The Too Much TV Roundup- November 20th

Last night, the final episode of The Walking Dead aired. i haven’t watched it yet, but I read a recap. It’s been really hard to keep up with my favorite show of all time since losing my vision, realizing that AMC and the creators and producers of The Walking Dead do not love me back, and see no value in a blind or visually impaired audience. Crowdsourcing spoilers before I watch, and watching simultaneously with a friend in another part of the country who is a fan of the series, and willing to give me some reactions is not the same thing as just providing audio description. Losing my vision, and finding out that the show I love most in the entire world is inaccessible to me and doesn’t love me back has been one of the hardest things to deal with since losing my vision. I knew I’d ahve to give up things like driving, but I never in a million years thought watching TV would be this hard, or that one of my favorite shows would be such an uphill battle to enjoy.

6) History 101 (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I learned a little bit more about the rise in fitness in America, home gyms, actual gyms, workout videos, everything. All in about 20 minutes. Not bad.

Episode Grade: B

5) Fire Country (CBS/Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Bodhie and his family are still reeling from the diagnoses, which has put a new perspective on Bodhie as he seems determined to get that parole so he can be there to support his mom. Meanwhile, some girl fell off a cliff and needs to be rescued before the tide comes in.

Episode Grade: B+

4) The Santa Clauses (disney Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

This Tim Allen limited series conclusion to his film franchise that never should have been is a struggle to love. The problem has never been Allen, who has been great even in the lesser quality sequels. It’s making the same charm that we all felt from the first film, when Scott Calvin first made the transition to Santa. I miss David Krumholtz in this so much. I don’t know who Santa’s kids are, they seem rather old. if that’s his son from the original film, as Santa acknowledges, he’s been doing this for 28 years. his son would be in his mid-thirties. Does he not have a life of his own? The show deals with an Amazon-esque business that has kind of ruined Christmas, and Santa is losing his magic. He’s trying to figure out how to fix it, but the first episode ends in a cliffhanger. Of all the Disney series so far not Marvel or Star Wars related, i had the most hopes for this. This feels very much like I will be let down.

Episode Grade: B+

3) Yellowstone (Paramount)

English Audio Description?: No

This is the cap for Yellowstone this week, a great show that has no audio description ever. Apparently, Kevin Costner also hates blind people. Someone must, because this show is too popular for them to claim they don’t have the money to create audio description. But, from what I gathered, John Dutton is now the Governor, some things will happen this season, a tragic death happens at the end, though not a major character loss technically.

Episode Grade: A-

2) Abbott Elementary (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Easily my favorite episode of the season so far. Between the mom and her inappropriate clothing, to Janeane not being able to grasp science, this was Abbott Elementary at its truest form.

Episode Grade: A

1) The midnight Club (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Finally starting Mike Flanagan’s new series, and this is the one where he does jump scares to death. He uses the first episode to get in a few worthy jump scares, but then has one of the teenagers telling a story that involves an absurd amount of jump scares. He now apparently holds the Guiness book of world records for jump scares. It was a lot, but when it gets to be a lot, it’s also kind of hilarious. Great introduction to a cast of characters and a journey I’m excited to take.

Episode Grade: A

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