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Waking up from another encounter with the Shadow King (Navid Negahban), David (Dan Stevens) discovers nearly everyone in Division 3 has been infected by the teeth-chattering disease. A dip into Ptonomy‘s (Jeremie Harris) mind reveals each person is trapped within a maze of their own making. For Ptonomy that reality is a garden without future or past. For Melanie (Jean Smart) it’s a text-based game. For Syd (Rachel Keller) that means being trapped in a loop of her own life (apparently, more on that next week). Oh, there’s also a cow randomly appearing around Division 3 for some reason.

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Playing close to form, “Lose Yourself” features a heartbreaking defeat for Team Flash. Not only does the super-villain out-think the team and take down the last remaining bus meta, but DeVoe also cuts even closer to home when he takes Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) as well. Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) failure is complete. Every single one of the bus metahumans created by his return from the Speed Force has been killed off by the super-villain who now controls all of their abilities. And it doesn’t appear that he’s done just yet.

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Maze‘s (Lesley-Ann Brandt) dark turn continues this week as she helps Pierce (Tom Welling) gaslight Lucifer (Tom Ellis) by turning the devil’s attention away from the immortal moving in on his girl while distracting him with the idea that his father may be controlling him in his sleep. Refusing to go back to sleep, Lucifer’s behavior only becomes more erratic while Chloe (Lauren German) comes awfully close to giving Pierce exactly what he wants. The cruelty by Maze is chilling while an out-of-control, and therefore unbelievable, Lucifer attempts to unsuccessfully spill the beans to the detective about who exactly she is sharing her bed with.

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After more than two months hiatus, Supergirl returns with karaoke, flying monkeys, and a death in the family. The night of drunken karaoke is cut short with news that Winn‘s (Jeremy Jordan) father the Toyman has died in prison. Despite his death, the Toyman continues to torture his son and the city from beyond the grave in the form of an apprentice who arrives on the scene to fulfill the super-villain’s final wishes (which includes an aerial attack from robotic flying monkeys). The funeral offers the show an opportunity to introduce Laurie Metcalf as the mother who ran from her crazy husband and abandoned Winn as a child 20 years ago.

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“Blood Duel” and “Postmortem” mark a shift in the series with the death of Zarkon (Neil Kaplan) at the hands of Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) with the help of the Paladins of Voltron. The first episode shows some cracks in the team over discussions of trusting Lotor versus turning him over to Zarkon in exchange for the captive Samuel Holt (Nolan North) before the team uses some deception of their own and rallies together to rescue Pidge‘s (Bex Taylor-Klaus) father leaving Lotor one-on-one with his father. Although you don’t expect the major villain to be wiped out mid-season, h choice does open new possibilities for the series.

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The cheesy 60s sci-fi drama gets a gritty reboot on Netflix beginning with “Impact” which introduces us to the new version of the Robinson clan who crash land on an un-mapped planet in the show’s opening episode. Using flashbacks (which, even only one episode in, I’m tempted already to start fast-forwarding through), the episode fills in a bit about the Robinsons and the cataclysmic event on Earth that sent families like them to the stars in hopes of finding a new home. We discover that Maureen (Molly Parker) and John (Toby Stephens) are far from the happiest of couples and their children are clever beyond their years but also have a habit for getting themselves in trouble.

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Bravo Team is assigned to protect a delegation of government officials on a publicity tour to give the illusion to the folks back home that the area is more stabilized than it actually is. The detail is complicated as the members insist on taking unnecessary risks, making it more and more difficult for the SEALs to perform their duties, and the fact that suspected terrorist Salim Hakan (Ismail Bashey) has been added to the group without notifying Bravo beforehand. Bravo and the United States officials all manage to get out alive, although Hakan is killed by a sniper shooting at the group. At first the assumption is that he was an unfortunate casualty caught in the crossfire, although Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré) raises the possibility that perhaps the sniper got exactly who he was shooting at and eliminated someone the CIA had targeted before Hakan could reveal what he knew.

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David (Dan Stevens) is conflicted as the search for the Shadow King continues. Betrayed once in this episode by Farouk, who killed several agents when David lured the team away from Division 3 on a wild goose chase, David reaches back out to future Syd (Rachel Keller) in hopes of understanding why she needs him to help their enemy. Refusing to go into details, Syd hints at something far more dangerous which they will need the Shadow King’s help to face. She also remarks multiple times on how much David has changed. Is it just me, or does this sound like David is the greater threat threat that will need to be stopped?

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Without a reason for the change, Ralph (Devon Graye) backpedals into the and even more jokey and less reliable friend first introduced this season as he and Barry (Grant Gustin) search for another of the bus meta-humans. Of course, Barry falling back into jerk mode doesn’t help the situation any. Giving herself the name Null (Bethany Brown), the new meta has the ability to alter gravitational forces on people and things making them temporarily weightless (before plummeting back to Earth with a big bang). “Null and Annoyed” is pretty forgettable, as it feels like the show is treading water leading up the the inevitable confrontation with DeVoe.

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Cowboys, Legends, and a giant plushie versus Romans, pirates, demons, and vikings. It must be the season finale. After failing to stop Mallus, the Legends turn tail and run to the Old West hoping to buy enough time to learn how to use the totems together to form Voltron in a Care Bare stare – Nate‘s (Nick Zano) description of Sara‘s (Caity Lotz) plan, not mine. Things are complicated by the arrival of vikings, pirates, and Romans all under Mallus’ control, the death of Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), and Ray‘s (Brandon Routh) unapproved mission which saves Nora (Courtney Ford) but only because Damien (Neal McDonough) decides to take his daughter’s place as Mallus’ vessel. So, you know, an average Monday for the crew of the Waverider.

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