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Legends 13.5

Things are heating up in this episode of the CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.  With only three episodes left until the season one finale, the stage is being set for whatever inevitable cliffhanger is in store.  If you, like many, have been enjoying the last few Vandal Savage-free episodes, unfortunately the reprieve ends here.  The show’s (or at least, this season’s) big bad is back, and with a vengeance.  The Legends have traveled to London in 2166, a mere 3 days before Savage kills Rip’s wife and son, with the hopes of giving it one last go at stopping the evil mastermind.  There are some twists and turns and several surprises in this episode.  Some new faces, some old ones, some flashbacks.  And of course an epic fight scene or two.  All standard fare for a fun episode.  Interested?  Want to read more?  Hop on board!  BUT, beware of SPOILERS.  (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘The 100’ – S3E13 – “Join or Die”

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It’s hard to quantify this episode of The 100. On the one hand it feels like a place holder moving pieces around for the finale, and on the other a few highly consequential things happen. On the one hand it feels like a bottle episode with a large portion of it taking place in flashback on the Ark, and on the other a primary location gets a pretty radical makeover. “Join or Die” refocuses on the bigger picture as A.L.I.E.’s conquest of Polis seems total, and the fate of those residing there are now in the hands of a known liar, and the guy that every Grounder once wanted dead. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E19 – “Canary Cry”

Killing a main character on a TV show is about one of two things, it’s either done in the name of shock value for the viewer, or it’s done to shake up the characters and spin them off into new directions as they deal with the grief. The sudden murder of Laurel “Black Canary” Lance a few weeks back initially seemed to about the Arrow writers doing the former, but the fallout this week in “Canary Cry” strongly suggests the latter. Strongly, not definitively. There are some impressive performances during the hour, and a fairly strong storyline as well, but is it enough to carry Arrow’s uneven fourth season back to greatness? (more…)

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To go from hero to zero has to hurt more than anything. However, it’s what you’re able to do as that zero that really defines you. And in this week’s episode of The Flash, titled, “Back to Normal,” Barry has to deal with the loss of his speed. No more waking up in the morning, quickly dressing up for work, running for coffee, or quickly going over case files for the CCPD. Everything happens at a normal speed which means he has to figure out what to wear for the day, wait in line for coffee, and he can’t catch his mug every time he drops it. It looks like Barry is doomed.

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MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "The Singularity" - The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is left reeling and decimated as Hive continues to sway Inhumans to his side. But there is a sliver of hope as Agents Fitz and Simmons follow a lead that may be able to stop the maniacal Inhuman once and for all, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TUESDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless) CHLOE BENNET, BRETT DALTON

Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy, Lincoln and a small team of Inhumans gathered together to rescue the other half of the team. After briefly kicking some butt, they returned home only to find out that Hive had corrupted one of them with his brain-control powers. One internal struggle later, it was discovered that Daisy was the victim. She busted up S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ a bit, stole some Kree artifacts and then ran off to be with her new bff. This week, ‘The Singularity’ presents the aftermath of all that. Scroll on for a play-by-play. (more…)

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Let’s make something clear: Of all the complaints and grievances that have been fired at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren should not be one of them. The films titular villain has been criticized for being weak and whiny (and that’s using less colorful language/speech than what one would see in Internet comment sections). He is anything but those things.  A very powerful force user able to stop and freeze blaster shots mid-air, Kylo can also use the force to pilfer thoughts and information from weaker minds. In his personal chambers, he has a resting spot for his helmet… a mound of ashes from those that he’s killed. He took a direct blast in the gut from Chewie’s bolo (a shot that had been shown to easily kill Stormtroopers) and still managed to fight off two attackers. And do we really need to say what he did to his own father?

For those that have recognized and accepted Kylo Ren as the new villainous force (no pun intended) in the Star Wars Universe, there are many toys and merchandise available for which to purchase, collect, and cherish (head to Toys R Us, you’ll see em’). None perhaps as spectacular as the 1/6th scale Kylo Ren figure from Hot Toys Star Wars line. Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles, NB was given a sample to review. Unlike Mark Hamill at the end of Force Awakens, we’re gonna do more than stare at it intensely. A slew of pictures, honest thoughts, and at least one joke about actor Adam Driver’s ears will, in fact, follow. (more…)

Game of Thrones is back!!!! It’s been nine months since our hearts were broken when young Olly thrust his dagger into Jon Snow’s gut “for the watch” along with the other members of The Nights Watch facilitating one of the most ultimate betrayals on the show (and we have had many betrayals over the years). Daenerys “Khaleesi” Targaryen escaped from the attack from the Sons of The Harpy with favorite dragon Drogo, only to be surrounded by a new group of Dothraki. Sansa and Reek went all “Bonny and Clyde” to escape Ramsey Bolton’s clutches. Speaking of Ramsey, he pretty much slaughtered all of Stannis army, while Brienne of Tarth seemingly got revenge for Renly’s death a few seasons ago and killed Stannis herself. Jamie Lannister had to get his niece/daughter from the land of Dorne, as it was not safe, only to discover she had been poisoned in revenge for fan-favorite Oberyn Martell’s death. Arya Stark was left blinded by the Faceless Men after breaking the rules and killing the wrong person. Cersei Lannister’s plan of shaming queen Margaery backfired as the both of them were in the clutches of the High Sparrow and his religious group. While the Queen and her brother remained in custody, Cersei was able to be freed after making the walk of atonement and all the “shame” that went along with it. Is anything missing? Needless to say, Game of Thrones has a lot of moving pieces! There’s a lot that fans have to look forward to with the beginning of this season. Many storylines ended on such drastic cliffhangers, that fans have been clamoring for this new season to start.

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Of course, we live in an age when the only currency in film seems to be whether there’s life for the story after the credits roll. From sequels, prequels, and spin-offs to books, video games, and TV shows, making a movie isn’t so much its own reward as a downpayment on years of profits made from all the other things you can stamp its name on. And then there’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War. It’s the epitome of these I.P.-obsessed times; a prequel and sequel to a hit film based on a fairy tale, and at once trying to attract old fans while attracting new ones by shaking things up just enough. And thus it fails on many levels.  (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘The 100’ – S3E12 – “Demons”

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In seeing the preview for this week’s The 100, it was easy to recognize that they were definitely trying to provoke a horror movie vibe. The episode’s title, “Demons”, took the theme even further, but this is no Exorcist-style scary story (that was last week), the demons in the title are ones of the characters’ own making, as in the one’s that come back to haunt. The great thing about a show like The 100 is that it can wear just about any genre for an episode, and “Demons” unfurls like a slasher film as the group’s return to Arkadia does not go as planned thanks to an unexpected guest. (more…)

The horror genre goes through phases. At its height, the main draw was an unstoppable superhuman monster that stalked the hero (usually heroine). Through the endless sequels, that appeal went away. The genre reinvented itself through irony during the 90s and made a new generation fall in love with it. Throughout the genre’s many stages of evolution, it’s usually been about teens making terrible decisions, and the things in the dark that go and attack them. Green Room follows many of the rules for horror and is a captivating film. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier creates a tense, gory, violent, haunted house film, but instead of the monsters being the undead, they are Neo-Nazis led by the legendary Patrick Stewart.

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