he died in the baseline reality version of Archer, died again when the eggs poured into his engine, making his ship explode.

This was easily the funniest episode yet this year. I hope that we get another season, even if creator Adam Reed leaves the show. This is one of the most unique and intelligent shows of the last decade. Whatever happens, just let it be known that this show has been baby-tattooingly awesome!

On tonight’s episode, “Dining with the Zarglorp,” deep in space, Archer and the crew encounter a terrifying cosmic beast. Even deeper, they encounter a self-aggrandizing life coach.

Meet the new beast and life coach tonight on FXX at 10/9c.

I’ll be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and I’ll also probably catch up on Krypton since I need summer content!

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/5/19

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

Overnight last night, Netflix released the fifth season of the anthology series Black Mirror. Unfortunately, since we got the choose-your-own-adventure Bandersnatch film at the end of December, this season is just three episodes. This season’s first story, “Striking Vipers,” finds estranged friends Danny (Anthony Mackie, Avengers: Endgame) & Karl (Yaha Abdul-Mateen II, The Get Down) reuniting over a Mortal Combat-like video game they used to play a lot while in college. The latest version of the game includes an immersive VR experience, and Danny’s growing obsession with the game starts to affect his relationship with his wife Theo (Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow). The second story, “Smithereens,” finds a rideshare driver’s (Andrew Scott, Sherlock) day spiraling out of control as he desperately seeks an audience with social media tech mogul Billy Bauer (Topher Grace, The Hot Zone). The episode also stars Damson Idris (Snowfall) as a young man who gets pulled into the events. The final episode, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” follows lonely teenagers Rachel (Angourie Rice) and Jack (Madison Davenport, Sharp Objects), who move to a new town after their mother passes away. Thanks to technology, Rachel is able to form a connection to her pop star idol, Ashley O (Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana). However, Ashley’s glamorous life isn’t all it appears to be.

Writer Charlie Brooker continues to provide fully fleshed-out, thought-provoking stories centered around technology. He shows how it can be both beneficial in our lives but can also turn into a destructive force as things can quickly go overboard. I thought these three stories got progressively better as I made my way through the season. All of these stories pose scenarios where technology could potentially take over our relationships or replace people in our lives. The producers have assembled a wonderful cast. Andrew Scott’s performance in the second episode is excellent, and the third episode shows a very different side of Miley Cyrus – this is definitely not Hannah Montana! The third episode was easily my favorite, as it has some really fun comedic moments as the story really comes together in the final act.

The thing that’s nice about Black Mirror is that all of the episode are separate, so you can jump in at any story if the plot sounds interesting or if it features some actors you enjoy. This is definitely one of my favorite Netflix shows. Charlie Brooker does an excellent job of coming up with these interesting and thought-provoking stories that shine a light on how technology could impact the human condition.

Don’t forget to check it out now on Netflix.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Amazing Race and Archer.
 
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