If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/12/19

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 #1

My first pick tonight is the new episode of NCIS: LA. Last week, Callen got news on Anna’s whereabouts from Joelle of all people, and they, along with Sam, Kensi, & Deeks, traveled to Cuba. Anna was apparently working with Joelle to find and take down Volkoff, who also had Callen’s father. Anna, Joelle, and Callen ended up being held by Volkoff, and at first it seemed like Anna and Joelle were killed by him right in front of Callen, but that turned out to be faked by Volkoff. In the end, Anna was shot but was going to be okay. She couldn’t return to the States, though, because even though the CIA & Joelle would clear her name, her face would still be known everywhere. So she went with Joelle and would continue working with her. Callen’s father was shot as well, and though he lived long enough to get back to LA and see both his daughter and grandson, as well as visit the grave of his other daughter who died when she was a child, he ended up dying from an infection. It was a little heartbreaking, watching Callen put the coin on his father’s headstone, but at least they all had a chance to see one another and say goodbye. And finally, a more fitting end couldn’t have come for a better person. Volkoff, who was shot after setting off chlorine gas in the bunker they were all in, which our guys barely escaped from, ended up being trapped in the bunker and dying from the gas.

I’m so excited about tonight’s episode (and next week’s finale) because we’ve got a huge JAG reunion. If you didn’t watch the show when it was originally on, it starred David James Elliott as Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr., a former pilot turned lawyer who was now working for the military’s Judge Advocate General (ergo: JAG) division. Catherine Bell played alongside him as Lt. Col. Sarah Mackenzie. It started off on NBC, which canceled it after a single season, and then moved to CBS, where it aired for nine more seasons…and saw the spinoff of NCIS, which of course led to all the spinoffs after. Bet NBC is kicking themselves now, aren’t they? LOL Tonight’s episode will feature David James Elliott back as Harm, while Catherine Bell will return in next week’s finale.

On tonight’s episode, “The Guardian,” Callen and Sam travel to the USS Allegiance in the Persian Gulf to work with Navy Captain Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott)
when the NCIS team uncovers ISIS sympathizers who are targeting military locations. Mercedes Mason returns as DEA Agent Talia Del Campo.

Don’t miss the return of two familiar faces tonight on CBS at 10/9c.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Phoebe’s Choice

If you blinked last week, you may have missed the return of the animated version of The Guardians of the Galaxy, a stellar show that packs as much action and as many laughs as the movies did. Though the two-episode set technically was a continuation of season three, it’s been a year since the last one aired, so call it a mid-season premiere. Now the really cool thing about the first four episodes of this half season is that they are exploring a variety of animation styles and managed to tie the gimmick into the story. To escape certain doom that was impending in the cliffhanger a year ago, they all jumped into a mysterious mirror with cosmic powers that they had on their ship. As Gamora pointed out, the mirror would take them to another galaxy. Groot wrapped his tree limbs around all of them in the hopes that he might keep them together on the other side. After activating the mirror, we saw each Guardian falling in some void as the color drained out of the animation and the drawing reverted to a “sketch” stage. They were pulled out of Groot’s arms as they tore off and they all were pulled in different directions.

The action resumed with Gamora awakening animated as a Disney Princess, being doted on by singing animals who wanted her to sing and tidy up. They sang an ironic song about whistling that contained no whistling at all. She still had a twig, a portion of Groot’s arms. She escaped the illusionary world eventually and set out to find the other Guardians. The next story was a “DC animated” sort of look, with Drax incarnating as Super Guy, a Clark Kent kind of reporter/superhero. His boss was kind of like Spider-Man’s old boss JJJ. This was even funnier than the singing animals with ridiculous “glasses as a disguise” pranks. It played as a really cool homage to all the Golden Age comic books that laid the foundation for a team like the Guardians to shine in the modern era of entertainment. He also escaped his world eventually with the help of Gamora, who was able to talk to him but whom we did not see.

In the second episode, we got a great Rocket Raccoon story rendered in 3D CGI type animation. He was in a factory, awakening on a conveyor belt with a Groot twig in his hand. In a crate, he saw a tiny Groot and tried to save his friend, but the factory’s drones attacked him. It was a slapstick kind of story with a fun surprise ending: the tiny Groot was really another drone that was in there as a trap. When this was revealed, Rocket went apeshit and blasted the drones to smithereens. He scooped up the Groot twig and exited the world with guidance from Gamora. The last one from last week was sheer brilliance. It was like an inverted Groot story, wherein Groot had a full vocabulary but everyone else could only state their name. All of his friends just kept repeating their names to him, and he couldn’t understand their meaning. Worse yet, this weird energy was transforming them into berzerking maniacs, and he was forced to fight his friends. He was able to escape the illusion eventually, but he was not yet reunited with the team. I guess that’s for this week’s episodes, so tune on in!

On tonight’s first episode, “Black Vortex Part 3,” Quill finds himself in a claymation world where the Milano is flying into the sun, threatening to melt him; Groot and Drax must fight Ronan in a Golden Age world.

Then on the second episode, “Black Vortex Part 4,” Gamora and Quill battle their way through an 8-bit Super Marvel world.

Catch the rest of the animation fun tonight on Disney XD starting at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching Bob’s Burgers, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Supergirl.

Jenny’s Choice #2

My other pick tonight is essentially only for Spectrum cable subscribers like me. Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba star as Syd Burnett and Nancy McKenna respectively, LAPD detectives in the same universe as the Bad Boys franchise. Syd was previously working in Miami, taking down a drug cartel, but suddenly moved to LA to become an LAPD detective. Her new partner, Nancy, is a working mom. Both are hiding pretty hefty secrets, which you find out pretty quickly into the series. Ryan McPartlin plays Nancy’s husband, Patrick, and Ernie Hudson plays Syd’s father, Joseph. The show also stars Duane Martin, Zach Gilford, & Zach McGowan.

I’ve seen the first few episodes, and I enjoyed the show. Syd seems to be pretty daring, a little more reckless, but Nancy’s no shrinking violet. There are some great scenes and fun characters, and I’m interested to see where it goes once their secrets are revealed.

On tonight’s first episode, “Pilot,” when a young boy becomes the target of a powerful cartel, our team must race against the clock to keep him safe. But when Syd’s personal quest for justice threatens the operation, she and McKenna must decide whom they really serve and protect.

Then on “Defiance,” the team must track down a budding serial killer who lures young women into isolated areas before killing them live on social media. Meanwhile, Syd’s dangerous secret collides with McKenna’s complicated past.

And finally on “Con Air,” a body abruptly plummets onto a busy street, seemingly falling straight out of the sky, and our team is left to piece together the clues. Meanwhile, Syd and McKenna realize they need to trust each other if they want to escape the ghosts of their past.

The first three episodes will premiere overnight tonight on Spectrum On Demand at 3:01AM/2:01AMc and then two episodes weekly thereafter.

Megan’s Choice

When the reboot of Charmed was first announced, I was skeptical because I loved the original and all the cheesy goodness it brought, but I have come to enjoy the new show a lot and think it has done a brilliant job of becoming its own entity. Maggie, Macy, and Mel have been through a lot this season so far and are facing a brutal battle against Parker’s demon father, who has teamed up with the rogue witch, Fiona, to raise the source of all evil. This situation is emotional for Maggie because she knows if she can’t save Parker in time, his dad is going to turn him into the Source and she will be forced to kill him for the greater good. What a messy relationship for Maggie and Parker! I am hopeful that the girls will figure out a way to save the day without having to kill Maggie’s boyfriend, but time will tell.

On tonight’s episode, “Red Rain,” Galvin discovers that something bizarre is happening with the patients that are being brought into the hospital. Maggie gets a clue about how to keep the Source from taking over. Meanwhile, both Macy and Galvin do something no one could have predicted.

To find out what unpredictable thing Macy and Galvin do, tune in to The CW at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching NCIS: LA, Supergirl, The Red Line, and Worst Cooks in America?.

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