The Too Much TV Roundup- September 27th

A show that did not have audio description last week on a certain platform does this week. Did it move up in the rankings? Let’s find out.

1) The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The third episode of the season finds June trying to find out what purple means, Serena trying to find out if she’s done enough to earn respect in a place designed to subjugate women, Aunt Lydia pleading and apologizing to God, and a lot of other little treats. Another really powerful ending, and no matter how much I need to see Serena not survive the series, I know we’ve still got one more season to go, and she ain’t going anywhere. On an audio description note, perhaps I wasn’t paying attention because I didn’t know it would be that big of a deal, but did Episode 2 let us know in the audio description that Hannah was wearing purple? I’m not sure it would have registered for me, as no one really knew it was important.

Episode Grade: A

2) Uncoupled (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

This Neil Patrick Harris lede comedy continues to be an absolute delight. I love how each character is shaping into their own, and I’m just four episodes in. The writing team here manages to not just put a heavy focus on Harris’s Michael, but all the other characters around him are getting fleshed out through every interaction, and Michael is always bouncing around giving everyone the chance to keep advancing the supporting cast. When Darren Star is on point, he is really on point. Great work.

Episode Grade: A

3) Last Wek Tonight (HBo/ HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: No

this one is just for me. There was a particular part included in this episode that I just loved an extra special amount, and I’m not bringing my politics into this review, so you’re just gonna have to take guesses. The fact that I even watch this show is enough of a giveaway.

Episode Grade: A

4) The Outlaws (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Somehow, I kept thinking this episode was going to end. Then there was more. We went from not having a plan, all the way across to enacting the plan. A lot was actually shoved into this episode, and I’m rather impressed that an episode that likely would have been broken down by another series into multiple episodes, made that much progress. it felt like a long episode in one regard, but the other now has us the other side of what could have been drawn out over an entire season if the whole show wanted to slow down. Very interesting how this episode was shaped, and now we know just two episodes in, where we are headed this season.

Episode Grade: A-

5) Quantum Leap (NBC/ Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Last week, I lamented that peacock hadn’t bothered to upload the audio description for the pilot with the next day launch on the streaming platform. That was fixed this week, after I’m sure complaints were heard. Things I noticed. I was picking up on the they/them pronouns for one of the team, something I didn’t pick up on before. This episode dropped to like an F minus, and I’m still struggling with the fact that for the duration of this show, Ernie Hudson’s character existing his name is Magic. I literally. Can. not. He’s the highest ranking member, with the most ridiculous name. I’m gonna need a backstory on that name immediately. This second episode was nice, and I have no idea what it looked like to have them in space, but i did feel like I needed more from the audio description on that front. I mean, I guess space is space, and maybe all space looks the same, and ships, and suits, and spacewalks, but that could ahve been the coolest moment but it just kind of hit lackluster. Still, I’d rather have some audio description than none.

Episode Grade: B+

6) Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Well, we got a little too much of Sheriff Try Hard this episode, and not only am I concerned that someone like him is the sheriff in the first place, he’s still one of the worst actors I’ve had the displeasure of hearing read dialogue. He ruins every episode he’s in, and it’s quite frankly sad that the young cast somehow have a better grip on reading scenes. Perhaps it’s just poor direction, but his character just never fits in any scene and is so cartoonishly over the top it’s actually distracting. I know the gang mentioned him as a potential for A, but why would he kill one of his own daughters, then go and scare the other one? Makes no sense. Also, Mouse ran though that entire room of Mirrors with her boyfriend while being chased by A, runs outside and into her mother, and totally forgets about the serial killer inside? This show is so frustratingly written. Yes, it’s crossed my mind that Steve is actually Mouses’s father, so that twist won’t surprise me at all. You would think that the mothers, who all clearly have been haunted by A at this point would have some kind of conversation, but they keep looking at these little letters and not doing anything about it, not even communicating amongst each other. This show is coming trashy fun, but I don’t think any show wants to be called trashy.

Episode Grade: B-

7) Gutsy (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

An episode where Hillary (married) and Chelsea (married) seek out stories of love, without talking about their own. This show continues to prove that Apple is paying Hilary and Chelsea to jsut ahve fun, while the production team makes the interviews happen, though there was no sense of urgency here. it wasn’t all light either,with some heavy stories to be told, but our lead interviewers drift through every episode like Laverne and Shirley. This show is so weird.

Episode Grade: C+

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