The Too Much TV Roundup- October 1st

Today I say goodbye to a show I’m certain would make my 100 list of my favorite shows of all time. We had quite a run. only three seasons, but those three were magnificent. So, of course, right on top…

1) Locke and key (Netflix)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

I’m sad now. Not just because the show emotionally manipulated me with that time shift key one more time, but because this is it. The final episode. The Lockes defeated Gideon, and the only losses were a character we knew next to nothing about (RIP Gordy) and one who needed to die to earn his redemption. Oh, yeah, and they killed the fuck out of Gideon. Best F-Bomb in the series. But, my only problem was that the show proudly and boldly talked about all the life that had been lost, mostly by friends willing to help them, but when it came time, they selfishly made sure Bodhie and Kenzie would remember, but did not offer that key to *anyone* else. All those people who risked their lives? Fuck ‘em. Not a good look going out the door. So Rufus, The Savini’s, Jamie, and everyone else who helped will all lose their memories. Cool. Thanks for adding a douche move at the end of an otherwise perfect series finale.

Episode Grade: A, Series Grade: A+

2) Solar Opposites (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

In an episode where it looks like we’re making a Taco Bell run, it becomes split between the wall people and the Silver Stars, some intergalactic police force with a ridiculous plot line. It was great, and I loved it.

Episode Grade: A

3) Abbott Elementary (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I feel like last week, we didn’t have AD? But this week we do. So that’s a win. Lesson learned this week is to never visit a school with more funding than yours. Although, the money spent on that BBQ Truck the first episode might have helped.

Episode Grade: A

4) The Old Man (Hulu/FX)

English Audio Description: Yes

Now that we have audio description, I’m getting back into Ren Bering the groove. Last week was a bit of WTF, but this week was a continuation so it helped. The dynamics here between these characters are great, and it’s hard to tell between Jeff Bridges and john Lithgow who is giving the better performance. However, I’d throw this Zoey girl in the mix after this episode as well. Nice turn for her character. If I’m being honest, I don’t enjoy the flashbacks to someone trying to be young Jeff Bridges. Other than that, this show is great.

Episode Grade: A-

5) A League Of Their Own (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’ve been really hard on this show, but it closed out its first season in fine form. Initially feeling the need to establish the girls as lesbians first, baseball players second, once the show got around to incorporating the love of baseball in these characters, the show had more emotional weight. We had them singing the same song from the film, and I knew how this episode would end, because the Peaches didn’t win in the movie either. Seeing Jo being carried around the plates by her former teammates was absolute perfection, as Jo was here for the game, and she had just won. To see her teammates lift her up, while emotionally manipulative, worked oh so well. I’d watch a second season. I didn’t think I would, but I’ll say that now. It shouldn’t have been this hard to get here.

Episode Grade: A-

6) The Rookie: Feds (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

This one needs to marinate a bit with me. I like The Rookie, not just for Nathan Fillion, but the whole ensemble, an effect that comes with time. Right now, this show lives and dies by its connection to the flagship series and whether or not you like Niecy Nash. I do. I just need the ensemble to catch up.

Episode Grade: B+

7) Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

English Audio Description?: No

I’ve noticed something is happening. I used to be a huge Rick and Morty fan. But now that I watch more and more shows with audio description, Rick and Morty has been sliding down my favorites list. Watching this the same day as Solar Opposites, which owes its life to Rick and Morty, reminded me that I can get virtually the same style of humor, with audio description, on that show. With Rick and Morty, I lose some of the jokes. Audio Description, or the lack thereof can really start to affect my enjoyment of a series.

Episode Grade: B+

8) So Help Me Todd (CBS/Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The pilot for this comedy starring Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin did a good job, if not beating you over the head, of setting up the series for the long run. We met everyone except one character who feels like they’ll be used for the duration of the show. The first cases were fun, and showcased Astin’s abilities as the title character. Next episode, I need to see more legal brilliance from Harden, without relying on something Todd told her.

Episode Grade: B

9) The Bear (Hulu)E

Mulish Audio Description?: No

Once again, no audio description hurt this episode, which was just a TOn of shouting. Someone got stabbed, but there was no description for it, and I’m honestly not sure which character just quit. Almost at the end of the season, so I’ll finish it, but damn. This show could have been great with audio description. It’s deeply hard to follow without it.

Episode Grade: C+

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