Nora's time-traveling secrets have been many on The Flash, but none has been as foreboding as the fact that her partner in this mission to the past has been none other than the Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh). Now, that secret has finally come crashing down.
Each week, Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) has inched closer and closer to discovering what exactly Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedey) has been keeping from her parents by analyzing her Speed Force journal (and the two handwriting samples inside it), digging into her half-truths, and deciphering her coded messages to the future. After digging into Eobard Thawne and his time as Harrison Wells back in Season 1, Sherloque managed to discover some video files from Thawne's investigation into the "malleable" timeline, slotting the final piece of the puzzle into place for him.
Meanwhile, the meta storyline of the week forced Nora to deal with the harsh truth that keeping massive secrets from the people you love, even if it's only to protect them, can have volatile results. This forced her to wonder whether or not she should be honest with her parents. Just as she was about to give in to her better angels and fess up though, Sherloque beat her to the punch.
In a monologue worthy of the actual Sherlock, Sherloque detailed how he'd investigated all of her methodically planned trips to the past, picking out the one instance that felt off from all the others: the moment she chose to help Barry (Grant Gustin) destroy the satellite in the Season 4 finale, irreversibly altering the timeline. That decision, he theorized, was not part of her own plan, but rather an order from the timeline-manipulating Eobard Thawne, who was her teacher, her partner, her secret.
Poor Nora tried to explain herself, but the betrayal in Barry's eyes said it all. Before she could give any excuses, Barry sped her into a pipeline cell, imprisoning her like the villain she may very well be in his eyes now.
But was his reaction actually too harsh? Despite the fact Nora obviously has good intentions and feels some pretty genuine anguish over betraying her family's trust, it doesn't change the fact that she's been lying about her mission from the get go. That's months of team building and crime fighting and family bonding where she was actively holding back a huge secret from them. And not just any secret, as we all well know. After she discovered the truth about Thawne's past with her father and his murder of Barry's mother, she had all the information she needed to know how devastated Barry would be to know she was working with Thawne. Choosing not to tell him the truth from that point on was inviting heartbreak, even if it's crushing to watch them both go through it.
It looks like next week's episode will finally fill in all the blanks where Thawne and Nora are concerned, flashing back to the beginning of their partnership and hopefully what their eventual endgame is. Here's hoping she can finally come clean with enough details -- and some damn good excuses -- to satisfy Barry, Iris (Candice Patton), and the rest of the team. Otherwise, she may be in a permanent time-out in the past.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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Someone is poised to die at the end of Empire's fifth season, and the question weighing on everyone's mind has been who?
An ominous flash-forward in the season premiere saw Lucious (Terrence Howard) mourning the loss of a mystery person in a closed casket, setting the stage for an overarching mystery that has left us baffled so far. There have been few clues to go off of... until now.
Ahead of Wednesday's new episode, which finds the Lyon family back in control of Empire Records, Empire boss Brett Mahoney is offering up our biggest clue yet, revealing who definitely won't be in that coffin come season's end.
"It is not Cookie in the casket. It's also not Becky or Thirsty," Mahoney confirmed to TV Guide.
We weren't too concerned about Cookie -- she is the heart and soul of the show, after all -- but confirmation that the Lyon family matriarch is safe for now still comes as a huge relief. However, that doesn't eliminate Hakeem (Bryshere "Yazz" Gray), Andre (Trai Byers), or Jamal (Jussie Smollett) from the equation, meaning we might end up losing a different Lyon at the end of the season. Our vote is actually on Kinglsey (A.Z. Kelsey), the newest member of the family and Lucious' sworn enemy. Given what we've seen in the past, few are able to stand up against Lucious and live to tell the tale.
Although this latest clue definitely brings us one step closer to figuring out who will wind up six feet under this season, Mahoney said viewers won't find out exactly who it is until the finale, which is set to air later this spring. With the show doing away with its cryptic flash-forwards, the remaining episodes of the season will focus on catching up to that grim event, as mounting issues continue to test the Lyon family.
Wednesday's episode, titled "In Loving Virtue," will see things come to a head for Cookie and Lucious as they seize control of Empire Records and usher in a new era for the company. As teased in the video above, Lucious sets out to do away with the digital analytics that Kingsley favors for something different. According to Mahoney, this change of approach in how to run the family business will turn out to be a lot tougher than he could have anticipated.
"What he's gonna find is that Kingsley kind of damaged Empire, and because of the data mining scandal, they have to win their fans back and win their trust back," Mahoney said.
Cookie and Lucious' different approaches to how the family should rehabilitate Empire's shattered image will create a huge conflict for the already strained couple, who are still reeling over the dizzying reveal that Kingsley is Lucious' biological son. Those issues will be exacerbated by the return of Cookie's ex-lover, Damon Cross (Wood Harris).
"He's gonna be a thorn in the marriage of Lucious and Cookie," Mahoney teased.
This week's episode will also feature the return of Lucious' murderous, bipolar mother, Leah (Leslie Uggams), who we haven't seen since the end of Season 3. Her reemergence will force Lucious to look within and think about his actions on a critical level. It's all part of Empire's bid to return to its Seasons 1 roots, focusing on the complex dynamics of the Lyons and all the drama that comes with being part of this famous musical family.
The remaining episodes of Season 5 will also see the series try something completely new: take its talented cast of musicians on tour. Hakeem, Winter, and Jamal are set to hit the road in the coming episodes, which could explain Jamal's absence in the season's final two installments. Jamal was written out of the penultimate and finale episodes amid Jussie Smollett's recent legal issues, which has left many wondering about his future with the show. But whether or not this exit is permanent remains to be seen.
In the meantime, watch the drama unfold when a new episode of Empire airs Wednesday, March 20 at 8/7c on Fox.
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Netflix's Love, Death + Robots, a collection of sci-fi-inspired animated shorts, throws a ton of episodes at you. Eighteen, to be exact. And even though none of the episodes run longer than 17 minutes, you still don't have the time to go through them all because you have more important things to do.
Luckily, I love this kind of sh-- even if I don't actually like it, if that makes sense. Having grown up on MTV's Liquid TV and Spike & Mike's Animation Festivals, blocks of cartoons featuring a variety of styles, tones, and stories will always be my jam.
But be warned: Love, Death + Robots covers everything from the funny to the violent to the *gulp* sexy in the world of science-fiction, and is decidedly NSFW. Seriously, there's more nudity and violence in this than a season of Spartacus. If that pricks your ears up, then you'll probably enjoy most of it.
The best way to watch it to press play and let the show run through the episodes, but if you only want to dabble and skip the bad parts, use the guide below to watch the best.
1. "Alternate Histories"
The funniest of all the shorts posits how history would change if young Adolf Hitler, art student, died in six various and ridiculous ways. It's presented as part of a futuristic alternate history research app, making it the most unique of all the episodes. Plus, guess what? Watching a cartoon Hitler die over and over is very comforting, and you'll need that comfort since the underlying message of the episode is that humans are wretched and will kill each other no matter what happens. Ha ha.
2. "When the Yogurt Took Over"
There are a lot of similarities in tone with "Alternate Histories" here, but it's such a perfect tone for the show it's a shame all the episodes aren't like these. The silliest of Love, Death + Robots recounts how a tub of yogurt became sentient after an experiment went sideways, leading humanity to blissful euphoria and the yogurt eventually becoming president. Well, not without a bunch of growing pains. The weirdness goes up to 11 on this one, and coupled with the goofy style of computer animation, the episode's bleak message is an easy pill to swallow.
3. "Good Hunting"
Some of the episodes feel like incomplete stories in a bad way; "Good Hunting" feels like an incomplete story in a good way. It's essentially the pilot for an intriguing anime show set in ancient China that follows a man who uses his penchant for steampunk gizmos to help a mysterious creature regain a sense of self-worth after British colonialists reduce it to a shell of its magical former self. That sounds like a lot, but "Good Hunting" does a great job of packing a lot of story into 15 minutes better than any of the others.
4. "The Secret War"
Not gonna lie, a lot of the episodes in L,D+R feel like video game cut scenes that I would skip as quickly as I could by mashing every button on the controller, but "The Secret War" is a case of realistic computer graphics becoming something interesting. The premise isn't a whole lot different from several of the other chapters -- men fight some threatening creature menace; in this case, it's "What if Russian soldiers fought creatures from the Upside Down?" basically -- but it's the direction and technical wizardry that sets it apart. "The Secret War" looks good, from the lighting effects to the choice of shots, and is a great action piece.
5. "Three Robots"
Everyone's dead in this comedy about a trio of robots with distinct personalities who amble through a destroyed city after an apocalypse. The humor comes from the robots trying to understand what made humans tick as they step over the rotting corpses of the dead. Shout out to the grey pyramid robot who probably would have killed us all if the apocalypse hadn't.
6. "Ice Age"
The only episode to feature live-action (with Topher Grace and Mary Elizabeth Winstead) sees a couple move into a new apartment and discover a tiny, quickly evolving civilization in the ice box. It's basically The Twilight Zone's "The Little People," which means it's also The Simpsons' "The Genesis Tub" from "Treehouse of Horror VII," Futurama's "Godfellas," and Rick and Morty's "The Ricks Must Be Crazy."
7. "The Witness"
Along with the top five, this is a really good one to watch while high. Artistically, its use of detailed cel-shading and comic book-style pop-up action words is very nifty! It also has a full Rear Window-ish story about a woman who witnesses a murder that might get a "whoa, dude" out of you when it's all said and done. What might get a "WHAT, dude?!" from you is the extended sex-cam sequence in the middle of it. Like, seriously, WHAT, dude?
8. "Sonnie's Edge"
You like violence? There's plenty of violence in L,D+R, but this might be the bloodiest. A woman controls a beast in gladiatorial battles between monsters, and limbs fly while blood spatters like it's being shot out of a firehose. There's a decent twist at the end, involving more flying limbs and spattered blood, obviously.
9. "Beyond the Aquila Rift"
The character models and acting might be the best of all the episodes in this realistic CGI outing (yeah, that's not a photo above), even if the story attempts to reach mind-blowing heights but only achieves a small tap on the forehead because we've seen it before. A man and his crew get lost after going into hyper-sleep, and they find themselves in a new place that may be great (but obviously is very, very bad). Also, graphic CGI sex! It's awkward.
10. "The Dump"
I wouldn't be surprised to see this in front of a Dreamworks Animation film, as it looks like it could be part of a kids movie. Well, except for the wanton violence, gore, and full-frontal male nudity. A city inspector visits a trash dump to tell the owner it needs to clean up or shut down, but the owner has a surprise for everyone. There's no explanation, story, or anything like that, which it could have used more of.
11. "Zima Blue"
Worth a watch for the art, which uses minimal colors and angular animation to great effect. The story, on the other hand, is a big old bucket of bolts.
12. "Lucky 13"
Samira Wiley stars as the model for the lifelike CGI of a future military pilot who's run dangerous mission after dangerous mission in her trusty spaceship. There's actually some sentimentality in the relationship between woman and machine, but not a whole lot else.
13. "Sucker of Souls"
A couple of adventurers go tomb raiding and find a bloodthirsty creature and some pretty bad dialogue. The manga-style hand-drawn animation is refreshing, though.
The Marine call "Hooah" becomes "Awoooooooooah" when werewolves are let into the military, which makes for some allegories about racism, naturally. It's got mostly top-notch CGI and a bloody werewolf fight in it, but overall it's a step below the other video game cut scene episodes. Also, disappointing werewolf transformations, tbh.
15. "Fish Night"
Yo, this is the trippiest of all the episodes, but unfortunately not in a good way. There are some gorgeous visuals in here, but it's just a tech demo with a story that makes no sense and has no explanation.
Farmers strap into mech suits to kill aliens that are attacking their cows in a situation that you couldn't even pay me to play on my Xbox.
The animation would fit right into the 1980s cartoon block featuring G.I. Joe and Thundercats, but the story of cyborgs trying to rob a convoy is missing anything of interest.
18. "Helping Hand"
When a female astronaut gets caught drifting in space, she has to resort to extreme measures to survive. And then it ends. That's it.
Love, Death + Robots is now on Netflix,
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