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Danger Man – Hired Assassin

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2020

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Danger Man - Hired Assassin television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) goes undercover in South America an assassin in order to prevent an assassination by revolutionaries in “Hired Assassin.” Opening with Drake already in the role, running from local police (who are helping sell his cover) offers a nice change of pace to start the episode. The target of the deception is a nightclub singer (Judy Carne) who decides to help hide Drake once she learns he is an assassin for hire. A few introductions later, and Drake is working to kill the president. Actually, by coming up with an over-complicated plan that sounds foolproof involving digging a tunnel under the route of the car and using explosives, Drake narrows the revolutionaries chances to kill their target to a single opportunity which he is able to foil. By the time the revolutionaries discover Drake is working against them, their fate is sealed.

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Highlander – Band of Brothers

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2020

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  • Title: Highlander – Band of Brothers
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Highlander - Band of Brothers television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to a man born in the Highlands of Scotland more than 400 years ago and a murderous game between sword-wielding immortals where there can be only one. Aside from being a strong standalone episode, “Band of Brothers” feeds the larger Highlander storylines in several ways. First, the episode introduces the former general turned priest in Darius (Werner Stocker). A mentor and friend to Duncan (Adrian Paul), Darius’ introduction not only fills in a gap of Duncan’s life from warrior to a more complex individual but also introduces the idea of a Dark Quickening which the series will develop further along the line by offering the story of the inverse when the once powerful general was forever changed by taking the life of a holy man and turning away from a life of war.

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  • Title: Harley Quinn – Finding Mr. Right
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Harley Quinn - Finding Mr. Right television review

Hoping to enhance her prestige in Gotham City, Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) sets out to get herself a nemesis. Looking to take on Batman, a public altercation with Robin (Jacob Tremblay), also looking to set himself up with a nemesis of his own, lowers Harley’s stock in the villain community ever farther to the point where Lois Lane says she put the women’s supervillain movement back decades. Of course the Boy Wonder claiming that Harley is his new nemesis at every turn doesn’t help matters any.

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Stargirl – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2020

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Stargirl - Pilot television review

For as many super-hero shows that have been produced over the past decade it’s odd that Stargirl is the first to center around a single teen protagonist rather than your usual twenty or thirty-somethings. Despite opening with the deaths of multiple heroes, the pilot episode offers a bit of a lighter touch than we’ve seen in recent years focusing on the upheaval of Courtney Whitmore‘s (Brec Bassinger) life as her family leaves Los Angeles for a new life in Nebraska. There’s plenty of cliche here, both in the depiction of Midwestern hospitality and in high school life, but when the show focuses on super-heroes it finds its groove. The first character we’re introduced to isn’t Courtney, but her new stepfather (Luke Wilson) who a decade ago was the sidekick for the dying Starman (Joel McHale) who entrusts his cosmic staff to Pat, suggesting someone other than Pat (really, anyone but Pat) might one day be chosen.

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The Flash – Success is Assured

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2020

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  • Title: The Flash – Success is Assured
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The Flash - Success is Assured television review

It’s more accurate to say the Sixth Season of The Flash ends with “Success is Assured” as little effort is made to come to a conclusion in the shortened season finale. Yes, Joseph Carver‘s (Eric Nenninger) reign of terror will come to an end as Eva McCulloch (Efrat Dor) gets her revenge, but Iris (Candice Patton) remains trapped in the mirror universe and Barry (Grant Gustin) is no closer to creating an artificial Speed Force or preventing the loss of the little speed he has left. Also, with so little time left, it’s a bit odd for yet another episode to devote so much time to Killer Frost‘s (Danielle Panabaker) personal story which is completely disconnected from the season arc and ultimately doesn’t lead the character anywhere but into an obvious state of hiatus.

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