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The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) finally tracks Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) down. However, thanks to the show’s inconsistencies on how easy and well the cowboy can track it does allow Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) plenty of time to do a little research (in the public library no less) and discover just who the killer is and what he is after. While there are certainly goofy and highly-coincidental aspects to the episode (the public library sure has lots of resources about a mythological murdering cowboy, and Jesse suddenly knows how to get souls), “Sokosha” is a tense episode which works by finally putting Jesse up against the Saint of Killers and finding a way to beat the cowboy… at least for now.

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With most of the core cast gone, can Once Upon a Time recapture its magic with a new (yet very familiar story)? Here’s a first look at what’s in store for the show’s Seventh Season.

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Realizing Valentine‘s (Alan Van Sprang) plan, Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood) search for the Mortal Mirror with the help of Dot (Vanessa Matsui) who has become its protector following the death of its last guardian. It turns out the item is way easier to find than the other Mortal Instruments Clary has searched for since joining the Shadowhunters. Clary is conflicted by the mission. Despite seeing what her brother is capable of, but still unaware he’s walking around as Sebastian (Will Tudor), she hopes to save him and resents Jace for seeing the need to put him down.

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The celebration of Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) reaching Level 5 soon turns sour when other RAC agents appear to take the Killjoy in on a warrant for his arrest for the murder of Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen). While needing a place to hide and allies to fight the Hullen, Pree (Thom Allison) escorts Johnny and Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) to the world of Ferran (who aren’t as glad to see the former leader as he hoped), leaving D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and new girl to track down the breadcrumbs that Kendry is still alive and a member of the Hullen.

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game-of-thrones-season-twoGiven the ending of Season One in which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is literally reborn in fire while returning dragons to the world, I had high hopes for Season Two of Game of Thrones to raise its game. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Daenerys has become my favorite character, but due to circumstances beyond her control mean she spends nearly all of the show’s Second Season begging and whining (“Where are my dragons!”). Thankfully, by the end of the season, she seems to throw off her belligerent tantrums and take another step forward in her goal.

It’s the season’s penultimate episode which is the most memorable. While previously skirting around the larger battles around control for the Seven Kingdoms, the attack on King’s Landing provides the most action we’ve seen in the series so far. The episode also offers a big hero moment for Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). I can’t say the same for the boring Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) whose goal to lay siege to the city ends in disaster thanks to Tyrion’s cunning and bravery.

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Negotiations between the representatives of independent worlds turn out to be just the distraction Ryo (Alex Mallari Jr.) needs to put his plan into action. First, using his new programmer, he hacks into the Android‘s (Zoie Palmer) programming giving his team control of the ship and a way on-board using the Transfer Transit pods. The crew’s former teammate is a little less murderous than we’ve seen him recently, choosing not to harm his former friends. However, his inability to capture Five (Jodelle Ferland) proves to be his undoing as the girl hides aboard the ship and works to take back control of the Raza.

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British Museum curator Lady Alex Lindo-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond) crosses paths with treasure hunter Ulysses Hooten (Michael Landes) in Rome where she is attempting to excavate a site for the museum and spend some pre-wedding time with her mother (Jane Seymour) but soon becomes wrapped up in Hooten’s search for the prophetic long-lost Sibylline Book. As with the series first adventure, “Rome” is another B-movie adventure (although this time more of a knock-off of National Treasure or The DaVinci Code than Romancing the Stone). Finding the book will mean defacing the Sistine Chapel, fighting the Italian Mob, and very little wedding planning or working on the job Alex was sent to Rome to accomplish. Still, as with the first episode of the series, there is some fun to be had.

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Okay, I’m rooting for the vampire. The first episode of Netflix’s Castlevania introduced us to Dracula (Graham McTavish), his wife (Emily Swallow), and the series of events which would lead the vampire to declare war on all humanity. “Necropolis” introduces us to our reluctant hero Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) who spends most of the season’s second episode fighting in bars and alleyways. Forced out of his drunken stupor first to defend himself and later to protect an old man from murderous priests, Belmont hardly earns any sympathy from us and really only looks somewhat heroic when compared to Dracula’s murderous army and the religious zealots which directly caused them to be unleashed on the world. I’m sure glad this season is only four episodes long as I don’t think I could stand spending much more time with Trevor Belmont. And, yeah, I’m rooting for the vampire.

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After a pair of mediocre episodes, Preacher gets back to basics with an episode that fills in a bit of Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Tulip‘s (Ruth Negga) past as the flashbacks are set against our protagonist’s plans to murder his girl’s husband (Paul Ben-Victor). On the plus side “Dallas” is well-structured with the use of montage to explain the monotony the pair found themselves in between the loss of their unborn child and their reunion in Texas. On more of a mixed note, the episode also reminds us that Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) are all pretty much awful human beings (or vampires, in Cassidy’s case).

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“The Hullen Have Eyes” picks up the thread of the ships discovered by the RAC agents in the season premiere and explains what D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) was doing we he piloted one of the ships (but not why no one noticed he was gone) as he, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and “new nerd” Zeph (Kelly McCormack) take the ship on a trip to a Hullen planet and meet their blinded worshipers.

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