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Samurai Jack – Episode XCIV

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2017

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode XCIII
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Samurai Jack - Episode XCIV television review

“Episode XCIV” offers a return to form for our hero, a flashback to his childhood, a deadly battle with the Daughters of Aku in the middle of a snowstorm, and the return of the wolf from the previous episodes who gives Jack (Phil LaMarr) the help and time he needs to heal before his enemies come knocking at his door. Highlighted by the battle between Jack and the Daughters, the preceding respite gives the shattered samurai the strength to stand against his enemies (and allows the show to further show off the new enemies). The flashback to his father’s heroism and lessons about destiny turns out to be the cherry on top reminding Jack who he as a critical juncture where giving up could have been an easy choice. Taking out each Daughter with deadly efficiency, my only complaint is the episode’s cliffhanger ending leaving the fate of both the final Daughter and Jack in doubt, forcing us to wait an entire week for more Samurai Jack.

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Star Wars Rebels – Zero Hour

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2017

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Zero Hour
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Star Wars Rebels - Zero Hour TV review

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Using his knowledge of Agent Kallus‘ (David Oyelowo) treachery, Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) springs his trap and sends the fleet to Atollon as the Rebels prepare to attack Lothal. Using an Imperial blockage complete with Interdictors, Thrawn traps both Phoenix Squadron and General Dodonna‘s (Michael Bell) Massassi Group at Atollon as his forces push their advantage. In a last-ditch effort, Ezra (Taylor Gray) manages to escape the blockade and seek help from an old friend.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Stayin’ Alive / Evolution Rock
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“Flee tiny humans, flee from the vengeance of the Avengers! Their capacity for destruction is unparalleled. None share escape their wrath!”

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Stayin' Alive / Evolution Rock TV review

The buffoonish Peter Quill (Will Friedle) and the pals have their first run in with Earth’s mightiest heroes when the Guardians of the Galaxy discover that a group calling themselves the Avengers is in possession of Thanos‘ asteroid. Not willing to leave such dangerous technology on Earth, the Guardians liberate it from the Avengers leading to a big throwdown between two teams until eventually they realize they are all on the same side and must work together against the High Evolutionary (Nolan North) who threatens the Earth by tampering with the Avengers death ray satellite (something Drax is much in favor of, as is the idea of a group of vengeful heroes) and kidnaps Rocket (Trevor Devall), Groot, and Carol Danvers (Grey DeLisle).

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Arrow – Kapiushon

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2017

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  • Title: Arrow – Kapiushon
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Arrow - Kapiushon television review

“Kapiushon” proves to be on of Arrow‘s most brutal episodes. Captured by Prometheus (Josh Segarra), Oliver (Stephen Amell) spends nearly the entire episode being physically and psychologically tortured by a psychopath with an axe to grind. Spending equal times in flashbacks, the episode also show us some of Oliver’s darkest days in Russia with the Bratva and their war against Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren). While the logic of Chase’s plan is circumspect (does he really want to bring out Oliver’s murderous side, piss him off, and allow a more murderous Green Arrow come after him?), he does eventually score a win over Oliver by forcing him to admit a hard truth about himself.

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Legion – Chapter 7

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2017

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  • Title: Legion – Chapter 7
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Legion - Chapter 7 TV review

“Chapter 7” begins to offer answers. With David (Dan Stevens) and his friends still locked away in the mental institution of his mind, and David further segmented from the group in the deepest recesses of his mind, Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) now controls all. Working through his troubles with another aspect of himself, David is able to piece together some basic facts about himself and the other consciousness which has been with him nearly his entire life. For those waiting for Legion’s paternity to be revealed there’s an awfully big reveal here. As for Lenny, he/she finally has a name.

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