The Too Much TV Roundup- 01/18/23

Well, this was certainly not a boring day of shows. Divisive? Perhaps. Let’s travel down this rabbit hole and see which show rose to the top. it just might surprise you.

6) Titans (HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: Yes

You know, I’m not all about predictability, and this thing with Connor being lured into the dark side just isn’t working for me. Also, the snake ate someone’s face off? Are we trying to make sure parents don’t let their kids watch. I mean, not the first violent thing to happen, but i still remember seeing my first character with a cavity for a face in media. That shit still hasn’t left me. It’s like buried in my childhood trauma, and it wasn’t my first R rated film, wasn’t even my first horror film, and while i wasn’t 17, I was basically “old enough”. So when I still see or hear someone’s face is missing… that image always comes back around. Weird personal story. I know.

Episode Grade: B-

5) Dead To Me (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

A cop is trying to call you THAT MANY TIMES and you aren’t the least bit interested in why? Come on now. I know this is what the writers think grief looks like, but what the hell. I’m already seeing an ending where Judy admits to everything before she dies, absolving Jen of any potential guilt. Predictability. I’m telling you… it’s hitting these shows hard.

Episode Grade: B

4) Echo 3 (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

In an effort to keep me watching, we reeled it back in, took a good hard look at what was working in this show. We spent some much needed time growing Bambi’s character, and slowing things down a bit, and I did love all the Langley stuff. When the one guy (Martin?) was on the phone, returned home to his husband, and was basically like… well, these friends of ours are being left to die, I’m cool with that, how about you? And his husband was like…. No. That was a solid conversation. Side note, 4 episodes in, and i couldn’t care if Echo 3 got a second season.

Episode Grade: B

3) 3) The White Lotus (HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I said I’d be divisive. I didn’t really enjoy the finale being the most predictable thing on the face of the fucking planet. Spoilers, but Dom was right. We all knew as an audience that it wasn’t true love, and she was just using him for money. She didn’t care. Of course Mia got her singing gig, because what else was going to happen? Oh, and Tonya, in the least surprising twist ever, finds out that her husband is involved in whatever the hell was going to happen to her before she Atomic Blonded her way through that ship. I kept hoping we’d see some glimmer of understanding of intelligence from Tonya, but after all that, her last attempt at a question is whether or not Greg was seeing someone else? Seriously? I had a feeling this wasn’t going to work out well for her, it didn’t, and now that tool has her fortune, because no way did Greg get linked to any of that nonsense. Meanwhile, I knew Porsche would run into Albie at the end. I would have appreciated at least one storyline to not go the way I expected it to. Just one. But, sadly, what started out as the season of The White Lotus I was actually enjoying, decided to go with the Sesame Street script of predictability.

Final Grade: B, Season 2 Grade: A-

2) Bumper In Berlin (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

We got a very weird episode this week, where the group relied on their absurdly artistic father to direct an artsy music video. I’d love to say this was consistently hilarious, but at times, it was a bit much. Still, some great one liners. That question about someone eating little holes in Bumper’s socks was priceless.

Episode Grade: A-

1) The Rookie (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The most annoying convict is giving a kidney away. You know what I found really clever, and I hope it was intentional, and I might be giving the writers a bit too much credit, but the episode was titled Death Notice. Which seems appropriate given Nolan’s story arc this week, but we also had Chen and Tim, where Chen finally told Tim, or perhaps… notified him… they’d be having sex that night. For those who get it, you got it. Back in the days, “A Little Death” was a common phrase, so in many ways what Chen gave Tim was a Death Notice. Clever.

Episode Grade: A

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