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Revenge: “Retribution” (Season 2 Episode 15)

emily-vancamp-revenge-season-2Broadcast date:  Sunday, Mar. 10th, 2013

Three weeks after the explosive episode “Sacrifice”, Revenge returns with what you would hope would be, well, revenge, against those who perpetrated the demise of the Amanda (and one of it’s passengers, so Retribution should have been an appropriate title. Unfortunately it refers to making plans rather than actual action sequences. C’mon writers, you gave us 3 weeks to catch our breath…no need to slow the story down! So Jack pretty much hates on everyone while he’s in the hospital recovering, which is understandable, and eventually focuses his hate on . Later in the episode he’s walking around (!) and recovers the laptop. Fortunately Emily gets it back, then chucks it in the water? Shouldn’t have done that, babe. Nolan gives the Carrion program to Padma to exchange for her father. An during the funeral scene at the end, Emily’s foster brother Eli James shows up. What’s his agenda? Lots of intrigue, but not enough action this week – that’s not director Helen Hunt’s fault, that’s the writing…

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April 10, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “Fae-ge Against the Machine” (Season 3 Episode 8)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, Mar. 10th, 2013

Bo gets tricked into making a deal with another Fae and must complete a series of mini-quests in a lawless Fae area. There were several inconsistencies with this episode…what bothered me the most was Tamsin warning Bo about this “scary place” that ended up being quite tame. There’s a nice touch added when Trick is forced to play a very steampunk-looking game machine, with the results influencing Bo’s actions. But no Kenzi and no Dyson, combined with the overhyped bad Fae area makes this a pretty dull episode.At least it’s closer to resolving the “Dawning” plot line which has been a snoozefest so far.  There’s a little twist at the end where Tamsin grabs Bo and kisses her…methinks the doctor is about to be replaced, which I’m good with. Tamsin is awesome, Lauren not so much. An okay episode, but unfortunately that seems to be happening quite a bit lately…

April 9, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Person of Interest: “Proteus” (Season 2 Episode 17)

Person-of-Interest-person-of-interest-30429662-1280-1024Broadcast date:  Thursday, Mar. 7th, 2013

When Reese looks to protect a number on an island, when a sudden storm hits, Finch arrives to help. Although it wasn’t necessary a bad episode, the killer was easy to pick out early on, removing a lot of the tension. The most interesting development of the episode was the revelation that the machine has been affected by the virus that Kara uploaded. Unfortunately this episode wasn’t up to the show’s usual standards…

April 3, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

NCIS: “Prime Suspect” (Season 10 Episode 17)

ncisBroadcast date:  Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 2013

I wasn’t really feeling this episode. Gibbs tried to help his barber determine whether or not the guy’s son was a serial killer, while Tony took probie Dorneget to the Bahamas to catch a thief. I guess I really didn’t like the interaction between Dorneget and Tony, and I thought the serial killer story felt a little contrived. Meh. Maybe next episode…

March 29, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Face Off: “It’s Better in the Dark” (Season 4 Episode 8)

face-offBroadcast date:  Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 2013

The contestants travel to the coast for inspiration, as they are to create a new, undiscovered humanoid species. There is one caveat: the paint job must look good under both regaular light, and must be bioluminescent under ultraviolet light. Oh, by the way: it’s a double elimination week! The contestants were taken to the ocean for inspiration because the depths of the ocean does house many bioluminescent species, but early on its clear that Meagan is having trouble conceptualizing and has chosen to be different by going with a cave dweller. During the first day she leaves with what turns out to be food poisoning. Unfortunately this lost time affects her work and puts her in the bottom, although she never really conceptualized her creature. She is the first to be eliminated. Anthony bounces back from some rough times with the top look, and Wayne’s is also awesome, although he leaves himself short on time for paint and under UV it’s not as impressive. The second to go is Eric Z., whose creature didn’t look that bad. I thought Eric F.’s creature looked worse under regular lights, but looked cool under UV. Either one could have gone in my opinion, but I pretty much agree with the judges here, and thankfully with Meagan gone so to goes the majority of the awful drama that has plagued the show this year. There are now only 5 contestants remaining…

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Anthony’s winning makeup

Anthony's creature under UV

Anthony’s creature under UV

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Wayne’s creature

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Eric Z.’s creature wasn’t too bad…

...until it got under UV

…until it got under UV

Meagan's awful cave creature...

Meagan’s awful cave creature…

...looked even worse under UV.

…looked even worse under UV.

March 29, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “There’s Bo Place Like Home” (Season 3 Episode 7)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

To be ready to take on the challenge for The Dawning, Bo must be in the right frame of mind, which she’s clearly not. More insight reveals that she needs to return home to confront her foster mother, who treated her badly. This also involves traveling to the town where she was once accused of murder and had to flee (she was later cleared). Upon returning to the town to visit her foster mother, accompanied by Kenzi, they land themselves in the middle of an annual festival and also a class reunion. Exhibiting signs of dementia, Bo’s mother remembers none of the bad memories that occurred years ago. At the same time, old classmates start dying off one by one, and Bo must figure out why.

This wasn’t a bad episode…it was good to see Kenzi back in form, and there were some nice moments between Bo and her mother. The classmates are dying due to someone summoning the ghost of a girl who fell down a well…not the most original storyline, but Bo is able to handle it and return to her tests with a much clearer head, and advance the story to where it needs to go. Where that is, exactly, I’m not sure yet…

March 29, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Supernatural: “Remember the Titans” (Season 8 Episode 16)

spBroadcast date:  Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2013

Supernatural continues to lose momentum thanks to the awful episode from the previous week and this week’s lame episode. It was boring, made no sense (they introduced Greek mythology and then threw it out the window) and I could really have cared less about the characters. I would have actually liked the episode if it had stuck to the traditional mythology, or if the dead guy had actually been a zombie, which is where Dean was leaning. This show could really do a walking dead plot really well, something they’ve never really done – well, not zombie/infectious disease/end of the world as we traditionally know it. I found myself wishing for the original story line to continue, and that’s not a good thing. I’m hoping the next episode gets them back on track…

March 25, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Arrow: Dead to Rights (Season 1 Episode 16)

arrow-tvBroadcast date:  Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2013

I have to give credit where credit is due: the writers for Arrow should take a bow. Somehow they have been able to balance intricate plot details, believable and flawed characters and their development, flashbacks, multiple story lines, and tons of action, while keeping the show from bogging down and clearly separating it from fluff like Beauty and the Beast. In many ways it resembles one of my other favorite shows, Revenge. It’s no wonder that Arrow is the only new show this year that I’m still following. In this episode, once again there’s so many intricate plot details, so much character inner conflict, that the writers show a deft hand.

Of all the interactions between Oliver and other characters after his return from the island, only his relationship with Tommy survived unscathed, as the two slipped back into best buddy mode, even though Tommy is dating Laurel. If anything, Oliver (and Malcolm Merlin) transformed Tommy from a irresponsible playboy to a serious, responsible adult. But now that relationship is battered as well when Oliver is forced to reveal his hooded identity to save Malcolm Merlin. Not only could this form a wedge between Oliver and Tommy and drive Tommy closer to being an adversary – it also speaks to the complexity of the characters. Malcolm Merlin is on The List, an adversary that Oliver has battled, yet Oliver now tries to save Malcolm’s life, unknowingly protecting his enemy from Oliver’s own mother! And when Malcolm learns that the hood saves him, you can see the disbelief on his face. Does this change Malcolm’s view of Arrow? And now that Moira has failed, she’s in more danger than ever from the man Oliver saved. These intricate, interweaving threads are what makes the show outstanding.

There are other moments of the show that are not quite as interesting but are leading up to something. The flashback on the island reveals that Fyers has a rocket launcher, but what’s he going to use it for. And Laurel’s mother shows up insisting that Sarah, Laurel’s sister, is still alive. How the heck can that be true? Overall, another outstanding episode. Writers, pat yourselves on the back…

March 25, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

NCIS: “Detour” (Season 10 Episode 16)

ncisBroadcast date:  Tues, Feb. 26th, 2013

When Ducky and Jimmy go missing while transporting a body back to the lab, the team sets out to find what happened to them. The pair are kidnapped by a trio of villains who want them to perform an autopsy in order to find something the dead man possessed. Realizing they are as good as dead when the autopsy is done Ducky hatches a plan to keep them alive while the team searches for them. The episode was not only enjoyable but informative, as Ducky gives the viewers some science lessons, allowing he and Jimmy to escape. There’s bound to be some fallout in the next few episodes over what Jimmy was forced to do. One of the best episodes of the season…

March 25, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Castle: “Hunt” (Season 5 Episode 16)

castleBroadcast date:  Monday, Feb. 25th, 2013

As good as I thought the previous episode was, Hunt takes the two-episode arc to the next level. When Alexis’s friend is released, we know for sure that Alexis was the target. With the police unable to help due to the fact that Alexis is in France, Castle gets on a plane and looks up some contacts. When he teams up with a mercenary, some leads turn promising until a double-cross ensues. In to the fray steps Castle’s father.

Turns out Alexis was captured to draw out Grandpa Castle (great performance by James Brolin), since Castle’s dad is a spy with an ex-KGB agent after him.Castle and his dad set out to free Alexis, and there’s a clever twist to resolve the situation. The episode is well-written, the action is plentiful, and the kidnapping arc is complete. They’ve also opened the possibility that Castle has a half-brother, if they can convince Josh Brolin to appear! One of the better multi-episode storylines in Castle that I’ve seen in a long time…

March 15, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Person of Interest: “Relevance” (Season 2 Episode 16)

Person-of-Interest-person-of-interest-30429662-1280-1024Broadcast date:  Thursday, Feb. 21st, 2013

Wow. The best Person of Interest of the season, without a doubt.

Why is that, you ask? Under the surface, this is the heart of PoI. The episode was written by Jonathon Nolan, and it is his vision of the show that simply is amazing. Here we get to see the flip side of the story – instead of the “backdoor” portion that Reese and Finch operate from, we see the application of the system Finch built – to stop terrorist threats. Who knows how many teams are out there…but this week we see one team in action – Cole and Shaw. It was such a different start, that I had to wonder if I was actually watching PoI or some other show, as Cole and Shaw take out terrorists from the numbers that the machine feeds to them. But soon Reese appears, and we know it’s one of the agents that’s in trouble.

It seems Cole gets a little too inquisitive about where the numbers come from, and the machine’s handlers decide that Cole and Shaw have learned too much, which leads to Finch and Cole getting their numbers. In essence, it’s the machine protecting one of its own. Shaw turns out to be quite the warrior, and she’s not bad to look at, either. Even Root makes an appearance, still trying to find the machine’s physical location, and her capture of Shaw demonstrates that Root, who hardly seems threatening as a villain, has the intellect and planning capable of overcoming Shaw’s brute force and instinct. You have to question Nolan using 8 men tactical teams to take out Cole and Shaw – why not use a sniper or a single assassin? The show loses a little credibility for this, but it so awesome in so many other ways, that I’m willing to overlook it…

March 12, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Supernatural: “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits” (Season 8 Episode 15)

spBroadcast date:  Thursday, Feb. 20th, 2013

It seems that no subject is taboo for Supernatural’s writers. This episode isn’t even worth reviewing. It literally made me cringe. Why the writers thought it was a good idea to introduce beastiality, in the guise of a “familiar” of a witch, I have no idea. The premise of the story wasn’t that bad: one witch coveting another’s familiar. It was the sexual relationship between the familiar and the witch that was uncalled for. I’m going to go scrub this episode out of my head with a liberal dose of Person of Interest and Castle…

March 11, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Arrow: “Dodger” (Season 1 Episode 15)

arrow-tvBroadcast date:  Feb. 20th, 2013

Another solid episode of Arrow, with a new villain (Dodger), Felicity joining the team and letting her hair down (wow!) and the introduction of Roy Harper, who was green Arrow’s sidekick in the comics. Wonder if he’ll be added as a regular at some point? Felicity and Diggle convince Oliver that he should help other people, not just those on the list, so they target the Dodger, a thief that uses hostages to commit his robberies by strapping bombs to them. When Felicity enters the picture and helps set a trap, she becomes his latest recipient. Meanwhile Thea falls for Roy Harper after he steals her purse, and Moira enlists the help of China White and the Triad to take out Malcolm Merlyn. There’s also a disastrous set of dates between Diggle and Carly, not to mention Oliver and McKenna, and there’s still time to squeeze in an island flashback where Oliver must go back to the cave for medicine and finds a “captive”. Not knowing if the man is lying or telling the truth, you can see how he was starting to be shaped into Arrow by this experience. It’s a busy episode that doesn’t disappoint…

March 11, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

NCIS: “Hereafter” (Season 10 Episode 15)

ncisBroadcast date:  Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 2013

I wasn’t a big fan of this episode. I’ve never been enamored with Vance’s character, and he’s sent on a wild goose chase trying to figure out why his wife was hiding money. Meanwhile, marines are dying with similar wounds – stab wounds to their arms and sides. The thought that Vance could return as an investigator seems like a stretch. Also, when the marines are stabbed by someone who wants to make sure they are strong enough to survive combat…really? Let’s see, if this person dies when I stab them, better that then dying in combat? I felt this episode had some serious plot holes and inconsistencies…

March 6, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | 1 Comment

Castle: “Target” (Season 5 Episode 15)

castleBroadcast date:  Monday, Feb. 18th, 2013

Kidnapping seems to be a popular theme, almost to the point of overuse. From Taken and Taken 2 to last year’s Missing, and this year: The Following, NCIS, Arrow, Zero Hour – all have featured episodes, or geared the whole show around, a kidnapping. Castle joins the fray in an episode where Alexis is abducted, along with an Arabic girl. At first it looks like a case of money, or political enemies of the Arabic family. Following leads takes Beckett and Castle to where a member of the kidnappers is hiding. In a Liam Neeson moment, Castle is left alone to question the man. Although nothing is shown, we hear the man’s screams while watching Beckett’s face. It’s a telling moment: how far would you go, what would you do, to find the person you love?

Meanwhile we see scenes of the kidnapped girls…wherever they are being held, they are being taken care of. Alexis manages to keep her cool and use her head, using a bobby pin to pick the lock (just like her dad taught her!) and then making an escape attempt. She finds a phone and Skypes her dad. When the kidnappers close in, she flees and emerges on a roof, as the same time the FBI traces her location – Paris?!! Thus ends the cliffhanger for this week.

I would like to point out that Nathon Fillion’s acting is superb in this episode. Horrified, anguished, tormented, fearful, resolute – Fillion pulls off all these and more reminding us that when you look past the flippant one-liners, wild conspiracy theories, and bumbling oafishness, he brings whatever is necessary to sell the character in the moment. Although the serious episodes of Castle can be a little overly dramatic, there’s no disguising how exciting and entertaining they are. This is the best episode of the season.

February 28, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Face Off: “Bugging Out” (Season 4 Episode 6)

face-offBroadcast date:  Tuesday, Feb 19th, 2013

There was actually a Foundation Challenge this week, in which contestants were tasked with taking a fairy tale heroine and making her a bad girl. Eric F scored a big win with his Little Red Riding Hood – not only did he earn immunity, he also got a massive makeup kit. Wayne came up just short with his Little Miss Muffet’s spider look.

Eric F. and his Red Riding Hood

Eric F. and his Red Riding Hood

The Spotlight Challenge showed that talent is still lacking on the show this year. Most of these contestants are failing in the conceptualization aspect, as a bad design can’t be overcome no matter how much make up you put on. Even Anthony struggled this week and ended up in the bottom. Wayne should have won with his Firefly, but left his key element at the workshop and couldn’t finish the design. In my opinion it was still the top look. That honor instead went to Kris, for his Butterfly.

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Kris’s Butterfly

Wayne's Firefly

Wayne’s Firefly

Alam’s Grasshopper was hideous – she should have stuck to anime. Joining Alam and Anthony in the bottom was Meagan’s Moth, which I didn’t think was that bad. So between Alam and Anthony, Alam had to go…cutting a multiple challenge winner like Anthony this early would have been ratings suicide. Hey, the guy had a bad week, everybody does at some point. Here were the worst looks:

Alam's atrocious Grasshopper

Alam’s atrocious Grasshopper

Anthony's lousy Army Ant

Anthony’s lousy Army Ant

February 28, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Revenge: “Sacrifice” (Season 2 Episode 14)

emily-vancamp-revenge-season-2Broadcast date:  Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013

If last week’s episode was jam-packed full of action, this week offered some clarity in the death of two characters and one story line. While Daniel struggles with the twisted legacy of his family, Jack and Amanda are halfway to Nantucket before Nate Ryan makes his presence felt. Meanwhile, Emily, Nolan, and Aiden hatch a plan to flip Padma. The Graysons host their annual labor day party and are confronted by Helen Crowley’s replacement (I told you so!), played by Burn Gorman of Torchwood. The Graysons point the finger at Amanda, since Victoria planted evidence under her bed. As Ashley tips off Emily that Amanda has made a play against the Graysons, Emily realizes the danger Jack and Amanda are in, and she and Nolan hop a speedboat to Nantucket. Aiden and Padma demand proof Padma’s father is alive, and receive his finger for their trouble. Silly people, haven’t you learned not to make demands upon the Initiative? The show ends with an explosive (literally) sequence that leaves the Amanda on the bottom of the ocean, two people dead, and one shot in the gut. We finally get some tears and heavy emotion from Emily, who’s had to hide her true feelings constantly. A pretty enjoyable episode…

February 27, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “The Kenzi Scale” (Season 3 Episode 6)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013

I wasn’t happy with the last episode, but fortunately this one wrapped up the fake Kenzi mini-story line. We actually get to see Tamsin’s ability for the first time, and it was awesome! It left Dyson a wreck. I thought the episode was interesting for the fact that all of Bo’s friends believed fake Kenzi instead of Bo and locked Bo away. It took Tamsin, Bo’s adversary, to recognize something was wrong. Tamsin turned the corner in this show, helping Bo and facing down the Morrigan. Rachel Skarsten is a great actress…she’s had to walk around with a perpetual smirk or angry glare for most episodes, and there was the “slumber party” a couple of weeks ago where she had to act like a teenager with Bo. In this episode, when Tamsin makes a comment about how her friends wouldn’t have rescued her, Bo tells her that maybe she needs new friends, and Tamsin gets teary-eyed watching Kenzi and Bo’s reunion. Plus a new story arc is introduced – Bo must undergo some kind of Fae personal trial. It sounds like “the Quickening” from Highlander. Still to be addressed is the fallout from everyone distrusting Bo. Now that we have Kenzi back, I’m intrigued once again…

February 27, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Person of Interest: “Booked Solid” (Season 2 Episode 15)

Person-of-Interest-person-of-interest-30429662-1280-1024Broadcast date: Thursday, Feb 14th, 2013

This was a jam-packed episode featuring a woman who was the sole witness to some war crimes hiding out under cover in a New York hotel. When she agrees to speak with a reporter, the war criminal’s election hopes are threatened and he must silence the woman by sending a Serbian hit squad. Reese and Finch must protect the woman from the hit squad and take jobs in the hotel. Complicating matters is the fact that Zoe is working in the hotel (Paige Turco continues to look Shania Twain-ish gorgeous), the manager is running a side prostitution business, and the assassin targeting the “Man in the Suit” is back to finish the job.

There’s tension and action throughout the episode that culminates in a kitchen knife fight between Reese and the assassin. But this episode is really about all the little moments: Reese being propositioned by a guest, punching the manager in the face, Fusco taking out a couple of hitman, Carter getting a polygraph from the FBI, Reese propositioning Zoe with the honeymoon suite, and Finch buying the hotel. It’s all these great little moments that make the episode one of the best of the season. I also recognized Mira the housekeeper as Mia Maestro, who played Jennifer Garner’s sister in Alias (which was one of my favorite shows).

There are some inconsistencies in the story, mainly involving the assassin. It’s not really clear why he just doesn’t kill Reese, instead taking him into the kitchen, then letting him pull himself up and begin to fight. If I had to guess, I’d say that the assassin wanted to test his skills against Reese rather than outright killing him, but that’s not really made clear. It’s dumb moves for the sake of action, and in shows like Zero Hour it’ kills the episode (and the series). The difference here is Person of Interest has so much more to offer that I can let that inconsistency slide. The show tries very hard to eliminate such inconsistencies and answer questions, it’s smartly-written, and not sloppy. There’s also a twist at the end where we see that the Office of Special Counsel to the White House is behind the assassin, and the re-appearance of Root, that just makes the episode that much better.

February 24, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Supernatural: “Trial and Error” (Season 8 Episode 14)

spBroadcast date:  Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013

Supernatural returns to the Demons and Angels story line, which is disappointing, but it’s also handled surprisingly well. After spending some time in the bunker setting up their rooms (“I have memory foam!”) and cooking up burgers (must taste good after years of fast food), the boys get a call from Kevin, who has cracked the tablet and figured out how to close the gates of Hell. When they visit Kevin, he has just recovered from a mini-stroke, either from lack of sleep and caffeine, or all those hot dogs he’s eating (gross!). He states that one person must undergo 3 epic trials to close the gates, the first of which is killing a hell hound and bathing in its blood. There’s an interesting aspect here that the writers have chosen to explore: Sam is concerned about how hard Kevin has pushed himself and shows compassion; Dean, not so much. It highlights the difference between the two, which is expounded upon later in the episode.

The easiest way to find a hell hound, they reason, is to look for someone who made a crossroads deal 10 years ago to the day. They find a family that struck it rich by finding oil where none was known to exist. After meeting up with Ellie, the groundskeeper, the brothers talk their way into hiring on as farmhands. Confusion soon ensues, as multiple people are taken by the hound. It seems that Crowley stopped by that night and made multiple deals. Not knowing who to protect, they quarantine everyone. This is where the worst of Supernatural comes into play – Dean’s whiny, angst-ridden bitchiness. We get to hear a speech about how Dean should be the one to undergo the trials, because the one who does probably won’t survive. Dean explains that Sam should be the one who lives, and he’s arrived at the conclusion for two reasons: He saw how easy it was for Sam to slip into a domestic life, and the whole men of letters thing – not only is Sam better at the research stuff, he also needs to carry on the bloodline. But we just know Sam’s going to screw up Dean’s plan, don’t we?

One other thing I’d like to mention is that dating all the way back to season 1, Supernatural has had the best special effects and CGI on tv. It isn’t even close. Watch a show like Once Upon a Time or Warehouse 13 to see how bad CGI can look. Supernatural has always been top notch. This episode is no exception, from the appearance of the hounds to Dean’s features going all ghostface thanks to the effects of the hounds.

When the battle with the hound takes place, turns out Sam is the one who will have to undergo the trials, much to Dean’s dismay and no one’s great surprise. Now that Supernatural has been renewed for another season, who knows what will happen since this season has already been written and filmed. But even if someone dies, that’s okay, because Supernatural always has a Deus Ex Machina up its sleeve to bring the boys back…

February 24, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment