November 2015

Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #3

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2015

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Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #3Giant monsters attacking the world makes for strange bedfellows. Atomic Robo and his team accept an alliance with China’s “Most Perfect Science Division” to help fight Task Force Ultra and Majestic and stop the Biomega attacks around the world. Giving them access to state-of-the-art technology this allows the team to quickly construct Robo with a new body (although the slimmed down version lacks some of the appeal of the original, in my opinion).

On the larger stage we also get a look at the Titan program struggles to stop the growing threat of the Biomega (Pacific Rim style) which only adds to the pressure for Robo and his team to find a solution while also attempting to rebuild Atomic Robo’s unique power source all while hiding their technological breakthroughs from their Chinese partners who otherwise could recreate the tech for their own purposes after the threat has past. Their solution is inventive.

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  • Title: Doctor Who – Face the Raven / Heaven Sent
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Doctor Who - Face the Raven

It had been 33 years since the death of an ongoing companion (not counting Peri‘s death which was retconned out of the series almost immediately). That streak is over. “Face the Raven” says a final goodbye to the Impossible Girl (well, except for a dreamlike cameo in “Heaven Sent”). Like it or not, Clara Oswald‘s (Jenna Coleman) time of traveling through space and time have come to an end. I’ll give writer Sarah Dollard credit for making Clara’s exit mean something and propelling the season in an unexpected direction. I’ll also take a moment to mourn the show’s loss of Clara who leaves big shoes to fill for whomever steps in as the next companion. You will be missed Jenna Coleman.

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Darth Vader #12

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2015

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Darth Vader #12Wrapping up the series’ second arc, Darth Vader is able to turn events to his advantage and convince Imperial Inspector Thanoth to ignore some thief who stole a few credits from the Empire and focus the fleet’s attention on the threat of the rebel group operating on the Outer Rim known as the Plasma Devils. Once again the Dark Lord of the Sith narrowly avoids Aphra‘s apprehension along with any possibility of her actions being tied back to him.

Given her ability to reveal Vader’s betrayal of the Empire, the only part of Darth Vader #12 that rings hollow is his decision to keep the thief alive. While I’m sure writer Kieron Gillen has more plans for Aphra, and has spent considerable time developing the character, the natural decision for Vader would be to kill the woman immediately.

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Elementary – All My Exes Live in Essex

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2015

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  • Title: Elementary – All My Exes Live in Essex
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Elementary - All My Exes Live in Essex

Returned to their positions within the NYPD, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate an odd case involving the murder of a doctor in her lab whose body was destroyed while her skeleton was left on display as a laboratory specimen. That the woman was losing a battle to cancer and would have died within the year, a fact the leading suspects in the case knew, only makes finding the true (and unusual) motive for the murder that much harder to uncover. There’s plenty of twist and turns in this one before the detectives finally nab their man.

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Star Wars Rebels – Stealth Strike

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2015

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Stealth Strike
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Star Wars Rebels - Stealth Strike

When Commander Sato‘s (Keone Young) ship is pulled out of hyperspace by a new Imperial weapon, it falls on Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) to rescue the Rebels taken prisoner whose number includes Ezra (Taylor Gray). Putting aside their personal issues, the pair infiltrate the Imperial vessel under the command of Admiral Brom Titus (Derek Partridge) in a stolen Imperial shuttle as a pair of Stormtroopers. While Ezra doesn’t need help getting out to the detention area (he even mistakenly blasts his friends at one point while taking down all opposition) the entire group will have to work together to get every member out safely.

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