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  • Title: Dragons: Race to the Edge – Dragon Eye of the Beholder
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Dragons: Race to the Edge - Dragon Eye of the Beholder

Set before the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Netflix’ new series Dragons: Race to the Edge continues the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and their friends. The two-part opener “Dragon Eye of the Beholder” deals with the return of Dagur the Deranged (David Faustino) and his search for treasure in a ship graveyard in the dense fog bank near the edge of the Archipelago, a battle with a new dragon, and the introduction of a mysterious artifact which will propel Hiccup on new adventures over the course of the season’s 13 episodes.

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  • Title: Stitchers – A Stitcher in the Rye
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Stitchers - A Stitcher in the Rye

The latest episode of Stitchers not only introduces Kirsten (Emma Ishta) to the woman whose job she took over but also makes the new Stitcher aware that the program’s true purpose may not be to solve minds by romping through the memories of dead people. “A Stitcher in the Rye” begins with the murder of a former agent of the CIA turned conspiracy nut and food truck vendor (you know, basically a lateral career move). Discovering the man was in possession of Stitcher code sends Kirsten on a mission to find the mole within the group and leads her directly to Marta (Tiffany Hines) who attempts to impart some knowledge about the organization they both work for before she commits suicide because a member of the super-secret government organization she’s been trying to expose since waking from a coma asks her to.

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  • Title: Mr. Robot – eps1.0hellofriend.mov
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Mr. Robot - eps1.0hellofriend.mov

There are inherent strengths and weaknesses in any story presented from the point-of-view of an unreliable narrator. In that vein, USA Network’s latest stars Rami Malek as cyber-security tech Elliot Alderson who spends his off-work hours as an expert hacker. Struggling with social anxiety disorder, a contempt for corporations, a morphine habit, and a history of mental illness that includes hallucinations, Elliot is approached by a stranger (Christian Slater) who offers to make all of Elliot’s dreams come true by inviting the hacker into a select group whose target is to bring down one of the world’s largest corporations (which Elliot’s day job just so happens to offer a way in).

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Clipped – Go Below

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2015

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  • Title: Clipped – Go Below
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Clipped - Go Below

The possible romantic relationship between Danni (Ashley Tisdale) and A.J. (Mike Castle) which has been teased since the show’s “Pilot” takes center stage as a resurgence in feelings for her co-worker leads Danni to make a series of bad decisions starting with inventing an attraction between A.J. and Charmaine (Diona Reasonover) that doesn’t exist and ending with a second one-night stand with A.J. that leaves her even further from the relationship she obviously wants.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – She’s No Angel
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Pretty Little Liars - She's No Angel

“She’s No Angel” brings Lesli Stone (Elizabeth McLaughlin) back to Rosewood in an episode that further confuses the truth about Charles DiLaurentis by suggesting, not for the first time, that A might be a woman. Spencer‘s (Troian Bellisario) nightmares about a young girl she believes may have been kept in the dollhouse leads her and Hanna (Ashley Benson) back to Radley where Spencer’s dream comes more into focus and, thanks to Mona (Janel Parrish), the pair make an important discovery linking Lesli to both Radley and Charles.

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  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Ambush
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Ambush

The first episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars builds on the setting introduced in the feature film set between the events of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Rather than center around Anakin (Matt Lanter) and his young padawan, “Ambush” is a separate Yoda (Tom Kane) adventure as the Jedi Master travels to the system of Toydaria in hopes of forming an alliance. Beaten there by Count Dooku‘s (Corey Burton) emissary Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman) and an entire Droid Army, Yoda finds himself in a contest against the Separatists to win the support of King Katuunko (Brian George).

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  • Title: Atlantis – A Fate Worse Than Death
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Atlantis - A Fate Worse Than Death

Despite recent events (which is mostly ignored) and turmoil within her own court on her decision, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) announces her plans to wed Jason (Jack Donnelly). Unwilling to see her son take the throne, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) makes a bold to kidnap and murder The Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) before she can announce the Gods blessing of the union. To do show she will take advantage of Medusa (Jemima Rooper) and use the Gorgon’s ability to turn the Oracle to stone.

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Olympus – Door to Olympus

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2015

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  • Title: Olympus – Door to Olympus
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Olympus - Door to Olympus

With The Mercenary (Tom York) having completed all three of the sacrifices required of him, Medea (Sonita Henry) makes a sacrifice of her own giving her body and soul over to Circe in exchange for the witch leading the small band to the door of Olympus. Along the way the group will be set on by Furies and Hermes (Michael Daingerfield) before eventually leading back to where the journey began at the temple of the Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) who is far less sure of helping The Mercenary fulfill his destiny than when they first started their adventure.

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Rookie Blue – Open Windows

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2015

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  • Title: Rookie Blue – Open Windows
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Rookie Blue - Open Windows

Rookie Blue returns for its Sixth Season (with episodes technically shot for the second-half the show’s truncated Fifth Season) as Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Sam (Ben Bass) return from their romantic vacation to face new challenges. On their first night back Sam discovers Marlo (Rachael Ancheril) is four months pregnant with his child while Andy is attacked by a serial rapist in Traci‘s (Enuka Okuma) apartment (who was the attacker’s original target). To the surprise of no longtime viewer of the show, Andy and Sam’s romantic bliss certainly didn’t last long.

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Killjoys – Bangarang

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2015

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  • Title: Killjoys – Bangarang
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Killjoys - Bangarang

Set sometime in the indeterminate future, “Bangarang” introduces us to a pair of bounty hunters traveling through space together to hunt down the prey assigned to them by an oversight organization known as RAC. We learn in the show’s pilot episode that somewhere along the way the more experienced Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) decided to take John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) under her wing and turn him from a small-time thief into a bounty hunter. In the first episode the show also introduces us to the show’s third regular character: John’s brother D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane), a former soldier with a bounty on his head who John is determined to help even if it puts both himself and his partner in danger.

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