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The Blacklist – Ian Garvey

by Alan Rapp on November 19, 2017

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The Blacklist - Ian Garvey television review

“Ian Garvey” ends the subplot of people playing hot potato with the mysterious suitcase, introduces a new player in Ian Garvey (Jonny Coyne), and ends with the (apparent) death of a major supporting character. The fall finale focuses on Tom‘s (Ryan Eggold) abduction as both Reddington (James Spader) and the FBI search separately for the man literally carrying a bag full of secrets. Tom will discover just why the bag of bones is so important, but that information is hidden from the audience allowing the mystery to continue. Given his death (again), we won’t be learning the secrets of the suitcase from Tom, but now that it is in the hands of one of Red’s enemies who plans on using it as leverage, I’d suspect we’ll learn the truth sooner or later.

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The Punisher – 3AM

by Alan Rapp on November 19, 2017

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The Punisher - 3AM television series

Aside from the opening and closing scenes, there’s little punishment dealt out in the first episode of Netflix’s The Punisher. Previously introducing in the Second Season of Daredevil, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) kills off the last couple members of the criminal organization tied to the murder of his wife and children. Months later, still haunted by his missing family (which he deals with by smashing walls into rubble) and hiding under an assumed identity as a construction worker, Frank is forced into action to help a co-worker (Lucca De Oliveira) who gets in over-his-head. Once he gets out, they pull him back in.

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  • Title: Justice League Action – Plastic Man of Steel
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Justice League Action - Plastic Man of Steel TV review

What’s Superman (Jason J. Lewis) to do when Lois Lane (Tara Strong) uncovers his secret identity? In a variation of a story we’ve seen played out in multiple formats over the years, “Plastic Man of Steel” sees Clark Kent call on Plastic Man (Dana Snyder) to stand-in for the Man of Steel to throw DCU’s best reporter off the story. Even if the sudden appearance of Lex Luthor (James Woods) is unexpected, and throws a temporary wrench into the charade, Plastic Man proves up to the challenge as the Plastic Man of Steel.

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The Flash – When Harry Met Harry…

by Alan Rapp on November 16, 2017

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The Flash - When Harry Met Harry... television review

The title of the latest episode comes from the B-story as Harry (Tom Cavanagh) reaches out to other versions of himself across the Multiverse in order to aid in the search for the illusive villain DeVoe (Neil Sandilands). While it will eventually bring the Flash (Grant Gustin) face-to-face with the much-discussed character for the first time, neither the quirky versions of Wells nor Cisco‘s (Carlos Valdes) rousing friendship speech can save the groan-worthy sequences (which are given far too much screentime).

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Lucifer – Off The Record

by Alan Rapp on November 16, 2017

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Lucifer - Off The Record TV review

Rather than focus on Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) or a specific crime of the week, “Off The Record” changes things up by centering an episode on someone effected by the Devil’s actions and becomes obsessed with proving just who and what Lucifer is. The fact that the reporter (Patrick Fabian) is Linda‘s (Rachael Harris) ex-husband, who is spurred on his revenge path by an oblivious Lucifer, adds fuel to the fire. Taken place over the course of multiple seasons, we watch Reese’s obsession grow until the man simply can’t take it any longer.

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