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TV Shows of April 2017

A lot of TV shows are expected to return to our screens this April. Fresh premiere, new seasons of returning shows, shows returning from hiatus – you name it.

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Tuesday, April 4

“Prison Break” (FOX) – 9 p.m.

“iZombie” (The CW) – 9 p.m.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC) – 10 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 5

“Archer” (FXX) – 9 p.m.

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Monday, April 10 

Better Call Saul” (AMC) – 10 p.m.

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Saturday, April 15

“Doctor Who” (BBC America) – 9 p.m.

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Sunday, April 16

“The Leftovers” (HBO) – 9 p.m.
“Veep” (HBO) – 10:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, April 19

“Fargo” (FX) – 10 p.m.

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Sunday, April 23

“Silicon Valley” (HBO) – 10 p.m.

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Monday, April 24

“Gotham” (FOX) – 8 p.m.

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These are the major shows coming to our screens this April…

All Hail Hydra!

The six weeks hiatus is almost over, and we can’t wait for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to return to our screens. When AoS left us, almost every Agent (character) that matters’ already inside the Framework, voluntarily or involuntarily.

The 3rd of the 3-pods story for the season promises to be intriguing; old characters well missed have every opportunity to return to our screens, and an endless possiblity of stories to be told.

Here’s the synopsis for the coming episode:

As Daisy and Simmons struggle to discover an escape route to the real world, the identity of the Inhuman leader of the Resistance is revealed.

Two things I look forward to are: the major return of Hydra – S.H.I.E.L.D.’s nemesis, and AoS’ muse – Grant Ward.

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Grant Ward in the Framework.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns next Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

TV Review: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E15

Instead of one simple story, AoS this season decided to go with a story spread over three pods (portions). It started with the introduction of the Ghostrider and the Darkholme, then the Life Model Decoys (LMDs), and now into the final pod, the Framework. This strategy has worked very well as AoS is at its strongest in terms of storytelling since its premiere in 2013; I like particularly how well the story-line has been progressive in terms of direction.

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The episode picked up almost the same place it left last week, Jemma and Fitz realize all their friends just returned from the battle at The Superiors submarine have been replaced by LMDs; as expected, they panic, and have to keep up the front to avoid exposing the only card they have – that they are in the know. AoS brought out thorough acting, one of the best of  Iain De Caestecker (Fitz) and Elizabeth Hendridge (Jemma Simmons), who were extremely wonderful in their interaction in this episode, and here’s why.

Between Fitz and Jemma, one’s a Life Model Decoy (LMD).

It took me a while to figure out whom. I know this praise should go to the Writers and Director who beautifully shielded this information within the whole accusation thing, but these actors brought the action to life, and it was very believable. Whoever has been following Fitz and Jemma’s love story since season 1 understands perfectly how much these duo love themselves.

Jemima and Daisy had to work together to evade the LMDs to get to safe grounds with a few other agents they were able to convince about what was really going on.

LMD-May was also brought back into commission this episode. Her programming had made her more human-like, softer than the real May, but I came to love her in this episode as well. LMD-May sacrificed herself to destroy LMD-Coulson so that Daisy and her team could escape from LMD-Fitz and LMD-Mace. Once in safe grounds, Daisy and Jemima with the help of Agent YoYo plugged themselves into Aida’s framework, yo go save their friends.

Talking about Aida, she killed her creator, Dr. Radcliffe, because her topmost priority to protect the Framework supersedes the need to protect his life, as he’s the greatest threat to the Framework. She plugged his dying body into the framework to preserve his consciousness.

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Inside the Framework we got a glimpse the many changes to the world we’ve grown accustomed to; Daisy is in a relationship with Grant Ward, May is at the Treskelion headed by Hydra, Jemma is supposedly dead, Fitz is a rich mogul, amongst other changes we don’t yet know about. With this new world AoS has built, it has the ability to tell any story with practically any character, living or dead, even with characters from the larger MCU.

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AoS returns in six weeks time, with an all  new action-packed episode, and answers to all our burning questions.

Let me know what you think in the comment box.

The Craze For Sentient Lifelike Robots

Marvel’s LMD (Life Model Decoy) story-line is coming at the helm of the craze for sentient robots caused by Westworld. And it is good.

Over the years, HBO has given us a lot of memorable TV shows that will be remembered for many years to come – Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, etc. Most recent of this HBO-craze induced TV, is Westworld, a remake of the 1973 movie of the same name. If you liked Westworld as much as I did, then, you’ve fallen in love with lifelike androids. While we wait till 2018 before we can enjoy more awesomeness that is the world Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have brought us, we can enjoy something similar on the fourth season of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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I believe it’s coincidence, but I can’t help but wonder if Marvel had the foresight to see how successful Westworld would become with the idea of lifelike robots turning sentient.

Let me say here, asides from both TV shows sharing the idea of sentient robots, there’s nothing else common. WW is anchored on a premium cable network were nudity, matured and dark story-lines can take precedence. While AoS is on a broadcast channel, and also based off a comic-book series.

I for one cannot get enough of this lifelike android craving, Westworld has started in me, so for that reason, I’ve been having the time of my life following this season of AoS. I initially wondered how they were going to top the awesomeness that Ghostrider brought to the first half of the season. Now, I can categorically state that, they’ve been doing a more awesome job.

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To defeat Robbie’s uncle (Robbie is the Ghostrider), Fitz and Dr. Radcliffe had to bring the LMD they’ve been hiding all the while (Aida) to read the Darkholme. This is to execute the reason for her construction: to protect humans from any form of harm, and lay her robotic-life if need be. It was initially revealed that reading the Darkholme changed something in Aida, but it was later clarified to mean that having her read the Darkholme was always Dr. Radcliffe’s idea. Presently, Agent May had been kidnapped and replaced with an LMD, with LMD-May unconsciously tasked with stealing the Darkholme for her masters (Radcliffe and Aida). Radcliffe, along the line, revealed that there is another LMD is already at work. I have my budding theory on whom this second LMD is, but I’ll keep it to myself for now.

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The idea behind robots that look like humans has always been an appealing one, and within a space of six months, I’m witnessing it being played out twice in two awesome TV shows.

What do you think about lifelike androids? Did you enjoy watching Westworld, and do you like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Let us know. If you want more series with lifelike androids, I recommend BBC’s Humans currently in its second season.