September 2013

G.I. JOE #8

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

in Comics

G.I. JOE #8As Duke‘s own friends continue to investigate him, the Mad Monk begins his campaign of terror using Destro‘s Batttle Android Troopers and providing G.I. JOE with three simultaneous threats in New York City by offering Cobra resources to the meth dealing Heathen Motorcycle Gang (under the command of Zandar and Zarana), a terrorist group planning to detonate a dirty bomb in the city, and an anti-immigrant group planning a biological attack on diplomats from the United Nations.

Spread thin across the city the JOEs attempt to neutralize each threat, but with the questions looming about Duke’s loyalty, and the fact that the Mad Monk is only getting started, things are likely to get far worse for the team and their leader in the coming issues.

The issue also gives us more of Destro wooing the Baroness to his side to take down the Mad Monk, before the destroys all of Cobra with his insanity, as the pair indulge in an unusual game of skeet shooting. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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The Deception Verification

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Deception Verification
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“He says you’re the succubus who led his friend astray.”

The Deception Verification

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) returns home a few days early in order to spend time alone with his girlfriend, but when Sheldon (Jim Parsons) soon becomes suspicious that Penny (Kaley Cuoco) may be cheating on his best friend with a new suitor he and Amy (Mayim Bialik) begin snooping. After discovering Leonard’s deception Sheldon is sufficiently miffed. It’s a good thing he doesn’t hold grudges. Oh, wait…

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The Michael J. Fox Show – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Michael J. Fox Show – Pilot
  • IMDB: link

The Michael J. Fox Show - Pilot

In a plot not that far removed from the actor’s own struggles, Michael J. Fox stars as a news anchor who leaves his job to spend more time with his wife (Betsy Brandt), sister (Katie Finneran), and three children (Juliette GogliaConor RomeroJack Gore) after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The Pilot episode revolves around Mike driving his family crazy with his over-attention, Mike’s old boss (Wendell Pierce) trying to woo him back into the studio, and Mike’s daughter Eve (Goglia) making a sappy pseudo-documentary of her father’s struggles to get out of her actual homework assignment.

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Leverage – The Final Season

by Alan Rapp on September 27, 2013

in Home Video

  • Title: Leverage – Season Five
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Leverage - The Final SeasonSometimes bad guys really did make the best good guys. Nine months after Leverage went off the air for the final time the show’s Fifth Season finally arrives on DVD. The final season offers a new home for the team, Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and Hardison (Aldis Hodge) as a couple, Nate (Timothy Hutton) making big plans, and the return of Sterling (Mark Sheppard) for the series finale.

Highlights of the season include insanely huge cons involving the theft of the Spruce Goose, faking first contact to drive their mark crazy, performing the impossible White Rabbit, solving the real-life mystery of D.B. Cooperconning Capital Hillstopping a terrorist plotstealing Christmas from an evil toy manufacturer, and an injured Parker taking down a gang of thieves on her own.

Other episodes involve the team helping out a minor league hockey team and small winery, taking down a Wall Street swindler in Witness Protection, and Elliot (Christian Kane) enlisting the team to help out an old friend.

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The Hofstadter Insufficiency

by Alan Rapp on September 27, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Hofstadter Insufficiency
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The Hofstadter Insufficiency

In the show’s Seventh Season premiere Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) bond while Leonard (Johnny Galecki) parties in the North Sea on his science excursion, Howard (Simon Helberg) attempts to shake Raj (Kunal Nayyar) out of his funk caused by loosing his girlfriend (Kate Micucci) by taking his best friend to a faculty mixer, and Amy(Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) room together during a science convention out of town. The result is a rather lackluster opener to the season, with a few fun moments, that provides three separate stories, only one of which has much to offer.

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