The Too Much TV Roundup- September 19th

It was a nice day. I felt like some shows read my blog and addressed issues I was having, while others did not. i know, that’s crazy, but it feels nice to feel like you’ve been heard. Speaking of, is Disney Plus really going to let their strong commitment to audio description die with Dancing With The Stars? I thought that might be the plus side of it moving to Disney Plus, but alas, as of this writing, it has no audio description. I’m not reviewing it, as I only watched it long enough to realize there was no audio description.

1) Surface (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I have lots of feelings about this show because I want our lead to get the hell out of dodge, but in many ways, this show is a rather important show to start a lesson about cservatorships and how we are using them to control women. She is quite literally trapped, as she cannot do anything without his knowledge or approval. She wants to do some radical therapy to help unlock memories, and possibly a face of who was on that ferry, but her doctor is a loser. So she sells some jewelry, gets the therapy, and starts recovering glimpses of her memory. But that jaw dropping scene at the end with her doctor, coupled with what seems to be a piling on of misdeeds by James, made for a very uncomfortable mic drop. And I love that it just cut right there.

Episode Grade: A

2) House Of The Dragon (HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The fifth episode set us up for wat looks to be a true Game Of Thrones. Reina is set to marry a cousin, which would seem like a bad thing, until it’s revealed he likes men, not women. So her fears of being a sexual object go right out that window. She seems genuinely happy to marry her cousin, knowing he won’t care what she does. Meanwhile, Christian’s character development goes right out the window, Damon murders his wife and returns just so we can have the worlds most uncomfortable dance, and King Visarus might finally succumb to his plague. That’s only like… a third of what happened. Honestly, the truth is, anytime this show tries to push this Damon/Reina thing, it will never get the top grade from me. It’s the kind of icky relationship that has no shippers and would normally sink a show. No out is out there thinking “Man, I hope Reina hooks up with her uncle.” So, stop. Just. Stop.

Episode Grade: A-

3) The Terminal List (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Thank fucking God. I thought if I saw that bird fly into the window one more time, I was going to lose my damn mind. Luckily, every flashback he has in this (presumably) penultimate episode is different, and gives us a wider look at who he used to be. He continues to exact his revenge on those who deserve it, even as they believe they are untouchable. But, when the final shoe drops, and the person at the top is revealed, the episode ends with the hint that we STILL may not know the entire story.

Episode Grade: A-

4) The Resort (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Honestly, after trending down, the fourth episode did what I had wanted for so long, to just sit in the moment of the past and let that story flourish, and spend less time with Milotti/Harper. Here, they just listen to Balthazar recount what he remembers, and the episode stayed 90% in the past, where the mystery actually is intriguing. Nick Offerman also is doing some really great work as the Dad who got left behind.

Episode Grade: B+

5) Loot (Apple Plus)

English audio Description?: Yes

While on this retreat to help molly launch water, it felt like the goal was really to set up a lot of conflict and set the stage for what Season 2 might look like. I just was a little underwhelmed by the episode, which saw someone admitting that they’re in love, in a really bold move all things considered, which made it not feel earned. That doesn’t feel like a Season 1 revelation. I thought we’d go a bit longer on the will they/won’t they front, but by putting that into the Season 1 finale, now it’s what Season 2 will be about. Anyway, a pretty good Season 1, but the finale wasn’t really what I wanted.

Episode Grade: B+

6) Reservation Dogs (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Still back in season 1. This one involves trying to find a camera. Considering the last two episodes, and the emotional weight this episode tried to thrust upon me, I felt like that didn’t work. It was funnier that it was poignant, and the more serious moments just didn’t land. Also, of the Rez Dogs, this girl is the weakest actress.

Episode Grade: B

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