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DC's Legends of Tomorrow -- "Blood Ties" -- Image LGN103B_0254b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Casper Crump as Vandal Savage and Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall/Hawkman -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Rip Hunter and his gang are still stuck in 1975 as they wait for Kendra to recover in the med bay.  They’ve jetted over to Zeipzig, Germany for the time being, however, and are taking a moment to reassess.  This episode, entitled “Blood Ties”, is about both the bonds of family as well as actual, you know, blood.  We get a deeper look into the crazy that is Vandal Savage, as well as some further peeks into the backstories of the team.  If you haven’t watched the last few episodes, STOP HERE!  SPOILERS will be rampant from here on out.  You’ve been warned. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E12 – “Unchained”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was so tight that it brought backed a beloved regular from the past and it was probably the least notable thing that happened during the hour. A globetrotting adventure that took us from Nanda Parbat to Japan and all the way back to Star City, this week’s Arrow had no shortage of material as old friends returned, new enemies arrived, and strange bedfellows were sewn. This episode was so busy that it could only introduce major new plot points in passing, but as the official halfway point of the season, “Unchained” adds new elements to the seaosn’s arc that could potentially be followed up on in some very interesting ways. (more…)

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As the saying goes: everything old is new again. Whether it is trends in fashion, styles of music, or even the food and drink we put in our bodies (the “Paleo diet” is from how long ago?), our society has an interesting penchant for liking something, forgetting that something for a while when newer and flashier somethings come along, and finally rediscovering that something and saying “y’know, this something is actually pretty cool.” Even though a timeless work of fiction – such as a Jane Austen novel – is really never truly forgotten, sometimes it does take an infusion of a new idea to bring a classic “back to life,” as it were.

Ironic, then, that the catalyst to reanimate wide-scale interest in Austen’s bourgeois-eschewing “Pride & Prejudice” is a creature that is, by its own nature, reanimated in and of itself: the zombie. Yes, the separate components of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies may not break any new ground on their own, but when these two disparate pieces are “mashed up” together, they become much like Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, with opposites attracting in the most delightfully random of ways. (more…)

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After last week‘s explosive episode, which was packed with a lot of new information, action, and Howard Stark, this week’s episode put the brakes on the forward momentum of a season a little bit in the most entertaining way possible. “Smoke & Mirrors” intercuts the past and present, moving back and forth between Peggy Carter‘s continued investigation into Isodyne Energy and exploring the past of both Agent Carter and the person who is shaping up to be the primary villain, Whitney Frost, or Madame Masque as she’s quickly becoming. The title of the episode refers to the illusion of propriety put forth by the men behind Isodyne Energy, the Arena Club, and apparently so much more and the illusions put up by both Carter and Frost at different points in their lives to hide their true selves, whether intentional or not. Getting a glimpse into the events that shaped both of these women, and especially Carter, is the focus and most fascinating part of this episode.

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Last week on The Flash, an old friend returned, Cisco gained some new tech, and fans said goodbye to someone Barry loved (although it’s not certain how permanent it will be). One thing seemed to be missing though, audiences didn’t see much of Iris and her family. It seems, though, this week’s episode, titled “Fast Lane,” is making up for some lost time with the West Family. And fans also get treated to another villain straight from the pages of the Flash comic book, Tar Pit.

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The child actors behind the beloved characters in the Harry Potter franchise grew up in front of the eyes of their adoring fan base.  Emma Watson, who gave life onscreen to Hermione Granger, perhaps more so than many.  She went from a brilliantly talented Muggle-born witch to an equally brilliant bombshell.  While Watson now commands attention with her work for the United Nations, fans remember her most fondly as the eleven year old witch with bushy hair and big teeth that they first saw in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

One of the most admirable aspects of the Harry Potter series, both in the books and films, is that the reader gets to grow with the characters.  Yes, many readers began the journey at or around the same ages as the characters, and as each new book or film came out roughly a year apart, the ages stayed constant.  But that can be witnessed even as a new reader.  J.K. Rowling did a marvelous job of maturing her characters just enough in each book, and the movies reflect that.  The content and and themes of each subsequent installment also mature in keeping with the character development.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione go from innocents to battle-weary veterans of pain and loss.  And they come out of it in one piece.

Although there has been a lot of fuss lately surrounding Hermione and her romance choices in the books (Harry or Ron, make up your mind, Jo!), it seems a shame to focus so much on only the romantic aspect of her character.  This is a girl that gives female readers someone positive to aspire to be, someone relatable but also inspiring.  She is the smartest person in her year, even though she came from outside the fold of the wizarding world.  She is fiercely loyal to her friends and never afraid to be herself.  She is the role model for the millenials.

This introduction is the prelude to a review for a fairly new high end collectible toy company called Star Ace.  And like the Triwizard Harry Potter review we put out last week, this will cover the ins and outs of this new collectible figure, sent to us straight from the source as part of their fast-growing and very popular Harry Potter line.  Now, on to Hermione!

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Someone’s been playing Dr. Frankenstein on Supergirl and that someone is Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli). The poor man’s Lex Luthor (or Lex Luthor-lite if you prefer), Lord’s obsession with super-powered aliens and the potential threat they pose to humanity’s alpha status on Earth has led Lord to create a super-powered Supergirl double, a mix of Supergirl’s DNA and the body of a comatose, presumably braindead (or near-braindead young woman). The Supergirl double (Hope Lauren), dubbed “Bizarro” by the ever brand-savvy Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), has Supergirl’s powers, but not her smarts. She has the mental acuity and intelligence of a two-year-old, capable only of speaking in two- or three-word sentence combinations, perfect for controlling, manipulative Lord.

Lord has fed Bizarro a steady diet of hate TV, twisting the real Supergirl’s super-heroics into their exact opposite. When news of a damaged tram hits the local airwaves, Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) clumsily excuses herself from a date with Adam (Blake Jenner), Cat’s grown-up son, to save the tram’s passengers. The unexpected appearance of Bizarro at the scene, however, complicates Supergirl’s mission. A short, budget-conscious fight ends in a stalemate before Bizarro flies off to fight another day while Supergirl does her Supergirl thing and saves the tram’s passengers from imminent death in the icy waters abutting National City. Not surprisingly, Supergirl wants answers and she knows exactly who can give them to her: Maxwell Lord, but she’s cautioned from going after him by her sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and Hank Henshaw (David Harewood). (more…)

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When Canada’s Space channel recently ran a two day, 20 episode marathon of the Best of The X-Files, six out of the 20 in some way involved Darin Morgan. He either wrote the episode in question (“Humbug”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, “War of the Coprophages”, “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'”), or appeared in it (“The Host”, “Small Potatoes”). It might be impossible to understate the influence of Morgan’s work on The X-Files, which is why Files fans were looking forward to this week’s entry, which marked Morgan’s return to the show for the first times since “Small Potatoes” in season four, and the first time he’s but his stamp on a script since “Jose Chung” in season three. It was like he never left.  (more…)

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January brings with it another Mystery Box from the fine folks over at Geek Fuel, and NerdBastards was lucky enough to have one of those boxes sent to review. Now in a world where there is a subscription box for almost anything, the question is how does this compare to the rest of them? Well, it may not have the name Loot Crate on it, but they’ve gone and become a league of their own. From the look things, Geek Fuel is a solid subscription service. The key is to offer something that none of the other companies do, and Geek Fuel does the job. So, if you’re curious to know what was in this month’s Mystery Box, then check things out after the jump.

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