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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 SHIELD Season 3 Finale Cover

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
ABC
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: Once Upon A Time 5.13 “Labor Of Love”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 13: “Labor Of Love”
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Written by Andrew Chambliss, Dana Horgan
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, Sean Maguire
ABC
Air Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, our Storybrooke heroes traveled to the Underworld and were greeted by some old familiar faces. Regina (Lana Parilla) saw her mother, Cora (Barbara Hershey) and her dad, and her mom was still manipulating her do to evil rather than good. Regina remained a hero though. Gold (Robert Carlyle) ran into his dad, Peter Pan (Robbie Kay). Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) got good and kissed by David’s twin James (Josh Dallas). Emma (Jennifer Morrison) got to see Neal (Michael Raymond-James), but only in a dream because he was in a better place. And we all met Hades (guest Greg Germann).

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 6.13 “The Same Boat”
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The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 13 Review

The Walking Dead
Episode 6.13 “The Same Boat”
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Written by Angela Kang
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohen, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James
AMC
Air date: Sunday, March 13, 2016, 9pm

Warning – SPOILERS for The Walking Dead Season 6…

This week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Episode 6.13 “The Same Boat,” focused only Carol and Maggie, who had been taken captive by a small sect of The Saviors, Negan’s people. Last week, Rick and his team had invaded what they believed to be Negan’s compound for a deadly sneak attack, which was their end of the deal they made with the Hilltop people. Carol and Maggie had been guarding the perimeter while the rest of the group invaded the compound and massacred its sleeping occupants, blurring the lines between right and wrong.

It was obvious leading up to this ambush that Carol, who went from being a meek and battered housewife to a total badass warrior, was having a crisis of conscience of sorts. She had realized that the number of people (that’s live humans, not Walkers) she’s killed is well into double digits, and that the attack on The Saviors was going to lead to total bloodshed. For a long time, Carol, who has been masquerading around the Alexandria Safe Zone as a happy cookie-making homemaker, has had her own code she lived by — she did what she had to do to survive, even if it meant ending another life, but she didn’t relish in it, which differentiated her from people like the Wolves. But, perhaps now she realizes that the mass slaughter of Negan’s people is far beyond even what she is willing to do.

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TV Review: The Bastard Executioner 1.6 “Thorns/Drain”
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The Bastard Executioner
Season 1 Episode 6: “Thorns/Drain”
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Written by John Barcheski & Kurt Sutter
Created by Kurt Sutter
Starring Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Matthew Rhys, Timothy V. Murphy, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Elen Rhys, Danny Sapani
FX
Air Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 10:00pm

Last week on The Bastard Executioner, was another dark storm of violence. Milus Corbett (Stephen Moyer) sends Wilkin and Toran (Lee Jones and Sam Spruell) on a seemingly simple robbery mission, coated with blackmail, but end up burning 2 innocents alive. That Corbett… such a trickster! Gaveston (Tom Forbes) brings a pregnancy test to Ventrishire. He does not believe Love (Flora Spencer-Longhurst)… with good reason. Thanks to Wilkin and Annora (Katey Sagal), she is able to satisfy the test, even though he still does not believe it. Love and Wilkin share some feelings and a lingering hug, long enough for Toran and Jessamy (Sarah Sweeney) to see. Uh-oh.

Some spoilers below.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 4.18 “Heart Of Gold”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 4 Episode 18: “Heart Of Gold”
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Written by Tze Chun & Scott Nimerfro
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, Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader
ABC
Air Date: Sunday, April 12th, 2015, 8:00pm

Let’s recap the “Best Laid Plans” from two weeks ago, before we get to Once Upon a Time 4.18 “Heart Of Gold”

The villains are all a twitter trying to find the author so he can rewrite “history” so they can have their happy ending instead of the heroes. In order to do that, they must darken savior Emma’s heart. After much too much effort trying to cover their tracks, Charming and Snow (Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin) finally tell Emma (Jennifer Morrison) what they did in order to ensure her goodness. They took Maleficent’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) baby and allowed it to be sucked into a portal to another world. I know that means we will eventually run into Maleficent’s spawn, but I’m glad they didn’t outright kill a baby, even though they thought it was just a baby dragon (Khaleesi!). They did release the author who promptly fled.

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