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Supergirl – Midvale

by Alan Rapp on November 14, 2017

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  • Title: Supergirl – Midvale
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Supergirl - Midvale TV review

Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) recent break-up leads Kara (Melissa Benoist) to take her sister home to Midvale in an episode that gives us our first real look at a teenage Kara struggling with her new life on Earth. Izabela Vidovic and Olivia Nikkanen are cast as the younger version of the two characters in this Smallville-ish episode that even contains a reference to Clark’s computer-wiz friend Chloe. It’s a nice change of pace episode, and allows both characters time to deal with their recent loss, but it also pretty by-the-book and reminds us how lucky we are that the show chose to begin with an adult Kara rather than offering yet another awkward teen coming-of-age super-hero story.

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Star Wars Rebels – Rebel Assault

by Alan Rapp on November 14, 2017

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Rebel Assault
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Star Wars Rebels - Rebel Assault television review

After several episodes teasing Thrawn‘s (Lars Mikkelsen) military prowess and strategy, “Rebel Assault” finally delivers a major victory for the Grand Admiral with his troops thwarting the Rebellion’s attempts to destroy the Imperial factories on Lothal. After loosing an entire squadron of their best fighters and Hera (Vanessa Marshall) being taken captive by the Empire, but not before showing off some impressive piloting skills allowing the squadron to get past the first wave of Thrawn’s planetary defenses, things are looking bleak for our heroes. While the immediate path for the rest of the Rebels is uncertain, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) will stop at nothing to see Hera freed… even if that means making a bargain with his unusual new friends.

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Justice League Action – System Error

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2017

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  • Title: Justice League Action – System Error
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Justice League Action - System Error TV review

“System Error” is a clever idea for an episode that fits well into the time constraints of Justice League Action. Batman (Kevin Conroy) awakes in the Batmobile confused as to how he got there and discovers his other Justice League pals are fighting odd pairings of various super-villains. Discrepancies in the villains behavior and abilities, and the League’s inability to fight back against Parademons, leads the Dark Knight Detective to discover that he, Wonder Woman (Rachel Kimsey), Superman (Jason J. Lewis), Cyborg (Khary Payton), and Booster Gold (Diedrich Bader) are all robots in an elaborate simulation run by Darkseid (Jonathan Adams) who is looking for weaknesses in his enemies. What the master of Apokolips failed to count on was just how good his replicas turned out to be.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua
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Hawaii Five-0 - Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua TV review

Multiple-personality antagonists are a hard-sell as Hawaii Five-0 learns with “Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua” which casts Michael Weston as a traumatized schizophrenic off his medication who begins a series of violent acts. The unusual case allows for the return of Claire Forlani as profiler Alicia Brown who proves instrumental in ending things without further bloodshed. More of a running gag than a B-story, the episode also puts a stress counselor with McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) for most of the episode, hired by his friends in hopes of finding ways to lower Steve’s stress. Neither storyline is all that memorable, at least not in a good way, although Danny‘s (Scott Caan) attempt to look out for his partner is eventually appreciated.

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  • Title: The Blacklist – The Kilgannon Corporation
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The Blacklist - The Kilgannon Corporation TV review

The fall of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) allowed others to swoop in and take over various aspects of his criminal network. “The Kilgannon Corporation” examines one piece of this as an Irishman with less care for his cargo runs into some very public trouble while attempting to smuggle people across international borders. Despite everyone’s distaste for human trafficking, Red makes a valid argument that someone will provide the service and if that criminal doesn’t take care in the lives of the refugees they are moving illegally there are going to be far more dead bodies. The choice to put Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) in undercover heightens Red’s interest in the case, especially after the FBI looses him in transport. While a bit on the nose, the conversation between Red and Liz (Megan Boone) continues to better flesh-out the connection between the two men.

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