If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/2/18

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, Cinemax’s over-the-top action/adventure spy drama Strike Back returns for its fifth season on the network, with an all-new cast. The series follows the exploits of Section 20, a top-secret branch of the British Defense Intelligence service that takes on risky missions around the globe. This isn’t the first time the series has changed things up. The protagonist of the first season – which Cinemax aired as Strike Back: Origins several years after the current series premiered – had a different protagonist, and he passed the torch to Sergeants Stonebridge and Scott in the first season of the Cinemax series. Now, with Strike Back: Retribution, it’s time for the torch to be passed once again to new cast of characters.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every iteration of this series thus far. When the series moved to Cinemax, they really amped up the action and also added some humor. I look forward to meeting the new team, seeing what threat Section 20 must take down, and what exciting missions await the soldiers this season. It looks as though the series will be keeping the same US/UK dynamic of the previous four Cinemax seasons – partnering up US Joint Special Operations Command Sergeant Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson, The Shannara Chronicles) with British Army/ex-United Kingdom Special Forces Sergeant Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown, Luther) – while also expanding out the team a bit this season. The rest of the main characters include British Army Captain Natalie Reynolds (Roxanne McKee, Dominion); Lance Corporal Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata, Neighbours) of Australian Army Special Operations Command; British Army Colonel Adeena Donovan (Nina Sosanya, W1A, Marcella), the leader of the revived Section 20; and Lance Corporal Will Jensen (Phil Dunster, Murder on the Orient Express) of the British Army Intelligence Corps.

On tonight’s premiere, members of Section 20 are called back into action when a new threat puts the world in danger.

Check out the season premiere tonight on Cinemax at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Absentia, Altered Carbon, Child Support, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Graham Norton Show.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Phoebe’s Choice

Early this morning on Netflix, one of the most exciting new sci fi series of the year debuted for our binging pleasure: Altered Carbon. It is a ten-episode season that is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk thriller of the same name. It follows a complex cyber-noir murder mystery that ex-UN Envoy Takeshi Kovachs is blackmailed into solving. It has been panned already for its hyper-violence, and I think those critics have missed the whole point of the Kovacs books. He is a literal killing machine and is defined by his expertise in violence and pain. Of course this is going to be a bloody gory action packed series!

By the times covered in this book, humans have attained an artificial form of immortality via the invention of the “stack.” It is a tiny metal processor lodged where the brain and spine meet that stores a person’s consciousness so that they might be reloaded later into a new body or “sleeve.” Because of his very high proficiency as a tactical planner and killer, Kovacs has a high replay value. In this series, he is shown in no less than 5 incarnations, (though mainly in two). Five different bodies that his stack has been loaded up into, played by five different actors!

I have already seen some departures from the original book version that they are doing in this adaptation. But if it is anything like the book, he is teamed up with a hard-assed detective from the 25th century’s SFPD & the surprisingly sophisticated AI, which is patterned on the long dead rock icon Jimi Hendrix and tied to a hotel themed on his life and music. The case he is tasked to solve is a murder of a super rich snob who has already been resurrected because of stack tech. Police are calling it a suicide, and he refuses to accept that he did himself in. Between the squeeze he puts Kovacs in and his equally sinister & depraved femme fatale wife, it’s gonna be a sexy spinning violent good run!

Catch the entire first season now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Megan’s Choice

The last new episode of Hawaii Five-0 introduced us to Adam’s new informant, Jesse, who I thoroughly enjoy. She has a strong attitude and is just dangerous enough to pull this off – I hope. Tani was dealing with a dangerous situation of her own when her brother overdosed while working for Adam on a job site. Thankfully Adam saved his life, but it’s going to be a long road for her brother to recovery from his drug issues. I am getting a little concerned about if they are going to try to have Adam develop a new love interest this season, because there have been a few moments where it felt like it was being foreshadowed. I don’t think I’m ready for Adam not to be madly in love with Kono.

On tonight’s episode, “He puko’a kani ‘aina (A Coral Reef Strengthens Out into Land),” McGarrett and Danny investigate the murder of a private detective whose client was killed the same way, and Adam sends Jessie into a dangerous situation with disastrous consequences. Also, Danny’s uncle, Vito, comes to town to help Danny and McGarrett get their restaurant up and running. Vincent Pastore guest stars.

To find out how Uncle Vito shakes things up, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Blue Bloods, MacGyver, Hell’s Kitchen, Blindspot, Taken, and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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