• Title: Pretty Little Liars – Welcome to the Dollhouse
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Pretty Little Liars - Welcome to the Dollhouse

As expected, the Pretty Little Liars season finale “Big A Reveal” wasn’t what fans were expecting, but that doesn’t mean serious ground wasn’t made in the final episode of the show’s Fifth Season. There were three reveals to discuss. The first, that someone connected to the DiLarentis family named Charles is likely A raises more questions than it answers (and could quite easily be nothing more than the show’s latest red herring). The second involves the surprise return of another character from the dead. It’s the third, however, which is the important reveal as Peter (Nolan North) and Veronica Hastings (Lesley Fera) and Linda Tanner (Roma Maffia) all learn of the existence of A and get a good look at the horror the Liars‘ nemesis has put the girls through. Although the season ends on a cliffhanger with the fate of Mona (Janel Parrish) and all the Liars in doubt, the army against A has grown considerably over the course of a single episode.

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The Flash – Rogue Time

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – Rogue Time
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The Flash - Rogue Time

“Rogue Time” isn’t a bad episode by any stretch of the imagination but it’s hard not to feel disappointed when it undoes so much of what made last week’s show the best episode of the series so far. Stuck “a day and some change” in the past, Barry (Grant Gustin) has the chance to relive the events the past two days. Despite warnings from Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) about not diluting the time steam with any changes, Barry chooses to act on his knowledge of the past taking down Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) before he can threaten Joe (Jesse L. Martin) or paralyze Singh (Patrick Sabongui).

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Batgirl: Endgame #1

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2015

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Batgirl: Endgame #1Aside from being unclear as to why there is a Jokerized mob terrorizing all of Gotham I enjoyed Batgirl: Endgame #1 featuring Batgirl striving to save as many people as possible from the infected including using charades to help one little girl who nearly gets left behind before the bridge is blown.

The issue includes no dialogue (other than a single deep exhale of relief from our heroine on the finale page) meaning those (like me) not following the events of Batman: Endgame may be lost going in as there’s no preamble, discussion, or narration to get us up to speed. Thankfully Batgirl’s role in the issue is straightforward even if questions are left unanswered.

I’m still very much on the fence about the New 52’s version of Black Canary, or her new title as the lead singer of a touring band, but at least Batgirl: Endgame #1 makes Dinah less of the vacuous bitch than she’s been in the last few issues of Batgirl and allows the former besties to finally bury a hatchet whose very existence was perplexing to begin with. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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  • Title: Scorpion – Young Hearts Spark Fire
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Scorpion - Young Hearts Spark Fire

Team Scorpion is hired to find a church group of lost hikers in the Los Angeles wilderness who have been missing for 36 hours. The situation is further complicated when the team’s helicopter goes down starting a wildfire that quickly spreads. The (latest) life or death situation, which thankfully this week doesn’t have any global consequences, allows Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) to continue to chip away at Happy‘s (Jadyn Wong) reluctance to date and for Walter (Elyes Gabel) to seriously consider Toby’s diagnosis that he’s in love with Paige (Katharine McPhee).

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Castle – At Close Range

by Alan Rapp on March 24, 2015

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  • Title: Castle – At Close Range
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“You texted Castle and not me?”
“Well, when you have a crazy theory you don’t call the voice of reason.”

Castle - At Close Range

One late night of Ryan‘s (Seamus Dever) part-time work as a security guard for his brother-in-law’s (David Conrad) company ends in tragedy when the Congressman (Ricardo Chavira) he was protecting and the speaker (Annie Little) at the event are both shot on his watch. Based on descriptions from both Ryan and the Congressman of a radical blogger (Charlie Hofheimer) fleeing the scene, the NYPD is able identify the likely shooter although Ryan channels his inner Castle (Nathan Fillion) and believes there’s far more to the story and the blogger, despite his motive and actions, is nothing more than the perfect fall guy for the crime.

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Blade Triple Feature

by Alan Rapp on March 24, 2015

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  • Title: Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity
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Blade Triple FeatureRe-released in a new three-pack Triple Feature Blu-ray Wesley SnipesBlade trilogy is far from the best comic book movies have to offer. Collecting Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity, the set has one good movie, one mediocre flick, and one so awful it might as well be an Underworld movie. Each comes with its original special features including commentaries for each film and assorted featurettes and trailers.

Snipes is fine as a human/vampire half-breed based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The first film, other than introducing the world and its core characters, is largely forgettable. Blade II, involving the hero teaming with a group of vampires (most notably Leonor Varela and Ron Perlman) to take on a new deadly version of vampires known as reapers, is the only one that holds up to multiple viewings. As for the horrifically bad third film, introducing Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel as vampire hunters and Dominic Purcell as the most ridiculous version of Dracula ever, the less said the better.

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Battle Creek – Heirlooms

by Alan Rapp on March 24, 2015

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  • Title: Battle Creek – Man’s Best Friend
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Battle Creek - Heirlooms

Despite learning something about his new FBI buddy’s past last week that doesn’t stop Russ (Dean Winters) from continuing to pry and illicit information from Milton Chamberlain (Tad Hamilton) about what really brought him to Battle Creek, Michigan. While working to solve a case involving the natural death of a rich old man and the brutal murder of a former hooker (which takes them a little too long to find the proper motive of greed) the pair trade a few lies about their pasts leaving no one the wiser.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Casey Jones VS. The Underworld
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Casey Jones VS. The Underworld

Left out of all the city-saving action in Dimension X, Casey Jones (Josh Peck) works to prove himself which isn’t helped when he’s taken down by the new leader of the Purple Dragons (much to the delight of the Turtles). As Leonardo (Seth Green), Raphael (Sean Astin), Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), and Donatello‘s (Rob Paulsen) spend most of the episode cleaning their home the episode follows Casey on his various adventures including picking fights with the Purple Dragons and the Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson).

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Poor Unfortunate Soul
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Once Upon a Time - Poor Unfortunate Soul

The search for the mysterious Author continues in an episode that features a pair of storylines involving Ursula (Merrin Dungey) and her connection to Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). While the flashbacks focus on the pair’s previous meeting and Ursula loosing her most precious gift, the present day storyline centers on Hook attempting to make amends for his previous actions and, in so doing, learning just what Ursula, Cruella De Vil (Victoria Smurfit), Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), and Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) are truly after.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #13

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2015

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #13The afterglow of Buffy and Spike‘s romantic night together is short-lived as the vampire seeks out the help of Xander, and eventually Giles and Willow, when his nightmare about killing appears to be true. With the magic users seeking for any control of the vampire Xander keeps Buffy away by inviting her along for a long overdue conversation with Andrew.

Buffy artists come and go over the course of a season but I have to admit I absolutely adore Megan Levens work in this issue capturing a cool look and feel for each character, particularly Buffy. Here’s hoping we see much, much more of her work on Season Ten and beyond.

As to the story, Spike’s pro-active nature in investigating the mystery bodes well for his future with Buffy (and produces a humorous reaction from his roommate). As to the cause of Spike’s bad dreams I wonder if we may look back to a First Season episode of Angel for a possible explanation as new trouble from William the Bloody’s past may have recently arrived in town. The Andrew subplot, while really not much more than filler, is a well-handled look at someone finally coming to terms with their sexuality with the support of their friends. Worth a look.

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