September 2015

Bizarro #4

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2015

in Comics

Bizarro #4The six-issue mini-series centering on the bizarre friendship between Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen continues when the unlikely pair run into Zatanna in Bizarro #4. The madcap adventures from writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte (with a little help from Darwyn Cooke) get a little magical boost to the proceedings with this issue. What happens when you mix backward magic and Bizarro? Total chaos, that’s what!

Bizarro #4 features three DC characters I enjoy but often dislike how they are used within the DCU. This issue allows Jimmy to be a troublemaker, Bizarro to show some humanity, and Zatanna to shine without getting lost in a grim Vertigo-esque plot.

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Doctor Who – The Witch’s Familiar

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Doctor Who – The Witch’s Familiar
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Doctor Who - The Witch's Familiar

It’s official, I’ve already grown tired of Missy (Michelle Gomez). “The Witch’s Familiar” concludes the opening arc to the Ninth Season of Doctor Who which began with last week’s “The Magician’s Apprentice.” The not-so-dead Missy and Clara (Jenna Coleman) spend most of the episode together, and apart from The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) whose comapssion is put to the test by his most hated enemies and the mind of the mad man who spawned them. As Dalek episodes go I wouldn’t rank this pair against the best of Doctor Who, but the second-half does deliver The Doctor out-thinking his enemy once more (and surely not for the last time).

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Mai ho’oni i ka wai lana mâlie
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Hawaii Five-0 - Mai ho'oni i ka wai lana mâlie

Hawaii Five-0 opens its Sixth Season with a story about pirates and buried treasure when an author investigating a late 19th Century pirate attack on the islands is found murdered for what he may have uncovered. Investigating the murder leads the group to the great-granddaughter (Samantha Lockwood) of one of the pirates and her partner (Jay Hector) who are willing to do whatever it takes to find the lost treasure. The episode has fun with the pirate theme involving Jerry (Jorge Garcia) in the investigation before Five-0 eventually tracks down the killers but not the elusive treasure which turns out to be more legend than fact.

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Continuum – Power Hour

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2015

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  • Title: Continuum – Power Hour
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Continuum - Power Hour

Kiera (Rachel Nichols) continues to struggle to deal with the future soldiers by continuing her shaky alliance with Garza (Luvia Petersen) on an information-gathering mission about their adversaries motivations that will leave another former Liber8 member dead. Meanwhile both Alec (Erik Knudsen) and Julian (Richard Harmon) take steps to change their futures as “Power Hour” continues to move Continuum one step closer to the series finale.

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Scorpion – Satellite of Love

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2015

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  • Title: Scorpion – Satellite of Love
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Scorpion - Satellite of Love

Scorpion returns for its Second Season with Walter (Elyes Gabel) leaving physical therapy early to lead the team back into action for the new Director of Homeland Security (Alana De La Garza) who brings Cabe (Robert Patrick) back into the fold and gives the team a new assignment in preventing a damaged nuclear Russian satellite from crashing into California. Alana De La Garza is an interesting addition to the cast and her character, who is more supportive of Scorpion than her predecessor while being primarily concerned with her own glory, provides a new spin on Scorpion‘s work for the Federal Government which should open new storylines for the show this season.

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