Posted: 04 Jan 2018 12:00 PM PST
"Ruin" jumps several months into the future following the death of Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Elizabeth's (Megan Boone) lengthy recovery with flashbacks slowly filling in the series of events which led the former FBI to settle in the wilderness. Meanwhile, in the present, Liz's hermitage is invaded by a dying man in an ice storm followed by a group claiming to be planewreck survivors but in fact are members of a crime family sent to bring back the state's witness Liz is trying so hard to save.
With the other series regulars only showing up momentarily in flashbacks, along with Famke Janssen reprising her role as Scottie Hargraves, "Ruin" keeps focus on a grieving Liz who is more than ready to direct her pent-up aggression on the four killers invading her home, even before they kill her dog. The episode becomes a cross between Home Alone and First Blood ending in her burning the lead mobster alive (after tricking him to eat broken glass and step into a bear trap). Elizabeth may not be ready to return to work, but she is ready to get her hands dirty and hunt down the people responsible for her husband's death. I don't know about you, but I'm betting on Liz.
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 09:00 AM PST
We now have our first look at Disney's take on The Nutcracker. After a quiet 2017 it looks like we'll be getting far more of Keira Knightley this year, who stars here as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, and Morgan Freeman also star. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in theaters on November 2nd.
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:00 AM PST
Usagi Yojimbo #165 concludes the three-part story of "The Mouse Trap" as the thief Nezumi continues to help Usagi and Inspector Ishida's investigation into the Black Goblin Gang, the recent murders (one of which the thief was framed for), and the theft of silver, all of which seem to lead back to a mysterious master of the gang.
With the help of both Nezumi and a reluctant snitch, our intrepid investigators stumble on the secret meeting of the gang and are able to swiftly put an end to their mischief once and for all. While the mysterious leader gets away without his identity being disclosed there are clues to his identity if you know where to look in each of these three issues.
Although the gang itself has been decimated, the true villain remains at large suggesting possible further trouble for Ishida and Usagi somewhere down the line. For now though, it seems like our rabbit ronin's wanderings will continue in a new upcoming mini-series Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden. Worth a look.
[Dark Horse, $3.99]
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