If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/19/17

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

I’ve been enjoying the return of Will & Grace. It’s getting better every episode. Last week, Grace went to the doctor and was put under anesthesia when they found a spot in her breast and needed to do a biopsy. They called her emergency contact…and because Karen doesn’t do her job, Grace’s emergency contact was still Leo, her ex-husband, not Will. So she was shocked when he turned up to take her home. That brought out a lot of old feelings, including resentment and blame about who was responsible for the destruction of their marriage. After Grace talked to Will, she and Leo had another talk (including a kiss!), and they left things on a better note.

Meanwhile, Jack was waiting to see if he’d gotten a commercial (he didn’t…) and took a temp job as a pianist for a boys’ & girls’ club. He was…well, Jack. But Karen showed up and ended up helping out a young girl who had no women in her life and she needed a woman’s advice because she’d…well, become a “woman,” to put it blandly. Karen was shockingly sweet about it while still being Karen. I loved it.

On tonight’s episode, “Grandpa Jack,” Jack is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will and Jack can provide. Grace and Karen behave badly with the hot new guy at work. Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells also guest star.

Meet Jack’s grandson tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chopped, Great News, Beat Bobby Flay, & Chicago Fire.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

The Good Place continues to be one of my favorite comedies. Last week, our group put their plan into action – they would pretend to be tortured by Vicky’s shenanigans, but in reality Michael would tip them off ahead of time so they could avoid any actual pain or suffering. At the same time, Chidi would help everyone, including Michael, learn to be better people. Chidi’s lesson of the week was centered around loss and death..and Michael had his first revelation of what it means to die, which caused him to have an existential crisis…which turned into a midlife crisis. Meanwhile, Vicki’s latest torture scheme was directed at Tahani. She would tell Tahani to plan a huge birthday party, but she would make sure that everyone went to a different party instead. Even though Tahani knew what was going to happen, this didn’t stop her from going all out planning her useless party. And she still ended up upset that the other party was better than hers…which led to the episode’s big twist, that Tahani and Jason ended up in bed together!

Was Jason & Tahani’s tryst just a one-night-stand, or are there actual feelings between them? (I really enjoyed Jason’s relationship with Janet at the end of last season, so I’m kind of hoping for the former.) How long can the group really hide their activities from Vicky? She had to have noticed Michael’s odd behavior in last week’s episode! Can the group really trust Michael, or will he just turn on them if he gets the chance? I enjoy this show so forking much –every episode ends with some big unexpected twist, and I never know what’s going to happen…except that the show will have me laughing out loud throughout!

On tonight’s episode, “The Trolley Problem,” Chidi and Eleanor tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael. Meanwhile, Tahani harbors a secret and confides in Janet.

Find out what dilemma Chidi & Eleanor tackle tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Superstore, Will & Grace, Gotham, Flipping Out, Nathan for You, Van Helsing, and Ghost Wars.

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week on Gotham, we moved past proto-Batman to an early Bruce & Gordon team-up amidst an escalation of the developing Ra’s al Ghul storyline. After outbidding everyone at an auction for the knife that al Ghul was after, Bruce left it with Mr. Winthrope, an expert in ancient artifacts, along with his understudy/grandson, Alex. Elsewhere, Ed Nygma struggled to write the simplest of riddles. Later that night at Winthrope’s, Ra’s himself showed up. Though he killed the older man, Alex escaped with the knife.

Detective Gordon was on the scene the next morning when Bruce returned for an opinion on the knife. He asked to be a part of the investigation and told them about Alex. In cooperation with Barbara Kean, Ra’s sicced dogman Anubis on Alex’s scent. Sofia Falcone, beautiful daughter of former Gotham godfather Don Falcone, was called to a sitdown with the Penguin, who feared she may lead the old guard mob hoodlums in a rebellion against the new order of his crime syndicate. A confrontation between Gordon and Barbara confirmed for the detective both who and how dangerous al Ghul was. Under pressure, Bruce was able to recall that there was secret room at the library where Alex had been doing work.

They found the boy and the knife at just the same time Anubis and his handler did. A good ‘ol fashioned “Pow!” “Bam!” “Ka-pow!” fest ensued. The boy again got away. An hour later, Ra’s came to the station to report the knife as stolen from his kingdom. Penguin used Sofia to lure out the last Falcone loyalists and slaughtered them. But Sofia at least now had Penguin’s trust.

Bruce and Alex led everyone to the knife, and another crazy melee again broke out. This one culminated in Ra’s al Ghul killing young Alex when Bruce refused to trade the knife for the boy’s freedom. In a showdown with Penguin, Nygma’s mind was clearly not what it once was. Cobblepot wanted to refreeze Ed in a block of ice until he admitted that he was no longer the Riddler. Sofia and Gordon made out and Ra’s went to prison.

They are following some constant modern elements of the Batman story: we can expect much of this season to see al Ghul training Bruce, perhaps in Asia. And don’t think this quicker than expected Batman emergence is all a good thing. The plan had been 5 full seasons before he dons the cape, yet ratings were flailing after 3, so they did what is to be expected of my favorite #SloMoSharkJump. This TV adaptation is as usual kitschy, melodramatic, cartoonish, and often mediocre. But I can’t wait to see tonight’s installation in spite/because of this!

On tonight’s episode, “A Dark Knight: The Blade’s Path,” Nygma comes face-to-face with Butch Gilzean, but he is not who he used to be. In an attempt to regain power and identity, Nygma decides to put his former partner’s skills to the test. Meanwhile, Sofia Falcone takes action to protect her own life by appealing to Penguin’s vulnerable side. With the power of the dagger in his possession, Bruce surprises those around him with his bold actions.

Learn what bold actions Bruce takes tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Arrow, The Good Place, & The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as that show’s week in Chicago continues.

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