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TV Review: The Flash 2.23 “The Race Of His Life” (Finale)
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 23: “The Race Of His Life”
Directed by Antonio Negret
Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) was super optimistic, despite all the metas running around, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy). She was screaming down buildings, one of which was Mercury Labs. They figured out a way to take them all down with sound, but also had to stop more building collapses. Cisco and Caitlin (Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker) dressed up like their doppelgängers to distract her, and it worked. Cisco got an end of the world vibe. Zoom (Teddy Sears) showed up and killed Henry (John Wesley Shipp).

Spoilers for the finale below.

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TV Review: Preacher 1.01 “Pilot”
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Preacher, Season 1, Episode 1 review

Episode 1.01 “Pilot”
Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, Garth Ennis
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, Tom Brooke, Ian Colletti
Air date: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 9pm

Full disclosure warning…

I know nothing of the Preacher comics, story arcs, or characters. Thanks to some helpful direction from friends on Facebook, to origin story videos on YouTube, I now have a loose idea of what to expect. Preacher is a series from DC’s/Vertigo comics, written and created by Garth Ennis back in the mid 90s. There were several attempts made to get the comic put to film as early as 1998 with Kevin Smith attached as a producer. After almost 15 years bouncing around studios, then off to HBO, the series was finally greenlit by AMC thanks to the efforts of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who also co-wrote and directed the pilot. If you’re looking for a detailed analysis of all the similarities and differences between the comic and the series, I can’t help you. But I will say when it comes to other comic book interpretations, some of my favorite MCU films were based on comic characters I knew little to nothing about, such as Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “with great power comes great responsibility.” I’m telling you, “with no comic knowledge comes no irrational disappointment.” So onward we go…

Warning – SPOILERS for Preacher Season 1…

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TV Review: Gotham 2.22 “Transference” (Finale)
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Season 2 Episode 22: “Transference”
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Written by Bruno Heller
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 23rd, 2016, 8pm

Last week on Gotham, Selina (Camren Bicondova) was stuck inside Arkham at Bruce’s behest and Firefly’s mercy. Bruce, Lucius Fox, and a hidden Jim Gordon (David Mazouz, Chris Chalk, and Ben McKenzie), descend up the facility to rescue Selina and get answers, but they are all caught. Dr. Strange (BD Wong) is onto him, yet cares for Bruce in a way. Strange’s newest resurrection, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) discovers her powers of persuasion via touch. A new monster is created and set free – one with a plastic face made up to look like Jim. Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) helps Strange.

Warning! Spoilers for tonight’s Gotham finale!

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TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.16 “Legendary” (Finale)
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Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 1 Episode 16: “Legendary”
Directed by Dermott Downs
Written by Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim
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, May 19th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, future Jax (Franz Drameh) told Stein (Victor Garber) that joining Rip (Arthur Darvill) was the right decision, planting the seed of drugging Jax to get him to comply from the beginning of the season. Turns out the Waverider crew were not complete bumbling idiots after all… the Time Masters had been manipulating them the entire time, in order to help Savage (Casper Crump) take over. If he doesn’t… the worse threat of aliens will win. The team defeated the Time Masters, after Snart (Wentworth Miller) sacrificed himself, after getting a goodbye kiss from Sarah (Caity Lotz). Savage escaped with Kendra and Carter (Ciara Renee and Falk Hentschel) as prisoners.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Game Of Thrones 6.5 “The Door”
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Game Of Thrones 6.5 Bran and Three-Eyed Raven

Game of Thrones
Episode 6.5 “The Door”
Directed by Jack Bender
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Carice van Houten, Alfie Allen, Natalie Dormer
Air date: May 22, 2016

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

Last week’s Game Of Thrones saw the very first Stark sibling reunion when Sansa Stark escaped the clutches of her sadist husband Ramsay Bolton to make her way to The Wall, where, unbeknownst to her, her half-brother Jon Snow had just been resurrected. It also saw Daenerys Targaryen torch the Dosh Khaleen temple to the ground with the Khals in it, to emerging Unburnt and leading the Dothraki once again.

This week’s episode, Episode 6.5 “The Door,” was the first time this season where I was left with an unsettling feeling, because once again, our favorite characters are in danger, as are ones who we were just beginning to forgive.

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TV Review: Outlander 2.7 “Faith”
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Season 2 Episode 7: “Faith”
Directed by Metin Hüseyin
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, May 21st, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week on Outlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan) finally told Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) the whole crazy time-traveling story, after he got angry about the duel being called off. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) went to warn Master Raymond (Dominique Pinon) about the king gunning for practitioners of the dark arts. They set up fake smallpox at the Comte’s (Stanley Weber) ship, and even had Murtagh play bandit when that did not work. Jamie went to duel with Randall (Tobias Menzies), which resulted in Claire screaming, bleeding, and fainting, Jamie sticking a sword in Randall’s groin, and both men arrested.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Arrow 4.22 “Lost In The Flood”
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Season 4 Episode 22: “Lost In The Flood”
Directed by Glen Winter
Written by Oscar Balderrama & Brian Ford Sullivan
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Paul Blackthorne
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Arrow, nuclear weapons started readying for a strike, seemingly on their own. Rubicon had started “Genesis.” Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) realized she needed her father Noah (Tom Amandes), the Calculator, to hack into the unhackable system. Darhk (Neal McDonough) realized that too, and it was a race for him. Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity (Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, and Rickards) won, and the computer geniuses were able to stop all but one missile for a 24-hour period (after Felicity got fired and they stole stuff – in that order). Lance (Paul Blackthorne) will also probably get fired for being honest about the Black Canary. Lonnie Machim (Alexander Calvert) showed up at the ark for revenge against Darhk. He tried to get Thea (Willa Holland) to stop being a follower. She kicked his ass (to Alex’s detriment).

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.21 “Absolution” and 3.22 “Ascension”
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 21 and 22: “Absolution” and “Ascension”
Directed by Billy Gierhart, Kevin Tancharoen
Written by Chris Dingess and Drew Z. Greenberg, Jed Whedon
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, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Mark Dacascos, Adrian Pasdar, Derek Phillips, Lola Glaudini
Air Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9pm

“Every Inhuman is here for a reason. They each serve a purpose” – Lincoln

Here we are — the two-part season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has arrived and with it, the reveal of the “fallen agent” they’ve been teasing us with for weeks. There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get started. Beware: many spoilers ahead!

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TV Review: The Flash 2.22 “Invincible”
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 22: “Invincible”
Directed by Jesse Warn
Written by Brooke Roberts & David Kob
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) was lost in the speed force after they tried to recreate the particle accelerator explosion, tasked with catching up with a dark shadow or leave without his powers. The speed force seems to be God, or midichlorians, or the origin of matter, or something omniscient. He was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and… actually, the speed force just dressed up like his family to give him Joe-isms, while his real family tried to get him back through the vibes of Cisco (Carlos Valdes). The final tears came when his loving mom came and read him a childhood story, “The Runaway Dinosaur.” Barry caught the shadow – himself, as Iris (Candice Patton) reached for him through Cisco, and brought him home with his speed.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.22 “Only You” & 5.23 “An Untold Story” (Finale)
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 22 & 23: “Only You” & “An Untold Story”
Directed by Romeo Tirone (5.22) & Dean White (5.23)
Written by Andrew Chambliss, David H. Goodman (5.22) & Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis (5.23)
Created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle, Rebecca Mader
Air Date: Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 8:00pm

This season, Once Upon A Time went from Camelot to the Greek Underworld, from King Arthur to Hades with a bunch of Dark Ones thrown in. Half the characters were dead with unfinished business, and the show explored how darkness can overcome the best of heroes. The season was filled with the usual-yet-oh-so-successful formula of bad magic + bad deals + bad love… hmmm… these fairy tales don’t ever really have happy endings.

But that’s what makes it so entertaining, right? There are no limits – any realm, any time, any character, any story, any creature… can pop up to challenge our heroes.

Last week, we lost Robin Hood (Sean Maguire – nooo!!!!) and Hades (Greg Germann – meh), but Zelena and Regina (Rebecca Mader and Lana Parilla) were finally and completely united in sisterhood, and Hook and Emma (Colin O’Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison) were reunited in love.

Spoilers below.

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