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Altered Carbon – Force of Evil

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2018

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  • Title: Altered Carbon – Force of Evil
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Altered Carbon - Force of Evil TV review

The fourth episode of Altered Carbon puts the murder investigation on hold, where it will continue to simmer as only a minor priority for the rest of the season. Captured at the end of the last episode, “Force of Evil” features Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) being forcibly tortured by Dimi (Michael Eklund) who has mistakenly taken him for the person who used to walk around in his new body. In order to withstand the torture, Kovacs thinks back on his training as an envoy which begins to fill in the character’s backstory a bit more and help explain why he’s such a bad ass to be reckoned with. As in his training, eventually our protagnoist will gain control of the simulation and take advantage of his captors leaving several dead bodies in his wake once he makes it back to the real world. Dimi will stick around and be a minor thorn in our character’s side until the true antagonist of the series is revealed.

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Legends of Tomorrow – Here I Go Again

by Alan Rapp on February 21, 2018

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  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Here I Go Again
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Legends of Tomorrow - Here I Go Again TV review

The latest episode of Legends of Tomorrow sticks Zari (Tala Ashe) in a “Hedgehog Day” time-loop as an unfortunate side-effect to her tampering with the ship. While not as clever as Dark Matter‘s “All the Time on the World,” the show’s writers have fun with the concept which allows a frustrated Zari to get to know her crewmates (who are stuck in ridiculous ABBA costumes for most of the episode) better as she fails to save them each time before the Waverider explodes and time resets once again. The actual explanation of her predicament also allows for Gideon (Amy Louise Pemberton) to take physical form.

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Star Wars Rebels – Jedi Night

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2018

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Jedi Night
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Star Wars Rebels - Jedi Night television review

Star Wars Rebels returns from hiatus with the rescue of Hera (Vanessa Marshall) from the Empire and a farewell to one of the show’s core characters. While ordering Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) back to the core feels like a bit of a cheat to keep the stench of failure off his hands, the small Lothal rebels do complete their mission in rescuing a drugged, tortured, but still spirited, Hera from the Empire. As to the loss, there is plenty of foreshadowing in the episode, such as giving control of the rescue mission to Ezra (Taylor Gray) and the emotional moments between the former Jedi and the Ghost’s captain, and actually even more in the episodes leading up to “Jedi Night,” that Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) may be the first Rebel to fall. That said, the show does the character proud with his heroic sacrifice to complete the mission and make sure that his friends made it out alive.

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Children of a Tempest Storm
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Spenser for Hire - Children of a Tempest Storm television review

Our Throwback Tuesday takes us back to 80s Boston for another episode of Spenser: For Hire. “Children of a Tempest Storm” is an early stand-out episode featuring a pair of stories without easy answers or simple solutions. The episode opens with Spenser (Robert Urich) killing a small-time hitman only to discover the man had left a pair of young children (Noah Moazezi and Judith Tannen) behind who Spenser decides to temporarily take-in until a long-term solution. Over the course of the episode several other attempts on Spenser’s life will be made which our intrepid gumshoe eventually tracks back to the incarcerated King Powers (Chuck Connors) who, even from behind bars, is looking to take his revenge. The storyline ends in true Spenser style with the P.I. blackmailing the criminal to get money for the orphans and stop having to dodge bullets from every hitman attempting to make good on the contract on Spenser’s head.

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Beyond – Bedposts

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2018

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  • Title: Beyond – Bedposts
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Beyond - Bedposts television review

“Bedposts” continues the them of Holden (Burkely Duffield) and Willa (Dilan Gwyn) getting along better with others than each other as Willa hangs out with Luke (Jonathan Whitesell) and Holden spends time with Charlie (Eden Brolin). When both pairs end up at the same bowling alley arcade, awkwardness ensues and truths are revealed. However, the main conflict of the episode is saved for the final five minutes as Diego (Oscar Camacho) finally catches up to Holden, leading to some serious destruction at the bowling alley long after his friends had abandoned the show’s protagonist.

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