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  • Title: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Black 22
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan - Black 22 television review

While the episode does continue the storyline in Paris following the bombing and Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and Greer (Wendell Pierce) continuing to pursue Ali (Haaz Sleiman) across the city, the focus of the show’s third episode shifts away from its title character for much of the storyline. “Black 22” offers a long look at Ari spending time with an old friend who offers him temporary refuge and patches up his wounds while also struggling with Suleiman’s (Ali Suliman) orders to leave no witnesses behind. While Ali’s soul may still be saved, according to the Cold War logic of Tom Clancy adapted to the series, any attempt to portray Suleiman as a nuanced character is abandoned in this episode as it firmly entrenches him as the villain both overseas and in his own home.

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Hanna – City

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

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  • Title: Hanna – City
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Hanna - City television review

“City” offers the first major divergences of the series from the source material as Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) and Erik (Joel Kinnaman) reconnect in Berlin and he brings in his old Army contacts to plan a hit on Marissa (Mireille Enos). Unlike in the film where both Hanna and Erik believe she killed the real Marissa, Hanna recognizes the deception from the show’s second episode allowing her father to gather support on a contingency plan to trap their foe. Despite Marissa being able to turn one of Erik’s old friends by offering to settle his substantial debts, the episode still concludes with Marissa staring down the barrel of Erik’s gun.

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  • Title: Elementary – Red Light, Green Light
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Elementary - Red Light, Green Light TV review

“Red Light, Green Light” offers a few twists as Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate a traffic accident which initially appears to be an act of terrorism, then looks more like a gang attack, but after further investigation proves to be nothing more that the tragic result of some sophisticated corporate espionage. The main story is memorable for Captain Dwyer (Rob Bartlett) getting an upclose look at his consultants accusing a group of federal agents of being responsible for the accident as a way to further their own goals to take down a local gang as well as the return of Castle‘s Jon Huertas reprising his role as a (now former) member of the gang.

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  • Title: Blood & Treasure – The Brotherhood of Serapis
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Blood & Treasure - The Brotherhood of Serapis TV review

“The Brotherhood of Serapis” makes quick work of both Danny (Matt Barr) being trapped in the tomb and Lexi (Sofia Pernas) being kidnapped by a secret cult determined to keep the location of Cleopatra’s tomb a mystery. As Danny is rescued by Jay Reece (John Larroquette), who has become the series De Ex Machina at this point, and his men, Lexi agrees to work with the Brotherhood who want Farouk (Oded Fehr) dead just as much as she does. A couple white lies later and Danny and Lexi are back in action breaking into the Egyptian government and tracking Farouk who has stolen the recovered antiquities in order to pay for the the search for Cleopatra. None of the recurring characters make an appearance here, although Dr. Ana Castillo (Alicia Coppola) abandons the project in a sequence that is either genuine, and just badly scripted, or means she is continuing the job for Farouk.

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Death by Design
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Spenser: For Hire - Death by Design television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. Spenser (Robert Urich) finds nothing but trouble after taking on a friend of Susan (Barbara Stock) as a client. Continually lied to by the college professor (Robin Groves) who asks Spenser to track down a gigolo (Burke Moses) who stole some jewelry from her, Spenser stumbles on something more complicated involving the money the woman stole to willingly give to the con man, a mobster’s (Hansford Rowe) interest in the professor’s work which could be turned into a profitable new street drug, and scummy private investigator (Leon Russom) in the middle of it all.

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