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ProWrap: The Game is Afoot

ProWrap consists of quick reviews of the television shows we don’t cover with full reviews or podcast episodes during the week.

Secrets & Lies – S2E2 – “The Husband” | Sundays at 9pm | ABC

After putting Eric on blast, Cornell finally questions him about Kate’s death and their marriage. He maintains his innocence, and even explains his part in the death of a high school bully. The Warners are a connected family so the questioning is cut short, but Cornell isn’t backing down.

More flashbacks reveal Kate was on Neil for squandering company cash on strip clubs, and after a mysterious man beats Neil down, Eric begins to wonder if his best friend had anything to do with Kate’s death.

After learning about Kate’s baby, Eric tears their apartment apart for answers and with the help of Amanda discovers Kate was investigating a blackmailer who threatened to reveal Eric’s juvenile record. He insists on taking the new evidence to Cornell, but when he sees her with his crazy ex-girlfriend, he makes some life decisions.

At this point, the real killer has to be Amanda because she’s the only one spared the shady past. Grade: C ~ ProFan Nina

(ABC/Richard Cartwright)

(ABC/Richard Cartwright)

Elementary – s5e1 – “Folie a Deux” | Sundays at 10pm | CBS

The fifth season premiere provided no insight on the sprawling story arc that is Morland Holmes’ criminal empire but went back to Elementary’s roots and opened with a intricate case involving a domestic terrorist and shadowy real estate practices. Jonny Lee Miller didn’t lose a step with his rendition of the abrasively perceptive, impeccably acerbic Sherlock. Holmes wasted no time in pointing his focus on his partner Joan (Lucy Liu), correctly deducing she lost some of the fire that compelled her to become a freelance consultant. Meanwhile, the NYPD asked the duo to assist in the capture of the Bensonhurst Bomber; the case itself wasn’t bewildering nor outlandish like those in seasons past but was a backdrop for the introduction of the latest character from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon, Shinwell Johnson, played by True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis.

Naturally, Johnson has a troubled past that will eventually bring more strife to Sherlock and Joan’s lives but will hopefully provide a greater dynamic in Elementary. While Joan has acquired more qualities similar to Holmes in regards to their professional and personal habits, Shinwell could be the shake-up the pair needs in their increasingly predictable lives. It would be a great exercise for their wits considering the ominous air surrounding them with Morland as THE King of Crime. Still, the situation could become even more dire once M finds the perfect moment to eviscerate everyone completely. Truly, this season the game is afoot. Grade: B ~ ProFan Rex

Image: CBS

Image: CBS

Lethal Weapon – S1E3 – “Best Buds” | Wednesdays at 8pm | FOX

$17 million is stolen from a marijuana dispensary and Riggs and Murtaugh’s investigation leads them to Murtaugh’s old training officer. The case-of-the week was pretty straight forward and “Best Buds” was lighter on the laughs than the prior episodes, especially since there were some pretty emotional moments as Riggs is still haunted by his wife’s death and finally admits he can’t let go of the grief because it’s all he has. This show is better than it has any right to be, but it definitely needs to keep the humor if it’s going to continue to be a must-watch. Grade: C ~ ProFan Nina

CR: Darren Michaels/FOX

CR: Darren Michaels/FOX

Designated Survivor – S1E3 – “The Confession” | Wednesdays at 10pm | ABC

Kirkman gets a lesson in honesty this week; when to use it and when the absence of it can be beneficial. After a terrorist group makes a video taking credit for the attack on the Capital, Kirkman wants confirmation before officially naming them responsible. When he’s blindsided with questions about his termination, he answers honestly. Aaron then leaks the video to stop everyone from questioning Kirkman’s ability to lead. Since Emily convinced him to tell the truth, Kirkman realizes he needs someone like Aaron if he’s going to navigate the dirtier sides of politics and names him his Chief of Staff.

Though we learn that Wells was having an affair with a senator killed in the blast, her storyline remains the least compelling. However, things there may improve after she learns the lone survivor may not have been in the building at all. Grade: B ~ ProFan Nina

(ABC/Sven Frenzel)

(ABC/Sven Frenzel)

Star Wars Rebels – S3E3 – “The Antilles Extraction” | Saturdays at 8:30pm | Disney XD

Phoenix Squadron finally put their long game in motion with resident hotshot Sabine Wren (voiced by Tiya Sircar) going undercover at Skystrike Academy to extricate a handful of pilots for the Rebel Alliance. Written by Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), “The Antilles Extraction” nimbly provides an equal amount of sprightly action sequences and tasty hints on how the Ghost crew is inextricably linked to the foundation of the Alliance. “Extraction” (re)introduced Wedge Antilles, a young pilot who would become one of the Rebel’s most decorated aces. Along with another pilot familiar to diehard Star Wars fans, Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) made an appearance, grudgingly sympathizing with Wren and her fellow defectors due to his previous engagement with the enemy. This week’s episode set the stage for the first multi-part storyline of the season, ensuring Ezra, Kanan and most especially Sabine will suffer mightily at the hands of the Empire’s greatest military tactician, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Grade: A ~ ProFan Rex

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(LUCASFILM)

You can read full reviews of the shows we covered last week below: 

The Blacklist, Quarry, The Exorcist, Luke Cage S1E1-S1E3, Van Helsing, Quantico, The Strain, Z Nation, Lucifer, The Flash, Gotham, Luke Cage S1E4-S1E6, Atlanta, Queen Sugar, Westworld, Pitch, Luke Cage S1E7-S1E9

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