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TV Review: Damien 1.9 “The Devil You Know”
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Season 1 Episode 9: “The Devil You Know”
Directed by Jennifer Lynch
Written by K.C. Perry & Glen Mazzara
Created by Glen Mazzara
Starring Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, Megalyn EK, Omid Abtahi, Scott Wilson, David Meunier
Air Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 10pm

Last week’s Damien was maybe my favorite episode of the season. Charles Powell (Joe Doyle) was killing in Damien’s name. Damien (Bradley James) made it clear he wanted nothing to do with the potential of being the Antichrist, and beat Powell nearly to death. It was another acolyte, his psychiatrist, who finished Powell off in a rather bloody finale. More bodies on the pile surrounding Damien Thorn, and Detective Shay (David Meunier) is feeling the heat… literally. Almost burned alive in his car while following Damien, he has been attacked by dogs, and had his son threatened at home. How far is Shay willing to go to find answers? Speaking of questions and answers, Amani (Omid Abtahi) figured out that his new hookup Veronica (Melanie Scrofano) is actually Ann Rutledge’s daughter, and was scoping out Damien’s place on her behalf. Veronica might be dead after messing with the wrong nun. With only 2 episodes left in their first season, let’s see how unholy Damien can get!

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Gotham 2.19 “Azrael”
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Season 2 Episode 19: “Azrael”
Directed by Larysa Kondracki
Written by Jim Barnes & Ken Woodruff
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Chris Chalk, Michael Chiklis
Air Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 8pm

Last week on Gotham, Barbara (Erin Richards) showed up on Jim’s doorstep, claiming sanity. Jim (Ben McKenzie) ain’t buying it. He went after the assassin lady to find the name of the person who hired the hit on Bruce Wayne’s parents. Barbara showed up to help, and after faking betrayal, came through. The nickname of the person is “The Philosopher.” Jim still rejected her and she went running to Tabitha (Jessica Lucas). Bruce and Alfred (David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee) foundnd a Pinewood victim, whom Thomas Wayne tried to take care of after she was mutilated. She tried to help them, but was killed by Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow). Two big reveals in last week’s episode: Patient 44 is reanimated Theo Galavan (James Frain), and Dr. Strange (BD Wong) is the philosopher.

Warning! Spoilers below.

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TV Review: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 1.13 “Leviathan”
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Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 1 Episode 13: “Leviathan”
Directed by Gregory Smith
Written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Ray Utarnachitt
Starring Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Ciara Renee, Casper Crump
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter
The CW
Air Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the legends had to save their younger selves from The Pilgrim, an assassin sent by the Time Masters to wipe out our heroes. They successfully kidnap teenage Mick and Sara (Dominic Purcell and Caity Lotz), but Ray (Brandon Routh) almost dies when his 2014 self is horribly attacked. They grab Stein, Jax, and Snart (Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, and Wentworth Miller) as babies, and bring them to a Time Master orphanage – Rip’s (Arthur Darvill) childhood home. The Pilgrim kidnaps their family members, but the heroes prevail.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Americans 4.7 “Travel Agents”
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The Americans
Season 4, Episode 7 – “Travel Agents”
Directed by Dan Attias
Written by Tanya Barfield
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Dylan Baker, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, and Frank Langella
Air date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 10pm

The Americans isn’t a show that has a dense number of concurrent plots, so it is somewhat of a rarity for those additional narratives to slow in service of a larger story. But when the show focuses on a singular plot, it typically means we’re in for a doozy. “Travel Agents” delivers; heightening and lifting the show’s normal atmosphere of tension and dread to frightening new levels.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Game Of Thrones 6.2 “Home”
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Game of Thrones
Episode 6.2 “The Red Woman”
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Carice van Houten, Alfie Allen, Natalie Dormer, Jonathan Pryce
Air date: May 1, 2016

WARNING: Spoilers for HBO’s Game Of Thrones….

Last week’s Season 6 premiere of Game Of Thrones was packed with returning characters and the tying up of loose ends. After waiting a year, there was a lot of satisfaction in the storyline; therefore, I didn’t expect much to happen in the follow-up episode, 6.2 “Home.” And for the most part, even though there were some nice new tidbits and a few semi-shocking events, the episode for the most part was slow.

But, with a show like Game Of Thrones (just like with AMC’s The Walking Dead, a slow episode means that something is doing to go down in the last few minutes. And oh boy, did it!

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TV Review: Outlander 2.4 “La Dame Blanche”
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Season 2 Episode 4: “La Dame Blanche”
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Written by Toni Graphia
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Based on the books by Diana Galbadon
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, Tobias Menzies, Grant O’Rourke, Stephen Walters, Robert Cavanah, Stanley Weber
Air Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week on Outlander, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) found a purpose at last with help from Master Raymond (Dominique Pinon). She started volunteering at the charity hospital, proving her worth and knowledge to Mother Hildegarde (Frances de la Tour). Jamie (Sam Heughan) was none too happy, as he needed his wife to talk through the muck of intrigue in the court of Paris. Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) found his funding to Jamie’s distress. He hired a boy, Fergus (Romann Berrux), to steal correspondence so he could copy it and have the boy put it back. Claire realized that Frank (Tobias Menzies) was a descendent of Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) and Black Jack. Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) told her she had to tell Jamie that Randall was still alive.

Warning! Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Arrow 4.19 “Canary Cry”
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Season 4 Episode 19: “Canary Cry”
Directed by Laura Belsey
Written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz
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, April 27th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last time on Arrow, the gang got wind of Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) impending escape and go to stop him. Andy turned on them at the last minute, not surprising to Oliver (Stephen Amell), but devastatingly surprising to Diggle (David Ramsey). Darhk finally got his revenge for Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) betrayal by stabbing Laurel (Katie Cassidy) with one of The Green Arrow’s arrows. She seemed to be doing fine in the hospital, and had a raw heart to heart with Ollie telling him she loved him, and telling him a secret. She passed unexpectedly.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.18 “The Singularity”
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 18: “The Singularity”
Directed by Garry A. Brown
Written by Lauren LeFranc
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Axle Whitehead, John Hannah, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Adrian Pasdar
Air Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9pm

Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team discovered that Daisy had been infected by Hive, causing her to follow him “blindly,” leaving the S.H.I.E.L.D. base in ruin with her powers. This week, the agents have two missions: find a cure for Daisy and prevent Hive from creating an Inhuman army. Just like this episode, their missions are failures.

Spoilers ahead!

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TV Review: The Flash 2.19 “Back To Normal”
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 19: “Back to Normal”
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Brooke Roberts & 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, April 26th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, we got the serial killer backstory of Hunter Zolomon aka Zoom (Teddy Sears). Barry (Grant Gustin) almost lost his mind with his need to save Earth-2 from Zoom. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) agreed to vibe to create a breach, and was successful with Harry’s (Tom Cavanagh) help. Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) moved in and immediately got kidnapped by Zoom. Barry sacrificed his speed to save Wally. Then Zoom kidnapped Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker).

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Americans 4.6 “The Rat”
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The Americans 4.6 - "The Rat" Review

The Americans
Season 4, Episode 6 – “The Rat”
Directed by Kari Skogland
Written by Joshua Brand
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Dylan Baker, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, and Frank Langella
Air date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10pm

The Americans finally gave us the episode we’ve all been waiting for when it comes to Martha with “The Rat,” as Alison Wright’s poor soul of a character is thrown into a situation beyond her comprehension. This episode is all about escalation, as Martha finally finds out the truth about Clark’s real allegiance, while Elizabeth and Gabriel find out the depths of Philip’s involvement with her — culminating in a scene that’s a series great for Keri Russell.

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