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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode XII: Jack and the Gangsters
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Samurai Jack - Episode XII: Jack and the Gangsters television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the adventures of the time-displaced samurai and his quest to make his way home. “Episode XII” is an odd episode, even for Samurai Jack. Stumbling into a den of low-level gangsters working for Aku (Mako), Jack (Phil LaMarr) decides to join the group in hopes of being taken his enemy. Prior to getting there, the samurai will get an old school gangster makeover and will have to battle three elemental warriors for control of a gem that offers the user control over water. While not one of the shows’ most memorable episodes, “Episode XII” does offer enjoyable action sequences, the odd styling of Jack dressed in a pinstripe suit, and it’s the closest Jack gets to defeating Aku up until the show’s finale. Only the “help” of his new friends prevents Jack from destroying the evil that is Aku and thus forcing his quest to continue.

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Spenser: For Hire – Autumn Thieves

by Alan Rapp on August 16, 2018

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Autumn Thieves
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Spenser: For Hire - Autumn Thieves television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston (or in this case lush New England countryside). While looking for a missing person (Mark Keyloun), Spenser (Robert Urich) stumbles into a museum robbery which will lead him to the Berkshires and a family of thieves both responsible for the theft and in far over their heads with Boston gangsters. Although “Autumn Thieves” features Spenser getting shot and a young man getting beaten savagely, its a surprisingly breezy episode partly due to its beautiful setting and partly do to the thieves’ patriarch (Alfred Drake). For a show that deals with all manner of villains from gangsters to pedophiles, gentlemen thieves turn out to be rather charming.

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  • Title: Elementary – How to Get a Head / Uncanny Valley of the Dolls
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Elementary - How to Get a Head / Uncanny Valley of the Dolls TV review

Elementary gets a bit cheeky with its latest two episodes. The puntastically titled “How to Get a Head” centers around the discovery of a headless victim whose death initially appears to be linked to the occult. And in “Uncanny Valley of the Dolls” the sole witness to a murder turns out be a sex bot whose memories help Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) catch a killer. In each episode Bell (Jon Michael Hill) is the focus of the B-story, first in the search for a detective to replace him when he leaves the NYPD (foreshadowing some possible trouble for Holmes and the department in the future) and later in and old acquaintance (Ian Hart) of Sherlock holding up Bell’s chances to get into the US Marshals out of spite. While Holmes’ attempt to cherry-pick Bell’s successor may have failed, he proves to have far more success in his carrot and stick approach to removing the vindictive roadblock to Bell’s career change.

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  • Title: Killjoys – What to Expect When You’re Expecting…An Alien Parasite
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Killjoys - What to Expect When You're Expecting...An Alien Parasite television review

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting…An Alien Parasite” is a fun episode that finally features all the core characters together under one roof. While trying to figure out how to help Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), more of Dutch‘s (Hannah John-Kamen) time in the Green is revealed (although still not how she managed to escape). While we still don’t understand why the Green crystallized following her return to the real world, we now know why Aneela stayed behind and what the Lady wanted from Dutch. As for Johnny, his attempt to kill himself not only revealed a way to de-Hullenize him but also how to deliver Delle Seyah Kendry‘s (Mayko Nguyen) baby, which it turns out isn’t a tentacle monster ready to enslave the human race. I don’t know if I’m relieved or disappointed.

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  • Title: Firefly – The Train Job / War Stories
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Firefly - The Train Job / War Stories TV review

This week’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us into the black for more of Joss Whedon‘s Firefly. Although separated by several episodes, “The Train Job” and “War Stories” are connected by the team’s involvement with the sadistic criminal Adelai Niska (Michael Fairman) who hires Serenity and her crew to perform a job for him in “The Train Job” and proceeds to take his pound of flesh in “War Stories” for their failure to see the job through. Both episodes are character-driven and delve into the people who keep Serenity flying. In the first we discover that, despite being smugglers and outlaws, there is a limit to how far Mal (Nathan Fillion) and his crew will go. And in the second we see the complex dynamic in the Mal/Zoe (Gina Torres)/Wash (Alan Tudyk) relationship along with how far the rest of those aboard the ship will go when one of them is put in danger by a sadistic madman like Niska.

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