The Flash – All Star Team Up

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – All Star Team Up
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The Flash - All Star Team Up

Things are looking up for Central City. Crime rates have fallen as appearances of the Flash (Grant Gustin) have risen with the city’s new hero helping Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Eddie (Rick Cosnett), who is struggling with keeping Barry’s secret from his girlfriend, with several recent collars. With Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) needing a little help on his A.T.O.M. suit, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and her new boyfriend make a trip to Central City to see her friends at S.T.A.R. Labs. The guest-appearance by both Felicity and Ray allows for her to coax the truth from Barry about what is bothering him about his team while Ray’s first appearance on the show allows both he and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) to go into full geek mode and an instant bromance while working on the suit.

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Scorpion – Cliffhanger

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2015

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  • Title: Scorpion – Cliffhanger
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Scorpion - Cliffhanger

In an episode with big ramifications going forward, including setting up next week’s season finale, Team Scorpion is called in to help when a scientist with an old grudge takes control of a Los Angeles laboratory and begins killing others inside. Given that the man wants to draw attention to the bombings in Baghdad tied to Walter‘s (Elyes Gabel) work for the U.S. Government the situation hits close to home for everyone, especially once Cabe (Robert Patrick) finally admits to further culpability in the attacks which he kept from Walter for years.

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Convergence: Speed Force #1

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2015

in Comics

Convergence: Speed Force #1Now that’s more like it. After being horribly disappointed with Convergence: Batgirl #1 I was feeling less and less sure about DC’s new big event centering on battles between previous versions of characters not found in the current New 52 DCU. Convergence: Speed Force #1 gives us Wally West back in action as the Flash and his kids Jai and Iris.

Like pretty much every Convergence tie-in issue, Speed Force #1 begins by offering us glimpses of the hero’s life without powers after the city is transported by Brainiac. With the fall of the barrier the Flash and his kids take a run across the bizarre world coming across an assortment of odd characters including another speedsterFastback!

Although I’m not sure I’m ready to see the Flash take on the Flashpoint version of Wonder Woman next issue, I am excited to see Wally and Fastback team-up. Unlike Convergence: Batgirl #1 this issue gets the feel of its characters right. (Plus I’m all in favor of throwing the Zoo Crew as much love as possible.) Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Battle Creek – Mama’s Boy

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2015

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  • Title: Battle Creek – Mama’s Boy
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Battle Creek - Mama's Boy

Candice Bergen guest-stars on the latest episode of Battle Creek as Russ’ (Dean Winters) convict mother who is temporarily released from prison into the custody of Russ and Milt (Tad Hamilton) to help solve a murder tied to the world of counterfeiting which the woman knows all too well. Of course the fact that Russ can’t trust a word the woman says, including her unwillingness to admit to having $1,000,000 in cash conned from a murderer with ties to organized crime, makes solving the case harder than usual.

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  • Title: Nothing to Report – Moses is Fat / Captain Ed / Emotional Scars
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Nothing to Report - Moses is Fat, Captain Ed, and Emotional Scars

In the first three episodes of Comedy Central’s new web series Nothing to Report partners Chance Blackstreet (Chris Jericho) and Moses Packard (Nick Mundy) bicker in their squad car while dealing with Moses’ weight effecting his job, a drunk childhood icon humping their car, and their own emotional issues.

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Coming Soon – Ant-Man

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2015

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Ant-Man
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The first full-length trailer for Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas offers a bit more of the plot of the upcoming film along with the first look at the movie’s villain Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) including a fight between the pair inside a Thomas the Train playset. Hayley Atwell, Evangeline Lilly, and Judy Greer also star. Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17th.

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Once Upon a Time – Heart of Gold

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2015

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Heart of Gold
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Once Upon a Time - Heart of Gold

The storyline of the Author (Patrick Fischler) and Emma‘s (Jennifer Morrison) disagreement with her parents over what they did to ensure her role as Savior are put on hold as “Heart of Gold” focuses mainly on Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and Marian (Christie Laing), the hero’s trip to Oz, and what he and his family have been up to in New York since leaving Storybrooke. The storyline includes a major plot twist allowing for the return of a villain as well as foreshadowing the possibility of a happy ending for Robin and Regina (Lana Parrilla) who learns the truth about her sister Zelena‘s (Rebecca Mader) twisted plan.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ua Helele’i Ka Hoku
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ua Helele'i Ka Hoku

The murder of an Elvis impersonator at a convention Max (Masi Oka) attended leads Five-0 to the discovery of diamond smuggling tied to a former case. With most of the other suspects also being Elvis impersonators at the convention where the victim was poisoned, Danny (Scott Caan) and the rest of the unit question the other Elvis-clad competitors quickly wrapping up the murder but not why the victim’s body was stolen from the morgue or how his costume is related to one of Five-0’s former cases.

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Rocket Raccoon #10

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2015

in Comics

Rocket Raccoon #10Rocket Raccoon #10 interrupts Rocket Raccoon‘s attempt to pay the money owed to all his ex-girlfriend princesses when Rocket is approached by his old frenemy Klep who informs our hero about a chance to find the missing Book of Halfworld… for the right price.

Turning his hard-worn earnings over to Klep for the intel rather than paying off his debts makes Rocket an immediate fugitive from the law (and even Cosmo) aboard Knowhere but if Klep’s information pans out we’ll get to see how Skottie Young plans to reintroduce the character’s somewhat convoluted comic book past and make it fit into the current Marvel continuity.

As we’ve come to expect from the series, issue #10 is heavy on both action and humor as Rocket is forced to fight his way out of Knowhere after paying off Klep. Armed with a new lead, and a new reason for authorities and bounty hunters to come after him, Rocket and Groot’s new adventure kicks off with an entertaining first issue. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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  • Title: Olympus – The Temple of Gaia / Daedalus
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Olympus - The Temple of Gaia / Daedalus

Olympus is the latest live-action mythological fantasy to find its way to the Syfy Channel. The show’s first two episodes introduce us to an unnamed Mercenary (Tom York) whose name has the power to kill if spoken aloud, an Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) on the run, and the inner circle of the royal family of Athens to which both characters’ destinies are linked. When we first meet our Mercenary he’s taken a job to return the missing Oracle to the temple. Saving the woman from a cyclops and marauders (who are attempting to save her from him), the Mercenary’s payment is nothing but betrayal as he learns the secret to his parentage and why priests and queens will kill to get the knowledge locked in his genes.

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