A Sashurai’s Review: Dark Matter – Season 3×07 (Ship in a bottle but with more bottle)

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After the outer colony is subjected to poison, the only survivor, Six is taken by Ferrous Corp and placed in a mental illusion where he experiences various flashes of his past and present. Two scientists attempt to extrapolate the location of the outer colony leaders from him, but Six is able to resist and escape his mental trap. After reuniting with the crew of the Raza, he convinces the crew that they’ll need help from Truffault to take down Ferrous Corp. Meanwhile, Three ponders with Sarah what Four was hesitant to tell him when he regained his memories. Sarah assures that it doesn’t matter, but after telling Two that she’s having difficulty adjusting without connecting to real people, she’s presumably seen entering the android during her recharge sessions wandering the ship at night. She finds Three asleep in his room and points a gun at him, but decides to return to her chamber instead.



The story of characters discovering what is reality and what is fiction can provide aspects to mental breakthroughs that otherwise were untapped in prior plots. Tonight’s Dark Matter takes us on a journey with Six as he uncovers the family he left behind. The twists and turns that followed gave us a tangible yet erratic leap through various moments that detail Six’s life and understanding as it pertains to the crew of the Raza. When sci-fi tech is used to really crush human psyche’s, there’s a powerful message to find in how the human spirit combats the threat of the mind being probed. With enough deductive reasoning and concentration, a person can thwart the danger giving Six a major boost in his otherwise stale entry into this season.



I’m glad the previews of this episode swerved the audience into thinking Six was once again becoming a “villainous” entity. We’ve seen it before and it might not have been a fresh take on it. Instead, Six is given the opportunity to solve his own crisis and even give a little back to the Ferrous Corp denizens who don’t seem to mind getting their morality dirty for the boss. The effort in convincing us that Six was killed was definitely a minor surprise considering they’re not afraid to make split decisions like that. Finding the necessary clues and inconsistencies to understand the illusion your facing is a fun and worthwhile concept to explore especially in a sci-fi world and I applaud the work put into it.


Sarah is definitely hiding something and is proving to be more invasive yet hidden in her motive and determination. We don’t truly know if she’s taking over the android, but it’s a safe bet she’s finding ways to break out of her construct. Considering she harbors some ill-will toward Three but is unwilling to express it to him is also an interesting development which means she’s playing a long game with the outcome unknown to us and the crew as well. I like the direction its going and am glad there’s once more something amiss on the ship as there always should be.



The bumbling scientists and Nieman in general are oddly out of the element in this episode. Ferrous Corp is a dominant force to be reckoned with, but somehow I just don’t feel it when I see characters like that struggle to make me fearful that the crew are in serious danger. Six managed to get away on his own which is a testament to his own fortitude but also deflates the strong-hold that Ferrous Corp has as a corporate villain of the series. If the bad guys don’t get some serious wins, the threat of the universe won’t seem so much as stake. And I don’t mean wins across sectors against planets and colonies we never meet. I mean Nieman and his allies start killing off characters we don’t want to die.



When the android walked around the ship at night and pointed a gun at Three. It was eerie and quiet and perfect to set up more intrigue and uneasiness on the ship. Clearly, Sarah or what is passing as her “ghost in the machine” mind is set to create some revenge for something Three did (Do we actually know by now?) and while she could have easily killed him, it wouldn’t have solved her own dilemma with getting out of the construct Five made for her. Is she justified in her actions? That’s what’s makes this interesting since we don’t quite know for sure.



Six by a landslide. He single-handedly fought and escaped his own capture and did so the same way Batman did in the animated episode “Perchance to Dream”, even using a similar technique where discovering that reading in a “dream-like” world is essentially impossible. Six has a strong will and even the proximity and trust of his friends won’t always be enough to break his will and loyalty as a man protecting the bigger picture. He’s the kind of person the crew really needs right now to continue being the moral compass and not jumping to violent conclusions like Three and Two sometimes do. It’s good to have him back on the team showing his composure and mattering.



Watching his family from a distance at the end was certainly a bit of a heart-break for the character, but Anders was there for support and the music tied in nicely making it a very well placed resolution to the episode that finally introduced his family.

No real development on any of Five’s future-tellings which makes me think most of the events she mentioned will be for future seasons. We may get one more two of them happening now most assuredly the “Dwarf Star Conspiracy” since that episode is coming in 4 weeks.

That was a very gorgeous shot of the Raza flying into that lava-style star. I liked the use of color and style. Good choice on how Six decided to delete the program in his mind as well. When all else fails, destroy the ship.



8 out of 10. Dark Matter successfully engages us in detailing the maddening effects of mind scrambling and reality warping as Six uncovers a plot to seek and annihilate the outer colony leaders. The sub-plot was uncharacteristically held as the last portion of the episode where Sarah is desiring to be more connected with people and at the same time presumably inhabiting the android at night. Giving Six a chance to regain his ground and fight the good fight is helping to re-establish his credit on the crew and now that he’s back the Raza can resume its course toward stopping Ferrous Corp. The stars are beginning to align on that front with the season about to jump into its second half. All eyes are now on what the crew will do next. Thanks for reading.



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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×07 (That’s how you do a turkey day dinner)

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When the Mikaelson brothers attempt to pit their bloodlines against each other, darker agendas surface to give birth to a very epileptic prophecy. Aurora seemingly helps Klaus with storing Rebekah, but shows her nature to ally with her brother which causes a rift between them. During a Thanksgiving banquet between the family and sire bloodline, personalities are tested as Freya frantically searches for her missing sister. Meanwhile, Marcel plots with Vincent to help remove Davina from the sights of the Stricts. And Camille attempts to escape her imprisonment from Lucien’s penthouse suite.



This was a much better use of the Thanksgiving holiday. It could still have been a normal feast for the ages, but the time was right and once a season it’s good to dabble at least one of the three main holidays, but hopefully done in a tasteful and creative way. While not quite the war start I was expecting, it’s still early enough to play sides against one another and keep us guessing with who is really allied with who and whether more betrayals are for certain. A lot of good outcomes came from tonight’s episode including Davina’s expulsion from the coven, Camille’s fate undetermined thanks to Aurora, and Elijah’s sensing of the prophecy beginning to focus. While those elements worked wonderfully, a few were staggering. Camille’s scenes up until her escape, were at best laughable, and I still think Rebekah’s absence is a poor way to keep her off screen and Aurora’s subterfuge seemed strange until I realized she really was duping Klaus, which makes sense, but still painted in an obscure way.



Freya attempts to locate Rebekah but is unsuccessful. Elijah goes to Klaus who relives his tension when Aurora reveals she has her in protective care. Elijah and Klaus conspire to bring Tristan and Lucien to Thanksgiving dinner to attempt to break them apart at the seams. Meanwhile, Aurora meets with Tristan and discusses her own plans with the Mikaelsons. Camille is stuck at Lucien’s suite with a vampire watching over her and Jackson strongly objects to Haley attending the dinner, but she goes anyway. Marcel convinces Vincent to help protect Davina from the Stricts and has her excommunicated from the coven leaving her alone. During dinner, Klaus and Elijah use their wit and charm to rile up Tristan and Lucian, but things backfire when Lucien reveals he has Camille who Aurora didn’t know Klaus had feelings for. Each member is then separated with Freya and Haley attempting to beat Aurora into admitting where Rebekah is. She mentions that she has half of the coordinates with Tristan containing the other half that shows what area in the ocean Rebekah’s coffin is resting. When everyone returns, Klaus snaps Tristan’s neck as a threat if Rebekah isn’t returned. Aurora leaves upset and finds Camille just as she escapes the suite. Lucien later gives Klaus the medallion that was to be used to entrap them as a sign of loyalty. Jackson returns to the bayou after realizing Hayley will always side with the Mikaelsons when they call and Elijah reflects on the dinner with portents showing the visions he received are starting to come true.



This kind of group gathering is definitely what was needed to help entrench our cast into their constant web of lies and deceit. Even as Elijah and Klaus played with their food as it were, Tristan and Lucien still found moments to seize the upper hand and it was Aurora who fooled them all as her pinball-style of alignment came to a head. I’m glad she wasn’t completely siding with Klaus, that would have been too easy and having Camille be the tipping point in her tantrum-causing ways is the perfect catalyst. The dynamic works for the moment even though I think Lucien and Tristan and still a bit underwhelming against the might of Elijah and Klaus.


It may be fleeting, but pitching Davina from the coven was the smart move. She’s been trying to prove she’s a capable leader and someone who has grown over the last two seasons, but her impact as the coven leader has been so low that this was the only logical course of action. I don’t expect a lot of fallout except that maybe Vincent’s plan may not work as well as he think it will. I don’t think the Stricts are done with her, unless Davina actually lost her witch powers, and if that’s the case, then she won’t be of much use to anyone.



Can’t state this enough. Keeping Rebekah in a coffin in the bottom of the ocean is a bad idea. I first thought it was a lie perpetuated by Aurora to fool her brother and Lucien, but now I see the decided to rip the plot from the Angel season 3 finale and put it right in the middle of New Orleans. Freya isn’t supposed to be Rebekah’s replacement, they’re supposed to be sisters who fight together. It’ll all come around, though honestly, this seems more and more like she’ll be the one Mikaelson who will be sacrificed by the end of this season. I don’t like it, but that’s what I suspect. Better hope Damon and Stefan and are from Klaus’s line.


Camille’s time spent in the suite with that very rude and crude vampire. “Shut up and get me a beer?” Seriously? That was the worst line in all three seasons of this show, hands down. He didn’t even compel her to do it, not that he could have, but still, awful awful segments there. Now she’s bitten and in the trunk of a car. Is she dead? Will she be turned? Imagine Camille finally turning ala Elena from TVD. This would be a great little mini-twist in the season considering he psychological make up. I’d be down for it.


Jackson and Hayley are already having their first fight? This seems a bit sudden after the hell they went through getting their lives sorted out and with Hope. I think their relationship is fine, no need to rile them up and get Jackson all butt-hurt over Hayley aiding the Mikaelsons. This feels more like a mid-season issue, we’re only 7 episodes in. They’ll make up for sure.



Mostly the banter at the dinner table before everything went to hell. Dinners of that size are meant to bring out the worst in people using very passive aggressive methods and this is where Klaus excels at even when he’s put in his place and he has to settle for pensive face until the next stab and then he just neck snaps his opposition and calls it a night. It might be a while before we have a sit down like this again, but for what they did I enjoyed it.



A bit tough, but I’ll go with Aurora this time around. She seems to enjoy her ridiculousness and relishes in turning her volume to 11 for maximum craziness. The jaded atmosphere is almost palpable and she’s a refreshing personality that we don’t normally see too often on this show. She’s taking the initiative and making sure she has a leg up on everyone and now that she has Camille, there’s no telling how that will play out. She’s very unpredictable and that’s a good sign.



Why go through all the trouble of finding a medallion and using a spell to entrap the originals when you can just drop-kick the lot of them into the ocean? Unless the bottom opens up and they fall into the core and melt, I’m pretty sure they’ll be safe from permanent harm? I’m starting to wonder if this entrapment spell is even real or a decoy to something much worse, like the creation of an uber vamp. Hmmm, where have I seen those before?


If Jackson doesn’t get back with Hayley soon, I’m just going to believe he’ll be the next target of a major character death on this show. There really hasn’t been one yet and the clock is ticking.


Are we more or less dropping the serial killer angle are did Lucien at some point fess up to the murders as a means to collect the medallion through some Machiavellian plot that didn’t need that much planning? And here I wanted to believe he really wasn’t responsible regardless of the fact we saw him slit his own face up in some twisted masochistic segment. Vampires sure are weird when they’re old.


All respect to Aurora and her class, I just can’t picture that hairstyle going over too well in the future. It combs completely up and over the back and resembles a mound on her head. I saw it once before from Mis Kirshner in “Not Another Teen Movie” ironically, Mia would play Elena Gilbert’s biological mother in TVD. But anyway. Change her hairstyle, it’s atrocious. Good dye job though.



8 out of 10. The Mikaelsons thrive on being lavish, regal, and snapping necks when it suits them. Tonight, the brothers attempt to outwit their childe and in the effort found that Aurora was not to be trifled with in the fuels of love and war. Elijah is now beginning to understand the gravity of the vision and Klaus is dead-set worried for Camille which is somewhat hard to empathize considering he bedded Aurora not too terribly long ago and though he’s the king of his castle, he really should stick to one love per season. Great dinner scene and good build up to the next episode. Sadly, we have a short break, but we’ll be back soon to take off the next chapter. Thanks for reading.



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A Sashurai’s Review: Hannibal – Season 3×07 (A zero sum game continues to play)

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It’s like waking from a dream. Florence has the art and surreal scope of beautiful and enriched storytelling, and now the watcher must wake and remember how this show got off the ground to begin with. Tonight’s episode of Hannibal concludes the arc that kept the lead antagonist outside of capture as we know the lore and wraps up all loose ends with Verger preemptively leading into unknown territory. Although we all know that territory is the soon to be unleashed red dragon.

As inevitable as journeys are, Will and Hannibal’s reached a point that suggested Will finally let go of the monster and because of it, Hannibal reasons that he’s not ready to do the same. Getting to that moment was rough because Verger’s tempest was one of the least complex storylines that the season had to offer. Expectations and memories of earlier versions kept bombarding me and I was left with conflicted feelings over whether this version held a better standing or if it was just a strange interpretation. I’m going with the latter because the problem was never with Verger and his agenda, it was with Will and his decision to let go. But I have to give the final act credit, I really thought for a few seconds that Will’s face was being removed. Kudos to those close ups for fooling me.

We’re given a flashback to Hannibal cutting into Will’s head. The corrupt investigator and his team storm in and capture both Hannibal and Will. Two remain behind to kill Jack but Chiyo assassinates them. At Verger’s estate, Mason has Will and Hannibal prepared in suits to dine and converse over the subject of being cooked and eaten. After an incident involving Will biting a piece of the cook’s cheek off, he and Hannibal are separated. Margot speaks with Mason about an heir and he offers a clue to the whereabouts of a surrogate that’s holding their baby. Meanwhile, Alana speaks briefly with Will over Hannibal and her alliance with Mason. Later, Margot and Alana release Hannibal under the condition that Hannibal keep Will safe. Hannibal accepts and kills the cook, then leaves with Will and being watched by Chiyo. Margot and Alana then take to Mason and reveal their plan to create an heir of their own and subsequently kill Mason by drowning. Will is then seen back home and he tells Hannibal that he will no longer pursue him and doesn’t expect to see him again. Hannibal then leaves. That night, Jack and the police arrive and find Hannibal remained to surrender. He is taken into custody and Will realizes that Hannibal wants to remain close to him.

It was the bookend to a very outlandish plot. What centers around this kind of engagement is how Hannibal treats his captors. There isn’t disdain or ridicule, there’s just more conversation and even embellishment on his part. It’s what really sets him apart from other basic villain types. He doesn’t endure nor show fear, there’s just his interpretation of other people trying to claim his evil seat on the hierarchy. You can tell he’s studying and biding his time because nothing is accomplished by showing his hand while those hands are tired. It was easy to let Mason to all the talking and that’s what he did. And a lot of credit for Will by dishing some unexpected violence of his own, one last hurrah in the art of using teeth to rip flesh, which is the very definition of the parental evil that sustains this show.

Alana and Margot’s scenes were the least enticing, mainly because it was very choreographed especially when Hannibal told Alana that Margot would be the one to kill Mason. Verger explaining there was a surrogate on the farm, of course it would be a pig and of course the baby wouldn’t be alive. Maybe I’m still wrapped on why Alana was so smitten with Margot to begin with, but it’s the change in her life that she needed. What I did appreciate was her questions to Hannibal about understanding him and him saying “no.” It wasn’t cheap honesty, it was meaningful because it’s rare to get a one word response from the master of manipulations. And his promise to Margot in regards to keeping Will safe had much more lasting relevance than it could have been known at the time. It was a clever foreshadow into his surrender at Will’s house.

The imagery was very minimal, only coming out during Will’s decline in the flashback viewing Hannibal and the horned-beast. Very little was introduced, which I can’t blame the episode for. Verger’s plot was at a single location with no real value or rich atmosphere that necessitated a lot of hallucinations or extra-dimensional CGI. It was fine, though the back and forth between the pig and the cook’s face being sliced off was exquisitely dramatic and a touch of the bold and eerie.


Will and Hannibal’s last conversation. That was the last time they could speak like that on equal ground. For once, it was Hannibal that almost wished for more and Will was the one who was saying goodbye, and it was truthfully convincing in the telling. Plus the music helped illuminate Will’s perspective in letting go. It really did feel like the two were never going to see each other again which made the surrender that much more compelling to watch because Hannibal absolutely had to be caught by this episodes end.


Hannibal gets the top spot this week. In every act he was the hero this time around, and Chiyo the sidekick. He saved Will, the “damsel” and did the presumably right thing and turned himself in. Of course the layers involved are numerous, but he never wavered and essentially helped subdue the real villain of the episode. I would have liked more banter between him and Mason, but it was never for those two to clash the way Margot and Mason needed to. Is Hannibal truly alone with Will? His surrender shouldn’t suggest he’s giving up. There’s too much going on in Hannibal’s head and I assume Chiyo will be the liaison to that freedom when he needs to once more claim it.


What will the future hold for Alana and Bedelia now that their parts have essentially been played? Bedelia probably won’t be on any more episodes but I would find it odd if Alana just disappears outright.

One aspect I wonder if they’ll keep is the red dragon’s interest in Hannibal and their communication with each other. No doubt Will will force himself to speak to Hannibal to understand this new villain, but how much insight is Hannibal willing to give and whose side will be play toward?

Does this also mean Chilton will finally weave Hannibal back to his asylum as the lore would have it? We can’t forget about the little villains who protrude onto the screen every now and again.


7 out of 10. This was a little above average because it told the story to its completion and gave us a new lease on the future of the main characters. Hannibal’s time was always borrowed, something Bedelia warned him about but Hannibal still made it his own choice to be captured. That’s the genius of his nature because he’ll always be in control no matter what situation he’s in. Most of the beats were on point with the exception of Margot’s subplot which took a wicked turn. Her mental state and choices were the subject of a harsh yet rich living style, and now she’s free to pick up the pieces with Alana at her side. Not sure if that’s a long term investment but for the moment they need each other. Very good halfway point and now we’re back to familiar ground with a new killer on the way. Can’t wait for next week. Thanks for reading!

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A Sashurai’s Review: Vikings – Season 3×07 (The tease before the storm. Axe time, sword time, call to form)

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Each season, in the breadth of rivers, seas, and oceans, the Vikings cruise and sail through to new lands, picking apart culture and land until the winter sends them back out again. Paris is their newest stop, and their ruler Charles is subtly coerced by his daughter into staying in the city and showing the people that their king will not abandon them during uncertain times. Bits of their drama make it to the screen, but it’s Ragnar and Flocki’s determination to impregnate the city that gives us the full scope of tonight’s episode, “Paris.”

At the start, the music was red hot, and the look on Ragnar’s face told the tale of savoring bloody victory with his people, yet the invasion of Paris was put aside for scenes of planning and building. Athelstan was no more than a passive mention as Ragnar speaks of missing his friend to Flocki, who secretly feels the gods will help make his towers to help invade Paris. In his exhaustive excitement, he confesses to Helga that he sacrificed Athelstan. It’s easy to believe that Ragnar understands what happened and who was responsible, but it may be more likely that Athelstan’s murder will be revealed in a manner that could have repercussions for Flocki if Ragnar finds out from Helga or the man himself. Still, Flocki keeps to his roots and embraces the opportunity to lead the raid against Paris.

In Wessex, Ecbern sends Aethelwulf to Mercia to convince Kwenthrith to rekindle and maintain their alliance while the king draws closer to Judith and her son, Alfred. We learn a little more about Aethelwulf and his masochistic tendencies with self-flagellation which plays a short beat when he confronts Kwenthrith in her chamber. Her demeanor suggests that her sexual escapades have increased over the season and reveals a son who she claims came from Ragnar himself. We’re left on the cusp of Kwenthrith’s decision to accept Aethelwulf’s terms or suffer invasion by Ecbert and Wessex. It was an interesting play at seduction, which visually almost succeeded. But now she’s forced to settle on Ecbert’s demands less she suffer his wrath. I’m convinced she’ll fold as Aethelwulf suspects, at least until she can get in contact with Ragnar and use the child to build an alliance. Is he in fact the son of Ragnar? No reason not to believe it. There were plenty of moments that lent to their joining when Ragnar was last in town. Although, the child’s hair could be an interesting clue either way

In a short scene back in Kattegat, Thoruun attempts to give her child to Aslaug, who carefully explains the fundamental aspect of caring for a baby and accepting both who she is and what she must do. Aslaug retains some of her credence with being a smart and caring queen capable of understanding those she rules. It’s a shame how much Thoruun doubts herself at this point, not only is she convinced she can’t please Bjorn, but now she believes she can’t be a good mother to her baby. I can’t help but feel she’s clinging to a warrior’s death inside her heart and will jump at the next chance she can like Torstein did earlier this season.

For the moment, Kalf’s alliance is holding steady, but that will be expected to change sometime after everyone returns home from the Paris takeover. Alas, there’s the assumption. A lot can happen in-between then and the next episode. With Paris a heavily fortified city, I’d be surprised if no notable characters were killed or maimed by its end. After all, the bear still has to be married there, and if its Bjorn, does that make Charles’s daughter the wife? There was a significant moment where Odo from Paris reasserted himself as a prospect for marriage to her only to be sidestepped with keeping to Paris’s safety first. It’s a hefty clue that she’ll play a major part in the coming episodes.

All the build up was used for tonight, allowing us just a sliver of Viking chants and declarations of invasion. They’re thirsty for blood and they have the fire and weapons to storm any castle in front of them. It was a pleasant site as they gazed on to the stronghold they intend to capture. I expect the entire episode to be on that very subject


The beginning and end were fine points of build up, both depicting the same general sense that the raid on Paris will be a serious undertaking. I enjoy those specific moments when the music riles up both the Viking crowd and the audience with promises of intense combat. Even though we must wait another, week, the performance and musical cues were a welcome sight and sound.


I’d like to give it to Flocki once more. He showed considerable delight while fashioning the towers knowing he was doing all his god’s work. He’s convinced he’s as loyal as they come and responds accordingly to the nature of how Vikings act and react. Whether he harbors real anger toward Ragnar for keeping Athelstan’s cross has yet to be deciphered. His experience attempting to play raid leader at the preparation meetings was also humorous enough to show he’s never afraid to showcase his has power, even if he doesn’t understand how to wield it. Lessons learned.


I’m predicting that Aethelwulf won’t be a character to make it past season 3. He shows incoherent struggles and finds it difficult to keep control of his vices and virtues. When he said that Ecbert would even sacrifice his son to ensure peace in the land, or to that degree, it seemed like a good assumption that it could be followed through with.

With the raid vastly approaching, it’s the perfect time for Lagertha to stage her comeback against Kalf. Similar moments have happened in the past and in the chaos, would anyone really blame Lagertha or even know it was her?

As loyal as Helga is to Flocki, I wonder if she’ll end up telling Ragnar or someone else, like Aslaug what happened to Athelstan. It’s possible with enough time passing by that this may become a non-issue, but that also depends with what happens at the end of the invasion and who survives.

I hope Ecbert’s fascination with the Romans pays off. Now that he’s brought Judith into his realm with it, it’s only solidified that his adoration for that culture could lead to some hasty decisions or to a new age at his rule.

When Rollo doesn’t get a lot of character screen time, expect his rampage to be plenty on the field of battle. What he lacks for in development, he’ll make up for in fighting spirit.


Though, the build up was intense, and Kwenthrith’s lively performance were among the best of the episode, I don’t feel this was as capitalized as it could have been. Sometimes the preparation for war or a raid leads to some monotonous moments that don’t really go anywhere. I get the Vikings are a random bunch that can be focused when need be, but it’s not as interesting to watch them sit around as it is to watch them live in the moment and be who they are. The new characters in Paris were mildly interesting at best. Charles’s daughter (I forget what they called her. Gisla?) was the only interesting one of the bunch and I expect she’ll play a grand role later on as practically has the king doing what she wants. Essentially I’m giving it a 6 out of 10. Good effort but the delivery is coming in the next episode and that sacrifices some of that score tonight. I expect some full-scale carnage next week will help turn this around. Until then.

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