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scorpion-season-two-dvdScorpion‘s Second Season continues the adventures of the team of super-geniuses saving the world from whatever calamity is threatening it this week. While continuing to deny his feelings for Paige (Katharine McPhee), Walter (Elyes Gabel) begins dating a woman (Brooke Nevin) he saves from having a bomb strapped to her chest while Paige finds temporary companionship with a Homeland Security agent (Scott Porter) and, after quite a few flirtations and false starts, two other members of the team will finally give into their feelings for each other.

Highlights include the team saving southern California from the dangerous after-effects of an earthquake, stealing a satellite weapon from an African dictator, getting stuck in a malfunctioning smart building they designed, take a trip to Cuba, and stop a Russian satellite from crashing into California. Happy (Jadyn Wong) and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) get stuck in a snowstorm, Walter rescues Paige and Ralph (Riley B. Smith) from a runaway subway car, Scorpion takes a trip on a nuclear submarine, and the team plays super-hero.

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big-bang-theory-season-nine-dvdThe Ninth Season of The Big Bang Theory will finally see Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tie the knot (with still issue to work through) and some big changes for Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy‘s (Mayim Bialik) relationship which will go through a break-up and an unexpected reunion and escalation of the pair’s relationship. Howard (Simon Helberg) will deal with loss and impending fatherhood, and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) will juggle two women vying for his affections.

Not the strongest season of the show’s near decade run, other memorable moments include the return of Wil Wheaton, the boys’ road trip, and psychotherapy for both Leonard and Penny.

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hawaii-five-0-season-sixThe Sixth Season of Hawaii Five-0 continues the rise of Gabriel Waincroft (Christopher Sean) whose plans include taking out other organized crime leaders and getting Kono‘s (Grace Park) husband sent to prison for murder. Grover (Chi McBride) will also get a chance to close a case concerning his former friend and a Federal Prosecutor (Ingo Rademacher) begins a quest to prove corruption inside Five-0.

Highlights include heartbreak and a new love interest for McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) discovering family in trouble, the introduction of Julie Benz as a mole withing Five-0 and love interest for Chin, the two-part season finale, Adam‘s (Ian Anthony Dale) prison escape, buried pirate treasure, Danny (Scott Caan) and Grace (Teilor Grubbs) getting stranded when his car is stolen, and another unusual case on Halloween.

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Haunted Honeymoon

by Cap'n Carrot on September 13, 2016 · 0 comments

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haunted-honeymoon-blu-rayHaunted Honeymoon may not be one of Gene Wilder‘s best movies, but it does feature a cast and set-up worth seeing. Wilder and real-life wife Gilda Radner star as voice actors for the radio drama Manhattan Mystery Theater. Plagued by panic attacks which could cost him both his job and a chance at marriage, Larry (Wilder) agrees to an unusual solution proposed by his uncle (Paul L. Smith). Heading home to the castle where he grew up for his wedding, Larry agrees to a form of shock therapy where everyone involved in the wedding party will be involved in the attempt to shock him to death and force him to deal with his panic and fear.

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fools-planner-honor-dvdThis Romantic Comedy Triple Feature collects three relatively recent romantic comedies in one set which is perfect if you need to torture your boyfriend but not much good for anything else.

Made of Honor is a pretty bland reversal of My Best Friend’s Wedding with Patrick Dempsey discovering he has romantic feelings for his best friend (Michelle Monaghan) after she asks him to be the maid of honor at her wedding. Read the full review.

The Wedding Planner isn’t that much better starring Jennifer Lopez as a wedding planner who falls for the one of her clients (Matthew McConaughey) and ruins his impeding wedding to his fiance (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras). Home-wrecking has never been so sickly sweet.

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the-flash-season-two-blu-rayThe Second Season of The Flash feels like a bit of a retread putting the Scarlet Speedster up against although super-fast baddie. Zoom isn’t as strong a villain as the Reverse-Flash which leads to a disappointing season finale, but along the way the season does have several bright spots including exploring the concept of a Multiverse, Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) relationship with Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), and bringing back Tom Cavanagh as the all-different Harrison Wells.

Highlights include the Flash’s time jump to trick his old enemy into helping him, the return of the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), the team-up of the Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and the original Trickster (Mark Hamill), Central City terrorized by King Shark, Barry struggling with the loss of his speed, the Flash temporarily trapped inside the Speed Force, the return of Grodd, the introduction of Zoom, and the episodes leading up to the spin-off Legends of Tomorrow.

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star-wars-rebels-season-two-blu-rayThe Second Season of Star Wars Rebels finds the crew of the Ghost spending more time as full members of the Rebellion after being forced off of Lothal by the Empire. Teased over the course of the season, the two-part finale delivers the long-awaited reunion between Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) along with an unexpected appearance by Maul (Sam Witwer) and the foreshadowing of Ezra‘s (Taylor Gray) possible turn to the Dark Side.

Other highlights of the season include Ezra, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), and Ezra returning to the Jedi Temple on Lothal, Ezra captured by the Empire, the introduction of Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) old friend and rival Ketsu Onyo (Gina Torres), Chopper’s own episode, Ezra’s search for his parents, Fifth Brother (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) and Seventh Sister (Sarah Michelle Gellar) stealing Force-sensitive children, the introduction of the B-Wing, and an appearance by Princess Leia (Julie Dolan).

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arrow-season-four-dvdIn the show’s Fourth Season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is pulled out of retirement and returns to Star City to battle supernatural criminal Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). Flashback tend to the supernatural as well as Ollie works to prevent soldiers from finding a mystical item hidden somewhere on the island.

While not the show’s strongest season, there is plenty to enjoy. Highlights include the multi-episode crossover with The Flash used to launch The CW’s new spin-off, the team struggling to deal with a death of their own, the appearance of Vixen (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Darhk kidnapping Oliver’s friends, John Constantine‘s (Matt Ryan) arrival in Star City, the introduction of Tom Amandes as both the Calculator and Felicity‘s (Emily Bett Rickards) father, and trust issues for Diggle and Oliver to work through.

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legends-of-tomorrow-season-oneBuilding on the DC TV Universe created in Arrow and The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is a mixed bag. Cobbling together characters created for the show and others introduced on the on the other two shows as an unruly bunch of time travelers out to save the future, the show had more than few ups and downs during its First Season. Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) plucks a group of heroes and villains from modern day (rather than choose heroes from a wide swath of time which would have made more sense) to save his family and stop the villainous immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from conquering the world.

Jumping through time, the First Season did have its moments such as a bleak future for Star City and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Kendra (Ciara Renée) getting stranded in 1958, but also some clunkers such as the team’s stop in the Old West.

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castle-season-eight-dvdCastle limps to the finish line in its final season which separates the show’s couple by installing Beckett (Stana Katic) behind a desk and pushing Castle (Nathan Fillion) into the field as a private detective, often with the assistance of Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) and/or new recurring character Hayley Shipton (Toks Olagundoye).

Limiting Castle and Beckett’s time on-screen in several episodes removes much of the show’s trademark chemistry leading to a very up-and-down final season. The season is also saddled with another grand season-long conspiracy that is not fully resoloved. That said, Castle and Alexis’ father-daughter bonding proves entertaining and there is some fun to be had when Caskett is allowed to solve a few cases together.

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