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Towards the end of last week’s episode of American Gods, Shadow came back where he ran into his presumably deceased ex-wife Laura sitting on his bed. She’s supposed to be dead after giving fellatio to his best friend Robbie and resulting in a car crash killing them both. This week on “Git Gone,” we get to see everything from Laura’s perspective.

Instead of having the usual “Coming to America” or “Departing America” theme we have come to expect from American Gods, we are instead thrust into a high flashback. We see her before she met her beloved, when she was a suicidal casino worker. After clocking out running the blackjack tables, she would spend her nights in her hot top breathing in insect repellent in her hot tub. While the insect repellent might give her some sort of high, it’s also fatal, and she knows it. Every time, she backs out of the death at the last minute, it shows that she’s living a lonely unfulfilled life, and she needs a change.  (more…)

The time has finally come. The moment that fans have been dreading almost all season arrived during this week’s episode of The Flash. Appropriately titled, “Infantino Street,” this episode felt like one of those tests you’ve known about all year, but no matter how much studying you do, you’ll never feel fully prepared for it. With the last 24 hours at hand, the pressure is on. However, all you can do is stare at the clock as it counts down to the last moments of your life. It looks like desperate times call for desperate measures. For this, Flash is going to need the help of an old friends. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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When we last left Supergirl/Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and Friends, they were faced with the arrival of a Daxamite invasion fleet, the result of a Stargate-inspired portal created by Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). The Daxamite queen, Rhea (Teri Hatcher), took full advantage of Lena’s weak point – the lack of a loving maternal figure in her life – to convince an unwitting Lena that the portal she was building with the Luthor family’s money was for the public good (a matter transporter). Before she could do anything about her betrayal, however, Lena found herself aboard the Daxamite mothership, with Rhea at her bedside. Rhea’s plan (or part of it)? Marry off her reluctant son and Supergirl’s boyfriend, Mon-El (Chris Wood) to Lena, uniting (New) Daxam and Earth. Their half-human/half-Daxamite offspring would rule Earth (or something). (more…)

Last week on American Gods, in addition to meeting Mr. Nancy is a scene-stealing moment at the beginning of the episode, we also met a slew new of gods that will be seen in the upcoming episodes. Shadow is being courted by both the Old Gods and the New Gods, as he met Media. Shadow seemed to bit off more than he could chew as he found himself promised to take Czernobog’s hammer to the face as he was on the losing end of a high-stakes game of checkers with the Slavic god of darkness and evil. How would he get out of this mess?

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King Arthur is one of about four or five characters from British literature and folklore that have been done so many times, that you can’t really do anything new or insightful with them. So already Guy Ritchie had an uphill battle with his King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, so he decided to do with it what he did with his version of another beloved and frequently used British character, Sherlock Holmes. Ritchie’s Arthur is rock and roll, a Once and Future King with swagger and attitude. Like a King Arthur flick made by high school film students with a $200 million budget. (more…)

The murder mystery of Jason Blossom came to a sudden, unceremonious end last week with the revelation that the murderer was close to home so far as the Blossoms were concerned. Aside from Jughead’s unfortunate pun about the matter being “the ultimate Cliff-hanger” it seems that all’s well that ends well, right? Not so fast. There’s a sense of dread in this season finale of Riverdale. There’s a rift forming through the town, where on one side there are those well off and on the other there is the underclass. But first, we have to get down to what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity.  (more…)

At 79, Ridley Scott’s (The MartianThe Counselor, Gladiator, Blade Runner) talents as a visual stylist remain undiminished. For scale, scope, and spectacle, few filmmakers can match Scott’s eye for composition or world building, but give Scott a poor, middling, or underdeveloped script and the result looks a lot like Prometheus five years ago: A promising set-up, a shedload’s worth of ideas, and purposely obtuse, underwhelming execution that left most films of the Alien franchise ready to chuck Scott and his collaborators out of the nearest airlock. But in the “Age of the Franchise,” no studio, let alone Fox, would let a potentially lucrative property like Alien slip into suspended animation. In hindsight, they should have (a) given the franchise a break and maybe even start over (i.e., a full-on Alien reboot) and/or (b) politely asked Scott to serve as a producer in name only and give creative control of the franchise to someone, anyone with fresh, novel ideas.

***MILD SPOILERS BELOW***

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Barry Allen has carried the weight of the world on his shoulders since the first episode. From always carrying the guilt of loved ones dying, keeping his friends alive, to protecting Central City 24/7, Barry has been due for a vacation for quite some time. On this week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Cause And Effect,” fans finally got to see what Barry Allen would’ve looked like had he lived a stress-free life. With the opportunity to rid him of all his problems, would the result still be the Barry Allen you’ve grown to love and admire? Or would he be deprived of what had made him the man that he is today, even if it brought with it the burden of the world on his shoulders? Warning: Spoilers!

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With Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), Supergirl/Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El’s adoptive sister, safe and sound and back in the DEO fold, all looked right for Supergirl and Friends, but that was before Rhea (Teri Hatcher), Daxamite queen and spurned mother to one Mon-El/Mike (Chris Wood), decided to take the Earth’s future in her hand and align herself with an unsuspecting Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Ultra-eager to prove herself her brother’s equal in the brainiac department and his better in the moral/ethical one, Lena lets Rhea charm her into creating a spacetime portal of some kind. Lena thinks she’ll be able to solve all of Earth’s major problems with her Stargate-inspired teleportation device. Instead, she gives Rhea what she’s always wanted: A way to bring Daxam’s scattered survivors to Earth as part of an invasion fleet. (more…)

It’s been a while, but when we last left the town (and show) of Twin Peaks, Agent Cooper had been shot, and so had Leo Johnson. Shelly Johnson, Catherine Martell and Pete Martell all seemed doomed in the burning mill. Audrey Horne was in over her head posing as the new prostitute at One Eyed Jacks and about to come face-to-face with the owner, her father. Big Ed came home and found that Nadine had OD’ed on pills while his nephew James was arrested after Bobby Briggs put cocaine on his motorcycle. It was the biggest night in town since the Elk Lodge burned down in the 50s according to Doc.  (more…)