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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Man Behind the Shield
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Man Behind the Shield TV review

“The Man Behind the Shield” offers some context to why Anton Ivanov (Zach McGowan) has gone to all the trouble to create the Watchdogs and hunt Inhumans. Although racist, it seems Ivanov’s real problem isn’t with aliens or Inhumans but with the man he deems responsible for beginning the entire series of events (questionable logic at best) beginning with stealing alien tech from Russia years ago – Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Far from a true zealot, the episode downplays the villain as the show ends the episode moving the LMD storyline in a new direction.

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  • Title: Beyond – The Hour of the Wolf / Last Action Hero
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Beyond - The Hour of the Wolf / Last Action Hero TV review

The last two episodes of Beyond highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the series. Leaving much of the show’s baggage in its dust, “The Hour of the Wolf” takes Holden (Burkely Duffield) and Charlie (Eden Brolin) on an impromptu road trip. Originally set out to gain Holden’s trust and deliver him to Frost (Martin Donovan), Charlie changes sides midstream – although threats against her foster sister lead to some serious internal conflict. The episode pushes larger questions aside while allowing Holden to grow close to someone new and begin exploring his powers not for someone else, or for some greater purpose, but for himself.

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Supergirl – Luthors

by Alan Rapp on February 14, 2017

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  • Title: Supergirl – Luthors
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Supergirl - Luthors television review

Perhaps better than any episode of the series so far, “Luthors” highlights just who Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is and what she stands for. When Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is accused of helping break Lillian (Brenda Strong) and Metallo (Frederick Schmidt) out of prison only Kara stands up for her friend despite overwhelming evidence. When Metallo breaks Lena out of prison as well, further cementing the public’s perception yet another bad apple from the Luthor tree, Kara continues to believe in her friend. While revealing more about Lena’s relationship to various members of the Luthor clan, what makes “Luthor” work is that Supergirl is correct in her evaluation of Lena here… but from the final flashback, the show continues to tease that there’s likely more to the youngest member of the Luthor clan than meets the eye.

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Emerald City – They Came First

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2017

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  • Title: Emerald City – They Came First
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Emerald City - They Came First TV review

“They Came First” is a turning point for several characters while setting Oz on the path to war. On meeting Glinda (Joely Richardson) and having his memory restored, Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) chooses the witch over Dorothy (Adria Arjona) who sees her dreams of preventing a war and returning to Kansas vanish before her eyes. What that means for Dorothy herself isn’t quite certain, but it certainly appears she isn’t going home any time soon. All isn’t good news for the witches, however, as the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) chooses to make a public display of their betrayal by executing the entire council and declaring a war on magic.

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Powerless – Wayne Dream Team

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2017

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  • Title: Powerless – Wayne Dream Team
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Powerless - Wayne Dream Team TV review

After successfully stopping Wayne Security from being shutdown, Emily‘s (Vanessa Hudgens) latest struggle is to try and be both a boss and friend to her team while getting them to take the deadline of their next product release more seriously. To do this she plays a little fast-and-loose with the truth, using the head of HR (Michael D. Cohen) to fight her battles for her, which of course eventually blows up in her face. While Emily’s choices initially backfire, standing up to take one for the team does buy her some credibility going forward as well build some trust between the team and their new leader.

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