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Free Interactive Virtual Murder Mystery Inspired by The Alienist


 
If you’re a fan of TNT’s The Alienist, which has its Season 2 premiere this Sunday, you’ll want to check out this interactive 60-minute virtual murder mystery inspired by the new season, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness. Here’s the info from Eventbrite’s site: “Travel back in time to 1897 as an investigative journalist from The New York Times to explore and interact with 13 live theater actors as they live stream from 7 iconic, period-specific New York City locations. Everyone is a suspect. Each with their own motive. You have 60 minutes to spot the real murderer, get the true story and free an innocent man wrongfully sentenced to death. FREE with REGISTRATION. Registration ENDS Friday night (7/17). Limited Capacity.”

The virtual murder mystery is Sunday, July 19, from 7:30-8:30 ET online before the season premiere on TNT at 9/8c. Check out all the info and sign up for “Who Killed Alejandro Valdez?” on Eventbrite.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/17/20

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

Tonight, TNT kicks off the new series Snowpiercer, which is based on the 2013 film of the same name. In the not-so-distant future, the Earth was overwhelmed by global warming. Scientists tried to reverse the process, but things went wrong, causing the Earth to become a frozen wasteland, with temperatures dropping to -199° Celsius. The only humans who managed to survive were the 4000 or so people who managed to board the great ark-like train known as Snowpiercer, which has been moving nonstop for nearly 7 years. If the train were to stop moving, those on board would quickly freeze to death.

The 1001-car train has its own delicate ecosystem, built upon a class system. Every aspect of the train’s functions are dictated by Snowpiercer’s mysterious but beloved creator, Mr. Wilford, head of Wilford Industries. Those in the first-class section at the front of the train enjoy spacious cabins, real food, and all the creature comforts and luxuries of home. Early into the journey, Mr. Wilford locked himself away in the engine room, and assigned Head of Hospitality Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind) to serve as his eyes, ears, and mouthpiece to the passengers and crew. She delivers his orders and proclamations over the train’s loudspeaker for all to hear. Helping Melanie keep the first-class passengers happy is Ruth Wardell (Alison Wright, The Americans), who has a deep respect and admiration for Mr. Wilford. The first-class passengers also have their own personal bodyguards and the protection of the military-like Jackboots, under the command of Commander Grey (Timothy V. Murphy, Quantico).

While the first-class passengers purchased their way onto the train, the third-class passengers have earned their spots. They are the lifeblood of the train and keep things running. They are the ones cleaning and servicing the train and maintaining the crops and livestock. They are the doctors and even the entertainment. The Night Train is a Switzerland-like neutral zone on the train, where passengers in first, second, and third class can all enjoy a drink or some burlesque entertainment. Helping to keep order in the middle of the train are Captain Roche (Mike O’Malley, The Good Place) and his Breakmen.

At the tail of the train are the passengers who sneaked onto the train just as it was taking off. These Tailies didn’t have tickets or jobs on the train – they were just desperate to survive. They are all crammed into one car at the back of the train, without any glimpse of sunlight for years, and are given the bare minimum of protein rations to survive. Occasionally a Tailie may have the opportunity to move up the train, but they are usually viewed as traitors by the others. Over the past 7 years, the Tailies have tried to rise up several times, but their attempts are always brutally crushed. With their rations growing increasingly smaller, they are once again plotting their attack, and leading the charge is Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs, Hamilton).

As the series opens, there is a serial killer aboard the train, who has dismembered another passenger. Melanie orders that Andre Layton, the only former police detective on the train, be brought in to investigate. He reluctantly agrees to help, seeing this as an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the train in order to plan the Tailie attack. However, he starts to uncover the much larger mystery of what is really happening on the train.

While this is a weekly show, after I checked out a screener of tonight’s premiere, I ended up binging through the entire 10-episode first season. This series takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride as the delicate order that has kept Snowpiercer running for seven years starts to crumble and fall apart, and the different classes aboard the train start to revolt and plot against one another. It is an action-packed thriller with some very interesting and complex characters. In general these characters are neither good nor evil but also both at the same time. While many of them have to make some pretty horrible decisions – beginning with boarding the train, and leaving loved ones behind to die when they boarded the train – they all seem to do so for the greater good (except for some of those greedy first-class passengers). The show does a great job of showing all aspects of life on the train and how the events are affecting each of the classes – each episode also opens with a narration from a different character with a different role/viewpoint on the train.

The cast is excellent, not just the leads but also the lesser-known supporting cast. Each of the actors does a great job of making you care about (or in some cases, loathe) their character. While I enjoyed the whole season, the tension and drama really start to kick in by the fourth episode, and the season finishes out really action-packed and strong. If I had one complaint, it’s that the CGI shots of outside the train look pretty bad – but I’m hoping that’s just a screener thing and that this has been improved for the final air version, but in either case, it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the show. That said, the series has already been picked up for a second season of 10 episodes, so you can board and start your Snowpiercer journey tonight without worrying that it will stop too soon.

The drama starts tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Simpsons, Duncanville, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Killing Eve, Worst Cooks in America, Run, and Belgravia.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/27/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice #1

It’s taking some time for me to fully like all the characters on the new Whiskey Cavalier. I go back and forth on most of them, depending on the episode. Like last week, I got almost as irritated with Standish as Jai did. He was being pretty disrespectful, having all his trash and crap lying around in other people’s space. I’m no neat freak, but dang. Then again, Standish did well getting the guard to take in the champagne to the bad guy (or rather, the bad guy’s body double. LOL). So it was a tossup. I also got really irritated with Frankie for her crappy attitude toward Will, and going off and kissing the groomsman and then her line about it being the American way for all couples to cheat really ticked me off. I did love the fight in the locker room with the woman from Will’s past! LOL But overall, I’m still enjoying the show, and I think they’re just going to grow and gel as a cast, which will make it even better.

On tonight’s episode, “The English Job,” while investigating suspicious robberies in London, Will hits it off with a sexy British spy, leaving Frankie with some unexpected feelings that she doesn’t know how to process. Meanwhile, Jai competes with Susan over who is more intelligent, and Standish deals with a case of shell shock. Ophelia Lovibond (Elementary) guest stars.

See how Frankie handles her feelings tonight on ABC at 10/9c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/28/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, TNT kicks off the new limited series I Am the Night, a noir thriller set in 1965 Los Angeles and inspired by true events. After making a startling discovery that her mother lied to her about her lineage, naive teenager Fauna Hodel (India Isley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) decides to head from Reno, Nevada into Los Angeles, in search of her grandfather George (Jefferson Mays, Law & Order: SVU) she never knew about. However, Fauna’s mother had good reason to keep her daughter in the dark, as there is a deadly mystery surrounding George Hodel. Meanwhile, former marine-turned-hack reporter Jay Singletary (Chris Pine) finds himself looking into the gruesome murder of a young woman. At age 18, Singletary had a promising career as a full-time reporter for the LA Times, but he messed up and told a story he shouldn’t have, which ruined his career. This story still haunts him years later and has left him a shell of the man he used to be: depressed, taking drugs, having thoughts of suicide, and doing grunt work for the LA Examiner. The subject of that fateful article was George Hodel, so it’s only a matter of time before Fauna and Singletary cross paths.

I checked out tonight’s premiere, and it’s a bit of a slow burn but in a good way. The pilot establishes the characters, poses a lot of questions, and whets the appetite for the larger mystery to come. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of the series and seeing how this mystery plays out. I’ve seen the trailer for this miniseries at least a half-dozen times in the theater, and so I’ve been anxious to see the show and learn how the famous unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder plays into the story.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl who is given away at birth and grows up outside of Reno, Nev., makes a discovery that leads her to question everything about her origin; as Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter.

Don’t miss the beginning of the story tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be recording The Good Doctor, Big Brother, Manifest, The Resident, The Passage, and Arrow.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/29/18

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, TNT’s family crime drama Animal Kingdom returns for its third season. Last season, the guys started to wonder why they were doing all the work and their mother, Smurf, was taking a huge cut, so they decided to do things on their own. This left J in the middle – he felt loyalty to both his uncles and his grandmother. Meanwhile, Baz was convinced that it was Smurf who killed his wife, so he planted evidence and arranged for Smurf to get arrested for another murder. He also stole all of the money that Smurf had been hiding from her sons and stashed it behind the walls of his home. While in prison, Smurf gave J the power of attorney over her affairs, as he was the only one she trusted. As the season ended, Baz and his girlfriend Lucy were about to take a trip to Mexico when someone approached their truck and put four bullets through the windshield and into Baz. As Baz lay on the ground bleeding out, Lucy ran away and cleared out all of the hidden money.

Will Baz survive his attack, and who arranged the hit? Did Lucy do it to get her hands on the money, and where did she move it to? Did Smurf arrange this as retaliation from jail? After all, Baz is her adopted son, while the others are all blood relatives. Did Pope, Craig, or Deran arrange the hit on their brother? Or was J responsible for getting the man he thinks might be his father shot? Who will step up to be the new leader of the group if Baz is out of commission? And how will Smurf manage to get herself out of prison? Also, Denis Leary joins the cast for season three, so I’m looking forward to seeing what awaits the Cody crime family this season!

On tonight’s premiere, “The Killing,” Baz fights for his life as the Cody boys figure out their next move in the aftermath of the shooting; Smurf gets some surprising news in jail and fields an offer from Pearce.

Catch up with life with the Codys tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Arrested Development, Legion, Chrisley Knows Best, and 100 Code.
 
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