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Star Wars Rebels: “Steps into Shadow”

It was a hard task to follow up last seasons’ “Twilight of the Apprentice,” but Rebels did it solidly with an hour that was well-written, well-voiced (how about that Tom Baker, eh?), and well plotted with both action and drama. It’s amazing that a cartoon… a show built for kids to sell action figures, can be this sophisticated and mature.

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: “The Curse of the Three Terrors”

While I have heavy doubts that anyone who didn’t grow up in the 80’s will see any value to “The Curse of the Three Terrors,” for me, it was a portal back to my childhood. It didn’t give me the feeling of watching a new episode of a beloved series from long ago, it gave me the experience of watching a new episode of a beloved series from long ago. That, my friends, is a gift and it’s a gift I am most grateful for.

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The Tick: “Pilot”

Sure, it could have used more scenes with The Tick as he’s in, only about 25 percent of the episode and it could have used more jokes to cut up some of the more melodramatic moments, but as a pilot episode… the beginning of a journey, it works nicely and, as a reboot of one of my favorite superheroes, it couldn’t have updated and fleshed out the world of The Tick any better.

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Game of Thrones: “The Red Woman”

Because there is so much joy and goodness in the world, Game of Thrones is back to take a big steamy shit of sadness on your Sunday nights and we’re just going to sit there as it pinches off a rancid log right into our laps with a gigantic grin on our faces because we hate ourselves and we want to be punished. I’m not in to S&M, but thanks to this series, I at least understand it now.

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Fear the Walking Dead: “Monster”

It’s lazy writing, cliched situations, and repetitive dialogue with an occasional appearance of a zombie. I hate to say it, but those of us who had hope that this lumbering beast would have learned from last season mistakes… I have the sinking feeling that we’d better get used to disappointment.

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Archer: “The Figgis Agency”

Indeed, much of the episode seemed muted as though they had just jumped in the pool and couldn’t remember if they could swim. I’m hoping future episodes will bring the characters and writers a little more comfortability with their new setting, but for now the timidness is palpable.