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TV Review: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 2.15 “Fellowship Of The Spear”
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Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 2 Episode 15: “Fellowship Of The Spear”
Directed by Ben Bray
Written by Keto Shimizu & Matthew Maala
Starring Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 9:00pm

Last week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the Legends headed for the Apollo 13 mission because Nate’s (Nick Zano) grandfather, Commander Steel, hid a piece of the spear. Ray snuck into the mission and discovered that Thawne took out the 2 astronauts to get to the moon (where the piece was hidden). Thawne and Ray (Matt Letscher, Brandon Routh) had to work together to get back to Earth alive. Commander Steel sacrificed himself for the mission. Stein and Mick (Victor Garber, Dominic Purcell) sang to distract NASA.

Spoilers below.

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TV Musical Review: The Flash 3.17 “Duet”
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The Flash
Season 3 Episode 17: “Duet”
Directed by Dermott Downs
Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton, Violett Beane
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 8:00pm

Last night on Supergirl, a musical was briefly mentioned as a suggestion for a movie from Mon-El to Kara (Chris Woods, Melissa Benoist). Then… at the end of the episode, an alien was brought in who spoke to Kara, “I’ve been looking for you.” He breaks out of his cuffs and whammies her with his eyes. She passes out and opens her eyes to a dream state where she is all dolled up and pushed onstage to sing.

Spoilers for The Flash musical below.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.1 “Tiger Pushes Mountain”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.1 “Tiger Pushes Mountain”
Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
Air date: Sunday, March 19th, 2017, 10pm

In the late Fall of 2015, AMC debuted Into the Badlands, and it took me all of 5-minutes to be floored by the show. A wild mix of post-apocalyptic steampunk, techno-feudalism and martial arts, Into the Badlands stars Daniel Wu as Sunny, the head clipper for Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas). The Barons control their piece of land, and with guns a thing of the past, young warriors are trained to fight with blades and other weapons. The fight sequences and choreography were some of the best ever for television and a standout for the series. When a strange teen, M.K. (Aramis Knight) who unleashes superhuman power when he bleeds, show up in the Badlands everything changes for Sunny. Sunny begins having conflicts of self; his loyalty torn between his father-like Baron, his pregnant girlfriend Veil (Madeleine Mantock), and the world beyond the Badlands. In the end, a mammoth war broke out, Quinn stabbed Sunny in the back, and Sunny and M.K. attempted to escape, only to fall into a trap.

Spoilers for the season premiere of Into the Badlands below:

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.5 “Dreams Die First”
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 5: “Dreams Die First”
Directed by Nestor Carbonell
Written by Erica Lipez & Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
Air Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

As we reach the midway point of the final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) is struggling to deal with the walls closing in around him. Mother (Vera Farmiga) refuses to let him make his own decisions, and after telling off Chick (Ryan Hurst), he ends up begging for his friendship. This after Chick gave Caleb (Kenny Johnson) a viking funeral! There’s a new sheriff in town who is starting to poke around, and brings warnings for Norman as Romero (Nestor Carbonell) has escaped custody. Then there is the trickiest of all situations, as Norman gets closer to local store owner Madeleine Loomis (Isabelle McNally), but alas Mother inevitably will ruin that. This week Nestor Carbonell steps back behind the camera, as we inch closer to Hitchcock and welcome a very special guest to the Motel.

Spoilers below for this week’s Bates Motel:

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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 3 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 3 (Collector's Edition)

RoboCop 3
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Fred Dekker
Screenwriter: Fred Dekker, Frank Miller
Cast: Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, John Castle, Jill Hennessy, C. C. H. Pounder, Robert DoQui, Shane Black, Jeff Garlin, Stephen Root, Daniel von Bargen
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 105 Minutes
Release Date: March 21, 2017

“My friends call me Murphy. You call me… RoboCop.”

Co-written and directed by Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad), 1993’s RoboCop 3 is the final installment in the RoboCop trilogy, with Robert John Burke (Dust Devil) as RoboCop, replacing Peter Weller, who left the series to star in David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch.

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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition)

RoboCop 2
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Irvin Kershner
Screenwriter: Frank Miller, Walon Green
Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 117 Minutes
Release Date: March 21, 2017

“They say he’s got a brain. I wanna see it.”

Written by Frank Miller (Sin City) and Walon Green (The Wild Bunch), and directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back), 1990’s RoboCop 2 picks up after Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 film.

After the success of the RoboCop program, Omni Consumer Products (OCP) has their sights on privatizing Detroit. The mega-corporation plans to have the municipality default on its debt, then foreclose on the entire city, taking over its government. The crime-infested sprawl that is Old Detroit will be bulldozed and rebuilt as Delta City, a city center independent of the United States government.

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Book Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
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A Closed and Common Orbit
Wayfarers Book 2
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Becky Chambers
Sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: March 14, 2017 (Paperback Edition)

In A Closed and Common Orbit, author Becky Chambers leaves behind the Wayfarer starship and most of the characters introduced in the first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Instead, this second book focuses on Lovelace, the Wayfarer’s communications interface who’s consciousness has been rebooted into a human-looking body, or “body kit,” that the sentient AI calls Sidra. Lovelace is finding life to be difficult to get used to as Sidra, especially since aside from recalling her initial programming as a ship’s computer, she has no memories from her time with the Wayfarer.

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TV Review: Colony 2.10 “In The Garden Of Beasts”
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Season 2 Episode 10: “In The Garden Of Beasts”
Directed by Jeremy Webb
Written by Wes Tooke
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Amanda Righetti, Paul Guilfoyle, Ally Walker, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Jacob Buster, Adrian Pasdar
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
Air Date: Thursday, March 16th, 10:00pm

Last time on Colony, someone flew into the bloc. When Katie and Broussard (Sarah Wayne Callies, Tory Kittles) tried to find out more info from Hennessey, they found his dead body. Bob went to Bennett (Toby Huss, Christian Clemenson) and blew up Will’s spot. Katie and Broussard had to go rescue her kids by killing everyone. Will (Josh Holloway) got captured and had to go along with the effort to trap the pilot. He turned the tables and was able to escape, saved by said pilot. She agreed to meet with Broussard because the “real war is about to begin.”

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Magicians 2.8 “Word As Bond”
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The Magicians
Season 2 Episode 8: “Word As Bond”
Directed by James L. Conway
Written by Sera Gamble
Created by Sera Gamble & John McNamara
Based on the novel by Lev Grossman
Starring Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor
Air Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 9:00pm

Last time on The Magicians, the whole gang decided to rob a bank because… money. The bank had magic wards to get through. Margo (Summer Bishil) led the charge, and it took bees, a literal disco ball, and Eliot (Hale Appleman) dying (not totally) to get the gold. Julia’s (Stella Maeve) baby was exorcised at a price and Fillory filled its coffers.

Spoilers for tonight’s episode below.

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Movie Review: Power Rangers (2017)
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Power Rangers
Director: Dean Israelite
Screenwriter: John Gatins
Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated PG-13 | 124 Minutes
Release Date: March 24, 2017

“Different Colors. Different Kids. Different Colored Kids.” The Power Rangers are the zeitgeist of 90’s Saturday morning television. But the series isn’t exactly the sparkling example of quality acting and writing. None of that really mattered as a kid as long as the title heroes defeated the monster of the week. So in an age where TV shows are getting the big-screen adaptation treatment, it was only a matter of time before studios would take their eyes on our Saturday morning cartoon favorites.

As fans got older so did the franchise. The Power Rangers constantly changed teams, themes, and stories. But one thing remained true: it was always going to be campy. However, with this new reboot, titled simply Power Rangers, we are introduced to a few more bold ideas, like the introduction of a gay character as a ranger, and one ranger who has Autism. These new ideas are a reflection of the world that we live in today, gives way to those who are trying to find out who they are the impression that they have someone they can relate to. That in itself gives hope and inspiration while also being fun and nostalgic. My full review of the film below.

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