Episode Title: "Dr. Linus"
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Story: Following the events of "Sundown," Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) rejoins his fellow survivors but finds that he's not welcome thanks to a discovery made by Miles (Ken Leung). Elsewhere, Jack (Matthew Fox) and Hurley (Jorge Garcia) join Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) as he heads to a place on the Island that he hasn't visited in a very long time — a place where he intends to die.
In the sideways reality, Benjamin is a high school history teacher — a doctor, if you will — but his Island ambitions aren't far behind when he makes a power play for a leadership role at the school. Ben is forced to question his plans once he learns that his promotion would require the sacrifice of one of his students, none other than Alex Rousseau (Tania Raymonde). Read More...
Title: "Know Thy Enemy"
Director: Michael Nankin
Story: Two new players join the fray in the latest episode of "Caprica." The more narrowed focus seen last week remains, with "Know Thy Enemy" primarily focused on two key developing stories. One is Daniel Graystone's feud with newcomer Tomas Vergis (John Pyper-Ferguson), owner of Graystone competitor, the Vergis Corporation, who is intent on taking vengeance for the murder of two of his people. We also return to the one God worshipping STO terror group. Sister Clarice Willow hatches a plan to recover Zoe's programming data from the Graystone household while Lacy meets with the mysterious Barnabus (James Marsters) in her continuing effort to transport the ZoeCylon to Geminon, at her dead friend's request. Meanwhile, Joseph Adama continues his search for the boy who brought word of Tamara in New Cap City while Daniel's assistant Phil Omon continues his weird courtship with the Cylon. Read More...
Episode Title: "Sundown"
Written By: Paul Zbyszewski & Graham Roland
Story: Sayid (Naveen Andrews) has a bone to pick with Dogen (Hiroyuki Sanada), the temple master that wants Sayid dead. Dogen explains that Sayid, recently resurrected through mysterious means, is now evil. But there is one chance to redeem himself — by plunging a dagger straight into the heart of the entity posing as John Locke (Terry O'Quinn).
Meanwhile, Claire (Emilie de Ravin) comes to the temple to deliver a message from her "friend," one with potentially bloody consequences for Dogen and his followers. And in the sideways reality, Sayid reconnects with Nadia (Andrea Gabriel), but some old enemies stand in the way of his happiness. Read More...
Title: "There Is Another Sky"
Writer: Michael Angeli
Director: Michael Nankin
Story: With the most critical stage-setting seemingly out of the way, "Caprica" returns this week with something the previous four episodes had been lacking: focus. There's Daniel Graystone, who is in some hot water with his company after his public promise to demonetize holoband technology leads the board of directors to revolt. That is until he introduces a remarkable new direction to take the business in. Meanwhile, Joseph Adama attempts to reconnect with Willy after learning some troubling things about his son. The senior Adama eventually comes to realize that letting go will be his most difficult, yet most important, first step. And finally, we spend quite a bit of time in V-World with Tamara Adama (still Adams). It's the most we've seen of the Internet-like virtual environment since the pilot episode, and much more is learned about the way things work there. Meanwhile, sideline players in these narratives are left where they belong-- on the sidelines. No Lacy, no Sister Clarice, no Agent Duram, minimal Amanda... just the facts, man. Read More...
Episode Title: "Lighthouse"
Written By: Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Story: Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is once again visited by the late Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), who tells the unlucky lottery winner that he has to visit a lighthouse on the island — and he has to bring Jack (Matthew Fox) with him. Elsewhere on the island, Claire (Emilie de Ravin) proves to Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) just how far off the deep end she is thanks to her trusty axe and a little bit of help from her "friend."
In the sideways reality, Jack attempts to locate his father's missing body, but he resolves a different family issue instead — an issue that's quite surprising for the viewers back home. Read More...
Story: "Caprica" returns after a one-week hiatus with the highly anticipated Daniel Graystone appearance on Baxter Sarno's popular talk show. Ever since Daniel's wife Amanda raised the specter of their dead daughter's possible involvement in the MAGLEV train bombing, the family has had to contend with the public outcry against Zoe and the Graystone-created Holoband technology, which Sarno believes is a corruptive influence on the Twelve Colonies' society. Meanwhile, Joseph Adama has second thoughts about his plot to balance out his own family tragedy by having Amanda killed while GDD Agent Duram finally secures the search warrants necessary to search Zoe Graystone's home and school. There's also some further development with Lacy's promise to get to Geminon and Zoe-bot's blossoming friendship with the lonely Cylon tech. Read More...
FROM MTV.COM: Like the book on which it's based, Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" leaves you sandbagged and gasping, although not in exactly the same way. The movie oozes gore and dementia — it has the dripping atmosphere of a gothic horror film. And the wild plot twist in Dennis Lehane's lurid 2003 novel, from which the picture has been adapted with iron fidelity, may be even more shocking in its transposition to the visual realm. Like the book, though, the movie is unleavened by humor or any other narrative respite. This isn't a problem in print, where we can pull back from the material; but it makes the picture a grueling experience, and the fact that it's too long makes it even more arduous.
The story is set in 1954. As it opens, we see U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio, in his fourth Scorsese outing) and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), arriving by ferry at the remote and craggy Shutter Island, site of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The marshals have come to help find an escaped murderer, Rachel Solando, who has mysteriously disappeared from her locked cell.
Continue reading 'Shutter Island': Smoke On The Water, By Kurt Loder
Do you remember, at the height of the "Matrix" craze, a spin-off DVD was released called "The Animatrix." It wasn't a movie; rather, "The Animatrix" served up a collection of nine animated short films, each telling a short story set within the "Matrix" universe from different writers/directors. It was a solid idea with, as you might expect, a bit of an uneven presentation. Some shorts are excellent, some are forgettable and some would have been better left out completely.
I'm referencing this 2003 release because "Halo Legends," released yesterday on Blu-ray and DVD, is much the same thing. "Halo" is of course one of the biggest video game franchises on the planet. "Legends" is a similar sort of short film collection, but with a few notable differences: the contributors all hail from the anime world and none of the stories fit comfortably within the "Halo" canon established by the games and the books. Read More...
Editor's note: Josh is out of town this week, so I'll be covering the recap. Don't worry-- he'll be back next week with the same insightful commentary and didn't-see-'em-coming theories.
Episode Title: "The Substitute"
Written by: Elizabeth Sarnoff & Melinda Hsu Taylor
Story: The focus this week is Locke, and hallelujah for that. On the island, Fake Locke -- Flocke --seeks recruits for some purpose... which is actually made clear by the end of the episode! More than that, a great big question-raising bomb drops in the final minutes, with half-revelations which are sure to send "Lost" theorists into raving hysterics. Meanwhile, in the parallel reality, Locke is back from Australia to his quiet life with fiancee Helen (Katey Sagal). Some questions at work arise regarding his trip to Australia, leading to an unfortunate turn of events. The resulting chain of events leads to some surprising encounters, with an Oceanic 815 passenger and... another familiar face. Very familiar. Read More...
Title: "Duchess of Mandalore"
Writer/Director: Drew Z. Greenberg / Brian Kalin O'Connell
Tagline: "In war, truth is the first casualty."
Story: The three-episode Mandalorian arc closes with "Duchess," but we'll likely see more of the fan-favorite people before too long. Duchess Satine (Anna Graves) arrives safely on Coruscant with her entourage and Jedi escort Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), only to face a danger of a different stripe: the Republic Senate. The current item on their docket is deciding whether or not a Republic occupation of neutral Mandalore is necessary in order to halt the expansion of the Death Watch. Chancellor Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie) might just get his way too, after a recording surfaces that indicates Satine may not be as in control of her people as she believes. Read More...