On this day 26 years ago The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 allowing the band to become only the third all-female group to record multiple #1 hits.

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The Flash – Tricksters

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – Tricksters
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The Flash - Tricksters

When a new villain calling himself the Trickster (Devon Graye) holds Central City hostage with a series of deadly pranks Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) go to Iron Heights to talk with the incarcerated original Trickster James Jesse (Mark Hamill). Reprising his role from the 90s television show, Hamill steps right back into character (along with stills from the show!), although 20 years of prison has certainly made the Trickster more menacing the second time around. The episode even finds a way to pair John Wesley Shipp and Hamill together again for a couple scenes when the escaping villain chooses Henry Allen as his hostage of choice.

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iZombie – The Exterminator

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2015

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  • Title: iZombie – The Exterminator
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iZombie - The Exterminator

Liv‘s (Rose McIver) snacking on the brain of a hit-and-run victim in the morgue has some unintended consequences. First, our zombie medical examiner discovers the man was murdered. Second, she learns the brain she’s just ingested belonged to a emotionless professional killer responsible for a recent murder that neither the police nor the District Attorney want to see reopened as they are already prosecuting another suspect for the crime. And third, but certainly not least important, Liv begins to adopt the attitude an manners of the sociopath whose brain she’s eaten.

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Scorpion – Crossroads

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2015

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  • Title: Scorpion – Crossroads
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Scorpion - Crossroads

Road trip! Team Scorpion signs up to protect a federal witness (Ginger Gonzaga), pressured into testifying by the U.S. Government, whose testimony could take down the leader of a powerful drug cartel (Jason Manuel Olazabal) who will stop and nothing to make sure the woman never makes it to the courthouse alive. Despite an intricate plan involving decoy vehicles and disguising the witness as a prisoner things fall apart almost immeadiately. Realizing the drug lord has a mole somewhere within the chain of command it falls to the team on their own, without any back-up, to deliver the woman in one piece.

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Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2015

in Comics

Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3Most of G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3 isn’t spent with Snake Eyes, although we do get some of Chameleon feeding the former JOE intelligence to help his search, but instead the story is mainly focused on his target: the former Cobra Commander’s son. We get a long look at Billy’s life off the grid in Thailand with Ronin his only friend and protector.

Along with a look at Billy‘s nomadic current lifestyle G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3 also gives readers a glimpse of his life as Cobra Commander’s son. The only big action scene takes place during one of these flashbacks showing us why Billy has turned his back on the life he was born into.

Although lighter on action than last month’s issue, after Billy steps in to commit a foolishly heroic action things go from bad to worse as both assassins and the Arashikage Clan send men after him setting up what you would assume would be an action-heavy fourth issue. And of course we still have a Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow confrontation to come before the series concludes. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

in News

news-and-notes-03312015Deadlline is reporting The CW’s still-untitled super-hero spin-off team-up show has cast Ciara Renée as Hawkgirl (whose complicated history and reincarnation will be part of the character)

Variety is reporting Arrow‘s Stephen Amell has signed on to play the role of Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel that absolutely no one is demanding

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Castle – Habeas Corpse

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

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  • Title: Castle – Habeas Corpse
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Castle - Habeas Corpse

When a personal injury lawyer is found tortured and beaten to death in an alley Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) search for a motive in a bizarre murder mystery that includes an old debt needing to be repaid and the victim burying a crash test dummy in the woods the afternoon before his death. With the help of Lanie (Tamala Jones) and Tory (Maya Stojan), Castle and Beckett are able to retrace the victim’s movements the day of his death and eventually discover how the true motive for the crime was tied to the case of recently-hospitalized young woman who wasn’t even one of the dead lawyer’s clients.

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Darth Vader #3

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

in Comics

Darth Vader #3Facing the wrath of the Emperor who lays the recent defeats, including the destruction of the Death Star, at his feet, Darth Vader begins to put together his own private force to ensure his plans (including learning the identity of that meddlesome farm boy with his old lightsaber who despite being the biggest hero the Rebellion has ever known or celebrated the vast Imperial network has yet to learn so much as his name).

Despite the fact that the storyline for this opening arc boils down to basically the Dark Lord of the Sith being grounded by his dad and sneaking off to do whatever he wants in a fit of teenage rebellion, Darth Vader #3 does entertain thanks in large part to the introduction of Aphra, a new character providing the kind of mechanical expertise Vader needs to quietly rebuild his forces without alerting the Emperor to what he is doing.

Unless the series is going to be Darth Vader cutting a huge swath through the galaxy leaving dead bodies in his wake (don’t get me wrong, that could work), the series needs characters like Aphra to ping conversation and ideas off of. I’m intrigued to see where the comic goes from here. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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  • Title: Ultimate Spider-Man – The Spider-Verse Part 4
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“A pig in a Spider-Man costume wanted a reasonable explanation. And it was the best day ever!”

Ultimate Spider-Man - The Spider-Verse Part 4

Wrapping up the Spider-Verse saga (which was really just a thin excuse to showcase various alternate versions of the character), Spider-Man (Drake Bell) returns home to confront the Goblin (Steven Weber) who has successful extracted DNA from all the other Spideys. After the villain transforms himself into the new Spider-Goblin, Peter needs all the help he can get and decides to enlist the various Spider-Men from other worlds to fight the Spider-Goblin.

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Battle Creek – Old Flames

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

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  • Title: Battle Creek – Old Flames
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Battle Creek - Old Flames

The search into the truth about Milt’s (Tad Hamilton) past is put on hold in an episode that hits home for several characters when Commander Guziewicz’s (Janet McTeer) home is set afire with her inside. As suspects include criminals she put away, a long line of former boyfriends, and an estranged adopted son (Rotimi) recently returned to Battle Creek “Old Flames” gives us our largest glimpse into the life of any single character yet. Even if the explanation of what actually occurred that night is clumsily handled, the episode succeeds in large by focusing on Guziewicz’s propensity for getting out while the getting is good, a trait she likely developed due to the struggle with raising a troubled boy on her own.

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