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  • Title: Beauty and the Beast – Bob & Carol & Vincent & Cat
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Beauty and the Beast - Bob & Carol & Vincent & Cat

While continuing to deal with the struggle of moving in together and planning their wedding, Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) also have to deal with the appearance of a pair of agents (Alan Van Sprang and Natasha Henstridge) from Homeland Security who show up to investigate the recent attacks that left one Federal agent dead and another in critical condition. Seeing an older version of themselves better at balancing work and home demands, Vincent and Catherine take an immediate liking to the pair who it turns out aren’t exactly who they appear to be.

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Community – Basic Email Security

by Alan Rapp on June 26, 2015

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  • Title: Community – Basic Email Security
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Community - Basic Email Security

Taking questionable action in the name of an equally questionable cause the Save Greendale Committee refuses to bow to pressure to remove a controversial comic from performing at the school under the threat that their email will be released to the entire student body if they fail to comply. The thin plot allows for the show’s remaining core group to learn just how their friends truly see them as the inevitable flare up explodes.

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Stitchers – I See You

by Alan Rapp on June 25, 2015

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  • Title: Stitchers – I See You
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Stitchers - I See You

“I See You” is the least-objectionable episode of Stitchers to date as Kirsten (Emma Ishta) enters the mind of a murdered peeping tom living in apartment below Cameron (Kyle Harris) hoping to find answers as to why he was killed. The set-up, and the twist revealing the unusual nature of the victim’s interaction to those he watched, give the episode a more interesting storyline to explore rather than a straightforward murder (although the final twist involving the human trafficking angle is so rushed it lacks the emotional weight necessary to make it all work).

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Clipped – Dreamers

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2015

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  • Title: Clipped – Dreamers
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Clipped - Dreamers

The subject of how long is too long to hold on to your dreams in the theme of Clipped’s second episode as Danni (Ashley Tisdale) and A.J. (Mike Castle) offer each other conflicting advice when Danni decides to give up on her dream of being a singer and A.J. is offered another minor league baseball tryout. Although A.J.’s words make Danni reconsider her decision she doesn’t realize how her negative influence upsets her friend who decides to throw in the towel on his lifelong dreams thanks to her advice. The episode also allows for Tisdale to show off her singing voice (in an odd song choice for an open mic night) while writing that talent into her character’s backstory.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Don’t Look Now
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“All roads lead back to Radley.”

Pretty Little Liars - Don't Look Now

As Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Jason (Drew Van Acker) struggle processing the news they had a mentally-deranged older brother who was institutionalized at Radley up until his death, the Liars search for proof that Charles DiLaurentis is indeed still alive. Their search is emboldened after a memory from Jason’s past suggests where Charles may have been staying, although the discovery of his brother’s grave gives the Liars pause as to the true story surrounding the forgotten member of the DiLaurentis family.

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  • Title: Sense8 – Smart Money’s on the Skinny Bitch
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Sense8 - Smart Money's on the Skinny Bitch

Capheus‘ (Aml Ameen) life takes a big turn when his attempts to get drugs for his sick mother sends him half-cocked after the gangsters who robbed his bus. Meanwhile around the world “Smart Money’s on the Skinny Bitch” introduces us further to Sun (Doona Bae), both in her job as and unappreciated member of her father’s firm and her secret life as an underground street fighter. It’s the later that proves useful to Capheus as he and Sun’s worlds momentarily merge allowing her not only to win her latest bout in the ring but also somehow give him the skills necessary to fight of an entire gang in the middle of the street halfway around the world.

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – The Siege of Lothal
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Star Wars Rebels - The Siege of Lothal

Season Two of Star Wars Rebels opens with a large space battle. Since we’ve seen them last the crew of the Ghost has joined the struggling Rebellion, a decision which doesn’t sit well with all members of the crew. Tricked into returning to Lothal to rescue Minister Tua (Kath Soucie) who offers them valuable intelligence for their assistance, the crew is lured into the first of two traps by Darth Vader (James Earl Jones).

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Stitchers – Connections

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2015

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  • Title: Stitchers – Connections
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Stitchers - Connections

Perhaps realizing how short of run the series is likely to have given the quality of writing so far Stitchers wastes no time to start pairing off characters into romantic relationships while beginning to explore the mystery of the lives who created the program and continuing to underline the dangers of it as Kirsten (Emma Ishta) becomes lost in her latest stitch unable to separate her own feelings from that of a victim (Hina Abdullah) whose husband (Michael Grant Terry) looks guilty for her murder.

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House of Cards – Chapter 28

by Alan Rapp on June 17, 2015

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  • Title: House of Cards – Chapter 28
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House of Cards - Chapter 28

Both of the Underwoods go into damage control mode in “Chapter 28.” Following her nomination, Claire‘s (Robin Wright) road to being nominated as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations begins with a poorly-worded response to questioning that creates a sound byte that all but kills her chances to be confirmed before she’s even begun. Frank (Kevin Spacey) is hit with his own bad news when the Democratic leadership informs him that they would prefer he not run for election in 2016 and if he chooses to do so he will do it without their support.

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Clipped – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on June 17, 2015

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  • Title: Clipped – Pilot
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Clipped - Pilot

TBS’ new summer comedy centers around a small barbershop in Charlestown, Massachusetts staffed by locales (many of whom grew up and went to school together). As is usually the case, the “Pilot” episode is a little rough in spots while spending time introducing audiences to the ensemble cast of characters: the lovely Danni (Ashley Tisdale), the failed baseball player A.J. (Mike Castle), the somewhat oblivious Joy (Lauren Lapkus), the spunky Charmaine (Diona Reasonover), the gruff Buzzy (George Wendt), and their diminutive boss Ben (Ryan Pinkston) who, in the first episode, attempts to get one of his friends to quit in order to pay for the rising insurance premiums.

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