If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/26/17

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

Today, Hulu kicked off its ten-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The series is set in a dystopian near future where birth rates have plummeted and a large section of the country is ruled by a militant religious group. Fertile young women are kidnapped and forced to become handmaids – surrogates for the sterile wives of the leaders of the sect. Offred (Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, Top of the Lake) was taken a while back along with her baby, and is now on her third assignment, to bear a child for the Commander (Joseph Fiennes, American Horror Story) and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck). In this society, people who don’t follow the rules wind up dead, so Offred has learned to keep her mouth shut and stay in line. However, she still hasn’t given up the idea of finding her daughter, and this hope is revived when she hears from handmaid Ofglen (Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls) that a secret resistance is forming.

Today, Hulu has released the first three episodes of the series and will follow this up with one episode per week each Wednesday. I checked out the first two episodes and found the series to be a really intense, well-acted drama, but there’s also some nice moments of humor to cut through the tension. While Offred is very reserved when it comes to speaking aloud in this dangerous, oppressive new world, we constantly hear her sarcastic inner monologue, where she holds nothing back. There’s also this really interesting use of music that is a bit off-kilter compared to the drama unfolding on screen. The cast is excellent. In addition to those already mentioned, Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) plays Offred’s college friend, who was also abducted, and Ann Dowd is so wonderfully wicked, playing a character not unlike her role in The Leftovers. The first few episodes set up a really interesting premise and characters and introduce some surprising twists. I’m can’t wait to see how this story plays out!

Check out the first three episodes now on Hulu, and then tune in every Tuesday night/Wednesday morning when new episodes come out at 3:01AM/2:01AMc.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, black-ish, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Fargo, and Archer.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

I’m so glad we get a new episode of Chicago PD tonight. Three weeks is too long to go without one, especially this close to the end of the season. On the last new episode, Burgess’s sister called after she’d been brutally assaulted, and Burgess found her in the subway, half dead and bleeding. They got the guy who did it and his buddy who was involved by having Burgess and Erin go undercover, and Burgess hauled off and started beating on the guy when he started going after her. Thankfully, Burgess’s sister will be okay – physically. Mentally, she’s got a LONG road ahead of her. To that end, Burgess took some time off from work to help take care of her sister and niece. (In reality, the actress who plays Burgess – Marina Squerciati – is pregnant and had to take time off to have the baby.)

I’ve seen tonight’s ep, and I really enjoyed it. I love when we get to see a peek into Voight’s past. He’s changed a lot from how he was before the show started. (If that makes sense…) Tonight, it isn’t about something he did wrong in his past. But it is about a case in his past, one that means a lot to him. It’s a good one.

On tonight’s episode, “Grasping for Salvation,” while investigating the murder of a teenage boy, Voight finds a connection with the murder weapon, linking it to a case that he worked on 17 years ago. While the victim’s father (guest star Philip Casnoff), a prominent defense attorney, tries to get the case taken over by Area Central Homicide, Voight digs back into the old case under the watchful eye of his former partner, Lieutenant Denny Woods (guest star Mykelti Williamson).

Find out what the murder of the teenager has to do with a 17-year-old case tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Blindspot, The Goldbergs, black-ish, Cooks vs Cons, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, & Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Megan’s Choice

Criminal Minds returns after a couple weeks off tonight, and I am anxiously awaiting to see Reid get out of prison. This whole story line of Reid in prison and dealing with so many issues is driving me insane. I will say that I am enjoying the flirting between Garcia and Luke immensely, and they need to move that relationship forward sooner rather than later. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out the rest of the season and if the team will ever bring Scratch down for good.

On tonight’s episode, “Unforgettable,” when several federal government employees, including a close friend of Walker’s, succumb to symptoms of a heart attack, the BAU investigates. Also, Reid anxiously awaits his trial date.

To find out what is behind the heart attacks, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Blindspot, Shots Fired, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Chicago PD.

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