April 2014

  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Nothing Personal
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Nothing Personal

After leaving Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team, but still not prepared to abandon them completely, May (Ming-Na Wen) seeks out help in the form of former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) who has moved into the private sector and gone to work for Tony Stark. May also retrieves and encrypted flash drive from Coulson’s grave which, after the other events of the episode have been dealt with, will finally give the agent a few answers about Project T.A.H.I.T.I. and the reason why so much effort was spent to hide the truth from him.

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The Blacklist – The Kingmaker

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Blacklist – The Kingmaker
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The Blacklist - The Kingmaker

While sending the FBI after The Kingmaker (Linus Roache), the latest name on The Blacklist with an unique skill-set who offers select clients the ability to arrange their ascendance in public life by helping clear obstacles (often by murderous methods). Knowing the man has been working for Reddington’s mysterious adversary, Red hopes the FBI’s capture of The Kingmaker can give him a solid lead on his opposition. Reddington (James Spader) also attempts to enlist the help of Alan Fitch (Alan Alda) and his alliance for help in his quest to uncover and defeat a threat systematically attacking Red’s organization from the shadows.

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Daredevil #2

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2014

in Comics

Daredevil #2After the last issue offered readers a glimpse of things to come in Matt Murdock‘s life down the line, Daredevil #2 returns to the present and the newly-relocated hero/lawyer to San Fransisco alongside his new law partner Kristen McDuffie. We don’t get any more information on Foggy Nelson (other than the fact the world appears to believe he is dead), but the new version of the title does offer Daredevil with an opportunity to do something rather unusual – go up against another blind vigilante.

Pulling the Shroud out of half-forgotten Marvel mothballs, writer Mark Waid and Chris Samnee dust the vigilante off first as a rival for Daredevil, but later the character is be revealed as the new (sorta ridiculous) kingpin of crime in the city.

A poor man’s Daredevil in several respects, the Shroud is an interesting first choice to pit against the hero, although it does make me wonder how far Waid and Samnee will have to scrape the bottom of the Marvel barrel for West Coast threats going forward. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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The Manic Nina Agdal

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2014

in Books & Magazines

The Manic Nina Agdal

Danish model Nina Agdal was chosen as both the Manic Girl of the Month and cover model for the magazine‘s April issue. You can find her pics inside.

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Castle – Law & Boarder

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – Law & Boarder
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Castle - Law & Boarder

Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) investigate the murder of a professional skateboard artist in town for New York Street Sports Festival who friends and rivals both say was acting very odd in the 24-hours leading up to his death. Seeing as the victim was favored to win, the investigation begins with his main competition (Yani Gellman) but soon takes some unusual twist and turns involving the purchase of a 10 year-old camcorder, borrowing money from his mother’s (Claudia Christian) Albanian mob boyfriend (Eric Etebari) now out on parole (after doing time for a crime the victim put him behind bars for), and using the cash to hire another skateboarder (Jesse Luken) for his expertise at breaking and entering.

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