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  • Title: LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars – From Trenches to Wrenches
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LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars - From Trenches to Wrenches television review

The new LEGO Star Wars offers a more open-ended universe for characters across all eras. The show’s first episode ties together several shorts previously released online with the premise of R0-GR (Matthew Wood) sharing adventures from his new autobiography to various characters. The stories range from his inglorious days as part of the Droid Army and adventures on various worlds over the years including Endor, Naboo, Jakku, Takodana, and Tatooine. Various characters show up both in the flashbacks and as R0-GR’s captive audience in the present including Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Cassian, the Freemakers, Maz, Rose, and Admiral Ackbar. While lightweight, and mostly forgettable, the first episode of LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars still proves to be more fun that the mostly disappointing Star Wars Resistance.

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  • Title: The Good Cop – What is the Supermodel’s Secret?
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The Good Cop - What is the Supermodel's Secret? TV review

While Tony Jr. (Josh Groban) investigates a murder for hire, he (and everyone else) is confused by the sudden interest a supermodel (Emma Ishta) has shown in Tony Sr. (Tony Danza). As the model pushes the elder Tony Caruso to find his missing phone it becomes obvious to the audience, if not a single character on the show, what she is truly after. The reveal of incriminating evidence that ties the model to the murder Junior is investigating is hardly surprising once the phone is discovered. Although the shock that Tony and the supermodel together creates in the rest of the cast is good for a couple of chuckles, the mystery is rather bland. The only big change in the show’s second episode is to promote Cora (Monica Barbaro) from Tony’s parole officer to a detective on the force with his son.

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  • Title: The Good Place – Chapter 34: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will
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The Good Place - The Worst Possible Use of Free Will TV review

“The Worst Possible Use of Free Will” takes us back to the Neighborhood as Michael (Ted Danson) restores some of Eleanor (Kristen Bell) memories in an attempt to convince his friend that she can indeed love. The result is the best episode of the show’s Third Season so far with revelations (Sam the Eagle, Elanor? Really?) as the show takes the characters back to the show’s original set-up. There’s certainly some character development for both Michael and Eleanor as well as the process helps her come to grip with her insecurities while showcasing just how far Michael has come as well. Great moments include Eleanor getting her head fried, Mirror Centaur, the return of the more philosophical Eleanor, the coolest thing Michael has ever done, and the purple space bubble of pain.

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Arrow – Level Two

by Alan Rapp on November 6, 2018

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  • Title: Arrow – Level Two
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Arrow - Level Two television review

Like many of his previous plans, Oliver (Stephen Amell) getting thrown into Level Two of Slabside Maximum Security Prison doesn’t go exactly according to plan as he spends the episode in a battle of wills with Dr. Jarrett Parker (Jason E. Kelley) who uses a variety of methods including starvation, sound torture, drugs, and shock therapy in an attempt to break the prisoner’s will. It sounds like the good doctor hasn’t done his research about just who he’s dealing with (didn’t he watch the first six seasons of the show?). While presenting himself as someone trying to help Oliver, there’s more than a little of Dr. Hugo Strange in Dr. Parker’s methods.

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Supergirl – Ahimsa

by Alan Rapp on November 6, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Ahimsa
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Supergirl - Ahimsa television review

For the second straight episode, Supergirl offers little of the show’s trademark hero while still providing a strong episode centered around the show’s supporting cast. With Kara (Melissa Benoist) locked in a suit which is keeping her alive but limiting her usefulness in the Kryptonite-infused atmosphere, it falls on Alex (Chyler Leigh) to lead the DEO without its biggest weapon (even going so far as to bench Kara for her own good). And there’s plenty to fight here in an episode that wraps up the Mercy (Rhona Mitra) storyline as the Graves break into the DEO to grab a couple of aliens they plan to unleash on an unsuspecting public, but still leaves plenty of trouble for the group as Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) slinks back into the shadows to continue driving the anti-alien agenda. Oh, we also get a tease for a new Parasite (Anthony Konechny) and more foreshadowing of the Russian Supergirl’s preparations for an inevitable clash.

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