Hey not sure what to watch this week on the small screen? No worries #SetTheVCR is here to help you make some of those decisions easier. Each week Sammy Younan and I will give you our picks for each day of the coming week. Please note – enjoyment NOT guaranteed.

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Some things we say good-bye to, others we give a big hello! This week has ending and beginnings all around but that’s okay as we need to grow as watchers and move on to the next project to enjoy and sometimes even learn from. We also have Netflix giving us back-to-back weeks of warrior women who are almost impossible to kill. Hopefully, this week’s entry fairs better than last week. Sammy, you got any wise words this week?

More comic book tv shows and more NBA: truly we live in a tv age of wit and wonder.

Smmy Younan

Monday, July 6

A Kid From Coney Island (3am / Netflix) – I never understood how Stephon Marbury went from the Knicks to China. Since this NBA documentary premiered at Tribeca 2019 I’ve been all eager beaver to check it out. ESPN’s 30 for 30 continues to be the hallmark of sports documentaries though in the past few years HBO, Showtime, Undefeated (LeBron and Drake), and now Netflix has joined the party and cranking out sports sagas. This doc comes from Forest Whitaker cool yeah? I don’t know how many stories there are to go around, still, it’s a good time to be curious and into sports. Fantastic warm-up to the NBA season starting on July 30th. (Sammy)

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Anytime / Netflix)LAST CHANCE! Here’s your chance to watch it before it leaves on July 8th for good. That’s right Disney+ is about to acquire another its properties back from Netflix. I know for many this is not a loss but Solo gets an unfair amount of hate from fans. Yes, it’s not perfect and really wasn’t necessary but it had it’s moments and does fit into the franchise overall. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, July 7

Jim Jefferies: Intolerant (3am / Netflix) – Jim Jefferies’ 2018 comedy special This Is Me Now is funny bone fantastic. Wall to Wall comedy. Granted it wasn’t enough to hook me to watch his show and some of his previous comedy specials feel unpolished. Still based on the strength of that last solid special I’m happy to check Intolerant. (Sammy)

DC’s Stargirl (8pm / CW) – In typical “Berlanti-verse” fashion, the hero needs to tell as many people as possible about their identities. At least this time it makes a little more sense as it could impact Barbara if doesn’t know. This is my first real gripe with the show as up to this point it has been a level above its cousins on other Earths. Also, their use of S.T.R.I.P.E. so far hasn’t been completely terrible. The effects are not Hollywood blockbuster quality but still pretty solid for a TV show with this budget. I’m still surprised they didn’t try to make it more like Ironman for easier practical compared to giant mech suit they are doing from the comics. It’s these little touches that help elevate it above the other DC/CW shows. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, July 8

Stateless (3am / Netflix) – Following yesterday’s Jim Jefferies recommendation let’s stick with Australian tv products. Stateless is reverse Crocodile Dundee: a 6 part mini-series. In the 1986 movie (I know!!) Dundee was (unsuccessfully) attempting to fit into American culture. Now that culture clash was presented for laughs (“that’s not a knife…”); Stateless is all about the drama. Horrifically immigrants are discovering “g’day mate” does not include them: not only are their attempts to successfully integrate into Australian culture rebuffed they’re being sent to an immigrant detention center. Though honestly the true treat and why I’m sharing this? Read the YouTube comments! Fans of Dark (and we are legion!) are leaving Dark comments for many of Netflix’s recent trailers as promotion. Frustrated with the underwhelming way Netflix has marketed Dark they’re employing a classic judo move; using Netflix’s trailers to promote the other Netflix show that everybody should be watching. Yo. So I mean you could watch Stateless or you know you could watch Dark. (Sammy)

Cobra Kai (Anytime / YouTube Premium) – It was recently announced that Cobra Kai will be returning soon with its 3rd season but instead of on YouTube it will be moving over to Netflix. Apparently, YouTube is getting out of the scripted long-form series productions. Regardless of all that preamble if you enjoyed the Karate Kid series of films then this is for you. The show tries to merge all the continuity of the first 3 films into its story. By doing so it gives the series a really rich background of content to pull from and keep more drama threads going as others are tied up. The first season really plays up the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel as 40yr olds still stuck in the past. In the second season as Johnny tries to chart a new Cobra Kai path and old enemy emerges and the new generation of students are pushed into the old rivalry. The upcoming season three should see a new direction in the rivalry and story between Johnny and Daniel as they must make a hard choice for themselves. And it’s super funny to boot. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, July 9

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Inside The NBA (8pm / TNT) – TNT has a Tuesday night basketball show with D Wade but it’s terrible. Thursday is where the gold standard NBA action resides. Analysis and comedy and social commentary all wrapped into one delightful package. Ernie, Barkley, The Jet, and Shaq return tonight (last time we saw em was in March!) to begin breaking down the oddest NBA season. Which resumes on July 30. Because of the weird nature of the season and because of the weird way the NBA season is resuming, I don’t know. I think that out of all the franchises it makes sense if the Clippers win. There’s something cathartic about them—considering the torrid history of the franchise—winning in a weird time. Let’s see what the TNT Boys have to say about the Clippers, Celtics, and of course the Raptors. (Sammy)

Japan Sinks: 2020 (3am / Netflix) – A disaster film done as an anime series. When Japan is hit by a series of apocalyptic earthquakes and starts sinking one family is trying to reunite while surviving in a world that is crashing in around them. Based on the 1973 best-selling science fiction novel this I’m sure will be another hit for anime fans on the streamer. While it looks like this is going to be a straight-up sci-fi drama series I won’t be surprised if there isn’t a little of the typical magical realism going on here. There does appear to be the usual themes of family, overcoming adversity and strength of community at play here like in many anime projects. Not surprising since these themes are important to Japanese culture as a whole. (Mr. Green)

Friday, July 10

Palm Springs (3am / Hulu) – A stuck in a time loop movie! Andy Samberg doing the whole Groundhog Day routine. I’m a sucker for stuck in time loop movies. Have you seen Happy Death Day? So much fun. Oh anyways about Palm Springs: “When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honour Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.” Andy Samberg doing the whole Groundhog Day routine. I’m a sucker for stuck in time loop movies. Have you seen Happy Death Day? So much fun. (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

The Old Guard (3am / Netflix) – For centuries Andy has led a group of warriors across the world fighting for those that can afford them. Yes, centuries. These mercenaries have the most important of all skills in that line of work – immortality. However, they soon learn after centuries of fighting they are finding it difficult to hide from the people who would try use them for themselves and profit from their abilities at their expense. I’m giving this one a lot of runway because of two reasons first it stars Charlize Theron and second the original idea is based on a Greg Rucka mini-series. While Theron has a couple of missteps overall her record is pretty stellar. As for Rucka, his work is always top-notch. That combo is filling me with great hope for this film. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, July 11

Vivarium (3am / Amazon Prime) – “A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses.” What? Says here it stars Jesse Eisenberg. The guy who made Zombieland? Social Network? The Art of Self-Defense? Yeah, so that explains a lot; especially the title that most people can’t pronounce. (Sammy)

Last Christmas (8pm / HBO) – Nothing, and I mean nothing screams July like a Christmas movie! Lol. Still, this was a success this past Christmas at theatres and seeing Emilia Clarke I anything outside of Game of Thrones is refreshing after the past decade. Here she stars against Henry Golding who since breaking into Hollywood with Crazy Rich Asians has been popping up all over the place. This will be a nice respite for those Christmas junkies looking for a fix around now as they have to wait another 4 months until they can really let loose with the obsession. It also fits if you are looking for something for date night that you can just have some rom-com fun with. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, July 12

Zodiac (Anytime / Netflix) – Decades before Michelle McNamara went all I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Graysmith was an intrepid true crime reporter tracking down the Zodiac killer. In real life, Graysmith’s bestseller is Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Hunt for the Nation’s Most Elusive Serial Killer. Though over the past few years large swaths of the book and Fincher’s fantastic film have been discredited or corrected. Still, it’s all rather timely and a boon for true crime nerds: Fincher’s deeply creepy Zodiac movie is a) on Netflix and b) opens on July 4, 1969. (PSA: Fincher’s Mank is set to premiere on Netflix in October.) (Sammy)

Snowpiercer (9pm / TNT)SEASON FINALE! This is it. The end of the season in a back-to-back night of episodes. The tailies have to make a decision for the fate of the train as they are offered help by an enemy. This show has a lot to say and continues to say it during these difficult times we live in. If things hadn’t gone so crazy in the real world I really think there would be more discussion around the themes of this show. Those themes are reflections of some of what is currently happening and that might be too much for those who turn away from the news to scripted TV for a break from reality. Still one of the great shows of 2020. With a second season already announced the cliffhanger ending will be resolved at some point in the future. (Mr. Green)

Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.

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