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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.9 “Flatline”
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Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 9 “Flatline”
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Jovian Wade, Jessica Hayles
BBC America
Air Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

In her book To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee imparts a very important piece of advice: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” That moral lesson is on full display this week in Doctor Who, as the Doctor is trapped in the TARDIS and Clara (Jenna Coleman) must fully function as his proxy. She must must assess threats, uncover clues, save others, and ultimately formulate a course of action that will save the Doctor, who can then end the threat. Along the way, she discovers that being in the Doctor’s shoes is both harder and easier for her than the previously thought, and that purity is something very difficult to maintain.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.8 “Mummy On The Orient Express”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

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Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 8 “Mummy On The Orient Express”
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Frank Skinner, David Bamber
BBC America
Air Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014

This season of Doctor Who seems to keep turning back to the same question: “Clara, be my pal, and tell me: am I a good man?” Uttered in just the second episode of the season after a turbulent regeneration in the first, her answer of “I don’t know” seemed to echo and replay itself yet again this week. Now the question and the answer are not part of a conversational exercise, but have become central to the question of Clara’s continued friendship with the Doctor.

When Matt Smith’s Doctor said “Rule #1: the Doctor lies” more than once, it all seemed like a humorous technicality. With a pure heart, the Eleventh Doctor could be trusted to let the end justify the means, even if the means involved some purposeful misunderstanding. Now, Clara seems to ponder the full meaning of that statement since the less polished manner of Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor sometimes seems gruffly at odds with his inner intentions.

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TV Review: American Horror Story: Freakshow 4.2 “Massacres and Matinees”
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American Horror Story: Freakshow
Season 4 Episode 2: “Massacres and Matinees”
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
Starring Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Denis O’Hare, Emma Roberts, and Finn Wittrock
FX
Air Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10pm

From the nightmare house, to the Asylum to a witch’s coven, you never know what you’re going to get on FX’s American Horror Story. Season 4 welcomed us to Jupiter Florida circa early 1950s introducing us to Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), who has just found the new headliner (or should we say double headliner) for her Freakshow. Sarah Paulson plays Siamese sisters Dot and Bette Tattler, Bette longing to be a star while Dot longing to be left alone. Among the other strange and interesting characters we meet are Ethel, the Bearded Lady (Kathy Bates), and Jimmy “Lobster Boy” Darling (Evan Peters).

There will be spoilers below, so proceed with caution!

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NYCC 2014: The WB Premiere of Constantine 1.1 “Non Est Asylum”
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The WB had a big night on Thursday at the 2014 New York Comic-Con. It was the last event of the night, and fans showed no signs of slowing down.

Constantine was the last premiere and it was worth the wait. Running later than expected (because of a surprise screening of The Flash), security looked a little bit impatient, but still happy for fans.

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NYCC 2014: Surprise Sneak Peek: The Flash 1.2 “Fastest Man Alive”
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Fans at New York Comic-Con on Thursday night got a big surprise at the WB panel at the yearly screening deemed “tradition.” Expecting only to see the pilot episode of Constantine and the Season 2 premiere of The 100, the audience was treated to Episode 2 of The Flash, not set to air until Tuesday, October 14th, 8pm ET on The CW.

Last Tuesday’s “City of Heroes” found Central City lab tech Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) waking up from a nine-month coma with strange powers of speed and a crew of scientists (and an engineer) to help him deal with it. Living and working with father-figure Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and his daughter Iris (Candice Patton), since his mother’s murder and his father’s wrongful incarceration (Barry believes), Barry vows to find the truth. This episode includes a villain able to control the weather (therefore Barry was not the only one affected during the S.T.A.R. Labs explosion that caused his coma and created his powers). There is also a cameo by Arrow (Stephen Amell).

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