Television

star-wars-rebels-season-four-blu-rayThe final season of Star Wars Rebels begins with the Rebels helping the Mandalorians rescue Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) father and ends with a final battle between the Rebellion and the Empire for Lothal. In-between, the season offers several highlights including the loss of a member of the Ghost, a large victory for Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), the return of Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and episodes exploring how Lothal’s creatures are tied to Rebel’s fate against the Empire. I know there are those that prefer The Clone Wars (and I’m happy to see it return in limited form), but I’d much prefer more episodes featuring these characters.

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After a biological bomb is set-off inside the 11th Precinct, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) work to find as much about the attack as possible. When evidence begins to point that the person who activated the bomb is still quarantined on the floor, the group of suspects narrows as Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Bell (Jon Michael Hill) begin to look both at the visitors caught in the quarantine and other cops. The bomb going off, and Bell’s heroics while getting a heavy dose of the gas, set a high intensity level for the episode that forces Holmes and Watson to make some dangerous new friends in search for much-needed information. Following an episode that suggested Bell might be on his way out of the department in the near future, the show also manages to offer a plausible chance for him not to make it out of the situation.

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Take Two didn’t waste much time throwing its stars in bed together, even if they don’t remember just what happened the night before. Waking up in bed with no memory of their previous 24 hours, Sam (Rachel Bilson) and (Eddie Cibrian attempt to piece together what happened to them. Through a few breadcrumbs, and working around the misinformation offered by their client (Jewel Staite), the pair eventually trace their path to a rogue government agent and a missing vial of a deadly toxin capable of taking out the entire city.

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“Bro-D Trip” focuses on the Jacobi brothers and their search for Green while leaving Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) to fend for herself against Juno Clay (Billy MacLellan) who plans to hunt down the Killjoys and take her baby to recoup lost expenses. Throughout the episode, a more devious and murderous Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) continues to struggle with the effects of Hullen psychosis (even going so far as to actually shoot is brother in the back at one point). Dutch‘s (Hannah John-Kamen) appearance at the end of the episode saves D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) but leaves all kinds of questions about what is happening in the minds of two of the show’s three stars.

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With Shiro‘s (Josh Keaton) betrayal revealed, Keith (Steven Yeun) tracks his friend through a wormhole leading to a violent confrontation between the two Paladins of the Black Lion. The sequences between the two feature flashbacks to Keith’s childhood, underlining the big/little brother relationship between the pair and the tragedy of their current confrontation. Despite being led to a facility full of Shiro clones, Keith continues to try and save what may or may not actually be his friend (while fighting for his life). Back on the Castle of Lions, Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and the rest deal with a virus unleashed by Shiro which threatens the destruction of the castle and all their lives. And there’s more shifting alliances between Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) and his former lieutenants who choose to side with Lotor over Haggar (Cree Summer) as the season moves closer to its finale.

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Unable to prove their suspect, a drug company owner who has made a career of buying life-saving drugs cheap before jacking up the price for a tidy profit, was responsible for the recent poisoning of a hitman, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) set out to discover who their suspect hired the hitman to kill four years ago. Surprised to discover that their suspect did indeed kill a scientist, but didn’t use their victim to do so, the detectives follow the breadcrumbs left by the poison victim to find the truth and discover why a man whose life had been spent killing others for money would commit the most selfless act possible.

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Tattiawna Jones guest-stars as a bounty hunter acquaintance of Eddie (Eddie Cibrian who ropes the dectives into helping her track down a large bounty. Not listening to her partner’s concerns, Sam (Rachel Bilson) jumps in with both feet which eventually gets the pair into trouble. “The Devil You Know” is a mostly forgettable episode highlighted by another Charlie’s Angels style undercover turn for Sam (this time in a biker bar) and the return of Brian Markinson who plays Eddie into unintentionally helping the former judge’s chances at trial through a convoluted subplot that does eventually lead to an interesting scene between the two actors. If he should be released, just how large a role with the judge turned criminal mastermind play in the episodes to come?

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Last week’s season premiere caught us up with Dutch‘s (Hannah John-Kamen) adventures in the Green and offered a flashback to how she and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) became RAC agents. “Johnny Dangerously” catches us up with the rest of the characters including the marooned Jacobi brothers and Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen), and lets us know what happened to the rest of the good guys following the sudden halt in the battle against the Hullen. Stuck in the middle of nowhere D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and Kendry take rash action to save a dying Johnny by injecting him with the Green. The process saves his life but also makes him more unstable and unpredictable.

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“The Colony” offers the turning point to the season that been foreshadowed for several episodes. The return of Keith (Steven Yeun) allows for the reveal of who Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) really is, and what despicable lengths he is willing to go to in his quest for quintessence (including harvesting Alteans as living batteries). It seems there’s more than a little of his father in Lotor. Unfortunately for Allura (Kimberly Brooks), Keith doesn’t arrive soon enough to spare her heartache.

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While on the search into a missing online dominatrix and part-time inventor, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) uncover the fact that both the woman and her boyfriend have been making illegal guns for a local gang (who have decided to cut out the middle man, kidnap the pair, and force them to teach the gang how to make the guns on their own). In an episode packed with quite a bit of plot, “Meet Your Maker” skips over the police taking down the gang and recovering the missing pair, instead of focusing on slowly unraveling why the motives behind her disappearance.

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