July 2018

  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – Champagne for One
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Champagne for One television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. “Champagne for One” offers a different set-up as it allows Archie Goodwin (Timothy Hutton) to witness a murder while standing in for an acquaintance (Boyd Banks) at a charity dinner and dance for unwed mothers. When one of the women, who had contemplated suicide, is poisoned at the party everyone from the host (Marian Seldes) to Inspector Cramer (Bill Smitrovich) is willing to write it off as suicide. Everyone that is, except for Archie Goodwin.

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Take Two – The Devil You Know

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2018

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  • Title: Take Two – The Devil You Know
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Take Two - The Devil You Know television review

Tattiawna Jones guest-stars as a bounty hunter acquaintance of Eddie (Eddie Cibrian who ropes the dectives into helping her track down a large bounty. Not listening to her partner’s concerns, Sam (Rachel Bilson) jumps in with both feet which eventually gets the pair into trouble. “The Devil You Know” is a mostly forgettable episode highlighted by another Charlie’s Angels style undercover turn for Sam (this time in a biker bar) and the return of Brian Markinson who plays Eddie into unintentionally helping the former judge’s chances at trial through a convoluted subplot that does eventually lead to an interesting scene between the two actors. If he should be released, just how large a role with the judge turned criminal mastermind play in the episodes to come?

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Action Comics #1001

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2018

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Action Comics #1001 comic reviewBrian Michael Bendis’ run on Action Comics begins with the writer quickly putting to rest the rumors that Superman is responsible for the rash of fires in Metropolis. The idea that a criminal would pay a kid to implicate the Man of Steel to shift the investigation offers some reasoning for the bombshell and also temporarily hinders Superman’s investigation (although is likely a big mistake in the long term).

From its opening scene involving a pair of criminals attempting armed robbery in Metropolis to later scenes showcasing a hidden underworld criminal and his enterprise, the issue gives us a look at criminal life in the big city showcasing the trouble of fighting Superman in public (to hilarious results) and why its best to fight the Kryptonian from the shadows.

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Danger Man – The Key

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2018

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  • Title: Danger Man – The Key
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Danger Man - The Key television review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. There is victory but no winners when Drake is sent to Vienna to investigate reporter Harry Logan (Robert Flemyng) who is the lead suspect in a series of leaks of classified information smuggled out of the country. Despite evidence of the man’s guilt, Drake’s gut won’t let him believe the reporter is the leak. The truth is more complicated, as the Logan will learn for himself when his wife (Monique Ahrens) is implicated in the plot.

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Killjoys – Johnny Dangerously

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2018

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  • Title: Killjoys – Johnny Dangerously
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Killjoys - Johnny Dangerously television review

Last week’s season premiere caught us up with Dutch‘s (Hannah John-Kamen) adventures in the Green and offered a flashback to how she and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) became RAC agents. “Johnny Dangerously” catches us up with the rest of the characters including the marooned Jacobi brothers and Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen), and lets us know what happened to the rest of the good guys following the sudden halt in the battle against the Hullen. Stuck in the middle of nowhere D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and Kendry take rash action to save a dying Johnny by injecting him with the Green. The process saves his life but also makes him more unstable and unpredictable.

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