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After witnessing an innocuous conversation between Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop) and a man who Annie (Piper Perabo) believes may have been responsible for murder of her last chance at discovering the truth behind the Chicago bombing, the now-benched CIA operative takes the initiative to publicly resign from the agency and accept a job within McQuaid Security to discern the truth about a man she’s already begun falling for. She won’t like what she finds.

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once-upon-a-time-season-three-blu-raySeason Three took characters to Neverland, the Enchanted Forest, Oz, and back home to Storybrooke. It featured a second curse, a missing year, the deaths and resurrections of multiple characters, and the introduction of both a sister (Rebecca Mader) and love interest (Sean Maguire) for Regina (Lana Parrilla).

The second-half of the season centered around a character from Oz works better than the Neverland arc which grows a bit stale as Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and her family attempt to save Henry (Jared Gilmore) from Peter Pan (Robbie Kay). Highlights from the season include the time-traveling season finale, Regina taking another step on her hero’s journey, Hook‘s (Colin O’Donoghue) time away from Storybrooke, the escape from Neverland, a battle between sisters, the death and the return of Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), and Regina and Zelena’s first meeting.

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Wrapping up the three episode arc, “Reckoning” forces Katana (Sumalee Montano) to face the truth about Alfred (JB Blanc), pits Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) not only against Ra’s al Ghul (Lance Reddick) and the League of Assassins but also a collection of recently-freed super-villains who are sent after the Dark Knight by the Demon’s Head, and offer the newest unofficial member of the Bat-Family a chance to shine. Before the episode ends, with the help of his friends, Batman will stand triumphant over not only the League of Assassins but also Professor Pyg (Brian George) and Mr. Toad (Udo Kier), Magpie (Grey DeLisle), Tobias Whale (Michael-Leon Wooley), Phosphorus Rex (Greg Ellis), and Cypher.

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the-blacklist-blu-rayWhen the FBI’s most wanted turns himself over to authorities and agrees to help them catch infamous villains (many of whom the government isn’t even aware of) the life of Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) changes in a flash as she finds herself in a world of secrets, half-truths, and lies concerning all aspects of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and why the master criminal chose her as his liason to the FBI.

The set collects all 22 episodes of the show’s First Season in which Reddington leads the team (Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra, Hisham Tawfiq) to take down a member of The Blacklist every week while Lizzie deals with ugly truths in her own life which Reddington’s prescence brings to light – including the truth of her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold). The uneven First Season is a bit too secretive for its own good (much like Red), but does produces some strong episodes.

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Kicking off the show’s Fourth Season, Franklin & Bash returns with some notable absences. With Rachel (Heather Locklear) moving on to greener pastures and Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) facing serious charges, control of the firm has fallen on the shoulders of Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). It seems the inmates are in fact now running the asylum. Along with Locklear’s exit, the premiere is also missing series regulars Dana Davis and Kumail Nanjiani as the Peter and Jared’s go-to investigator Carmen and hypochondriac helper Pindar who have both, apparently, left the show with big holes to fill.

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Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) calls in Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) after sniper’s (Chris Coy) attack on a Federal building injures one agent and a second shooting less than 24-hours later leaves another dead. The numeric scribbling left behind by the sniper makes Pierce believe their shooter may be suffering from both Arithmomania and Hypergraphia along with an irrational fear of X-rays and radio waves which led to the attack. Pierce’s own discomfort and distrust of big brother is revisited here as his own experiences will be instrumental in finding a sniper who actually didn’t mean anyone harm.

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With Annie‘s (Piper Perabo) secret revealed, Annie, Joan (Kari Matchett), and Calder (Hill Harper) all find themselves the subject of governmental hearings as to what else Miss Walker may have been hiding besides her medical condition which even puts the the recent win of taking down Nathan Mueller (Max Martini) into question. Despite being put on desk duty and preparing to testify in front of those who control her future with CIA, Annie’s attention is split when she’s contacted by Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) conspiracy nut asset who reports to have information about who was really behind the Chicago bombing.

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With Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) captured and all of Gotham plunged into darkness, Beware the Batman picks up the thread of the mid-season finale as Katana (Sumalee Montano) struggles to work with Alfred (JB Blanc) given Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Lance Reddick) revelation about her father’s death and Batman is forced to make an unlikely partnership to secure his escape.

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The discovery of the body of Special Agent Anne-Marie Bishop (Jessica Collins) brings Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) full circle to the last case he worked for the FBI before being pulled back into the fold by Kate‘s (Rachael Leigh Cook) return in Season One. Flashbacks showcase Daniel’s theory about a serial killer targeting those with mental illnesses and killing them with heroin which quickly spun out of control leading to full-on paranoia eventually causing Haley (LeVar Burton) to have his friend committed for six months.

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