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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Season 2 Episode 4 – ‘Face My Enemy’

Christina E. Janke:

Two Agent Mays fighting? This is both scary and awesome.

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion contributor Christina Janke recaps and reviews Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. each week! Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to pump us up with action and badassery, and “Face My Enemy” is no exception. However, this week is more of a half-way filler episode that highlights two of our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Phil Coulson and Melinda May.

We start off in the aftermath of a church getting burned to a crisp. A team of other priests meet with the one another at the church. There they are shown the one item that survived the fire: a wood painting of the Virgin Mary and the Santo Niño which dates back to the early 1500s. A miracle, indeed, but with one hitch: there are mysterious writing scrawled all over the back of it. Similar to what Garrett and Coulson have been writing.

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Gotham Recap and Review: Season 1 Episode 4 ‘Arkham’

Christina E. Janke:

The top two crime bosses are fighting over Arkham. This can’t end well for Gotham.

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Our Christina Janke recaps and reviews Gotham Season 1, episode 4 ‘Arkham.’ Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Gotham takes a break from the eccentric this week. Instead it focuses more on the high stakes politics between two big crime bosses over the fate of our beloved city. Spoilers.

All things lead to Arkham. At least for this week, they do. According to Oswald Cobblepot — who unceremoniously drops by Gordon’s apartment — there’s a sort of bidding war going on over what will become of the now empty Arkham City lot. You read correctly, Gothamites, there’s a whole section of Gotham called Arkham City. Falcone wants it so he can build low-income housing and refurbish the closed Arkham Asylum. Maroni just wants to turn it into a dumping ground — his way of giving Falcone a giant middle finger, more or less. Incidentally, Falcone’s plan is actually what the…

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The Flash Series Premiere Recap and Review

Christina E. Janke:

This is the strongest CW premiere ever. This is going to be a great series.

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Our Christina Janke recaps and reviews The Flash series premiere! Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

The Flash is finally here! The fastest man alive hit the ground running with his series premiere on the CW Network. Warning: spoilers ahead.

“To understand what I’m about to tell you, you need to do something first. You need to believe in the impossible.”

A very apropos disclaimer for an audience who still watch action hero TV shows grounded in reality. We know that has come and gone since Smallville and Supernatural, and again with Arrow. Even those, however, sort of cringed at the idea of going too crazy with the unnatural (at first). With the coming of The Flash, all bets are off right out the gate. We WANT the superpowers, and we WANT the super crazy that follows.

We first get a little introduction to Barry Allen’s childhood. When he was…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Season 2 Episode 3 – ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’

Christina E. Janke:

The real Simmons is back! Wait…she’s working for WHO?

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Our Christina Janke recaps Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Check out what happened this week in Season 2, episode 3 ‘Making Friends and Influencing People.’ Follow Christina on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Hey we finally know what happened to Simmons. She’s working with Hydra! Wait, what?

Meanwhile, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall going all ‘A Clockwork Orange’ on Agent 33 (Maya Stojan), a former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.

Back to Simmons. Why is she working for Hydra?!?! As it turns out, she’s working undercover for Coulson, and she knows who their next target is: Donnie Gill, aka “The Blizzard.” Apparently, Gill was recruited by Hydra sometime after the weather disaster he caused last season, but went rogue. Now Hydra is looking to recover him. Coulson encourages Simmons to make friends at her work. Not to make her day slightly more pleasant, but to gain the right people’s trust so she can advance higher up the…

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Gotham Recap: Season 1 Episode 3 ‘Balloonman’

Christina E. Janke:

Gotham is slowly revealing its eclectic collection of deranged citizens.

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion contributor Christina Janke recaps Gotham Season 1, episode 3 ‘Balloonman’ for us. Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek

Salutations, Gothamites. Another day, another denizen of Gotham turns a corner and shows the city its true face.

The show opens with Cobblepot returning to Gotham. He looks around and sees youthful little pickpockets running around, a cop taking protections money, a few daytime prostitutes setting up a business transaction, and a guy jacking some woman’s purse. “Home,” says Cobblepot with a grin. He walks offscreen, segueing to a breaking news bulletin on TV. Some financier, arrested for heading up a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme, got out on bail and is awaiting trial. While the reporters mob below his building, the financier is on the phone telling someone to pay off everyone in the court system. Classy, this guy.

While attempting to slip out of the building unnoticed, the financier is impeded…

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TV’s Most Badass Female Characters of the 2000s

Christina E. Janke:

There have been some really awesome women on TV since 2000. These are just a few of them.

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion contributor Christina Janke gives us a look at the most badass female characters of the 2000s! Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek and check out her recaps of Agents of SHIELD and Gotham!

1. Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)

Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope is a force to be reckoned with as a woman in politics, but in a scandalous way. Leslie attacks you with her smarts, her wit, her kindness, and her unwillingness to back down from a fight no matter how absurd the opposition is. She’s insanely motivated when it comes taking care of her friends and the town of Pawnee. Even when the odds are stacked against her, she faces her challenge head on. Whether or not she wins almost doesn’t matter. With the help of her friends, Leslie has the ability to stand right back up and push on to reach another goal.

2. Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Season 2 Episode 2 – ‘Heavy Is the Head’

Christina E. Janke:

The slow burn is definitely out the window this season for AGENTS OF SHIELD. Thank goodness! Also, since we’re already starting to see the makings of a new lovable duo: MacFitz!

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Check out this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap from Legion contributor Christina Janke!

The agents are scrambling for a solid victory. Will they get one this time? Find out in this week’s episode recap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You know the drill: spoilers to come.

Picking up right where last week’s premiere left off, we see the fates of Hartley (Lucy Lawless), Idaho, and Hunter after Creel flips their van. Yup, Hartley is definitely dead, and so is Idaho. Hunter is the only merc left alive. Agent May, rolling up on a stolen motorcycle, tries to get him out of the SUV. Hunter refuses her help, however. Catching up to Creel is more important. Reluctant to leave, May hops back onto her motorcycle and starts her pursuit of Creel. Just as Hunter is able to cut himself out of the SUV, the military charges in; they’re still a little…

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Gotham Recap: Season 1 Episode 2 ‘Selina Kyle’

Christina E. Janke:

A new week, a new GOTHAM! This one features the incomparable Carol Kane and Lili Taylor. And does anyone else see a bit of Michelle Pfeiffer in our little Selina Kyle?

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion contributor Christina Janke just recapped another episode of Gotham for us! Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Greetings, Gothamites! It’s time for another run-down of the exciting adventures of our favorite citizens of Gotham. So much stuff is happening! Warning, spoilers ahead.

We start off the night with a few homeless youths who are approached by a seemingly do-good couple who come bearing gifts of sustenance. Among the group is our little kitten, Selina Kyle, who evidently was the only one taught not to take candy from strangers. They also pulled up in a van, so yeah… All the signs of stranger danger.

Quickly we discover that the do-good couple, Doug and Patty (Frank Whaley and Lili Taylor), are not who they seem. Patty takes a poisoned pin and sticks the lured kids with it, knocking them unconscious within seconds. The only two to leave the scene unscathed are…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere Recap Season 2

Christina E. Janke:

Here’s my recap of the season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Legion of Leia!

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion of Leia contributor Christina Janke is recapping Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for us this season! Check out her thoughts on the premiere!

You can’t keep a good agent down. We’re glad Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back for a second season, and boy are they back! Beware, spoilers and foreshadowing ahead.

The season two premiere episode begins with a soft introduction to ABC’s next Marvel series, Agent Carter. The wonderful Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Agent Peggy Carter. Accompanying her are the original Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger. The scenes opens in Austria, 1945. Hydra agents who clearing out their own base and seizing all the mysterious artifacts claimed during the war. One such artifact is an advanced (and super deadly) piece of technology called the Obelisk. “It may hold the answer to death itself,” says the commander.

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Gotham Premiere Recap: ‘Pilot’

Christina E. Janke:

So I started contributing to Legion of Leia, a nerdy blog created by Jenna Busch. I’m starting as a recap writer for GOTHAM and AGENTS OF SHIELD. I’m so excited to be working with Jenna! She’s kinda been my role model since I first met her during the Women of Geekdom calendar shoot two years ago.

Anyway, here’s my first GOTHAM recap on Legion of Leia. Check back every week for new stuff :)

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The first of our Gotham recaps by Legion of Leia contributor Christina Janke!

Greetings Gothamites! Warning: soft spoilers ahead! It’s still safe to read, though. All the major stuff is left out.

Gotham premiered last night with a bang, followed by a blood-curdling scream of anguish by a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). We actually get to see this infamous murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne through the precocious eyes of the young Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), who we see jumping rooftops and stealthily pickpocketing unsuspecting market shoppers just a few minutes before.

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The detectives responding to the murder are Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and newcomer Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Once Bullock discovers that one of Gotham’s richest and beloved families has just been killed, he immediately tries to run away from it — something like this will attract too much attention and heat he’s willing to deal with…

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