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Person of Interest – The Cold War

by Alan Rapp on December 20, 2014

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Person of Interest - The Cold War

Person of Interest‘s three-part Trilogy event ends “The Cold War” between The Machine and Samaritan as Decima’s artificial intelligence begins manipulating human lives on a city-wide scale, first by lowering crime and then by escalating it, in an attempt to force Finch‘s (Michael Emerson) creation to come out of hiding. Since the first discussion of the creation of a second A.I. the show has teased us with the concept of two gods going to war. That time has now begun as Samiritan’s emissary, a creepy little grade-school hacker, informs Root (Amy Acker) that Samaritan has decided to take a more pro-active stance in guarding (i.e. controlling) the local populace which includes eliminating The Machine and those who serve it.

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Scorpion – Dominoes

by Alan Rapp on December 18, 2014

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Scorpion - Dominoes

In the show’s first Christmas episode the team races against the clock to save a boy trapped under a rock slide on the beach before he’s drowned by the incoming tide. While the convergences of several of Sylvester‘s (Ari Stidham) phobias make him initially useless, at least until he gets a pep-talk by the right person, Walter (Elyes Gabel) takes charge eventually providing just the kind of Christmas miracle needed to inspire his sister (Camille Guaty) to continue fighting her illness.

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Orange Blossom Ice Cream
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The Mentalist - Orange Blossom Ice Cream

The Mentalist‘s final season continues with its most anticipated guest-star as Morena Baccarin returns in the role of Erica Flynn in an episode that continues to play on her chemistry with Jane (Simon Baker), which is a little awkward for The Mentalist now that he’s with Lisbon (Robin Tunney) as Jane and Lisbon head Beirut to recruit Flynn’s help with taking down terrorist leader Jan Nemic (Mark Ivanir).

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Once Upon a Time – Heroes and Villains

by Alan Rapp on December 17, 2014

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Once Upon a Time - Heroes and Villains

After wrapping up the Frozen arc last week, Once Upon a Time‘s mid-season finale bids farewell to both Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Anna (Elizabeth Lail) who return home to reclaim their kingdom, throw a wedding, and eat some chocolate. Of all the casting choices the show has made over its four seasons Haig and Lail are arguably the best at creating living versions of their animated counterparts. With that arc wrapped-up, the show turns its attention back to Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) who only moments before achieving everything he’s ever desired sees it all slip from his grasp as Belle (Emilie de Ravin) banishes her power-mad husband from Storybrooke forever (or at least until the show returns from mid-season hiatus).

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  • Title: The Librarians – And the Horns of a Dilemma
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The Librarians - And the Horns of a Dilemma

The series’ first episode without Flynn Carson (Noah Wyle) struggles a bit as the Librarians-in-Training go after an evil corporation which has recreated the maze of the Minotaur under its offices. Wyle’s abscence leaves the show without a central character to focus the adventure around as Eve (Rebecca Romijn) has her hands full in just keeping her charges alive and the distrust between Jake (Christian Kane) and Cassandra (Lindy Booth) continues to fester.

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Atlantis – The Day of the Dead

by Alan Rapp on December 16, 2014

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Atlantis - The Day of the Dead

Atlantis has zombies! Who knew? Picking up where the “The Marriage of True Minds” left off, the latest episode sees Jason (Jack Donnelly) make an uneasily alliance with Medea (Amy Manson) after their tumble down the pit leaves them surrounded by zombie soldiers raised from the dead by Pasiphae‘s (Sarah Parish) curse. His decision to trust his queen’s enemy, however, may well lead to the biggest regret of the champion’s life.

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Hawaii Five-0 – Ke Koho Mamao Aku

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ke Koho Mamao Aku
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ke Koho Mamao Aku

When a rodeo cowboy dies on a Martian training facility Five-0 is called in to investigate in an episode that takes the opportunity to explore some more exotic locales of the Hawaiian Islands including HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) and Kalapana Lava Gardens. Eventually the investigation uncovers a connection to a missing prized race horse whose worth it turns out is more than enough to kill for.

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Covert Affairs – Frontforwards

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

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  • Title: Covert Affairs – Frontforwards
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Covert Affairs - Frontforwards

Hoping to beat Aleksandre Belenko (Shawn Dowyle) to the only surviving member of Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) unit he hasn’t tortured and/or killed, Annie (Piper Perabo), Auggie, and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) head to Buenos Aires. Finding former CIA Agent James Decker (Kenny Johnson) in prison and discovering Belenko has used them to discover the location of his illusive prey, the three put their heads together to come up with a quick and dirty prison break scenario to get the former CIA agent of out prison before Belenko’s men can find him.

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  • Title: Elementary – The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction
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Elementary - The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction

While running into an old flame that makes her reconsider her current long-distance relationship, Watson (Lucy Liu) helps Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) on a case of a missing woman which becomes far more interesting than it initially appears. Connecting the disappearance of their client’s sister with several other unsolved crimes, all of which share one bizarre common characteristic (an odor of nutmeg found at the crime scene), Holmes deduces they aren’t looking for a single killer but an expert cleaner destroying any evidence of a crime scene the police might otherwise find.

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White Collar – Whack-A-Mole

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2014

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  • Title: White Collar – Whack-A-Mole
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White Collar - Whack-A-Mole

“Whack a Mole” sets up next week’s series finale as uncertainty and distrust creep back into Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter‘s (Tim DeKay) relationship. Finally realizing the scope of the Pink Panthers’ plan, Neal relies on the assistance of both Mozzie (Willie Garson) and Peter to come up with an alternative (i.e. far less violent) plan that will allow the FBI to swoop in and catch the group with $500 million in stolen cash. And then of course there’s Keller (Ross McCall) and his his Interpol handler (Isaach De Bankolé) one of whom will turn up dead during the Panthers’ hunt for a mole inside their organization.

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