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Hawaii Five-0 – Kuka’awale

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2015

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Kuka’awale
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Hawaii Five-0 - Kuka'awale

After another couple’s session McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) are forced to spend several days together on the stakeout of a woman (Jessica Lowndes) who helped rob a jewelry store. Although she attempted to kill her partner to keep the diamonds for herself, Five-0 is far more interested in the gunman from the robbery who decided to kill a former member of the local police. Using the suspect as bait the pair wait it out hoping her former partner, properly motivated after being shot, will show up for retaliation. The situation allows for several scenes of the partners’ trademark banter as well as something of a breakthrough when McGarrett lets down his guard for a moment.

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The Anxiety Optimization

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2015

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Anxiety Optimization
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The Big Bang Theory - The Anxiety Optimization

Three stories are at play in “The Anxiety Optimization.” Stuck at the airport with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Howard (Simon Helberg) freaks out after realizing the airline has lost his suitcase containing his mother’s ashes. To disprove a psychological study suggesting it can make two people fall in love Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) spend the evening together answering a list of personal questions. With their friends busy Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Amy (Mayim Bialik), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), and Emily (Laura Spencer) spend the night at a puzzle room where the scientists pay big bucks for the opportunity to think their way out of a lab with a zombie (which proves far easier than they expected).

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Backstrom – Ancient, Chinese, Secret

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2015

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Backstrom - Ancient, Chinese, Secret

The murder of a psychic in Chinatown forces Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) to question several other psychics in the area including a young man who offers fortunes to each member of the team that reveal secrets and possible futures for each of them. In terms of ongoing storylines the big takeaway from “Ancient, Chinese, Secret” is the reveal of the burgeoning romantic relationship between Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha) and Nadia (Beatrice Rosen), which seems to come out of nowhere, as well as some foreshadowing about Nadia’s past which will likely be further explored over the remainder of the season.

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The Blacklist – The Deer Hunter

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2015

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  • Title: The Blacklist – The Deer Hunter
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The Blacklist - The Deer Hunter

The latest extra-creepy member of The Blacklist Reddington (James Spader) sends Lizzie (Megan Boone) and the FBI after is serial killer well known for the style in which the victims’ bodies are left (hung upside down, gutted, and with a bite taken out of their liver). Reddington offers a single insight that their killer is actually a woman (Amanda Plummer) allowing for a new branch of investigation and discovery of just how the Deer Hunter chooses her victims.

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Arrow – Nanda Parbat

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2015

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Arrow - Nanda Parbat

Recent revelations and uncovered secrets prove to have consequences which will begin with Thea (Willa Holland) turning Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) over to Nyssa (Katrina Law) and the League of Assassins and lead Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) to Nanda Parbat and face-to-face with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) who, rather than torture the archer (as he’s done with Merlyn), makes Ollie an offer he may not be able to refuse.

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Person of Interest – Blunt

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2015

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Person of Interest - Blunt

“Blunt” gives Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) a new number in a college con woman who, based on what we’ve seen here, is likely to be the show’s latest recurring character. In Harper (Annie Ilonzeh) the show introduces another character who lives in shades of gray and could easily become ally or enemy of Finch and Reese as we see her hedge her bets and expertly play both sides when Reese attempts to free the woman and her patsy from their dealings with Dominic (Winston Duke) and the Brotherhood.

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Marvel’s Agent Carter – Valediction

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2015

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Marvel's Agent Carter - Valediction

Agent Carter‘s season finale showcases the strengths and weaknesses of the show’s First Season. Despite offering Peggy (Hayley Atwell) some actual field work and acknowledgement from her comrades in the SSR, the season ends with yet another reminder of the times and circumstances Peggy finds herself stuck in suggesting little will change should the show return for a Second Season. The final scene involving Peggy and Angie‘s (Lyndsy Fonseca) future living arrangements (the exact arrangements Peggy turned down in the Pilot) suggests we may see more of Fonseca should the show return but I’m not sure that’s enough to bring me back for another go around.

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Pretty Little Liars – Bloody Hell

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2015

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Pretty Little Liars - Bloody Hell

As the Liars visit Alison (Sasha Pieterse) in jail for the first time since her arrest for Mona‘s (Janel Parrish) murder, now finally understanding that their friend isn’t A, their unknown enemy begins targeting the girls and their families once again. Spencer (Troian Bellisario), who is pushed into an Oxford interview by her mother, discovers A’s influence stretches all the way to London where a bloody mess destroys her college interview and leaves the most level-headed Liar in a state of panic.

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Scorpion – Going South

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2015

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  • Title: Scorpion – Going South
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Scorpion - Going South

Walter‘s (Elyes Gabel) zealous nature to promote Scorpion leads the team into another dangerous situation when they accept a job from a billionaire tech mogul to find his daughter Zoe (Mia Serafino) who was kidnapped in Mexico by a drug cartel. Finding themselves stranded miles from town south of the border without the ransom money, which was taken from them by a different band of local criminals, the team has six hours to retrieve the stolen ransom money or find the kidnappers before their time runs out.

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Castle – The Wrong Stuff

by Alan Rapp on February 24, 2015

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Castle - The Wrong Stuff

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) goes to Mars (or at least to Mars One). The latest episode of Castle gives us a locked room mystery with a Castle twist when one of the astronauts in a simulated Mars mission turns up dead. Getting the chance to enter the simulation to investigate, a giddy Castle follows Beckett (Stana Katic) into the man-created Martian landscape in search of a killer.

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