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'Transporter: The Series' Arrives On DVD

3/11/2015 12:10pm EDT
'Transporter: The Series' Arrives On DVD: Is It Worth Opening Th
Start your engines, because Fox Home Entertainment has brought TNT's fantastic Transporter: The Series home for American audiences with Transporter: The Series - The Complete First Season. But is the DVD release as great as the show itself, or is this drive a letdown? Read on for our review.

The Show

If you've been reading along since Transporter premiered on TNT back in October, you'll know that we consider it to be the best new series of 2014 and the best action-adventure series since Strike Back. It's almost frustrating how this one flew under the radar, because it did almost everythin...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Beacon Of Hope' - Out Of Mauritania

2/8/2015 9:07am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Beacon Of Hope' - O
Transporter: The Series takes a step back in its first of two new episodes this week, as we finally get to see an episode that was intended for earlier this season. In "Beacon of Hope," it's Frank's handler Caterina who's under the microscope, as Frank has to rescue her ex-lover from a Mauritanian warlord. The result is a story that, surprisingly, would've worked better without that personal connection.

The episode takes its name from the school that Zac Preston (Tyler Hynes) is working at, which we get a brief glimpse of before a delivery truck is ambushed in the middle of the night. The ...
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Why We're Driving For 'Transporter: The Series' Season 3

2/7/2015 12:07pm EST
Why We're Driving For 'Transporter: The Series' Season 3
Frank Martin has survived countless enemies, friends turned enemies, Tasers, bombs, and a rocket launcher. But we don't yet know if he'll be back for another season of Transporter: The Series. TNT's imported action-drama wraps its second cycle tonight with back-to-back episodes, which makes this a somber occasion - and also the perfect time to talk about why Frank deserves another ride.

There are many reasons why Transporter occupies a unique space on television. As a French-Canadian co-production now airing in the United States, it has an international sensibility that sets it apart from ...
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Our Favorite 'Transporter: The Series' Moments

2/6/2015 12:10pm EST
Our Favorite 'Transporter: The Series' Moments
Our favorite new ride is about to make a pit stop, as Transporter: The Series will wrap up its second season tomorrow with two back-to-back episodes starting at 9 PM ET/PT on TNT.

In the four months since it premiered, Transporter has given us a collection of great moments - from jaw-dropping car chases to breathtaking fight scenes and heartbreaking character scenes. There really is no other show quite like this on television. So in honor of a job well done, here are our favorite moments from Transporter so far.

SPOILER ALERT - This list contains selections from both seasons of Transporte...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Sixteen Hands' - The One With The Horse

2/1/2015 9:02am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Sixteen Hands' - Th
Frank Martin has transported a lot of things, but a horse is definitely one of the more unique packages. Especially since we know he had a hard enough time with a dog. Yet that's what he's in for in "Sixteen Hands," this week's episode of Transporter: The Series that may be its farthest afield.

We're told straight off the bat that this is no ordinary horse - it's a racehorse poised to win the prestigious Triple Crown (if you don't know your horse racing, no horse has done that since 1978), and thus worth about ten million dollars. But just as Frank and Jules are arriving to pick up their p...
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Season 1 Of 'Transporter: The Series' Announced For DVD

1/28/2015 3:48pm EST
Transporter: The Series
The best new ride of 2014 is coming home in March, as Fox Home Entertainment announced Wednesday that it will release Transporter: The Series - The Complete First Season to DVD on March 3, 2015.

The set will include all twelve episodes from Transporter's first season, as well as eight behind-the-scenes featurettes focusing on different aspects of the production: "The Making of Season One," "From Film to TV," "Who Is Frank Martin?," "Frank's Packages," "The Women of The Transporter," "Fight Choreography," "Car Stunts" and "The Audi A8."

These appear to be some - but not all - of the materi...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get Framed Again

1/25/2015 9:15am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get
Frank Martin gets framed for a lot of things. Last season, he was a suspected terrorist after he got duped into carrying a bomb, and this week he's the prime person of interest in the disappearance of a former client. It just goes to show you that the life of a transporter has a certain number of recurring concerns. Yet even on the second try, Transporter: The Series can't quite get this one to work at full speed.

You see, nine months ago, Frank was in Toronto - on a motorcycle, which is a change of pace for him - taking a very long drive to help the girlfriend of a corporate CEO escape hi...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Boom' - Season 2's Biggest Bang

1/18/2015 9:15am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Boom' - Season 2's
If this week's Transporter: The Series teaches us anything, it's that Frank Martin needs to be a little more aware of what's going on with his packages. We know the rule is "never open the package," but "Boom" proves that you don't need to open it to know there's something that might get you blown up.

Despite the adverse situation, our hero makes the best of it in an outstanding story from new showrunner Frank Spotnitz that reminds us why we fell in love with Frank Martin in the first place, and proves that this show is still very much alive and worth fighting for.

Welcome to the Sahara D...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Euphro' - The Tarconi Episode

1/11/2015 9:02am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Euphro' - The Tarco
So far in this season of Transporter: The Series, Frank's old friend Inspector Marcel Tarconi has only shown up when somebody else needs something. That changes with "Euphro," which makes Tarconi the client as he teams up with Frank to battle a drug smuggler and the inevitable police corruption.

Action opens in Belarus, where Tarconi is in a van full of troops on the way to arrest the aforementioned smuggler. Reichenberg, who's so low that he's selling counterfeit medicine to sick children.

The troops arrive, but as they raid the target location, Tarconi has a bad feeling about this - one...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Chimera' - Working For The Man

1/4/2015 9:03am EST
Transporter: The Series
Frank Martin has certainly come a long way. He began Transporter: The Series picking up escaped criminals, and now this week, he's taking an assignment for the FBI in Chicago. Yes, there's a very good explanation for this, and there's a very good episode that comes out of it, too.

The Bureau has enlisted Frank to get a chemical weapon out of the hands of the Chinese mafia, who have a laboratory in the back of a restaurant in (where else?) Chinatown. Expository narration that we don't really need, and which contains terrible food-related puns, walks us through several false starts that all ...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap: 'T2' - Frank's Tragic Romance

12/28/2014 9:06am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'T2' - Frank's Tragi
Despite the title, this week's episode of Transporter: The Series has nothing to do with the sci-fi classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But like that movie, it has its own good versus evil double act, as Frank tangles with fellow transporter and nemesis Olivier Dassin, and also meets the young upstart who becomes the replacement - at least in theory - for the beloved Dieter.

We're in Poland, where Caterina still hasn't adjusted to Frank's driving, but she's brought him to meet a billionaire who wants a meeting enough to pay dearly for it. But in the lobby, they walk into Dassin (Dhaffer L'...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Diva' - Stopping The Music

12/21/2014 9:04am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Diva' - Stopping Th
Transporter: The Series gets a little bit glamorous this week, as Frank Martin has the job of protecting a celebrity that other folks would rather see deceased. As his assignments go, this one is fairly rote, and so it's not surprising that the script is, too.

But if that's not surprising, neither are the qualities which redeem "Diva," because they're the same ones that have always made this series great: first-rate fight choreography and the ability of Chris Vance to convey things that we're pretty sure weren't scripted.

Frank is in Prague, because for whatever reason he's stuck handling...
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'Transporter: The Series': 'We Go Back' - What Gets Left Behind

12/14/2014 9:01am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'We Go Back' - What
This week's installment of Transporter: The Series is one of executive producer Frank Spotnitz's favorites, and it's not hard to see why. Another glimpse into the past of Frank Martin continues to flesh out how he became the man we know and love, while there's a whopper of a performance from Chris Vance and a few tiny bits and pieces of what this new-look series is supposed to be.

Have another flashback to Frank's military history, and it's not a good one. Our hero and two of his colleagues are pinned down by heavy fire, at least until Frank can procure a car - no surprise, it's an Audi. U...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Sex, Lies And Video Tapes' - Driving Into Human Traffic

12/7/2014 9:08am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Sex, Lies And Video
Last week on Transporter: The Series, Frank Martin was moving on with his life and we were turned summarily upside down. This week, while we're catching up with him, Frank is involved in your average everyday political scandal and makes it about a thousand times more interesting. You can stop worrying quite so much now: Transporter is back.

Welcome to Prague, where Frank is someplace you don't want to be picking up a package from a guy he'd probably rather punch in the face. It happens to be lingerie stained with the DNA of a politician (stop us when this sounds familiar) that belonged to ...
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'Transporter: The Series': Frank Spotnitz Explains The Changes Of Season 2

12/6/2014 12:02pm EST
'Transporter: The Series': Frank Spotnitz Explains The Changes O
If you watched last week's season two premiere of Transporter: The Series, you probably had a lot of questions. Thankfully, we have answers.

Frank Spotnitz is the man who's now driving (pun intended) Transporter, and he also has a track record as one of the best creative minds in television. He's responsible for some of the most memorable episodes of The X-Files, and also helped lay the groundwork of a little show called Strike Back. On Monday, Frank took the time to walk us through the journey of Transporter from season one to season two, and explain some of the show's big changes.

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'Transporter: The Series' Recap: 'Cherchez La Femme' - A Stunning Season Finale

11/23/2014 9:08am EST
Transporter: The Series
You know how season finales always want to be big, bad and better than ever? Transporter: The Series is all that and then some as it finishes out its first cycle. It delivers the spectacle of a season ender - including some of the finest action to be broadcast on television - and underneath that there's equally brilliant acting. It all comes together almost perfectly in the best finale you could ask for.

Frank's last package is an upstart hacker who goes by the street name Jet (played by Chelsea Hobbs); she's run off on her client, and he's been hired to retrieve her. As he completes deliv...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap: 'Give The Guy A Hand' - Somebody's Last Laugh

11/23/2014 9:01am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Give The Guy A Hand
Transporter: The Series is closing in on its destination, and it's finishing up the season almost exactly as it began the run: by mixing up a cocktail somewhere between nerve-wracking and not so serious. With "Give the Guy a Hand," things are more for laughs and there isn't any real shock value unless you haven't seen a literal hand before. But there's the usual amount of first-class fights and a reminder that certain geographic locations may be hazardous to your health.

The last time Frank Martin was in Toronto, there was a fight and then a hockey game broke out. After this, maybe he shou...
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'Transporter: The Series': Life Lessons From Frank Martin

11/22/2014 12:04pm EST
'Transporter: The Series': Life Lessons From Frank Martin
On TNT's Transporter: The Series, Frank Martin (Chris Vance) is one of TV's biggest action heroes. And while he's been delivering packages around the world, he's also taught us quite a few things about life. In honor of tonight's Transporter season finale, here are some of the many lessons we've learned from Frank.

01) Set ground rules (even if you're never going to follow them). It's important to know your boundaries, despite the fact that you will break at least one - and likely more than one - of them over and over again, to the point where we're not sure why you even bother repeating t...
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'Transporter: The Series' Season Finale Preview

11/21/2014 12:05pm EST
'Transporter: The Series' Season Finale Preview And New Behind T
Frank Martin will face his biggest showdown yet in Saturday's Transporter: The Series season finale - and audiences will see action like you've never seen before on television.

So far this season, viewers have watched Frank (Chris Vance) deal with countless henchmen and tough guys determined to stand in the way of his deliveries. He's also had a poison capsule injected into his neck, driven with a live bomb in the back seat, and most recently, set a plane on fire by throwing his phone into one of the engines.

But in "Cherchez La Femme," things get even more dangerous for Frank when his la...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap: 'City Of Love' - Terrorism In Paris

11/16/2014 9:10am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'City Of Love' - Ter
They say Paris is the "City of Love." After this week's second episode of Transporter: The Series, we can also call it the city that we messed up a little bit through Frank Martin's latest adventure. At least, we very nearly blew the place up and we definitely caused a few moments of panic. Keeps things interesting, doesn't it?

It doesn't start that way, though. When Frank is not doing his part to indirectly make the world a better place, he's inviting Juliette over for dinner. Several drinks later, they're having another conversation in which neither of them is telling the complete truth,...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap: 'The General's Daughter' - Back To The Beginning

11/16/2014 9:04am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'The General's Daugh
No, this is not that movie with John Travolta and James Cromwell. Nor is it an episode of Birds of Prey, despite the presence of Rachel Skarsten. This week's first episode of Transporter: The Series is better than both those things, even though it's clearly one of the first episodes in the entire series order.

Frank's day gets off to a glamorous start in an empty parking garage, because absolutely nothing good ever happens in an empty parking garage. For example, here's an SUV that rolls up and starts shooting, leaving Frank to throw an innocent bystander across his lap while he tries to m...
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'Transporter: The Series': 'The Switch' - The Art Of The Steal

11/9/2014 9:12am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'The Switch' - The A
Fine art is one of those things: some people get it and some people don't. And some people forge it and get you in a lot of trouble, as Frank Martin discovers in the second of two Transporter: The Series episodes this week. Meanwhile, we're trying to figure out why anyone would think dressing up like a dominatrix is practical villain wear. Let's just say "The Switch" gives us a few things to think about.

Apparently a lot of things happen in Berlin. This includes Frank being stuck in his car with a dog, which he manages to irritate on the way to delivering it to its presumably wealthy owner...
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'Transporter: The Series' : 'Harvest' - Sonata For A Stolen Heart

11/9/2014 9:01am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Harvest' - Sonata F
Remember a few years back when Chris Vance played a doctor in the Australian medical drama All Saints? Well, this week's first episode of Transporter: The Series is kind of like that, as Frank Martin is tasked with the delivery of a human heart. At least he doesn't have to do the transplant and this episode doesn't end with him being hit by a car. Instead, we get to look through his eyes for a little bit in a narrative that executes an efficient back and forth. But he does steal an ambulance.

The client is heavyweight crime lord Drago Sujic (Mike Dopud, who also turned up in the "Dead End"...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Payback' - Old Friends Become New Enemies

11/2/2014 6:15am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Payback' - Old Frie
We've reached the halfway point of Transporter: The Series season one - or what was episode two in Canada and served as the first-season finale in the French broadcast order. Whatever you want to call it, "Payback" takes a common theme and still gets something special out of it thanks to capable actors and a script that doesn't try to be something it's not.

After a hilarious bit in which Frank schools a tourist in appropriate airport behavior (and which will only reinforce the stereotype of rude American tourists), our hero handles a package in Berlin without knowing he's been recognized. ...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: '12 Hours' - Countdown To Disaster

11/2/2014 6:02am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: '12 Hours' - Countdo
Start the clock. In this week's first of two new Transporter: The Series episodes, Frank has a particularly bad day that forces him to race against time and deal with the twitchiest of clients in a game of international corporate misdeeds. We're not sure which is more frustrating for him, the countdown on his life or the client who may be his biggest pain in the behind yet. But at least it's a lot of fun for us.

After we sit through something akin to the Cyberdyne Systems presentation from Terminator 2: 3D, you know something is up because XIII: The Series antagonist Greg Bryk is the episo...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Sharks' - Tough Day At The Office

10/26/2014 9:10am EDT
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Sharks' - Tough Day
At this point, Transporter: The Series is starting to feel like a well-oiled machine, just like the cars it so embraces. It's doing what every good TV series should do - take us on an extended journey with its characters. And just when it has made us laugh with one story, then it returns with a more serious mission that reminds us how well developed it's becoming and how talented its star is.

Frank's second contract in week two brings him back to his home territory of Paris. He argues with Dieter about why he still hasn't driven the red Audi we first glimpsed in "Trojan Horsepower" before ...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Hot Ice' - Diamonds Aren't Forever

10/26/2014 9:04am EDT
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Hot Ice' - Diamonds
Transporter: The Series continues its high-speed drive in week two, with Frank going to a hockey game and a fight breaking out, but not before the audience enjoys some truly perfectly placed verbal jabs and a few guest appearances from some familiar faces. The result is the show's most fun episode to date, reminding us that it is possible to deliver the package and enjoy the ride, too.

Remember at the end of last week when Frank said he was going to Canada? Well, he's in Canada. Toronto, specifically, using a parking garage as his personal vehicle testing ground - you have to love the part...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Dead Drop' - The Man Behind The Curtain

10/19/2014 9:15am EDT
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Dead Drop' - The Ma
The sophomore (sort of) outing of Transporter: The Series sends Frank Stateside to deal with a figure from his past who, naturally, needs his old acquaintance to save the day. You may have heard this plot before, but when it includes our first look behind the curtain at what shaped Frank Martin, plus some entertaining setpieces along the way, one can't seriously argue with traversing some familiar territory.

There's a street race going on in Philadelphia, and not even a phone call from Dieter can derail Frank's best Fast & Furious impression. But of course, this isn't just a joyride; there...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trojan Horsepower' - The Best New Ride Of 2014

10/19/2014 9:03am EDT
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trojan Horsepower'
Buckle up, because we've just found your new Saturday night obsession. Jumping off from the film trilogy, Transporter: The Series finally makes its American TV debut two years after its premiere - and with speed, style, entertaining stunts and a sterling performance from Chris Vance, it's absolutely worth the wait.

For those of you who haven't seen the movies, a quick primer: former SAS and Special Forces operative Frank Martin (Jason Statham in the films, now succeeded by Vance) is a freelance "transporter" who has only three rules: never change the deal, don't use any names, and never op...
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Survive and Vance: Chris Vance Drives 'Transporter: The Series'

10/16/2014 12:10pm EDT
Chris Vance
Chris Vance has been hiding in plain sight. The English actor impresses no matter what role you hand him. He was the enigmatic yet still kind of likeable James Whistler on Prison Break. The entertaining antagonist Mason Gilroy in five episodes of Burn Notice. The charming and often inspiring Dr. Jack Gallagher on Mental. The "of course she fell for him" Casey Jones in Rizzoli & Isles. Even when he was a really bad guy on Dexter, he was still worth watching. And yet, most TV viewers probably can't tell you his name.

That's about to change. Vance has taken on his biggest role yet, and he's t...
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