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Community – Ladders

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2015

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  • Title: Community – Ladders
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Community - Ladders

The first episode of the show’s Sixth Season introduces Paget Brewster as Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant brought in to join the Save Greendale Committee following the latest Greendale fiasco when the cafeteria roof collapses under the weight of one too many Frisbees. Starting out its first online season without half the original cast leaves the show feeling early on like a shadow of its former self but a ludicruous underground speakeasy later and its clear that the show is in good hands with Dan Harmon back behind the helm.

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  • Title: Battle Creek – Sympathy for the Devil
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Battle Creek - Sympathy for the Devil

The series finale reveals the pivotal moment of Milt’s (Tad Hamilton) FBI career when a figure from his past hellbent on revenge shows up in Battle Creek. Still trying to hide his past from his new colleagues, Milt requests only Russ’ (Dean Winters) help in locating the man who blew up his car (with Milt inside). With Milt hiding the truth, there’s no immediate back-up when both he and Russ are kidnapped by the would-be killer who has a personal grudge to settle with the FBI agent.

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  • Title: Daredevil – Rabbit in a Snowstorm
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Daredevil - Rabbit in a Snowstorm

Daredevil continues to develop the underworld of Hell’s Kitchen in another episode that touches on the unseen motives of a mysterious new player’s power grab. In terms of the season arc choices made here further basic plot points and character development in the increasing tension between Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), but it terms of logic for this episode “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” leaves more than a little to be desired as Wesley‘s (Toby Leonard Moore) recruitment of Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) to defend a killer (Alex Morf) of their organization on self-defense charges doesn’t in any way help the Kingpin (who had already bought the jury), certainly doesn’t do any damage to the lawyers, don’t make the case look any more legit (because absolutely no one is paying attention to it), and only further reveals pieces of the mysterious adversary for Daredevil to eventually hunt down and hear the name “Wilson Fisk” for the first time.

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Daredevil – Cut Man

by Alan Rapp on May 24, 2015

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Daredevil - Cut Man

“Cut Man” opens with a battered and bruised Daredevil (Charlie Cox) found by nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) who has heard the stories of a masked vigilante fighting for justice in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen and decides to attend to his wounds. The severity of the his wounds and Daredvil’s unwillingness to share anything about himself to his savior mean it takes quite some time before the second episode fills in the gaps as to what led Matt Murdock to be left in a dumpster for Claire to find.

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode I: The Beginning
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Samurai Jack - Episode I: The Beginning

Genndy Tartakovsky‘s vision of a time-displaced samurai warrior lost in a dystopian future ruled over by an all-powerful evil shape-shifting demon might be both the most unlikely and ingenious animated series ever to air on Cartoon Network. Episode I, which ends with Samurai Jack (Phil LaMarr) being sent into the future, is the only episode of the series to take place completely in the warrior’s own timeline. Introducing us to the evil that is Aku (Mako) and the young warrior who will grow into his greatest nemesis, “The Beginning” offers us glimpses of the samurai’s training around the globe following Aku’s return to power and enslavement over Jack’s home. To refer to these sequences as a montage would not do them justice as Tartakovsky transforms the young boy into the warrior fans will come to know and love with a collection visuals without the need for narration or a single word of dialogue.

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Daredevil – Into the Ring

by Alan Rapp on May 23, 2015

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  • Title: Daredevil – Into the Ring
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Daredevil - Into the Ring

With Arrow, The Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. all on hiatus after wrapping up their season finales I finally turn my attention to Netflix’s Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as the blind lawyer of Hell’s Kitchen who moonlights as a vigilante. “Into the Ring” introduces us to law partners Matt Murdock (Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) on their first day as practicing attorneys. The pair’s first client won’t ever see the inside of a courtroom, but Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) will help further develop the street-level underbelly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exposing us to the corruption to small to be noticed by S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers, and give us the third piece of the classic team of Nelson & Murdock.

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Human Target – Embassy Row

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2015

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Human Target - Embassy Row

In an episode that finds our hero poisoned and forced to break into a Russian Embassy to find a cure for both himself and an old friend’s dying brother “Embassy Row” introduces Emmanuelle Vaugier as my favorite recurring character of the entire series: FBI Agent Emma Barnes. The episode begins when Aaron Cooper (Firefly‘s Sean Maher) is given Christopher Chance’s (Mark Valley) number by his dying brother who knows Chance is the one man who may be able to save Aaron from a similar fate.

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iZombie – Mr. Berserk

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2015

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  • Title: iZombie – Mr. Berserk
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iZombie - Mr. Berserk

In an attempt to ignore Lowell’s (Bradley James) death, and the role she played in it, Liv (Rose McIver) jumps at the chance to eat an alcoholic reporter’s brains, drink away her sorrows, and get wrapped up in a corporate conspiracy involving a sports drink which drives a small percentage to murder (and played a role in the night which changed her life forever). Leading to plenty of drunk behavior, Liv’s latest meal also hyper-focuses her on a single story, while instilling a righteous fury and need to uncover the truth that nearly ends in her death (if she wasn’t, you know, already a zombie).

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Stalker – Love Kills

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2015

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  • Title: Stalker – Love Kills
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Stalker - Love Kills

Stalker‘s first, and only, season comes to a close by focusing on the two cases introduced in last week’s episode. Beth (Maggie Q) returns to work to help out the Threat Assessment Unit investigate Janice‘s (Mariana Klaveno) theory that there is a serial killer at work in the city targeting various objects of desire mentioned at a stalker support group. Despite the department’s disinterest in reopening some of the cases which they have already convicted others for the crimes, the stalker’s growing need and increasing body count forces the police to take the threat seriously.

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The Flash – Fast Enough

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – Fast Enough
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The Flash - Fast Enough

The choice. With the Flash (Grant Gustin) defeating the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) in last week’s episode the First Season finale deals with the fall-out of that victory and the chance Barry is offered by his mentor/arch-nemesis to change the past. Given the same opportunity in the comics Barry Allen leapt at the chance to save his mother from the Reverse-Flash without taking into account the consequences of such an action on both his own timeline and all of those whose lives he touched. In the comics Barry’s choice led to Flashpoint and a bizarre alternate reality eventually leading to the birth of DC’s New 52. The finale’s payoff is far more satisfying.

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