The Too Much TV Roundup- June 11th

I’m too intimidated by Homelander to rank these shows any other way.

1) The Boys (Amazon)

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In the fourth episode, the stakes are raised. Homelander is becoming the biggest problem he’s been since the show started, making him an obvious choice for a final battle at the end of the season. Maybe Homelander won’t make it out of Season 3. But if he has to go, what could possibly replace him?

Episode Grade: A

2) Roar (Apple Plus)

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In the second outing, which dealt with memory loss, what could have been a long drawn out 30 minutes was elevated into insanity as Nicole Kidman ate photographs and was able to experience temporarily the moment the photo was taken. Imagine if photos had that kind of power. We’d be taking them all the time, and they’d still be making physical photos. You can’t eat your instagram.

Episode Grade: A-

3) First Ladies (Showtime)

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The main reason I knocked this down below where I usually rank it, is because we shoved Betty Ford almost entirely out of this episode. She very much takes a back seat, which is a shame since Michelle Pfeiffer’s work on this show has been nothing short of brilliant. Instead, we focused heavily on Michelle’s response to the killings of young black men like Trayvon Martin, and Eleanor tried to get Franklin to do something about the refugee crisis happening out of Europe since he refuses to send troops to stop Hitler.

Episode Grade: B+

4) Gaslit (Starz)

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In the 6th episode of the series, John Dean begins to testify, and Martha gets the idea that her story needs to be told as well… unless her husband can help it. That chilling story he tells about that monkey that needed to be put down, referencing his wife needing to be subjected to unpleasantries was chilling.

Episode Grade: B+

5) Barry (HBO MAX)

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I had made it through the first two seasons without audio description, before HBO MAX even existed. That’s how long it took for the third season of Barry to drop. It took so long, I literally forgot what the hell was going on, and I even forgot who some of these characters were. The episode eventually “got there”, but I was so disconnected most of the episode, I felt a little like Barry did in the season premiere. Aimless.

Episode Grade: B

6) Pacific Rim The Black (Netflix)

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Another example of a season premiere where i had no idea what was going on. And Netflix gave me a recap of Season 1, and that still didn’t help. It took the whole first episode for me to even kind of remember what the hell was going on in this show. God, I watch too much TV. I can’t keep track.

Episode Grade: B-

7) Close Enough (HBO MAX)

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This series is always hit or miss with its humor, and this episode was a miss for me. When it works, it works brilliantly. When it doesn’t, it just falls flat.

Episode Grade: C-

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