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Charlie’s Angels – The Killing Kind

by Alan Rapp on February 14, 2019

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  • Title: Charlie’s Angels – The Killing Kind
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Charlie's Angels - The Killing Kind television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the tale of three beautiful former police detectives turned private detectives working for a faceless boss known as Charlie. Opening with the murder of an investigative reporter (Nancy Stephens), the Angels are hired by the victim’s father who believes (correctly) his daughter was murdered by someone connected to the resort she was investigating. Jill (Farrah Fawcett) goes in as a tennis instructor and Kelly (Jaclyn Smith) as a fashion photographer offering an excuse to do some snooping. Meanwhile, Sabrina‘s (Kate Jackson) makes a visit to the girl’s father but gets duped by an impostor and nearly meets her end on the road.

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The Flash – Cause and XS

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2019

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The Flash - Cause and XS television review

In “Cause and XS” The Flash revisits the idea of timeloops and altering the past. For one hour Barry (Grant Gustin) enters the Speed Force in order to speed up Cisco‘s (Carlos Valdes) meta-human cure. However, this leaves the rest of the team vulnerable to Cicada‘s (Chris Klein) attack. Despite doing her best, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) watches someone close to her stabbed to death with the super-villain’s dagger no matter what changes she attempts to make to events by traveling back an hour to set things right. Only Cisco’s minor vibes clue him in that something odd is going on as the episode offers a few different awkward first dates with Kamilla (Victoria Park) in the sequences set to provide the lighter moments in contrast to the large amount of death Nora is incapable of stopping.

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Arrow – Star City Slayer

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2019

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

There are definitely pieces that work in “Star City Slayer” but also just as much that will likely frustrate fans of the show. With a large portion of the episode set aside to deal with William‘s (Jack Moore) return, it becomes obvious fairly quickly how the character has been mismanaged up to this point. Not fitting into the show’s larger plans, the only available option is to ship him off to his grandparents while a villain’s attack helps convince Oliver (Stephen Amell) that it might be for the best (and help explain his disconnect to the city and his family in the future plotline). And for that villain, Stanley Dover (Brendan Fletcher) returns as the killer threatening Oliver’s friends in a crazy attempt to reconnect with his former prison buddy. Dover actually works fairly well here, especially with the addition of his paralyzing agent that leaves his victims completely at the mad man’s mercy.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Dreams in Darkness
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Batman: The Animated Series - Dreams in Darkness TV review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to Gotham City. “Dreams in Darkness” is one of those episodes of Batman: The Animated Series I often forget about, which is surprising since it has such an unusual set-up. The episode opens with a ranting Batman (Kevin Conroy) incarcerated inside Arkham Asylum. Through an extended flashback we see the series of events which led Batman to be exposed to the Scarecrow‘s (Henry Polic II) fear toxin and the reason for his trip to Arkham to confront the villain the doctors mistakenly believe is still locked up in his cell. The set-up is clever as the doctors have every reason to question Batman’s ramblings, and the Dark Knight Detective’s hallucinatory state leads him to make the impulsive choice to head to Arkham without sharing his deductions with the GCPD.

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  • Title: Carmen Sandiego – The Fishy Doubloon Caper
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Carmen Sandiego - The Fishy Doubloon Caper television review

“The Fishy Doubloon Caper” takes Carmen (Gina Rodriguez) to Ecuador in search of sunken treasure. Zack (Michael Hawley) and Ivy (Abby Trott) are along for the ride, providing assistance in helping Carmen stay one-step ahead of V.I.L.E. agents El Topo (Andrew Pifko) and Le Chèvre (Bernardo De Paula). Sadly, Zack proves less helpful at a fish auction when the trio try to reacquire the coin which has been swallowed by a local delicacy. Although still a bit awkward, the episode pulls back a little on Player‘s (Finn Wolfhard) explanation about the latest locale for Carmen as the show makes some improvements from the previous episode.

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