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With the help of former Castle star Seamus Dever, Take Two delivers a fun episode involving a client (Dever) who hires Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) to save him from a hitman he hired when he mistakenly believed he was dying of cancer. Even after stopping the hitman, however, the detectives discover he isn’t the only one who wants their client dead. With a plot that could easily have been used for Castle (or a number of other shows), Take Two allows the mystery of the week to drive the show and its cast to support it (and allow for some wacky fun such as dressing up the client to attend his own funeral). Dever is enjoyable as the paranoid quality control engineer and there are more than a few false trails for Sam and Eddie to navigate before discover the true motive for the crime. While the previous episodes of the series have ranged from meh to okay, this is the first legitimately good episode of Take Two. Maybe there’s hope for it yet.

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News broke at Comic-Con that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would return for a Seventh Season on Disney’s a 12-episode run on Disney’s new streaming service. The trailer includes fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) who was written of the show at the end of its Fifth Season and appeared later on Star Wars Rebels.

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While temporarily putting the bizarre adventures of the Green on hold, Season Four of Killjoys opens with a bedtime story for Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen). After she is wounded inside the Green by the Lady, Khlyen (Rob Stewart) offers the daughter he raised a bedtime story which he hopes will give Dutch the strength to fight back against their mysterious adversary. That story just so happens to be how Dutch and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) got to the Quad and became Killjoys. While I’m still very much on the fence about the Green and how much of the series the storyline has taken up, its fun to see the show return to simpler times for our two heroes.

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Although she doesn’t appear in the episode, Jaime Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) shadow looms large over “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” as Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) mulls over his father’s (John Noble) plea for Sherlock to help him kill the only woman his son has ever loved before she kills his father. Of course there’s also a case of the week to solve, this one involving murder, cigarette smuggling, and an ATF undercover operation that has spiraled out of control, but it’s Sherlock’s dilemma which carries the episode.

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A Matter of Film examines of morphing narrative of Game of Thrones, specifically following the events of the Red Wedding.

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The latest case hits close to home when Sam’s (Rachel Bilson) ex-fiance (Greyston Holt), the one who dumped her on the red carpet, shows up after his home was burglarized. One of the items stolen from the apartment was the actor’s laptop which just happens to include a sex tape of the pair of them he never got around to deleting. Sam and Eddie’s (Eddie Cibrian) search into the burglary turns up the laptop but also draws the attention of some very bad people and the DEA who believe Sam’s ex may be into heroin smuggling and money laundering. While there’s still plenty of room for improvement,”Ex’s and Oh’s” is the best episode of the series so far offering a rationale for Sam’s overreactions and more enjoyable moments between Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee).

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Although the set-up in the first episode of The New Legends of Monkey is a bit awkward, there is some fun to be had. In “Hope Must Never Die” we are introduced to a young monk (Luciane Buchanan) who, after the death of her master and a group of four warriors at the hand of a demon (Jarred Blakiston), it will fall on to bring back the Monkey King who can help restore order to the demon infested lands. Initially our heroine has the crown of the Monkey King in her position but doesn’t know his location and is preparing a long quest to find him, and then all of the sudden she lacks the crown but knows exactly where the trapped body of the Monkey King resides. Like I said, a bit awkward. The episode spends quite a bit of time introducing us to characters irrelevant to our monk or her champion, who she does free at the end of the episode and takes on the name Tripitaka to help fulfill her master’s quest.

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Even with accomplished actors, a substantial budget, and intelligent writing, it’s difficult to make fantasy work on-screen. The Outpost has none of these things. A cross between a fan film and a larping expedition, the opening episode of The Outpost introduces us to an elfish young woman named Talon (Jessica Green) who has lived in hiding as a human since her family was butchered by human soldiers 13 years ago. Working as a barmaid has its privileges it seems, as it has somehow also given her great abilities with a sword (enough to kill several fully-armed soldiers). After waiting for years, Talon is off to find and murder the men responsible for the death of her family which leads her to an outpost on the frontier where she comes face-to-face with her first intended victim.

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Despite their wishes to leave, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and his friends remain trapped in Angelville for another episode as Jesse begins to work off the cost of Tulip‘s (Ruth Negga) resurrection. Despite warnings to Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) about hiding his true nature, the vampire is discovered by Jesse’s family leading to the re-opening of the Tombs (yet another comprise Jesse promised never to make). Tulip’s attempts to find a way out for Jesse lead her to make a dangerous choice with an unlikely new frenemy. While it’s likely best for everyone if Madam Boyd (Prema Cruz) helps Tulip, it looks like she’s going to need a little convincing

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With Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) preoccupied with the arrival of his father (John Noble) in New York and the discovery that a potential assassin is trailing him, Watson (Lucy Liu) takes the lead in an odd case where a woman was murdered and had begun to be mummified by one of the world’s most famous forgers (Stephen Spinella). The investigation leads to another forger (Julian Sands), and the father of the murdered young girl, but the real culprit is closer than the NYPD realizes.

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