If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/20/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Tonight on HBO, an exciting new comic book show debuts, though this rendition of Watchmen is not strictly an adaptation so much as an addition to the existing canon of the award-winning Vertigo comic book story from the 1980s. Most of the original 12-issue limited series was successfully adapted to a film a decade ago, with the few missing parts being available as bonus features on the DVD. Widely regarded as the best comic book tale ever told, that movie version is a tough act to replicate, so they went a different direction with it.

They set this show in the same universe as the film, but instead of the OG setting in the 1980s, they are running this continuity in a modern age of sorts. It is the 2019 of an Earth that lived through the events of The Watchmen, however. It’s a world torn by racial tension and tension between the police and the growing racist hordes who support president Robert Redford, who has sat in office for thirty years. One that sees occasional rainstorm of live squid pouring down. (Swear.) The lead vigilante hero in this arc will be an African American woman who fights crime as Sister Night. Everything I’ve heard about this one sounds trippy, morbidly funny, and apropos of many dismal aspects of our modern history. I’m in for the whole season, however it turns out. My blood-splattered Comedian’s button on my sweatshirt won’t let me miss an episode!

On tonight’s episode, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice,” in an alternate America, where police conceal their identities behind masks to protect themselves from a terrorist organization, Detective Angela Abar (Regina King) investigates the attempted murder of a fellow officer under the guidance of her friend and Chief, Judd Crawford (Don Johnson). Meanwhile, the Lord of a Country Estate (Jeremy Irons) receives an anniversary gift from his loyal servants.

Don’t miss this exciting new show tonight on HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Get Shorty, On Becoming a God in Central Florida (which I suspect many of you are still sleeping on), & Bob’s Burgers.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, FOX has all new spooky episodes of its Animation Domination lineup. The night kicks off with the fitting 666th episode of The Simpsons, which marks the 30th edition of the annual “Treehouse of Horror” special. This installment opens with a quick tale of Homer adopting an evil baby named Maggie, whose mother died in childbirth. Then the episode goes into the traditional three spooky tales, the first of which is called “Danger Things,” an 80s-set parody of Stranger Things that finds the rest of the characters trying to rescue Milhouse, who was taken by a monster and brought to the Over-Under. The second story, “Heaven Swipes Right,” finds Homer going to Heaven after choking on a hot dog at a football game, only to be sent back to Earth to inhabit different bodies. And the final story, “When Hairy Met Slimy,” is a parody of the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, with janitor Selma falling in love with alien Kang, who’s being held as an experiment in the basement of the power plant.

Since the World Series starts on Tuesday, FOX is kicking off its Halloween programming a little early. I always enjoy holiday-themed episodes of TV shows, especially the Halloween ones, and The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror episodes have been an annual tradition for 30 years! I always find these specials to be a lot of fun, and I’m also looking forward to checking out the rest of tonight’s spooky Animation Domination lineup.

Don’t miss the Halloween fun tonight on FOX starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Rookie, Bless the Harts, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Batwoman, Supergirl, The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot, and Watchmen.

Jenny’s Choice

Last week’s The Rookie had Nolan working with Lopez while West was stuck with Officer Smitty when the patrol officers had to police their trouble spots. Both Nolan and Lopez start off by ranting together about their relationship problems. Nolan had shown Jessica his master closet design he’d dreamed up, and she’d made a comment about there not being enough space for her shoes. Things had quickly turned awkward when he couldn’t tell her he hadn’t thought about her living there. And Lopez was unhappy because it seemed like Wesley didn’t want her to meet his mother. Both ended up working out fine – especially Angela and Wesley, who went to dinner at his mother’s house. Turns out his family is very wealthy, and he is determined to shun the money and make it on his own. His mom was lovely and doted on Angela. Angela then told Wesley basically to suck it up and quit fussing with his mother, to be thankful for her while he could be, and to use the money for good if he was determined not to use it for himself. As for their trouble spot, it was a corner in a pretty good neighborhood…where drugs were sold from. They were after the buyers, not the dealer, and the buyer they stopped happened to be a guy who worked for a city councilwoman (hello, Seamus Deaver from Castle!), who tried to use his work for a city councilwoman to get him out of it, but when Nolan called the city councilwoman’s office, the guy admitted the drugs were his. But then as they were driving around, Nolan saw a guy (helo Jon Huertas, also from Castle!) running and realized he was being chased. They went to try to intervene, but it was like the guy had disappeared…until he crashed onto a car next to them after having jumped off the overpass. Turned out the guy was DHS, which brought in Jessica. The guy was undercover and had been missing six weeks. Nolan then lost the guy when he was supposed to be guarding him at the hospital, but then he found him, and together they took down the two bad guys who had been trying to get the information the guy had.

But West and Smitty didn’t have such a good shift. West was determined to round up the parolees at their trouble spot, even though Smitty tried to convince him just to let them go with a warning (Smitty wanted to do as little work as possible), but then one of the guys ran off. As West was chasing him, the guy dumped the gun he was carrying. Unfortunately, a little boy picked it up and started waving it around, while his mother tried to get him to put it down. West reached them after cuffing the runner, and while trying to coax the little boy to put the gun down, it went off and hit the mother, who later died. Of course West felt responsible. Also unfortunately, the DA’s office wouldn’t charge him because West didn’t see the guy dump the gun. By the time Grey came to him and told him the gun was used in a previous unsolved homicide, the guy had already been let go. Feeling like a failure, it took West a while, but he and Lucy went and found the guy who seemed to be the leader at West’s trouble spot and convinced him to give up the guy’s location. He was picked up and brought in, although you could tell West didn’t consider it a total win, since the young boy’s mother was still dead.

But the funniest part had to be the bet between Tim & Lucy. Wanting to get him out of his routine, she bet him she could set him up with someone for at least one good date. If she won, she’d get to wear short sleeves. If he won, she had to do 50 pushups after every call they took. She ran into an old college friend at the station (a social worker who was trying to cut through red tape about police response times for some of her cases) and convinced her to help her out. Unfortunately, she and Tim really weren’t hitting it off on the date, and she agreed to help him win if he gave her the number for his watch commander. Lucy knew she had lost, but in thanks, before her shift the next morning, she took over a bottle of wine for her friend…only to find Tim there, in a towel, having spent the night. So it looks like it’s short sleeves finally for Chen. LOL

On tonight’s episode, “Warriors and Guardians,” Officer Nolan gets off to a rocky start after being introduced to his new training officer, Nyla Harper, who has an unconventional approach to police work after her stint as an undercover detective. Meanwhile, Officer Bradford struggles to think of an appropriate birthday gift for Rachel, and Officer Lopez finds herself navigating a case that triggers a personal memory. Jasmine Mathews (Chicago Med) guest stars.

Meet Nolan’s new training officer tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Halloween Wars, NCIS: LA, Watchmen, & Haunted Gingerbread Showdown.

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