The Too Much TV Roundup- 04/06/23

Well, one of my cancellation predictions came true. FOX has pronounced time of death on The Resident to be six seasons.

5) Top Chef (Bravo/Peacock)

English Audio Description?: No

So, I’m gonna tank one of my long time favorites this week. I thought the way this episode handled a contestant having a severe allergic reaction was a bit callous. They use the drama of the moment just enough to mention it, and have another contestant call for concern, but at no time do we hear anyone from the production team or medical stepping in to make sure her throat doesn’t close, even though it’s clearly affecting her voice. You would think an Emmy nominated show would know better,but apparently not. I understand that there’s a clock for all contestants in various stages of food prep, but at no point was I given the notion that the production team gave a shit. The judges didn’t even find out until another contestant walked her food out for her. Do better.

This Week’s Grade: F (for failure to respond)

4) You (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

So maybe this was the cliffhanger twist? If so, well…. I hate it. I feel like I can’t even talk about it, because I honestly really did believe what the show presented to me so far this season, and then…. They were like, but what if? you mean, what if we took what made this season different and threw it into a garbage disposal? i suppose you could do that, but then again…

Episode Grade: D+

3) The Connors (ABC/hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

This Easter centric episode had a strong story arc when Louise accidentally texts the wrong thing to the wrong person, and spends a lot of time groveling, leading to a really great moment for Dan at the end. But, buried in here was Darlene worried about how little she and Ben have had sex. Now, I’m not saying we can’t play with gender norms here, but Darlene consistently comes across as the character who doesn’t give a shit about this kind of stuff. To me, they write her like one of those people who falls in love with someone’s mind or soul, and not their looks. She enjoyed Ben because he was smart, and they originally were working at a newspaper together. While I assume they do have sex from time to time, I’ve never once thought about it being a driving force for Darlene, so to give her a storyline where she’s trying to get laid by Ben the whole Easter episode is just bizarre. Yes, they do kind of play into the silly nature of this proposition, but it just felt like one more narrative that reminded the audience this season how overworked Ben is.

Episode Grade: B

2) The Legend Of Vox Machina (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The strength of Grog is… friendship? Because of course it is. Anyway, a rather odd way to wrap up the season. We had such momentum and fire at times, it felt kinda deflated a bit at the end. Even the first part of the episode, when Pike might die, was interesting, then it just deflates a bit, only to come in at the end with a hint of what to look forward to next season.

Episode Grade: B+

1) Schmigadoon (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’m gonna need a bit more audio description on the style we’re clearly exhibiting here. Considering how stylized this Schmicago likely is, I felt like I barely got any references to costumes, hair, or set design. We’re being introduced to an entirely different realm, and there’s very little to go off of. I got some decent description of the hotel room itself, with the sagging mattress. But, otherwise, I feel like this description fell a bit short. My example would be that at the beginning of the episode, the narrator references the clothes our leads are wearing as being Schmigadoon costumes, without any specifications. Well, she does so with the confidence that those who are here for Season 2 remember Season 1 and know what those costumes would look like. If they were to do that with this season, I still don’t really know what a Schmicago costume is. I guess it’s a chick in a bowler hat? I hope the show keeps getting descrption focused on its aesthetic presentation.

Episode Grade: A-

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