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Miss Sherlock – Stella Maris

by Alan Rapp on January 20, 2021

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  • Title: Miss Sherlock – Stella Maris
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Miss Sherlock - Stella Maris television review

A severed ear and finger, from separate victims, sent through the mail to a politician (Yuki Saitô) piques Sherlock’s (Yûko Takeuchi) interest in an unusual case. Each body part is traced back to a member of the police force, but each is adorned with an item that does not belong to either victim. Instead they belong to a hit-and-run victim of the politician years before, and it’s the victim’s father who has come after those responsible for covering up his crime. The unusual case is interesting to see unfold, although the episode is more memorable for Sherlock discovering that Dr. Wato (Shihori Kanjiya) can be useful on a case and the final scene in which she uncovers the existence of Akira Moriwaki who is the head of the secret organization known as Stella Maris.

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – It’s All in the Execution
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Prodigal Son - It's All in the Execution television review

Prodigal Son returns for its Second Season with Malcolm (Tom Payne) even “more brightish than usual.” Still feeling the effects of helping his sister get away with murder, it’s not until the final scene where the Surgeon (Michael Sheen), now reinstated back to the asylum, correctly diagnoses the true cause of his son’s guilt. With Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips) still recovering from his wounds, JT (Frank Harts) has done a solid job running the unit which catches a new case in a justice killer dispatching the guilty by obscure means (one by guillotine and walling another inside a literal dungeon while still alive).

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Remington Steele – Vintage Steele

by Alan Rapp on January 19, 2021

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  • Title: Remington Steele – Vintage Steele
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Remington Steele - Vintage Steele television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to a con man pretending to be the world’s greatest detective in Remington Steele. “Vintage Steele” throws Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan) and Laura (Stephanie Zimbalist) together on an absurd case involving a dead body which keeps appearing and disappearing. The body is first discovered by Laura’s ex-boyfriend (David Huffman), a banker overseeing a deal with a local winery, who discovers the body floating in a vat of chardonnay. He successfully hides the body, which he fears will blow the deal, only to lose in on the road and later discover it again in the winery. With most of the story centered around either finding the body, which Steele takes to calling Harry, or preventing others from stumbling upon it, the mystery of how the man died (or who he is) remains on the back-burner.

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO
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MacGyver - Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO television review

“Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO” picks up the long-dormant thread of the missing member of the team: Jack Dalton (George Eads). Eads, who left the show in the middle of the show’s Third Season, doesn’t appear in the episode other than in previously-shot footage to open the show in which Jack leaves the team to join a task force to hunt down terrorist Tiberius Kovac. The episode opens with Jack’s body returned to the United States and the team’s wake for their fallen friend. Nearly two-years since Dalton’s exit, this episode has been coming for awhile. The only real surprise is how quickly things are wrapped-up in a single-episode storyline (rather than kick-off a longer arc).

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Star Trek: Discovery – The Sanctuary

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2021

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  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – The Sanctuary
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Star Trek: Discovery - The Sanctuary television review

“The Sanctuary” introduces Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) to Book‘s (David Ajala) home world of Kwejian which is under attack by Osyraa (Janet Kidder) and the Emerald Chain because of Book’s role in the events from the previous episode. The takeaways from the encounter are that the Emerald Chain is a lot less impressive in action than in rumors (its flagship is beaten by the limited firepower of Book’s courier vessel) and that Ryn (Noah Averbach-Katz) may prove to be a valuable ally for Discovery and the Federation. The disappointment of the Emerald Chain is a reminder to the underwhelming reality of Voyager’s journey through the Delta Quadrant giving us new races such as the Kazon. Going where no one has gone before sounds great… until you need to fill it with interesting aliens.

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