If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/16/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

My love of cooking/baking shows is not just limited to the United States. It extends across the pond to the UK as well. One of my favorites? The Great British Baking Show on PBS. The ABC version is the spinoff of this one, which is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Both these ladies are so much fun to watch host. They play well off each other, interact perfectly with the bakers, and have a lot of fun teasing and poking fun at the judges, well-known bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who are both also entertaining to watch. Overall, it’s just an easy, fun show to watch, and I’m so excited PBS is airing season 4 starting tonight with back-to-back episodes, as well as season 5 in the future.

On tonight’s first episode, “Cake,” meet the 12 bakers as they tackle a British classic, a sponge cake and a high-end showstopper. Then on the second episode, “Biscuits,” follow the remaining 11 bakers in their efforts to make biscuits, and learn a little more about each of them.

Meet the bakers and find out which two go home first tonight on PBS starting at 9/8c.
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Phoebe’s Choice

The highlight of my summer TV consumption the last two years has been Friday nights on SyFy, which has featured both Killjoys & Dark Matter. Just this past week, one returned without the other, but luckily they decided to give us two episodes of Dark Matter back-to-back so it was still a satisfying premiere night. This is going to be a recap of last week, plus it’s my pick for this week’s Remote, so lace up your sneakers and get ready to run with it…

The first episode, “Being Better is So Much Harder,” started right where last season’s cliffhanger left us: with a huge explosion in the midst of an intercorporate convention on an isolated space station. The fate of the whole crew of the Raza was left in ambiguity. One of the only certainties was that newly restored Emperor Ryo Ishida, once called Four, was no longer loyal to the other main characters, as he stole the blink drive from them and sabotaged the diplomatic summit endangering everyone.

We found that Five and Commander Truffault made it safely back to the Raza, where they reunited with Android. In the wake of the station’s detonation, they were left drifting in a dead floating standoff with a Ferriscorps ship. The corporate enemy they had crossed paths with numerous times was eager to destroy them, and a battle ensued. When Two & Six finally got the comms working on the Raza shuttle, the Marauder, they contacted the team still on the ship. Android informed them that Nyx was dead, slain by Ishida’s forces in the theft of the blink-drive.

Meanwhile, a single Galactic Authority agent had escaped the destruction of the summit with Three as his captive. They had fallen to the abandoned world below, where they took cover in a presumably forgotten factory, where the GA trooper awaited for backup to respond to the call of his emergency beacon. They soon found themselves hunted by a guardian drone patrolling the long defunct factory. Because Three saved his life twice, when backup finally arrived, the GA agent lied to his comrades, saying he was alone so that Three could await rescue by the Raza.

In the second episode, “It Doesn’t Have to Be Like This,” the remaining crew of the Raza followed up on their recently decided plans to get the blink-drive back from Ishida, their former ally. Five once more dove into the stored memories of the crew, as she had done before, this time seeking intel that might be useful in their assault on Ishida. In one of his memories, she discovered a space station that the Ishida Dynasty used for top secret R&D of weapons and tech, so they planned an attack.

When they raided the station, they demanded to be allowed on board. The emperor was warned of the attack, and he sent his mind into a clone on the station, the quickest way to assist in the defense. The clone, a perfect replica of his real body, must be returned to its vat when done to transfer memories back to the real Ishida. In an attempt to escape, not realizing they’d already been boarded, the scientists on the station activated the blink-drive, which teleported the entire station and all aboard to a pocket of null-space outside of time, effectively nowhere.

Back on the Raza, Five started getting sucked into her own memories, a symptom of her latest meddling in the digital banks, where their collective past was stored. These involuntary flashbacks soon became a problem. Meanwhile, Ishida stalled for time by confronting Two & Three, who were now aboard the station, while the scientists tried to find a way to get back to reality – because there was a big problem for everyone: the null-space was imploding on them. Three shot the Ishida clone, eventually tiring of his obvious attempts to delay them. Two knew they could use the blink-drive by attaching it to the Marauder’s FTL drive, to get everyone to safety.

Android traced the sub-quantum particles known as tachyons that linked their location in reality to the null-space pocket, giving a tether of sorts for the away team to get home on. On Ryo’s end, he discovered that his new commander of the Ishida Royal Guard, Misaki Han, was actually the one who killed his lover, Nyx, at the end of last season. Android had to construct new walls in Five’s mind to stop her memories from eating her wholesale.

It was a spectacular start to season three, and I can’t wait to dig in to the rest!

On tonight’s episode, “Welcome to the Revolution,” after receiving a distress call from a former associate, the crew of the Raza find themselves in the middle of a colony’s fight for independence.

See if the Raza crew can help in the fight tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

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