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Deadpool 2

by Cap'n Carrot on May 17, 2018 · 0 comments

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The Rob Liefeld joke was a nice touch. Following the success of 2016’s Deadpool, most of the core cast (including Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Leslie Uggams) return for the sequel featuring more X-Men, more violence, and more irreverent humor from the Merc with a Mouth. Deadpool 2 is quite a bit of fun, although its more complicated plot and larger cast of characters doesn’t always serve the film’s best interests.

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The follow up to the most disappointing episode of the season so far circles back around to the themes presented earlier this season about a dangerous idea spreading and becoming a mass delusion. The metaphor of the hatched creatures crawling within the minds of Division 3 literally comes true as Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Syd (Rachel Keller, Clark (Hamish Linklater), and Kerry (Amber Midthunder) set out to kill Admiral Fukyama. David (Dan Stevens) returns from his encounter with future Syd in time to suss out what is happening before his mind-controlled friends are able to act on their frantic impulses. David is able to confront and destroy the creature, in an episode that features a number of bizarre sequences, but not before it kills one member of the group. While mostly separate from the season arc of David hunting/helping his enemy, the episode pays off the scenes from earlier weeks (while also showing just how easily David can deal with almost any threat).

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When Britt Reid, Jr. goes missing overseas things get dicey at home in Century City, both in the reporting offices and on the streets where the son of the original Green Hornet had inherited both of his father’s positions. With no Hornet to keep the local criminals in line, Kato’s daughter Mulan steps up as the new Green Hornet.

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The penultimate episode of the show’s Fourth Season recycles both the good and bad of this year’s arc while setting up events for next week’s finale. Starting with DeVoe‘s (Neil Sandilands) break-in at the secret A.R.G.U.S. facility, Team Flash regroups and races against time as a reluctant Barry (Grant Gustin) gives Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker a crash-course in Flash Time in hopes of making the most out of the limited time they have left. Putting his friends in danger unfortunately means more of the mopey asshole Barry. Hopefully the team’s cathartic argument and successful execution of their plan (even if it wasn’t enough to ultimately stop DeVoe from beginning the Enlightenment) will cure our hero of more of this behavior in the future.

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Nathan Fillion returns to ABC this Fall in a new crime-solving series, but this time as a middle-aged rookie beat cop. Afton Williamson, Richard T. Jones, Melissa O’Neil, Alyssa Diaz, and Mercedes Mason also star.

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The Outlaws are kept separate for most of Red Hood and the Outlaws #22 as the Red Hood continues to poke the Penguin and sets a second meeting with Faye Gunn, Artemis flashes back on the past and attempts to convince Lex Luthor to save her friend, and Bizarro continues to slowly lose his advanced intelligence and fall back into the dimwitted creature he once was.

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While the theme of Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) illness is present yet again, the main focus of “Pushing Buttons” involves the murder of Revolutionary War reenactor (and pyramid scheme creator) on the battlefield followed up by the arson of his home. As with many previous episodes of the series, Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) will work their way through suspects and various motives before finding the true reason for both crimes. This week’s reveal is almost too convoluted for its own good (hopefully not a sign of things to come). Given his condition, and his doctor’s prescription of rest, it would seem to be an interesting way to gear multiple episodes of the season towards Watson as the primary character, although that doesn’t seem to be what the writes have in mind.

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Straight on the heels of news that FOX has decided not to renew the show, Lucifer presents its season (and now series) finale. Thanks to the evidence left behind from her investigation into Pierce (Tom Welling), it doesn’t take long for Dan (Kevin Alejandro), Lucifer (Tom Ellis), Ella (Aimee Garcia), and Chloe (Lauren German) all to come to the conclusion that the police captain murdered Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) and is framing a patsy for the crime. The result offers a final showdown between the Devil and the world’s first murderer in a finale that wraps up the Sinnerman arc but leaves several questions unanswered concerning the future of Lucifer and his detective.

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rick-and-morty-third-season-dvdThe Third Season of Rick and Morty picks up with Rick‘s (Justin Roiland) war against the Galactic Government in an episode that features body switching, Rick’s loss of the ability to improv, and lots of dead government officials. Rick’s victory and return to Earth sets things back to normal (or as normal as things get for a show where one character turns himself into a pickle to get out of family therapy).

Highlights from the season include Rick and Morty‘s humorous take on a clip show, the return of the Vindicators, the Mad Max episode complete with Morty’s (Roiland) murderous arm, Rick’s adventure with a depressed Jerry (Chris Parnell), Rick and Morty getting into a growing confrontation with the President of the United States (Keith David), and Beth (Sarah Chalke) discovering a troubling truth about her childhood.

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The battle for Mon Cala continues in Darth Vader #16 as the Dark Lord of the Sith and his inquisitors search for the Jedi Barr and his followers. Meanwhile, despite grinding out victories over the locals, Tarkin grows weary at the cost the Mon Cala resistance is having on the Empire and enlists Vader to help which will leave the troopers and Inquisitors at the mercy of Barr who still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

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