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batman-unlimited-animal-instinctsBatman Unlimited: Animal Instincts is odd to say the least. Cobbled together from a variety of Batman storylines over the years, Batman Unlimited cherry-picks pieces of DCU continuity to offer a new (but not really fresh) take on the characters involved. Set in the not-so-distant future of Gotham City (with a definite Batman Beyond vibe) the straight-to-video movie opens with Batman (Roger Craig Smith) clad in a Beyondish red and black costume before eventually donning his more classic colors.

The film centers around the a group of animal-themed villains in Silverback (Keith Szarabajka), Cheetah (Laura Bailey), Killer Croc (John DiMaggio), and Man-Bat (Phil LaMarr) all working together as “the Animalitia” under the leadership of the Penguin (Dana Snyder). The Penguin also has an army of robotic animals who range from nearly unstoppable to easily destroyed (in the climax our heroes easily dispense with a number of the creatures while they struggle to deal with even single one for most of the movie).

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Despite recent events (which is mostly ignored) and turmoil within her own court on her decision, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) announces her plans to wed Jason (Jack Donnelly). Unwilling to see her son take the throne, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) makes a bold to kidnap and murder The Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) before she can announce the Gods blessing of the union. To do show she will take advantage of Medusa (Jemima Rooper) and use the Gorgon’s ability to turn the Oracle to stone.

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With The Mercenary (Tom York) having completed all three of the sacrifices required of him, Medea (Sonita Henry) makes a sacrifice of her own giving her body and soul over to Circe in exchange for the witch leading the small band to the door of Olympus. Along the way the group will be set on by Furies and Hermes (Michael Daingerfield) before eventually leading back to where the journey began at the temple of the Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) who is far less sure of helping The Mercenary fulfill his destiny than when they first started their adventure.

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Rookie Blue returns for its Sixth Season (with episodes technically shot for the second-half the show’s truncated Fifth Season) as Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Sam (Ben Bass) return from their romantic vacation to face new challenges. On their first night back Sam discovers Marlo (Rachael Ancheril) is four months pregnant with his child while Andy is attacked by a serial rapist in Traci‘s (Enuka Okuma) apartment (who was the attacker’s original target). To the surprise of no longtime viewer of the show, Andy and Sam’s romantic bliss certainly didn’t last long.

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Taking questionable action in the name of an equally questionable cause the Save Greendale Committee refuses to bow to pressure to remove a controversial comic from performing at the school under the threat that their email will be released to the entire student body if they fail to comply. The thin plot allows for the show’s remaining core group to learn just how their friends truly see them as the inevitable flare up explodes.

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“I See You” is the least-objectionable episode of Stitchers to date as Kirsten (Emma Ishta) enters the mind of a murdered peeping tom living in apartment below Cameron (Kyle Harris) hoping to find answers as to why he was killed. The set-up, and the twist revealing the unusual nature of the victim’s interaction to those he watched, give the episode a more interesting storyline to explore rather than a straightforward murder (although the final twist involving the human trafficking angle is so rushed it lacks the emotional weight necessary to make it all work).

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The subject of how long is too long to hold on to your dreams in the theme of Clipped’s second episode as Danni (Ashley Tisdale) and A.J. (Mike Castle) offer each other conflicting advice when Danni decides to give up on her dream of being a singer and A.J. is offered another minor league baseball tryout. Although A.J.’s words make Danni reconsider her decision she doesn’t realize how her negative influence upsets her friend who decides to throw in the towel on his lifelong dreams thanks to her advice. The episode also allows for Tisdale to show off her singing voice (in an odd song choice for an open mic night) while writing that talent into her character’s backstory.

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Capheus‘ (Aml Ameen) life takes a big turn when his attempts to get drugs for his sick mother sends him half-cocked after the gangsters who robbed his bus. Meanwhile around the world “Smart Money’s on the Skinny Bitch” introduces us further to Sun (Doona Bae), both in her job as and unappreciated member of her father’s firm and her secret life as an underground street fighter. It’s the later that proves useful to Capheus as he and Sun’s worlds momentarily merge allowing her not only to win her latest bout in the ring but also somehow give him the skills necessary to fight of an entire gang in the middle of the street halfway around the world.

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the-newsroom-season-threeThe final season of The Newsroom may not be as good as the show’s First Season but it is better (taken as a whole) than the show’s inconsistent sophomore outing. Nearly the entire cast returns for a final six episodes centered around an Edward Snowden-like figure whose leaking of classified documents to News Night gets Will (Jeff Daniels) in trouble with the United States Government and forces Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) to flee the country before being charged with espionage and treason. An examination of Snowden’s actions would likely have played better than the fictionalized account that, like Season Two, has several ups and downs.

There’s also a wedding, a romantic turn for Sloan (Olivia Munn) and Don (Thomas Sadoski), relationship drama, Maggie (Alison Pill) and Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) continue their dysfunctional dance, a hostile takeover of the cable news network’s parent company, and the news team mourns the death a major supporting character.

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Season Two of Star Wars Rebels opens with a large space battle. Since we’ve seen them last the crew of the Ghost has joined the struggling Rebellion, a decision which doesn’t sit well with all members of the crew. Tricked into returning to Lothal to rescue Minister Tua (Kath Soucie) who offers them valuable intelligence for their assistance, the crew is lured into the first of two traps by Darth Vader (James Earl Jones).

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