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Waking up from another encounter with the Shadow King (Navid Negahban), David (Dan Stevens) discovers nearly everyone in Division 3 has been infected by the teeth-chattering disease. A dip into Ptonomy‘s (Jeremie Harris) mind reveals each person is trapped within a maze of their own making. For Ptonomy that reality is a garden without future or past. For Melanie (Jean Smart) it’s a text-based game. For Syd (Rachel Keller) that means being trapped in a loop of her own life (apparently, more on that next week). Oh, there’s also a cow randomly appearing around Division 3 for some reason.

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David (Dan Stevens) is conflicted as the search for the Shadow King continues. Betrayed once in this episode by Farouk, who killed several agents when David lured the team away from Division 3 on a wild goose chase, David reaches back out to future Syd (Rachel Keller) in hopes of understanding why she needs him to help their enemy. Refusing to go into details, Syd hints at something far more dangerous which they will need the Shadow King’s help to face. She also remarks multiple times on how much David has changed. Is it just me, or does this sound like David is the greater threat threat that will need to be stopped?

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The first issue sends Domino and her partners Outlaw and Diamondback into timber country on a job to stop the Russian mob from muscling in on a logging operation. When the attempted hostage rescue of missing loggers turns out to be a set-up by Topaz, shit hits the fan (but doesn’t get crazy enough to miss Domino’s birthday party later that night). Surviving the party with her dignity won’t be the only challenge when our villain arrives to finish the job. Has our heroine’s luck already run out? (As this is the first issue, I’m going to say no.)

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The Second Season of Legion pics up nearly a year after the First Season finale with the recovery of David (Dan Stevens) who has no memory of where he’s been since his abduction (other than dancing with the Shadow King in a club at some point in time). In his absence, his friends have joined Division 3 (to work for a man with a basket on his head) and have continued to search for the missing Shadow King, now in the body of the missing Oliver (Jemaine Clement), who is searching the world for his real body which would allow him to fully manifest once more. As David is questioned by various people at Division 3, most who question his amnesia, he also begins to reconnect with Syd (Rachel Keller) and try to piece together just what happened to him during his missing year.

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Cyclops is still dead, but X-Men founding member Jean Grey (the original, not some alternate timeline version of her) is back among the living. Troubled by the divisive and hateful world she she’s around her, the X-Man chooses to put together her own team with a new mission of bringing acceptance of mutantkind to the forefront of the public consciousness starting with an address at the United Nations.

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After losing his prisoners, Turner (Coby Bell) calls in every agent he can and begins a systematic search for the mutants. While several of the mutants, particularly Fade (Jeff Daniel Phillips), aren’t happy with the arrival of Reed (Stephen Moyer), Daddy Stucker will help prove his worth by leading the pursuit away from the mutants’ hideout and Kate (Amy Acker) and her children will continue to pitch in by helping to save another mutant’s life. Despite their initial plans to flee the country, it looks like the Stuckers have found a new home.

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The planning and rescue of Polaris (Emma Dumont) and Reed (Stephen Moyer) dominates “eXit strategy” as the mutants prepare for a suicidal run to rescue their captured friends from Sentinel Services. In order to get the information about the prisoner transfer vital to their plan succeeding, Eclipse (Sean Teale) is forced to open a door to his past he swore would forever remain closed and ask his demented drug kingpin ex-girlfriend (Michelle Veintimilla) for help. While the information pans out, we’ll have to wait and see whether or not the cost was too high. Carmen (Veintimilla) continues the show’s trend of all humans not portrayed by Amy Acker (and possibly exception of Moyer) as truly awful, irredeemable souls.

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The second episode of The Gifted is mainly about Kate (Amy Acker) and her children finding a home with the mutant underground while helping the injured Blink (Jamie Chung). On the flip side, after being pressured for nearly the entire episode, the captured Reed (Stephen Moyer) makes a compromise that likely he and his whole family may regret by agreeing to help the government take down the mutants in return for his family’s safety. When push comes to shove, whose trust will he betray? The other major storyline of the episode gives us Polaris‘ (Emma Dumont) early days in prison. Aside from the logistical issues of putting mutant prisoners in with humans rather than housing them in more secure facility, the mutant-dampening collars feel a bit too goofy (even for a show based on comic book characters) and it’s all-too-obvious that they are a major weakness in the only thing keeping the character from her friends.

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In a world where humanity fears and distrust mutants and the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants have disappeared, an underground community of mutants fights to stay free. The pilot episode of The Gifted introduces us to the core group of mutants: Eclipse (Sean Teale), Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and Polaris (Emma Dumont). We also meet the Strucker family whose world is turned upside down when a federal prosecutor (Stephen Moyer) and his wife (Amy Acker) discover that their son (Percy Hynes White) and daughter (Natalie Alyn Lind) are the the kinds of mutants he’s been helping put behind bars for years.

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The Philosophy of LOGAN – Wisecrack Edition

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