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'Smallville' - 'Upgrade' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 17th 2010 2:01AM
'Smallville' - 'Upgrade'
(S09E17) Five episodes left in this ninth season, so General Zod needs to start putting together whatever his endgame plan is going to be. Steps were definitely taken toward that this week, but first we got the return of one of Superman's deadliest foes: Metallo.

It's always nice to see Brian Austin Green, and he's actually quite effective in this role. I was a little disappointed in how quickly they were able to re-establish his character in whatever way they needed him for this week, but I'll forgive it because it was so much fun seeing almost everyone else turned on their ears.

Checkmate and The Wall took a break from intimidating everyone and pushing Tess around, which freed Tess up to make an unexpected alliance. Also missing from the fun was Green Arrow, but there was plenty of action without them.

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'Smallville' - 'Checkmate' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 10th 2010 1:03AM
Smallville(S09E15) I'm usually pretty critical of 'Smallville,' but tonight was a darn good episode. Pam Grier's character of Amanda Waller, taken straight from the comic books, showed the right amount of menace (albeit a bit comic book-y). The interaction between Tess, Oliver, Chloe and Clark kept my interest. There was even a new mystery relating to whomever Jonn is working for.

If there were any downsides to the episodes, they were minor and revolved around Tess. Her character seems all over the place and has had too many different roles in her history. First, she's Luthor's pawn, then she's a bad-ass corporate CEO, then she's in bed with Zod, then she's a Checkmate agent, and now she's a rogue agent with a price on her head. The writers need to decide who she is and be consistent about it. Or maybe the inconsistency is part of her character. But that gets a pass since the rest of the episode worked so well.

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Numb3rs: Checkmate - VIDEO

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 12th 2008 1:20PM

Numb3rs: Checkmate(S04E14) "Good morning! This is Charles Eppes. I'm in pursuit of a burgundy-ish, sort of merlot colored...um, well, what kind of car would you say that is?" - Charlie

I've got to honest, and I never thought I'd say it, but I've really enjoyed the return of Numb3rs. I can't decide if it's just because we haven't had new episodes in so long or it's because these new episodes are actually better, but I'm loving it. I even gave up reviewing Numb3rs last season because it got so stale and I reached a point where I had nothing new to say each week.

Something has changed though. It's not because the plots are unique and different, that's for sure. This entire episode pretty much mirrored last week's ep of CSI. A gang boss up for trial was sending coded messages to take out key witnesses and enemies and in each show, the ADA in charge of the cases became the next target. On CSI, the boss was using his urine to tint pages of library books with messages. Here, we had a guy using chess lessons to send out his wishes. Other than that, same plot.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2008 6:03PM

The Price is Right DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Arrest & Trial - Best Of, Part 2
  • Arthur - Season 10
  • The Catherine Tate Show - Series 2
  • Checkmate - Best Of Season 2
  • Day Break - Complete Series
  • Frisky Dingo - Season 1
  • The Invisible Man - Season 1
  • Kong: The Animated Series - Vol. 4
  • Laredo - Best Of Season 1, Part 2
  • Midsomer Murders - The Early Cases and Box Set Ten
  • The Mike Douglas Show - Moments and Memories
  • Noble House - Noble House
  • Painkiller Jane - Complete Series
  • Party of Five - Season 3
  • The Price Is Right - Best Of
  • The Shield - Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Sliders - Season 4
  • Suburban Shootout - Season
  • Tripping The Rift (Movie)
  • Upright Citizen's Brigade - Asssscat
  • Wings - Season 6

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