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Stitchers – Connections

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2015

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  • Title: Stitchers – Connections
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Stitchers - Connections

Perhaps realizing how short of run the series is likely to have given the quality of writing so far Stitchers wastes no time to start pairing off characters into romantic relationships while beginning to explore the mystery of the lives who created the program and continuing to underline the dangers of it as Kirsten (Emma Ishta) becomes lost in her latest stitch unable to separate her own feelings from that of a victim (Hina Abdullah) whose husband (Michael Grant Terry) looks guilty for her murder.

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House of Cards – Chapter 28

by Alan Rapp on June 17, 2015

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  • Title: House of Cards – Chapter 28
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House of Cards - Chapter 28

Both of the Underwoods go into damage control mode in “Chapter 28.” Following her nomination, Claire‘s (Robin Wright) road to being nominated as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations begins with a poorly-worded response to questioning that creates a sound byte that all but kills her chances to be confirmed before she’s even begun. Frank (Kevin Spacey) is hit with his own bad news when the Democratic leadership informs him that they would prefer he not run for election in 2016 and if he chooses to do so he will do it without their support.

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Clipped – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on June 17, 2015

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Clipped - Pilot

TBS’ new summer comedy centers around a small barbershop in Charlestown, Massachusetts staffed by locales (many of whom grew up and went to school together). As is usually the case, the “Pilot” episode is a little rough in spots while spending time introducing audiences to the ensemble cast of characters: the lovely Danni (Ashley Tisdale), the failed baseball player A.J. (Mike Castle), the somewhat oblivious Joy (Lauren Lapkus), the spunky Charmaine (Diona Reasonover), the gruff Buzzy (George Wendt), and their diminutive boss Ben (Ryan Pinkston) who, in the first episode, attempts to get one of his friends to quit in order to pay for the rising insurance premiums.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Songs of Experience
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Pretty Little Liars - Songs of Experience

Although all four of the Liars plan on returning to school only Hanna (Ashley Benson) manages to make to Rosedale High on time as Emily‘s (Shay Mitchell) plans get derailed by her skittish house guest (a subplot I’m already tiring of), Aria (Lucy Hale) chooses to hide out in the Brew, and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) continues to seek answers about Charles DiLaurentis first from Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and then from Jason (Drew Van Acker), but the answers she receives raise only more questions. The search for secrets within the DiLaurentis home reveals proof that Jason’s imaginary childhood friend “Charlie” is far less a figment of his imagination then he was led to believe.

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  • Title: White Collar – Season Six
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White Collar - The Complete Sixth SeasonAfter six years on the air White Collar comes to an end with this shortened final season consisting of only six episodes centering around Neal‘s (Matt Bomer) final case for the FBI helping to take down a secret organization of elite criminals known as the Pink Panthers. Complicating Neal’s mission is the reappearance of Keller (Ross McCall) also working his way into the Panthers (and also secretly working for a government agency) and Neal’s own complicated plan to leave the FBI on his terms.

Highlights include the season premiere in which Peter (Tim DeKay) tracks down the kidnapped Neal, Neal is forced by the Panthers to destroy an innocent young woman (Laura Ramsey), and Peter joins the final con to help take the Panthers down. White Collar‘s wrap and Covert Affairs cancellation conclude a slew of enjoyable USA Network shows leaving the network a mostly barren landscape. It will be missed.

The two-disc set includes all 6 episodes, a retrospective of the show, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a pair of audio commentaries for the series finale.

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Daredevil – Speak of the Devil

by Alan Rapp on June 15, 2015

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  • Title: Daredevil – Speak of the Devil
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Daredevil - Speak of the Daredevil

“Speak of the Devil” begins with one of the season’s better fight sequences which will be quickly interrupted by flashbacks and later returned to near the end of the episode. Maneuvered into place by the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), Nobu (Peter Shinkoda) sets a trap for Daredevil (Charlie Cox) not realizing that Fisk plans on taking out both thorns in his side in one fell swoop. The episode is also notable for the only time Matt Murdock (unmasked, as himself) and Wilson Fisk share a conversation which will lead Matt to the dark realization that the would-be Kingpin of crime needs to die.

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  • Title: Beauty and the Beast – The Beast of Wall Street
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Beauty and the Beast - The Beast of Wall Street

I gave up on The CW’s misguided Beauty and the Beast remake early in the show’s First Season. I simply was unable to buy into the idea of Kristin Kreuk as a New York cop or accept a version of Vincent (Jay Ryan) who is closer to a male model than anything resembling a beast. Checking in on the show’s Third Season premiere not much has changed.

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Sense8 – I Am Also a We

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2015

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  • Title: Sense8 – I Am Also a We
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Sense8 - I Am Also a We

“I Am Also a We” continues the show’s glacial pace to make sense of what is happening to the various characters across the globe all dealing with the same phenomenon none of them can explain. The two storylines which stick out in Sense8‘s second episode are the hospitalization of Nomi (Jamie Clayton) whose conservative family and their doctors believe her problems have a definite medical cause which needs immediate surgery (whether she wants it or not) and Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) whose attempts to fend off the advances of his amarous co-star (Eréndira Ibarra) lead to her discovery of the actor’s secret private life.

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode III: The First Fight
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Samurai Jack- Episode III: The First Fight

Wrapping up the show’s introductory arc, “Episode III” gives fans their first real taste of what will become the show’s trademark action style as more than two-thirds of the episode are devoted to a single battle between Jack (Phil LaMarr) and the beetle robots of Aku (Mako). “The First Fight” also offers another montage featuring Jack and his new canine archeologist friends laying a trap for Aku’s drones that helps weed out their numbers while still leaving a near-unending number of them for the samurai to deal with personally.

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House of Cards – Chapter 27

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2015

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  • Title: House of Cards – Chapter 27
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House of Cards - Chapter 27

How the mighty have fallen. When we last saw him Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) had completed his plan of revenge and power begun in the series opening episode by achieving the highest office in the land. Six months into his new role as President of the United States Frank’s approval ratings have plummeted, his comprehensive jobs program is stuck in committee, and his most loyal advisor Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) has spent that entire time in recovery and rehabilitation following his altercation with the still missing Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan). Frustrated with his injury, being unable to resume his position, and his current uselessness to the President, Doug begins to fall back into dangerous old habits (booze and prostitutes) which will likely lead to problems for both Doug and Frank over the course of the season.

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