The Junior Professor Solution

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Junior Professor Solution
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The Junior Professor Solution

With the season premiere returning Sheldon home and introducing a new career for Penny (Kaley Cuoco), “The Junior Professor Solution” deals with the leftover fallout from last season’s finale and Penny’s future in pharmaceutical sales. Sheldon (Jim Parsons) returns to the university still dead set against continuing his study of String Theory. Much to Sheldon’s surprise, the university offers the scientist more money and a way to choose a new field of study but only if Sheldon agrees to become a junior professor and teach a class.

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Astro City #15

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2014

in Comics

Astro City #15Wrapping up the two-issue arc begun last month, Astro City #15 reveals the history of Eleanor Jennersen and how the leading mind behind robotics became the owner of a robot scrap yard in the middle of nowhere. Pulled before a judge for the crimes caused by the robots her nephew decided to use for a quick profit, Ellie breaks out of prison (thanks to the help of her metal friends) and clears not only her name but those of her rebuilt robots as well by revealing the true threat behind the plot: her old college roommate Vivi Viktor.

The Reed Richards/Victor von Doom elements of the story are fun to see played out as the unassuming and noble Ellie is revealed to be one of the most brilliant people on the planet despite Vivian’s attempt to shatter her mind and steal her secrets decades ago.

Despite every motive to seek revenge from the woman who stole her life, Ellie proves to be a hero in every sense of the word not even accepting the praise or help of the world’s heroes once they realize the true story. As always, worth a look.

[Vertigo, $3.99]

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Scorpion – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Scorpion – Pilot
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Scorpion - Pilot

Adapted from the real-life adventures of a computer genius’ work with the Federal Government, Scorpion stars Elyes Gabel as one of the five smartest minds on the planet who, along with the team of geniuses (Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong, Ari Stidham) he leads has trouble with emotional reactions and connecting to the wider world. The “Pilot” centers around Walter and his flailing company being hired by his old government handler (Robert Patrick) who needs to team to get the corrupted computers at LAX up and running before planes start falling from the sky in less than two hours.

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Kelly Rohr(s) onto the cover of Galore

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

in Books & Magazines

Kelly Rohr - Galore (September 2014)

Kelly Rohr is one of the cover models for the latest issue of Galore which features an interview and cover shoot with the model. You can find all of Kelly’s pics inside.

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The Blacklist – Lord Baltimore

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Blacklist – Lord Baltimore
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The Blacklist - Lord Baltimore

Picking up on the unresolved events of last season‘s two-part finale, Reddington (James Spader) continues his search for the mysterious Berlin (Peter Stormare) as his enemy reaches close to home and enlists an expert data miner and bounty hunter known as Lord Baltimore (Krysten Ritter) to track down Red’s ex-wife (Mary-Louise Parker) who apparently is key to the madman’s revenge. Things aren’t better for the rest of the task force as Cooper‘s (Harry Lennix) recovery has him contemplating retirement, Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) is refusing psychological counseling, and Lizzie‘s (Megan Boone) life after the death of Tom (Ryan Eggold) has gotten no less complicated.

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Gotham – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

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  • Title: Gotham – Pilot
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Gotham - Pilot

Opening on the worst night of Bruce Wayne‘s (David Mazouz) life, Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and his new partner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) catch the murder case involving the deaths of Gotham’s most prominent citizens and the frightened young boy who was one of two witnesses to the crime. Desperately trying to create the grim feel of Christopher Nolan‘s recent films while featuring writing, acting, and dialogue better fitting a lazy afternoon soap opera than a much ballyhooed new primetime series, the “Pilot” of Gotham is sadly far, far removed from the far more interesting award-winning comic book tales of the GCPD by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, and Michael Lark.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels: The Movie
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Disney’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere on October 3rd with a two-part movie before officially beginning it’s First Season run on October 13th. Set five years before the original Star Wars (no, I’m not going to refer to it as “A New Hope”), the series centers around a group of rebels including a former Jedi (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a teenage con artist (Taylor Gray), the ship’s muscle (Steve Blum) and pilot (Vanessa Marshall), an explosives expert (Tiya Sircar), and an astromech droid.

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The Locomotion Interruption

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Locomotion Interruption
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The Locomotion Interruption

Taking place 45 days after last season’s finale which saw Sheldon (Jim Parsons) rebel against change and decide to leave home to ride the rails, “The Locomotion Interruption” finds the scientist at his wits ends after being robbed of his valuables, dignity, and his pants, and forced to call Leonard (Johnny Galecki) for help. Taking Amy (Mayim Bialik) along with him, Leonard drives to Arizona to bring his friend home on what proves to be a pair of uncomfortable car rides both to and from the copper state.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season Two

by Alan Rapp on September 22, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season Two
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season TwoAlthough the First Season collection of Batman: The Brave and the Bold certainly has its moments, the Season Two collection is where the show begins to hit its stride and fully embrace the Silver Age zaniness which would become its trademark.

Collected on Blu-ray for the first time, the Second Season set includes not one but two Captain Marvel stories, the classic recreation of the comic story of Batman confronting Joe Chill, a Crisis-inspired tale involving all three Flashes, Aquaman’s family vacation, Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle together again, the sidekicks getting their own episode, a Birds of Prey episode written by Gail Simone, a space race between heroes and villains, and Batman being split into three separate personalities (including one who eats nachos). Unless you already own the episodes on DVD, it’s an easy recommendation for Bat-fans everywhere. Sadly, the set includes no extras.

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Nova #21

by Alan Rapp on September 22, 2014

in Comics

Nova #21Although his actions will have serious consequences for when he returns home to Earth, Nova takes the day off from school to fly into the heart of the Chitauri Empire and search for his father whom he has learned had been living as a slave forced to battle in the alien race’s gladiatorial games.

Sam makes it to the race’s heavily-guarded homeworld of Chitauri Prime, but discovers his father has already led a prison break and is now lost somewhere in space aboard a ship with limited capabilities which the young Nova cannot track.

Although Nova #21 doesn’t reunite Sam with his father, it does confirm for Sam that the former Nova is still alive and (like many other of the former gladiators) searching for a way home. It will be interesting to see how long the comic keeps his father lost in space and just what happens to Sam’s space-fairing extra-curricular activities once he does return to Earth. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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