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Into the Dark – Pooka – Review: Pooka Me, Pooka You

Look at all the pretty lights. – Or flames. We open this episode with a creepy visual of a discarded plush toy laying amidst burning wreckage on a road. We don’t see this stuffed animal’s face but I’m instantly imbibed with a chill, I’m guessing this toy is “Pooka”. A disembodied voice echoes in a creepy whisper as an overlay of flashing red and blue lights instills the visual of police cars. A man lingers in the shadows, face captured by the neon prism of color.

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Legacies pays major tribute to The Vampire Diaries in Mombie Dearest

If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries then stock up on the tissues before diving into the latest episode of Legacies, it’s full of plenty of nods to the parent series that will make nostalgic fans weepy.

It’s not even the midseason finale of Legacies yet but the show just delivered its best episode yet. “Mombie Dearest” is not only a tribute to The Vampire Diaries universe as a whole, but a well-written, terrifically acted, and thoroughly entertaining chapter. It proves Legacies has a right to stand amongst its predecessors and sparkle with some of the same magic that made those shows so popular.

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Tell Me a Story recap: 5 shocking twists from Season 1, Episode 6

Guilt, an episode revolving around the regrets and remorse each character struggles with, brings some of the biggest shocks on Tell Me A Story yet.

When speaking of guilt, it’s impossible not to think of Tell Me A Story’s resident bartender, and the youngest of the “three little pigs”, Eddie. He has struggled to come to terms with what happened during the bank heist since the pilot episode. He’s a bit like the scrappy runt of a puppy litter. Now, more than ever, Eddie is trying to find peace after being an accomplice to Beth Miller’s death. Which is hard to do when her grief-stricken fiancé goes off the deep end and begins stalking him.

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Single Parents – Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen – Review: D’Amato Mic Drop

Will has a new anti-smartphone agenda he wants to get all the other parents involved in at the next Parent’s Social Night. It’s time for them to make a pledge promising they won’t get their kids cellphones until eighth grade. Meanwhile, Douglas is trying to track down the person who stole his revered Ronald Reagan White House collectible pen at last year’s social night, as the title would suggest.

No kids this week as this episode centers entirely on the parents.

“Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen” was written by Ali Kinney and directed by Trent O’Donnell.

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All American recap: The 3 most dramatic moments from Season 1 Episode 7

It’s homecoming season on All American and California Love takes us to Beverly High’s glamorous school dance before the big game.

We’ve got a real love rectangle on our hands in All American this week. Asher cheated on Layla with Olivia and Layla cheated on Asher with Spencer – who Olivia also has feelings for. What a tangled web these teens are weaving and this episode was an explosive one that blew the lid off just about every twisted entanglement that’s occurred so far. We even got some insight into the fabled Grace/Billy relationship of yesteryear.

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Dirty John – Red Flags and Parades – Review: Don’t Let My Fear Ruin Us

“Red Flags and Parades” is a fitting title for an episode that exposed a multitude of the gleaming red flags adorning John Meehan. Episode 2 of Dirty John was written by Evan Wright and once again directed by Jeffrey Reiner.

Since one of the most important motifs this week is the enigmatic red flag (for Debra anyways, who can’t seem to see them even when they’re waved in her face, but more on why that is later), I thought I would list some of the biggest ones of the episode…

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Born to Kill is an unsettling miniseries you might have missed

Delving inside the mind of a teenage boy with psychopathic tendencies, Born to Kill is an unsettling Channel 4 miniseries that may have flown under your radar.

With the bountiful amount of media available across all streaming services on a monthly basis, it’s easy to miss a few diamonds in the rough. Born to Kill is an excellent psychological thriller I missed out on when it debuted this past spring, but thanks to Shudder, I was able to binge all four episodes in one sitting.

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The Gifted – gaMe changer – Advance Preview: Three Factions Collide

Previously on The Gifted, Reed’s powers manifested and quickly got out of control. He, Lauren, and Caitlin, desperate for answers, sought out the scientist from Reed’s childhood, Madeline Risman, for answers. Risman claims that if Reed is treated with a permanent fix, he’ll die. Lauren is horrified when she gets more details from Madeline’s assistant, Noah, that she aims to create a “cure” for the X-gene.

The Inner Circle infiltrated the bank that had been their target for months and everything went according to plan, until the end when a vindictive Rebecca took out her anger on every civilian inside and slaughtered over 30 people. Lorna was faced with the difficult decision of taking Dawn somewhere safe to keep her out of the line of fire, much to the chagrin of Marcos who wasn’t happy with having her taken from him once again.

After Rebecca’s actions, she goes on the run but the Inner Circle is able to track her down and bring her back into captivity.

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Single Parents – The Beast – Review: The Gang Pursues Their Passions

This week, the gang pursues their passions, Angie with her love of death metal music and desire to learn guitar, and Will with his urgency to rediscover what made him love weather and chasing storms. Plus Douglas gets another chance with Big Red and Poppy tries to find love with a musician!

This week’s episode was written by Lamar Woods and directed by Josh Greenbaum.

This is a great episode for fans of Angie and Will, both if you ship them romantically or just as friends. Leighton and Taran get to have so much fun and in turn, I had just as much fun watching them.

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The Rookie – The Hawke – Review: It’s Not Who You Know But What You Know

Tonight’s episode sees Nolan coming head-to-head against his former mentor after he becomes a fugitive and Lucy gets to learn a few street cop tricks to get inside the mind of a criminal from her TO. Plus, Lopez and West have to deal with a tricky shooting case that may not be as easily solved as it looks.

“The Hawke” was written by Fredrick Kotto and directed by Timothy Busfield.

The primary focus of this episode is on Jeremy Hawke (Shawn Christian), Nolan and Bradford’s former training officer. Well, Nolan in the classroom, as Hawke was one of his teachers and a mentor, and Bradford out on the field. Over the years, Nolan has kept in touch with Hawke, nurturing a friendship with him that generally consists of beers and platitudes about their lives.

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