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Castle – Kill Switch

by Alan Rapp on November 25, 2014

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Castle - Kill Switch

An investigation into the murder of a government investigator leads Esposito (Jon Huertas) to be taken hostage in a subway car with more than a dozen other hostages by a cyber activist whose motives, including plans to target a group of one-percenters and demand the release of his incarcerated girlfriend, seem more about buying time than getting the demands actually met. Through a hidden surveillance camera the 12th Precinct can observe events on the subway car while Castle (Nathan Fillion), Beckett (Stana Katic), and Ryan (Seamus Dever) race to find answers as to what is really going on.

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Atlantis – A New Dawn

by Alan Rapp on November 25, 2014

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Atlantis - A New Dawn

Opening the show’s Second Season with a two-part episode, Atlantis returns with King Minos (Alexander Siddig) dead, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) exiled, and Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) on the throne. With Pasiphae raising an army to retake the city, Ariadne sends Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms), and Hercules (Mark Addy) on an errand to bring back an old advisor to the throne (Robert Pugh) not realizing he is working secretly for the enemy.

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Elementary – Bella

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2014

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Elementary - Bella

Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) accepts a case to look into the theft of an artificial intelligence known as “Bella.” More interested in the software itself, and disproving it as legitimate A.I., Holmes passes off most of the legwork involving the theft and eventual murder of one of Bella’s creators to Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) and Watson (Lucy Liu) while he becomes obsessed with testing the machine.

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Covert Affairs – She Believes

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2014

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Covert Affairs - She Believes

In Frankfurt with her unlikely new friend FSB operative Olga Akarova (Lynn Collins), Annie (Piper Perabo)’s assassination mission becomes a kidnapping and interrogation once she learns Aleksandre Belenko’s (Shawn Dowyle) men have taken Auggie (Christopher Gorham). As McQuaid (Nic Bishop) attempts to follow his own sources, Joan (Kari Matchett) and Calder (Hill Harper) rally all CIA resources into bringing their missing agent home including putting Sydney (Nazneen Contractor) in even more danger.

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White Collar – Uncontrolled Variables

by Alan Rapp on November 23, 2014

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White Collar - Uncontrolled Variables

You always hurt the ones you love. Continuing a theme which we’ve seen played out over the show’s six seasons, Neal‘s (Matt Bomer) latest assignment from the Pink Panthers forces the spy to work alongside Matthew Keller (Ross McCall) and ultimately destroy the life of a beautiful young woman (Laura Ramsey) who he has immediate chemistry with. Further complicating matters are the lengths both Keller and his Interpol handler (Isaach De Bankolé) are willing to go to (including leaving bodies in their wake) to take down the secret criminal cadre.

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Batman – Two-Face

by Alan Rapp on November 22, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Two-Face
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Batman - Two-Face

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. Originally created in 1942 Harvey Dent (originally named Harvey Kent) was Gotham’s good looking District Attorney who lost his sanity after having acid thrown into his face during trial. Having already established a friendship between Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) and Harvey Dent (Richard Moll) in “Pretty Poison,” the two-parter focuses on Harvey’s transformation into one of Batman’s most dangerous villains. One of the more interesting choices the writers of Batman: The Animated Series made when introducing Harvey Dent was to give the character pre-existing mental problems well before his transformation into Two-Face (something later comic versions have chosen to adopt as well).

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Stalker – Skin

by Alan Rapp on November 22, 2014

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Stalker - Skin

The Threat Assessment Unit is called in to protect a former skinhead (Marc Blucas) who renounced the life years ago after meeting, marrying, and starting a family with a woman who wouldn’t have fit in with old family. Discovering that the attacks are spurred on by the anger of a man who was recruited (Darri Ingolfsson), and now feels betrayed, by his former mentor, Beth (Maggie Q) and Jack (Dylan McDermott) also must deal with the suburban neighborhood which turns on the family once they learn of the man’s former life.

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Star Wars Rebels – Empire Day

by Alan Rapp on November 22, 2014

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Star Wars Rebels - Empire Day

Spending Empire Day on his homeworld of Lothal brings back painful memories for Ezra (Taylor Gray) and reveals a bit of the street urchin’s past to his crew mates in a well-executed manner that helps to explain Ezra’s difficulty connecting and trusting others. The date, which also happens to be the kid’s birthday, is a painful reminder of the Empire abducting his parents for their subversive efforts to fight back against the oppressive regime.

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Arrow – Draw Back Your Bow

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Draw Back Your Bow
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Arrow - Draw Back Your Bow

Of all the DC characters I thought about Arrow bringing into the fold I never assumed they’d use Cupid, but the character fits in rather well. Created in 2009 as Green Arrow’s #1 obsessed fan, Carrie Cutter (Amy Gumenick) makes her way to Starling City in the latest episode of the season as a former police officer with obessessive-compulsive disorder whose affections become focused on Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) after he saves her life during a flashback to last season’s finale. Reborn as an archer with heart-shaped arrowheads, Cupid returns to town to woo her would-be lover by killing a path through the city.

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Person of Interest – Point of Origin

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2014

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  • Title: Person of Interest – Point of Origin
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Person of Interest - Point of Origin

Using a temporary assignment as a trainer at the police academy to keep an eye on the latest number, Reese (Jim Caviezel) soon discovers the cadet (Adria Arjona) isn’t a green recruit but an officer in Internal Affairs looking for a mole for the Brotherhood inside the academy. When she’s framed for the death of her handler, Reese and Fusco work to bring down the man responsible which leads Shaw to make a discovery about her old friend Mini (Winston Duke) who is much more than he appeared to be during their first meeting.

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