Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA Freak Accident (Season 2 Episode 2)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 2
The monster appears. An old character resurges. Jessica and Trish are forced to have the ugly and harsh realities of the world reiterated to them.

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 2, “AKA Freak Accident,” Jessica tries to discover what exactly led to her powers and her family’s deaths. Trish has to confront her past in a different way, forcing her to reconcile with tragedies that she, like Jessica, has pushed into the back of her mind, but something that has profoundly affected her. Simpson’s reappearance results in a wider understanding of the monster that threatens Trish, Jessica, and the truth. The sisters realize that, despite the isolated paths they took to get there, they are once again together. 

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Arrow Review: Doppelganger (Season 6 Episode 15)

Arrow Season 6 Episode 15
Black Siren makes her presence known in Star City assuming the identity of Earth-1 Laurel Lance, and an old friend returns when Ricardo Diaz has Roy Harper captured in order to testify against Oliver Queen in the Green Arrow trial.

On Arrow Season 6 Episode 15, “Doppelganger,” the team discovers that Black Siren has gone to the media as Earth-1 Laurel Lance claiming to have been held captive for the past two years, and they receive another shock when Roy Harper is named a witness in the case to testify against Oliver Queen.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA Start at the Beginning (Season 2 Episode 1)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 1
Jessica meets Whizzer. Trish realizes she has to pursue this story. Jeri realizes she might be the real ticking time bomb. Jessica is forced to confront the evil that has been buried inside her.

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 1, “AKA Start at the Beginning,” Jessica realizes she herself has to go back to her start in order to figure out what her future means. Rather than ignoring her beginning, what led her to be the angry heavy drinker “superhero vigilante” she is today, she has to reconcile it in order to be better and to do better. To become her own version of hero, she has to acknowledge that there is, in fact, a monster and that it isn’t her. The surprise is that the monster is also IGH and a literal one. Our sarcasm-wielding heroine has been missed!

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Life Sentence Review: Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)

Life Sentence Season 1 Episode 1
After discovering she’s not dying of cancer, as she’s spent the last eight years of her life believing, Stella is tasked with finding a path for her future.

On Life Sentence Season 1 Episode 1, “Pilot,” the journey of Stella and the Abbotts begins as Stella learns she’s cured of cancer… and that her entire family has been lying to her for the last eight years of her life about everything. While this may not have been the strongest first outing, it set up what is sure to be an incredible story as we see Stella cope with uncertain life.

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Marvel’s Daredevil: Daredevil (Season 1 Episode 13)

Daredevil Season 1 Episode 13
Matt and Foggy make a move on the law front. Matt makes a move with his new costume. Karen realizes that the future holds more promise than she thought. Matt and Fisk have a final battle. Fisk returns to his own personal drawing board.

On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 13, aptly named “Daredevil,” Nelson & Murdock finds its feet in the constantly shifting world they have come to call home. Matt and Foggy realize that their best opportunity to defeat the evil surrounding them is by working together, by sifting through what they can with the law and then allowing Matt to be who he is, Foggy’s title of hero. Fisk realizes he isn’t at all who he thought he was but realizes who he has become and accepts that role. Matt realizes who he is, at long last, and dons the red horns.

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The Fosters Review: Makeover (Season 5 Episode 17)

The Fosters Season 5 Episode 17
Indeed, every character on The Fosters could use a makeover. The kids are growing up fast, making important futuristic decisions and steadily coming into their own; however, making a return to a cold case involving Kyle Snow and revisiting Ximena’s immigration saga are two unexpected events in this episode, which all add up to the series of plot lines that need closure as the curtains gradually get drawn.

The Fosters is that show that has done virtually everything in terms of portraying social issues with varying degrees of character development, so it is really not surprising, though commendable, that careful thought is given to seemingly forgotten stories, recreating them without losing the narrative – talk about major strides in continuity. The Fosters Season 5 Episode 17 bears “Makeover” as its title, which is holistic and embodies all the stories told almost all the stories told within it. Callie FINALLY embraces her true calling, Jude gets a literal makeover for publicity, Mariana stays caught up in her boy web, Callie and Aaron reach a friendly consensus, while Brandon awakens from his ‘Grace-ious’ slumber.

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Black Lightning Review: Equinox: The Book of Fate (Season 1 Episode 7)

black lightning season 1 episode 7
Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 7, “Equinox: The Book of Fate” shows Jefferson and Lynn coming to terms with Annisa’s new superhero role, more information regarding Gambi’s shadiness, and the death of the only villain I cared about, Lady Eve. 

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 7, “Equinox: The Book of Fate,” we say goodbye to the queenpin shrouded in mystery, Lady Eve. This couldn’t be any more of a mistake, especially considering how slow the superhero storylines are going in the series so far. At this point, I can safely say I’m more interested in the regular lives of the Pierces than their superhero lives. I want more of Anissa and Grace, Jennifer and her coming of age story, and Jefferson and Lynn finding their way back to each other. Because, ironically, the superhero storyline is this show’s biggest villain right now. 

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: No Country for Old Dads (Season 3 Episode 13)

Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 13
The Darhks utilize Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) brain to reconstruct the fire totem, though when they need cold fusion to rebuild it, they go back in time to Germany and face by a young Damien Darhk. 

On DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 13, “No Country for Old Dads,” Ray Palmer dives into the dynamic of Damien and Nora Darhk. When the two begin showing their fractured connection, Ray becomes the middle man to help Nora connect to her father, though that was mostly just to stay alive. Plus, we finally learn of Mallus’ plan to escape his prison.

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The Flash Review: Enter Flashtime (Season 4 Episode 15)

The Flash Season 4 Episode 15
When a nuclear bomb detonates in downtown Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin), Jesse Quick (guest star Violett Beane) and Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp) slow down time by entering Flashtime. As everyone in the city is frozen, the three speedsters push themselves to the breaking point to save the city and everyone in it.

Noted in our recent reviews of The Flash how repetitive some of the plots have been and the lack of strong character development or story progression. This is one reason why The Flash Season 4 Episode 15, “Enter Flashtime,” was such a huge breath of fresh air, and not only the best episode of Season 4 yet, but one of the best episodes of the series overall.

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Marvel’s Daredevil: The Ones We Leave Behind (Season 1 Episode 12)

Daredevil Season 1 Episode 12
Matt realizes the picture is bigger than he initially thought. Foggy and Karen try to fill in the gaps of the city’s corruption in their own ways. Ben loses a gamble against Fisk.

On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 12, “The Ones We Leave Behind,” the title indicates that the one left behind had the best story left to tell. As Karen grapples with her decision, as well as the fracturing of her law firm, she has yet to realize that the slow disintegration of her world mirrors the city itself. In the same vein as the lawyers, Fisk attempts to keep his loose ends from spiraling out of his control. Foggy, Karen, and Matt use their different avenues to try to facilitate change. 

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