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Star Wars Rebels – Steps Into Shadow

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2016

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Steps Into Shadow
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Star Wars Rebels - Steps Into Shadow

Set a few years after the events of “Twilight of the Apprentice,” Star Wars Rebels begins its Third Season with an older Ezra (Taylor Gray) leading missions for the Rebellion, a blinded Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) spending most of his days in seclusion, and the Empire bringing in new resources to deal with the Rebel threat by enlisting the assistance of Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen). For the first time in the series the Rebels will be pitted against an Imperial officer willing to play the long game and not fall for the Rebels’ usual tricks. Since we’ve seen him last Ezra hasn’t grown any less reckless but he has grown more powerful in the Force thanks to the Sith Holocron which he’s kept secret from his master and shipmates but the changes in his demeanor haven’t gone unnoticed by his friends.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Makaukau ‘oe e Pa’ani?
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Hawaii Five-0 - Makaukau 'oe e Pa'ani?

Hawaii Five-0 returns for its Seventh Season with McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) both recovering from surgery. While Danny cautions taking things slow, McGarrett rushes full-on into the latest case involving a mysterious vigilante killing serial killers and leading Five-0 to the mens’ victims. Over the course of the episode Five-0 will discover multiple sets of victims while their new adversary will taunt them leaving two serial killers in the cops’ lap to find. As the case becomes a media circus McGarrett gets a personal call from the new Governor (Rosalind Chao) wanting to case dealt with as quickly, and quietly, as possible.

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The Good Place – Tahani Al-Jamil

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2016

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  • Title: The Good Place – Tahani Al-Jamil
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The Good Place - Tahani Al-Jamil

Eleanor Shellstrop’s (Kristen Bell) determination to prove that her neighbor Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamil) is an awful person leads her to spend some time with her neighbor, eventually admit her mistake, make a new friend, and discover that she isn’t the only member of The Good Place who doesn’t belong. Continuing to show us Eleanor’s selfish behavior before her death, “Tahani Al-Jamil” continues to allow the character to grow in the afterlife (while fighting her initial instincts). The discovery that Tahani’s silent soul mate Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) was also wrongly added to the community suggests Michael (Ted Danson) wasn’t ready to oversee his own heavenly suburb. It also raises the question, what else might be wrong?

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  • Title: Stranger Things – Chapter Three: The Body
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Stranger Things - Chapter Four: The Body

The search for the missing Will (Noah Schnapp) intensifies as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is able to contact him over the radio for Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and his friends. Making a comparison to Dungeons & Dragons, the boys conclude that Will is stuck in the Vale of Shadows – a dimension of decay and death Eleven calls the Upside-Down which is just outside their reach… unless someone opens a rift between the two realities. After giving Eleven a makeover the group heads to school to use the ham radio and attempt to talk with Will. They are able to do so, although they encounter their small victory over the bullies following the assembly will have some repercussions.

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The Blacklist – Esteban

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2016

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  • Title: The Blacklist – Esteban
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The Blacklist - Esteban

The search for Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), Tom (Ryan Eggold), and the baby begins. In Cuba, Reddington (James Spader) calls on the help of nefarious character, and secret CIA asset, Manuel Orentez Esteban (Paul Calderon) in hope locating Lizzie. The show’s writers go a bit overboard with the creepy eye-less Esteban who, desipite all his influence is limited in the help he can provide. Reddington and his team are too slow on multiple occasions to rescue Lizzie from Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen). While Tom fights an inglorious death in the middle of the jungle, Red and his team are able to at least temporarily rescue the baby, but even the team’s small victories prove short-lived.

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