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Leverage Review: "The Hot Potato Job"

It was great to see the big "reveal" at the end of the episode where we find out how the team pulled off its latest job. The UK series, Hustle did this exceptionally well. In that aspect this was the best episode of the season.

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Leverage Review: "The Hot Potato Job"

@LEVERAGE1001 I think Anastasia has it right. When the team is on a mission Eliot is consciously seeking out (and expecting to find) potential adversaries whereas the "bad guys" aren't actively seeking threats. @JIM When I first heard Sophie's disguised voice I knew it sounded familiar. I just couldn't put my finger on it. Then when Eliot mentioned it it became obvious. I thought she did a great job. One of the highlights of the episode.

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The Closer Review: "Repeat Offender"

That's a bummer. I didn't know this was going to be the last season. I echo Lois' sentiments that this group of actors are indeed great. How indeed DID Pope manage to get himself the interim chief position? Must be some kind of intra-agency politics behind the decision. It's sad that not only on a tv show but, in real life, the people chosen to protect the public are promoted not based on merit so much as they are based upon politics. Even though I disliked him during the first couple seasons I feel bad for Commander Taylor. I mean, the poor guy didn't even have a proper office last year and now his promotion has been taken away from him. I'm looking forward to next week's episode. When Flynn and Provenza screw up, things tend to get a bit crazy.

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Eureka Review: "Reprise"

This is why Eureka is one of my favorite shows. Fargo + Eye Of The Tiger = hilarity. Vincent at the Cafe Diem was also extremely amusing. He's one of my favorite characters and I would love to see some storylines that involve him a bit more. Actually, the more I think about it, the more evident it becomes that the entire cast is a brilliant ensemble and the writing is top-notch. When contract negotiation time comes 'round I say, "Pay them whatever they want." I hope to see Matt Frewer (Taggert) and Ed Quinn (Nathan) make appearances at some point down the road. I miss those characters.

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Good episode. I'm having trouble trying to figure out why people dislike Brians's character so much. The way he and Chloe interact adds to the show's charming appeal if you keep in mind their light-hearted sarcastic banter is a result of their tip-toeing around the feelings they have for one another. Then again, the whole "star crossed lovers" thing has been played out so many times as to make it feel a bit stale. I think RhiniedaGenie (see below) might be onto something about Brian being part Mai. As for Alek, I'm not sure exactly why he is so against Cloe and Brian's relationship. He could be jealous for romantic reasons, he could be concerned because of the Mai/human thing (something tells me he had a relationship with a human at some time in the past that ended tragically), or he could just be concerned for her safety as the Uniter.

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I normally don't like these sorts of episodes as they tend to be smothered in tons of melted cheddar but, this one was great. In fact it reminded me of one of my favorite TV series of all time, Cold Case. Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf were brilliant!

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Matt brings up a good point; what exactly IS the relationship between Skitters and the Harnessed. Does it depend on the Skitter who holds the reins or is it something within the child that determines the relationship? So far that's the most intriguing aspect of the series for me. Now we find out that communication between Skitters and Humans is possible which opens up a whole new realm of questions and possibilities. I was beginning to think that Skitters might not be totally evil, that their inability to communicate with humans made their actions seem more malevolent than they actually were. I'm not so sure about that anymore. The fact that they were able to orchestrate this past week's deception in order to lure a group of children away from the adults indicates a premeditated nefarious sort of cunning. Kudos to the sadistic writers who reveal answers to questions which lead to more questions.

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Definitely missing something without Alek in the lineup. And it makes no sense that Jasmine didn't ask Valentina for help with the Sisters From Sao Paulo. During each encounter with the two sisters I expected Valentina and/or Alek to at least make an appearance. I was glad to see that Chloe's mother finally acknowledged that Chloe has been acting differently recently and asked her about it. I was beginning to think she was the world's least observant mother. Paul's bedroom faux pas; hilarious!!! I was thinking that Paul was going to take Amy to some sort of social misfit gala. What happened was so much better. Brian's key; I was sure he was going to see a locked drawer in his father's desk that it would open.

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Falling Skies Review: "Silent Kill"

Good question. Where is Karen and why no mention of her? Out of sight, out of mind? For me the scene with the biggest impact was the Skitter falling asleep with the harnessed kids. "Freaky" is right. My leading theory is that these harnessed kids are part of the skitter's reproductive process. I don't think the kids themselves are important other than serving as vessels in some sort of parasitic capacity. Then again why is it that only the children are being used? Whatever the case, that scene cranked the intensity up a few notches, and the fact that it did so without the use of pyrotechnics or flashy special effects says a lot about the talent of the show's writers and production team.

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There is no denying Alphas has a lot of potential. If you put a group of talented people such as these together the options are limitless. Let's hope the writers have enough imagination to utilize the characters in ways that are both entertaining and original. Bill does seem to be a bit of a drag. I'm thinking that the fact that he has a history in law enforcement makes him feel like he's the de facto leader working with a group of amateurs. He'll come around once he learns to appreciate the talents of the others in the group. I paused the show when Bill's talent card was flashed on screen. In the small print at the bottom there was reference to his powers causing anger control issues. This might be another reason he's not fully engaging with the group. I'd really like to see how each member of the team was recruited or when they first became aware of their abilities.

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