The Too Much TV Roundup: October 11th

Got another decent sized list put together here. So, let’s see who rose to the top. The answer could be very surprising. Very. Very. You know what? I’m even going to flip it around, and do it in reverse order and countdown. Tell me if you enjoy the suspense of it all a little bit more.

7) The Equalizer (CBS/Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Oddly, no.

Strangely enough, this episode did not have audio description. The season opener did, and most episodes, if not all, have had reliable audio description. And, it’s been enough time to upload it, as I also watched East New York, which did have audio description, and they air on the same night. This episode ended up on the bottom, because there was a lot of drama around Aunt Vi having trouble letting Robin go back out into a world of danger. I love Lorraine Toussaint as an actress ever since she turned Orange is The New Black upside down, but cutting back and forth to her doing things like contemplating buying a gun felt like we would have been better served by a time jump, than a lecture on why people buy guns.

Episode Grade: B

6) Maggie (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

What a bizarre episode. Maggie and Angel got invited to some super special clairvoyance event run by some elite person Angel has long idolized, which just led to a room full of enlightened people trying to figure out which one was the hired actor. When Maggie is the first to do so, the actor instead points his finger at her, saying he doesn’t get paid if he’s found out. What? You need an agent dude. The whole point is someone is supposed to figure you out. And they tried to give Maggie’s friends something to do, but I 100% did not care about their D-Plot storyline.

Episode Grade: B

5) The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Oddly enough, the fifth episode of the season felt kind of lazy to me. There was a clear central idea that had to happen, and you could feel the writers stretching this into a normal length episode. At no point did I not see the end of the episode happening. It did not surprise me at all, which meant the writers couldn’t figure out how to be less predictable, and that’s disappointing coming from such a quality show. The acting is on point, and I did enjoy all the times Serena was reminded that her beloved home country values her opinion about as much as they value food poisoning.

Episode Grade: B+

4) east New York (Paramount Plus/CBS)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I said I definitely needed another episode to figure out this “rewrite the system” show that spent a lot of time in the pilot setting things up, but not moving forward. Here, this episode, we saw the lengths at which our new fearless Chief was willing to go to point out her shortage of officers, her annoyance at her people always being the ones pulled for parade duties, and the juxtaposition of a young murdered black man in the projects who they don’t have proper resources to track down his killer, but the Mayor demands that officers from two different sections of the city be fully devoted to finding out who killed a white, wealthy, hedge fund manager. I can see where this show wants to go, and I’m willing to follow it.

Episode Grade: A-

3) Last Week Tonight (HBo/HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: Yes

John Oliver takes on local news stories for their reporting of crime, and often scaring local citizens into believing there is more crime than there actually is, as well as consistently being a mouthpiece for police (who may not always be correct) as well as sometimes not following up to say that someone has been cleared of, or that charges were dropped. So the internet only finds stories pointing toward their arrest or presumed guilt.

Episode Grade: A-

2) Uncoupled (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

We got a lesson in… I’m not really sure what. but, even though I hated that Michael couldn’t get past himself to date Luke for longer than one episode, because his whole thing was moving too fast (which Luke was worried about initially) and an irrational reaction to a fart. Meanwhile, we did get an actual storyline for one of the supporting cast members, where instead of seeing them through Michael’s eyes, we saw them go out on a date. It actually makes this show better for the ensemble to have individual things to do, rather than just appear when Michael needs them.

Episode Grade: A-

1) Quantum Leap (Peacock/NBC)

English Audio Description?: Yes

First, congratulations to this show for getting a full season order (the first Fall show to do so i believe), and then to find out Magic’s backstory, I thought that was really creative. It definitely added to the whole weight of this show. I hope Scott Bakula is watching, because this show doesn’t work if they can’t bring him home. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but Scott Bakula needs to be legally required to do an episode of this show. That is all. Oh, and nice seeing Justin HArtley pop up as a guest star. Can we get him a show now?

Episode Grade: A

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