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Emerald City – Science and Magic

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2017

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Emerald City - Science and Magic television review

The fourth episode of Emerald City reveals the identity of a the Tin Man to be Jack (Gerran Howell), who turns out to be less a dead boy then a living cyborg thanks to the intervention of a scientist (Gina McKee) and the interest of the mysterious Lady Ev (Stefanie Martini). In plot threads that mostly flounder, Tip (Jordan Loughran) is given the opportunity to join either Glinda (Joely Richardson) or West (Ana Ularu), but neither makes a very convincing case for their side, and the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) investigates the use of forbidden magic.

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Trial of the Darksaber
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Star Wars Rebels - Trial of the Darksaber TV review

Over the course of three seasons Star Wars Rebels hasn’t given us too many episodes that highlight the team’s weapon specialist. Sure, we’ve been given glimpses into her past by the appearance of her former bounty-hunter partner, and heard mentions of her clan, but for the most part Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) past has remained undeveloped. The recovery of the Darksaber begins to rectify this as Sabine is challenged to take control of the legendary weapon and use it to unify the remnants of Madalore once more.

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Sherlock – The Final Problem

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2017

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Sherlock - The Final Problem television review

There’s no crime for Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve in the Fourth Series finale. Instead the detective, his trusted partner, and brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) are pitted against the Holmes boys’ sister Eurus (Sian Brooke) who has managed to take control of her isolated prison and turn it into a house of riddles for her brothers. The episode also offers a return (of sorts) of Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott). It’s interesting television to be sure, but its also noticeably the furthest the show has strayed from Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ original stories and characters.

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The Good Place – Michael’s Gambit

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2017

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  • Title: The Good Place – Michael’s Gambit
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The Good Place - Michael's Gambit TV review

This changes everything. If you haven’t been keeping up with The Good Place, stop reading and catch-up because there is a major spoiler ahead for this First Season finale that turns the entire show on its head and (literally) resets everything. What a forking twist! Returning from the Middle Place with Jason (Manny Jacinto) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden), Eleanor (Kristen Bell) faces judgement at the hands of Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) who decrees that two people must leave the Good Place and he’ll leave it up to Eleanor, Jason, Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) to decide who stays and who goes.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Patriot

by Alan Rapp on January 19, 2017

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Patriot
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Patriot television review

An assassination attempt on Director Mace (Jason O’Mara) leads to the Director, Coulson (Clark Gregg), and Mack (Henry Simmons) being cut-off by the rest of the team and hunted by former Hydra agents. The return of (a well-funded but even less impressive version of) Hydra feels like a bit of a step back for the show. However, the episodes does include one important twist which will shake up the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy and return Coulson to his rightful spot in calling the shots. As for Mace, even if his abilities were cooked-up in a lab, the man knows how to frame and sell a story. It doesn’t look like the public face of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going anywhere anytime soon.

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