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Immediately following Savitar killing Iris (Candice Patton), the Third Season finale opens with a big twist, and it won’t be the episode’s last. The good news for Team Flash is that Iris is alive and Savitar’s plan has failed. The good news for the show is a tremendous weight has been lifted off of Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) shoulders and we see a more hopeful and less brooding version of the character throughout the episode, even in the face of an emotional sacrifice to close out the episode. There’s a calm to Barry we haven’t seen in quite some time which serves both the character and the season finale well. Let’s hope this continues in to next season.

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Leading in to next week’s season finale, “Sympathy for the Goddess” continues the search for the missing piece of the Flaming Sword while Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German) investigate the murder of one of Charlotte Richards‘ (Tricia Helfer) clients. The murder of the week is rather forgettable as the show’s main focus is on character interactions including Lucifer and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) violently fighting out their disagreements and the demon’s attempts to help Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris) whose relationship with Lucifer has put her professional livelihood in jeopardy. The episode also finally allows Lucifer and Charlotte’s relationship to be known, albeit with a small twist, and seems to contradict itself regarding just who is God’s “favorite” son.

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Supergirl closes out its Second Season with an action-packed season finale which wraps up the Daxamite invasion story arc, says farewell to one supporting character and offers the return of another. Fighting as the champion of Earth, first Kara (Melissa Benoist) is forced to take down Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) who Rhea (Teri Hatcher) exposed to Silver Kryptonite. Next, she’ll take on the Queen of Daxam one-on-one while her friends attempt to save as many people as possible from the Daxamite fleet attacking National City.

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The age of the police consultant continues. Here’s the first look at ABC’s upcoming crime drama starring Jack Cutmore-Scott as a magician turned FBI consultant helping Ilfenesh Hadera solve unusual crimes. Amaury Nolasco and Vinnie Jones also star.

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Elementary‘s season finale wraps up the the gang storyline which began with the introduction of Shinwell (Nelsan Ellis). A brewing gang war between the group Shinwell hoped to take down and a rival gang has the whole city on edge. Discovering events began with the abduction and murder of the sister of a rival gang leader, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) watch as Tyus Wilcox (Stephen Rider) turns events to his advantage, cutting a deal with the District Attorney to avoid prosecution and help stop a gang war. With Holmes distracted by events he refuses to share with his partner, Watson digs deeper to find justice for Shinwell.

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“Episode CI” offers a bittersweet ending to the tale of the time-displaced samurai warrior that began on August 10, 2001. With Jack (Phil LaMarr) captured all eyes turn to Aku (Greg Baldwin) who broadcasts his victory across the entire world. The final episode brings in several faces we’ve seen over the course of the series including a personal favorite of mine in the forest creatures that once taught Jack to jump good. Rising to the call, all of those once saved by Jack attack Aku giving Jack a fighting chance. While not in any serious threat, the sheer number of Woolies, Scotsmen, Spartans, Canine Archaeologists, Archers, Triseraquins, the giant Robo Samurai, and others do provide the momentary distraction for Jack to reach the Aku-controlled Ashi (Tara Strong) who not only discovers her free will but also the fact that she shares Aku’s powers – which include the ability to create a time portal.

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Desperation makes strange bedfellows. As Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) loved ones start going missing in a coordinated attack planned by the imprisoned Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), our hero is forced to procure Chase’s release and put together his own team to take on the likes of Chase, Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig), Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), and Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin).

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It’s fitting that the end to an up-and-down season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have it’s share of highs and lows as well. Connecting back the first-half of the season, the return of Ghost Rider gives Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team an easy out to destroy Aida (Mallory Jansen) and her creations. I certainly wasn’t clamoring for the character’s return, and I’m already sick and tired of the gimmick of Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) temporarily passing the Spirit of Vengeance to another host (this marks the second time the show has used this cheat this season). The episode wraps up the threat of Aida and her murderous rampage, but not the after-effects of a plan already put into action.

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I’ve been looking forward to this episode since the moment I heard about the casting. I did have some trepidation as to Lucifer actually exploring God in human form as much of the show’s premise relies on him to be an absentee parent. With “God Johnson” the show’s writers get to have their cake and eat it to while providing both a cathartic reunion of sorts for Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and dear old dad while finding a way to still keep God far removed from the daily life of his son and his Los Angeles shenanigans.

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Despite Barry Allen‘s (Grant Gustin) initial belief that he could rewrite the future he glimpsed months ago, much of the Third Season of The Flash has had a hopeless vibe (so to speak). “Infantino Street” is the inevitable conclusion of these events. The day of Iris‘ (Candice Patton) death finally arrives, and despite bringing in Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) for a theft inside A.R.G.U.S., the existence of the speed bazooka, and Barry refusing to learn too much about his friend’s plan to stop Savitar, he episode never sells us on the idea that Iris has any chance of walking out alive. Because of this the episode’s final scene is anti-climactic, especially after giving us the return of both Captain Cold and King Shark before seemingly going through the motions concerning the fate of Barry’s fiance.

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