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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/5/20

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Earlier this week, FX kicked off the new FX on Hulu program, where shows that air on FX will also be available for streaming to all Hulu subscribers the next day. However, FX will be airing its new limited series Devs exclusively as a FX on Hulu original, bypassing the cable network altogether. Today the first two episodes of the 8-episode series are available to stream on Hulu.

Devs is a tech thriller set in the near future. Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno, Ex Machina) and her boyfriend Sergei (Karl Glusman, Nocturnal Animals) both work for tech company Amaya – she in the encryption division and he in A.I. division. Company founder Forest (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation) is a brilliant man but a bit of a recluse ever since the death of his young daughter, for whom he named the company. There is also an enormous statue erected on the campus in her memory.

Sergei is giving a presentation about his current project to Forest and his right-hand engineer, Katie (Alison Pill, American Horror Story, Star Trek: Picard), demonstrating how he is able to predict the future movements and behavior of a small organism. The two are impressed with his work and invite him to join their top secret Devs division. Lily is excited for Sergei but knows that he cannot tell her anything about his work. However, the day that he starts in his new position, Sergei goes missing.

Now, as Lily desperately delves into this, trying to figure out what happened to her boyfriend, she starts to unlock some secrets about Sergei and what is really going on at the company and in this top secret division. The only person Lily can trust and turn to is her ex, a hacker named Jamie (Jin Ha, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert). Meanwhile, Forest’s ruthless head of security Kenton (Zach Grenier, The Good Wife) will do anything to protect the company’s secrets. Other regular characters include Devs department engineers Lyndon (Cailee Spaeny, On the Basis of Sex) and Stewart (Stephen McKinley Henderson, New Amsterdam), and Pete (Jefferson Hall, Taboo), the homeless man who lives outside Lily and Sergei’s apartment.

The series comes from writer/director Alex Garland (Annihilation, Ex Machina, Dredd) and certainly has a similar feeling to his other work. It mixes technology and thriller with a more cosmic and ethereal look and feel. The show takes place in a slightly futuristic San Francisco, where this Google-like company has its hands in all major technology. The first two episodes introduce viewers to this slightly off world and characters and sets up the mysteries of what exactly happened to Sergei, what exactly is this Devs team working on, and is Forest hiding something? I really like the cast and atmosphere the show sets up, but a warning that this show is a bit of a slow burn, going more for an atmosphere than non-stop action.

Check out this new show now on Hulu.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, Tommy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace, Indebted, Outmatched, Katy Keene, and Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/20/20

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

Listen, Star Trek: Picard is good. It’s like the best of Star Trek and the best of Star Wars sorta mashed up in what is definitely the old TNG timeline, pre-reboot movies. After the alleged daughter of Data came to him for help, she was assassinated by a Romulan sect known as the Tal Shiar. She had a twin sister however, and she was out there somewhere, so Picard was on a quest to find her. He recruited an old friend from Star Fleet, Raffi, and her friend the star pilot, Rios. Rios played as “intellectual Han Solo” to me. We also added android scientist Dr. Agnes Jurati at the last minute as they were departing Earth.

Last week, instead of heading directly to the lead they have to follow up on on Freecloud, Picard had Rios charter a course to the Romulan resettlement world of Vashti, where Jean Luc once lived. He revisited the Qowat Milat, who were an order of ass-kicking nuns. He recruited the help of Elnar, who was the only male raised by the nuns. They got off planet together just in time for the ship to be attacked by local warlords. This was where the Star Wars–like action kicked in. Very few Trek films or shows have featured such intricate, fast, and masterfully pulled off outer space combat. Perhaps Discovery had some battles that were as cool, but these are the next gen shows, and starships have grown much more agile in this continuum fo’ show. They barely won this battle with the help of a mystery battler on a small A-Wing sized ship. When beaming that person aboard, they got the next recruit to the team: Seven of Nine!

Meanwhile, out on a defunct Borg cube, the lost twin sister, Soji, was part of a strange reclamation project. They are salvaging Romulans by taking Borg parts out of them then rehabilitating them as pure organic beings. The process didn’t work on all victims equally however, and she was trying to find out what happened with the particular batch of the misfits she happened upon in her research. The Romulan she was cavorting with promised her access to information, but at the same time, his contact in the Tal Shiar threatened to use force if his subversive tactics didn’t pay off soon.

This show moves quick, is a lot of fun, and features aspects of all kinds of Star Trek cannon. Don’t miss out!

Catch this week’s episode, “Stardust City Rag,” now on CBSAA.

I’ll also be tuning in for How the Universe Works & Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/13/20

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

There is a tremendous amount of drama and conflict happening on Station 19, and the season is just beginning! Last week we sadly found out that Ryan died from the gunshot, and Andy has gone into emotional shutdown mode. She demanded to be allowed to work so she could stay busy, but her father was grieving Ryan’s death quite a bit more than Andy, which led him to be extremely concerned about her. This concern led to Pruitt stupidly getting involved in house politics when he asked Sullivan not to make Andy the captain of the house – a decision that is going to have very serious repercussions for the entire team. Maya was named captain after Sullivan let Pruitt’s concern change his mind, and I am not happy. I used to like Maya, but she has become a self-serving back stabber who will step over anyone to reach her goals – even her friends. The team is not going to respond well to her leadership, and she will never have the respect that Andy or Jack has from them. That is a dangerous situation for a firehouse to be in because they need that trust to continue to risk their lives to save others. In the end, I am not sure what will become of the house due to this poor decision on Sullivan’s part.

On tonight’s episode, “House Where Nobody Lives,” Ben and Jack mollify a group of homeless foster and biological siblings so they can help save a life, triggering memories from Jack’s past. Meanwhile, Maya pushes the team too hard and struggles to bring them together; and Pruitt threatens to take drastic action when refused a request.

Find out just how deep this conflict will run tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Grey’s Anatomy, Young Sheldon, Deputy, Katy Keene, Outmatched, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Unicorn, A Million Little Things, Tommy, and Law & Order: SVU.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/6/20

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 #1

Tonight, NBC kicks off the new comedy Indebted. Young parents Dave (Adam Pally, Happy Endings) and Rebecca (Abby Elliott, Odd Mom Out) are thrilled that they are finally beyond the years of changing diapers and dealing with crying babies and are ready to enjoy their married life. However, that quickly changes when Dave’s parents, Debbie (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) and Stew (Steven Webber, Wings), show up at their door. Years of mismanaging their money and spending beyond their means has finally caught up with Dave’s parents, and now they are broke. So while contractor Dave fixes up their home to sell, Debbie and Stew move in with him, and Dave and Rebecca soon discover that they need to act more like the parents to these child-like adults. Also living with them is Dave’s sister Joanna (Jessy Hodges, Barry).

While I wasn’t bowled over by tonight’s premiere, it did make me laugh a bit. Debbie and Stew can be a bit much after a while, but I did really enjoy the chemistry between Dave and Rebecca. The series has a wonderful cast – I am thrilled to have both Fran Descher and Adam Pally back on my TV – and so I’ll withhold final judgement on this show until I see a few more episodes.

On tonight’s premiere, “Everybody’s Talking About the Pilot,” young parents Dave and Rebecca end up having to take care of Dave’s parents, who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt.

Meet the newest family on the block tonight on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/23/20

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

Two of my favorite actors to watch on TV are Jason Biggs (American Pie movie franchise) and Maggie Lawson (Psych), and tonight they’re starring in the new FOX comedy Outmatched. The premise is really fun: Two ordinary, blue-collar, working-class parents are raising four children…three of whom are geniuses. It’s a hard life trying to nurture their children’s amazing minds while not able to keep up with or understand them. They’re determined to give all of their kids as normal a childhood as possible, but for the three big-brained kiddos, that’s more difficult than either parent anticipates.

The show also stars Tisha Campbell (Dr. Ken, My Wife and Kids), Jack Stanton (The Mick), Connor Kalopsis (The Grinder), Ashley Boettcher (Lost in Oz), and Oakley Bull (Beautiful Boy).

I’ve seen tonight’s premiere, and it’s a lot of fun. Biggs and Lawson play off each other well, and you can see their love for their kids, even though most of the time they’re scared spitless of them as well. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to more.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Kay and Mike cope with raising three high-IQ children.

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere on FOX at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching Last Man Standing, Deputy, Will & Grace, Perfect Harmony, & Beat Bobby Flay.
 
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