Winter TV Preview: Tongue-In-Cheek GALAVANT is Only Mildly Amusing

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Show: “Galavant”

Starring: Joshua Sasse (“Rogue”), Timothy Omundson (“Psych”), Vinnie Jones (“The Cape”), Mallory Jansen (“Young & Hungry”) and Luke Youngblood (“Community”).

Genre: Musical / Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Sunday, January 4, 8:00 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “Madam Secretary” (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC), “The Simpsons”/”Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A once-celebrated hero must face the woman who broke his heart, as well as her new husband, the king. [Read more…]

THE MUSKETEERS: Previewing BBC America’s Latest Take on the Fab Four!

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Loosely based on the Alexandre Dumas book “The Three Musketeers,” the new BBC America series THE MUSKETEERS introduces the adventures of Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera), Porthos (Howard Charles), and D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) all over again. But the rip-roaring adventures of THE MUSKETEERS are not content with just three musketeers, but must have four. After all, four is better than three, or so goes the debate in the show for D’Artagnan does not immediately see the benefit of joining up against the three men who may have committed a crime against his family. [Read more…]

THE 100 Preview: “Day Trip” (Grounders, Gractavia and Ground Control!)

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In last week’s episode “Contents Under Pressure” of THE 100 it is hard to say which resonated louder: the softly spoken “thank you” offered by the Grounder (Ricky Whittle) to Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos); or when Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington) said that there were space pods to transport only 700 of the 2,200 people still alive on the Ark. If you thought it was brutal when the Ark had to cull out 320 of their population to give everyone enough oxygen to survive for a few more months, imagine how everyone is going to react to finding out only 700 get to make the trip to Earth.

So there are some big secrets still hanging in the air as the show picks up this week in “Day Trip.”

Given Octavia’s soft-spot for the Grounder who saved her life and who has proven he will do anything to save her, including betray his own people, there is surely going to be more going on with that budding friendship/relationship (now called “Gractavia”). Will Octavia be able to stand by and watch her brother torture a man who so obviously cares for her, or will she feel compelled to help him get free? And what does that mean for the formerly budding romance between Octavia and Jasper (Devon Bostick)? Jasper just may find himself alone as Octavia gives her heart to another. But having survived a Grounder attack himself, it is hard to imagine that Jasper will give up on the girl he loves any time soon.

Plus, just listen to what Devon Bostick had to say about Jasper and his deep love for Octavia in this interview: [Read more…]

ARROW Preview: “Streets of Fire” (Masks, Mirakuru, and Malcolm Merlyn, Oh My!)

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Ever since we found out that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) was not only still alive, but that he is also Thea Queen’s (Willa Holland) father, we knew that Malcolm would one day return to Starling City to finish his mission to destroy the Glades and to claim what he thinks rightfully belongs to him — his daughter. Unfortunately for Thea, upon the death of Moira (Susanna Thompson), Malcolm now feels safe enough to return. Without Moira’s threat to unleash the League of Assassins on him, Malcolm returns and undoubtedly has another diabolical plan that he wants to spring upon everyone.

But will Malcolm stand and fight with Oliver against Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) to protect Thea or will Malcolm simply steal Thea from right under Slade and Oliver’s noses? And how will Roy (Colton Haynes) feel about Thea’s father resurrecting from his very richly deserved death and coming back to perhaps finish off the Glades, Roy’s home turf?

As if Oliver Queen did not have enough on his plate at the moment, having to face and deal with Malcolm Merlyn is the last thing he needs; unless Malcolm is sticking around to help out and fight against Slade Wilson and his Mirakuru army, Malcolm is one more problem to deal with another day.

But will Thea see it the same way? Maybe she is intrigued by the idea of getting to know her biological father. After all, she has not been privy to Malcolm’s extracurricular activities as the Dark Archer and all the times he and Oliver faced off. So maybe in her mind Malcolm is just the parental figure she needs right now. Though I suspect even if Thea were initially swayed by Malcolm’s charm, she would ultimately sense the one thing she cannot abide by – the lies. After listening to her own family’s lies for years, Thea is pretty finely attune to when someone is lying to her and it remains a hot button for her. Malcolm had better tread carefully or she might unleash all her pent-up rage and anger against him if she finds out he is also lying to her about anything. [Read more…]

REIGN Preview: “Higher Ground” (Uncertainty, Unwelcome Guests, and Undue Worry Plague the French Court)

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In this week’s new episode of REIGN, intrigue abounds inside the castle walls while a ferocious war is fought in Calais. When last seen, Francis (Toby Regbo) was accompanying Mary’s uncle to Calais in order to fortify the French troops against the English, and Mary (Adalaide Kane) vowed to find another way to aid her mother who was in desperate need of either troops or funds in order to secure her position in Scotland.

Then with Mary’s maids, Greer (Celina Sinden) had just accepted Lord Castleroy’s (Michael Therriault) marriage proposal, Lola (Anna Popplewell) had married Lord Julien (Giacomo Giannotti), and Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) and Bash (Torrance Coombs) had consummated their arranged marriage.

As for Queen Catherine (Megan Follows), she was busily trying to keep the kingdom from find out that King Henry (Alan VanSprang) had gone mad, while Francis worked to ensure that the French troops were not slaughtered fighting a larger army. [Read more…]

THE 100 Preview: “Contents Under Pressure” (Raven, Groctavia and Repercussions Oh My!)

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In this week’s new episode of the CW series THE 100, it is all about dealing with the repercussions of the hard choices made by the kids on Earth and the adults on the Ark; as both groups have risked or taken lives and the fall-out from that sends ripple-effects throughout both worlds.

When we last saw the kids on Earth, Bellamy (Bob Morley), Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Jasper (Devon Bostick) and Finn (Thomas McDonell) had gone to rescue Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), who was being held chained up by a Grounder. But in the process, Finn took a knife to the chest and his odds of making it are slim at best without the resources on the Ark.

Then on the Ark, Chancellors Jaha (Isaiah Washington), Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) and Abby (Paige Turco) are still recovering from the deaths of the 320 who volunteered in order to extend the oxygen supply — for the rocket flares sent up from Earth were seen too late.

Neither place is the most desirable locale to be in right now. One offers poisonous fog and an hostile indigenous population; the other offers a slow death by oxygen depravation and the worry than any small infraction could result in being floated.

So what does this week’s episode “Contents Under Pressure” have to offer? First, there’s Raven (Lindsey Morgan). Now safely on Earth and reunited with her love, Finn, Raven will do everything in her power to save his life. So repairing that blast radio that Bellamy tried to destroy is top of her list. [Read more…]

REVOLUTION Preview: “$#!& Happens” in the Aftermath of [Spoiler Alert’s] Death!

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In a year of fake-out deaths: first Aaron (Zak Orth), then Monroe (David Lyons), it is hard to still believe that our heroes can actually die on REVOLUTION. But evidenced by the deaths of Ben (Tim Guinee), Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips), Danny (Graham Rogers), and Nora (Daniella Alonso) in the first season, people do die.

So in “Austin City Limits,” when Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) was forced to kill Jason (JD Pardo), we felt like our heart had been ripped out. Jason was one of the heroes. He was supposed to be untouchable. He had survived and overcome so much that it seemed doubly cruel that it was his turn to be sacrificed.

Last season may have been about dismantling Monroe’s Republic and turning the power back on; but this season has been all about the Patriots and their devastating plans to conquer the entire country. Their plans have been in place for nearly two decades. The Patriots have been plotting, scheming and strategizing ever since the day the power went out. Getting the power back on (albeit briefly) was just a means to an end for them. They needed the resources to devastate Monroe’s army and anyone else’s that stood in their way in one swoop. Then they sent in their brain-washed soldiers to clean up the remaining areas of resistance.

After seeing how effectively their brain-washing technique worked on Jason and the other cadets, it is terrifying to imagine how many more of such mindless soldiers are out there under the Patriots control and ready to do their bidding. They are the sleeper agents from hell; virtually unstoppable because you cannot see them coming. [Read more…]

ARROW Preview: A War Is Brewing in “City of Blood”

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It was inevitable that someone close to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) would eventually die. All heroes paint a bulls-eye on their loved ones the second they take on the responsibility of being a champion. In Oliver’s case, his fate was predetermined by the events on that blasted island. Meeting Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) was both the making of Oliver and perhaps the undoing of Oliver – and all because of a girl. Shado (Celina Jade) was blessed to have been loved by two very good men; but her death caused shockwaves that are still being felt today. Oliver may never fully escape his decision to choose Sara over Shado when Ivo (Dylan Neal) held a gun to their heads and told Oliver to choose. Slade is certainly never going to forgive Oliver, and under the influence of the Mirakuru serum, Slade’s mind is warped beyond the limits of humanity. Slade is now just a monster seething with rage and vengeance. Unfortunately, it is not totally unlike how Oliver was when he first return to Starling City – that all consuming desire for revenge at any price.

But the price of Slade’s unrelenting pursuit to destroy Oliver took a deadly toll in last week’s episode “Seeing Red.” It claimed the life of Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson). When placed in the same position of being forced to choose between two people he cared about Oliver, simply could not choose this time. He was bereft with anger, agony and helplessness. That left it up to Moira – being a mother who never ever hesitated to do whatever it took to protect her children, she willingly stepped forward and declared herself to be the one willing to die so that her children may be spared. As Slade swung his sword and sliced right through Moira, we watched in utter horror. Slade may have declared it an honorable death, but there was nothing honorable in watching a woman being cut in half before her children’s eyes just because a madman wanted to play a game. [Read more…]

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Preview: “Man On Fire” (Twins, Travelers and Torture, Oh My!)

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Fans of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES know that the show likes to flirt with the darkness. But this week’s episode goes a bit darker than most. It reveals a dark secret and some even darker motives at play. Fortunately, it allows for our heroes to be heroes and the villains to be villains and everyone gets a chance to play with fire in this episode — some more literally than others. Those Travelers, as we have seen, are quite fond of fire. But this time, it will be someone else who says, “Shall we burn together, you and I?” Fire is employed both literally and metaphysically in this week’s episode “Man On Fire.”

As discovered in last week’s episode, the wall between the Otherside and our world is crumbling and it is causing supernatural spirits to disappear into the void. It is also pulling on Bonnie (Kat Graham), who serves as the anchor and if the Otherside continues to crumble, it could take down Bonnie in the process. [Read more…]