The Too Much TV Roundup- July 26th

What are the chances I watched something awesome?

1) The Marvelous Ms maisel (Amazon)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

It’s taken me a long road to get to the 7th episode of the season, so if you’ll excuse the spoiler here, but this episode nailed my top spot when all of Joel’s fears are realized when he tells his father about his new lady, and he appears to actually die from shock. Of course, it’s the last thing that happens at the end of the episode for a cliffhanger, but it made me slot it at the top. Also, Midge found out that women do not like hearing from “the other woman”.

Episode Grade: A

2) The umbrella Academy (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

in the 6th episode, Allison finds out the secret Harlan thought she already knew. And that’s what sent this episode to the top, is that the sister who previously showed her hand this semester when she rumored Luther, has been pretty chill with Victor. But no more. That final shot of Luther in Sparrow gear, and Allison seemingly willing to join forces has left the remaining Umbrella’s (especially Five, who seems to actually be trying to do something) in a precarious position.

Episode Grade: A

3) Rutherford Falls (Peacock)

English Audio Description? Yes

Is it bad that it took until Season 2, Episode 2 for me to fully realize that Nathan’s intern Bobby is non-binary? No? Yes? Anyway, that delightful teenager is about to become front and center of Terry’s plan to win all day every day.And if seeing Terry’s bad cop routine wasn’t effective enough, this guy gets what he wants.

Episode Grade: A

4) Heartstopper (Netflix)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

The show that grows on you, only to rip your heart out. Just when Nick and Charlie seem to be in a good place, in the 4th episode everything goes to shit, and Imogen has no gaydar and asks Nick out… who says Yes. Poor Charlie.

Episode Grade: A-

5) The Summer I Turned pretty (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The debutante stuff starts up, but this sleepy teen drama goes nowhere. nothing really happens, except we get to know the characters a bit more by them simply existing. however, this episode was deathly slow. The charm it does possess can’t overcome that this show is apparently about nothing.

Episode Grade: C+

6) DB Cooper: Where Are You? (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

in the third episode, for reasons unknown, we watch them stretch this concept out. Each episode is about 10 minutes of interesting knowledge, wrapped in another 40 minutes of repetitive interviews from people surmising a lot. This show stretching itself out like this was a great way to kill one of the greatest mysteries of our time. I’m still hoping that at the end of this whole thing, it will somehow be worth it. but, I would have thrown out the docuseries format and just made a shorter, more concise film. Sometimes a longer leash doesn’t equal success artistically.

Episode Grade: C+

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