If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/31/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Early this morning, Hulu released the first four episodes of the new series Four Weddings and a Funeral. The ten-episode series comes from creator/executive producer Mindy Kaling and is a re-imagining of the 1994 romantic comedy of the same name. However, the only thing it really shares in common with its namesake is that over the course of the season, there will be four weddings and a funeral. Andie MacDowell also makes a guest appearance, though not reprising her film role.

The series centers around the lives of four American friends who went to college with one another and spent a semester abroad in London. After college, three of the friends moved to London, while Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones) stayed back. Maya had fallen in love with married Congressman Ted Spencer (Tommy Dewey, Casual) while working on his campaign, and now she is helping him run for the Senate. As all romantic stories like this go, Ted says that he loves Maya and will be leaving his wife any day now.

In the opener, Maya takes a trip to London to see her friends for a costume party. During a bag mix-up at the airport, she meets the charming Kash (Nikesh Patel, Indian Summers), who says that he is an actor. She later discovers that Kash is the boyfriend of her best friend, designer Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse, The Mindy Project, Red Band Society). Ainsley lives across the hall from the posh Gemma (Zoe Boyle, Frontier, Witless) and her husband and son. Gemma is a bit jealous to see that Ainsley has another friend. It turns out that Kash isn’t actually an actor but rather co-workers with investment banker Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith, You’re the Worst), who has just asked girlfriend Zara (Sophia La Porta, The Five) to move in with him. And rounding out the American crew is Duffy (John Reynolds, Stranger Things, Search Party), a dorky, awkward teacher at an all-boys school where he also lives in the dorm. He has had a secret crush on Maya for the past decade but has never been able to get up the courage to tell her how he feels.

The series feels more like an extended feature film than a traditional TV series, with each episode flowing nicely right into the next, plus it has a very British aesthetic to it. The episodes are filled with all those delightful tropes you expect to see in any classic romantic comedy, with the characters going through ups and downs and lots of plot twists and turns. There are also fun callbacks to iconic scenes from classic romantic comedy films. The show has a nice mix of drama and humor, and many of the comedic moments had me laughing out loud as I checked out the first two episodes. The series also has a wonderful soundtrack, and it didn’t even bother me that all the songs were covers.

One of the fun things about the show is that we know there will be four weddings and a funeral, and so there is this constant mystery of who will be a part of those five events (well, not that it’s fun to imagine who is going to die). The first couple of episodes do a nice job of setting up various possible love pairings and triangles, and you don’t necessarily know who is going to end up with whom. I fell in love with the show from episode one – these characters are so much fun and really feel like they could be longtime friends. I look forward to seeing how their intertwining stories all play out over the course of the season… I just hope I don’t have to watch one of their funerals!

Check out the first four episodes now on Hulu.

I’ll also be watching/recording Archer, Krypton, Younger, Match Game, Big Brother, and MasterChef.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week’s episode of Archer: 1999 set the stage for this evening’s finale. It started innocuously enough, with the crew discovering a black reflective cube in space. While testing it, they found it was reactive to aggression. Cheryl tried to attack it and had her head sucked into it. The mysterious object, which Pam named “Cubert,” held Cheryl’s head in itself till she passed out from asphyxiation. When she came to, she was stricken with insatiable hunger. As she gorged herself, Cubert vanished before Krieger could analyze it. Mallory suggested they split up and search the ship separately.

While searching the locker room, Archer encountered Lana, but she appeared dressed as she often was in early seasons in a short sweater skirt from back in her ISIS days. Holy crap, I think he’s starting to have visions of the real world outside his coma! After Lana left the room, a voice started talking to him from within one of the lockers: it’s TV’s Michel Gray, who was part of the season six finale. He blipped out of existence very quickly though, and we cut to commercial.

When we came back, Archer first saw Pam as her former human self and then was shocked to discover none of the rest of the crew recalled Cubert or Cheryl’s head getting stuck in it. He escalated into a rage state, and they had to tranquilize him. Left alone in the med lab with Lana, his drugged body woke up and attempted to choke her to death as Krieger fumbled with the door code, trying to get back into the room. When they did get in the room, Pam knocked Archer out with a fire extinguisher. So futuristic, lulz. As he faded from consciousness, he saw all of the crew as their real-life counterparts, and when he came to, he was locked up in the brig. No fret tho, cause Woodhouse was there to serve him cocktails. At this point, even Archer admitted that his reality seemed to be cracking up.

Well, at first I panicked because they were clearly waking him up from the coma here, and I had not heard of the renewal, but it’s true they did renew for at least one more season. Archer will be out of the coma and returning to the spy biz but with severely atrophied muscles and a slower mental capacity. They found yet another way to reinvent the show! Kick-ass.

On tonight’s episode, “Robert De Niro,” when a trial turns into a party it can only mean that Barry-6 has returned!

Don’t miss tonight’s season finale on FXX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be tuning in tonight to watch Ancient Skies, Krypton, Florida Girls, & Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Additionally, I’ll be continuing my binge of The Boys, cause holy shit that show is good.

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