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TV Review: iZombie 1.3 “The Exterminator”
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iZombie The CW Logo Liv

Season 1 Episode 3: “The Exterminator”
Directed by Michael Fields
Written by Graham Norris & Lee Arcuri
Starring Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 9:00pm

Episode 3 of the debut season of the new CW series iZombie, titled “The Exterminator,” has now aired, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the latest episode below.

Spoilers from the show will be mentioned as well, so proceed with caution.

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TV Review: The Flash 1.17 “Tricksters”
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The Flash Mark Hamill The Trickster 2015

The Flash
Season 1 Episode 17: “Tricksters”
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdez, and Tom Cavanagh
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 8:00pm

Below I review the latest episode of The CW’s DC Comics series The Flash, titled “Tricksters.”

Spoiler alert! Although I do really try to keep those to a minimum.

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TV Review: Weird Loners 1.1 “Weird Pilot”
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Weird Loners 101-01

Weird Loners
Season 1 Episode 1: “Weird Pilot”
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Written and Created by Michael J. Weithorn
Starring Becki Newton, Zachary Knighton, Nate Torrence, and Meera Rohit Kumbhani
Air Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:30pm

One of my favorite things about being a TV reviewer is trying out pilots, because it’s filled with possibilities. Is this going to be the new breakout show? Is the lead actor going to be my next crush? Will it scare me? Will I laugh out loud?

Pilots also come with lower expectations because sometimes there’s a big backstory to tell, and sometimes it’s just that you haven’t connected with the characters yet. You need a little more time. And if it’s only a half hour (approximately 23 minutes without commercials), well… that’s just the cherry on top of the Mike TeaVee cake.

My verdict on Weird Loners?

Loved it!

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TV Review: The Following 3.6 “Reunion”
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The Following Season 3

The Following
Season 3 Episode 6: “Reunion”
Created by Kevin Williamson
Directed by Mary Harron
Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Sam Underwood, Valerie Cruz, Jessica Stroup, and Michael Irby
Air Date: Monday, March 30th, 2015, 9:00pm

5 words. “What took you so long?” I know Joe, trust me I feel your pain. While no one can say this season of The Following has been boring, it has lacked a certain something thus far. A show never short on evil doers, Season 3 has lacked the “Big Bad.” Mark Gray (Sam Underwood) is totally bonkers having amassed the personality of his dead twin, and Arthur Strauss (Gregg Henry) is a tad blah as the show’s new villainous puppeteer. Thankfully, all the pressure has gotten to Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and he’s returned to seek advice from the man he said he’d never see again… Joe Carroll (the awesome James Purefoy). Their talk comes with conditions: Ryan needs something to catch Strauss. Joe wants what he always wants: More Ryan Hardy. “Tell me something Ryan; in your dreams, am I in them?” Oh, I’m so happy he’s back!

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.4 “Unbreak-able”
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Bates Motel Mother Norma

Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 4: “Unbreak-able”
Directed by Christopher Nelson
Written by Erica Lipez
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Kenny Johnson
Air Date: Monday, March 30, 2015, 9pm

Be careful – there are spoilers if you are not up to date on Bates Motel.

Last week on Bates Motel 3.3 “Persuasion”, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is freaking out because he really can’t remember much about what happened the night Annika disappeared. Norma (Vera Farmiga) had confided her fears to Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who questioned Norman. Norma — ever the flip-flopper — couldn’t decide if Romero was her confidant or betrayer, and her mood swings attested to that.

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TV Review: Better Call Saul 1.9 “Pimento”
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Better Call Saul Episode 1.9 Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk)

Better Call Saul
Episode 1.9 “Pimento”
Directed by Thomas Schnauz
Written by Thomas Schnauz
Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Kerry Condon
Air Date: Monday, March 30, 2015, 10pm

In Better Call Saul Episode 1.9 “Pimento,” Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) finally has a way to make it out of the mailroom, so to speak, at the Hamlin, Hamlin, and McGill law offices. Jimmy has stumbled upon a valid case-action law suit, but it’s too big for him and his lawyer-on-hiatus older brother, Chuck (Michael McKean), to handle. So, much to his reluctance and at Chuck’s behest, Jimmy agrees to reach out to his nemesis Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) at HHM on the case to go after the Sandpaper Crossing Assisted Living facility, which has seemingly been mishandling (i.e., stealing) the finances of their elderly residents.

Meanwhile, in an effort to help his widowed daughter-in-law and his granddaughter with their finances, Mike (Jonathan Banks) takes on a new gig outside his little parking lot clerk booth. After years in law enforcement, the former Philly cop is taking an off-the-books job, so to speak.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 4.16 “Best Laid Plans”
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Once Upon a Time Ursula Cruella Malificent

Once Upon A Time
Season 4 Episode 16: “Best Laid Plans”
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by Jane Espenson and Kalinda Vazquez
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, and Robert Carlyle
Air Date: Sunday, March 29th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, we were transported to Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Ursula’s (Merrin Dungey) past, and found that there was not a relationship between them as we, the audience, first thought. Hook had stolen her voice, but made a deal. He would finally gave her back her voice, if she let him know what they had in store for his Emma. Both fulfilled their end and she left, swimming off towards the horizon with her formerly estranged dad. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and the girls aged August (Eion Bailey) and then tortured him. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was glad to see her old friend again. We were, too.

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TV Review: The Returned 1.4 “Victor”
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The Returned 104 Victor-16

The Returned
Season 1 Episode 4: “Victor”
Directed by Charles Martin
Written by Regina Corrado
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Alejandro, India Ennenga, Sandrine Holt, Mark Pellegrino, Mat Vairo, Tandi Wright, Dylan Kingwell, Sophie Lowe, India Ennenga, Agnes Bruckner, and Jeremy Sisto
Air Date: Monday, March 30, 2015, 10pm

Beware! Spoilers!

Last week on The Returned 1.3 “Julie”, Simon (Mat Vairo) sweetly pretended to be the ghost Rowan (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) thought he was, but Lena (Sophie Lowe) soon dispelled that notion when she came looking for him. Tony (Aaron Douglas) gets dragged down for questioning about the attack on Lucy (Leah Gibson), but they got nothing. What he got was to exchange shovel blows to the head with his returned son Adam (Rhys Ward). Camille (India Ennenga) masquerades as a long lost cousin to come out of hiding. Julie (Sandrine Holt) gets an unpleasant visit.

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TV Review: The Last Man On Earth 1.7 “She Drives Me Crazy” & 1.8 “Mooovin’ In”
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Last Man on Earth Will January Kristen Mel

The Last Man on Earth
Season 1 Episode 7: “She Drives Me Crazy” & Episode 8 “Mooovin’ In”
Directed by Peter Atencia (1.7) & Claire Scanlon (1.8)
Written by David Noel (1.7) & Liz Cackowski (1.8)
Created by Will Forte, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller
Starring Will Forte, January Jones, Kristen Schaal, and Mel Rodriguez
Air Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:00pm

First there was Phil Miller (Will Forte) – alone, suicidal, talking to balls. Then there was Carol (Kristen Schaal) – optimistic, quirky, naggy. Melissa (January Jones) was next – gorgeous, down-to-earth, cool. And in last week’s back-to-back episodes, “Dunk the Skunk” and “Some Friggin’ Fat Guy”, Todd shows up – kind, sincere, and friendly. Melissa and Todd immediately click, which drives Phil nuts. He was this close to getting Melissa in bed and it was his guitar fireworks, designed to impress her, that caused Todd to turn his car around and find them. Just in the nick of time. Melissa and Todd’s date orchestrated by Carol was adorable with mini-golf and a jellybean fight.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale (Episode 516 “Conquer”)
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The Walking Dead Episode 516 Conquer Walking Dead Season 5 finale Aaron and Daryl

The Walking Dead
Season 5, Episode 16 “Conquer” (Season 5 Finale)
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohen, Norman Reedus, Michael Traynor, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Cudlitz, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Major Dodson, Alexandra Breckenridge, Seth Gilliam, Josh McDermitt
Air Date: March 29, 2015

Warning – Spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale – Episode 516 “Conquer.”

For tonight’s Season 5 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the showrunners promised us blood. They promised us loss. And we got both of those things in Episode 516 “Conquer.” But, for this final installment of the season, we also saw redemption, forgiveness, and enlightenment, as well as a look at some of the real horrors that await the residents — both original and new — of the Alexandria Safe Zone.

It’s well known that fans of The Walking Dead have every intension of rioting if one of the main, fan-favorite characters dies. The show has made it a habit of shockingly killing off some of the beloved people who we’re just not ready to say good-bye to. Thankfully, for the season finale, they didn’t pull that gimmick. Instead, we see the culmination and resolution of some of the biggest, most contentious relationships and situations of this season.

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