Fear the Walking Dead S:02 E:08

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Episode Title: Grotesque
Original Airdate: 8-21-16

After a zombie-free summer, it’s time to get back into the undead with the mid-season premiere of FTWD. And apparently they want to ease us in as slowly as humanly (and zombiely) possible.

After splitting up the group in the last episode, we return with Nick wandering through the Mexican desert…for an entire episode. After seeing the Abigail compound on fire and inquiring about Celia’s whereabouts to his mother, Nick decided to not escape with Madison at the end of the last episode. This episode picks up with Nick parting ways with one the compound’s servants, with only a small backpack of supplies and no real destination in mind, plus zero survival skills. He quickly loses said backpack, is soon shot at by a crazed gang, then attacked by hungry wild dogs in his sleep, all before becoming dangerously dehydrated and saved at the last minute by the mysterious Luciana and brought to a survival camp. All of this spliced with a few flashback sequences of Nick’s time in rehab somehow took an entire hour to show. Continue reading Fear the Walking Dead S:02 E:08

Preacher S:01 E:08

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Episode Title: El Valero
Originally Aired: July 17th 2016

The Highlight of the eighth episode of AMC’s Preacher at least for me was Jackie Earle Haley’s Odin Quincannon. I have always been a fan of Haley ever since I saw him in Breaking Away and The Bad News Bears when I was a kid, and this episode finally answered the question of why he was here other than money. Continue reading Preacher S:01 E:08

Batman S:02 E:19

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Episode Title: Green Ice
Original Airdate: November 9, 1966

Many big names played villains on the 60’s Batman series. Our guest villain for our next two episodes was a big name, but he wasn’t known so much for acting. Otto Preminger was primarily recognized as a film director having helmed such films as River of No Return, Anatomy of a Murder, and The Man with the Golden Arm. Here he takes over for George Sanders and brings the character of Mr. Freeze closer to the image we now know of the character in Green Ice. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:19

Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep: 05

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Episode Title: Fear, Itself

Original Air Date: November 2, 1999

“Giles don’t make caveslayer unhappy.” – Xander

It’s been a rough time for Buffy so far since she headed to college as she has struggled to find her place, while also having to deal with a demon roommate let alone the fallout from her one night stand with Parker, who this week we open to Buffy daydreaming about him apologising to her for what he did. At the same time the equally lost Xander this week gets a job working at the on-campus bar where he soon discovers that there is something in the beer when a group of students including Buffy are turned into Neanderthals.

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Preacher S:01 E:07

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Episode Title: He Gone
Originally Aired: July 10th 2016

What do you do when you accidently send a teenager to hell? Do you feel remorse and do your best to reverse your actions? Do you break down and cry, overwhelmed by the guilt of his eternal damnation at your hands? Do you post an ad on Craigslist offering your services to fed up parents, or do you just go about business as usual? Continue reading Preacher S:01 E:07

Batman S:02 E:18

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Episode Title: Dizzhonor the Penguin
Original Airdate: November 3, 1966

When we last left Gotham City, the mayoral election between Batman and the Penguin had become heated…literally. The Caped Crusaders are currently suspended over a vat of sulphuric acid…slowly lowering closer and closer. What will happen and who will win the election? Let’s find out in today’s episode, Dizzhonor the Penguin. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:18

Preacher S:01 E:06

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Episode Title: Sundowner
Originally Aired: July 3rd 2016

Finally there were some interesting developments in the latest episode of AMC’s Preacher. The origin of Jesse’s power was revealed, Tulip tried yet another strategy to win Jesse back and the angles are in big trouble.

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I think that when this season is released on Blu-Ray and DVD that the season one collection should be titled unintended consequences. I shared that thought in my review last week and this week the angels voiced that fear to Jesse while they tried to convince him to relinquish his powers.

The best scene of the show took place this week, it was action packed, funny and shot well, until the end. When it started to pull back until everything was happening in one small blurry spot causing the scene to lose its effectiveness. After this particular scene it’s amazing that Jesse can still want to hold on to the voice and not turn it over immediately, to keep that kind of danger and craziness out of his life.

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He may truly feel it was part of God’s plan for him to have receive Genesis or it could be his selfish desire to do something good and him viewing this as his only chance. If he doesn’t master his ability soon

As a whole, the show continues to be well shot and pretty to look at between the mix of muted and vibrant scenes. The acting of Jesse and Cassidy are still the high points for me but Tulip is growing on me as her manic moments continue to decrease as the season progresses. I really like Emily but her character gets almost no respect from the main trio. She is obviously in love with Jesse which causes her confrontation with Tulip in tonight’s episode, but Jesse is focused solely on his church and his hang-ups involving Tulip to even acknowledge Emily let alone her desires. The biggest character mystery of the show is Jackie Earle Haley’s Odin Quincannon, I have no idea what his end plan could be. Is he somehow able to ignore Jesse’s commands or how does murdering several people serve God? The biggest plot mystery is when the Cowboy will return and how his story will be connected to Jesse and the rest. One let down of a subplot is the story involving Mayor Miles and his inability to decide what he should do about witnessing Odin killing the Green Acre people. He knew that turning in Odin would cripple the town and that he did not want to be the mayor responsible for it so all of his waffling and seeking advice was a waste of time and only served to reach the episodes running time.

I think I know how the next four episodes will play out on a large scale but I could still be surprised by the details of how they get there. After Jesse’s outburst and misuse of his ability things are going to go downhill over the next few episodes before reaching a conclusion that will rock the tiny town and possibly fulfill Tulip’s wish of going back on the run together.

Batman S:02 E:17

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Episode Title: Hizzoner the Penguin
Original Airdate: November 2, 1966

We’re still about three months away from election day and I already couldn’t be more sick of the political process. My Facebook feed is wall to wall politics. Please, give it a rest already, people. Post some cat photos or something! Even this week’s episode of Batman couldn’t provide relief, for it focuses on the Gotham City mayoral election. Burgess Meredith returns as the Penguin in Hizzoner the Penguin. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:17

Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:04

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Episode Title: Fear, Itself

Original Air Date: October 26, 1999

“It’s Giles. With a chainsaw” – Xander

Here we have an episode which is probably best known for giving the Buffyverse its most beloved long running joke as Buffy and the Scoobies attend a frat house Halloween party, only to soon find that the spook house elements are real.

Still reeling from the whole Parker situation of the previous episode it’s kind of refreshing  for the writers to not just give us another moping Buffy episode as Halloween has once more come to Sunnydale and surprisingly for a town built  on a Hellmouth the vampires, demons and other assorted supernatural elements actually choose to see the holiday as a night off, viewing the holiday as kinda tacky Giles informs us here. That being said it wouldn’t be a Buffy Halloween without something happening and surprisingly it’s something of an accident that the group that the group don’t get to celebrate a quiet Halloween watching um….Fantasia (darn video shops).

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Preacher S:01 E:05

Episode Title: South Will Rise Again
Originally Aired: June 26th 2016

Preacher as a series is doing an amazing burnout with how well it is spinning its wheels. In this episode, Jesse is doing his best to be a good preacher and is not always successful. Emily is pining for Jesse but she was incapable of voicing her affection for the trouble man of faith. Tulip is still trying to pull Jesse back to her and the life they had together before it was ruined by Carlos, going as far to try and embarrass him in front of his flock instead of just seducing him. Cassidy is seemingly content to stay in the small town at this point no longer concerned with the return of the vampire hunters and making money to flee to his unspecified destination. His life has dissolved in to a relentless pursuit of drugs and women. Continue reading Preacher S:01 E:05