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TV Review: Vikings 3.3 “Warrior’s Fate”
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Vikings Season 3 Cast Photo

Season 3 Episode 3: “Warrior’s Fate”
Directed by Jeff Woolnough
Written and Created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden, and Gustaf Skarsgard
The History Channel
Air Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:00pm

Here’s what you missed last week on Vikings 3.2 “The Wanderer”: Spoiler alert! Come on! How scary (and handsome) was Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) when his longship parted the fog towards the bank, severed heads dangling, his evil grin shining in amusement? I would have gone running too! He reluctantly fought for the crown of Princess Crazy (Amy Bailey) with Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) skewering her father in the first episode of the season, “Mercenary”. They partied in between with Rollo (Clive Standen) freaking out. Those had to be some potent mushrooms or something. That doesn’t help poor Torstein’s arm though.

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TV Review: The Americans 3.6 “Born Again”
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The Americans Season 3 Episode 6  Born Again

The Americans
Season 3, Episode 6 – “Born Again”
Directed by Kevin Dowling
Written by Tracey Scott Wilson
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, March 4, 2015, 10pm

“Let us not love with words and speech, but with actions and truth.” – Pastor Tim

The Americans “Born Again” is an episode that’s all about the actions and especially the truth as the show’s sixth episode heats up all the simmering plots. It starts out with proud parents celebrating an existential truth for their daughter and by episode’s end has sent that truth into the cold, harsh light of reality with one hell of an ending.

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Blu-ray Review: Game Of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season
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Game Of Thrones Season 4 Episode 6 The Laws of Gods and Men Dany

Game of Thrones The Complete Fourth Season
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital | DVD l Limited Edition
CREATORS: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin (author)
STARRING: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Conleth Hill, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Iain Glen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner, Diana Rigg, Alfie Allen, Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann, Gwendoline Christie, Carice van Houten, Charles Dance, Kristian Nairn, John Bradley, Jerome Flynn, Sibel Kekilli, Finn Jones, Rose Leslie, Pedro Pascal, Daniel Portman, Ian McElhinney, Ciarán Hinds, Liam Cunningham, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Ellie Kendrick, Thomas Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iwan Rheon, Jacob Anderson, Indira Varma, Michael McElhatton, Hafthor Bjornsson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2015

Another year has come and gone, and a new season of Game of Thrones is on the horizon—season five, to be specific, which will premiere on April 12th.

As always, HBO has released the previous season, season four, on Blu-ray and DVD just in time to help get us through these undeniably difficult final couple of months of waiting for the new season to arrive. Once again we offer our review without any spoilers—in case you’ve not yet started or finished the latest season—and focus mainly on what fans of the show who are caught up want to know, which is what special features are included on the discs. If you’ve never seen the show at all, why on earth are you reading a review of season four instead of watching season one, episode one? Go now!

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TV Review: Better Call Saul 1.5 “Alpine Shepherd Boy”
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Better Call Saul Episode 105

Better Call Saul
Episode 1.5 “Alpine Shepherd Boy”
Directed by Nicole Kassell
Written by Bradley Paul
Starring Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian
Air Date: Monday, March 2, 2015, 10pm

While the episodes of AMC’s Better Call Saul so far showcased Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) struggles as a public defender in the Albuquerque, NM, courts before he became the big shot Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, Episode 1.5 “Alpine Shepherd Boy” dealt more with Jimmy’s brother, Chuck (Michael McKean).

In previous episode’s flashbacks, we saw that Chuck was actually a successful lawyer who was part of a huge, profitable law firm, but now he has daily struggles of his own. Instead of picking up the pieces for “Slippin’ Jimmy,” now it’s Jimmy’s turn to take care of his brother. Eighteen months prior to the events of the first episode, Chuck developed a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, where he can’t be around electronic devices, which have their own electromagnetic field. Because of this, he can no longer work and is a recluse trapped in his own house, with Jimmy bringing him all the essentials for survival. When exposed to electricity or even the world outside his house at this point, Chuck experiences problems like burning sensation of the skin, nausea, tinnitus, vertigo, shortness of breath, and more. In this episode, an unfortunate incident at his house lands Chuck in the hospital, where he becomes sicker than ever. It’s up to Jimmy to make a choice about his brother’s future.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.18 “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”
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Gotham Fish Mooney New Eye

Season 1 Episode 18: “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”
Directed by Bill Eagles
Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown and Bruno Heller
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
Air Date: Monday, March 2, 2015, 8pm

This week on Gotham 1.18 “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” proves, in fact, that everyone does have one. The Cobblepot reference comes from when Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) was forced to kill Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), but faked it way back in the pilot.

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TV Review: The Following 3.1 “New Blood”
Dr. Zaius   |  

The Following Season 3 Cast Photo

The Following
Season 3 Episode 1: “New Blood”
Created by Kevin Williamson
Written by Alexi Hawley and Brett Mahoney
Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Sam Underwood, Valerie Cruz, Jessica Stroup, and Michael Irby.
Air Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 9:00pm

Warning! Spoilers for The Following Seasons 1 and 2 here below, as well we recap for this Season 3 premiere.

Two years ago, FOX debuted a new thriller series that brought the horrors of Edgar Allan Poe to the modern stage. Notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (a calm and chilling James Purefoy) is broken out of prison by his “following,” whom he amassed through his pre-killing teaching career and prison internet use. The Following was and is unending, and every time we thought protagonist Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) had him in his sights, more following members pop up to aide their cult-like leader. Season 1 ended in a lighthouse chase where Joe seemingly dies in an explosion.

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TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.17 “Boyle-Linetti Wedding”
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Brooklyn Nine Nine Cast

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Season 2 Episode 17: “Boyle-Linetti Wedding”
Directed by Dean Holland
Created by Daniel J Goor and Michael Schur
Written by Matt O’Brien
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, March 1st, 2015, 8:30pm

“My mother…shudder…is marrying Charles’s dad…toilet emoji.” Classic Gina (Chelsea Peretti).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.17 “Boyle-Linetti Wedding delivers once again, squeezing laughs out of every possible second. Charles (Joe LoTruglio) and Gina will now be step-brother and step-sister, as her mom (Sandra Bernhard) and his dad (Stephen Root) are finally tying the knot. I could end the review right there, but they also manage to put a fresh twist on the classic comedic plot, the-wedding-needs-to-be-perfect-so-everything-almost-goes-wrong!

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TV Review: The Last Man On Earth 1.1 “Alive in Tucson”; 1.2 “The Elephant in the Room”
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The Last Man on Earth FOX

The Last Man on Earth
Season 1 Episodes 1 & 2: “Alive in Tucson” and “The Elephant in the Room”
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Written and created by Will Forte
Starring Will Forte, Cleopatra Coleman, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, and Mel Rodriguez
Air Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015, 9pm

The Last Man on Earth 1.1 “Alive in Tucson” is the first half hour of this new series created by Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), followed seamlessly by 1.2 “The Elephant in the Room.”

There will be a couple of spoilers below so tread carefully!

Although a comedy, The Last Man on Earth is a very, very dark show with lighthearted moments. How can it not be when there seems to be no one else alive, at least in the United States (there is a crossing out of states in the opening scene).

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TV Review: Vikings 3.2 “The Wanderer”
Olympus Athens   |  

Vikings Logo Lagertha Ragnar

Season 3 Episode 2: “The Wanderer”
Directed by Ken Girotti
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden, and Gustaf Skarsgard.
The History Channel
Air Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:00pm

Last week on Vikings 3.1 “Mercenary“, the core Kattegat crew could not leave fast enough for Wessex to get what King Ecbert (Linus Roache) promised, leaving behind sad Aslaug, Siggy, and Helga (Alyssa Sutherland, Jessalyn Gilsig, and Maude Hirst, respectively). Of course he wants more.

Ragnar and company agree to fight for Princess Kwenthrith’s (Amy Bailey) stolen crown of Mercia by her father and brother. Bloody and bloodier it gets with Ragnar showing off his cunning battle strategy. Meanwhile King Ecbert gets his flirt on with Lagertha (Katherine Winnick), Athelstan (George Blagden) providing the translation, as they go to farm the lands. Lagertha left her lands in the hands of possible usurpers, so maybe she shouldn’t stay away too long.

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TV Review: Backstrom 1.6 “Ancient, Chinese, Secret”
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Backstrom Episode 106 05

Season 1 Episode 6: “Ancient, Chinese, Secret”
Directed by Rob Hardy
Written by Leif G.W. Persson (author)
Created by Hart Hanson
Starring Rainn Wilson, Beatrice Rosen, Page Kennedy, Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, and Kristoffer Polaha.
Air Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week on Backstrom 1.5 “Bogeyman,” our hero set out to solve a kidnapping eerily similar to an old case of his. It got personal and Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) showed us his softer side. It is difficult to maintain a hard facade when young girls are being kidnapped by pervs, even for Backstrom. So that episode brought the needle a bit higher than the week before.

Backstrom 1.6 “Ancient, Chinese, Secret” review: A Chinatown psychic is brutally stabbed to death in an elaborate fight to the death scene, at least according to the preliminary blood spatter analysis provided by Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha).

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