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Bull – Parental Guidance

by Alan Rapp on March 21, 2019

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  • Title: Bull – Parental Guidance
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Bull - Parental Guidance television review

The latest client for Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his associates is a defendant who is admittedly guilty of the crime he is charged with. A teenager (C.J. Valleroy) who lived nearly his entire life in isolation with his paranoid survalist father is left on his own after his father his killed and he is arrested for shooting at a police officer and social worker who were trespassing on thier property. To win over the jury, Benny (Freddy Rodríguez) works to convince the jury that young man was ignorant of the consequences of his actions, but to win the case they will have to prove just the opposite. “Parental Guidance” offers a clever late twist that rather than sink the lawyers’ case, actually offers them a new avenue to explore and not only get justice for their client but provide for a future for a young man lost in the new world he finds himself in without his father.

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Arrow – Star City 2040

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2019

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  • Title: Arrow – Star City 2040
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Arrow - Star City 2040 television review

Arrow spends an entire episode in the future with “Star City 2040” as Mia (Katherine McNamara), William (Jack Moore), Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones), Zoe (Andrea Sixtos), and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) rescue Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and race to stop Kevin Dale (Raj Paul) from blowing up Star City. “Star City 2040” features plenty of questionable old age makeup and future tech as the heroes are not only to storm the castle and rescue the princess but even win back an old ally to their side. Still, Dale has big plans for Star City and Archer (which looks to be the thread which will eventually tie events back to the show’s current storyline).

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  • Title: The Umbrella Academy – The Day That Wasn’t / The Day That Was
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The Umbrella Academy - The Day That Wasn't / The Day That Was TV review

We get alternate versions of the same day in back-to-back episodes, but because the focus of each episode is different not much repeats, although the family ticking off Vanya (Ellen Page), once again by excluding her, remains a constant. After a brief look at Klaus‘ (Robert Sheehan) time in Vietnam, much of “The Day That Wasn’t” focuses on Number 5‘s (Aidan Gallagher) new job with the Temps Commission as the bides his time, and puts out a couple of poison pills which force Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Cameron Britton) into difficult decisions, before bombing the fuck out of the commission and heading back home with a lead.

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  • Title: Supergirl – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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Supergirl - O Brother, Where Art Thou? television review

As one villain exits another enters. Believing Manchester Black (David Ajala) to be behind the shooting of James “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), J’onn (David Harewood) redoubles his efforts to stop his schemes which are now aided by a Martian staff that makes him even more dangerous. While Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) works to keep the carnage at bay, J’onn will have to put aside his peaceful vows. Manchester exits in relatively forgettable fashion, considering all the trouble he has caused, but J’onn’s actions in permanently subduing him foreshadow new problems for the Martian. This leaves Jimmy at the hands of doctors who can’t save him and Alex (Chyler Leigh) alone to convince Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) to consider a dangerous experimental cure. Alex forgetting her sister’s secret identity has allowed the show to play on the old Superman trope of why the hero’s alter ego missing important moments. Will these unexplained absences eventually lead Alex into doing a little snooping?

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  • Title: Highlander – The Gathering
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“Damn you! Damn your Gathering! Damn your whole race!”

Highlander: The Series - The Gathering television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post 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. A spin-off of the Highlander movie series, Highlander: The Series focuses on the adventures of Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul), the younger clansman of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). “The Gathering” sets up the basic formula for the show’s First Season introducing Duncan, his girlfriend Tessa (Alexandra Vandernoot), and a young thief (Stan Kirsch) whose role will greatly expand over time. The show’s pilot episode also features Richard Moll as the evil immortal of the week, who targets not only Duncan but Tessa as well, and features Lambert in a guest-role passing the torch to Paul.

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