The Too Much TV Roundup- November 17th

So, i thought The Good Doctor had a new episode this week, but Hulu seems to think otherwise. I’ve been waiting to see it pop up, but I’ll just assume it got preempted somehow for some reason. One of these six shows is very much trying my patience. Will I finish the season? Will I even come back for more?

6) LaBrea (NBC/Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Well, the writers room has officially scraped the bottom here.This episode was full of pissing me off moments, from Scott’s uncharacteristically awful decision at the end, to the fact that for some reason, his mistake left him alive. That should have been his final episode. Or how about how everyone has to go back to stop the portals, which technically means that they will all be stuck in the past. And because they won’t leave each other, they all go back. Who cares? It’s the 80’s. It’s not even their timeline. The actress playing Catherine is not a good actress, which says a lot since there are already some spotty talents in the mix.I just hated that they couldn’t leave them out for more than half an episode before finding a reason for them to all return. I don’t know what their storyboard looks like, or if they even have this figured out beyond the current episode at hand, but the writing in Season 2 has just gotten awful. If NBC is interested in maintaining this show, they need to fire the showrunners/writers, and hire as many people who worked on Lost as possible.

Episode Grade: C

5) The Rookie Feds (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Why did this episode open up in mid-November like it was planned to be the Halloween episode? I’m a big fan of the first series, and I hope that lives forever. I’m getting less and less interested in the survival of this spinoff, yet I feel like I have to sit through it due to the high amount of crossovers. I’m sure that’s why some people watch One Chicago, just because they want it all to make sense in the crossovers.

Episode Grade: C+

4) Andor (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

In the 9th episode, i had a bit of a question as to why episodes 8 and 9 weren’t just cobbled together to make one hell of a tight episode. They basically cover the same ground, which feels like something you could say about any show, but here, it just felt like there wasn’t any real forward momentum. It was just an extension of a few plot threads dropped in the previous episode. Cassian is still in jail, and the revelation in this episode is not really a revelation, as he’s been there so little in terms of time that it fails to resonate. Finding out that no one ever actually gets out is not really something that would impact someone still in their first week. It would make someone like Kino, who is close to his exit, start changing his strategy. So, perhaps that’s where the payoff lies? Otherwise, Cyril is still a pain in the ass character, Maan didn’t really cover her financial tracks, and the Empire’s strongest independent woman still seems to lack any knowledge that the Empire has imprisoned the very person she’s looking for, simply because Cassian lied about his name. I suppose with all the high tech, fingerprints and facial recognition are lagging behind building lightsabers and death stars.

Episode Grade: B+

3) Atlanta (FX/ Hulu)

English Audio Description?: no

Well, Hulu is back to being Hulu. third episode of the season, and we’ve already lost audio description. That’s a shame, because I felt like the first plot of Paper Boi learning about acquiring a white avatar so he doesn’t have to turn into Ice Cube was the kind of sharp commentary this show does so well. And Brian Tyree Henry did some great work here. On the other side, Earn’s storyline requires audio description. I didn’t understand what was happening in that first meeting, because i couldn’t see the viral video, and the whole We Are D’Angelo thing just made no sense, and also needed to fill in gaps with audio description. I wanted to like this more, but with two storylines, I could only kind of follow it.

Episode Grade: B+

2) Reboot (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I really do like where this show is headed, and it’s funny how quickly I’m taking to a brand new show. Two episodes in and I fully recommend Reboot. The cast is strong, the writing is crisp, and it has this very unique voice where it feels like someone actually found a way to write a show that is unique in a way that you haven’t seen before, but is also very much of the moment. If my #1 pick wasn’t a beloved show of mine that aired its final episode, I would have had this on top.

Episode Grade: A

1) Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: yes

I can’t believe I actually loved this show as much as I did. It’s actually better than both Jurassic World sequels, has a reall solid story, and somehow managed to take six kids, launch them into the spotlight, and tell a compelling five season story arc. The way this show ends wraps up Camp Cretaceous, but also kind of addresses where the Jurassic movies are now, so if they ever wanted to make a sequel series to this, there’s a room to do so. But if they never did, then it just remains a nod to the film franchise. Truly, I realize how odd it is for me to love this show this much, but it is a testament to how well written it is, and how they really created and captured these characters, with some far better than expected writing, and a voice cast that knocked it out of the park. I will very much miss this show, and I’m grateful for the ride.

Episode Grade: A, Series Grade: A+

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