The Too Much TV Roundup- November 2nd

Had a great time yesterday, and managed to knock out six shows. So, let’s talk about them.

6) The Patient (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: No

Hlu’s persistence in not providing audio description for the remaining episodes (I’m even watching these late), is killing this show. Ironic, for a show about a serial killer, but irony is not Hulu’s strong suit. This episode featured long quiet moments where I couldn’t tell what was going on at all. There was a scene that featured Steve Carell’s character crying out, but I guess based on the reactions later on, that was a dream? I had to draw far too many conclusions on my own this episode (Episode 9, by the way), and I shouldn’t have to do that. Hulu should respect the blind audience enough to describe an entire season, not two episodes in the middle.

Episode Grade: C

5) The Rookie: Feds (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’ve noticed that there is something afoot with this show. The ensemble continues to flesh itself out, and the show is still reliant on its connections to the flagship series. Still, as perfect as Niecy Nash has been in other things, her guidance counselor approach doesn’t work for everything, and often this show comes off as a spoof of itself.

Episode Grade: C+

4) Labrea (NBC/Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I realized, and really ahve been thinking this season, that the longer this show runs, the less I’m liking it. Then I noticed when I went to watch it on Peacock yesterday that it had a 42% score from Peacock users? Is this show really a hit? I’m starting to see the flaws in the acting, the storytelling, and the seemingly broad desire to continue to make large leaps forward, instead of just making the characters better. It’s like a dumb version of Lost, and now with half the cast in 1988, I’m losing interest.

Episode Grade: B-

3) Andor (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I knew the show would drop back the action, and I really enjoyed the scene between the two Empire co-workers, one of whom is a whiny bitch, and the other is a badass strong female lead. I also loved the descriptions this episode that revolved around an alien being shirtless. It was just a background reference, but without a description of the alien, I was wondering… what kind of shirt would he be wearing? What do these tourists wear? Hawaiian shirts? But they don’t know about Hawaii? Tank tops? My big problem was the ending was really rushed and messy, and sort of without reason. I get what they might be trying to do, crack down, but the whole thing didn’t make any sense. Sentencing everyone doesn’t benefit the Empire, as they then have no one to rule over or tax. What a weird way to end that episode.

Episode Grade: B+

2) Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

In the Kenji gets his wings back episode, Kenji proves he’s learned his lesson. I think the only reason this episode got an A minus from me is the decision to make our new lesbian couple insufferable. Yaz and Sammee running around snapping and clapping so they wouldn’t be annoying with PDA just seemed like a cop out for actually showing same sex PDA. If this was written differently, do you think Kenji and Brooklyn would have reached the same conclusion? That they needed to come up with some bizarre non-physical language? If anything, the decision to do this was more distracting than just assuming these kids have bigger things to deal with than to just stand around and make out all day. They literally live in a life and death situation where they are constantly trying to not be killed. No matter what your orientation is, it’s not romantic, so coming up with a way for the same sex couple to hide their well-known relationship from their friends was unnecessary and condescending. But Ben and his unflinching belief in Bumpy made up for a lot of it. I never though I’d care so much about a random animated dinosaur before.

Episode Grade: A-

1) The Good Doctor (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Even though it was Halloween, and that meant some costumes, the episode avoided getting weird. Instead, it hit you with some great moments. Asher singing A Little Priest with his young music theatre loving patient was adorable (and i love that a girl that age is just full on ready to sing Sweeney Todd), Jordan learned why she keeps getting close but not going all the way with the new guy, Leah really came through, Sean worked really hard to try and fix what he thought needed to be fixed, and Glassman was reminded that Sean is essentially his son. Depressingly, Lin found out the hard way that it’s not she who isn’t ready for the dating world, it’s the dating world not ready for her. That guy really needs to know what mixed signals are.

Episode Grade: A

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