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TV Review: Vikings 5.8 “The Joke”
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Vikings 508-06

Vikings
Season 5 Episode 8: “The Joke”
Directed by Jeff Woolnough
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alex Høgh, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marco Ilsø, Jordan Patrick Smith, Josefin Asplund, John Kavanagh, Clive Standen, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Darren Cahill, Jennie Jacques, Moe Dunford, Peter Franzén, Jasper Pääkkönen
The History Channel
Air Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 8:00pm

Warning! Spoilers below for last night’s episode of Vikings!

The last episode of Vikings left Kattegat on the brink of war. With the moon comes Ivar (Alex Høgh) and King Harald (Peter Franzén) and Bishop Headmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), whose relationship with Ivar is completely complicated. Ivar seemed to look for another father in the Bishop, who promised no lies as that is the will of his god. Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) journeyed to find Athelstan’s past, and at the end of the episode said The Lord’s Prayer in unison with his late father. Astrid (Josefin Asplund) revealed she was pregnant. Harald was delighted, but she was sad, as the baby has a few possible fathers. Torvi (Georgia Hirst) freed Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) from fidelity. Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) and his followers found the land, but there was still dissent. Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) urged Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) to take the throne.

Spoilers below.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 113: Twice Upon A Time
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After the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has escaped the revenge of the Master (John Simm / Michelle Gomez) and the Cybermen, he finds himself face-to-face with his first incarnation (David Bradley) in a world frozen in time. Together the Doctors must find their way out of the frozen time, from which they both have moments in destiny to fulfill…

During TARDISblend 113, we talk about the long-awaited arrival of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor, we explore the interactions between the First Doctor and the Capaldi Doctor, and comment on presumably Steven Moffat‘s final goodbye from Doctor Who after seven years as showrunner.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special
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Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special Twice Upon A Time

Doctor Who
2017 Christmas Special “Twice Upon A Time”
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, David Bradley, Mark Gatiss
BBC America
Air date: December 25, 2017

A long time ago, in a place not far, far away, it ends. The TARDIS arrives in a snowy landscape, an aged and fading First Incarnation of the Doctor leads his companions Ben and Polly out onto the Antarctic landscape in 1986 where the Doctor first encounters the Cybermen from the planet Mondas. After being taken prisoner aboard a Cyberman ship, the Doctor looks weak and confused. He insists on returning to the TARDIS. He tells his companions to “keep warm” and heads out into the snowy cold. Then, a voice is heard and a figure appears. It is the Doctor in his Thirteenth Incarnation!

With “Twice Upon A Time,” two eras end in Doctor Who: the tenure of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and that of Steven Moffat as executive producer and showrunner.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.8 “How It’s Gotta Be”
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The Walking Dead-episode 8.8 review

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.8 “How It’s Gotta Be” (Mid-Season Finale)
Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis
Written by David Leslie Johnson & Angela Kang
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

On last week’s The Walking Dead, Eugene had some tough choices to make whether to stay loyal to Negan or to reveal that Dwight is the mole; Tara, Daryl, and Morgan decided to deviate from Rick and his allies’ plan to take down Negan and the Saviors; Rick actually managed to finally get Jadis and the Scavengers to join their fight against Negan. Unfortunately, when they rolled up on the Sanctuary, Rick’s plan was not in motion; instead, the walkers surrounding the place were gone and so were the snipers. It was bad, and Rick was understandably shaken.

On this week’s episode, 8.8 “How It’s Gotta Be,” it gets worse. It really does. Not only has Rick’s plan gone south, but a beloved character is going to die. Since this is the mid-season finale, you know there’s going to be pain, suffering, and death.

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The CW Crossover Review: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 3.8 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 4”
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Legends of Tomorrow Crossover

Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 3 Episode 8: “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4”
Directed by Rob Seidenglanz
Written by Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim
Starring Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Wentworth Miller, Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 9:00pm

Last week on The CW’s crossover “Crisis on Earth-X,” members of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow converged on Central City to celebrate the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West (Grant Gustin, Candice Patton). Alas, that wedding did not happen because Nazis from Earth-35 aka Earth-X, the terrible world where Hitler won WWII, invaded the church and a fierce battle ensued. Our heroes had to fight their way out through Metallo, Red Tornado, OverGirl (Melissa Benoist), Evil Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), and Eobard Thawne wearing a Wells (Tom Cavanagh) face. They had one hero on their side that was lost on their Earth – Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller).

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.7 “Time For After”
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Walking Dead 8.7 Lennie James

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.7 “Time for After”
Directed by Larry Teng
Written by Matthew Negrete & Corey Reed
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

On last week’s The Walking Dead, the Allies (Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom) continued on with their plan to take down Negan and the Saviors, which included Rick returning to the untrustworthy Scavengers to try to make a new deal with them. Instead, he’s captured by them. Meanwhile, at the Hilltop, Maggie decided to keep the Savior POWs for future use as a bargaining chip; Michonne and Rosita left Alexandria and got into it with two Saviors, who Tara and Daryl then took down; King Ezekiel was still in seclusion at The Kingdom after losing his battle with the Saviors; and Carl allied himself with a stranger named Siddiq.

On this week’s episode, 8.7 “Time for After,” Eugene is faced with a tough choice that seems to have no good outcome either way; Negan stays calm in the face of death around him; Rick still wants to win over the Scavengers to his side; and Daryl moves forward with his rogue plan, and has Tara, Michonne, Rosita, and Morgan along with him, but what does that mean for Rick’s ultimate plan?

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The CW Crossover Review: The Flash 4.8 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 3”
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The Flash Crossover 408-04

The Flash
Season 4 Episode 8: “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3”
Directed by Dermott Downs
Written by Todd Helbing
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale, Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Franz Drameh, Paul Blackthorne, Victor Garber
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 8:00pm

Warning! Spoilers below for all parts of The CW Crossover, including tonight’s episode of The Flash!

So far, on Crisis on Earth-X, all of the heroes and legends converged on Central City to attend the wedding of Barry and Iris (Grant Gustin, Candice Patton). Of course, happiness can’t happen without hitches and glitches, so Nazis invaded the ceremony, led by evil Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), evil Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), and the original Eobard Thawne wearing a Wells (Tom Cavanagh) face. They came from Earth-X, the 53rd earth where the Nazis won WWII. The plan? Save dying evil Supergirl by taking the heart of our Kara. Some cool battles ensued, but our heroes were left in a Nazi prison at the end of Arrow last night.

Spoilers below.

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The CW Crossover Review: Arrow 6.8 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2”
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Arrow Crossover 608-03

Arrow
Season 6 Episode 8: “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2”
Directed by James Bamford
Written by Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy
The CW
Air Date: Monday, November 27th, 2017, 8:00pm

Warning! Spoilers below for part 2 of The CW crossover of Arrow!

During Part 1 of The CW Crossover event,”Crisis on Earth-X,” what was supposed to be a crossover celebration of the marriage of Iris and Barry (Candice Patton, Grant Gustin) of The Flash (on an episode of Supergirl), turned into a deadly fight between our heroes and Nazis in the church. The enemy? Nazi Arrow (Stephen Amell), Nazi Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), and Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh).

Spoilers below.

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The CW Crossover Review: Supergirl 3.8 “Crisis On Earth-X, Part 1”
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Supergirl Crossover 308-01

Supergirl
Episode 3.8 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1”
Directed by Larry Teng
Written by Jessica Queller & Robert L. Rovner
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Caity Lotz, Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Dominic Purcell, Tom Cavanagh, Franz Drameh, Victor Garber
The CW
Air date: Monday, November 27th, 2017, 8:00pm ET

It is time for a wedding! Barry and Iris (Grant Gustin, Candice Patton) are finally getting hitched. As exciting as that is, fans of The CW’s Super Friends are more excited about the most wonderful time of the year – crossover time! Although this is more Flash-themed, the fun began last night on Supergirl. They quickly shed any Supergirl plot, to focus in the reason everyone came together – the West-Allen nuptials.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.6 “The King, The Widow, and Rick”
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Walking Dead 8.6 Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.6 “The King, the Widow, and Rick”
Directed by John Polson
Written by Angela Kang & Corey Reed
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Last week’s The Walking Dead focused a lot on Negan and Father Gabriel as they were trapped and surrounded by walkers, while Negan’s lieutenants were bickering amongst themselves at the Sanctuary trying to figure out what to do next. While in captivity, the holy man confessed his sins, and eventually got Negan to do so too. They ended up working together to fight their way to safety back inside the Sanctuary, where the priest witnessed how much the workers there believe in and rely on Negan to protect them. By the end of the episode, Eugene not only figured out that Dwight is the rat amongst them, but he also found how why Father Gabriel was there (he wants to bring the doctor there back to pregnant Maggie at the Hilltop).

On this week’s episode, 8.6 “The King, the Widow, and Rick,” the mysterious “plan” to defeat the Saviors is still in place; Rick once again tries to strike a deal with the Scavengers; the recovering Michonne and Rosita at Alexandria are antsy to see the Sanctuary; Tara and Daryl both still want Dwight dead; Maggie makes a decision about the Savior POWs; Carol wants King Ezekiel to rule again; and Carl goes looking for the young man in need he met a while back.

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