October 2017

The Blacklist – Ilyas Surkov

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2017

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  • Title: The Blacklist – Ilyas Surkov
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The Blacklist - Ilyas Surkov television review

While much of the episode is centered around broader season-long storylines, the case of the week involves Reddington (James Spader) sending the FBI after a terrorist who has somehow continued his attacks more than a year after his death. The search for the true identity of the people who have assumed the terrorist’s name to cover their own actions leads back to the CIA and a rogue operator (Boris McGiver) carrying out his own mission. While it takes a bit to wade through the lies and deception, eventually Liz (Megan Boone) and her team are able to uncover the truth.

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Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2017

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Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1 comic reviewI’m far from the biggest Hack/Slash fan, but I decided to pick up the first issue of the new series written by Tini Howard, and I’ll admit it’s a fun read. With her partner dead, Cassie Hack has been reduced to hiding out in a trailer park with her cat living life in seclusion as a cam girl and fighting virtual zombies online for the joy (and donations) of her anonymous fans. When a pair of escaped zombie twins from the Englund Correction Facility show up banging on her trailer, followed soon after by a third zombie trespasser, our heroine is roused out of her slumber and forced to reconsider taking a job as a counselor at the nearby Camp Indigo River.

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SEAL Team – Collapse

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2017

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  • Title: SEAL Team – Collapse
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SEAL Team - Collapse television review

When anti-American sentiment spikes in the South Sudan following an election the locales feel was rigged, Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his team head out to help evacuate the American embassy. Things are complicated by the current ambassador’s (Gabriel Olds) stubborn refusal to give the evacuation order while being more concerned with his legacy than the lives of his people. Sending half of his protection to evacuate aid workers who have no intention of leaving only infuriates the SEALs more making it that much more difficult to reconnect with the rest of the team and get everyone out of the country without casualties.

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Behind-the-scenes with Nina Agdal on her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit shoot.

The Good Place – Janet and Michael

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2017

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  • Title: The Good Place – Janet and Michael
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The Good Place - Janet and Michael TV review

“Janet and Michael” delves into one of the show’s unanswered questions since revealing that the afterlife community Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends are stuck in is actually Hell rather than Heaven. Focused primarily on Michael (Ted Danson), the episode offers flashbacks to him stealing the robot intelligence he needs to create his community and his early interactions with Janet (D’Arcy Carden). The number of reboots of Janet has caused issue concerning Janet’s core programming. Michael’s reaction to her logical assumption that she needs to be destroyed in order to save The Good Place, offers a first glimpse of humanity for the demon architect. Maybe there’s hope for him yet.