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iZombie – Conspiracy Weary

by Alan Rapp on June 22, 2017

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iZombie - Conspiracy Weary television review

Heading into the two-part season finale, “Conspiracy Weary” features Liv (Rose McIver), Blaine (David Anders), and Don E (Bryce Hodgson) all on Zombie Truther conspiracy brains. While the joke gets a bit stale by the end of the episode, the single scene of the three arguing and building conspiracies off each other’s wild theories is pretty damn entertaining (as is the visual of the unlikely threesome sharing a brain following the rescue of Don E). Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) attempting to wrangle the three to solve his homicide turns out to be about as helpful as it sounds. Love takes a double whammy in this episode as Major (Robert Buckley) discovers a disturbing truth about Shawna (Sarah Jurgens) and Ravi‘s (Rahul Kohli) decision to tell Rachel (Ella Cannon) more about zombies turns out to have unintended consequences for all involved. One thin is sure heading into the season’s finale two episodes, the truth about zombies isn’t going to stay hidden much longer.

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  • Title: Shadowhunters – Those of Demon Blood
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Shadowhunters - Those of Demon Blood TV review

When Shadowhunters begin showing up dead from apparent attacks by werewolves, vampires, and warlocks some believe that the downworlders are taking revenge for recent events. The Claive’s overreaction of first demanding DNA samples and then attempting to forcibly implant GPS tracking chips in all downworlders only raises tension even further and even raises trust issues between the Shadowhunters and their closest friends. After starting the ball rolling, Inquisitor Herondale (Mimi Kuzyk) leaves events and the Institute in the hands of Jace (Dominic Sherwood) who Clary (Katherine McNamara) can’t believe is so willing to go along with his new mother’s edicts. The themes of the episode are a big hamfisted, but they do reinforce the fragile truce between the various groups and the underling resentments ready to boil over at even the smallest provocation.

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  • Title: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Home One
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The Freemaker Adventures - Home One TV revoew

Season two of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures begins with the Freemakers finding a new home with the Rebellion. While the humans prove their value with repairs and ability to trade for parts, Roger (Matthew Wood) ends up getting into trouble (although one of his stunts does earn him a medal when he unintentionally helps the Rebel Fleet take down a Star Destroyer). Another of Roger’s screw-ups gets both the robot and Rowan (Nicolas Cantu) involved in a bombing run. Even Zander (Eugene Byrd) gets some short-lived glory by taking down an entire squadron of TIE Fighters… before blowing himself up.

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  • Title: Dark Matter – Welcome to the Revolution
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Dark Matter - Welcome to the Revolution television review

A distress call from their handler Tabor (David Hewlett) leads the crew of the Raza to a mining colony on the edge of revolt against their corporate overlords. With Tabor nowhere to be seen, the crew meet his replacement Adrian (Mishka Thébaud). With no one to rescue, Two (Melissa O’Neil) wants to get off the rock as soon as possible, but Six (Roger Cross) can’t help but insinuate himself into the friction between the corporate guards and the workers which leads to even further complications when blood is spilled on both sides and the force behind the more militant group of workers is revealed to be the General (Andrew Jackson).

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Powerless – Win, Luthor, Draw

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2017

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Powerless - Win, Luthor, Draw TV review

Cancelled because it was too smart, funny, and interesting compared to the rest of NBC’s current line-up, one of the remaining unaired episodes of Powerless hit he Internet this weekend. Featuring Adam West (who previously provided the narration for the show’s pilot episode) in a guest-role as Wayne Enterprises Chairman West, the episode marks one of the actor’s last appearances before his death. While the circumstances for the episode finally seeing the light of day are unfortunate, the episode is one of the show’s best and gives us glimpse at where the show could have gone in further exploring the DCU had it not been cancelled.

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