The Too Much TV Roundup- July 31st

Toward the end of the week, once I’ve watched an episode from all the current shows I’m moving through is when I start to introduce other shows that were on my list to catch up with. I did not make good choices. Some were great, but some may not be around next week.

1) For All Mankind (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I know you all don’t know me well enough to know I’ve been a fan since the very beginning, trying to convince people from the start to jump on board. I’m so glad that For All Mankind is now the kind of show for Apple that it gets an early Season 4 renewal before Season 3 is even over. The premiere was incredible, taking a leap forward in time, and showing us all that had changed, while taking aim at space tourism, and how that can quickly become a nightmare. To see the characters we’ve loved from the beginning now sharing the same space with new actors playing older versions of kids from the past, was special as well. This always has a strong cast, and hopefully someday will be watched by emmy voters. It’s so much more than a science fiction show.

Episode Grade: A

2) Solar Opposites (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Another show I’m a big fan of is Solar Opposites, now also entering its third season. i am a fan of Rick and Morty and this feels like the spiritual sibling to that show. Some of my favorite parts are with the shrunken people living in the terrarium/in the walls, and I liked that the season opener started with them, before going nuts. This show is always properly bonkers, and I love it.

Episode Grade: A

3) The Offer (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

It’s been 10 episodes, but I’ve reached the end of the making of The Godfather. This was a nice way to tie up all the loose ends and send the series off with a book end. Considering the bumpy road it took to get here, with actors trying to imitate other actors unsuccessfully (including some poor soul doing Burt Reynolds in this episode), this has always stood on the shoulders of its core main cast, and this focused on those few. Matthew Goode (my pick for Supporting Actor in a limited Drama) is freakishly good as Robert Evans, miles Teller showed a ton of maturity he’s never really managed before, and Juno Temple continued her streak of memorable performances. Sad to see this one go, but it was never perfect. I just like the story it had to tell.

Episode Grade: A, Series Grade: A-

4) Only Murders in The Building (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

in episode 4, Nathan Lane pops back in to show us all why he got that Emmy nomination last year. He’s incredible in his first scene opposite Martin Short, and he’s incredible later on conversing with his son.We may still not know who killed Bunny, but we do know this building has more than its fair share of secrets.

Episode Grade: A

5) The Lincoln Lawyer (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

After that absurd ending last episode, the 5th outing course corrects by having us start the jury selection process and making that take up the whole episode. It sounds boring, but the fact that the writers made it interesting for 45 minutes is a testament to the writing. Still, Trevor is such an obnoxious client.I know that’s the purpose, but damn. He’s at like 200%, and needs to dial it way back. Thinking he’s smarter than a jury consultant, that’s a big swing when your life is on the line.

Episode Grade: A-

6) God’s Favorite Idiot (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The best thing Melissa McCarthy can do for her career is for her to stop treating her marriage like Lucille Ball’s. Her husband is not nearly as talented as Desi, and everything he’s touched of hers is mediocre at best. She’s trying so hard here to make this show watchable, and I may give it one more episode, but this series is far from great, and a huge step down for one of my favorite talents. I thought she was excellent last year in Nine perfect Strangers, and i wish she’d stop feeling like she has to prop up her husband’s career.

episode Grade: C

7) The Players (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Maybe i just did’t get it. i knew it would be a parody, and even though I’m blind now and the current gaming culture escapes me, it wasn’t that long ago when I was deep in the culture they are attempting to mock. I thought I’d get the jokes, but I didn’t think there were many. Mythic Quest is much more successful at making a swipe at this part of our world, and I’m pretty sure The Players didn’t earn a second episode from me.

8) Chloe (Amazon)

English Audio Description? No

In a shocking turn of events, Amazon released an original English language drama without audio description. At least, I thought it was English. It didn’t feel dubbed, it just felt not described. Such an odd choice, because following this show was a nightmare. Staying awake during the long moments of silence, what seemed like total silence, was unbearable. I couldn’t follow the story, the characters, and by the end of the first episode, I was 100% certain i was going to kill this show with fire. Maybe it’s not fair to the cast and crew of this show, but the lack of audio description is not a “me problem” it’s a “you problem”. This is unwatchable. If I was blessed with vision, or perhaps audio description (like every other damn Amazon title), I’d be saying something else. But right now, there is no chance I’ll be back for episode 2.

Episode Grade: F (admittedly, heavily influenced by the lack of audio description).

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