Graceland‘s Third Season opens ten days after last season’s finale with Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) officially dead to the world while recuperating in a hospital under an assumed name, Paige (Serinda Swan) continues to be wracked by guilt over her rash choice to send Sid (Carmine Giovinazzo) to kill her friend and colleague, and Johnny (Manny Montana) stuck in a no-win situation with Carlito (Erik Valdez) and the cartel. Although all of these storylines will be touched on none will be fully solved leaving that thread dangling to be dealt with over the rest of the season.
While continuing to deal with the struggle of moving in together and planning their wedding, Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) also have to deal with the appearance of a pair of agents (Alan Van Sprang and Natasha Henstridge) from Homeland Security who show up to investigate the recent attacks that left one Federal agent dead and another in critical condition. Seeing an older version of themselves better at balancing work and home demands, Vincent and Catherine take an immediate liking to the pair who it turns out aren’t exactly who they appear to be.
Taking questionable action in the name of an equally questionable cause the Save Greendale Committee refuses to bow to pressure to remove a controversial comic from performing at the school under the threat that their email will be released to the entire student body if they fail to comply. The thin plot allows for the show’s remaining core group to learn just how their friends truly see them as the inevitable flare up explodes.
Although different versions of the character have popped up around the DCU it has been more than 20 years since any version of Doctor Fate was given his own series. Several characters over the years have donned the Helm of Fate, and Doctor Fate #1 continues that tradition by introducing Egyptian-American Khalid Nassour as the latest to be chosen.
The choice to make the new Doctor Fate an Egyptian-American actually plays well on the comic character’s bizarre past, although I’d certainly prefer the hero to look far more traditional in his full-on Doctor Fate mode. We’re introduced to Khalid here but see little of him as Fate leaving some question as to what the character will look like and act going forward.
The opening issue which introduces a talking cat along with hinting of plenty of old magic and mythology which suggests Doctor Fate may could struggle to find its own peculiar corner of the DCU. I’m curious to see if he flourishes or flounders. For fans.
“I See You” is the least-objectionable episode of Stitchers to date as Kirsten (Emma Ishta) enters the mind of a murdered peeping tom living in apartment below Cameron (Kyle Harris) hoping to find answers as to why he was killed. The set-up, and the twist revealing the unusual nature of the victim’s interaction to those he watched, give the episode a more interesting storyline to explore rather than a straightforward murder (although the final twist involving the human trafficking angle is so rushed it lacks the emotional weight necessary to make it all work).
I had serious doubts about DC’s new Black Canary once I heard the concept of turning the hero into the lead singer of a traveling rock band running into problems at every stop (rather than, you know, let her be a super-hero). It’s kind of like Scooby-Doo without the necessary zaniness to sell the concept. Gail Simone’s transformative version of the character seems long forgotten at this point by DC Editorial.
Black Canary #1 puts Dinah and her self-titled band on the road showcasing violent episodes the group has had to deal with at every stop including the latest where monsters appear to attack a young girl the super-hero has taken under her wing.
Those expecting to see Black Canary kick ass will be disappointed as most of comic deals with the behind-the-scenes of a traveling band (which may be interesting but isn’t really why you pick up a comic titled Black Canary). I’m happy to see Dinah get her own title but at the same time I disappointed that it had to be this one. Hit-and-Miss.
The subject of how long is too long to hold on to your dreams in the theme of Clipped’s second episode as Danni (Ashley Tisdale) and A.J. (Mike Castle) offer each other conflicting advice when Danni decides to give up on her dream of being a singer and A.J. is offered another minor league baseball tryout. Although A.J.’s words make Danni reconsider her decision she doesn’t realize how her negative influence upsets her friend who decides to throw in the towel on his lifelong dreams thanks to her advice. The episode also allows for Tisdale to show off her singing voice (in an odd song choice for an open mic night) while writing that talent into her character’s backstory.
As Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Jason (Drew Van Acker) struggle processing the news they had a mentally-deranged older brother who was institutionalized at Radley up until his death, the Liars search for proof that Charles DiLaurentis is indeed still alive. Their search is emboldened after a memory from Jason’s past suggests where Charles may have been staying, although the discovery of his brother’s grave gives the Liars pause as to the true story surrounding the forgotten member of the DiLaurentis family.