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Longmire – Population 25

by Alan Rapp on July 16, 2014

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  • Title: Longmire – Population 25
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Longmire - Population 25

Sometime coincidence can get you into all kinds of trouble. That’s the case for Vic (Katee Sackhoff) in “Population 25″ when she and her husband Sean (Michael Mosley) are stranded on the side of the road a few miles out of town on their way to a romantic weekend. Things take a dark turn when the deputy goes for help by knocking on the first door she sees which just happens to be owned by the paranoid Chance Gilbert (Peter Stormare) and his cult of followers who don’t believe a word of Vic’s story and promptly take the deputy hostage. Although it casts Vic as a victim for the entire episode, “Population 25″ offers an opportunity for Sackhoff to show-off her acting chops and provides a memorable ending that leaves the fate of the show’s title character in (at least a little) doubt.

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  • Title: 24: Live Another Day – Part 12
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24: Live Another Day - 10pm - 11pm

24: Live Another Day comes to an end with a final confrontation between Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) while the United States and China race towards war and Kate (Yvonne Strahovski) makes a desperate attempt to save Audrey (Kim Raver) from Zhi’s men. Although war will be averted, and Jack will exact a measure of revenge on his old enemy, it won’t be without a cost as the season comes to a close with the death of a major character and Jack Bauer trading his life for another leaving the American super-agent back in harms way and the door open to another possible return sometime in the near future.

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Star Trek – Mudd’s Women

by Alan Rapp on July 14, 2014

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  • Title: Star Trek – Mudd’s Women
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Star Trek - Mudd's Women

Chasing down an unregistered starship refusing to answer their hails, the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew are unprepared for what they find aboard. “Mudd’s Women” introduces Harry Mudd, the captain of the ship with an unusual cargo of three exceptionally beautiful young women (Karen Steele, Maggie Thrett, Susan Denberg) for whom the less-than-reputable space trader is attempting to arrange marriages which would be beneficial to them and lucrative for Mudd.

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  • Title: The Adventures of Batman – How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow?
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Batman - How Many Herrings in a Wheelbarrow?

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen and The Adventures of Batman. Batman (Olan Soule) and Robin (Casey Kasem) are initially confused by the Joker‘s (Larry Storch) bizarre crime spree. Breaking into secure locations only to steal items of no consequence including a wheelbarrow leads the Dynamic Duo back to the Batcave to think hard on what the criminal might actually be up to.

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Rookie Blue – Going Under

by Alan Rapp on July 13, 2014

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  • Title: Rookie Blue – Going Under
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Rookie Blue - Going Under

With Duncan (Matthew Owen Murray) not willing to accept his suspension and filing a complaint against both her and the department Andy (Missy Peregrym) is yanked from an undercover assignment at the last minute. While she helps Swarek (Ben Bass) with a low-impact missing persons case, Epstein (Gregory Smith) and Diaz (Travis Milne) take her place in the hopes of arresting whoever has been illegally selling guns to local college students.

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The Pretender – Mirage

by Alan Rapp on July 13, 2014

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  • Title: The Pretender – Mirage
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The Pretender - Mirage

“Mirage” takes Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) to skydiving school where he becomes the newest instructor and learns about ice cream for the first time. While investigating the apparently accidental death of one partner’s of the company, in an attmept to bring some relief and justice to the man’s widow and unborn child, Jarod takes a hard look at the school’s other partner (Kate Hodge) who took advantage of the man’s yearly survival trip by poisoning the skydiver’s canteen with a psychotropic that led directly to his lengthy and confused demise.

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Batman – Beware the Gray Ghost

by Alan Rapp on July 12, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Beware the Gray Ghost
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Batman - Beware the Gray Ghost

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with one of the best episodes from Batman: The Animated Series. Written specifically for Adam West, Beware the Gray Ghost stands out for far more reasons than just its perfectly-cast guest-star. The episode offers insight into young Bruce Wayne‘s (Kevin Conroy) childhood heroes and is one of the only episodes in any Batman animated series to showcase happy flashbacks to a time before the murder of Bruce’s parents.

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  • Title: Wander Over Yonder – The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!
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The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!

After finding a single sock in the street Wander insists he and Sylvia search until they discover its missing owner. Like many of the most enjoyable episodes of Wander Over Yonder, “The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!” features Wander latching onto a simple, good-hearted idea without ever considering how much work will be involved in seeing it through to the end.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Alan Rapp on July 12, 2014

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  • Title: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprise hit in attempting to reboot the Planet of the Apes series by explaining how the seeds of humanity’s destruction were sewn and the steps which led the apes to eventually become the dominant species on the planet. The first film has a few plot holes that still nag me, and although I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes it hasn’t been a story I’ve returned to or have given much thought to seeing expanded in sequels.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has many of the same strengths and weaknesses of the first film with the sly observations on gun violence, race relations, and how militant individuals can spur on a war which isn’t necessary or beneficial for either side. It also has the same types of nagging plot issues that Rise was saddled with as the script relies on some awfully stupid decision making by characters acting against their own interests (such as including a militant human, a one-note character played by Kirk Acevedo, who just shot one of the apes as part of a diplomatic mission the success on which humanity’s survival hinges).

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Graceland – Magic Numbers

by Alan Rapp on July 11, 2014

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  • Title: Graceland – Magic Numbers
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Graceland - Magic Numbers

While Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) and Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) attempt to ease their guilt by providing for Pantillo’s widow Kelly (Brianna Brown) by taking on a dangerous, an not-all-together legal, endeavor involving a would-be heroin supplier, Mike (Aaron Tveit) begins to have second thoughts on keeping Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) in the house when the agent’s drunken depression nearly costs them their last attempt to connect the Solano Cartel to the buses uses to smuggle drugs into the United States.

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