The Too Much TV Roundup- June 27th

Not as consistent of a day as I had the day before, but still some really good shows out there to be watched. At least a few anyway.

1) Better Call Saul (AMC/Netflix)

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I am now at the point of a conundrum. I just wrapped what remained on Netflix, which contains audio description. Now, I can break into the 6th and final season on AMC, and try to go without audio description… or I can wait a godforsaken length of time for that to hit Netflix. But the Season 5 finale, which played with a lot of different characters futures, was pretty damn explosive. I mean, does anyone really want Lallo to be alive?

Episode Grade: A, Season 5 Grade: A

2) Outer Range (Amazon)

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In a mini-departure from the format thus far, Royal actually took a backseat to his wife, who pretty much was the center of attention this episode. She was concerned about her husband, spent a great deal of time with her bible, and tried to console her neighbor after Will Patton’s character got so damn excited from the ending events of the last episode that he had a stroke. Outer Range started out as a show that I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but has really opened up into an ensemble drama that’s quite frankly… weird as fuck. And I love that.

Episode Grade: A

3) Grace And Frankie (Netflix)

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These shenanigans still make me laugh. Whether it’s Saul and his pursuit of trying to convince Robert that he is right all the time, only to have that bite him in the ass. Or, Frankie who gives up on the rise up, but then finds a potential investor in one of the most unlikely places. It made me smile, something that a sitcom should be doing.

Episode Grade: A

4) Last Week Tonight (HBo/HBo MAX)

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Sure, I could have just propelled this to the top of the list just for the first half of the show alone, which railed on the SCOTUS decision to overturn roe. But, as a resident of a state not featured in the water crisis part of the episode, I think that perhaps John Oliver thinks it’s just a desert problem. Perhaps his team should look up sinkholes in Florida. Instead of making it just a “crazy people in the desert” problem, why not show that water mismanagement occurs nationwide and affects everyone?

Final Grade: A-

5) Queer As Folk (Peacock)

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in an episode that bounces around from major cast member to major cast member, even though the wrestling segment was mildly interesting, it was Noah’s monologue about why Julian is so special, and how he’s viewed his life, and his own self worth since the shooting that killed Daddius. It was a genuine moment in the series where someone was actually acting, and not trying to be trendy or snarky. They just started talking, and it was the best minute of this show so far.

Episode Grade: B+

6) Westworld (HBo/HBO MAX)

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So, here’s my Westworld thought. I adore Westworld Seaosn 1. I consider it to be a nearly flawless season of television, and one of the best, if not the best, first season. I could watch season 1, over and over. The successive seasons have had a hard time living up to the hype, as they have hemorrhaged cast members, and tried to add new ones in to varying success. Season two, which still had the characters in their western element, was a mixed bag, but still felt on brand. Season 3 went an entirely different route, and challenged whether or not I could even watch the show. I hated Season 3 so much, I wasn’t sure I was coming back for season 4. But, with the YouTube channel, I thought I might perhaps review/recap Westworld, so even though I’m way behind on TV, I jumped in. That was a mistake. Other than being mildly interested in what William is up to, and the surprise returning character at the end, this show is so far removed from its original concept. Keeping Aaron Paul around like he’s a main character, in place of… literally any other character, also was frustrating. I don’t know what has happened to this show. Maybe Season 4 can gain back a lot of what Season 3 lost. I’ll be optimistic, but this first episode didn’t promise me much.

Final Grade: B-

7) Tokyo Vice (HBo/HBo MAX)

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As this episode ended, being the 6th of the season I believe, it finally put itself on a course of headed back to being interesting. The connection to the cops has been burned, Jake seems pissed at his job, and that other guy beat that dudes head in. So, some stuff actually started to happen again.

Episode Grade: B-

8) Life and Beth (Hulu)

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This fucking guy. If she’s still dating him in the second season, I’m not watching. Maybe he has a problem, maybe he’s mentally disabled. I don’t know. But the fact that Beth, who is already an obnoxious character has taken this “opposites attract” thing to the next level and found someone who isn’t just not on her wavelength, he’s not even of the same makeup. She’s a liquid, and he’s… the most socially awkward guy ever. I’d be fine with him being on the show as a character, but her idiotic relentless pursuit to try and change this guy, who is clearly so far from what she’s looking for, or who she is as a person, is exhausting. It makes me think she’s the stupid one in the series, because she can’t just see him for who he is, and accept him as such. She has to spend every episode bitching at him for his quirky tendencies. his life was fine until Beth crashed in and decided he was a fixer upper. no. He was fine the way he was, he’s just not supposed to be dating you. Fuck off, Amy Schumer.

Episode Grade: C-

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