If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/22/18

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

It’s been over 15 months since the first season of HBO’s Westworld came to a close, but the show finally returns tonight! The series is set in a high-tech theme park called Westworld, where realistic-looking robots, called hosts, allow guests to live out their deepest and darkest fantasies. As the first season came to a close, several of these hosts woke up and started having their own thoughts. They went against their programming and started hurting the guests. Park programmer Bernard also discovered that he was not actually human, but rather a host, and that park creator Dr. Robert Ford had used him to kill people and then wiped his memory. There was a bit of a power struggle happening behind the scenes at the park. Corporate wanted to get rid of Ford, and Delos executive director Charlotte was secretly working with disgraced Narrative Director Lee Sizemore, who was helping her reprogram one of the retired hosts so that she could smuggle information out of the park.

Maeve was the madam at the Mariposa Saloon when she woke up. She then convinced one of the park technicians to alter her programming — increasing her intelligence level to the highest setting — and to remove the explosive that kept her confined to the park. However, just as Maeve was about to leave Westworld, she had second thoughts and decided to go back to find the daughter she remembered from one of her past narratives. At the same time, Ford was having a gala to launch his final narrative before retiring. Thirty years earlier, Dolores, one of the first hosts, had accidentally killed one of her creators. Upon waking up, she experienced this all over again, shooting Ford in the head as he was giving his speech. The guests started to panic as the other hosts also started attacking them. Long-time park guest William (aka the Man in Black) was actually thrilled by this turn of events. For years he had grown tired of the safety of the park and had been striving for the next level of this game, where the stakes and danger were real.

I have been looking forward to the second season for a long time. How will things change now that Ford is presumably dead and the hosts are running amok? Will there still be guests at the park, or are the hosts completely running things now? We got a glimpse of Samurai World during Maeve’s escape — how will that play into things this season, and are the hosts there also becoming self-aware? Did the Man in Black survive the onslaught of hosts, and if so, what is his current plan? What information is Charlotte trying to steal, and what does she plan to do with it? How will the Delios folks respond to the news of what’s happening in Westworld? And are there others like Bernard who don’t yet know they are hosts? This evening I will be attending a special premiere event being held in Boston, where they will air the season premiere (only a couple hours earlier than it airs on HBO) and have a Q&A with some of the cast, followed by a Sweetwater & Mariposa-themed after-party. It should be a fun time, and I’m really glad to have this show back!

HBO sent the following description for tonight’s premiere, “Journey into Night”: The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld.

Don’t miss the exciting 75-minute season premiere tonight on HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Deception, Timeless, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The Last Man on Earth, Fear the Walking Dead, Killing Eve, Worst Cooks in America, Trust, Silicon Valley, and Barry.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

When I first read the idea for Deception months ago, I was torn between thinking it could be a great show and the thought that it might just be too cheesy. After watching the premiere, I admit to being enthralled by the cast and mildly optimistic about the show’s future. As the season continues, I am still enthralled and hopeful more people will come to like it as much as I do.

On the last episode, a stained-glass window was stolen off a church while a street artist distracted crowds. It was the ultimate illusion and a smart way to rob something so ginormous. It turned out that the artist behind it was somehow linked to the mystery woman who Cameron has been searching for, and now the search has the attention of the FBI even more.

On tonight’s episode, “Black Art,” when Cameron’s ex-girlfriend is robbed during Fashion Week, he insists on helping Kay with the investigation, and the team finds themselves in the middle of a high-speed, dangerous chase.

To see if the team can once again assist with the impossible, tune in to ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching NCIS: Los Angeles, Instinct, Guy’s Grocery Games, Timeless, and Worst Cooks in America.

Phoebe’s Choice

So technically this is a morning cartoon and you already missed the newest episodes this morning. And yeah, most people don’t even know there is a cartoon, ’cause they only know about the movies, but folks, if you like comedy sci-fi and/or wisecracking raccoons, then tune in when you can for Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD!

The last episode to air was a Drax story that saw him wishing to abandon his role as Drax “the Destroyer,” as it draws challengers to his gladiator champion status constantly. When he lamented about this to the Broker, (while also letting slip he has 63 million credits to spend finding a new brand), the opportunistic swindler volunteered to “help” Drax. The Broker began selling him high-priced things to test out new personas, such as Drax the Artist or Drax the Teacher. But none of these panned out.

Amidst this exploration, a being named Tryco Slatterus, the self-proclaimed Champion of the Universe, showed up, letting Drax know what a huge fan he was of Drax’s reputation and past “destructions.” Tryco is a haughty self-obsessed warrior, and soon he was picking a fight with Drax as well. And this mamajama is more than a match for our green-hued Guardian. The two engaged in a wild fight that bounced them around the space station Knowhere, until they disturbed Cosmo the Spacedog, who is a powerful telepath and guardian of the station. With Cosmo’s help, Drax was eventually able to disperse Tryco to some “random point in the universe” via teleportation. In the end, Drax must reconcile with the fact that whether “Destroyer” or not, he is stuck with the role and title of “hero.”

Even though they’ve already aired, you might be able to find them on Disney XD’s site. On today’s first episode, “Happy Together,” the Guardians, desperate after squandering their riches almost instantly, take what they believe to be a simple transport job. What they don’t know is that they are stealing a mysterious item from the Kree. Then on the second episode, “Gotta Get Outta This Place,” the Guardians find themselves in prison for stealing a mysterious “package” from the Kree.

Guardians of the Galaxy airs on Disney XD on Sunday mornings at 8AM/7AMc & 8:30AM/7:30AMc.

I’ll be tuning in tonight for Ash vs Evil Dead, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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