Once Upon a Time – Lily

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Lily
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Once Upon a Time - Lily

Road trip! The aptly-named episode introduces us to the adult version of Lily (Agnes Bruckner) for the first time as Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten) hires Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to find her long lost daughter. Needing Emma’s help dealing with Zelena (Rebecca Mader) and reclaiming Robin (Sean Maguire), Regina (Lana Parrilla) tags along as Emma’s old friend proves less than excited at the reunion (and knows far more about her past than Emma suspects). In an episode that also explains more of the girls’ troubled history together, Emma is tempted by Lily’s rage to take drastic action to protect her family but narrowly sidesteps a rash action hasting her journey into darkness thanks in large part to Regina’s intervention.

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Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2015

in Comics

Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1By throwing together various past and present versions of DC charaters together Convergence continues to be a bizarre mix of intriguing to truly awful. Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1, which gives us Batman‘s team of heroes from the 80s, is the first issue of Convergence to show us all the heroes still in costume. Despite most of the team being without their powers that hasn’t stopped the Outsiders from following Batman’s example and continuing to suit-up to do what they can for a city trapped under a dome for a full year. It’s also the first issue to really deal with the reality of diminishing resources of a city completely cut-off from the rest of the world for month.

Given how many characters the comic has to introduce it does a pretty good job (although once the dome falls, like most every Convergence title, things get less interesting very fast as Mortal Kombat begins). One odd note: Although the cover of the issue gets Batman’s look right the art inside makes a major mistake not arming the classically-clad Caped Crusader in his classic utility belt of the time. Considering the look of the old characters is the major selling point for the series it’s distracting. Worth a look.

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  • Title: Scandal – First Lady Sings the Blues
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Scandal - First Lady Sings the Blues

The war between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Rowan (Joe Morton) begins with the discovery of Jake‘s (Scott Foley) in the offices of Olivia Pope & Associates. Walking back one of the biggest moments of the series, and undercutting last week’s cliffhanger, Jake still lives as half of the episode is spent with Olivia trying to keep him alive. To do so Olivia will have to do a favor for a former KGB assassin, compromise her ethics, and even go so far as to trade Jake’s life for that of her father. She won’t completely succeed.

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Elementary – Under My Skin

by Alan Rapp on April 26, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Elementary – Under My Skin
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Elementary - Under My Skin

While helping Watson (Lucy Liu) and the NYPD investigate the murder of a woman who, without her knowledge, was turned into a drug mule during her surgery south of the border, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) also discovers that his sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) has been taking out some aggression against a former client in a way that could land him in hot water with the NYPD.

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Velvet #10

by Alan Rapp on April 25, 2015

in Comics

Velvet #10For only the second time since the series’ opening issue Velvet Tempelton gets played, and it almost costs the secret agent turned secretary turned fugitive on on the run her life. Betrayed by Damian Lake who, as he admitted to her, is playing his own far more dangerous game, Velvet is forced to jump from a moving train and try and avoid an entire unit of Arc-7 agents in the French countryside who were tipped-off to take her down (although not for the reasons she initially suspects).

Wrapping up “The Secret Lives of Dead Men,” Velvet #10 offers plenty of action and some nice twists as Velvet finds herself on the defensive, Damian Lake proves to have a darker agenda than even she guessed, the vast conspiracy the traitor hinted at last issue is, at least in part, corroborated, and major supporting characters meet their untimely ends.

I don’t know what writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting have in store for the comic’s third arc, or where the conspiracy will lead Velvet from here, but sign me up! Must-read.

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Top Ten Hottest WWE Divas

by Alan Rapp on April 25, 2015

in Top Tens & Lists

Top Ten Hottest WWE Divas

Since 1993 several beautiful women have graced WWE rings. Honorable mentions include Sunny, Gail Kim, Melina, Candice Michelle, Trish Stratus, and Lita. While the list of the best wrestling Divas might look rather different, here are the Top Ten Hottest WWE Divas.

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Backstrom – Corkscrewed

by Alan Rapp on April 25, 2015

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  • Title: Backstrom – Corkscrewed
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Backstrom - Corkscrewed

It seems family is going to be a big theme of the final two episodes of Backstrom‘s First Season. When the criminal who Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) threatened to stay away from Valentine (Thomas Dekker) shows up dead on the docks just outside their houseboat the unit quickly searches for other suspects besides the most obvious one. Discovering the victim and Valentine were working together on a wine-smuggling scam, Backstrom’s attention is pointed towards those hurt (especially once he learns that all the vintage wines being smuggled are forgeries).

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Season Two
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This year’s Star Wars Celebration gave fans both a trailer and poster for the upcoming second season of Star Wars Rebels.

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The Blacklist – Leonard Caul

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2015

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  • Title: The Blacklist – Leonard Caul
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The Blacklist - Leonard Caul

Picking up immediately following the events of the last episode with Reddington (James Spader) bleeding out in the middle of the street, the latest episode of The Blacklist will finally reveal the Fulcrum and motivate Lizzie (Megan Boone) to finding out more about Red and her connect to him. Her actions over the course of the episode will help save the life of her mysterious benefactor but also lead to the FBI agent into making some powerful enemies likely to seek some revenge.

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Natalie Imbruglia – Instant Crush

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2015

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Natalie Imbruglia with the official video for “Instant Crush,” a cover of Daft Punk‘s song, from the Australian singer’s first album in six years Male.

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