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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/25/17

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

Last week on Dark Matter, we finally got all but the money shot on the resolution of the lasting rivalry between Two and Ryo that began late season two. After she was kidnapped the episode before by the alternate timeline Three, who goes by Boone, she was brought before Emperor Ryo Ishida on his home world. She hastened to making mincemeat of his guards and was dueling with him when an explosion rocked the whole palace. A meeting of Ryo’s generals had been sabotaged.

Back aboard the Raza, the rest of the crew wondered if Two could still be alive but soon learned the truth when Ryo called and invited them to Zairon to negotiate a trade: the Blink Drive in exchange for Two. Instead of going in person, Three, Five, & Six beamed their minds into clones to talk about an exchange. Six confronted the leader of the royal guards, Misaki, who confessed to her murder of former Raza crew member Nix. The Emperor’s advisor Teku took Five to see Two, and together they weighed options.

Ryo confided in Three that when he regained his memories, he recalled that Three himself was the cause of the radiation poisoning that eventually led to the death of his lover, Sarah, who existed now only as a digital copy of her former human self. Next in a private talk with Five, Ryo revealed to her the identity of her sister, whom she knew was adopted by a wealthy family. Though the reveal never made it past the fourth wall, she was visibly shocked and upset.

Later Ryo had his private talk with Six, and Six thwarted an attempt on the Emperor’s life. Then, for some reason, despite the state of emergency, Ryo had a full dinner with all of the Raza crew. There, he told Six that their Portia/Two discovered that he was a mole through an informant high in the ranks of the G.A. (Could it be Anders?!?) Misaki interrupted dinner, saying they are under attack. She also produced evidence that made it appear Teku was behind the attempt on Ryo’s life. She was soon ordered to execute the Raza crew members, but they were already breaking free to get Two to a ship to escape.

Misaki lured Ryo to an ambush, finally revealing that it was her treachery all along. He slayed the group of assassins then engaged her in an exciting katana fight. Six & Five got into their clone/transport units that would transfer their memories of the day back to their real bodies. Three stuck around and got his clone killed on purpose so he didn’t have to retain the memory of his contribution to the tragedy of Sarah’s death.

Just as Misaki was about to kill Ryo, Two intervened and killed the traitor with the same poisoned knife she used to kill Nix. Two then took Ryo into custody, and both of them headed back to the Raza. Once on the ship, the crew debated the fate of their former ally Four, who was Ryo. She went into where he was being held as their prisoner, and they had a long talk. He told her she had a child that she has no memory of. It was his apology before she was to execute him. And then. In fine cliff-hangar fashion… The episode ended with her finger on the trigger about to execute him!

Does Four/Ryo die tonight in the first two seconds of the episode? Is Anders the one who betrayed Six? Will we also learn who Five’s sister is? Only one way to find out, and that’s by watching the final episode of season three of Dark Matter tonight! Also, be sure to check out my interview with Jeff Teravainen, who plays Anders! You can see it here: Jeff Teravainen Interview

On tonight’s episode, “Nowhere to Go,” the crew of the Raza unite Ferrous Corps’ enemies in an effort to end the corporate war.

See how the season ends tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching the season finale of Wynonna Earp & Killjoys!

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Interview with Dark Matter’s Jeff Teravainen

The last few years, Syfy has really raised the bar for science fiction television fare in my opinion. Aside from Black Mirror, four out of five of my top five sci-fi shows are on Syfy. I’d actually rank The Expanse & Dark Matter higher in that hierarchy than Black Mirror, despite its extraordinary writing. I guess maybe I am more interested in episodic shows. Or maybe I am captivated more by teams of outlaws fighting impossible odds and usually coming out on top.

Whatever the explanation may subconsciously be, I love a bunch of the shows they run these days, including two that feature Canadian rocker turned voice actor Jeff Teravainen: 12 Monkeys and Dark Matter. My constant use of hashtags and Twitter have led me to a bunch of my favorite TV stars the past year, and sometimes you luck out and they #FollowBack, which leads to chances to ask them to do interviews, bringing us right here to the phone interview I recently conducted with Jeff.

If you’ve never watched either show, now is your chance to binge watch it all. Then come right back and read this fun interview I did just in time to mark the season three finale of Dark Matter, tonight on Syfy!!

PlanetPhoebe: On Dark Matter, you play as Lieutenant John Anders, who has a history as an undercover agent alongside Six, back when he was working for the Galactic Authority. Season three opened with you holding Three in custody while he saved your ass a few times from the attack drone, which was after both of you. It was a chance to see you working closely with Anthony Lemke for a change instead of when we usually see Anders deal mostly with Six played by Roger Cross. What was it like working with Anthony this time around?

Jeff Teravainen: It was amazing. I knew him from before as well. He’s just a great guy. That’s the thing about Dark Matter. For me I always said that they are like the core family and I was like the very close cousin. And I got treated that way: “Come over for dinner. Let’s hang out and all have a great time.” So we have a real relaxed atmosphere with the actors/producers, everybody. We just bounced stuff off each other. It was a real pleasure to work with him just in a professional manner. It’s fun to watch how other people work and see what they do. Yeah like you experiment and stuff. I learned a fair bit on that episode too. Vaughn Murphy, who directed… I’ve known him forever as well, so I was excited to work with him. I learn things like I am told how consistent I am on takes. And I like that, but at the same point, both of them were pushing me to do different things here and there. Since then I don’t think I’ve done the same take twice, and I think that’s basically on their advice. So yeah, we had a ball. We had a scene where he was gonna be on top of me and I remember I was concerned about my breath, ’cause he was gonna be over me for so long. And then on the first take, he went into the snack truck and went for something heavy on the hummus, and I decided, oh then I’ll go grab something there too. For a minute, it was biological warfare there.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/14/17

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

Tonight marks the halfway point in the third season of Syfy’s Dark Matter. Last week the Raza crew finally learned what hitched a ride with them when they returned from their trip through time last season — it was their doppelgangers from the alternate universe, aboard their own Maurader. The evil Portia Lin and Boone infiltrated one of Zairon’s ships, releasing passengers out the airlock. This started giving our Two and Three a bad reputation and caused Commander Truffault to call off their alliance. Our crew eventually figured out what was going on and were able to stop the alternates. Afterwards, Adrian decided it was time for him to move on, and the others decided to make a trip to check in on Six. However, when they arrived at the colony, it appeared that everyone there was dead.

What happened to the colony? Is Six still alive? Is this really the last we’ve seen of Adrian and his bodyguard Solara? (I hope not, as I was really enjoying those characters — they were a great fit with the rest of the Raza crew!) Will Ryo be able to stop the fall of the House of Ishida? And will he ever return the nice Four we once knew?

On tonight’s episode, “Wish I Could Believe You,” an injured crew member is haunted by the past, unaware of the dangers that are lurking in the present.

Find out who’s haunted by the past tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Friends From College, The Great British Baking Show, Ginormous Food, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, and Playing House.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/16/17

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

My love of cooking/baking shows is not just limited to the United States. It extends across the pond to the UK as well. One of my favorites? The Great British Baking Show on PBS. The ABC version is the spinoff of this one, which is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Both these ladies are so much fun to watch host. They play well off each other, interact perfectly with the bakers, and have a lot of fun teasing and poking fun at the judges, well-known bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who are both also entertaining to watch. Overall, it’s just an easy, fun show to watch, and I’m so excited PBS is airing season 4 starting tonight with back-to-back episodes, as well as season 5 in the future.

On tonight’s first episode, “Cake,” meet the 12 bakers as they tackle a British classic, a sponge cake and a high-end showstopper. Then on the second episode, “Biscuits,” follow the remaining 11 bakers in their efforts to make biscuits, and learn a little more about each of them.

Meet the bakers and find out which two go home first tonight on PBS starting at 9/8c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/9/17

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

Tonight, Syfy Fridays are back, with the season premieres of Dark Matter and Wynonna Earp!

When the second season of Dark Matter left off, things didn’t look good for our Raza crew. Four had restored his memories and fully embraced his former life as Ishida Ryo. In an effort to help win the war for Zairon, he had plans to blow up the EOS-7 station where the summit was being held. The rest of the Raza crew headed to EOS-7 to stop him, leaving Nyx behind to watch the ship. As Five joined Truffault at the summit, the others spread out to look for the explosives. Things didn’t go as planned—as Two tried to reason with Ryo, Three was abducted by Nieman and some of his Ferrous Corporation goons, and Six was caught by Kierken and stuck in a cell. Meanwhile, Ryo and Misaki snuck away and boarded the Raza. Misaki poisoned and killed Nyx while Ryo stole the blink drive. As they were leaving Ryo told Android to get the crew back to the ship ASAP if they wanted to live. The resulting blast loosened the bars on Six’s cell, freeing him to get to the Marauder; Truffault and Five ran for an escape pod; Three was still with Galactic Authority cop Lt. Anders; and two was somewhere on the station.

Did the entire Raza crew manage to escape before the station exploded? Even if Two was caught in the blast, couldn’t her nannites save her? Is Nyx really dead? Is still some of Four left in Ryo? After all, he did warn the others to get off the station. What does he plan to do with the blink drive, and can whoever is left from the Raza crew regroup in time to stop him?

Tonight’s 2-hour season premiere is a fun, action-packed start to what looks to be another exciting and entertaining season! However, as I was watching, I found myself missing the old crew. Last season we lost both One and Four, and now it feels like some part of the fun group dynamic is missing. I hope that the crew finds some way to bring Four back into the fold or that we get some additional fun crew members to fill the void.

On tonight’s 2-hour premiere, “Being Better Is So Much Harder; It Doesn’t Have to Be Like This,” the scattered survivors of EOS-7 battle to regroup amidst the backdrop of corporate war. Ryo Ishida, now emperor of Zairon, makes an enemy of his former allies, while the past comes back to haunt the crew of the Raza.

After tonight’s Dark Matter premiere, Wynonna Earp returns for a second season. This series also had a crazy season finale last year. Waverly confronted Bobo, and in the process discovered that she’s not actually an Earp. Meanwhile, Wynonna went after Willa, who used the Peacemaker to cross through the gate that led out of the Ghost River Triangle. However, as she did so, a giant snake-like creature came through and grabbed her. A scuffle ensued, and eventually Wynonna was forced to fire a bullet in Willa’s head in order to put a stop to everything.

Afterwards, the Black Badge folks showed up, and took Bobo and Dolls into custody. While Dolls was heading to prison, Bobo was about to experience a slow, painful death as soon as the truck made it across the border. So as the vehicle was driving away, Wynonna used the Peacemaker to give Bobo a mercy killing. Afterwards, as Doc and Wynonna plotted how to break Dolls out of prison, Waverly wandered over to a puddle of black goo and put her fingers in. This caused her eyes to turn pitch black, and she pulled a gun on Wynonna and Doc.

Will someone (or something) step up to lead the Revenants now that Bobo is no longer around to keep them in check? What is this darkness that seems to have entered Waverly, and is it going to make her kill her family/friends? Is there any truth to what Bobo said about Waverly not being an Earp, and what are the ramifications? Why does Black Badge have this personal vendetta against Dolls, and what do they plan to do with him? And what will happen to Dolls if he doesn’t get another dosage of his medicine soon?

I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s season premiere—probably even more so than the Dark Matter premiere, which is a first for me! Tonight’s episode is less about catching the demon of the week and more about a rescue mission. It also introduces a couple fun new characters, and sets up an interesting and exciting new arc for the season.

On tonight’s premiere, “Steel Bars and Stone Walls,” Wynonna and the gang must deal with a whole new level of evil when a variety of demons enter the Ghost River Triangle.

Don’t miss the season premieres of both shows on Syfy starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Ginormous Food.

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