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The Mysteries of Laura – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 18, 2014

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  • Title: The Mysteries of Laura – Pilot
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“I’m just a mother with a shiny badge, a loaded gun, and very little patience.”

The Mysteries of Laura - Pilot

Wow, I have to wonder how bad were the pilots NBC decided to pass on? Despite a likable star in Debra Messing and the surprise of Enrico Colantoni in a guest role as the main character’s superior officer, the “Pilot” episode of NBC’s adaptation of the Spanish television series Los misterios de Laura is awkward in its best moments (which are few and far between). Messing stars as recently separated single mom and Homicide Detective Laura Diamond who apparently will juggle the stress of a cliched version of motherhood involving terror twins (Charles Reina, Vincent Reina) and a doofus husband (Josh Lucas) while attempting to solve the murder of the week.

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Legends – Gauntlet

by Alan Rapp on September 18, 2014

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Legends - Gauntlet

Following the shootout and consequent car wreck, Martin (Sean Bean) and injured Dobson (Kirk Acevedo) find themselves arrested by Houston police and taken to a local hospital. Despite his reservations about the entire situation, Gates (Steve Harris) decides to back Martin’s off-book mission and dispatches Crystal (Ali Larter) and Tony Rice (Morris Chestnut) to Houston to discover just what the hell Martin has gotten himself involved in now and track down the military ordinance Dobson’s men were in possession of before Martin’s intervention.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Chinatown Ghost Story
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A Chinatown Ghost Story

After three foolish Purple Dragons release the spirit of an ancient Chinese sorcerer from a dagger they find themselves with an immediate power upgrade with control of lighting, thunder, and wind. Donatello (Rob Paulsen) and Casey Jones (Josh Peck) are forced to put the rivalry over April‘s (Mae Whitman) affections aside when Ho Chan (James Hong) chooses to dump the three idiots in favor of his new mindless soldiers: Leonardo (Jason Biggs), Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), and Raphael (Sean Astin).

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Doctor Who – Listen

by Alan Rapp on September 16, 2014

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  • Title: Doctor Who – Listen
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“What’s that in the mirror out of the corner of your eye? What’s that footstep following, but never passing by?”
“Did we come to the end of the universe because of a nursery rhyme?”

Doctor Who - Listen

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) enlists the help of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to test a theory that no one is ever alone. Given the nature of the universe, The Doctor believes that some unseen creature has perfected the ability to hide and observe unseen. It is this creature whom you are addressing to when you thing you are talking to yourself. Their journey is complicated when Clara throws the TARDIS off-course by reflecting on her bad first date with Danny (Samuel Anderson) leading her to meet the man as a scared young boy (Remi Gooding) decades before as well as Danny’s great-grandson, a time traveler lost at the end of the universe.

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Beware the Batman – Games

by Alan Rapp on September 15, 2014

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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Games
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“I’m not Bruce Wayne.”

Beware the Batman - Games

The return of Humpty Dumpty (Matt L. Jones) isn’t pleasant for Batman (Anthony Ruivivar), Katana (Sumalee Montano), Gordon (Kurtwood Smith), Mayor Grange (CCH Pounder), or Tobias Whale (Michael-Leon Wooley), all of whom awake to find themselves kidnapped and trapped in the middle of some diabolic game involving a murder mystery and plenty of traps and twists for each of the participants to solve.

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The Pretender – To Serve and Protect

by Alan Rapp on September 14, 2014

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  • Title: The Pretender – To Serve and Protect
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In a story that hits close to home involving a tragedy to a recently reunited family, Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) becomes a motorcycle cop in Miami to investigate the murder of a jewelry store guard shot during a robbery who was only just reunited with the father (Ellis Williams) he never knew. Although the officers (Charles Rocket, Jason Schombing) involved stated the man was robbing the store, Jarod immeadiately suspects there is far more to the story than they are letting on.

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Franklin & Bash – Deep Throat

by Alan Rapp on September 12, 2014

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  • Title: Franklin & Bash – Deep Throat
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Franklin & Bash - Deep Throat

When Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is approached by an old high school crush (Traci Dinwiddie) in need, Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash agree to defend the woman’s son (Devon Werkheiser) who is being threatened with expulsion given his recent article in the school paper suggesting the tampering of the prom queen vote. With the young man unwilling to retract the story or reveal his source Franklin and Bash are forced to think outside of the box to discover the truth, save the kid’s scholarship, and keep him out of jail for contempt of court.

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Legends – Rogue

by Alan Rapp on September 11, 2014

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Legends - Rogue

After teasing us with, but largely ignoring, the truth about Martin Odum (Sean Bean) for the show’s first few episodes in favor of FBI missions used to demonstrate both Martin’s unique skill-set and his mental state, “Rogue” finally begins to put the mystery of who Martin Odum really is front and center. Beginning with telling off his shrink (Linda Park) and enlisting the help of Maggie (Tina Majorino) to lead him to not one but two other members (Blake Robbins, Kirk Acevedo) of a secret American battalion which he may have been part of back in February of 2004, Odum goes off the reservation and assumes one of his legends in order to get some answers.

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Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood

by Alan Rapp on September 8, 2014

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  • Title: Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood
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Doctor Who - Robot of Sherwood

Allowing Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to choose the destination, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is flummoxed when her dream to meet the legendary Robin Hood (Tom Riley) produces exactly (more or less) what she suspects. Disbelieving everything about the fairy tale unfolding before his eyes, The Doctor sets out to discover what is really going on with Robin, his Merry Men, and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller) whose robotic soldiers are stealing gold from the local populace.

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Beware the Batman – Monsters

by Alan Rapp on September 8, 2014

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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Monsters
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Beware the Batman - Monsters

The arrival of a group of heavily armored and well financed thugs roaming the streets of Old Gotham, along with a mysterious savior whom the neighbor has dubbed their Golem, brings Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) and Katana (Sumalee Montano) to Gotham City’s poorest part of town. Unmasking Metamorpho (Adam Baldwin) as the Golem doesn’t stop the mercenaries working for the imprisoned Simon Stagg‘s (Jeff Bennett) daughter Sapphire (Emmanuelle Chriqui) nor the out-of-control District Attorney Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) intent on taking down the city’s vigilantes by any means necessary.

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