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    Supernatural

    Episode 717 - The Born-Again Identity
    Aired March 23rd, 2012
    9 PM, CW








    Writers of Supernatural – oh please, work with me. I want to like this show, I really do, but every now and then you do these things that make me want to kick you through a plate glass window. Why do you do this to me?


    This is the episode where Sam takes a trip to the looney bin – we've done trips to the looney bin before, but I can live with that – but more importantly, Cas returns. With amnesia, because, you know, that's one soap opera cliché they haven't trotted out yet. And again, I'll give them that, because Cas is such a great character and so somberly acted that I would watch him order a sandwich. His scenes with Dean make this episode. While the slash fiction writers seem to be enamored of “twincest” (ew) with Sam and Dean, they're overlooking the fact that the greatest romance of Dean's life has been with Castiel, the angel that pulled him out of hell. The most fantastic thing about this is neither Dean or Cas are consciously aware of their long running bromance, but it's always been there, which is the best kind of romance. That's why Dean was so devastated when Cas betrayed him by bringing down Sam's mental wall, and yet still devastated when the Leviathans seemingly killed Cas. But this is Supernatural, where dead doesn't always mean permanently dead, and certainly not with the angelic Cas, who seems to have a built in reset button.
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    by Published on 03-24-2012 09:44 PM
    cover for Batman #7

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: The Talons Strike!

    Following his encounter with the Court of Owls, Bruce must prepare for the real battle to begin.

    Writer: Scott Snyder
    Pencils: Greg Capullo
    Inks: Jonathan Glapion
    Colors: FCO
    Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt
    Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
    Editor: Mike Marts
    Covers by: Capullo, FCO, Dustin Nguyen
    Published by: DC Comics

    Despite another brush with death, Batman manages to make it home--though in his beaten state, even Alfred doesn't immediately recognize him. Attaining a temporary safety, Bruce sets to work sizing up the status quo and the current threat. When Dick (Nightwing) intrudes, Bruce hands him a bombshell about what his life was to have been had there been no Batman. While the two contemplate the reality of Gotham and their situation...the Court of Owls kicks off their plan.
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    by Published on 03-24-2012 08:27 PM
    cover for Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    The Turtles' encounter with an ancient horror continues in this second/final chapter of their Infestation 2 "crossover."

    Written by: Tristan Jones
    Art by: Mark Torres
    Colors by: Jay Fotos
    Lettering by: Shawn Lee
    Edited by: Bobby Curnow
    Covers by: mentos3, Mark Torres, Livio Ramondelli
    Published by: IDW

    After retrieving Mike and Raph, Don leads the turtles as they search for Leo, taken last issue. They encounter multiple horrors along the way, before find themselves face to face with the ancient evil causing all this trouble. Reunited, the turtles fight back--but the true evil might be something too great even for them.

    There's something fairly timeless about this issue. The turtles in the sewers, confronting creatures of darkness, yadda yadda yadda. This is not exactly rooted in any of the ongoing events of the main TMNT series, nor is there much of anything to tie it to 2012, nor to the status quo of the current IDW incarnation of the property in general. As a result of that, while this is billed as part of the Infestation 2 "event," this feels much more like something out of the last Tales of the TMNT series. ...
    by Published on 03-24-2012 08:41 AM
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    Archer

    Episode 313 - Space Race, Part 2
    Aired March 22nd, 2012
    10 PM, FX








    Archer wraps up it's too short season with a decent episode that, while not quite as funny as last's week episode, is still pretty amusing.


    Archer, Lana, Ray, and Cyril are still stuck on the space station by Kellogg and his fellow revolutionaries, planning their excursion to Mars. It seems ISIS was chosen because Lana is such a perfect woman - many fanboys would agree - but any extra women are appreciated, as are men who comprise an "involuntary workforce". (As Archer says, "Kiss 3/5ths of my ass.") They do come up with a plan to escape, which involves Lana somehow ending up almost nude.
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    by Published on 03-24-2012 12:42 AM
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    Community
    Episode312 – Contemporary Impressionists
    Aired March 22nd, 2012
    8 PM,NBC



    Well, if last week's episode was a more sedate episode of Community, this was one of their wacky sitcom plots that – if the timing can be trusted – was filmed earlier but shuffled in the aired order. There were some great bits, but it never really cohered as a whole.


    The new year has begun – see, I told you it's been shuffled – and some people have new things going. Abed has learned he can hire celebrity look alikes to reenact movie scenes, so that's what he's been doing. A lot. And Jeff's new therapist has put him on a new anti-anxiety drug, which makes Britta worry that his natural narcissism is going to explode out of control without the leveling influence of his anxiety. The best pay off for this is the scene where the Dean is so awed by Jeff's beauty in his aviators that he goes into convulsions, gasping about “His shadow”. That was awesome.
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    by Published on 03-22-2012 07:32 PM
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    Prototype 2's release is just a month away (April 24th). Today Radical Entertainment and Activision have released a brand new trailer showing some of the game's features.



    From Radical:

    The sequel to Radical Entertainment's best-selling open-world action game of 2009, PROTOTYPE 2 takes the unsurpassed carnage of the original PROTOTYPE and continues the experience of becoming the ultimate shape-shifting weapon. As the game's all-new infected protagonist, Sgt. James Heller, players will cut a bloody swathe through the wastelands of post-viral New York Zero with unparalleled locomotion, building up a vast genetic arsenal of deadly, biological weapons and abilities as they hunt, kill and consume their way toward the ultimate goal - to kill...Alex...Mercer!



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    by Published on 03-22-2012 12:31 AM
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    l find myself, as a comic book reader, in an interesting position at the moment. Currently, I am reading exactly one Avengers title (Avengers Academy) and one X-Men related book (Wolverine and the X-Men), neither of which really feature the A-team of their respective franchises. The A-Teams, in fact, kind of bore me right now. I tried Uncanny X-Men after the post-Schism relaunch and didn't find it to my liking. I find myself delighted that, after years of Brian Michael Bendis steering the ship, we're finally going to get some new blood in the Avengers books later this year. And I have been, to say the least, underwhelmed by the last several crossover events. (Sure, Fear Itself had some cool moments, but the whole thing felt very by-the-book to me.) And yes, I've read Avengers: X-Sanction. And yes, I think it's a muddled mess.

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    by Published on 03-20-2012 08:05 PM

    Today TellTale Games has released the first look at their upcoming video game based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead. The game's story will not retell that of the comic series, ...
    by Published on 03-20-2012 06:22 PM

    Welcome back to the $40 Pull List!



    This week we have just one issue, Batgirl #7 from DC Comics.

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    by Published on 03-20-2012 03:08 PM

    Bioshock Infinite developer Irrational Games has revealed gamers first look at a character that's not much of a heavy hitter, but is creepy as all hell! Check out ...
    by Published on 03-20-2012 02:00 PM
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    Aaah, my third entry in the Quagmire about Mass Effect 3. It was inevitable really. 3^3 = 27. I just couldn't resist writing about all the joy. If only I waited a week to post this.

    This is a franchise where you fall into the camp where you are already playing it, waiting to play it, or know you are not going to. I have no idea how anyone could be in the undecided camp. If you have not played either of the first two games then why bother picking this one up first? You can read enough about the franchise online where you would know whether you have any interest in it. You know Mass Effect 3 follows the formula of 2 pretty closely, so there is no confusion if you played 2. The way I see it, Mass Effect 3 is a must play if you enjoy BioWare storytelling (or, for that matter, all Mass Effect games).
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    by Published on 03-20-2012 04:14 AM
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