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“Shelter from the Storm” proves to be a pretty anti-climactic end to the Reign (Odette Annable) saga as the now triple-powered super-villain goes looking for Ruby (Emma Tremblay) who Lena (Katie McGrath has hidden. Eventually Reign finds the daughter of her human half, with plans to kill Ruby and vanquish Sam. Only with help form both Lena and Mon-El (Chris Wood), and advice from M’yrnn (Carl Lumbly) – in a subplot that feels particularly shoehorned in, is Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) able to halt her path. With Reign defeated, at least for now, it looks like the remainder of the season will deal with carnage and fallout she caused including turning Lena and Supergirl against each other.

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The death of an Internet conspiracy theorist (Danny Mastrogiorgio) leads the FBI to uncover the true existence of a secret society. While the car bombing itself doesn’t hold any mysteries for the Deception team, the Amazing Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) discovers that the society is connected to his grandfather’s past, and the team’s unorthodox methods do come in handy when nabbing the killer. Over the course of the investigation, Cameron also encounters a kindred spirit in the dead man’s daughter (Meghann Fahy) who he bonds with over growing up with difficult father figures.

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Over the years Hawaii Five-0 has provided several episodes sending McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), and occasionally the rest of the Five-0 team, out of Hawaii and into more military-style adventures. The penultimate episode of the show’s rocky Eight Season follows this formula as McGarrett hitches a ride with Junior (Beulah Koale) and his SEAL team after learning their mission could involving finding Joe White (Terry O’Quinn). Not all that subtly, the episode mirrors the McGarret/White relationship with that of McGarrett and Junior. We also get flashbacks to a younger McGarrett on Joe White’s team, and the lengths Steve’s mentor went to keep him alive. Although its unclear if the team was successful in their primary mission of killing their target, McGarrett does get his man and brings him home.

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Although it offers some interesting moments, it’s hard not to view “Chapter 14” as a filler episode used to artificially lengthen the series (a process Netflix has made an art form out of). All taking place in a blink of the eye as David (Dan Stevens) discovers the truth about his sister, the episode jumps around alternate realities where David is in more or less control of his powers and mental state. Be it a homeless man, a warehouse worker, or a the richest man in the world, in any reality David’s condition continues to be both a potential burden or boon. Had this sequence taken place in a third of an episode, rather than stretched out over an entire episode, I think the idea would have been more effective and not left me feeling that it was sort of a waste of my time. You could skip this entire episode and not miss a single beat or reference going forward with the rest of the season.

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Reaching out for help in questionable places is the common theme throughout “Harry and the Harrisons.” First, Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) attempt to enlist two separate versions of the Council of Wells in order to get some help with Harry’s diminishing intellect. Neither proves useful. Meanwhile, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) enlists the help of Amunet (Katee Sackhoff) whose powers might just be the key to stopping DeVoe (Neil Sandilands) from launching his satellites (and who may be able to help her reconnect with Caitlin’s chillier alter-ego). In order to get Amunet’s help, Team Flash must track down more of the villain’s missing shards which have been taken by a meta-human (Mark Sweatman) the group has crossed paths with before.

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There’s a bit of deja vu in play in “Quintessential Deckerstar” as Lucifer (Tom Ellis) attempts to force the old normality back onto his relationship with Chloe (Lauren German). We also get a murder of the week, an apparent home invasion gone wrong which will tie back into Charlotte‘s (Tricia Helfer) past as a defense attorney, and a series of events involving Pierce (Tom Welling) and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) which build on season-long arcs and will lead directly into next week’s season finale.

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After limping to a finish of the show’s first season, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) returns to face a new threat of Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir) who can hurt the otherwise seemingly invulnerable hero of Harlem. Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard return. The Second Season will be available on Netflix on June 22nd.

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Murder by lightning gun turns Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) on to a local laboratory missing some platinum, a dead Nazi bomb maker, and a legitimate threat of a dirty bomb being detonated in New York City. While the threat is very much real, the truth behind the series of events is never quite what it seems. The episode’s B-story involves more of Joan’s sister (Samantha Quan) and the death of her estranged and mentally-unstable biological father. While mostly filler, the B-story does feature a nice moment between the detectives which ties in Sherlock’s current illness with that of the father Joan barely knew.

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With the trio of world killers united, Kara (Melissa Benoist) calls on the help of Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) to use Legion technology and send the Girl of Steel, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and Lena (Katie McGrath) into the dark dimension where Sam‘s (Odette Annable) consciousness is trapped along with the human consciousness of the other killers which are slowly dying. Unable to be sure that she can trust Lena, Supergirl enlists the help of Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) to confirm the Luthor stockpile of Kryptonite (which Lena was using to keep Reign sedated) has been extinguished as Lena claims… which sounds like just the kind of really bad idea that could be the first domino to fall in Luthor villain turn.

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My initial reaction to the “Pilot” episode of Deception is that ABC’s latest odd couple consultant detective show is a bit too complicated than in needs to be. The network got quite a bit out of the flamboyant and risk-taking consultant and the more straight shooter cop in Castle, but there Castle’s simple interest in real-life crime (and the lovely backside of Detective Beckett) was more than enough to keep him around week to week. Here the show’s creator Chris Fedak has saddled the show with an ongoing conspiracy backstory that may or may not ever payoff. The show starts off with a magic trick and then a frame job that put the twin brother of famous magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) behind bars. A year later, with his act it ruins, Cameron is still searching for the magician (Stephanie Corneliussen) who destroyed both brothers’ lives.

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