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TV Review: The Magicians 1.4 “The World In The Walls”
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The Magicians
Season 1 Episode 4: “The World In The Walls”
Directed by James L. Conway
Written by John McNamara
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
Syfy
Air Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 9:00pm

Last week on The Magicians, Quentin (Jason Ralph) spent most of the episode pissing off the women in his life. First, he told Julia (Stella Maeve) she wasn’t good enough to get into Brakebills (ouch!). Then, by trapping Alice’s (Olivia Taylor Dudley) brother Charlie in a niffin-box (because he’s a niffin), thereby preventing her from ever getting him back. Alice leaves the school. But before all that, The Sorting Hat aka the magic specialty examination, labels the kids – Penny (Arjun Gupta) is a Traveler, Alice can bend light, and Quentin can do nothing… for now. They go live with Eliot (Hale Appleman) in the physical cottage (Alice for all of one day).

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Arrow 4.13 “Sins Of The Father”
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Arrow
Season 4 Episode 13: “Sins Of The Father”
Directed by Gordon Verheul
Written by Ben Sokolowski & Keto Shimizu
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Paul Blackthorne
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Arrow, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) came back, but he was changed, being controlled by a new player called the Calculator (guest star Tom Amandes). The gang is able to save Roy, and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is able to go head to head with a familiar foe. Thea (Willa Holland) is dying, her fatal wound caused by Ra’s al Ghul, has mysteriously opened. Nyssa (Katrina Law) finds the lotus, a magical elixir that can restore Thea. Who did she get it from? Another familiar face – Tatsu (Rila Fukushima). Nyssa wants Oliver (Stephen Amell) to kill Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). In return she will give the cure o him for Thea.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Flash 2.13 “Welcome To Earth-2”
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 13: “Welcome to Earth-2”
Directed by Millicent Shelton
Written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Katherine Walczak
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdez, Tom Cavanagh
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week’s episode of The Flash found Barry and Wells (Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh) racing to close the breaches, while Wells began leeching the speed from The Flash, putting him in considerable danger. And he kept warning Barry while he was doing it. In the end, he just could not betray Barry, and confessed all. They threw him in a cell, but good guy Barry decided to help him instead of punish him, setting the stage for a trio to Earth-2. Iris (Candace Patton) tried to investigate the drag racing to try to get her brother out of it, but got hurt. Oh, and the meta of the day was Tar-Pit, and he was pretty easily defeated.

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TV Review: The X-Files 1.4 “Home Again”
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The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 4: “Home Again”
Written & Directed by Glen Morgan
Created by Chris Clark
Starring David Duchnovy, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robbie Amell, Joel McHale, Lauren Ambrose.
FOX
Air Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week, the newly reunited Mulder and Scully reminded fans how wacky and insane The X-Files can be, as they squared off with a werewolf-inspired horned frog man. But what was more important than the creature was the impact on Mulder’s psyche. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) has been the poster-child for “true believer” since The X-files first debuted in 1993. His office was adorned with “The Truth is Out There” posters, and he told everyone who would listen about witnessing his sister’s abduction. The new conspiracy detailed in this 6-episode run of the series has laid siege to Mulder’s theories of alien conquest. Thankfully, the horned frog man gave him a much needed boost of confidence. Scully (Gillian Anderson) has always been the yin to Mulder’s yang. She is a scientist, a surgeon, and a skeptic. Her mindset this season has been to both calm Mulder’s lunacy all the while being distracted by past choices. Her and Mulder had a son, and gave him up for adoption to keep him hidden from government involvement. This episode again forced Scully to deal with uncomfortable personal issues from her past, while an X-Files case is literally tearing it up in the streets.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The X-Files 1.3 “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster”
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The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 3: “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster”
Written & Directed by Darin Morgan
Created by Chris Clark
Starring David Duchnovy, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robbie Amell, Joel McHale, Lauren Ambrose.
FOX
Air Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 8:00pm

The X-Files is back and so far the show is tremendously entertaining, full of nostalgia for the original fans. When the show was first on in the mid-90s, it featured two types of episodes; the government conspiracy ones, and the whacked out crazy monster ones. The conspiracy ones, while interesting tended to get bogged down with too many unanswered questions. But the crazy monster episodes were AWESOME! 14 years later, the first two new episodes introduced a new conspiracy theory; the enemy isn’t aliens, it’s mankind. Since the alien crash at Roswell, the military has used alien tech to fake abductions and distract American citizens. Meanwhile the alien DNA is being used to create a super race of 1%ers. While they were both excellent, when I read the title of this week episode, suffice to say I was stoked.

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TV Review: Grease Live!
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Grease Live!
Based on the 1971 Musical & 1978 Film “Grease”
Directed by Alex Rudzinski
Written Robert Cary & Jonathan Tolins
Starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, Carlos Pena Vega, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kether Donohue, David Del Rio, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call.
FOX
Air Date: Sunday, January 31st, 2016, 7:00pm

Grease was the word tonight as Grease Live! hit television screens from 7:00-10:00pm ET on FOX. Live shows are all the rage nowadays, trending the instant they are on. This version combines both the musical and film version from the 70s. We know the story (and songs) by heart – good girl Sandy and greaser Danny Zuko have a summer beach romance. But romance goes awry when they “accidentally” run into each other at the same school. Danny has a rep to protect, and Sandy is shy and a goody-two shoes. But somehow, by meeting somewhere in the middle, they realize they “go together.”

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TV Review: The Venture Bros. Season 6 ‘Hostile Makeover’
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The Venture Bros. Season 6

The brothers are back! It’s scary to think that it’s been more than 2 years since the end of season five of The Venture Bros., but yes it’s been that long. Sure we did get one hour-long special about this time last year, but that’s hardly enough for fans of the show. Fortunately, The Venture Bros. season six starts on Adult Swim on Sunday, January 31st at midnight, which means 8 weeks of the best damn show on TV.

The season starts off where “All This and Gargantua-2” left off, with Doc Venture having inherited his brothers’ business and a sweet new pad in New York City. Now the whole family is getting used to life in a new city as well as dealing with being fabulously rich. Meanwhile, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is trying to rebuild the Guild of Calamitous Intent. There’s been quite a change to the old status quo, which I’m not sure is good or bad for new viewers.

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TV Review: Colony 1.3 “98 Seconds”
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Colony
Season 1 Episode 3: “98 Seconds”
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Written by Daniel C. Connolly
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Gonzalo Menendez, Kim Rhodes
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
USA
Air Date: Thurday, January 28th, 2016, 10:00pm

Last week on Colony, we saw Will and Katie Bowman (Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies) working on opposite sides – Will as a Collaborator, and Katie as part of the Resistance. Will gained a new partner in the form of Beau (Carl Weathers). They have to find the man responsible for the blast. Meanwhile, his friend was grabbed and brought to the factory, where a weird shining light washed over him and the other detainees. I’m still not sure what happened. Will and Katie managed to whisk his wife and son to safety. Katie starts readying her old bar to open.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Supernatural 11.11 ” Into the Mystic”
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Supernatural
Season 11 Episode 11: “Into The Mystic”
Created by Eric Kripke
Directed by John Badham
Written by Robbie Thompson
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Mark Pellegrino
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 9:00pm

Last week’s Supernatural was a Sam/Lucifer (Jared Padalecki/Mark Pellegrino) love story as Lucifer hosted a “This is your Life” montage. We got to see the season 5 finale when Sam/Lucifer and Adam/Michael fell into hell. I think he genuinely can beat the darkness, but if it means Sam has to say yes…

Surprisingly, he does not. But that Lucifer is wily. At the last second, he got Castiel (Misha Collins) to say yes, so Lucifer got dressed in a Castiel suit. And then killed Rowena (boo!!).

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Magicians 1.2 “The Source of Magic”
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The Magicians
Season 1 Episode 2: “The Source of Magic”
Directed by Scott Smith
Written by Sera Gamble & John McNamara
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
Syfy
Air Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016, 9:00pm

On the last episode of The Magicians, we were introduced to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. They recruit some potentials to take a test, and Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) gets in, but his best friend Julia (Stella Maeve) does not. She cuts herself so she won’t forget, but now the knowledge is destroying her. She gets magically almost sexually assaulted by another magician who lets her know that Brakebills is not the only choice out there. In the meantime, Quentin meets a few new friends, some nice and others with whom he summons a deadly Moth Beast demon. Said demon attacks a class.

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