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Battle Creek – Mama’s Boy

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2015

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  • Title: Battle Creek – Mama’s Boy
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Battle Creek - Mama's Boy

Candice Bergen guest-stars on the latest episode of Battle Creek as Russ’ (Dean Winters) convict mother who is temporarily released from prison into the custody of Russ and Milt (Tad Hamilton) to help solve a murder tied to the world of counterfeiting which the woman knows all too well. Of course the fact that Russ can’t trust a word the woman says, including her unwillingness to admit to having $1,000,000 in cash conned from a murderer with ties to organized crime, makes solving the case harder than usual.

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Once Upon a Time – Heart of Gold

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2015

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Heart of Gold
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Once Upon a Time - Heart of Gold

The storyline of the Author (Patrick Fischler) and Emma‘s (Jennifer Morrison) disagreement with her parents over what they did to ensure her role as Savior are put on hold as “Heart of Gold” focuses mainly on Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and Marian (Christie Laing), the hero’s trip to Oz, and what he and his family have been up to in New York since leaving Storybrooke. The storyline includes a major plot twist allowing for the return of a villain as well as foreshadowing the possibility of a happy ending for Robin and Regina (Lana Parrilla) who learns the truth about her sister Zelena‘s (Rebecca Mader) twisted plan.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ua Helele’i Ka Hoku
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ua Helele'i Ka Hoku

The murder of an Elvis impersonator at a convention Max (Masi Oka) attended leads Five-0 to the discovery of diamond smuggling tied to a former case. With most of the other suspects also being Elvis impersonators at the convention where the victim was poisoned, Danny (Scott Caan) and the rest of the unit question the other Elvis-clad competitors quickly wrapping up the murder but not why the victim’s body was stolen from the morgue or how his costume is related to one of Five-0’s former cases.

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  • Title: Olympus – The Temple of Gaia / Daedalus
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Olympus - The Temple of Gaia / Daedalus

Olympus is the latest live-action mythological fantasy to find its way to the Syfy Channel. The show’s first two episodes introduce us to an unnamed Mercenary (Tom York) whose name has the power to kill if spoken aloud, an Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) on the run, and the inner circle of the royal family of Athens to which both characters’ destinies are linked. When we first meet our Mercenary he’s taken a job to return the missing Oracle to the temple. Saving the woman from a cyclops and marauders (who are attempting to save her from him), the Mercenary’s payment is nothing but betrayal as he learns the secret to his parentage and why priests and queens will kill to get the knowledge locked in his genes.

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  • Title: Backstrom – Love Is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It
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Backstrom - Love Is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It

The murder of a sex surrogate, which Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) has trouble separating from hooker, leads the team on an investigation that will not only nab their killer but also reveal a bit more about Backstrom’s past and his relationship with his mother who it turns out didn’t die in childbirth after all. Backstrom offering little understanding for the death of someone he deems as nothing more than a call girl is hardly surprising, but his discussions with another surrogate, who later becomes a suspect, push Backstrom right out of his cocksure attitude.

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  • Title: Elementary – One Watson, One Holmes
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Elementary - One Watson, One Holmes

A civil war within the online community Everyone concerning the future of the hacker community sends Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) on the search for a killer despite the fact the NYPD has a strong suspect in custody with motive, means, and opportunity who attempted to hire Holmes to find the dead man the day before the hacker met his end.

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The Fortification Implementation

by Alan Rapp on April 11, 2015

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Fortification Implementation
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The Fortification Implementation

“The Fortification Implementation” is a rare episode of The Big Bang Theory where we are offered three separate stories which all work independently of each other. My favorite of the three brings back Wil Wheaton playing himself, and Penny‘s (Kaley Cuoco) former co-star on Serial Ape-ist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill, for a podcast in Penny’s apartment with Penny and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and special guest-caller Kevin Smith (also playing himself and never shown on-screen). Bringing up the old fights about Penny’s failed acting career the scenes also feature some fun back-and-fourth between the four characters with several jokes at Kevin Smith’s expense (who’s not even in the room to defend himself).

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  • Title: Lip Sync Battle
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Still full of far too much filler and not enough actual content, last night’s Lip Sync Battle raised the bar a bit by pitting good friends Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt against each other. The two verbally sparred back and forth for most of the evening but Hathaway stole the night with her performance of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” (watch Blunt’s reaction in the background to her performance).

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Afterlife
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Afterlife

The latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is broken into three storylines each born out of the current S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. arc. A familiar face returns to join Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Hunter‘s (Nick Blood) attempt to find Skye (Chloe Bennet) and put things right. Divided loyalties within S.H.I.E.L.D. force Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) to leave, Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) to make a hard choice, Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) to question the organization’s assessment of Skye, and Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) to find a way to kinda-sorta entice May (Ming-Na Wen) into betraying Coulson without actually betraying Coulson. And Skye struggles to get used to her new life among the Inhumans with the help of a man named Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) who keeps at least as much hidden about the group as he explains.

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  • Title: Person of Interest – Search and Destroy
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Person of Interest - Search and Destroy

Unable to locate The Machine, Samaritan destroys the life of the creator of the world’s most prolific anitvirus software in order to use his program for its own ends. Destroying his reputation, work, and marriage before assigning him for deletion Sulaiman Khan (Aasif Mandvi) becomes Reese‘s (Jim Caviezel) latest number. But to keep the man alive they’ll need the help of Root (Amy Acker) and answers for what Samaritan is using the stolen software to search for.

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