The Too Much TV Roundup- December 21st

I always like to point out how many films I watched in addition, and today I knocked out 3 movies along with these episodes.

7) The Devil’s Hour (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I just don’t feel like this show entirely knows what it wants to be. Like, some of it is unintentionally funny. To me, there’s something very odd about a dude sitting around listening to One Fine Day while vaping. Then i think about how the show is supposed to be about these unexplainable things happening to this boy, but it veers off from that often, not just in story, but in tone. Then, it tries to sledgehammer you back into the next episode with a surprise ending. I’m just over this. I’m going to start questioning my friend who recommended this enthusiastically that they binged the whole thing in one day. Really?

Episode Grade: C-

6) One Of us Is Lying (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’m starting to be Ok with the idea that this show may not be back for a third season. I’d be OK with that. The funny thing is, the premise worked really well, and while I don’t know who Simon Says is, in order for it to be one of the “us”, there would have to be two people at this point, and someone would be faking acting scared. So, really the show is now One Of us Was Lying, or All of Us Are Lying, depending on how you look at it. either way, it seems kind of like how 13 Reasons Why just kept going for some reason, but even in that case, I liked those characters more, and the acting was better. This probably should have ended last season, but certainly should end after this one.

Final Grade: C+

5) Down To Earth With Zac Efron (Netflix)English Audio Description?: Yes

I love how Zac cluelessly wanders around Australia opening himself up to these new experiences and telling us about them. I love how he enthusiastically talks about the most basic of things, like eating fresh caught fish, instead of something from commercial fishing. And I always laugh at the end when he thanks the tribes of the past present and future, or whatever that end title card says. Like, he’s apologizing for desecrating land. I don’t think other documentary filmmakers worry about that when they are trying to bring attention to a cause, or protect a certain part of the world from development. I don’t know what Zac is doing during filmmaking that makes him feel so guilty, but his is the only show like this where I see a statement like this.

Episode Grade: B-

4) Reservation Dogs (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: no

I’m slowly watching the second season, checking in every once in a while to see if and when they finally add audio description. This is still a hard no, for a sow that dropped in August. Third episode in, and I’m still aware I’m missing things. Maybe, this is why Reservation Dogs never ends up on my year end favorites list, because no one seems bothered about the lack of audio description on a hit TV series.

Episode Grade: B

3) The Santa Clauses (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

What a bizarre and clunky finale. I mean, I was kind of digging it for a while there, but (spoilers, I suppose) after Simon is sent packing, we never see him again, even though he and Grace were such a huge part of the show. i kind of expected Scott to visit them one lat time, to wrap up their story arc, and give Grace maybe some special present for saving the world there at the end. But, we don’t even see them leave. Their exit is off-screen, and we don’t come back around to them. not a choice I would have made from a storytelling perspective.

Episode Grade: B+, Series Grade: B

2) Wednesday (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Episode Five rectified my problem with episode 4, so that was good, and it showed some backstory, expanded the supporting cast as we saw them interacting with their parents on parent’s weekend. But, most importantly, it brought back Gomez and Morticia, and allowed Wednesday to truly uncover the mystery of what murder Gomez was accused of many years ago. I also think i know who the monster is now. Thanks, expository backstory!

Episode Grade: A

1) The good Fight (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Bold choice to actually use Ron’s name in the show for that plot point. But, honestly, this was the series finale, and it was probably always going to top this list, whatever day i watched it. Saying goodbye to Diane, after Christine Baranski portrayed her so well for so many seasons, was hard to do. At least, they fixed the problem of who she needs to choose in the end, and they made the right call. Also, that tense situation with the attempted mass shooting was a bold move for a series finale. No wonder they want to get out of the game. I’m sure I’ll see the big names after this, but I also hope people cast the lesser known talent from this show. I’d hate for this to be the last time I saw Marissa or Carmen.

Episode Grade: A, Season Grade: A, Series Grade: A- (There was a season there… you know which one. Don’t look at me like that)

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