If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/2/18

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

In 1984, audiences cheered as Karate Kid underdog Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) executed his iconic crane kick to take home the trophy at the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Championship, stealing the title away from despicable Cobra Kai student Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). YouTube Red’s new series Cobra Kai revisits these characters nearly 35 years later, as their bitter rivalry is reignited. Since he won the karate tournament decades earlier, Daniel LaRusso has made quite a great life for himself. He has a loving wife and two children and owns a successful auto shop/dealership franchise. He gives out bonsai trees to every customer (in honor of his late karate master Mr. Miyagi), and uses lots of karate metaphors in his TV ads and billboards. Meanwhile, life hasn’t been so kind to Johnny – he is a far cry from being the popular kid in high school. He works a crummy job as a handyman for thankless rich people, doing odd jobs such as cleaning dead rats out of their gutters. He still drives an old Pontiac Firebird from the 80s, has a teenage daughter he never sees, lives alone in a messy apartment, and doesn’t even get a second glance from the women he tries to hit on.

Today, YouTube Red has released all 10 episodes of the first season of Cobra Kai. I have checked out the first two, and while the acting isn’t likely to win any Emmys, I did find the series to be a lot of fun and filled with nostalgia. The show has this nice mix of humor and drama, with lots of callbacks to the original movie. I had re-watched the film before checking out the series, but there’s really no need to, as the first couple of episodes include a lot of clips to refresh your memory.

The series twists things up a bit in a fun way, changing the roles of the characters from the movie. This time Daniel is more of the villain, and Johnny takes on the Mr. Miyagi role. Johnny blames Daniel for the state of his life, and every time he sees one of his TV ads or billboards, he grows more and more angry. Daniel has become a bit obnoxious in his success, and Johnny wants to take him down. So when his new neighbor, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña, Parenthood), asks him to teach him self-defense, Johnny decides to start his own school and bring back ways of the Cobra Kai. It is a lot of fun to check back in with these iconic characters decades later, and I look forward to seeing how the first season plays out. Will these two always be at odds? Will Johnny teach his students the same dirty tricks his Sensei insisted on? What kind of revenge does Johnny have planned? And is Daniel truly the villain now, or will things go back to more familiar territory?

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Alex, Inc., Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Survivor, The Blacklist, The Americans, Archer, The Expanse, Krypton, and Colony.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

The last new episode of Chicago PD saw Voight trying to find and save a girl named Hannah who reached out to him for help but then disappeared when he went to find her. She had gotten into a situation with a guy she was with and by reaching out to Voight, it seemed like she wanted his help, but in the end, she chose the guy and it ended up getting her killed. Voight was so upset, and we realized why when he explained later that unlike with Erin Lindsay, who Voight gave his card to when she was 14, it was Camille, Voight’s now-deceased wife, who gave Hannah his card. So when she’s killed by the other cops after the guy she was with dragged her outside and they started waving their guns around, Voight took it especially hard.

Then, of course, there’s Olinsky and Voight and Denny Woods. Ruzek heard from his sources that the grand jury was going to meet about Al. Voight visited James Osha’s office and yelled about how the prosecutor owed him. Unfortunately, Woods is there too, so right now, there’s nothing Voight can do but sit on the sidelines. How the grand jury will go, we’ll see tonight! I’ve seen the episode already, and all I’ll say is do not miss a minute!

On tonight’s episode, “Allegiance,” Halstead and Atwater go undercover to prevent military-grade weapons from hitting the street. Meanwhile, Voight calls in a favor as a last-ditch effort to clear Olinsky’s name for Bingham’s murder.

See if Voight’s effort works in Olinksy’s favor tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Goldbergs, Iron Chef Gauntlet, Modern Family, Property Brothers, SEAL Team, American Housewife, & My Partner Knows Best.

Megan’s Choice

Code Black returned last week and immediately brought us a lot of hard cases. Willis is now going to be doing ridealongs with paramedics and goes right out into the field to save people…despite the fact that it’s dangerous. I think this is a great way to show more extreme medical cases before they get to the ER. Angus got asked to be the surgical resident, and he accepted. I think it’s a fantastic choice and that Angus deserves to realize his greatness. I’m looking forward to seeing where this season takes us.

On tonight’s episode, “Better Angels,” Angus and Mario treat a patient who is a self-proclaimed psychic and envisions the staff singing and dancing, seeing beauty amid the chaos at Angels Memorial. Also, Willis and Rox put their lives in danger to rescue a congressman and his staffer from a multi-car accident.

To see how Willis and Rox fair in the field this week, tune in to CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Law & Order: SVU, SEAL Team, Iron Chef Gauntlet, and Chicago PD.

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