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Danger Man – The Actor

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2020

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

Throwback Thursday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. When officials suspect a radio program in Hong Kong is somehow providing sensitive information to the Chinese, John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is sent undercover as an out-of-work actor. After staging a skirmish and ingratiating himself to one of the actors (Gary Cockrell) on the radio program, Drake goes to work both looking for a spy and struggling with how the information is being transmitted under everyone’s nose. With limited time, Drake has to both discover who involved in the show is passing the information, and how they are doing it, and then break the code. Given the limited time the episode has to play out the story, Drake making it on to the show and deciphering the code (after a montage suggesting a long struggle) both turn out to be far easier than one would suspect. Eventually the spy finds what he’s looking for and manages to hide his own message in the radio program’s script.

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Stranger Beside You
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Prodigal Son - Stranger Beside You television review

More than the murder of the week, which involves the dead husband of a mommy blogger (Heather Lind), “Stranger Beside You” is notable for revealing the truth about Eve Blanchard (Molly Griggs) and her connection to the Whitly family. The episode identifies the woman in the box as Eve’s sister (Anna Eilinsfeld), concluding that she is both dead and the 24th victim of Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen). The reveal would have more impact if it hadn’t been proceeded by Eve’s creepy fascination with the box last week, but it does clear the air between her and Malcolm and open the door for more investigation into her sister’s murder (which the show has hinted forebodes bad consequences for poor Malcolm Bright).

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Supergirl – Alex in Wonderland

by Alan Rapp on March 24, 2020

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  • Title: Supergirl – Alex in Wonderland
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Supergirl - Alex in Wonderland television review

For the second week in a row Supergirl offers a Kara-lite (Melissa Benoist) episode as the titular character is pushed aside once again. Following last week’s Dreamer (Nicole Maines) episode, this time it’s Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) turn. With far more groundwork laid prior to the episode’s events, “Alex in Wonderland” works more successfully than “Reality Bytes” while also being tied more directly on ongoing season plotlines. Following a season stressful events punctuated by the death of her father, Alex pushes away friends and family and looks for comfort in VR, unaware that Obsidian North still hasn’t patched various issues shown throughout the season. The season-long theme of something being too good to be true continues as Alex loses herself in a fantasy playing Supergirl.

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  • Title: Batwoman – Through the Looking-Glass
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Batwoman - Through the Looking-Glass television review

Let’s start on a positive note. “Through the Looking-Glass” does include the series best action sequence to date, with Kate (Ruby Rose) out of the Bat-suit kicking the ass of several security guards while helping Alice Rachel Skarsten) break into Arkham Aylumn. The episode also marks the return of Julia Pennyworth (Christina Wolfe) who has been one of the few bright spots for the series outside of its star. The rest of the episode? Pretty much the same shitshow we’ve come to expect from Batwoman on a weekly basis although the episode does earn points for hitting emotional marks better than it has at times this season and letting Alice come off more human (and less cartoonish) than we’ve seen.

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  • Title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – Mine Your Own Business
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Scooby-Doo! - Mine Your Own Business TV review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Scooby Doo, Where Are You! for another mystery involving some meddling kids and their talking dog. A wrong turn leads Mystery, Inc. to the nearly deserted Gold City where locals and guests have been scared off by the Miner Forty-Niner, the ghost of an old prospector still searching for gold. It turns out the Miner is neither a ghost nor looking for gold, but oil hidden below the town. The Miner is one of the more forgettable monsters from the show’s run, although the episode does have some moments such as Scooby-Doo (Don Messick) and Shaggy (Casey Kasem) faking a train in the mine as part of one of the gang’s least complicated traps to catch a ghost.

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