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The murder of a clown in the woods leads Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) to discover an attempt to poison the New York aquifer with a weaponized virus. Tracing the pathogen back to a virologist who has fled the country, it takes longer for Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) to discover the true motive for the crime – old fashioned greed.

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The Empire’s search for Rebel bases heats up with the arrival of a new Imperial Infiltrator Droid on several worlds including Atollon. Finding the damaged droid after its run-in with Krykna Spiders, Zeb (Steve Blum) brings it back with him to Chopper Base unaware just what it is. Initially confused, when the droid’s programming eventually kicks in it falls to Zeb, Chopper, and AP-5 (Stephen Stanton) to stop the droid before it gives away their location to the Empire.

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Based on the series of children’s books of the same name, Netflix’s new series centers around the misfortunes of the Baudelaire children whose parents apparently die in the fire that destroys their home. The first two episodes of the series adapt the first novel in which Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny are sent to live Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), an actor of questionable repute who uses chicanery to become the guardian of the children in hopes of getting his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The dire nature of the children’s circumstances is balanced by the humor of Harris as the over-the-top villain and the narration of Patrick Warburton detailing past accounts as Lemony Snicket.

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Everyone attempts to get back to normal as both Reade (Rob Brown) and Patterson (Ashley Johnson) return to work. Normal isn’t really an option, however, when the CIA agent who tortured Jane (Jaimie Alexander) shows up with a terrorist (Mark Ivanir) who has key information about an imminent attack in New York. Hoping to get his son a life-saving heart transplant, the terrorist agrees to trade that information to the CIA, but when things go badly on the operating table it falls to the FBI to pick up the pieces and find the terrorist cell before their attack.

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The third and fourth episodes of The OA deal predominantly with Prarie‘s (Brit Marling) incarceration in Hap’s (Jason Isaacs) basement and the prisoners various plans for escape. After foiled attempts at poisoning her abductor and running away, Prarie’s chances drastically increase when another near death experience from a blow to the head sends her back to the other reality and then returns her to the world with her sense of sight restored. Strangely, Prairie doesn’t use this advantage to escape, but instead to convince the other guinea pigs to willingly become part of Hap’s experiment in hopes they may touch what she found on the other side.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. puts its Ghost Rider storyline behind as it moves forward with S.H.I.E.L.D. dealing with an out-of-control Aida (Mallory Jansen) who has replaced May (Ming-Na Wen) with an android, attacked and murdered agents, and invaded S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to get its hands on the Darkhold. Things don’t go exactly as planned for the android, who faces Mack (Henry Simmons) and all his anti-robot wisdom (from years of sci-fi movies), but the episode’s closing scenes show this storyline is far from over (and the android isn’t the one behind the search for the Darkhold).

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After an intriguing set-up, Beyond takes a bit of a step back in an episode which continues to tease larger ramifications but spends most of its time on typical family dysfunction. After learning that his family isn’t as perfect as they’ve struggled to make it seem, Holden (Burkely Duffield) finally becomes convinced to allow Willa (Dilan Gwyn) to help restore his memory of his time in the Realm and, she hopes, learn to harness and control his dangerous and unpredictable abilities. There’s also a bit of foreshadowing that although Willa cares for Holden, and will do her best to protect him, her motives are more complicated than she’s willing to let on (and isn’t above putting him in danger to get what she needs).

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The Fourth Series of Sherlock kicks off with an episode that spends equal times dealing with the possibly return of Moriarty (Andrew Scott) from beyond the grave, setting up a larger story of the season, and focusing on Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) getting back to business by solving a multitude of cases while keeping an eye of for one that might offer more of a challenge and lead back to his nemesis. The case settled on involves the strange destruction of several busts of Margaret Thatcher, without an apparent reason. However, Holmes does find a reason buried deep within one of those busts and a motive he traces back to Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) and her past.

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“And the Eternal Question” is one of the few episodes of the show to directly reference the specifics of one of The Librarian movies. A case of spontaneous combustion leads Stone (Christian Kane), Ezekiel (John Kim), and Cassandra (Lindy Booth) to a holistic retreat run by vampires who have found the one place on Earth they can live outdoors during the daytime. While it may be the weakest of the three made-for-TV movies, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice did offer an unusual love interest for Flynn (Noah Wyle) in the undead, but ravishing, Simone (Stana Katic). Flynn’s previous relationships haven’t been discussed until now, and I still wonder just what happened to both Emily (Gabrielle Anwar) and Nicole (Sonya Walger).

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“Ka ‘aelike” is a strange episode that wraps-up the show’s big mid-season cliffhanger before the opening credits even roll. Quickly sent back to Hawaii, with Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) now having custody of Sara (Londyn Silzer), the Five-0 crew gets back to business as usual for the case of the week. It’s odd for the show to throw away such a big lead-in, and I wonder if something larger wasn’t originally planned (involving the impregnable stronghold where the bad guys don’t even bother to take Chin), but was cut for either time or cost. Plus, the (completely unnecessary) involvement of Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) seems to be included for the sole purpose of helping Adam and Chin bury the hatchet (and possibly set-up trouble or the parole later this season).

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