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
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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 (
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
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
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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
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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
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
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.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!