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  • Title: Angel – Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
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Angel - Are You Now or Have You Ever Been television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Los Angeles and the adventures of a vampire with a soul. It may not be the best episode of the series, as some argue, as the Rebel Without a Cause references are little too obvious and it lacks the necessary ingredients of both Winifred Burkle and Wee Little Puppet Men, but the second episode of Angel‘s sophomore season has a lot going for it. “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been” fits nicely into the show as the introduction of the Hyperion Hotel which would become the new home base of Angel Investigations as well as open the door for the series to explore more of the main character’s past.

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Supergirl – Phantom Menaces

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2021

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  • Title: Supergirl – Phantom Menaces
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Supergirl - Phantom Menaces television review

Emotion drives most of the stories of “Phantom Menaces” with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) trapped in the Phantom Zone leaving her friends to soldier on and deal with her loss. Not suprisingly, Alex (Chyler Leigh) is hit hardest by the team’s inability to rescue Kara while J’onn (David Harewood) attempts to bury his emotions and throw himself into his work finding the phantom that escaped as it looks to breed through humanity creating a new army of phantoms. Meanwhile, Lena‘s (Katie McGrath) and Brainy (Jesse Rath) help each other work through the frustration of Lex Luthor‘s (Jon Cryer) win and attempts to get back to business in a plot thread that works to build on the redemption arc of both characters and push Lena into a new role on the series other than her brother’s keeper. McGrath continues to be the season’s stand-out.

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Cleopatra in Space – Wednesday

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2021

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  • Title: Cleopatra in Space – Wednesday
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Cleopatra in Space - Wednesday television review

Based off Mike Maihack‘s comic series, the first episode of Cleopatra in Space introduces us the Egyptian princess Cleopatra (Lilimar) who gets sucked through a time portal and finds herself 30,000 years in the future. “Wednesday” offers a solid opener with the introduction of Cleopatra as the rambunctious and fearless teen heroine. With half the episode taking place in ancient Egypt, we don’t get as big a glimpse at her new surroundings other than meeting two friends in the alien Akila (Katie Crown) and the cyborg Brian (Jorge Diaz) as well as the talking cat Khensu (Sendhil Ramamurthy) who always believed Cleo was destined to arrive from the past and help save the Nile Galaxy from the villain Octavian (Jonathan Kite) whose evil robots Cleo encounters for the first time. The exploration of our hero’s surroundings, P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. (where Cleopatra will learn how to save the galaxy), and more about Octavian will have to wait for future episodes.

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  • Title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – Haunted House Hang-Up
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Scooby-Doo! - Haunted House Hang-Up television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Scooby Doo, Where Are You! for another mystery involving some meddling kids and their talking dog. Low on gas and lost while trying to get to a rock festival, Mystery, Inc. takes a short-cut and winds up investigating a haunted mansion. Although the Headless Specter is a rather simple design, the character is put to good use in one of the creepier episodes of the series. We’re given the bizarre sequence of Scooby (Don Messick), Shaggy (Casey Kasem), and the Headless Specter all flying overhead on balloons leading to the ghost’s unmasking as Penrod Stillwall but this proves not to conclude the episode. Penrod is the rightful owner of the hidden treasure and, even if it’s really weird, has the right to scare off treasure hunters. In an late twist, however, the episode reveals identity of a true villain, and source of the sounds heard throughout the episode, attempting to steal the hidden treasure.

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer
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MacGyver - Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer TV review

“Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer” works on MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Desi‘s (Levy Tran) relationship when the nanobots within his bloodstream take away the use of his hands while the pair are working to get their hands on a vintage automobile that might lead to the capture of a criminal in hiding for decades. Having Desi work as Mac’s hands over the course of the episode helps relieve the building tension between the pair and find some common ground. The sudden issues Mac experiences help explain why the show didn’t move on from the nanobots. Although does this mean Phoenix thought there would be issues that could affect both Mac and Riley (Tristin Mays)?

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