The Too Much TV Roundup- 03/17/23

First, condolences to the family of actor Lance Reddick, who passed away yesterday at the age of 60. he was such a recognizable voice in the TV industry, starring on many of your favorite shows. Certainly, fans of the roundup noticed me last praising his work on the unfortunate Resident Evil adaptation on Netflix.

Second, if Maggie is now also leaving Grey’s Anatomy, is it stilll Grey’s Anatomy? Would Frasier be Frasier without Frasier? I think not. It’s time to put that show down. I have a fear that suddenly a new Grey that no one knew about will pop up at the end of the season.

Finally, thanks to the Bel Air fans. I hadn’t even started into the second season, and Peacock just picked it up for a third. Finally, Peacock gets it right.

And without further shenanigans….

8) 8) The Arc (Syfy/Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’m not sure The Arc did anything wrong. This is usually where I grade it. Narratively speaking, I felt most of the other shows were stronger today, or at least on par, and this cast is still full of mediocre actors. i do like the idea that they discovered a new element, and don’t know if thats bad or good.

Episode Grade: B-

7) That 90’s Show (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I just realized, based on at least two of these new kids being related to former 70’s Show cast, some people basically got pregnant in the series finale. I remember the series finale was a joke about New Years Eve, and waiting for it to turn to 1980, and then the show ended. Leia celebrates her 15th birthday, and Jay is basically about the same age, possibly older. Anyway, the 90210 stuff was cheesy but somewhat clever.

Final Grade: B

6) The Great North (FOX/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: no

I remember last week, not actually remembering the episode when i went to write about it. Then, this episode reminded me what that episode was. Hah. They’ve utilized Megan Mullally on quite a few characters on this show, all of them somehow romantically connected to Beef. Animated shows rarely change their dynamic, so i don’t think Beef is getting a permanent love interest anytime soon. Besides, she has a boyfriend on Ballistic Missile Island…

Episode Grade: B

5) The Legend Of Vox Machina (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: yes

Grog without his muscles better not be a permanent thing. It depresses me too much. But seriously, glad Grog finally woke up, hopefully he can have his redemption and get his strength back.

Episode Grade: B+

4) Not Dead yet (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Took me 4 episodes to figure out that her roommate with ASD is the same actor from as We See it. Glad to see he’s gotten a new show. Also, he has a ton of credits. This episode was pretty entertaining, and after 4 episodes, honestly I’m already really digging the ensemble.

Episode Grade: A-

3) Your honor (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: No

It’s mid-March, and Showtime product was added to the service September 1st 2022. Yet, they *still* haven’t bothered to transfer existing audio description for Showtime products, despite an even more public merging of Paramount plus and Showtime earlier this year. It’s been over six months. If their tech team is truly this terrible at coding the imported AD tracks, fire them. I suspect it is pure 100% apathy, and a continuous message from the company of how little we matter. As far as the episode goes, Michael Stuhlbarg terrifies me.

Episode Grade: A-

2) The Problem With Jon Stewart (Apple Plus)

English Audio description?: Yes

Jon asked some really important questions about the handling of inflation, and why we always are Ok with bailing out the rich, and supporting corporations with soaring profits, while being perfectly fine blaming it on the average person as they spend 7 dollars on a dozen eggs.

Episode Grade: A

1) The Traitors (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: yes

Well, they weren’t punished for their votes, so that vow to support the other traitors is nonsense. But, their choice to murder, I would have picked Rachel instead. Even though she’s drawing some attention, it’s mostly from Kate, and Rachel was the one who pushed the Cody narrative the strongest. It would support the idea that those who voted against Cody were in danger from the traitors, meaning those that supported the elimination of Cody are likely faithful. Still, as close as they are to the end, adding a traitor is very interesting. I think you have to pick someone no one is thinking about, so I would go for Ari or Andy. We’ll see next week.

episode Grade: A

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