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‘Agent Carter’ Premiere Review: “Pilot; Bridge and Tunnel”

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by Britt Hayes January 6, 2015 @ 11:29 PM
Marvel / ABC
Who is Agent Carter? More specifically, who is Agent Carter removed from Steve Rogers and Captain America? Marvel attempts to answer that question with the two-hour premiere of ‘Agent Carter,’ a miniseries that takes us back to 1946, and arguably delivers Marvel Studios’ first solo female superhero project. And they’ve really delivered.

‘The Legend of Korra’ Finale Review: “Day of the Colossus / The Last Stand”

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by Matt Patches December 19, 2014 @ 9:28 AM
Nickelodeon
‘The Legend of Korra’ began as a “What if?”: What would the ancient-skewing world previously depicted in ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ look like 70 years in the future, with a female protagonist, with the traditional Hero’s Journey thrown out the window? The original plan was for a mini-series — a graphic noir tale that dipped its toe into recognizable class wars. But what Korra could do, become, say, wound up overflowing into three more seasons. The potential creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko saw in their new incarnation crescendos into the show’s very last beats.

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Review: “Orphans”

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by Britt Hayes December 18, 2014 @ 12:11 PM
For the second week in a row, ‘American Horror Story’ has delivered a pretty solid episode—it could be due in part to the increasingly smaller number of carnival performers combined with the show’s rotating system, which makes at least one cast member (or attraction, in the parlance of a sideshow) sit out each week in order to focus its narrative efforts elsewhere. And maybe “Orphans” works because it tells a story that’s genuinely sad, which accentuates the horror of the hour. And maybe I also think this episode is great because Lily Rabe reprises her role as Sister Mary Eunice, and she is a total queen.

‘The Legend of Korra’ Book 4 Review: “Kuvira's Gambit”

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by Matt Patches December 12, 2014 @ 2:30 PM
Nickelodeon
When Kuvira’s towering war machine lumbers into silhouetted view for the first time, ‘Legend of Korra’ strikes tangible fear. There’s tremendous payoff to the apocalyptic moment; With Varrick’s technology and the Korra Kaiju previously established Korra Kaiju, there was room for the show to go full Gundam from the beginning of Book 4. Instead, moral questioning transformed the show’s final season into a thinly veiled World War II allegory, complete with an unstoppable force.

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Review: “Tupperware Party Massacre”

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by Britt Hayes December 10, 2014 @ 10:52 PM
FX
Great news, everyone: The horror and darkness have creeped back into ‘American Horror Story’ at last. And while the continuing narrative of Jimmy the Hero vs. Dandy the Villain doesn’t quite manage to be something greater than the sum of its parts, the ‘Freak Show’ delivers the first solid episode in weeks. The ghosts of the past invade the present with a surreal quality that echoes the way Jimmy’s brain is clouded by alcohol, or the way Dell—through misery and frustrating uncertainty—writes and rewrites his intended suicide letter. But it’s Dandy and Stanley who bring the real discomfort and unease to “Tupperware Party Massacre.”

‘Arrow’ Midseason Finale Review: “The Climb”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 10, 2014 @ 9:49 PM
The CW
‘Arrow’ season 3 lets loose its ninth installment of the year with midseason finale “The Climb,” as Oliver faces off with Ra's al Ghul over the identity of Sara's killer, while Laurel is forced to confront her family with the truth, and Felicity discovers the scope of Ray Palmer's plans for Starling City.

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Series Finale Review: “Papa’s Goods”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 10, 2014 @ 10:43 AM
FX
‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 13th and ultimate episode of the final year, series finale “Papa’s Goods,” as Jax deals with the fallout of last week’s brutal deaths, trying to spare SAMCRO another visit from the reaper in the war with the Irish, Charlie Barosky and August Marks.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Midseason Finale Review: “What They Become”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 9, 2014 @ 10:42 PM
Marvel / ABC
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ assembles its tenth season 2 installment in midseason finale “What They Become,” as Skye finally comes face to face with her father, while Coulson and the team uncover the truth about the mysterious hidden city, and a larger connection to the Marvel universe is revealed.