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Once Upon a Time – Awake

by Alan Rapp on April 18, 2017

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Awake
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Once Upon a Time - Awake television review

As Once Upon a Time inches closer to the final battle, “Awake” returns to the events of the show’s First Season reveal an undisclosed truth about Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas). Revealing that the pair had recovered their memories before the Savior’s arrival in Storybooke, while the new scenes don’t over-convolute the show’s continuity too much, they do raise some red flags about why such events were never disclosed under now.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ua Malo’o Ka Wai
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Hawaii Five-0 - Waimaka 'ele'ele television review

While the episode’s backstory allows the show to work in Adam‘s (Ian Anthony Dale) current job, and his discovery of a bone at construction gives him reason to suspect that human remains may have been buried there, the episode’s main focus involves a group of former soldiers turned bank robbers whose latest score causes the death of a Pearl Harbor veteran on the way home with his granddaughter (Lexi Atkins). Dylan Bruno becomes the latest Numb3rs alumni to make an appearance on the show as the leader of the robbers who have deeply personal reasons for their crimes and have no intention of being scared off by Five-0.

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  • Title: The Blacklist: Redemption – Whitehall
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The Blacklist: Redemption - Whitehall television review

The Blacklist: Redemption wraps up its First Season with a two-part episode. We open with Scottie (Famke Janssen) confronting her son about his true identity… and then breaking any potential trust between the pair by having him tortured and chased around the city, cementing whose side he’ll choose throughout the events of the finale. Putting all cards on the table, Howard (Terry O’Quinn) reveals himself to the world forcing a board meeting and providing Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Nez (Tawny Cypress), who like Tom chooses Mr. Hargraves over Mrs. Hargraves, the necessary distraction to sneak into Halcyon and smuggle out Richard Whitehall (Clarke Peters). The episode features a couple of cameos from The Blacklist including Liz (Megan Boone) and Harold (Harry Lennix), but the main focus remains Tom and his choice to help Howard stop his mother.

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Powerless – Green Furious

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2017

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Powerless - Green Furious TV review

Charm City isn’t a great place to be a woman, super-powered or otherwise. Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) makes a new friend after stepping in to save Green Fury (Natalie Morales) from the tabloid media (who only want to discuss her recent break-up with another super-hero). When she butts up against her own glass ceiling at her first board meeting, Emily hatches a plan to use Green Fury’s celebrity to solve both of their problems by rebranding her as a strong hero and the star of Wayne Securities new ad campaign. Of course, things don’t exactly go to plan.

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Samurai Jack – Episode XCV

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2017

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode XCV
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Samurai Jack - Episode XCV television review

Awaking from his fall with the lone surviving Daughter of Aku, Jack (Phil LaMarr) begins his trek once more. Not willing to abandon the wounded brainwashed child Ashi (Tara Strong), the samurai decides to take her with him (despite the fact that she attempts to kill him every opportunity she gets). Even being swallowed by a giant beast and Jack having to crawl out with Ashi chained to his back does lessen the girl’s hatred. One at the end, seeing Jack react in harmony with the environment does doubt begin to creep into Ashi’s mind. Could Jack not be the end-all-evil that Ashi was taught to hate and kill her entire life? And, if so, what happens now?

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