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Graceland – Los Malos

by Alan Rapp on August 2, 2014

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  • Title: Graceland – Los Malos
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Graceland - Los Malos

Mike‘s (Aaron Tveit) obsession with taking down the Solano Cartel spreads to the other members of Graceland as Agent Warren decides to put Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) in undercover with the cartel’s inside man Sid Markham (Carmine Giovinazzo) on the gang task force, and Johnny‘s (Manny Montana) attempt to reconnect wit Lucia (Jamie Gray Hyder) nearly gets him killed when he walks into angry guns dealers looking for the missing Carlito which forces the agent to make an even more dangerous decision. Paige (Serinda Swan), continuing the stake-out the human trafficking ring Mike can’t afford to close, goes a step too far in preventing another sale of the girls by beating the latest buyer senseless.

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Perception – Bolero

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2014

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  • Title: Perception – Bolero
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Perception - Bolero

In a reversal of the show’s regular formula Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) brings what he believes was a cleverly disguised murder to the attention of Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) and the FBI. After witnessing the death of an art gallery owner whose photosensitive epilepsy was taken advantage of leading to his untimely death, Pierce and Kate also discover someone cleverly used the disruption of the man’s epileptic seizure (which wouldn’t have been life-threatening if he hadn’t hit his head on a bench on his fall to the ground) by replacing one one of the paintings in the gallery with a well-made forgery.

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Covert Affairs – Embassy Row

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2014

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  • Title: Covert Affairs – Embassy Row
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Covert Affairs - Embassy Row

Realizing Ivan Kravec (Marton Csokas) is tied to the money behind the Chicago bombing, the CIA send Annie (Piper Perabo) back to Paris to try and find out just how much the former spy knows. Although her cover appears initally intact, things quickly get dicey when Kravec invites Annie to a party at the Russian Embassy where her reputation (killing a longtime CIA double-agent on Russian soil and spending time in, and breaking out of, a secret Russian prison) will certainly precede her. Although Auggie (Christopher Gorham) is able enlist the help of Eric Barber (Dylan Taylor) and another tech to crash the embassy’s security system, allowing Annie to make it into the embassy without being immediately arrested, things take a dark turn when Kravec escorts Annie to a private room and drugs his guest and starts demanding answers to who she really is.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Scream For Me
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Pretty Little Liars - Scream For Me

With both Hanna‘s (Ashley Benson) drunken blurb about New York getting back to A and Lt. Tanner (Roma Maffia) continuing to question Alison‘s (Sasha Pieterse) story about her prolonged abduction Alison takes some preemptive steps in an attempt to add credence to the elaborate lies told about her missing years. Step one involves temporarily moving in with Hanna and her mother, which only sends a spiraling Hanna further out of control. And step two involves convincing Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) to perform a bit of theater in order to convince Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) of the danger not only she but all the Liars find themselves in.

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Longmire – Counting Coup

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2014

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  • Title: Longmire – Counting Coup
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Longmire - Counting Coup

David Ridges (David Midthunder) plays one mind game too many on Branch (Bailey Chase) which leads to Walt (Robert Taylor) temporary locking up his unstable deputy but also to find proof not only that Ridges is alive but that he has been toying with Branch since the shooting with the support of Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). After arresting Nighthorse, who fills in the missing pieces to the story of Ridges resurrection and plan to count coup on his enemy, Walt learns Branch’s life is still in great danger.

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Beware the Batman – Attraction

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2014

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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Attraction
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Beware the Batman - Attraction

Returning to Cartoon Network after being abruptly pulled back in October, the final 15 episodes of the series begin here with the first of two episodes included in the previously-released home video set. Misplaced affection and jealousy are the major themes of “Attraction” as Magpie (Grey DeLisle), misunderstanding Batman‘s (Anthony Ruivivar) guilt over her condition for romantic overtures, comes to the conclusion that the only thing stopping the Dark Knight Detective from openly returning her affection is Katana (Sumalee Montano).

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  • Title: Batman – Zelda the Great / A Death Worse Than Fate
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Batman - Zelda the Great

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments of the Dark Knight Detective on the big and small screen. It’s interesting to note that Catwoman wasn’t the first female villain to battle the Dynamic Duo on the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The return of the April Fool’s Day brings the return of an unknown thief who robs Gotham City’s banks of exactly $100,000 for the third year in a row. With no leads other than the robber’s bullet proof vest and odd fibers left at the scene, Batman decides to plant a fake story in the newspaper that the stolen money was counterfeit in hopes of drawing out the culprit to make another robbery attempt.

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Batman – The Last Laugh

by Alan Rapp on July 25, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – The Last Laugh
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Batman - The Last Laugh

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 another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. Drawing on both the mix of a classic comic story and the set-up of the climax of Tim Burton’s Batman, “The Last Laugh” brings the Joker (Mark Hamill) back to Gotham on April Fools’ Day to gas the entire populace using an innocuous-looking garbage scow which allows the villain a free run at mischief, mayhem, and robbery.

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Graceland – The Unlucky One

by Alan Rapp on July 25, 2014

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  • Title: Graceland – The Unlucky One
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Graceland - The Unlucky One

The morning after Mike‘s (Aaron Tveit) somewhat hollow victory that threw a wrench into the Solano Cartel’s drug smuggling operation, but netted the FBI no big fish, the harsh light of day brings with it news of Jakes‘ (Brandon Jay McLaren) arrest and Paige (Serinda Swan) taking the place of one of the human trafficking victims who is now lost in a system Mike and his team know almost nothing about. Already keeping Lawrence (John Kapelos) locked down in a safe house not knowing who the identity of the Solano’s mole inside law enforcement who disrupted the operation and not knowing who to trust, Mike decides to use the uncooperative insider to get any information out of Lawrence which might lead the team to Paige, but to do so he will need Briggs‘ (Daniel Sunjata) help.

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  • Title: The Pretender – The Better Part of Valor
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The Pretender - The Better Part of Valor

Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) becomes a firefighter in order to investigate a series of warehouse fires, the latest of which killed a local firefighter. While befriending the victim’s father (Patrick Cronin) and fighting with another member (Isabel Glasser) of the “Fighting 16th” who blames herself for the death of the only other female firefighter on the squad (and Jarod for replacing her) the Pretender uncovers an insurance scam which is not only responsible for the increased number of arsons but also the murder of the firefighter who stumbled onto the situation in the line of duty only to be killed by another firefighter (Michael O’Neill) to hide the truth.

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