If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/18

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

Today, YouTube released the new 10-episode futuristic sci-fi thriller Origin, from director Paul W.S. Anderson. The series follows a group of strangers who were on their way to recolonize a planet five light years away, when something happened and they woke up early. Now they find themselves in deep space, with no signs of the ship’s crew and only a small fraction of the passengers who were supposed to be on board. They begin to search the ship and discover strange and creepy things, which only brings up more questions. There is something mysterious and deadly on board, and the passengers start to question if they can really trust one another.

I checked out the first two episodes, and by the end of the premiere I was completely sold. I love this kind of tense thriller, and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and see the mystery unfold. Things get incredibly freaky by the end of the first episode and continue to amp up even more in the second episode, becoming a consistent stream of jump scares. If I had to describe the show in one sentence, it would be The Thing in space. However, the series does take some breaks from the tension – each episode utilizes flashbacks to explore one of the character’s backstories, looking into who they were and why they ultimately jumped at the chance to erase their past and to start over with a blank slate and a new identity on a new planet.

The cast is great. It includes Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle, Zoo), Fraser James (Holby City), Philipp Christopher, Nina Wadia, Madalyn Horcher (Gracepoint), Siobahn Cullen, Adelayo Adedayo (Timewasters), and Wil Coban. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got a chance to participate in the press room for the series. Unfortunately, due to a tight schedule, I only got the chance to speak with one pair of actors – Tom Felton & Sen Mitsuji – before they were whisked off for their panel. You can find my video from the roundtable Q&A at NoReRuns.net.

Check out the complete first season of Origin now on YouTube.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, Riverdale, and Stan Against Evil.

Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Phoebe’s Choice

This year more than any other so far, American Horror Story has tied its latest season into the occurrences of the other installments. The main character, Michael Langdon, for example is the evil young child from season one, “Murder House.” They have heavily intertwined Michael’s emergence as the anti-Christ with the witches in New Orleans from the “Coven” season and also resolved matters left unresolved from the “Hotel” season.

Last week’s second-to-last episode of the season showed us how the events of the premiere were set up, with Michael ascending to lead Cooperative, which they explain is the re-branding of the Illuminati. Once in charge of the Satanic Cooperative, they begin to make plans to nuke the planet, while setting up the special Outposts that will serve as survival spaces for the select chosen few. The robotics geeks who made Ms. Mead for Michael offer Ms. Venable a position as a head mistress at Outpost Three. So we see how this is all about to loop around to the start like a Vonnegut book.

On the other side of this season’s great magical rivalry, the witches have been whittled down to just a core group, caught between the imminent passing of current Supreme Cordelia and Mallory, who is destined to ascend as the next. To rescue their recently slain sisters, they are trying to teach Mallory a spell that will allow her to travel back in time. She tests her abilities by going back to try to save Anastasia Romanov, who was secretly a witch. Mallory fails in the rescue but succeeds in surviving time travel, which is unprecedented to that point.

On tonight’s season finale, “Apocalypse Then,” after the nuclear apocalypse, the world’s chosen elite survive in secure outposts created by the mysterious Cooperative; underneath the surface of humanity’s salvation lies a battlefield for the final conflict between good and evil.

Find out who wins the final conflict tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be tuning in for South Park & Stan Against Evil.

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