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Supergirl: “Myriad” Review

Early on in the penultimate episode of Supergirl: Season 1, Maxwell Lord declared, "We're way past villains of the week and kittens stuck in trees," which was true... to an extent. Indeed, this week's "Myriad" raised the stakes considerably, as the entire population of National City was put under mind control by Non. And while this episode resonated thematically and brought up some interesting points about what the "greater good" means for the world, it didn't quite connect all the dots and came off a bit, well... like a "villain of the week" episode, to quote Mr. Lord.

Even so, "Myriad" got off to a rousing start, with Kara stopping Lucy from releasing all the prisoners at the DEO. I was especially entertained by WWE wrestler Eve Torres making her debut as Maxima, which was a little random but ultimately a fun way to kick things off. In addition to her fight with Supergirl, I quite enjoyed Maxima's line, "I once sought to make your cousin my mate!" followed by Kara's, "Ugh, gross." I also thought Supergirl using her own ship to incapacitate Lucy was a clever move here. (Though, I couldn't help but wonder if that same technology could have been amplified and used on the rest of the city? Ah, well.)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “The Evil of Dregg” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

This week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't have much to do with the black hole generator (that's next week's episode), but "The Evil of Dregg" culminated in a "toally metal" showdown between the Turtles and their alien nemesis Lord Dregg. What's more, this installment featured Commander Sal and Mona Lisa, which meant another Raphael-centric storyline -- and a very strong one at that.

We also finally got to see Lord Dregg's home world, Sectoid 1, along with his hidden, Giger-like castle. These things alone were pretty cool, as they embraced more of the show's 2D, hand-drawn elements -- including a gross-up close-up of Donatello, who was sent back to the ship, along with Fugitoid and April, to invent a clever way of stopping Dregg's buggy minions.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Revenge of the Triceratons” Review

After last week's big crossover episode, "Revenge of the Triceratons" got back to the heart of the matter (or "Heart of Darkness of the matter," if you like), as Captain (ha!) Mozar and his crew launched another attack on the Turtles. Admittedly, this episode didn't do much in the way of advancing the plot -- really, it was just another flip between one side possessing the black hole generator pieces -- but it still offered some humorous and action-packed moments.

For instance, I liked how this whole episode was basically one long chase sequence, with the Triceratons throwing everything they had at Fugitoid's superior defenses. I also dug the homage to Gremlins, which pitted April, Casey and Michelangelo against a bevy of tiny alien monsters. Some of the action here was pretty brutal too, like Casey splicing one of the Gremlins with a pizza inside the food generator. (Totally sick!) And comedy-wise, we got some more of Chris Bradford's 2 Ruff Krew, which was fun.

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Wynonna Earp: Series Premiere Review

Note: Wynonna Earp premieres Friday, April 1 at 10/9c on Syfy.

Syfy's Wynonna Earp is the type of show where you'll know right away if it's for you. The new series stars Melanie Scrofano as a modern-day descendant of famed lawman Wyatt Earp. In the premiere, we learn the Earp family has a curse on it: when each new heir turns 27 (*shrugs*), they give rise to all manner of demons and monsters in the typical western town of Purgatory, and the only way to kill them is by using Wyatt's "Peacemaker," a long-barreled Colt .45.

If all that sounds comic booky to you, that's because it is. The show is based on an IDW series that followed the demon-hunting adventures of a deadly, buxom blonde with a penchant for latex pants and corset tops. On the show, however, Wynonna is more of a brooding, Jessica Jones-type who doesn't know the first thing about gunslinging -- and that's something the premiere plays with to good effect. While the character is inexplicably kick-ass at fisticuffs, she can't shoot a gun for crap, and that's something she'll have to learn as she goes.

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Supergirl Producers Talk Flash Crossover and Myriad

CBS and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg invited IGN and a small group of reporters to an early screening of the highly anticipated Supergirl/Flash crossover. Now, we can share all the juicy details from the Q&A that followed and tease what's coming next for both DC superheroes...

Full spoilers for "Worlds Finest" continue below.

The new dynamic duo. The new dynamic duo.

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Supergirl: “Worlds Finest” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Batman and Superman may have been the talk of the town over the weekend, but Monday night was all about Supergirl's highly anticipated crossover with the Flash (featuring special guest star Grant Gustin). Also making her debut this week was Silver Banshee (formerly Siobhan Smythe), who teamed up with Livewire for this episode. But not before we learned about the Smythe family curse, which conveniently explained Siobhan's sonic screaming powers and her haunting hatred for Kara. Not the most organic of origin stories, but it did the job.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Trans-Dimensional Turtles” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Surprisingly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' highly anticipated '87 Turtles crossover had almost nothing to do with its current black hole generator storyline. In fact, it probably could have aired almost any time in the season (or the one before that, for that matter). And yet, on its own, "Trans-Dimensional Turtles"was absolutely great, offering loyal viewers a nostalgic break from the Triceraton storyline, while also serving as a solid standalone episode that old-time fans who don't even watch the new TMNT can enjoy.

First off, I loved how this episode cut right to the chase and transported Nick's Turtles to the 1987 Turtles' world, even before the title sequence started. That alone foreshadowed a very different adventure for the space-faring green team -- and, man, did their 2D designs rock. (Can we please get a whole series of just that down the line?) And just like last time, the old-school Turtles were voiced by original cast members Cam Clarke ("Leonardo"), Townsend Coleman ("Michelangelo"), Barry Gordon ("Donatello") and of course Rob Paulsen ("Raphael" and present-day "Donnie").

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Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tokka is Coming!

Turtle Power, indeed! Today at Wondercon, Nickelodeon's TMNT paid a visit to the LA Convention Center to preview what's in store for the rest of Season 4. Joining the panel were executive producer Bradon Auman, as well as voice cast members Rob Paulsen ("Donatello"), Greg Cipes ("Michelangelo"), Kevin Michael Richardson ("Shredder"), Christian Lanz ("Fishface") and special guest Zelda Williams ("Mona Lisa") making her WonderCon debut.

Obviously Mona Lisa has been one of the more notable additions this season. "You kind of walk in as the new kid in school," the actress said of joining the show, "but it's been very fun." Having voiced both Mona and Kuvira on The Legend of Korra, Williams is garnering a track record of playing badass females on Nickelodeon. "I have a feeling that's all I'm going to get to play: dictators and six-foot-tall lizards," she joked.

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Supergirl: “Manhunter” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

After last week's big, game-changing episode, it made sense that "Manhunter" would be a bit more low-key in its execution. But what this episode lacked in major set pieces it more than made for in character development, as Kara, J'onn and Alex dealt with the aftermath of Supergirl's Red K rampage. It also cleverly snuck in origins for all three main characters, by way of Colonel James Harper (Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock) and Major Lucy Lane.

While the interrogation scenes were fairly weak, the flashbacks were great. Given this episode's title, it came as no surprise that J'onn's flashback was the strongest, particularly his meeting with Jeremiah Danvers. Of course, we knew Dean "Superman" Cain would be coming back at some point, but I was glad to see him put to great use in this. For one, I loved how he immediately connected with J'onn in that his daughter was also a "refugee," and, similarly, how J'onn related to Jeremiah being a family man, having raised two daughters himself.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “The Cosmic Ocean” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

After yet another long hiatus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned with a major storyline, as the Turtles went after the second fragment of the black hole generator. At the same time, this episode featured a great emotional through line for Leonardo, who was beginning to doubt they could really save Earth. That's not to mention the sheer amount of voice talent in this episode, including David Tennant, Ron Perlman, Peter Stormare and introducing Lucy Lawless (Xena!) as Hiidrala, Supreme Ruler of the Daagon.

I think the thing that immediately struck me about "The Cosmic Ocean" was the vast aquatic setting, met by a very Lothlorien-esque score. (Really, all the music here was on point.) Admittedly, I got a bit unnerved by the Otoh Gunga-style city, but the Daagon themselves were very unique, and Lawless did a great job of giving Hiidrala a noble, high-minded air. While the Daagon species lacked the same mysterious quality of the Aeons, their unique "rite of passage" for the Turtles gave them an edge.

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