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‘Ravenswood’ Review: Scared to Death

So that happened. The mid-season finale has come and gone but has it left you begging for more? I have to say that these five episodes have left me feeling a little disappointed. There were parts that had me rolling my eyes and “Scared to Death” was no exception.

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Photo courtesy of ABC Family

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‘Ravenswood’ Review: The Devil Has a Face

Our five teens are recovering from the seance. Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) is sitting in a towel, struggling for words to write in an email to Hanna (Ashley Benson) while Miranda (Nicole Gale Anderson) is popping up ogling the half-naked Caleb. That might not be completely true but the girl-ghost is developing feelings for her coach mate. With Remy’s (Britne Oldford) help, Caleb meets Henry, his namesakes brother. A game of chess, a weird visit and a set of keys make for more confusing going-ons.

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Photo courtesy of ABC Family

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‘Ravenswood’ Review: Believe

‘Ravenswood’ ramped it up another level with an episode better than “Death and the Maiden.” I’m still not completely sold on the show but “Believe” takes a step in the right direction.

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Photo courtesy of ABC Family

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‘Ravenswood’ Review: Death and the Maiden

The end of last week’s episode saw the car carrying Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), Remy (Britne Oldford), Miranda (Nicole Gale Anderson), Olivia (Merritt Patterson) and Luke (Brett Dier) drive off the bridge, struggling to get out of the sinking car. If you happened to see any of the released photos before the episode aired, then you would have guessed that one person didn’t survive. Miranda, who grabbed the steering wheel as Remy was driving, died. Miranda was the only one to see the “person” in the road. Miranda’s death felt a bit underwhelming. Was it because I had seen the photos before the episode? The answer to my question is no. There was something missing for me that felt a little disconnected. It’s hard to convey the same kind of emotion for a character’s death when you’ve only just introduced them and the characters on screen know the deceased as long as the viewer. I always say that if you’re gonna have a death within the first couple of episodes then there’s got to be something there to substitute the emotion you usually convey.

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Photo courtesy of ABC Family

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‘Ravenswood’ Review: Pilot

We had our glimpse of the creepy town known as Ravenswood in a couple of Pretty Little Liars episodes and now we finally get a weekly appointment. If you’re a Pretty Little Liar fan then I think you won’t be too disappointed. Instead of text messages and the mystery of ‘A’, Ravenswood goes for a more spooky and creepy vibe. Whatever is going on, it doesn’t make you want to advertise the town as a holiday destination. What we do know is things don’t necessarily go bump just at night.

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‘Last Resort’ Review: Blue Water

Sam (Scott Speedman) and James (Daniel Lissing) leave the island on a rescue mission that finds them looking for Christine (Jessy Schram) in Manilla, Philippines. James takes Sam to meet Bullfrog (Jason Beghe), a former SEAL, to help get information to lead them to Christine’s location.

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Photo courtesy of ABC

A Chinese diplomat has arrived on the island with an offer to protect and provide the crew with provisions. Marcus (Andre Braugher) finds himself in a situation where provisions are depleted and the prison is increasing. He has to make a choice between China, Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) or neither.

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‘Last Resort’ Review: Cinderella Liberty

Last Resort answers the biggest question when the truth of what happened in Pakistan is finally revealed in “Cinderella Liberty.”

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Photo courtesy of ABC

The families of the Colorado crew members are on their way to visit the island when they are taken hostage by Pakistani soldiers. “Cinderella Liberty” shows the repercussions of the SEALS mission in Pakistan and how it’s has political and personal links to the hostage situation.

Chaplin (Andre Braugher) himself in a difficult situation. The Pakistani soldiers want him to fire at India or the crew’s family members die. Part of the problem is that Chaplin’s firing key is still missing.

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‘Last Resort’ Review: Nuke It Out

Last Resort goes back to switching between the island and America in “Nuke It Out.” Marcus (Andre Braugher) and Sam (Scott Speedman) are leading the search for the firing key taken from Marcus when everyone was unconscious. The crew is in the dark about what the search is about; even Grace (Daisy Betts) isn’t told. It isn’t the only piece of information she isn’t privy too. Marcus and Sam are keeping the surviving member of the Black Ops team captive. Booth (if that’s really his name) tells Sam about the move against the President. This was previously mentioned in “Skeleton Crew” and I wonder how long before something actually happens.

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Photo courtesy of ABC

The identity of the CIA sleeper agent is revealed to the viewers but not to any of the crew members. I wonder if Marcus became suspicious of Cortez (Jessica Camacho) seeing as it’s the second time she has sort him out instead following the chain of command. Marcus has got to ask himself why did Cortez need to pledge her allegiance at that particular time.

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‘Last Resort’ Review: Another Fine Navy Day

“Another Fine Navy Day” spends its time going back and forth in narrative as the episode deals with an attack on the island. Rather than splitting the episode between the island and those in America, the episode follows only those on the island and on the submarine.

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Photo courtesy of ABC

All the inhabitants of the island are drugged and find themselves hallucinating before passing out. The purpose of drugging them is for a team to go to the island and find something that the SEALS have.

Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick), Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) and Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) go to the submarine while XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) remains on the island.

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‘Last Resort’ Review: Skeleton Crew

Negotiations are the key issue as Secretary of Defense William Curry (Jay Karnes) arrives on Sainte Marina to talk to Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman). Admiral Shepard (Bruce Davison) is a surprising visitor to the island and they are accompanied by Amanda Straugh (April Grace) to help with the negotiations.

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Photo courtesy of ABC

While this is going on, Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) is in charge of the Colorado on a repair mission that could leave the crew and SEAL Officer James King (Daniel Lissing) in danger.

Meanwhile in America, Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) is finding out that certain doors are being closed to her while Paul Wells (Jay Hernandez) is trying to get closer to Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram).

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