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  • Title: Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons – Part One
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Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons - Part One TV review

The new animated web series offers a retelling of Slade Wilson‘s (Michael Chiklis) origins, a vendetta against the terrorist organization known as H.I.V.E., and his fucked-up family life. “Part One” is a bloody affair offering flashbacks explaining the source of Deathstroke’s powers while in the present his son is kidnapped by H.I.V.E. in an attempt to force the mercenary to work for them (this part of the story stays fairly faithful to the comics). While their plan fails, it does destroy Wilson’s marriage, estrange him from his son, and offer a follow-up tale a decade later when H.I.V.E. goes after the boy once more.

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  • Title: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five
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Legends of Tomorrow  - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five TV review

If the climax of Crisis turned out to be a bit underwhelming the epilogue brings back some fun. The first episode of the Fifth Season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow introduces us to a new world. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and the Paragons didn’t rebirth the entire Multiverse, only a single universe with one Earth where all our heroes live. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is doubly surprised to find out she shares her Earth with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and that Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) had one last move up his sleeve in resetting his role on the new Earth as a beloved benefactor rather than sociopathic villain. Only the Paragons remember the events of Crisis, although J’onn (David Harewood) is able to remedy the siutation fairly quickly to clue in the rest of the heroes as to what is happening, including a final appearance of the Anti-Monitor.

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  • Title: Arrow – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four
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Arrow - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four TV review

After a month hiatus, the Crisis crossover continues. More than any episode of the crossover, “Part Four” does feel the limits of a television budget as the big climactic moments feel a bit rushed and underwhelming. The return of Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), now revealed to be the Spectre (although not looking any different), helps free the Paragons from Vanishing Point on a two-pronged attempt to stop the Anti-Monitor. While Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Ryan Choi (Osric Chau), and Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) attempt to prevent the the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) from opening the rift that allowed the Anti-Monitor into our universe 10,000 years ago (a plotline that ultimately never leads anywhere), the rest of the heroes head for the Anti-Matter Universe with a stopover in the Speed Force that offers a few scenes from the past and one more cameo from another alternate version of one of our heroes.

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Charlie’s Angels – The Big Tap-Out

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2020

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  • Title: Charlie’s Angels – The Big Tap-Out
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Charlie's Angels - The Big Tap-Out television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the tale of three beautiful former police officers turned private detectives working for a faceless boss known as Charlie. An old friend of Charlie’s hires the Angels to help catch a thief and gambler who the police haven’t been able to stop. Step one in the plan is to force Roy David (Richard Romanus) is to push the gambler into betting all of his last big score. Sabrina (Kate Jackson) and Bosley (David Doyle) are able to take half of his money through a sure bet at the racetrack leaving Jill (Farrah Fawcett) to help get him to bet the other half at a casino while also dropping plans for a sure-fire robbery into his lap.

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  • Title: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Blue Gold / Persona Non Grata
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Jack Ryan - Blue Gold / Persona Non Grata television review

“Blue Gold” and “Persona Non Grata” provide a turning point in the Second Season of Jack Ryan with the deaths of a couple of key figures and Reyes (Jordi Mollà) taking advantage of the CIA’s investigation to paint Greer (Wendell Pierce) and others as agents of the United States Government attempting to steal the election for Gloria Bonalde (Cristina Umaña). Before returning to Caracas, Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) concludes his business in London ending in the death of Max Schenkel (Tom Wlaschiha) at the hands of Harriet Baumann (Noomi Rapace) who manages to survive multiple face-to-face confrontations with Max (although he did leave several holes in her body in their final encounter). The following episode doesn’t deal with the fallout of Ryan’s actions as he has plenty of new problems to deal with once leaving London.

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