About Last Night...THE MASKED SINGER, One CHICAGO, STUMPTOWN, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


September 26, 2019 by  


CHICAGO MED — “Never Going Back To Normal” Episode 501 — Pictured: Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes, Ato Essandoh as Dr. Isidore Latham — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Let’s talk about Wednesday’s TV!

CHICAGO MED: The Ava twist was…deeply upsetting. The show was a bit backed into a corner with both Colin Donnell and Norma Kuhling on their way out, but I wish they hadn’t gone that far.

I am intrigued by the rest of what they set up, though. The Will/Natalie/Philip situation is going to get messy. April and Ethan deciding to try for a child when their relationship has been such a roller is a choice, but should make for good TV. And poor Maggie; I just want to hug her. [For more on CHICAGO MED’s premiere, read what the EPs had to say.]

THE GOLDBERGS: Okay, confession: I haven’t seen the VACATION movies, so I don’t know if the moments that made me cringe (the car accident) was an homage or just something I didn’t respond to.

It was fascinating to see how they used Disneyland, though, because the park has changed so much. They smartly kept it to the very front of the park (which in itself must have been a headache given California Adventure now exists) and a single long-time coaster.

THE MASKED SINGER: The series had the benefit of filming its entire first season before a single moment aired. Now? They know it’s a hit. Some of the changes/adjustments they made were great. By the end of the first episode the last go-round, it felt like the internet had sussed out nearly everyone. This time, the clues were much more vague, the voices were more disguised, and I only have a guess for about half of the people. I appreciate that, even if it’s driving me crazy.

I’m a little less sold on the Smackdown element, though it does guarantee every performer sings at least twice during their time on the show. [Here are the first two eliminated contestants.]

SCHOOLED: …that was a rough way to introduce the new teacher.

CHICAGO FIRE: I thought I could handle Otis’ death OK…until Boden revealed what his last words actually meant. And then I was an absolute wreck.

I’ll admit I’m shocked Brett left Chicago, though clearly it’ll only be temporary. But good for Stella/Severide for finding a way to be happy amidst the chaos.

(Though the time jump made my head hurt a little bit, given that the show should, in theory, have continuity with the other CHICAGO shows.)

[For more on the CHICAGO FIRE season premiere, here’s what EP Derek Haas had to say.]

MODERN FAMILY: The “Alex is only communicating via video chat” storyline felt weird, and I probably shouldn’t have been distracted most of the time wondering if it’s because she was filming SVU.

STUMPTOWN: Oh, yes, I loved this pilot. Cobie Smulders is great, and I really appreciated that Dex had chemistry with both Hoffman and Grey…but it doesn’t feel like a traditional love triangle. (Nor should it need to fall in that category.) Dex’s relationship with her brother also felt special and not like something we see a lot of on television. I’m so excited to see more.

CHICAGO P.D.: Kelton’s killer didn’t exactly shock me, but I was surprised they kept Antonio alive. (Especially after watching the other two CHICAGO shows first and seeing the bloodbath over there.) [For more on the CHICAGO P.D. premiere.]

Which shows did you watch last night?

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