If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/29/17

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, ABC premieres the new comedy Imaginary Mary at a special night and time before it moves to its regular Tuesday timeslot next week. When Alice (Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg) was 6 years old, her parents got a divorce, and to help deal with her emotions, she invented an imaginary friend named Mary (Rachel Dratch, SNL). But by the time she was 18, Alice was already becoming a strong, independent woman and no longer needed her fluffy, pudgy pal. Now, 20 years later, Alice owns her PR firm for athletes, and her relationship with boyfriend/divorced dad Ben (Stephen Schneider, Broad City) has been going great for three months. However, when Ben suggests it’s time that Alice finally meet his three kids – neurotic teenager Andy (Nicholas Coombe), nerdy middle child Dora (Matreya Scarrwener, Strange Empire), and youngest Bunny (Erica Tremblay) – the stress causes her old imaginary friend to reappear. Mary is thrilled to see her best friend again but may not be the best influence on Alice.

I checked out the first two episodes of the series and was pleasantly surprised. I expected the show to be a lot like Angel From Hell, where Mary would be constantly there talking in Alice’s ear trying to help her fix her life. There is some of this – from a young age Alice saw parenting as a scary thing, and she fears being a mother, so Mary is a bit of the devil on her shoulder trying to convince her to run away from motherhood. However, the series is much more of a family/relationship comedy, and the imaginary friend is just a small piece of that. That said, I really enjoyed the relationship between Mary and Alice. Rachel Dratch is hilarious. And I think this show will fit in well with the other ABC family comedies, where there’s always a bit of heart with the laughter.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a thirtysomething woman’s life turns to chaos when an imaginary friend she created as a child returns after she begins dating a divorced father with three kids.

Meet Mary and Alice tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Legion, Schitt’s Creek, The Magicians, The Expanse, Major Crimes, and Nobodies.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

I was lied to, people. LIED TO. We all were. The interview I read about Chicago PD said the problem with Halstead would be more about his time overseas and how that affected him than any romantic issues. But as we learned last week, HE’S MARRIED. I mean, granted, it isn’t like they’re together, and he thought he was divorced. But still. He went to stay with his brother, rather than stay there at home and talk it out with Erin. What the heck?? Other than that, it was a pretty interesting case, dealing with a crazy, evil old woman and her dead husband who were kidnapping people. Thankfully both young women who started off the episode as kidnapping victims were both alive and well. But oh man, the old woman was creepy.

On tonight’s episode, “Little Bit of Light,” when Chicago’s “Night Crawler” Bobby Trent (guest star Michael B. Woods) is murdered over a single piece of mysterious footage, Intelligence must investigate one of Chicago’s wealthiest families, uncovering a lineage of old money and secrets. Meanwhile, Burgess’s sister Nicole (guest star Jules Willcox) arrives at the District for a visit and presents an icy attitude toward Ruzek.

See if the team can find the killer tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Blindspot, Chopped Junior, The Goldbergs, Imaginary Mary, Cooks vs. Cons, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, Major Crimes, Modern Family, black-ish, & Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Phoebe’s Choice

I found out about FX’s Legion at around episode four. I binge-watched them and immediately declared it the best Marvel TV show to date. After a recent letdown from the manchild-billionaire-karate-master fare offered on Netflix, I was not sure if there was much to look forward to with Marvel Comics properties in television format. But oh, was I wrong.

For those not familiar with David Haller from the X-Men comics in which he first he appeared, he is the only child of the Father of the Atom himself, Professor X. Similar to his father, Legion is a telepath. One even more powerful than his father maybe, but beset with a much worse handicap. For David, or Legion as he is known in the book, is afflicted with severe schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. This adaptation is slow to reveal his connection to Professor X, but maybe tonight in the finale they will finally let that cat out of bag. Instead the series started with Legion stuck in an asylum being treated for his insanity, mostly unaware of his powers and origins. Because of his nature as an unreliable narrator the switchback reveals happen quicker and weirder than anything Mr. Robot has mustered so far.

Aside from the twirling plot line, enthralling superpowers, and the most chilling bad guy since It, Legion has one more special move up its straight-jacket sleeve: the brilliant portrayal of David’s best friend Lenny, a gender-fluid addict played by Aubrey Plaza at her most sublime. Last week we learned that Lenny is an incarnation of, or instrument wielded by, Farouk, the Shadow King. The protagonists finally broke out of their imprisonment on the astral plane last week, after two episodes trapped there. David was able to suppress the effects of the Shadow King in his mind, through a plan orchestrated by Oliver. Oliver and Melanie were reunited in the real world after she shut off his cryogenic devices. A quaint little brunch happened, but everyone knew the enemy is only momentarily contained. Then before they got the chance to redouble their efforts on defeating Farouk, Division Three, the government task force hunting Legion & Syd, showed up, and they were right back in the sort of stalemate they found themselves in at the end of episode 5.

On tonight’s season finale, “Chapter 8,” David faces his biggest challenge yet.

See how the season ends tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Arrow, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee & The Expanse.

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