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Elementary – Alma Matters

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2016

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  • Title: Elementary – Alma Matters
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Elementary - Alma Matters

Two weeks after a murder mistakenly believed to be the work of a home robbery crew, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) begin an investigation into the case not brought to them through the NYPD but by a social worker who believes there’s far more to the dead man’s story than meets the eye. A whistleblower against a private college with questionable practices, the victim was killed on the eve of testimony that could have cost the university millions. When the social worker turns up dead, and an innocent man seems willing to take the fall for the murder, the detectives know there’s certainly mischief afoot.

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  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Pilot, Part 2
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow - Pilot, Part 2

The second-half of the Pilot episode of Legends of Tomorrow sends the group into the 1970s in search of Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). Ignoring the words of caution from Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who has already lied to them once, the time-travelers attempt to take out Savage on their own… with disastrous results. Before the close of the episode the team’s number will be trimmed by one but their resolve will be hardened as Savage succeeds in killing off one member of the group only to make the whole that much stronger.

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  • Title: Second Chance – From Darkness, The Sun
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“Why does he think he’s my father?”

Second Chance - From Darkness, The Sun

Believing Jimmy (Robert Kazinsky) has information helpful to his latest case and is his brother, but still having questions about the unusual sample of his DNA, Duval (Tim DeKay) allows his “brother” to help investigate the spoiled sociopathic son (Adam DiMarco) of a rich CEO (Martin Donovan) who is responsible for multiple murders for no other reason than boredom and to get daddy’s attention. The situation will end in Duvall catching a killer and getting more answers than he bargained for.

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Wander Over Yonder – The Bad Hatter

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2016

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  • Title: Wander Over Yonder – The Bad Hatter
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Wander Over Yonder - The Bad Hatter

When it falls into the hands of Lord Hater (Keith Ferguson) we get a little backstory of Wander‘s (Jack McBrayer) magic hat and how such a powerful item fell into the wanderer’s possession. While control of a hat that can give them whatever it needs drives both Hater and Peepers (Tom Kenny) increasingly mad, Sylvia (April Winchell) does what she can to try and cheer up her best pal by finding Wander a different hat. As is the cusom of the show, “The Bad Hatter” not only shows us why Wander needs his hat but why the hat needs an owner like Wander. In the end Wander and his prized possession are reunited allowing his wandering to continue once more.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – The Gloves are On
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Pretty Little Liars - The Gloves are On

Five Years Forward continues to reintroduce characters in “The Gloves are On” as Hanna (Ashley Benson) turns to Lucas (Brendan Robinson) for help after the police begin questioning her mother about the missing footage from the hotel which Hanna erased, Emily (Shay Mitchell) becomes increasingly paranoid after noticing Sara Harvey (Dre Davis) shadowing her around town, and Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) immediately notices the obvious chemistry between Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) which will finally prove to be the push the pair need to act on their feelings.

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Shadowhunters – Dead Man’s Party

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2016

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  • Title: Shadowhunters – Dead Man’s Party
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Shadowhunters - Dead Man's Party

The kidnapping of Simon (Alberto Rosende) by vampires allows the series to introduce more supporting characters to the series, primarily those of Camille (Kaitlyn Leeb), the leader of the vampire clan responsible for the abduction, and Melilorn (Jade Hassouné), a faerie and Isabelle‘s (Emeraude Toubia) occasional friend with benefits. From the final scene it’s obvious that Simon’s time with the vampires has left their mark on him, although our heroes have yet to figure that out just yet.

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – The Protector of Concord Dawn
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Star Wars Rebels - The Protector of Concord Dawn

After Hera (Vanessa Marshall) is injured while acting on Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) plan to negotiate with Mandalorians whose planet could offer the Rebellion an alternate hyperspace route to Lothal, Sabine stows away on Kanan’s follow-up mission. While the Jedi attempts once again to appeal to the Mandalorian leader Fenn Rau, Sabine provides an explosive back-up plan for when things inevitably go wrong.

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The Shannara Chronicles – Reaper

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2016

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  • Title: The Shannara Chronicles – Reaper
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The Shannara Chronicles - Reaper

Amberle‘s (Poppy Drayton) quest to take the seed to the Bloodfire gets off to a rocky start when the company is taken captive by the Rovers. Leaving Wil (Austin Butler) and the soldiers to die, Cephelo (James Remar) takes the Elf Stones and the Elven princess as his payment for Eretria‘s (Ivana Baquero) freedom. Eretria’s betrayal of her father figure marks an important turning point for her character choosing to become part of the quest (while also saving the series from going down a dark path given the desires of the Rovers’ leader). Despite his assistance later in the episode, it’s hard to forgive or forget Cephelo’s attempted rape of Amberle.

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  • Title: The Flash – The Reverse-Flash Returns
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The Flash - The Reverse-Flash Returns

The return of the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) is only one of many storylines in an episode that also features Patty‘s (Shantel VanSanten) farewell, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) helping Cisco (Carlos Valdes) unlock his powers, the return of Amanda Pays as Tina McGee, a little bonding between Iris (Candice Patton) and her brother and the deteriorating health of their mother, and the show touching on the idea of Earth-1 and Earth-2 doppelgangers (which it will no doubt continue to explore over the rest of the season).

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Scorpion – Da Bomb

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2016

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  • Title: Scorpion – Da Bomb
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Scorpion - Da Bomb

Brought in by NASA and their old nemesis Merrick (David Fabrizio) to fix their top secret rocket before launch, Scorpion runs into a conflict of interest when Walter‘s (Elyes Gabel) date from the previous evening shows up in their offices wearing a bomb vest and carrying a recording ordering Scorpion to make sabotage the rocket, or else. Brooke Nevin returns from her previous cameo as the host of the speed dating service (where apparently she didn’t get a good enough look at Walter’s “skills” to know just how terrible he’d be at dating). Although the pair part as friends at the end of the episode, I’m pleased that it doesn’t appear the writers have any interest in bringing her back as part of a love triangle between Walter and Paige (Katharine McPhee).

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