The Too much TV Roundup- 02/20/23

I had a really interesting experience that I hope to share with everyone soon, when it reaches its conclusion. But, people in the industry do listen to what I say/write, so I just have to keep speaking as loud as possible to advocate for accessibility.

7) Mayor Of Kings Town (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Jeremy Renner’s dark crime drama continues to be the least interesting thing that Taylor Sheridan is making. And while there’s a smidge of Dianne Wiest, I’m not getting enough Wiest! Doesn’t she have two Oscars? Did I fever dream that? She should be the anchor for this show, or at least as important to the narrative as Helen Mirren is to 1923, but she just constantly seems like an afterthought.

Episode Grade: B-

6) The Best Man: The Final Chapters (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Honestly? Why did this show take a dive? Lance’s awful reaction to LJ. I wasn’t expecting open arms, but I also wasn’t expecting “wipe that shit off your face”. All the goodwill they had built up with Lance went out the door, and the series takes a hit this week. I think there are ways the writers could have handled this in a way that would have kept Lance sympathetic but also confused and not necessarily supportive, without throwing him into angry mode and wiping away all the good work morris Chestnut had done up until this point. They’re gonna have to work to bring that character back. LJ is owed more than just an apology. If this story arc leads to LJ killing themselves, we’re gonna continue to drop these grades. I’ve really loved this show up until this point, and how it really highlights black culture, but also does it in the most every day ways possible, so that no matter where you come from, these characters are relatable. Or you know someone just like them. but this friend group wouldn’t put up with that temper and intolerance.

Episode Grade: B

5) Will Trent (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’m still waiting, as Will opens up more about himself, for the explanation why he never got the help needed to conquer his dyslexia. In some ways, he’s a great role model for what someone diagnosed with dyslexia can achieve, but on the other hand, he’s also a terrible role model because he’s not ever taking steps to learn how to conquer that problem. He jsut works around it. episode 4 was a solid episode, and weird enough, and intense enough that I was continuing my getting hooked onto this show. Also, the audio description here is great when I have it. i know at least one episode didn’t have it, but this does, and all the clues were very visual, and the dead bodies were very atypical.

Episode Grade: B+

4) Lockwood and Company (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

After the first episode felt like a data dump of what this world was like, the second episode opened us up more to the relationships between the lead characters, as well as furthering the plot of the ghost they encountered in the first episode. The world is growing, but I can’t shake the fact that this feels so close to a bunch of other shows Netflix cancelled after one season. This show does have absolutely excellent audio description, which it needs with the ghosts, the attempted jump scares, and moments like flinging a sword into the ceiling.

Episode Grade: B+

3) Last Week Tonight With john Oliver (HBo/ HBO MAX)

English Audio Description?: No

John is back, and he had some really great jokes. This episode was split up into three parts. I actually found the episode getting less interesting as we moved forward, only because I feel like I watched something already that told me all about the positive uses of hallucinogenic drugs especially for veterans. Did Jon Stewart do that? Samantha Bee? Someone did.

Episode Grade: A-

2) The Last Of us (HBo/ HBo MAX)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I mean, it’s a great episode, but I’ve given the first five all A’s. This time around, i really felt like what the misstep was had to do with multiple promises of zombies and chaos and no delivery on that promise. The first was the river of death, and in the audio description there weren’t even dead bodies strewn about. No zombies. The only people who rolled up ended up being friendly. Then, when they went on the second leg of their journey, they were told about all the shit that was between them and their destination, but got to the destination without any effort. The only problem they ran into turned out to be dumb luck. Those raiders weren’t even following them. It’s just that 20 years into the apocalypse, two different groups decided to raid the same exact building at the same time. So, I’m flagging the play and calling shenanigans. These writers have proven they are far better than this episode.

Episode Grade: A-

1) American Idol (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: No

It was a solid season premiere. I would have said No to only two people they let through, and both i understood WHY they let them through. The daughter of the one-hit wonder is obviously on the hope that her dad attends something so they can get him on camera, and the girl that sang with Lauren Daigle, well, how do you ask her to come out for this, and then cut that girl? Some truly gifted singers. They unnecessarily put that Love girl from Arkansas through the ringer, despite the fact she could clearly blow. Their Platinum ticket winner just melted me. What a terrific voice and version of that. I’d buy his album. And the final girl, not only is she obviously a terrific singer, but I loved the episode taking some time to properly say goodbye to Willie Spence. RIP. I don’t plan on always having Idol on top, but with them ending on their farewell to Willie, I felt like this was the best thing i saw yesterday.

Episode Grade: A

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