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The Good Place – The Trolley Problem

by Alan Rapp on October 22, 2017

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  • Title: The Good Place – The Trolley Problem
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The Good Place - The Trolley Problem television review

Possibly better than any other show currently on television, The Good Place knows how to write itself out of potential issues and provide twists to what is a very simple premise with (presumably) limited story options. The end of the First Season dropped the bomb shell of where Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends are truly living while Season Two has kept viewers on their toes with the demons trying (and failing) to hoodwink the damned foursome again. Michael‘s (Ted Danson) decision to team-up with the group was another such twist, the fallout of which provides some of the best moments of the season so far.

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  • Title: SEAL Team – Ghosts of Christmas Future
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SEAL Team - Ghosts of Christmas Future TV review

Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his team head to Estonia to grab a Serbian war criminal turned weapon supplier who Mandy’s (Jessica Paré) mentor (Brian Howe) has been after most of his career. The already complicated snatch-and-grab is made even harder when one of the target’s bodyguards turns out to know Jason, his team, and their methods. Things don’t get any easier for Mandy when she discovers her old friend is so invested in the operation he has played fast and loose with the facts to get her team to put themselves in a dangerous position. The CIA intrigue is a nice twist while once again the action in the field, the planning, and necessary improvisation, all play to the show’s strengths.

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Legends of Tomorrow – Freakshow

by Alan Rapp on October 19, 2017

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  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Freakshow
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Legends of Tomorrow - Freakshow TV review

Trying to prove their worth, and using a list of time anachronisms stolen from Rip Hunter‘s (Arthur Darvill) new organization, the Legends head back to a circus in 1870 where they turn a low-level disturbance into something far more dangerous before eventually saving time once more. Given that the threat involves a sabertooth tiger out of its natural element, the group also decides to call on the help of Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) whose reasons for returning to the past are finally explained. Most of the humor is at the expense of our main characters, as they make a situation ten times worse before making things better, but that seems to be the theme of the show’s Third Season which I’m happy enough to see continue (and I still think Booster Gold would fit in perfectly as a Legend).

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The Flash – Mixed Signals

by Alan Rapp on October 18, 2017

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  • Title: The Flash – Mixed Signals
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The Flash - Mixed Signals TV review

If Iris (Candice Patton) ruins Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) new-found lighter outlook on life I may not forgive the character, or the show’s writers. While relationship issues seep their way into both the main story involving Barry and Iris and the B-story involving Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), the threat of the week comes in the form of the meta-human Ramsey Deacon (Dominic Burgess), loosely based of the DC Comics’ character Kilg%re. With a power to manipulate technology, the villain begins targeting his former associates who cut him out of the sale of lucrative technology he helped invent. Attempting murder by elevator, car, and insulin pump, the bad guy turns whatever tech he can find into a weapon – including Cisco’s new upgrades to Barry’s suit.

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The Gifted – eXodus

by Alan Rapp on October 18, 2017

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The Gifted - eXodus television review

“eXodus” answers a couple of questions for viewers. First, we learn how far Reed (Stephen Moyer) is willing to go in order to protect his family and what lines he won’t cross. And second, we learn the identity of the mutant underground’s morally ambiguous character (pretty much every version of the X-Men has at least one). While the overall season plot isn’t advanced much further, the show continues to reinforce basic ideas (humans all bad, government all bad, every mutant is reasonably good… at least so far) as Kate‘s (Amy Acker) attempts to get her family’s help only lead to more trouble for everyone involved. We also see the increased aggression in Andy (Percy Hynes White) and it seems as if the show’s writers have already decided on the character prancing down the road to super-villainy at a good pace.

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