It’s another #SetTheVCR! Sammy and Mr. Green give their picks for TV the week of July 19th.
Please note – All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.
There’s a lot going on this week as Netflix drops multiple new shows on the service throughout the week. Plus, we got reality TV and more so there is no excuse to not find something to watch this week.
Oh Baby! From basketball to biographies to a Blood Red Sky this #SetTheVCR post is packed with balmy balance.
For Ball And Country (3 am / Peacock) – Well not quite another Last Dance this will provide another background on the nostalgia-inducing and aptly named Dream Team. (Check out a 2012 decent documentary The Dream Team I’m sure will surface on NBA TV as the Olympics unfold.) It’s the past coupled with the present with current footage of USA Basketball with Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum etc. (The sad irony is that basketball is an international game: there are decent NBA players on almost every country’s team playing in the Olympics. Like Nigeria has seven NBA players…okay sure none of them are household names but still seven players.) So For Ball and Country is a unique window into USA Basketball from The Dream Team when it was dominant to now when they’re just I guess…prominent? “In addition to an all-access look at the 2021 team’s training camp in Las Vegas, the series looks back into the USA Basketball video vault with never-before-seen footage of this storied program.” Episodes 1 and 2 will premiere on July 19, with episodes 3 and 4 streaming on July 20 and finally episodes 5 and 6 stream on July 21. (Sammy)
Getaway Driver (9pm / Discovery) – SERIES PREMIERE! OK, I get it people like the Fast and Furious franchise but really this show I don’t see going for very long. However, I have been wrong sooo many times on reality shows what do I know? Still, why not check out something that gets the juices racing as these drivers race around a course proving they can avoid the police and capture to win cash. Hell, I’m sure this will be a hit now that I said it that way. It’s the power of family. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, July 20
In Their Own Words (8pm / PBS) – If you dig A&E Biography then you’ll enjoy In Their Own Words: though this is more personal as you can infer from the title. The series premiered in 2015 with profiles of Queen Elizabeth ll, Muhammad Ali and Jim Henson. For this second season, they’re airing six specials spotlighting Pope Francis, Chuck Berry, Princess Diana, Jimmy Carter, Elon Musk and Angela Merkel. Two of the episodes that I highly recommend are Episode 5 Elon Musk and Episode 2 Chuck Berry who of course infamously stole Johnny B. Goode from Marty McFly…I wonder if that will be in his biography special. (Sammy)
LEGO Masters (8pm / Fox) – The last episode we saw friends Syreeta and Randall get overwhelmed by the floating brick challenge. They brought out a hot air balloon that didn’t make the cut. It’s a shame as they were a fun pair that gave some unique and interesting designs each week. Now with the remaining teams, this week sees a demolition derby challenge to test their memories, creativity and destructive power of their builds. There are 3 teams I think will do well in this challenge I think will do well but it will interesting to see how true thinking really is. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, July 21
The New Mutants (3am / Disney+ Canada) – The New Mutants were the apocalyptic sign of this pandemic. Originally shot from July to September 2017 this Marvel Mutant Movie was supposed to come out on April 13, 2018. Then it was delayed to February 22, 2019, which was pushed to August 2, 2019, then finally a miracle happened: April 3, 2020, was the confirmed date! Trailers and everything. Then the pandemic shut everything down in March and we should have interpreted a New Mutants release as a sign. It finally came out on August 28, 2020. There were many reasons for the delay: the chief among them was the vision for the movie: Breakfast Club detention crossed with a Cuckoo’s Nest institution. Should they emphasize the YA teenager growing pains (the hallmarks of a classic teen movie) or double down on the horror aspects (teens in trouble is classic horror). After all that it’s now on Disney+ Canada and like the recently restored Snyder Cut of Justice League it’s doubtful this will go anywhere: there’s no need to restore the New Mutants verse. (Sammy)
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (3am / Netflix) – What Guillermo del Toro has managed to accomplish with the Trollhunter universe is really great. He has taken a kids’ action-adventure story focusing on trolls and their protector into a multi-series universe that includes Arthurian legend, aliens and the regular world into one giant epic fantasy tale. How they weave into each other and forward is truly exceptional and fun for the whole family. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, July 22
Wayward Pines (3 am / Disney+ Canada) – I want to do a Troy McClure opening for this blurb because you know M. Night Shyamalan from such movies as Signs and Sixth Sense and you know the Duffer brothers from such Netflix hits like Stranger Things. Go back in time to 2015 and 2016 together these fear-pee-inducing gentlemen had a previous show called Wayward Pines airing on Fox. Adapted from Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch (The plot of Crouch’s first novel in the trilogy, Pines is covered over the first five episodes of season one. The second and third novels, Wayward and The Last Town make up the remaining five episodes.) If you don’t know, Wayward Pines is set in a small town and it’s creepy, they’re “watching us” and they are eerie sci-fi elements. You get the sense this was their TV training wheels. As for what the big mystery is, here’s what M. Night said before signing on to direct: “As long as everybody isn’t dead, I’m in.” So that’s off the table. (Sammy)
Sexy Beasts (3am / Netflix) – I have known of the existence of furries previously and thought that this is what was happening here. But the reality of this show is somehow even stranger. In an effort to allow people to find the right one for them based on the person instead of their looks they get insane makeup applied. This next-level form of blind dates is interesting if not bat-shit crazy. Hey, to each their own right?! This one is for the dating show fans out there. (Mr. Green)
Friday, July 23
Sammy’s Pick of the Week
Blood Red Sky (3 am / Netflix) – Ready? We got a German horror film: yo! It starts off with a classic flight hijacking then it goes all Die Hard on a plane only this time “Bruce Willis” is a vampire. Team Ruckus Reporting for Duty! Vampires and hijackers now that’s a good Netflix party. (Sammy)
Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week
Ted Lasso (3am / AppleTV+) – This goes without saying. It was my pick for the best show of 2020. And I have already had a chance to watch the first half of the series and it builds wonderfully off the first season and creates new opportunities for some of the characters I think no one was really expecting. I will say episode 4 so far is a real standout episode. If you don’t have AppleTV+ this show is a reason to get it. There is other good content but this show is the tops. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, July 24
Jolt (3 am / Prime Video) – If this Kate Beckinsale movie is any good it’ll have Jolt Cola as product placement. “A bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.” As I said…if this movie is any good…what do you think? Bonus Fun: If you find a Jolt Cola moment send me a screencap. (Sammy)
Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Anytime / Netflix) – This was going to be my pick of the week and is still a very close second or even maybe a 1A scenario. Still, I was a fan of MOTU when I was growing up so this peaked my curousity but then seeing the trailer I was all in. Then learning it takes place directly after the original series as a continuation and not a reboot was fantastic. Looking forward to watching it this week. Plus, I’ll be talking with one of the voice actors Tiffany Smith on Friday on Geek Hard. (Mr. Green)
Sunday, July 25
Toys of Terror (3 am / Crave) – Think Pixar’s Toy Story but horror. Oh yes, I wanna see where this goes: these murderous toys are not playing around. It’s clean up time… (Sammy)
Blood Red Sky (Anytime / Netflix) – As Sammy pointed out above Team Ruckus is present and accounted for in this German horror movie by way of Die Hard or Air Force One. This time when the terrorists take over the plane a mother must fight back to save her son, herself and even the other passengers. The only catch is she’s a vampire stuck in a pressurized tube 35,000 feet in the air. I don’t think the terrorists are going to come out of this too well. (Mr. Green)
Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.