The Blacklist – The Mombasa Cartel

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2014

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  • Title: The Blacklist – The Mombasa Cartel
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The Blacklist - The Mombasa Cartel

There’s a nice reveal in “The Mombassa Cartel,” although it has nothing to do with what is hiding behind Lizzie‘s (Megan Boone) secret door or the odd collection of characters Reddington (James Spader) sends the FBI after in the show’s latest episode. The personal reasons for which Red tasks the FBI with taking down the Mombassa Cartel responsible for animal smuggling, trafficking, and murder on a global scale isn’t revealed until late in the episode (although the pre-credit sequence does ruin the impact of the surprise a bit).

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Castle – Meme is Murder

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2014

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  • Title: Castle – Meme is Murder
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Castle - Meme is Murder

When a killer (Jared Kusnitz) begins targeting social media celebrities and using his own anonymous account to taunt the police about his crimes Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) are on the case. At first the evidence seems to point to a former police officer (David Marciano) of the cybercrimes division but the pair soon discover their killer is simply toying with them all the more by framing the man for the crime. Finding the link between the retired cop and killer eventually leads to his capture, but Beckett has to work fast to break the young man before two more victims are added to his list.

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Scorpion – True Colors

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2014

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  • Title: Scorpion – True Colors
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Scorpion - True Colors

Told in flashbacks after the team’s attempt to recover a stolen painting ends in disaster (or does it?), Walter (Elyes Gabel) and each member of Scorpion are forced to submit to individual psychological evaluations to determine their fitness to continue working for the FBI as consultants for Agent Gallo (Robert Patrick).

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Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #4

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2014

in Comics

Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #4Atomic Robo‘s Old West adventure continues as the time-displaced science-adventurer and his new companions Doc Holliday and U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves face off against the army of cyborg warriors created by Baron von Helsingard’s in his secret war zeppelin factory hidden in the Rocky Mountains from which he plans to attack the United States. Got all that?

Quickly running out of power, Robo doesn’t allow that to stop him from jumping straight into the fray and attempting to stop Helsingard’s army before it is unleashed on the country (all while debating the time ramifications of such an occurrence taking place). And despite the odds, Holliday and Reeves continue to lend their support (even when it means jumping through the air to land on a moving zeppelin).

Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener don’t skimp on the action or humor as the latest Atomic Robo limited series continues to rolling along towards its conclusion in the next issue. Worth a look.

[Red 5, $3.50]

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Once Upon a Time – Breaking Glass

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2014

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Breaking Glass
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Once Upon a Time - Breaking Glass

Pushing Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Lana Parrilla) together to find the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) and the missing Elsa (Georgina Haig), whom the Snow Queen has taken prisoner, “Breaking Glass” plays on a long-running theme in exploring Emma’s unhappy past and distrustful nature (which is something she comes to realize she and Regina have in common). Through flashbacks into Emma’s past (involving a girl with an intriguing birthmark…hmmm?) we see another example of where her initial distrust of strangers comes from while also providing a clue to Emma’s relationship with the Snow Queen which goes much further back than anyone suspected.

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Hawaii Five-0 – Ho’oilina

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2014

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ho’oilina
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ho'oilina

On the fourth anniversary of his father‘s (William Sadler) death McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) learns of an unsolved homicide that continued to haunt the Hawaiian police officer and left a young girl without a father. Befriended the woman (Mirrah Foulkes), now an assistant prosecutor for the state, McGarrett decides to reopen the case an attempt to do what his father never could – bring the man’s killer to justice.

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Supergirl #35

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2014

in Comics

Supergirl #35After leaving this title during Kara‘s run as a Red Lantern I return to find an unexpected guest-spot by the Red Hood in as compelling use of the character as we’ve seen in the New 52. Despite her initial distrust of Batman’s former partner, Kara agrees to the unlikely team-up to help Jason Todd stop the supply of alien weapon technology on the black market.

Even with the appearance of a Venom-powered Red Hood and a story involving gun-runners, the latest issue has a warmth and fun to it that is has become a growing scarcity in DC titles since the launch of the New 52. I actually enjoyed writer Tony Bedard’s take on the Red Hood so much I was hoping the character may stick around for another issue, but it appears Kara is going to have her hands full attempt to live as normal a life as possible.

For a character who had become lost in grief and anger, and had been allowed to bottom out and wallow and whine herself into a shell of her former self it’s nice to see Supergirl have a little fun for a change. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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  • Title: Doctor Who – In the Forest of the Night
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Doctor Who - In the Forest of the Night

Magic trees. In the latest episode of Doctor Who a new forest has sprung up across the world much to the surprise and consternation of the local populace. Arriving in London, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) begins to investigate the phenomena which one of Clara‘s (Jenna Coleman) students brings to his attention. Initially ignoring the girl’s insight, the Time Lord discovers that Maebh (Abigail Eames) is unusually tuned to the odd happenstance and may be the key to understanding what is going on. The show has certainly gotten its money’s worth of introducing Clara first as a nanny and now as a schoolteacher allowing children to become involved in multiple episodes which it uses again as a strength with talented child acting.

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  • Title: Transporter: The Series – Trojan Horsepower
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Transporter: The Series - Trojan Horsepower

Casting Chris Vance as a stand-in for Jason Statham, Transporter: The Series follows the further adventures of Frank Martin in his role of a former British SAS operative and trained driver who sells his services to those in need of his special skill-set to have something, or someone, transported safely. In “Trojan Horsepower” Frank’s mechanic Dieter Hausmann (Charly Hübner) enlists Frank’s help for a friend (Moon Dailly) in need of transporting the only existing prototype of world-changing engine which men will kill to never see unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

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CHVRCHES – Under The Tide

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2014

in Music News & Reviews

  • Song: “Under The Tide”
  • Artist: CHVRCHES

This is Scottish electronic band CHVRCHES with the official video for “Under The Tide.”

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