Television Reviews 

  • Title: Supergirl – The Quest for Peace
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“Try not to quote Hitler in public, dear. It will hurt the brand.”

Supergirl - The Quest for Peace television review

Supergirl ends its Fourth Season with a solid, although not quite super, episode as Kara (Melissa Benoist) strives to undo all of Lex Luthor‘s (Jon Cryer) evil machinations that have set him up as America’s new hero. “The Quest for Peace” (taking its name from one of the best forgotten Superman sequels – which is still isn’t the worst Superman movie ever made) makes good use of flashbacks to fill in the events from Lex’s point-of-view (which cover quite a bit of ground while Supergirl was occupied with Red Daughter). From there Lex struts his stuff turning aliens into human batteries Matrix-style to fuel a space laser he plans to use to kill Superman. Ah, yes, there’s the mad-scientist with Superman-envy (and hair envy) we know and love. Cryer continues to entertain as Lex Luthor, although it’s unclear how much we may get of the character going forward.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Hewa ka lima / Hana Mao ‘ole ka ua o Waianae
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Hawaii Five-0 - Hewa ka lima / Hana Mao 'ole ka ua o Waianae television review

Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence) resurfaces in the final two episodes of Hawaii Five-0‘s Ninth Season as a cyber-terrorist working for the NSA. When his field office is hit and the other hackers are killed, Wright goes to Five-0 for help. The evidence points Five-0 to a medical manufacturing company who one of the hackers was blackmailing after he discovered the company’s latest, and most profitable, invention killed three people in testing. While all the facts are true, it takes Jerry (Jorge Garcia) too long to discover that Wright has played the team, and the NSA, for fools as he orchestrated the entire attack in order to obtain his freedom and a profitable hard drive full of the best cyber-terrorist software ever invented which he plans to sell to the highest bidder prior to sneaking off the island.

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Stockholm Syndrome
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The Big Bang Theory - The Stockholm Syndrome television review

After 12 seasons The Big Bang Theory comes to a close with an episode that falls back on the reliable premise of how inconsiderate and selfish Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) can be. The show never lost money revisiting that plot thread. The series concludes with the cast out of the country to be in attendance when Sheldon and Amy (Mayim Bialik) accept their Nobel Prize. While on the plane trip over the secret of Penny‘s (Kaley Cuoco) pregnancy is revealed, Sheldon’s reaction causes an immediate (but quickly reconciled) dust-up, and the show offers some individual moments for various characters as Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) freak-out over leaving their children for the first time and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) meets a new woman (who may have once slain vampires, but has no romantic interest in him).

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The Flash – Legacy

by Alan Rapp on May 15, 2019

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  • Title: The Flash – Legacy
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The Flash - Legacy television review

There’s quite a bit happening in the show’s season finale which says farewell to two heroes, ends the season-long threat of Cicada, and brings back the show’s most notorious villain. Faced with the choice to destroy the dagger and save Grace (Islie Hirvonen), thus releasing Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) from his imprisonment, or forgo saving the girl in order to stop Thawne from returning, Team Flash chooses to help the innocent. The quandary proves to be the most interesting aspect of the season-long arc, although the show never really explains how it is related to Thawne’s countdown? Anyway, destroying the dagger has the expected effect to altering the future timeline, restoring the Reverse-Flash’s powers… and wiping Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) out of existence.

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  • Title: Arrow – You Have Saved This City
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Arrow - You Have Saved This City television review

Although the show will return for a final season next year, “You Have Saved This City” comes as close as you can get to a series finale for a show that isn’t cancelled yet. The season finale wraps up both the current battle with Emiko (Sea Shimooka) and the Ninth Circle who plan on releasing a biological weapon across Star City and the future arc involving Mia (Katherine McNamara), William (Jack Moore), and the others also fighting to save the city decades from now. The epilogue even offers a ride into the sunset for Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) before foreshadowing Oliver’s call to arms by the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) leading into next season’s Crisis.

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