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Black Lightning: “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” Review

Full SPOILERS follow for Black Lightning: “Lawanda: The Book of Hope.”

Black Lightning continues its forward momentum by exploring the tragic story of LaWanda White (Tracey Bonner) and her quest to save her daughter from The One Hundred. The series feels relevant, by echoing the harsh truth that some communities don’t feel like the police have their best interests in mind. In this episode, that mistrust is fully realized with the bitter reveal that Tobias Whale controls the local law enforcement.

The main struggle in Black Lightning, so far, is what do you do when the system lets you down? For Jefferson, that means putting his family at risk, which adds another layer of complexity to the already richly written story. It’s not just the risk of physical harm, but also the mental stressors of not being able to win back his ex-wife, Lynn (Christine Adams).

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10 Things We Learned on the Set of Krypton

Last month I traveled to Belfast to visit the set of Krypton, SyFy's ambitious new series set 200 years before the planet's destruction. Instead of focusing on the man of steel, the David S. Goyer produced series takes a look at Kal-El's grandfather -- Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). There's an evil from the future on its way that wants to destroy Krypton before Superman is born and Seg must find a way to protect his family's legacy.

While on a guided tour with Krypton's showrunner Cameron Welsh, we gained some insight into how the show is trying to tell its own story apart from Man of Steel and other DC Comics adaptations. The set design and costumes are impressive, which gives Krypton a scope that is truly awe-inspiring. From our short time there, it was clear that SyFy is taking Krypton seriously.

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Happy! Is Crazier Than Most Superhero Movies, According to Christopher Meloni

SyFy’s new series based on comic book legend Grant Morrison’s graphic novel is a wildly entertaining show (Read our review here). Veteran actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) spoke with us about his role in Happy! and how it differs from other comic book adaptations that he’s been a part of, like Man of Steel and Green Lantern: First Flight

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Happy!: “Saint Nick” Review

This is a spoiler-free review of Happy!: "Saint Nick." 

Stories centered around cops are nothing new in the television landscape. Everything from Law & Order to The Wire has brought their own unique perspectives to the genre. So, can one show reinvent the police drama wheel?

Well, SyFy’s new series Happy!, which is based on legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison’s graphic novel from Image Comics, tries to do just that. Happy! is centered around ex-cop turned hitman Nick Sax who is determined to kill himself by consuming large amounts of alcohol and drugs.

Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) is the ideal choice for the role. He’s already played a cop for over a decade, but since his departure from Law & Order back in 2011, the veteran actor has been stretching his wings in the comic book and video game arenas. Meloni was even Hal Jordan in the 2009 DC animated movie, Green Lantern: First Flight.

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Marvel’s The Punisher: “Front Toward Enemy” Review

Full Spoilers Following for Marvel’s The Punisher: “Front Toward Enemy.”

Make sure to keep up with all of our Marvel's The Punisher binge here.

For most of the season, Marvel’s The Punisher has done a good job of balancing all of its characters and plotlines into a cohesive story. However, in “Front Toward Enemy,” the writers started adding stories that were unnecessary.

Still, there were some fantastic moments centered around Lewis, Curtis, and Frank. All of these soldiers have a unique way of looking at how the world should be after wartime. Curtis tries to help people, Frank avenges his family, and Lewis blows up buildings.

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Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 1 Review-In-Progress

Now that Marvel's The Punisher is live on Netflix, please keep up with all of IGN's reviews as we complete them below. We'll be binging along with you to try to find out what happens with Frank Castle's story.

We'll be updating the below list with our reviews as they're finished, so make sure to check back in. And if you happen to get ahead of us in your binge viewing session, head to those other review pages to sound off in the comments with other IGN commenters who are at the point you are.

We'll update this page after we conclude our Season 1 binge with our full IGN review, so stay tuned for that over the weekend.

Marvel's The Punisher: Episode 1 - "3 AM" Review (Spoiler-Free) - COMPLETED

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Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 1 Review-In-Progress

Now that Marvel's The Punisher is live on Netflix, please keep up with all of IGN's reviews as we complete them below. We'll be binging along with you to try to find out what happens with Frank Castle's story.

We'll be updating the below list with our reviews as they're finished, so make sure to check back in. And if you happen to get ahead of us in your binge viewing session, head to those other review pages to sound off in the comments with other IGN commenters who are at the point you are.

We'll update this page after we conclude our Season 1 binge with our full IGN review, so stay tuned for that over the weekend.

Marvel's The Punisher: Episode 1 - "3 AM" Review (Spoiler-Free) - COMPLETED

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Best Marvel Netflix Team-Ups

Marvel's The Defenders may be the cream of the crop when it comes to the ultimate Netflix team-ups, but there are other dynamic partnerships worth paying attention to. The Marvel universe developed by Netflix over the past three years has undergone tremendous growth, featuring five standalone series.

What makes many of these shows great are not the headlining heroes, like Daredevil, but the strong supporting cast of characters around them. Jessica Jones is great, but she's even better when Luke Cage is around. Matt Murdock is pretty cool too, but when you add Elektra into the mix, everything gets better. Here are our favorite team-ups from the Marvel Netflix universe.

Don't forget to check out our spoiler-free review of Marvel's The Punisher: "3 AM" and stay tuned for the rest of our coverage right here on IGN.

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Marvel’s The Punisher: “3 AM” Review

This is a spoiler-free review of Marvel's The Punisher: "3 AM." You can check in on Friday, November 17th for the rest of our reviews of The Punisher's first season.

Marvel’s The Punisher begins its journey in brutal fashion. Frank Castle's (Jon Bernthal) introduction is a bloody reminder of how vicious a character The Punisher can be, but that’s just the opening few minutes. The rest of the premiere focuses on Castle and his quest for a peaceful existence, which was an unexpected surprise.

Bernthal delivers another powerful performance, portraying a man who has been completely broken by the loss of his wife and two children. Bernthal brings the kind of anger and rage you would expect, but there is an elegant subtleness to his delivery that hints at a man who can also be vulnerable. He is constantly having to play Castle as a man teetering on the edged of killing everyone around him.

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Why Legends of Tomorrow’s Halloween Parody Was a Success

Full spoilers for DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode “Phone Home” continue below.

It looks like Stranger Things isn’t the only show embracing all that '80s goodness, as DC's Legends of Tomorrow continues its third season by delivering the perfect Halloween treat. Remember those pesky Dominators from last season’s crossover? Well, they're back, but in a different way than you might expect.

With the team fearing for Ray’s life, they journey back in time to Ivy Town circa 1988 to see what kind of time aberration could have caused this. To their surprise, it was a baby Dominator! The cute little guy, aptly named Gumball, perfectly parodies Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. The writers did an incredible job embracing the film, while also crafting a memorable episode that shines a new light on Ray Palmer’s backstory.

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