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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/26/20

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

The overall arc on Harley Quinn since the pilot has been one of Harley distancing herself from her former home in the Joker’s shadow, as his emotional and physical punching bag. The short-term arc has been how Harley & Ivy have a vivacious sexual relationship that comes to the fore every time they get drunk together. That’s why it was crazy that a few episodes back, she rebooted the Joker by throwing him back into a vat of acid. He remembered who he was but couldn’t forget that the last half year he has been in love with Bethany, a single mother who is a nurse.

After last week’s mind-control fiasco, Harley & Kite Man finally bested Dr. Psycho and thusly earned the rights to Darkseid’s parademon armies. Harley declined, as she was not sure she really identified as a super-villain anymore. All is well that ends well? Well yes, except that Psycho sabotaged Ivy’s chances at happiness with Kite Man by showing the whole city a psychic projection of Harles & Ives doing the wild thing.

This show has been no-stop hilaritude and crass ball crunching action. This is the Harley Quinn we deserve. No matter what happens on today’s finale, I hope we get a season three!! If not, I have a baseball bat…

On today’s episode, “The Runaway Bridesmaid,” Ivy and Kite Man’s wedding plans are threatened to be derailed by an overzealous Commissioner Gordon who can’t resist a party with all of Gotham’s biggest villains; Ivy and Kite Man’s best chance at happiness is for Harley to come to the rescue.

Don’t miss the season 2 finale this morning on DCU streaming at 9AM/8AMc.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/25/20

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 the DC Universe original series Doom Patrol returns for its second season, and this year it also airs on HBO Max, which means a lot more folks will be able to see it! In the first season, over the course of several decades, wheelchair-bound scientist Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton) welcomed various enhanced humans to live with him in his giant mansion, known as Doom Manor, where he tried to help them control their powers. It’s not unlike The X-Men, but these super-powered beings have a lot more personal and emotional baggage to deal with (which we found out about through flashbacks), plus they are a lot less heroic (at least initially).

The team includes 1950s Silver Screen starlet Rita Farr (April Bowlby), who, while shooting a film in 1955 in Africa, fell into the river and was transformed into Elasti-Girl. When her emotions run high, Rita loses control of her body and becomes a massive blob – a far cry from her normally-glamorous Hollywood self. In 1961, Air Force aviator test pilot Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer) was on a test flight in space and encountered cosmic radiation. A Negative Spirit entered his body, and his plane plummeted to Earth, bursting into flames, severely burning his body. Now Larry is constantly covered in bandages, looking like a mummy. The Negative Spirit inside of him can exit his body, but when it does so, it leaves Larry in a lifeless, immobile state – he has become dependent on this cohabitant to stay alive. In the 1970s, Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) found her way to Doom Manor. The troubled young woman has 64 personas, each with her own superpower. Jane cannot control which one of the personas controls her body – it could be anyone from the tough Hammerhead, to the teleporting Flit. Even Caulder hasn’t seen all of Jane’s personalities. In 1988, philandering race car driver Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser) was in a horrible accident, and only his brain survived. Caulder built Steele a brand-new robotic body, turning him into Robotman. And the latest addition to the team is high school football star Victor Stone (Joivan Wade). An explosion at STAR labs left his mother dead, but Silas Stone (Phil Morris) rebuilt the majority of his son’s body using nanites and other high-tech means, turning Victor into the crime-fighting superhero known as Cyborg.

In the first season, the team found itself up against a powerful supervillain known as Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), who had kidnapped The Chief (Niles). As they ventured out of Doom Manor and into the surrounding small town of Cloverton, Ohio for the first time in decades, things almost immediately went horribly wrong, as none of them really had control over their powers. The group soon found itself up against things like Apocalyptic cults and other inter-dimensional obstacles. At the same time, Mr. Nobody was playing mind games with them, trying to make them turn against one another, using their past emotional tragedies against them.

As the season came to a close, the metahumans learned that Niles Caulder had actually been involved in the accidents that caused each of them to obtain their powers. He had been using them as test subjects in his quest to unlock the secret to immortality, in hopes to prolong his own life long in order to protect his daughter, who has the ability to alter reality. Things got very odd and surreal as the team entered the painting of Danny the Street to take on Mr. Nobody and rescue Niles’s daughter, managing to escape just before a nuclear explosion collapsed the dimension inside the painting, trapping Mr. Nobody and the Bead Hunter in the White Space dimension. Afterwards, Niles introduced the team to his daughter, Dorothy Spinner.

The series has a very unique tone, which is largely comedic. The violence and language can be graphic and over-the-top at times, taking full advantage of the fact that this is not a broadcast network DC show. It has a very Deadpool sort of feel to it. The first season episodes were narrated by Mr. Nobody, who constantly made sarcastic remarks, often breaking the fourth wall, referring to the series itself. The world itself is also quite insane, from a flatulating donkey, to a sentient teleporting gender-queer street named Danny, to the talking Ezekiel the Cockroach (Curtis Armstrong) bent on world domination, to The Beard Hunter (Tommy Snider) a man with the power to learn everything about a person just by consuming their beard.

The show knows it’s crazy and embraces it and just has fun, while also exploring some really dark, dramatic moments. I’m curious to see where the series goes this season and what new characters will be introduced. Will the group still be bitter about Niles’s involvement in their conditions? How will Niles’s daughter fit in with the team? Is Mr. Nobody really gone, and if so, who will be the big bad this season and who will narrate the episodes? I am really happy that the series will be airing on HBO Max this year, as I don’t subscribe to DC Universe. Today the first 3 episodes (“Fun Size Patrol”, “Tyme Patrol” & “Pain Patrol”) will be made available, with a new episode launching each Thursday thereafter. Unfortunately, the second season is going to be short, with only 9 episodes, versus 15 in the first season.

I’ll also be watching/recording Holey Moley, Don’t, To Tell the Truth, Broke, and Celebrity Watch Party.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/24/20

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

We’re kind of lucky to have any Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at all this year. It was supposed to get axed after season 6, but when Inhumans flopped (hard), this show was extended. Comic book TV content is still highly in demand, and Fox also cancelled The Gifted, so something had to be salvaged. To be brutally honest, this season could be written off as mashup of Legends of Tomorrow & 12 Monkeys, but we’ve grown to love these characters so much, we’ll take them packaged however, wherever, whenever. So I’m gonna be grateful that we are spiraling through time with the core S.H.I.E.L.D. crew led by Mac, sans Fitz but with a robot Coulson & an afflicted Mae. Why? Because it has been phenomenal so far, as we’ve spent 2 episodes in the 1930s and now 2 in the 1950s.

Last week started with a unique show logo and robot Coulson as a film noir narrator in an appropriately black & white episode. Agent Surry from the short-lived yet classic Agent Carter crossed paths with the time-displaced team already. Robo-Coulson realized as he was in Sousa’s custody that that day was the one that Sousa was meant to die, after delivering a vital piece of technology to Howard Stark. Initially he sought to preserve history and steered Sousa towards his (later famous and revered) doom, but a number of problems cropped up on the way. For one thing, in retrieval of the item, Deek got kidnapped by Hydra. Yo-yo got away with the item, but instead of taking it to Coulson, she was preoccupied with saving Deek. To comedic effect, Enoch was again left as a bartender in the speakeasy where we last saw him in the 1930s. This time his only use was in patching the comms of the crew in a tech-starved era. In the end they faked Sousa’s death and took him forward with them on their next time hop after smoothing out history and foiling the Chronicons attempts to sabotage the timestream.

On tonight’s episode, “A Trout in the Milk,” after a bumpy landing in the disco decade, the team — Daniel Sousa in tow — reunites with more than one familiar face at the S.H.I.E.L.D. hangout and discovers exactly how to dismantle the Chronicoms’ latest plan. But when they get too close for comfort, the Zephyr unexpectedly leaps forward again, this time to a date pivotal to not only the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. but to the future of Director Mack as well.

Find out why the date is pivotal to the team tonight on ABC at 10/9c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/22/20

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

After the lackluster (at best) first season of Batwoman, I was not expecting a whole lot from another CW Arrowverse show. I did not realize, however, that it was simply being licensed for broadcast on The CW, that it was in fact a DCU show and was not part of the Arrowverse at all. I’m glad my expectations were so low, because now the season that I am swept up into is an absolute delight. Luke Wilson and Brec Bassinger star as S.T.R.I.P.E. and Star Girl respectively, two members of the second incarnation of the Justice Society of America. The tale takes place after the original JSA was wiped out by the Injustice Society of America. I know, real weak branding, but this show is still sooooo good. High school student Courtney Whitmore believes she is Star Man’s daughter because his staff activated for her and gave her all of his powers, even though her stepdad, who is also S.T.R.I.P.E – Star Man’s old sidekick and a robot made out of cars – tells her time and again that he was not her real dad.

After recovering a number of power items associated with each of the ex-members of the JSA, Courtney has been on a quest to find heirs apparent for each of the fallen members of the once prominent superhero team. Last week we added Hourman and Doctor Mid-Nite’s replacements in the form of the trouble student Rick Tyler & nerd outcast Beth Chapel. Beth snooped through Courtney’s room, where she found the relics of power. Donning the glasses of Dr. Mid-Nite, she is now guided by the disembodied voice of Charles McNider, the original Dr. M, incarnated here as an AI with all of his memories and an extensive library of information about the modern world.

While reluctant to let Beth claim the helm of a hero who she is not a direct legacy of, Courtney pursued Rick Tyler because she discovered that he is the original Hourman’s son. After giving him the hourglass medallion that his father used, he was imbued with the power of super-strength but only for one hour each day. He initially intended to use the powers to cause mischief, but after Beth used her goggles to show him that his parents were actually killed by the JSA, he agreed to join their growing group of super-powered beings.

This show has the production value of Titans but with way more heart. It is tremendous fun & if you aren’t watching this yet, it is time to #ketchup.

On today’s episode, “The Powers That Be,” Courtney makes a difficult decision after Pat confronts her about the potential consequences of recruiting new members to the JSA. Elsewhere, Barbara shows up in support of Mike’s science fair, and Courtney, Yolanda, Beth, and Rick prepare for their first major mission.

Don’t miss it this morning on DC at 9AM/8AMc.

I’ll also be watching the ever weird and hilarious American Dad.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/3/20

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, the second half of Rick and Morty season four premieres on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) at 11:30pm EST, with all five remaining episodes set to debut in the month of May. After that we have no idea how long we might wait to get a fifth season. They are contracted for 70 more episodes, but we just don’t know how long that will take to happen, or if (considering our current Cronenberg of a global pandemic) that is really feasible anymore.

Anywhoodles, let’s hope that the rest of the season is as hilarious as the midseason finale was, when one imagines that Summer entered the writing room and said, “Okay, what if we do Snakes on a Plane meets Terminator?” To which Rick would have replied, “Wow, that’s a pretty specific pitch, Summer.” But they made it anyway, and it was spectacular! With at least 5 minutes of the episode laid out in semi-intelligible “snake talk–only” sequences where they showed us what happened on Snake Planet, they threw exposition out the forking window sideways. They also tangled time in a way that would summon the Testicle Time Lords from the Season 2 premiere. This was a rare call back from a show that has stayed (relatively) fresh by not depending on continuity to drive the episodes.

I rated the first half of this season as 3/5 classics with two “filler” status episodes. I don’t expect them to beat that ratio this second half, but here’s to hoping that they do. #EnjoyYourApocalypse everyone!

Don’t miss the midseason premiere, “Never Ricking Morty,” tonight on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) at 11:30/10:30c.
I’ll also be watching Supergirl, Batwoman, Bob’s Burgers, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and especially, robotically, the Westworld season three finale.

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