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While looking into the murder of a member of an Anonymous-like organization of hacktavists Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) is forced to answer the question of how far he’s willing to go to keep his secret when one of the suspects (Erin Darke) discovers nothing about Mr. Morgan’s past is real. Despite the tension of solving a murder, and having the lead character blackmailed by one of the leading suspects in that murder, “Social Engineering” wraps everything up a bit too neatly for my tastes (with everyone who learns Henry’s secret dead or in his debt) allowing the show to continue on with the status quo.

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Uncanny X-Men wraps up the Matthew Malloy storyline with a bit of a cheat and in a way that teaches Tempus a horrible lesson about how messing with the past to remove someone from all existence is a good thing for a hero to do. First, I don’t buy Professor Xavier taking such a stance. And second, Tempus’ threat to do the same to Cyclops is not only out of line but also empty as any erasing of the existence of Scott Summers (who matters far more in Marvel history than Mally) would lead to any number of dire futures completely destroyed by the Phoenix or ruled over by Apocalypse or Magneto.

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While struggling to write her vows for her upcoming second marriage to Donnie (Scott Wolf), Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) brings Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) onto a case involving the murders of the Bangladeshi Consul General (Ajay Mehta) and a Chicago reporter (Alex Weed) which uncovers a conspiracy that left thousands dead of cholera due to inadequate vaccine. Pierce immediately dismisses the leading suspect (Agam Darshi) in the crime, an assistant to the consul who suffers from Mirror-touch synesthesia forcing her to feel the emotions and pain of those around her making it impossible for the woman to be responsible for her boss’ death.

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After two months off the air Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to deal with the ramifications of the mid-season finale. “Aftershocks” is a mixed bag opening with one of most awkward scenes of the entire series (seriously, I’ve seen infomercials with better acting) involving the introduction of another Inhuman (Jamie Harris) and revealing what role Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) played in the group before her death.

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“Smoak Signals” reunites the Flash and Felicity when Green Arrow‘s Girl Friday is target by killer robot drones known as Sky Lords who have been programmed to take out Ms. Smoak. I though the two shows gave up on the possibility of a Felcity/Barry relationship far too quickly so its fun to see the two thrown together here (albeit as friends). Given that the issue teases, but doesn’t offer the identity of, who wants Felicity dead I’m betting we’ll see the thread of this story picked up in the near future.

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The First Season of Star Wars Rebels comes to a close with the crew of the Ghost laying everything on the line to rescue Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) from the Empire. With the help of an Imperial shuttle and the stolen T.I.E. Fighter (“Fighter Flight“) and Ezra‘s (Taylor Gray) Jedi senses the crew has their way onto the Star Destroyer and a way to find their missing Jedi although, as is the case with almost all their plans, things don’t go as smoothly as expected.

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secret-six-villains-united-coverSecret Six Volume 1: Villains United collects the Villains United mini-series, which relaunched Catman as a major player in the DCU, along with the first Secret Six six-issue mini-series. The best part of Infinite Crisis, the Villains United series centers around a group of villains who refuse to join Lex Luthor‘s Secret Society of Super-Villains led by the most unlikely of characters – Catman.

Despite the depths the character had sunk to in the years previous to writer Gail Simone’s makeover, I’ve always been a fan of Catman and Simone does a terrific job in rebranding the character from D-list back to A-list while still acknowledging his fall from grace. Choosing to join the team on his own, Catman became a part of the Secret Six who were controlled by the mysterious Mockingbird and sent into action with the promise of reward (and the threat of death).

The mini-series follows the group through battle, torture, dysfunction, betrayal, and more while setting up the group’s core dynamics like Deadshot and Catman’s bromance, the insanity of Ragdoll, the deception of Chesire, and the twist of a romantic relationship between Scandal Savage and Knockout.

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One of CBS’ mid-season replacements, Battle Creek is your basic odd couple pairing police drama setting the gruff old-school Detective Russ Andrew (Dean Winters), the top cop in the tragically underfunded Battle Creek Police Department, with hot shot FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain (Tad Hamilton) reassigned to a new branch office across the hall from the police department (for reasons suggested but not fully explained). The first case Russ and Milton are thrown together on is a rare double-homicide for the city involving a pair of low-level drug dealers.

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In both flashbacks and the present Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) seeks out the help of other villains to execute his plans. In the past we see Rumpelstiltskin use and betray Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Ursula (Merrin Dungey), and Cruella De Vil (Victoria Smurfit) to procure a curse protected by a number of obstacles. In the present the powerless Mr. Gold seeks the help of the two remaining witches with the promise of helping them all finally achieve their happy endings.

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The Turtles’ plan begins to unfold as Krang and Shredder‘s forces work diligently to kill each other allowing Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo time to sneak aboard and put a stop to the Technodrome before Krang brings it online. However, trouble unfolds with the unexpected double-cross of Baxter Stockman who attempts to seize control of the Technodrome for himself.

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