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TV Review: The Flash 2.20 “Rupture”
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 20: “Rupture”
Directed by Armen V. Kevorkian
Written by Kai Yu Wu & Lauren Certo
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, a super strong meta kidnapped Wells (Tom Cavanagh) to cure him, thinking he was evil Wells. The strength side effect was accelerated aging. With Barry (Grant Gustin) powerless, they tried to make the meta exert himself so much, he would die of old age. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) came face to face with Killer Frost. She helped her escape, but just as Frost was ready to get rid of her, Zoom (Teddy Sears) killed her. Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wanted to thank the Flash for saving his life, and is ready to turn his whole life around.

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Book Review: The Taken (Foxcraft #1) by Inbali Iserles
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The Taken (Foxcraft #1)
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Inbali Iserles
Scholastic Press
Paperback Release Date: April 26th, 2016

A happy little fox spends her days playing with her brother Pirie, and minding her Ma, Fa, and Greatma. She tries to practice her foxcraft so she can get as good as Pirie, but it’s hard for her to become invisible. She is rather good at bird calls though. One day, she lagged behind returning to her den and found her family gone, and strange foxes trying to grab her. Now Isla must brave the deathway full of manglers in search of her lost family, and avoid the furless on the way. The Taken (Foxcraft Series #1) by Inbali Iserles takes us along on Isla’s dangerous and desperate journey.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 4.8 “Unfaithful”
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Bates Motel
Season 4 Episode 8: “Unfaithful”
Directed by Steven Surjik
Written by Freddie Highmore
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 9pm

Last week on Bates Motel, Dylan (Max Thieriot) could not stop looking for the truth of what happened to Emma’s (Olivia Cooke) mom. He confronted Norma (Vera Farmiga), but she screamed at him. Norman (Freddie Highmore) found out his mother married Romero (Nestor Carbonell), and after some mind games from both, she admitted it – but said it was one just of convenience. Norman manages to get her to agree to let him come home, against Dr. Edwards better judgment.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.20 “Firebird”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 20: “Firebird”
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by Jane Espenson
Created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle, Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader
ABC
Air Date: Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, Hades and Zelena (Greg Germann and Rebecca Mader) made promises to stay together and live in the real Storybrooke, while the rest of the heroes stay stuck. Regina (Lana Parilla) turned to Cora (Barbara Hershey) for help. Cora made the girls remember that they once knew and cared for one another, and was then able to move on. Zelena went to go talk to Hades, but got intercepted and kidnapped by Gold and Peter Pan (Robert Carlyle and Robbie Kay).

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TV Review: Damien 1.9 “The Devil You Know”
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Damien
Season 1 Episode 9: “The Devil You Know”
Directed by Jennifer Lynch
Written by K.C. Perry & Glen Mazzara
Created by Glen Mazzara
Starring Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, Megalyn EK, Omid Abtahi, Scott Wilson, David Meunier
A&E
Air Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 10pm

Last week’s Damien was maybe my favorite episode of the season. Charles Powell (Joe Doyle) was killing in Damien’s name. Damien (Bradley James) made it clear he wanted nothing to do with the potential of being the Antichrist, and beat Powell nearly to death. It was another acolyte, his psychiatrist, who finished Powell off in a rather bloody finale. More bodies on the pile surrounding Damien Thorn, and Detective Shay (David Meunier) is feeling the heat… literally. Almost burned alive in his car while following Damien, he has been attacked by dogs, and had his son threatened at home. How far is Shay willing to go to find answers? Speaking of questions and answers, Amani (Omid Abtahi) figured out that his new hookup Veronica (Melanie Scrofano) is actually Ann Rutledge’s daughter, and was scoping out Damien’s place on her behalf. Veronica might be dead after messing with the wrong nun. With only 2 episodes left in their first season, let’s see how unholy Damien can get!

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TV Review: Gotham 2.19 “Azrael”
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Gotham
Season 2 Episode 19: “Azrael”
Directed by Larysa Kondracki
Written by Jim Barnes & Ken Woodruff
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Chris Chalk, Michael Chiklis
FOX
Air Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 8pm

Last week on Gotham, Barbara (Erin Richards) showed up on Jim’s doorstep, claiming sanity. Jim (Ben McKenzie) ain’t buying it. He went after the assassin lady to find the name of the person who hired the hit on Bruce Wayne’s parents. Barbara showed up to help, and after faking betrayal, came through. The nickname of the person is “The Philosopher.” Jim still rejected her and she went running to Tabitha (Jessica Lucas). Bruce and Alfred (David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee) foundnd a Pinewood victim, whom Thomas Wayne tried to take care of after she was mutilated. She tried to help them, but was killed by Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow). Two big reveals in last week’s episode: Patient 44 is reanimated Theo Galavan (James Frain), and Dr. Strange (BD Wong) is the philosopher.

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TV Review: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 1.13 “Leviathan”
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Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 1 Episode 13: “Leviathan”
Directed by Gregory Smith
Written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Ray Utarnachitt
Starring Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Ciara Renee, Casper Crump
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter
The CW
Air Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the legends had to save their younger selves from The Pilgrim, an assassin sent by the Time Masters to wipe out our heroes. They successfully kidnap teenage Mick and Sara (Dominic Purcell and Caity Lotz), but Ray (Brandon Routh) almost dies when his 2014 self is horribly attacked. They grab Stein, Jax, and Snart (Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, and Wentworth Miller) as babies, and bring them to a Time Master orphanage – Rip’s (Arthur Darvill) childhood home. The Pilgrim kidnaps their family members, but the heroes prevail.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Americans 4.7 “Travel Agents”
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The Americans
Season 4, Episode 7 – “Travel Agents”
Directed by Dan Attias
Written by Tanya Barfield
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Dylan Baker, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, and Frank Langella
FX
Air date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 10pm

The Americans isn’t a show that has a dense number of concurrent plots, so it is somewhat of a rarity for those additional narratives to slow in service of a larger story. But when the show focuses on a singular plot, it typically means we’re in for a doozy. “Travel Agents” delivers; heightening and lifting the show’s normal atmosphere of tension and dread to frightening new levels.

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TV Review: Game Of Thrones 6.2 “Home”
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Game of Thrones
Episode 6.2 “The Red Woman”
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Carice van Houten, Alfie Allen, Natalie Dormer, Jonathan Pryce
HBO
Air date: May 1, 2016

WARNING: Spoilers for HBO’s Game Of Thrones….

Last week’s Season 6 premiere of Game Of Thrones was packed with returning characters and the tying up of loose ends. After waiting a year, there was a lot of satisfaction in the storyline; therefore, I didn’t expect much to happen in the follow-up episode, 6.2 “Home.” And for the most part, even though there were some nice new tidbits and a few semi-shocking events, the episode for the most part was slow.

But, with a show like Game Of Thrones (just like with AMC’s The Walking Dead, a slow episode means that something is doing to go down in the last few minutes. And oh boy, did it!

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TV Review: Outlander 2.4 “La Dame Blanche”
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Outlander
Season 2 Episode 4: “La Dame Blanche”
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Written by Toni Graphia
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Based on the books by Diana Galbadon
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, Tobias Menzies, Grant O’Rourke, Stephen Walters, Robert Cavanah, Stanley Weber
Starz
Air Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week on Outlander, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) found a purpose at last with help from Master Raymond (Dominique Pinon). She started volunteering at the charity hospital, proving her worth and knowledge to Mother Hildegarde (Frances de la Tour). Jamie (Sam Heughan) was none too happy, as he needed his wife to talk through the muck of intrigue in the court of Paris. Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) found his funding to Jamie’s distress. He hired a boy, Fergus (Romann Berrux), to steal correspondence so he could copy it and have the boy put it back. Claire realized that Frank (Tobias Menzies) was a descendent of Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) and Black Jack. Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) told her she had to tell Jamie that Randall was still alive.

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