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Batman – Beware the Gray Ghost

by Alan Rapp on July 12, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Beware the Gray Ghost
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Batman - Beware the Gray Ghost

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with one of the best episodes from Batman: The Animated Series. Written specifically for Adam West, Beware the Gray Ghost stands out for far more reasons than just its perfectly-cast guest-star. The episode offers insight into young Bruce Wayne‘s (Kevin Conroy) childhood heroes and is one of the only episodes in any Batman animated series to showcase happy flashbacks to a time before the murder of Bruce’s parents.

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  • Title: Wander Over Yonder – The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!
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The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!

After finding a single sock in the street Wander insists he and Sylvia search until they discover its missing owner. Like many of the most enjoyable episodes of Wander Over Yonder, “The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!” features Wander latching onto a simple, good-hearted idea without ever considering how much work will be involved in seeing it through to the end.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Alan Rapp on July 12, 2014

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  • Title: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprise hit in attempting to reboot the Planet of the Apes series by explaining how the seeds of humanity’s destruction were sewn and the steps which led the apes to eventually become the dominant species on the planet. The first film has a few plot holes that still nag me, and although I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes it hasn’t been a story I’ve returned to or have given much thought to seeing expanded in sequels.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has many of the same strengths and weaknesses of the first film with the sly observations on gun violence, race relations, and how militant individuals can spur on a war which isn’t necessary or beneficial for either side. It also has the same types of nagging plot issues that Rise was saddled with as the script relies on some awfully stupid decision making by characters acting against their own interests (such as including a militant human, a one-note character played by Kirk Acevedo, who just shot one of the apes as part of a diplomatic mission the success on which humanity’s survival hinges).

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Graceland – Magic Numbers

by Alan Rapp on July 11, 2014

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  • Title: Graceland – Magic Numbers
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Graceland - Magic Numbers

While Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) and Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) attempt to ease their guilt by providing for Pantillo’s widow Kelly (Brianna Brown) by taking on a dangerous, an not-all-together legal, endeavor involving a would-be heroin supplier, Mike (Aaron Tveit) begins to have second thoughts on keeping Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) in the house when the agent’s drunken depression nearly costs them their last attempt to connect the Solano Cartel to the buses uses to smuggle drugs into the United States.

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Extant – Re-Entry

by Alan Rapp on July 11, 2014

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  • Title: Extant – Re-Entry
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Extant - Re-Entry

Created by Mickey Fisher, the first episode of CBS’ new sci-fi series stars Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods who is slowly readjusting to life after spending 13 months isolated on a privately-owned space station. Her family life back on Earth is far from normal even before her return as her husband (Goran Visnjic) is a robotics inventor obsessed with creating human-acting artificial intelligence the prototype of which he has created as the pair’s son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). Of course life on the space station wasn’t any more normal as somehow Molly got herself impregnated by some kind of alien apparition taking the form of her long-dead first husband (Sergio Harford). Cause, you know, in space shit happens.

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Perception – Possession

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2014

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  • Title: Perception – Possession
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“Time-out, Daniel Pierce is standing here telling me not to believe the crazy person?”

Perception - Possession

Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) brings Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) an unusual case where the only suspect in a murder is a hallucinating woman (Rya Kihlstedt) whose husband and priest believe has become possessed by the Devil (John Glover, who shows up as Daniel’s weekly hallucination). Properly identifying her symptoms as caused by a Teratoma tumor, Dr. Pierce saves the woman’s life although Kate’s intervention unintentionally cause problems with her marriage plans as the priest she has to get surly to stop an impromptu exorcism (Timothy V. Murphy) is the same one in charge of ruling on the annulment of their first marriage and greenlighting their second ceremony in the church.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Miss Me x 100
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Pretty Little Liars - Miss Me x 100

The 100th episode of Pretty Little Liars returns Alison (Sasha Pieterse) to Rosedale High for the first time since her “death,” reveals the identity of the girl buried in her grave, gives three of the Liars the chance for some passionate time alone with their loved ones, and returns a few key supporting characters to the show’s stable. “Miss Me X 100″ also reminds us Mona (Janel Parrish) isn’t an enemy to be underestimated as she and her new group find various ways to keep the Liars busy allowing Mona to push Alison into a cat fight which only gives Mona more ammunition against her old enemy. Alison’s actions also expose a painful truth to Emily (Shay Mitchell) that Alison, even when it’s in her best interest, can’t bring herself to ever tell the whole truth.

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  • Title: Covert Affairs – Unseen Power of the Picket Fence
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Covert Affairs - Unseen Power of the Picket Fence

When Annie (Piper Perabo) and Ryan McQuaid’s (Nic Bishop) attempt to get out of Venezuela falls through the pair are stuck hiding out in Caracas with their critically-injured prisoner who is their only link to the bombing of the C.I.A.’s Chicago offices. Keeping the man alive as long as possible, Annie is able to extract the codename of his contact in Washington which Auggie (Christopher Gorham) decides to let a paranoid former agent run down when official leads find nothing on “The Postman.”

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Longmire – Reports of My Death

by Alan Rapp on July 9, 2014

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  • Title: Longmire – Reports of My Death
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Longmire - Reports of My Death

Walt (Robert Taylor) attempts to keep the death of a homeless man who was the long-lost heir to a $500 million fortune under wraps but the ensuing media frenzy makes it impossible. Things get even more interesting when another man (Parker Stevenson), this one very much alive, comes forward claiming to be the heir but not wanting any money from the family. Not knowing which is the real heir, Walt begins investigating the death of the homeless man which begins to look more and more like murder. After talking with the heir’s family (Kathleen York, Jamison Jones) and a private detective (Matt Roth), Walt puts the pieces of the mystery together and discovers the true identity of the dead man and the reasons behind his murder.

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  • Title: 24: Live Another Day – Part 11
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24: Live Another Day – 9pm – 10pm

Setting up next week’s season finale, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is prevented from reacquiring the override device which has now fallen into an old enemy he believed to be dead because of the intervention of a Russian hit team. Surmising how the Russians tracked his movements, Jack uncovers and confronts Boudreau‘s (Tate Donovan) treason and puts the President’s Chief of Staff to work for him in a last-ditch attempt to draw out the true enemy of Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) before he pushes the United States and China any closer to war.

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