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Supergirl Kicks off its 3rd Season! Michelle’s Episode 1 Review/Recap (SPOILERS!)

Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The CW Network kicks of its new season of TV this week with the return of Supergirl. While I loved season one and two of Supergirl, I have to admit I always end up bailing at around episode 10 or 11. The CW’s awful scheduling just breaks the show and honestly, I think it’d work a lot better as a 13 or 16 episode show then a full 22 eps. I say this up front so you all know I don’t know how last season ended. The episode was fairly “dark” and “depressing,” which are two words I never want to associate with Supergirl. I felt like I was watching an episode of ArrowSupergirl returns Monday, October 9, 2017.

Do not read this if you don’t want to be spoiled. Recap starts in the next paragraph.

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Kevin (Probably) Saves The World with a Little Help!

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD – Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) – Photo by Guy D’Alema/Courtesy of ABC

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesdays, 10/9C) is a quasi-faith-based series in the vein of Twice in a Lifetime or Touched by an Angel.

Its premise is that a ‘Warrior for God’ appears in his life – through the device of a meteor crashing near his temporary home – and informs him that he is the last of the righteous (36 righteous souls who keep the Earth away from dystopia) and that he must find 35 more. Problem is, he is not righteous – not at all, not at all, not at all.

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The Mayor is an Exuberant Political Party!

THE MAYOR – (L-R) Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall), Dina Rose (Yvette Nicole Brown),  Jermaine Hardaway (Bernard David Jones), T.K. Carter (J Marcel Spears)  and Valentina Barella (Lea Michele) Photo by Craig Sjodin/Courtesy of ABC.

The Mayor (ABC, Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30C) is a show about a naïve outsider, a talented but unknown rapper, who runs for public office in order to promote his album – and wins!

His strategy? To say outrageous stuff and call bull$#! when the incumbent lapses into political bafflegab.

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Fox’s The Gifted – It’s Serviceable. Michelle’s Review

As a lifetime fan of comic-books even I’m starting to get burned out by the genre. Fox Tv’s Gifted, is TV’s latest attempt at bringing Superheroics to our small screen. Fox only provided the pilot episode to review which means take this review with a grain of salt as we all know pilots generally suck.  Yes, I love The X-Men and it’s nice to see Marvel finally bring proper mutants to the TV Landscape, but so far the efforts have felt low budget and pretty depressing. We are in for a rough ride when their supernatural comedy Ghosted had better visual flair and sfx than this. The Gifted premieres, Monday, Oct 2nd on Fox.

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Lucifer: The Case of the Unwanted Wings!

LUCIFER (L-R) Lt. Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling), Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), Amenadiel (DB Woodside), Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), Detective Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro), Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) Photo by Jason Bell/Courtesy of FOX.

Lucifer (Mondays, 8/7C) picks up right where it left off in the second season finale – with Lucifer and his wings in the desert. He is less than happy.

The fact that his wings are back is, quite possibly, the least intriguing plot point of the show’s third season premiere, They’re Back, Aren’t They?

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9JKL – No! Just No!

9JKL – (L-R) Harry Roberts (Elliott Gould), Judyt Roberts (Linda Lavin), Eve Roberts (Liza Lapiri), Andrew Roberts (David Walton) and Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) – Photo courtesy of CBS.

CBS’ new comedy (and I use that word advisedly) 9JKL (Mondays, 8:30/7:30C) is the ongoing tale of an actor, Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein, Royal Pains) whose show gets canceled and he loses all his money in a divorce – meaning he has to return to New York City and live in the apartment next door to his parents.

Compared to the series premiere of 9JKL, 2 Broke Girls (another CBS comedy – waddaya know?) took place in a convent!

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Ten Days in the Valley – Too Much Kyra Sedgwick; Not Enough Everyone Else!

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY – Poster of Lake Sadler-Greene Abigail Pniowsky) – Photo by Eric McCandless/Courtesy of ABC.

Kyra Sedgwick’s new series, Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sundays, 10/9C), is a terrific showcase for her talent but not much more.

By the conclusion of the series premiere, practically every character with more than two lines has some kind of secret – but there’s no point in giving everyone secrets if we don’t know enough about them to give a damn.

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Gotham Scares Up a Solid Fourth Season Premiere!

Gotham: Season Four Cast: L-R: Erin Richards, Robin Lord Taylor, Jessica Lucas, Cory Michael Smith, Crystal Reed, David Mazouz, Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Chris Chalk, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin and Alexander Siddig – Photo by Tommy Garcia /Courtesy of FOX

Gotham (FOX, Thursdays, 8/7C) opens its fourth season with some intriguing developments – crime is down in Gotham city and the Penguin is leveraging that in a unique way as he prepares to open his new club, the Iceberg Lounge.

In a dark alley, Bruce Wayne is stepping up his efforts to make the city even safer.

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The Orville: Earnest and Optimistic But Not That Good!

THE ORVILLE: L-R: Penny Johnson Jerald, Mark Jackson, Seth MacFarlane, Peter Macon, Scott Grimes, Adrianne Palicki, J. Lee and Halston Sage – Photo by Noah Schutz/Courtesy of FOX.

If you’re expecting FOX’s The Orville to be to Star Trek: The Next Generation what Galaxy Quest was to Star Trek: The Original Series, you will be disappointed.

Rather it’s like a tenth generation VHS copy. Squint and you can see TNG characters in the faces of The Orville’s crew, and the plots are reflections of the second Trek series – reflections being the operative word.

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Marvel’s Inhumans – The IMAX Experience: Big Screen, Yes; Big Thrills, No!

MARVEL’S INHUMANS – Medusa (Serinda Swan, Maximus (Iwan Rheon), Black Bolt (Anson Mount) – ABC/Marvel.

Marvel’s Inhumans was shot with IMAX cameras, so it doesn’t look like a typical pilot blown up to IMAX – with all the small screen inadequacies painfully apparent.

Instead, everything feels the right size, but the CG sets (the city of Attilan on the dark side of the moon) lack weight – which wouldn’t matter so much if the script was better and the acting of widely varied quality.

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The Defenders – Street-Level Avengers!

Marvel’s The Defenders – Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Stick (Scott Glenn), Danny Rand (Finn Jones), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) – Photo by Sarah Shatz/Courtesy of Netflix.

Netflix’s Marvel Super-Series the Defenders brings together four people who should never be in the same room together. That’s the same strategy that worked for the MCU’s The Avengers, but set in smaller, more personal ways.

It takes until the last ten minutes of the third episode for Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to come together, but it’s a powerful meeting that is nicely set up by showing the individual paths that lead them into that situation.

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