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The Mandalorian Season Finale Recap & Overall Series Thoughts

There are a variety of words I use to describe The Mandalorian. Awesome is not one of them. When I sum it up into a logline, it goes like this: “Dangerous bounty hunter betrays everything about his lifestyle except weird obsession with wearing a helmet to nurture a cute, telekinetic, 90-year-old baby.” From the jump, it has felt as if it were badly written but overproduced fanfic. Like someone (John Favreau) just watched the core nine episodes of the Skywalker Saga for the first time last year, called dibs on the most marketable moments/characters/settings – Yoda, Boba Fett, Tattoine – and mashed them all up with little concern for cannon, fandom, or integrity. It often feels like a child playing with action figures, but the child has 5 million dollars to spend on each trip out back to the sandbox.

Season two came to a close last week with another #predictable cameo, which this show prefers to substance or depth. But how did we get there? Well, Darth Vader Lite – ahem, I mean Moff Gideon… yes, Gideon kidnapped Grogu aka “Baby Yoda,” and Mando was dedicated to getting the child back. He had the help of recent New Republic recruit-ready-to-abandon-her-post-for-Mando Cara Dune of course. Let’s not forget overweight Boba Fett, who showed up last week with Tennac Shand [Mae from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]. This whole crew of Mandalorians was ready to fight to restore Mando to his rightful position in life: a lactating doula taking care of Baby Yoda.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/6/20

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

Hey, everyone. I’m back for at least one blog! Wear a mask and don’t cough on me, thank you very much, but OK I’m back because so is Shameless. The eleventh and final season of the American version of the show starts tonight on Showtime in its usual 9PM Sunday night slot. With the way things ended last year, a number of plots remain that need to be resolved, though other matters will be covered as well. When we last saw the Gallaghers, it was wedding bells for Ian & Mickey, a roller-coaster love that has been central to the show since season one. The main obstacle to that love is Mickey’s homicidally homophobic dad, Terry, who has sworn to kill Mickey if he marries a man.

We found out early that he was pretty committed to that, as he burnt down the venue the wedding was supposed to be at. While dealing with a love triangle between Debbie, Mickey’s sister, & the underaged and insane Julia, the family somehow secured the polka hall, The Polish Doll. Did I say somehow? Cause I meant: they lied and said Debbie was marrying Mickey because the place had a very homophobic history. Debbie cried to the widow who ran the hall as they pulled off the ceremony, while Gay Jesus followers detered Terry when he showed up looking to shoot someone. We found out that Kevin had been saving a secret stash of money from his Keg Exercise side hustle to buy a wedding ring for Viv. So new wedding this year, I’d think.

After a huge blow-out screaming match in front of their baby, Fred, Lip, & Tami walked away in anger for the umpteenth time. This fight rocked him bad enough that he fell off the wagon and got drunk on rum. He did the right thing though and went to see his AA sponsor/brother-in-law immediately. Somehow that humanity was enough to get Tami to show up the next day to help him renovate the house she previously had not been interested in living in – to the point of threatening moving their child 150 miles away. Terry attempted a drive by on Ian & Mickey, but they survived. To cap it all off, Debbie was served with a warrant for statutory rape for sleeping with Julia. The season ended with her fleeing from the cops in her PJs the morning after the wedding.

So this last season, we have some things that we know will be dealt with, like Debbie’s fate, the beef with Terry, & how Kevin is gonna track down his wife to divorce her so he can marry Viv. But also on the table is the fact they are writing the COV-19 pandemic into the plot. If what I read is correct, it seems Frank may die early in the season, leaving Lip to find his footing as the patriarch of the family in the absence of Frank or Fi. And that’s the last big mystery. We don’t know if Emma Rossum will return for an episode or two as the series comes to a close next year. No matter what happens, I’ll be there for the ride!

On tonight’s episode, “This is Chicago,” the Gallaghers adjust to life during the pandemic; Frank fears gentrification of South Side; bar closures force Kev and V to get creative; Lip and Tami work to make their new house a home as Carl finishes his time at the police academy.

Don’t miss the final season premiere tonight on Showtime at 9/8c.

I’ll also watch Bob’s Burgers.

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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

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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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