The Flash: Season 2, Episode 3 “Family of Rogues” Review

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The Flash Season 2, Episode 3 – Quick Impressions (Spoilers)

Both The Flash and Arrow have a lot on their plate as they start off their seasons. In addition to setting up their own overarching story lines, the early episodes of both shows are developing characters, or in Arrow’s case resurrecting one, who will form a new team of heroes and villains in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 2 “Just Survive Somehow” Review

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The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 2 Recap (Spoilers)

If you would have told me that this week’s The Walking Dead wouldn’t resolve the season premiere’s incredible cliffhanger which had a horde of zombies approaching Alexandria, I probably would have been a little disappointed. But “JSS”, turned out to be a really good episode, providing a strong one, two punch to start off Season 6.

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Movie Review: The Green Inferno Has Got a Serious Case of the Munchies

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Director Eli Roth’s horror film The Green Inferno works up a mean appetite. After a lengthy delay in distribution, The Green Inferno finally hits the big screen. For horror film fans who eat up all things gross and gory, The Green Inferno will momentarily satisfy, but will leave you hankering for more. 

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 2 “Flash of Two Worlds” Review

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The Flash Season 2, Episode 2 – Quick Impressions (Spoilers)

Hello The Flash fans! Let’s start with this episode’s final scene. One of the more enjoyable aspects over the course of last season were the intriguing pre-credit scenes with Harrison Wells. The way Harrison is reintroduced back onto the show is a nice nod to last season and a great way to start building up the mystery on who exactly is this alternate version of Wells.  

As a character, Wells works best when there is a shroud of mystique around him so this longer, thoughtful approach to bringing him back into the fold is much better than if he simply was there on Earth 1 from the time the wormhole singularity first opened. 

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The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 1 “First Time Again” Review

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The Walking Dead Season 6 Premiere Recap (Spoilers)

The dead are back! The Walking Dead’s 6th season premiere kicked off with a solid opening salvo, proving there’s still plenty of life in this ongoing zombie saga. 

If The Walking Dead was simply about killing zombies in the most gruesome ways possible, the show would eventually get stale after the shock value wore off. Instead, it’s the evolution of Rick and co., both as individual characters and as a growing community which keeps the show from going past its expiry date. 

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Arrow: Season 4, Episode 1 “Green Arrow” Review


Arrow Season 4 Premiere – Quick Impressions (Spoilers)

Arrow is back on track! For better or worse, Arrow and its central characters have been in a constant state of evolution. After the first season which was rooted in comic book realism, the show has since delved into mirakuru super strength, Lazarus pit resurrection and as we head into Season 4, mysticism.

Like any self aware show, the producers are able to recognize where they’ve made some missed turns and accordingly, make a number of course corrections for the brand new season.

The most noticeable change in the opening scene in “Green Arrow”, is a domesticated Oliver. Not only is Ollie smiling, he’s cracking egg omelet jokes. The lighter tone and touches of humor owes a lot to how well Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards play off of each other. So much of last season was spent keeping Oliver and Felicity apart, it’s actually a relief that they aren’t bickering with each other.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 2 “Purpose In The Machine” Review


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 2 Recap (Spoilers)

“Purpose In The Machine” wasn’t billed as the second part of a two-part premiere but it could have been, which after the mysterious cold open set in 1839 England, picked up where last episode left off with Fitz banging on the alien monolith.

One of the first things that stood out to me is the urgency of this episode. Part of it was the musical score which would fit perfectly in a number of spy movies and partly how the characters are in a constant state of motion. Even a simple dialogue scene would have the agents rushing from one location to another. Another reason for the quick paced feeling is that the premiere set the ground work so that this episode could hit the ground running.

I bring this all up because the show in the past has been criticized, mostly in the first season, for being too stagnant and stretching out mysteries for too long. A 22 episode season is a marathon. There are bound to be some fillers here and there, but “Purpose In The Machine” was anything but a filler. It had a clear end goal: bring Simmons back.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 1 “The Man Who Saved Central City” Review


The Flash Season 2 Premiere – Quick Impressions (Spoilers)

The Flash is back! After a super strong first season which set a pretty consistent bar across each episode, The Flash is looking to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Quite a number of shows with a stellar inaugural season failed to recapture that same magic in their second season.

One of the reasons which made the first season great was the mystery behind the true identity of Harrison Wells and the Man in the Yellow Suit story arc. So one question heading into the second season premiere is if the new overarching story line would be as compelling. There was also some reviews on Season 1 which considered whether The Flash had peaked too soon and burned through too many ideas and stories, too fast.

“The Man Who Saved Central City” is a good indication that the show runners aren’t going to stray from what makes the show great, even if parts of the premiere came off as a little formulaic. The Flash has never been an original show, in the sense that it’s not trying to rewrite the superhero genre, rather it is embracing its comic book heritage better than we could have hoped for. 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 1 “Laws of Nature” Review

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Premiere Recap (Full Spoilers Ahead)

The best way I can describe the Season 3 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that it satisfied my comic book TV craving that had been building up during the off-season and whet my appetite for the possibilities to come. 

The premiere did a good job of finding the balance between setting up a number of story arcs and picking up on a couple of big cliffhangers from last season’s brilliant finale.

Between the rise of the Inhumans, the Kree monolith, Simmon’s fate, and introducing new characters & new threats, the premiere covered a lot of ground. Let’s discuss what happened!

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iZombie: Veronica Mars Creator Proves the Zombie Craze Still Has Bite

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  iZombie Season 1 Got Spunk and Brains … lots of brains.

Liv Moore (Rose McIver) has taken on many different personas since the night she nearly died.

She’s an expert sniper perched atop a high-rise building. She’s a snarky radio talk show host giving unsolicited relationship advice to her friends.

She’s a young pregnant lady with strong motherly instincts, except she doesn’t have a baby belly.

The only person she can never become is her old self; a promising medical doctor engaged to a picture perfect fiancé.

There’s an explanation to all of this which is going to sound far out there but why not have fun and go with it?

After getting scratched by a zombie, Liv must feed on human brains or she’ll turn into a mindless, undead creature. It’s a good thing she works in a morgue which is an all-you-can-eat buffet of gray matter.

The catch is that Liv temporarily retains the character traits, skills and memory flashes from the brains she eats. Using these visions and new abilities, she helps the Seattle police department solve murders each week.

Liv is the central character in iZombie, which after starting off as a serviceable television show has become not only thoroughly enjoyable but one I excitedly look forward to.

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