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Samurai Jack – Episode XCII

by Alan Rapp on March 16, 2017

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Samurai Jack - Episode XCII television review

For 50 years Samurai Jack (Phil LaMarr) has traveled the wastelands of the future that is Aku (now voiced by Greg Baldwin). Along the way the samurai has lost his hope, his ability to age, the magical sword, and perhaps his sanity. The first new episode of Samurai Jack in more than a dozen years gives us a sobering look at our hero haunted by his failure to make his way home and destroy Aku. Opening with some trademark action, “Episode XCII” gives us the motorcycle-riding, gun-totting new version of Jack taking out a host of Beetle Drones to save a mother and her child. Despite the fact that his skills haven’t lessened, it soon becomes obvious this is not the same samurai whose quest is legend. Haunted by visions of the past and all those he cannot save, Jack seems lost. Has Aku finally won?

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The Flash – Into the Speed Force

by Alan Rapp on March 15, 2017

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  • Title: The Flash – Into the Speed Force
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The Flash - Into the Speed Force TV review

“Into the Speed Force” feels like one of those episodes we should learn something from… but I’m not sure exactly what that’s supposed to be. While the episode works well enough on its own I’m also a disheartened by the show’s stubbornness to continue to run from Barry (Grant Gustin) as a hopeful hero and continue down a more lonely path. Like him or not, since getting his speed Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) has been able to embody the exuberance Barry used to enjoy as the Flash (before he became a dick to everyone he loves). The conclusion of the episode seems to be to put Barry on the path to being a better speedster, but the show might be better served if it concentrated on making him a better man.

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Scorpion – Monkey See, Monkey Poo

by Alan Rapp on March 15, 2017

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  • Title: Scorpion – Monkey See, Monkey Poo
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Scorpion - Monkey See, Monkey Poo TV review

Leaving Sylvester (Ari Stidham) back in the garage, the rest of the team heads to Africa in search of a monkey which scientists believe might be the key to stopping a dangerous viral outbreak from spreading any further. For Walter (Elyes Gabel) and his friends that means tracking down the monkey, running tests to find out what is making it immune to the disease, and then putting their skills together to solve the problem and save the day. Complicating matters for Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Happy (Jadyn Wong) are the marriage advice from Dr. Rizzuto (Penn Jillette) forcing Toby to recognize his fiance’s faults as well as her gifts. Thankfully, this doesn’t interfere with either the mission or the pair’s impending wedding.

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Murder Most Foul
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Once Upon a Time - Murder Most Foul TV review

While “Murder Most Foul” focuses on Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) being the noble one and preventing an obsessed David (Josh Dallas) from taking revenge on the man responsible for his father’s death, the episode ends on a twist which just may undo all the good the pirate has done since meeting Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Hook may have one won the blessing of his girlfriend’s father, but what happens if either of them learn his secret?

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Powerless – Cold Season

by Alan Rapp on March 13, 2017

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Powerless - Cold Season television review

Over Teddy‘s (Danny Pudi) objections, Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) submits his newest invention for company-wide awards. Unaware for how her emotional employee takes the prospect of both success and failure, things get frosty in the office (and not only because the beginning of summer means the arrival of cold-based villains who begin freezing everything in sight). In an expected, but still a humorous twist, Teddy’s heat gloves do come in handy with the return of Crimson Fox (Deanna Russo) leaving all well and good in the offices of Wayne Securities once again.

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