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TV Review: Forever 1.1 “Pilot”
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Forever Ioan Gruffudd

Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”
Directed by Brad Anderson
Written by Matthew Miller
Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Donnie Keshawarz, Barbara Eve Harris, Judd Hirsch
Air Date: September 22, 2014

Forever is pretty neat.

I watched the pilot for this new ABC series this weekend, and to be honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy it. It was compelling enough to keep my attention. And to get this part out of the way, I absolutely recommend that you check it out if you were already at all interested in it.

Ioan Gruffudd plays Dr. Henry Morgan, a New York City medical examiner who, 200 years prior to the current timeline of the show, discovered that each time he shuffles off this mortal coil, he returns to life, resurfacing resurrected from a nearby body of water.

Again, I liked the pilot. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out some epic trope-ridden laziness on the part of the show’s writers.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.2 “Selina Kyle”
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Season 1 Episode 2: “Selina Kyle”
Directed by Danny Cannon
Written by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
Air Date: Monday, September 29, 2014, 8pm

Gotham 1.2 “Selina Kyle” review coming right up after these Gotham 1.1 “Pilot” messages (recap):

Major Spoilers!!

Gotham is a pre-origins story focusing on Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) battle with the many criminals of Gotham, when there were no superheroes, yet the supervillains were beginning to flourish. His blossoming friendship with young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) starts here. Jim’s first case is the murder of Bruce’s parents, a robbery gone wrong, or so it seems. Idealist Jim is saddled with crooked partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), and is forced to make questionable choices in order to keep his loved ones safe. They kill the guy that was set up as the murderer (future Poison Ivy’s dad), and almost lose their lives themselves, thanks to new villain Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Carmine Falcone (John Doman), the real power of the town. Jim bonds with Bruce and makes the lifelong secret vow (secret between them and Sean Pertwee‘s Alfred) to find the real killers.

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TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.1 “Undercover”
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Season 2 Episode 1: “Undercover”
Directed by Dean Holland
Created by Daniel J. Goor and Michael Schur
Written by Prentice Penny
Starring Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller, and Terry Crews
Air Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:30pm

Here is the extended spoiler alert for Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.1 “Undercover”: Call in sick, tell your significant other you need some space, send your kids to school even though it’s Sunday, get lots of take-out, order Season 1 on Amazon Instant Video, and binge the entire season before 8:30pm tonight. Not because it’s critically acclaimed and garnered awards and nominations, but because… It’s. That. Good.

Skeptical at first because while I liked some of Andy Samberg‘s SNL stuff (especially with him and JT), I wasn’t sure if he could be the star of his own show. I was a fan of Andre Braugher‘s, and 20-25 minutes of show would not hurt, so I decided to try it out.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.5 “Time Heist”
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The Doctor and Clara Prepare To Rob A Bank

Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 5 “Time Heist”
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Keely Hawes, Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner
BBC America
Air Date: Saturday, September 20th, 2014

We live in a paranoid world. Cameras are everywhere. Identification is regularly scrutinized. Computers in a room somewhere are potentially checking and cross-checking our every move. Some of us are guilty and should be punished swiftly for the benefit of the community by some mysterious organ of the state. We cannot trust anyone, possibly including ourselves. This is the post-9/11 reality that Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat wish to examine this week on Doctor Who in the episode “Time Heist.”

The result is more a detailed sketch of a great Doctor Who episode than a fully realized work. The premise is interesting. The narrative logic generally holds. The performances are solid. It’s all fine, but nuance is missing. We, the viewers, are given just barely enough at every point to make it all hang together. Greatness is more than the sum of its parts and here things only just barely add up.

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TV Review: Sons Of Anarchy 7.3 “Playing With Monsters”
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Sons of Anarchy
Season 7 Episode 3: “Playing With Monsters”
Directed by Craig Yahata
Written by Kurt Sutter and Peter Elkoff
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Theo Rossi, Jimmy Smits, Dayton Callie, Drea De Mateo, Annabelle Gish, Kenneth Choi, Billy Brown, and Courtney Love
Air Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10pm

Before the Sons of Anarchy 7.3 “Playing With Monsters” review, here’s a recap of episode two.

Beware! Spoilers ahead!

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