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Human Target – Run

by Alan Rapp on January 19, 2017

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Human Target - Run television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to another episode from the First Season of Human Target. In “Run,” Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) attempts to protect District Attorney Allyson Russo (Kristin Lehman) and her quest to take down of a corrupt criminal empire with the help of a confidential informant who also happens to be her father (William B. Davis). In this instance keeping his client alive means going on the run from gangsters and corrupt cops who have much to lose if the old man decides to turn his ledger over the District Attorney. Adding a challenge to the chase is a tracker unknowingly swallowed by the client, something Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) helps with, and her her choice to keep her familial connection with her informant secret.

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Lucifer – Stewardess Interruptus

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2017

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  • Title: Lucifer – Stewardess Interruptus
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Lucifer - Stewardess Interruptus TV review

After Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Detective Decker‘s (Lauren German) first attempt to share a moment is interrupted by one of the Devil’s fuckbuddies, a stewardess (Jennifer Cheon) who later turns up dead, Chloe begins to quickly reconsider falling for Lucifer. When not one but two murders turn out to be both former lovers, and leads to the discovery of Lucifer’s extremely stalkerish #1 fan (Diana Bang), things get even icy between the pair which culminates in a police interrogation of all of Lucifer’s recent affairs. The show brilliantly turns the scene from he litany of lovely ladies praising Lucifer’s skill in the sack (as Lucifer proudly prances about) to cutting out his legs from underneath him when admitting their was no emotional connection at all.

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  • Title: Emerald City – Mistress – New Mistress
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Emerald City - Mistress - New Mistress TV review

Three episodes in I can already see a problem with Emerald City and how each story is constructed. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is the stand-in for the audience. As she is introduced to the bizarre new world so are we. We never learn information or specifics about Oz which Dorothy herself isn’t subject to. The construction of Emerald City, which feels much more like a book with different chapters from different characters’ point-of-view, proves problematic as it chooses instead for a rotating narrative as we see the world from the perspectives of Dorothy, but also the Wizard, the witches, and Tip. While this might help balance the screentime for the series’ cast, it creates a less cohesive narrative structure.

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  • Title: Timeless – The World’s Columbian Exposition
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Timeless - The World's Columbian Exposition television review

While I enjoyed some of the groundwork laid in the first couple episodes of Timeless, the show didn’t grab me enough to keep my interest week to week. Checking back in after a few episodes, I discover Lucy (Abigail Spencer) is the prisoner of Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) who has abducted the historian to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair in hopes of forcing Lucy to help him kill three important members of the secret organization known as Rittenhouse: Thomas Edison (Link Baker), Henry Ford, and J.P. Morgan (Marcus Hondro). To keep Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) out their hair, Flynn’s men lead the other time travelers into the World’s Fair Hotel, better known as the Murder Castle and home to notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes (Joel Johnstone).

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The Librarians - And the Fatal Separation TV review

Heading into next week’s season (possibly series?) finale, The Librarians continues to weave in pieces from the original Librarian movies. For this week that means both the return of Charlene (Jane Curtin) and Flynn (Noah Wyle) and company heading to Shangri-La (last seen in the The Librarian: Quest for the Spear). There’s actually quite a bit happening in this episode including Eve (Rebecca Romijn) learning that her old mentor is running D.O.S.A. – and wants Eve to switch sides, Stone (Christian Kane) getting some weapons training to help make sense of why he’s had an increasingly strong Elliot Spencer vibe the last-half of this season, Cassandra (Lindy Booth) getting used to her new gift, and the show saying goodbye to one of the franchise’s oldest characters (and foreshadowing the departure of another).

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