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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Episode 20 Review: 'What Lies Beneath'

May 2nd, 2014 10:27am EDT
TVD - What Lies Beneath
The thin line between life and death became thinner in “What Lies Beneath” as The Other Side crumbles, as the Travelers gain more power that threatens the death of the nearly unkillable (the vampires), and as the ghost of the episode emerges as the most dangerous threat during the surprise getaway to Caroline’s deceased father’s cabin in the woods. There’s a lot of angst, too, about death and its real possibility not as a trifling nuisance but an ultimate consequence to the whole being born and living that is an inevitably once oxygen hits a baby’s lung for the first time and the bay cries....
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'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 21 Recap: 'City Of Blood'

May 1st, 2014 8:27am EDT
Arrow - City of Blood
Oliver’s response to his mother’s death was isolation, seclusion, in a secret lair that served as backup in case the other lair was compromised. Felicity and Diggle find him there, with the help of A.R.G.U.S., and Oliver seems annoyed his trusted friends would search for him to see that he’s okay. Slade Wilson wanted to destroy Oliver’s life and kill the fighting spirit that carried him through the island and beyond, that helped him transform from killer to city champion. And Oliver looks destroyed. His absence from his mother’s funeral makes people mad. They don’t understand why he didn’t ...
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'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 4 Review: 'Oathkeeper'

April 29th, 2014 8:59am EDT
'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 4 Review: 'Oathkeeper'
“Oathkeeper” is split into three distinct parts, with a few asides to continue stories happening elsewhere in the Seven Kingdoms. Across Slavers’ Bay in Essos, the freedom of Meereen, which was interrupted by the end credits last week, completes with the freeing of the Meereen slaves. In King’s Landing, Jaime continues his progression to decency. North-of-the-Wall, and at The Wall, there are, uh, happenings. The structure of the episode isn’t that different from previous episodes in the show. Benioff and Weiss, and whomever is credited with the actual script, whether it’s the world-builder ...
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'Grimm' Review: 'Nobody Knows The Trubel I've Seen'

April 27th, 2014 6:13am EDT
'Grimm' Review: 'Nobody Knows The Trubel I've Seen'
No one knows the trouble T. Rubel has seen, Grimm’s newest character, who arrives in Portland when Viktor’s plotting an attack against the one current known grimm in Portland. No one knows the trouble Nick’s about to find himself in. Oh, that was lame.

Nick, Juliette, Monroe, Rosalee, and Sean, look like they’re walking on a pond of ice that may possibly break apart under their feet, which would send each to an unpleasant icy death, whenever Adalind stops by to scream and cry about her lost baby. Adalind’s among the least sympathetic characters in the series, but the baby storyline has don...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'Man On Fire'

April 25th, 2014 8:34am EDT
The Vampire Diaries
The vignette drive season five has started to cohere into a united narrative during the final stretch of season five. The Vampire Diaries’ writers told the season five in fits and starts, sidetracked by more exciting tales about mothers and daughters and hijackings, eager to show more of Damon’s bad side from the 1950s when a prisoner of the Augustine’s and how their torture of him created a vengeful monster that killed off-screen during these last five years of focused and determined writing that rehabilitated that character (if you will). Season five, though, had a through-line nestled in...
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'Arrow' Review: Season 2 Episode 20 'Seeing Red'

April 24th, 2014 10:05am EDT
Arrow - Seeing Red
Another genre series produced an episode titled “Seeing Red” that ended with an unexpected and devastating death. The aftermath wasn’t pretty. A good witch turned bad, started to burn people’s skins off, and needed a yellow crayon to save her life before she destroyed the world. The thematic continuity from her lover’s death to that touching scene as the world nearly rips apart is that the world already ended for she who wants to end the world. Slade’s not dissimilar from Roy. Both men act badly because of the mirakura. A stark difference is seen between the two men late in the episode. Roy...
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'Game Of Thrones' Review: Season 4 Episode 3 'Breaker Of Chains'

April 22nd, 2014 8:37am EDT
Game Of Thrones
The iconic scene of Game of Thrones season 3 was Dany’s triumph in Yunkai when the Yunkish lifted Dany into the air and proclaimed her ‘mhysa’—‘mother’—after conquering the city and setting them free. Dany’s march of freedom continues towards Meereen at the end of “Breaker of Chains.” When she arrives, the Meereenese send out a champion to fight her champion. The Meereen champion insults the Unsullied, Daenerys, and soon suffers death at the hands of Daario Naharis. The Meereenese rulers look shocked. They rise angrily from their chairs while their slaves peer curiously over the walls and d...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Episode 18: 'Resident Evil' Review

April 18th, 2014 8:52am EDT
The Vampire Diaries
Something’s not right in and beyond Mystic Falls. The Other Side is greyscaled. Forces beyond one’s comprehension pulls supernatural folk who’ve been in The Other Side into a black void—even an original vampire is afraid of what’s happening on the other side. Grams tells Bonnie that something happened when the dead travelers touched her, affecting the other side in ways no one understands. In Mystic Falls, visions of domestic bliss and contentment overwhelm Stefan and Elena. Marcos is responsible for the overpowering force of the black void on the other side, as well as the visions of happi...
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'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 19 Review: 'The Man Under The Hood'

April 17th, 2014 8:57am EDT
Arrow
The best scene of the episode happens in the medical cell at the Starling City Penitentiary, where Quentin’s healing from an assault by one of the many criminals he and the Arrow put behind bars. Quentin’s in jail because he helped the Arrow and wouldn’t give the police information about him. Laurel visits her father, bothered and upset by Slade’s truth bomb in the last episode about Oliver’s after-work activity. Quentin’s freedom depends on him offering any useful information about the man under the hood. Laurel approaches her father with the information that’ll free him from the cell, fre...
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'Grimm' Recap: 'The Law of Sacrifice'

April 11th, 2014 11:34pm EDT
'Grimm' Recap: 'The Law of Sacrifice'
David Greenwalt ran episodes: “Provider” and “Sleep Tight.” “The Law of Sacrifice” lacks the crippling sadness of “Sleep Tight,” but it hits a rather striking note near the end.

“The Law of Sacrifice” continues last week’s adventures with Nick meeting Renard and Adalind in the hotel room. Two Verrat men die before the trio leave the hotel for the refuge of Monroe’s home. The major conflict between Nick and his boss and his boss’ lady is the fate of the child. Viktor flies from Vienna to Portland in pursuit of the baby. An FBI agent is in the employ of the Verrat, allowing Viktor to access...
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