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TV Review: Olympus 1.3 “Ring of the Magi”
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Season 1 Episode 3: “Ring of the Magi”
Directed by Martin Wood
Created and written by Nick Willing
Starring Tom York, Sonita Henry, Sonya Cassidy, Wayne Burns, Graham Shiels, Matt Frewer, Cas Anvar, John Emmet Tracy
Air Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 10pm

We are up to episode 3 of Syfy’s new Greek mythology series, Olympus, and again, a solid episode. The setting is what gets me. The colors and the large, epic statues, sure look more Sharknado than Gotham, but I think I expect it from this decadence.

Olympus 1.3 “Ring of the Magi” review: This is the quirkiest little myth show! Xerxes (Cas Anvar) and Pallas (John Emmet Tracy) conspire to kill Medea (Sonita Henry), but I’m pretty sure someone was listening. I think she’s regretting the poisoning of her husband. She may need his protection, but he won’t come out of it. Ask the other woman!

Lykos (Wayne Burns) comes up with yet another brilliant strategy to defeat King Minos. He probably should really be the king. I don’t get the secrecy between him and his scribe. Wasn’t homosexuality accepted in this culture? Why all the hush hush?

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TV Review: Vikings 3.9 “Breaking Point”
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Season 3 Episode 9: “Breaking Point”
Directed by Ken Girotti
Written and Created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Alyssa Sutherland, Linus Roache, Moe Dunford, Gustaf Skarsgard
The History Channel
Air Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 10:00pm

Before the Vikings 3.9 “Breaking Point” review, let’s recap last week. Some spoilers! Watch the episode before you read past the recap.

Last week’s “To The Gates” episode was action-packed pretty much throughout, with most of it taken up with the big attack and battle. I swear I almost had a heart attack and texted my editor that they killed another character off, when I saw Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) with that blank corpse stare. And then I had to text “My bad!” when he wasn’t. THEN, I thought Rollo (Clive Standen) died and I was set to quit the show. And THEN I thought Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) died by fire, and I was ok with that, but I was wrong about that, too. I couldn’t even really write about it last week, because that would be giving everything away. I needed a drink after that episode.

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TV Review: Louie 5.2 “A La Carte”
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Season 5 Episode 2 “A La Carte”
Directed by Louis C.K.
Story by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.
Teleplay by Louie C.K.
Created by Louis C.K.
Starring Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, Susan Kelechi Watson
Air Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 10:30pm

Louie season 5 premiered last week and our favorite awkward comic, Louis C.K., gave us a triple dose of embarrassing scenarios. Before we get to the review of Louie 5.2 “A La Carte,” let’s give a tiny recap of the premiere.

This was undoubtedly the most humiliating episode for our Louie (Louis C.K.) in a long time. He just did the wrong thing at every turn. He decides to go to a potluck for school parents. He ends up at the wrong one after impressively banging out some good-looking fried chicken. After he finally figures this out, he’s forced to go to the local chicken joint to fake out a replacement. He probably should have stayed at the other one because everybody was not nice. I mean, he said lots of weird things, but still.

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TV Review: Supernatural 10.18 “Book Of The Damned”
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Supernatural Book of the Damned

Season 10 Episode 18: “Book Of The Damned”
Created by Eric Kripke
Directed by P. J. Pesce
Written by Robbie Thompson
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark Sheppard.
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 9:00pm

The brothers are back! But before we get to the review for Supernatural episode 10.18 “Book Of The Damned,” let’s hop into the Impala and drive back to 2 weeks ago for a recap of episode 10.17 “Inside Man.”

IGIT! Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is on the case! With the Mark of Cain still in charge of of Dean’s fate, Castiel (Misha Collins) and Sam need Metatron (Curtis Armstrong), but he resides in heavenly Rikers. Through a medium, they contact Bobby who lives in his own heaven (looks pretty lonely to me). Bobby has a purpose now, and jumps right in. The part where Bobby releases all the “Robert Singers” (and one Roberta!) in heaven to throw the angel police off his tail, is perfect. Bobby is definitely in big trouble though.

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TV Review: The Americans 3.12 “I Am Abassin Zadran”
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The Americans
Season 3, Episode 12 – “I Am Abassin Zadran”
Directed by Christopher Misiano
Written by Peter Ackerman & Stuart Zicherman
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, and Frank Langella
Air date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10pm

Secrets and lies are two intrinsically linked elements, as it’s impossible to have one without the other. The Americans is a show that’s lived in the area between those places and this season has really focused on the emotional weight of what it means to have secrets, to keep secrets, and what it is to tell lies to keep those secrets.

I Am Abassin Zadran” refers to the titular mujahideen commander Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) speak to in the episode, but for Martha (Alison Wright) this could have easily been the name behind the man she’s known as Clark. Identity is at the heart of this episode, as we continue to see Paige (Holly Taylor) struggle with her changed circumstances and question who she’s been all her life. These are weighty questions to posit as the show heads into its season finale, but they’re questions this show is capable of not only asking, but providing the answers to as well.

Spoilers for the latest episode of The Americans will be discussed below.

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