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The CW has released the first images from next week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, and in them we get to see the return of season 1 standout Jonah Hex. The star of his own critically panned feature film a few years back, the series gave him another chance and delivered a version which made comic book fans much happier.
The Wild West setting is always fun, and Legends of Tomorrow will hopefully take full advantage of that. Based on the synopsis below, we can expect plenty of unique pairings as the team splits up and does their own thing. That’s something it handles well on a consistent basis, and for more details on what to expect, here’s what’s on the way in “Outlaw Country.”
The Legends are still reeling from the news that their time travel-nemesis is a speedster when they are »
- Josh Wilding
The remote town of Pariah – "city of outcasts, delinquents, thieves, whores, and murderers" – located below the border, where die-hard Southern "Confederados" wage war against Mexican revolutionaries. The buried memories of the past, where the dead inventor called Arnold continues to command his android army. The Maze, the late co-founder's mysterious magnum opus, and the secret at its center. It seems like every character in this week's episode of Westworld – "Contrapasso" – is trying to get as far as possible from where they started. But the show's biggest problems remain way closer to home. »
In Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 6, Thirio opens its doors for a successful soft opening – but between an unexpected hookup, a visit from child protective services and a gang shooting, it wasn't exactly a peaceful one.
This episode is titled "The Wild West," a reference to Dion's repeated insistence that opening a high-end restaurant in the Bronx is the equivalent of braving the Oregon Trail.
This comes up not once, but twice in this episode, and each time it made me cringe.
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The scene that was simultaneously the best and worst thing about "The Wild West" was Pilar's passionate hookup with Dion prior to the restaurant's soft opening. Unlike everything that happens in the gangster scenes, it was something that I actually didn't see coming.
It was awesome to finally see Pilar grow a backbone and stand up to Dion, who has demeaned »
- Lee Jutton
Penny Dreadful delivers more sexy, Gothic melodrama in its latest episode, No Beast So Fierce...
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3.6 No Beast So Fierce
Now that they have the first recruit to their cause, Dorian and Lily begin gathering more fallen women to battle against the men who abused them at Dorian’s home. He’s starting to feel a little outnumbered, however, and Justine is vying for his place in Lily’s affections as well as becoming a little too bloodthirsty where he is concerned. John Clare manages to visit his son, but in doing so, scares the poor child into hysterics as he watches what was once his father flee into the night.
Ethan continues to battle against his father as Hecate’s power over him grows. Sir Malcolm’s concern deepens in tandem as he battles to save his wayward sort-of adopted son from his actual father, »
Stardate, 2016. We start off for… hold up. I have a confession. I am not a Trekkie. I owe no allegiance to the myriad TV iterations, although I am fond of the original mid-’60s series and their subsequent big screen adventures (except for The Final Frontier—I am reasonably lucid). However, this particular voyage is co-captained by my wife, Michelle, who has a deep fondness for the original gang and their follow-up crew of The Next Generation (which I don’t like, and yet she still married me). She can identify scenes by hearing orchestral movements from the series and the films. In short, she is a Trekkie (and yes, I asked her permission to call her that—I’m not insane).
Okay, let’s try this again. My wife and I leave the big city of Calgary, Alberta behind for a day trip to visit the Trekcetera Museum, located »
- Scott Drebit
The Wild West has been a long-held fascination in American culture, with hundreds of movies, books and TV shows produced around the subject. There has even been crossover with science-fiction before, with the beloved (yet short-lived) Joss Whedon show Firefly. Well now comes another Wild West fantasy series in the shape of Wynnona Earp – which is based on Beau Smith’s Idw comic of the same name.
The first two episodes of Wynnona Earp set up the story quiet succinctly: After a troubled adolescence spent in and out of juvie, following the death of her father and the disappearance of her older sister Willa, Wynonna Earp reluctantly returns to her hometown of Purgatory for the funeral of her uncle, which sets in motion a series of events that sees Wynonna claim her birthright – inheriting Wyatt Earp’s »
- Phil Wheat
From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.
The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »
- Danilo Castro
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