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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… 1/14/20

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

One thing that the Arrowverse shows do better than almost any other group of shows is crossovers, and the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover has been epic in proportion, with a whopping five episodes. The first three episodes aired before Christmas, and we have been waiting, not so patiently, for the final two episodes that air tonight.

In the first three episodes, there was a lot that happened, so I’ll just give you a brief recap so that you are caught up enough for tonight’s episodes, but I do highly recommend that you watch the first three parts because it has been an incredible block of television.

The heroes gathered on Earth 38 because an anti-matter wave was set to hit there next after already taking out Argo, with the last of the Kryptonians. The heroes tried to stop the wave and made a stand against the Anti-Monitor’s army, but the Monitor later declared it a lost cause and started to force them to retreat. However, Oliver refused to leave and fought until his bitter end to save as many lives from Earth 38 as he could. Unfortunately, he later paid the ultimate price when his took his last breath, surrounded by many shattered family members and friends.

Mia and Barry struggled to accept Oliver’s death and enlisted Sarah’s help in resurrecting him. However, he told them to let him go and that he knew was destined for something greater. We were graced with the guest appearances of Constantine and Lucifer during this episode, which was strange but exciting for the viewers. Elsewhere, Supergirl and Batwoman attempted to locate the Paragon of Courage, who after some interesting moments turned out to be Batwoman herself. During this episode, we also saw Tom Welling, who was Clark Kent from Smallville, but we found out that he had given up his powers in order to be a dad.

When we left off at the end of the last episode, the seven paragons were all that were left standing after an anti-matter wave wiped out the whole universe. The shocking twist was that the Lex Luther replaced Brandon Routh’s Superman as the Paragon of Truth after Lex got his hands on the Book of Destiny.

Whew. Are you still as confused as I am? Thankfully tonight will bring us much-needed closure and answers!

First up on Arrow, “Crisis on Infinite Earth Part Four,” stuck in the Vanishing Point, the Paragons search for a way to escape. The futility of the situation is compounded by The Flash’s disappearance. However, hope appears in the form of Oliver, who reveals that he has become something else. Meanwhile, the origin stories for The Monitor and Anti-Monitor are revealed.

Then we conclude with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, with “Crisis on Infinite Earth Part Five,” and we are left with the fact that Worlds lived, worlds died. Nothing will ever be the same.

Tune in for the beginning of the end on The CW starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching This Is Us, FBI, The Resident, NCIS, Ellen’s Game of Games, FBI: Most Wanted, New Amsterdam, and Gordon’s Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/10/19

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

Leading into CoIE’s debut last night, The Flash had a pretty eventful episode last week, with the conclusive defeat of Russo the Bloodzombie ½ Big Bad and the restoration of Barry Allen to his heroic self. Killer Frost and Kaitlin came closer to making peace as a single being, and they finally wrapped up the first half of the season just in time for that scene with Nash in the sewer unlocking the Monitor’s secret chamber. Supposedly Nash only survived the attack of the zombies by the grace of the Monitor, so he finally surrendered allegiance to this multidimensional God.

Then Supergirl’s installation in CoIE featured the assembly of the mulitverse’s heroes by Harbinger, the harbinger of The Monitor. (Think Herald of Galactus but it’s Diggle’s wife.) Oh, also the destruction of the planet Superman & Lois lived on & the destruction of Earth-38. I’m gonna abbreviate to E-1, E-2, etc moving forward. At the end of the opening chapter, Oliver Queen sacrificed himself to allow an extra billion denizens of E-38 to make it to the evacuation ships, which took people to E-1 as the antimatter wave obliterated their planet.

So last night on Batwoman, we opened with Sarah Lance, Kate Kane, & Kara Danver toasting to the memory of their recently martyred friend Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. Mia Smoak, Oliver’s time-displaced daughter, refused to accept her father’s death, especially considering she knew a Lazurus Pit could be used to restore him to life. In the face of their recent defeat on E-38, The Monitor revealed to his heroes that there may be seven heroes known as The Paragons who could stop the Anti-Monitor from destroying all of time space. He identified several were already in their ranks, but one would be found in E-99’s future, where a “Bat” Paragon of Confidence will be found and another will be a Superman who had lost everything but persisted, a Paragon of Truth on some unknown Earth. How did Monitor figure this out? He re-acquired the Book of Destiny that was destroyed in last year’s crossover, being a time-altering God and all that.

Barry supported Mia in her push to resurrect Oliver in a Lazarus Pit, but they needed to find an Earth where they hadn’t all been destroyed. Enter John Constantine to remind us just how huge the Arrowverse is when you unpack all of it. He used his magical powers to divine that E-19 had a working Lazarus Pit. Kara & Kate together went to E-99 where they confronted a morbid Batman in an exoskeleton. This Bruce Wayne turned out to be a horrible person who turned to murder, certainly not the hero they sought. Meanwhile, to the horror of Kara who was considering using the Book of Destiny to try to restore E-38, The Monitor resurrected Lex Luthor. Lex immediately stole the book and went on a tear, murdering Supermen from different Earths. When he stopped in on the retired Smallville version of Superman, he showed pity to the defanged father of two version of his nemesis. Super weak nipple look, Lex, #justsaying.

Eventually, Lex’s rampage led Iris Allen & Lois Lane right to the actual Paragon of Truth, who was apparently Brandon Routh’s Superman from 2006’s critical meh-sterpiece Superman Returns. Lex then used the Book of Destiny to make this Superman battle E-38’s Superman. Titanic destructionnnnnnnnnn ensues. Then Lois boinked Luthor in the back of the head and uses the Book herself to coax back the loving nature in that ol gray-haired Superman. Over on E-19 Jonah Hex guarded the Lazarus Pit as I kept predicting to the screen as I watched. On E-99, Kate and Kara had to beat up old nasty Batman, cause dude’s a miser.

All was not lost in the final scenes though. Oliver was restored, but we are not sure where his soul is just yet. We have the Paragon of Truth, and turns out the E-99 thing was just a test to show us: Kate is the Paragon of Courage. So we only need a few more. One is almost certainly Black Lightning, if you followed what happened there tonight. [Whole Earth except Black Lightning was destroyed by the Antimatter Wave that is destroying EVERYTHING EVERYWHEN.] Another is likely to be Stargirl which is an upcoming CW launch, but we’ll have to wait and see.

On tonight’s final installment on The Flash’s episode, “Crisis on Infinite Earth, Pt 3,” Pariah enlists Black Lightning to help stop the Anti-Monitor after Flash-90 shares what he learned from his battle in “Elseworlds.” With the help of Black Lightning, Barry, Cisco, and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them all. Meanwhile, Iris has a heart-to-heart with Ryan Choi, while Oliver and Diggle return to an old familiar stomping ground.

Wrap up the “Crisis” tonight on The CW at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Treadstone.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/9/19

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

I have no idea how to encapsulate the start of Batwoman season one better than “nah to ish.” It is OK sometimes, derivative mostly, but with Alice and Mouse revenging on estranged sister Kate not Bats v. Madhatter. The Kate Kane vs. her sister the psycho Alice scenes leads us eventually to one more of those Harrison Wells (the Indiana Jones styled version named “Nash”) “unlocking the Monitor’s secret room after finally surrendering allegiance to him” scenes. We have seen this scene in four shows now.

Unifying moment that ties the crossover together, acknowledged. Right, moving on.

Last night, CoIE as I will henceforth call it, actually launched with an episode of Supergirl.

On Earth-38, there were earthquakes at all points of the globe caused by an external force. They determined that it was an enormous antimatter wave that would soon destroy the planet. Further, the planet Argo 139, where Superman & Lois Lane had discreetly retired to raise their son John, would be destroyed by the wave momentarily. The antimatter wave soon arrived to destroy that world, and Clark & Lois sent their son in an escape pod like Dad went through so long ago. Let redundancy be redundant.

Harbinger, the newly appointed herald of the Monitor, then fetched the proverbial Fellowship. She snatched Oliver Queen and his time displaced daughter, Batwoman, Flash, and surprise surprise Supes & Lois. So they launched their son who could have been rescued, but nah, hey whatever. The Monitor told his assembled team that they were needed to guard the Quantum Tower he was activating to stop the antimatter wave. The Tower would disrupt the wave, but the Antimonitor’s forces would then show up to try to disable the power of the building.

When Oliver found out that Barry also had committed to die in this CoIE event, he called for a conference with the Monitor. Monitor revealed how many earths were at stake but did not promise Barry would live. The bulk of the team united, including a few Legends of Tomorrow, to secure the Quantum Tower. Brainiac, Lois Lane, & Sarah Lance teamed up to rescue the lost Superman baby from an alt Earth future where a Green Arrow protected him.

On Earth-38, it seemed that time wraiths were the forces of the Antimonitor, as that was who swarmed the heroes. The Tower succeeded in its function only partially: it bounced the wave back but only temporarily. When this timeline was seen to have been lost, the Monitor started pulling his heroes back from Earth-38. Oliver Queen refused and even stopped Monitor for a moment with an arrow, but in the aftermath, Arrow died. This felt fitting. The end of the Arrowverse’s birth – of an extension of itself.

We have come full circle. We are still doing the damn thing!

Finding out that Nash was the one who released the Antimoniter is #predictable in hindsight, but here we are, locked in for an EPIC four more episodes that will change DCU TV forever. No really, I mean it. The first two or three Earths that they showed in the opening of this crossover featured Titans characters and actors. This alludes to a possibility I had pointed out before. CoIE offers a chance to merge the Arrowverse & DCU. #JustSaying.

The crossover continues on tonight’s episode of Batwoman, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two,” the group uses Ray’s invention to track new recruits to help save the universe. The Monitor sends Iris, Clark, and Lois in search of a mysterious Kryptonian, while Kate and Kara head out to find Bruce Wayne. In addition, Mia challenges Sara, Rory discovers a hidden talent, and Lex Luthor returns.

Follow along with the CoIE tonight on The CW at 8/7c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/4/19

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, FOX kicks off the fun but also heartwarming limited holiday series, The Moodys. Dan Moody (François Arnaud, Midnight, Texas) is the youngest of the three Moody children. He moved to New York City to become a photographer but is returning home for the holidays to spend a week with his dysfunctional family. His parents, Sean (Denis Leary, Rescue Me) and Ann (Elizabeth Perkins, Sharp Objects, Weeds), were expecting to finally meet Dan’s girlfriend. However, the couple broke up just before the trip, due to Dan’s inability to commit to moving in together. Dan’s oldest sibling, Sean Jr. (Jay Baruchel, Man Seeking Woman) still lives at home with his parents. He’s a maintenance man at the local ice rink, but he has a grudge with his boss. His parents are eager for Sean to find a real job and get out of the house. Sean Sr. thought that one day his son might join him in the family heating and air conditioning business. Middle sister/lawyer Bridget (Chelsea Frei, Sideswiped), on the other hand, appears to have it all together – but there’s a secret she’s been keeping from her husband that is about to throw her world into chaos. Speaking of chaos, Ann Moody just wants to be able to relax, but Sean has hired some underqualified guys from his AA group to renovate the master bathroom – a project that has no end in sight. With the holiday quickly approaching, Ann is eager to get their house back in order. Meanwhile Sean has a major secret that he’s been keeping from his children, which could put a major damper on the holiday celebration.

The Moodys have a list of traditional activities planned for the week leading up to Christmas, many of which involve the oddball extended family. The first event is a welcome home party for Dan, where the guest of honor has a meet-cute with Cora (María Gabriela de Faría, Deadly Class). There is instant chemistry between the two, but the only problem is that Cora is dating Dan’s cousin Marcos (Josh Segarra, Orange Is the New Black, Arrow). Marcos can be an obnoxious Bro at times, but he’s still Dan’s best friend, and Dan couldn’t do that to his best friend…or could he? And this is just the start of what is going to be quite the crazy week for the Moodys.

The Moodys is based on an Australian series. In that show, each episode followed a consecutive family holiday get-together. However, in the US version, the events take place over just one week, with each episode covering one day of the holiday adventures of the Moody family. As the family members try to partake in their various holiday traditions, things go comedically and disastrously wrong. However, no matter what the holidays throw at them, the Moodys always manage to stick together. I was expecting more of a wild, irreverent comedy, but the series has a surprising amount of heart. The six-episode series will air across three nights, with two back-to-back 30-minute episodes each night. The story plays out like one long movie, though there is usually some event with family or friends that is the focus of each episode. The cast is amazing – they feel like they could actually be a family – and they are joined by some fun side characters, such as the talkative uncle, the bumbling underqualified contractors, Sean’s rival AC installers, and Bridgitte’s old high school friend/high school wrestling coach Monty (Kevin Bigley, Sirens), who still pines over her a decade later.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot; Episode 2,” freshly single, Dan returns to his childhood home for Christmas to find it’s in various stages of disarray; Dan meets and instantly clicks with Cora, but she’s dating his cousin; Bridget returns to her childhood home after a fight with her husband.

Meet the Moody family tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Stumptown, Survivor, Making It, The Masked Singer, Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas.
 
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