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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Good Samaritan
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Laws of Inferno Dynamics TV review

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hits the halfway point of its season with “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics” which wraps up the extended arc featuring Ghost Rider with a final confrontation between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) and the increasingly powerful Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga). The dire situation does call for S.H.I.E.L.D. to put all its meta-human resources in the field, and while Daisy (Chloe Bennet), Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), and the Director (Jason O’Mara) each have a part to play, in the end it comes down to Coulson (Clark Gregg) buying Robbie enough time to end the situation. The episode also has a odd piece of fan service with a mention of Ghost Rider’s previous host, which doesn’t seem to track with S.H.I.E.L.D. not knowing (and not believing) the truth about how Robbie’s powers work for almost the entire season. While a nice nod to fans, the scene seems completely out of place (as does the team’s bitch session about their boss in the middle for prepping to save Los Angeles from nuclear destruction).

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The Flash – The Present

by Alan Rapp on December 7, 2016

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  • Title: The Flash – The Present
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The Flash - The Present television review

For its Christmasy mid-season finale The Flash pulls out all the stops and delivers the best episode of the season so far. Along with Barry (Grant Gustin) and company discover Julian‘s (Tom Felton) secret, the episode enlightens the viewers on who Savitar is and why it seems he’s targeted Barry. With Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Barry burying the hatchet during the Invasion! crossover, here Barry and Julian are able to make peace as well, and finally all of Team Flash gets on-board with Wally joining the family business. God bless us, everyone! All that plus a guest-appearance from as Jay Garrick, and even a cameo from Mark Hamill, what more could you want for Christmas?

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Wish You Were Here
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Once Upon a Time - Wish You Were Here

The season’s mid-season finale will send Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to the Enchanted Forest, see the end of Jasmine (Karen David) and Aladdin‘s (Deniz Akdeniz) tale (at least for now), and finally reveal the identity of the villain who kills Emma in her visions. Getting control of the magic lamp, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) sends Emma to a timeline where she never became the Savior, grew up in the Enchanted Forest as a princess, and was never forced to become Storybrooke’s hero. Realizing that she too has control of the lamp, Regina (Parrilla) makes a wish to send herself to the reality where she is immediately mistaken for the Evil Queen (a role she is forced to resume in order to force Emma to realize the truth). Despite accomplishing the goals and finding a way home, the pair remain in the alternate reality in the first of two big twists as Regina comes face-to-face with someone she never expected to see again.

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The Librarians and the Reunion of Evil

by Alan Rapp on December 5, 2016

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  • Title: The Librarians – And the Reunion of Evil
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The Librarians and the Reunion of Evil

What was supposed to be a simple artifact retrieval turns into anything but for Stone (Christian Kane) and Cassandra (Lindy Booth) who, after retrieving the crystal, are forced to take shelter from a storm in a lodge full of Norse Frost Giants whose hatred of humans is only slightly less potent than their desire to feed from the crystal’s power. Meanwhile, back in the Library, Ezekiel (John Kim) proves Eve‘s (Rebecca Romijn) trust in him correct, both by protecting the egg of the Lochness Monster and in providing valuable intelligence for their missing Librarians (all while appearing to be doing nothing but slacking off as usual).

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Star Wars Rebels – An Inside Man

by Alan Rapp on December 5, 2016

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – An Inside Man
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Star Wars Rebels - An Inside Man

After a few weeks of the show getting lost in various sidestories, “An Inside Man” gets back to basics with the Ghost‘s return to Lothal. Based on the intelligence provided by Morad (Liam O’Brien) about a hush-hush project, Ezra (Taylor Gray) and Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) sneak inside the factory to learn more. Sadly, the rebellious actions of Morad and his co-conspirators bite the Rebels in the ass and the most inconvenient time as Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) arrives in order to investigate the recent sabotage of Imperial weapons and vehicles and punish those responsible.

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