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Week in Review for Television: Monday February 18th to Sunday February 24th, 2013

The Following: The last episode of the new “cult” classic showed the beginning stages of all the characters thus far finally clashing. With the knowledge that the FBI is closing in on his son’s location, Carroll uses his appeals attorney to send a message to two of his followers that will speed up his little game of cat and mouse with FBI agent Ryan Hardy. Meanwhile, Paul, Jacob, and Emma wake up in bed together after a threesome, and Joey makes several attempts to contact his mother and escape from Paul, whom he fears. As the FBI closes in on Joey’s location, Hardy must search with a young sheriff’s deputy for the three followers and the missing boy. The episode continued the hot streak for this amazing show, and each episode strengthens the shows resolve and strength that is sure to allow for an inevitable second season.

Cult: Building upon the success of Kevin Bacon’s The Following, the premiere of the CW’s new drama Cult was this past Tuesday. After his brother comes to him for help after he gets involved in the community of a hit television program called Cult, reporter Jess Sefton, (portrayed by The Vampire Diaries actor Matthew Davies), learns that his brother has gone missing, and there was blood found at his brother’s apartment. When he begins to look into the television show and its star Roger Reeves/Billy Grimm, (portrayed by Robert Knepper), Jeff meets one of the show’s researchers, Skye, who helps him piece together clues in the television show with evidence left behind by his brother. The hour premiere of the new CW drama was filled with shocking revelations about the fans of the show, and alluding to a deeper mystery that may or may not involve the show Cults lead actor Roger. Giving fans a unique look on the impact television can have on those who are easily influenced by pop culture, Cult builds upon the popular idea this year in television that explores what kind of people and behavior comes with the actions of a cult, and the new drama showed great strength and an awesome cast of characters in its premiere, and we here at On Request Magazine look forward to seeing how this show develops.

Arrow: The first episode that showcased the strength and quirky charm of new recruit Felicity, this weeks Arrow saw Oliver looking into a string of brutal robberies across Starling City by a criminal known as the Dodger, who’s calling card is to strap a bomb collar around helpless victims in order to get them to commit the crimes. If they do as told, they live, but otherwise, he kills them and moves on. While investigating the crimes, Oliver goes on a date with Detective McKenna Hall, who helped Oliver on his sister Thea’s drug case. Meanwhile, a purse snatcher steals from Thea and Laurel, and is found out to be none other than Roy Harper, (played by Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes), who fans of comics will recognize as Arrow’s sidekick Speedy. As Arrow looks into the robberies, Felicity finds herself falling victim to the Dodger, and Oliver must stop the madman before his new recruit is killed. This episode showcased the amazing character development of both new characters and old, watching as we were introduced to some and got a deeper, more emotional look into other characters.

The Vampire Diaries: By far the most emotional episode of the series thus far, the episode ‘Stand by Me’ gave fans a look into Nina Dobrev’s strongest performance yet as main character Elena Gilbert. Facing a wealth of denial that her brother Jeremy was just murdered by immortal Silas, who now roams free in the world, Elena takes her brother’s body back home, and has Stefan and Caroline stand guard while Damon searches for the missing Bonnie. The reaction by each cast member to the death of Jeremy was enough to tug on the heartstrings of any fan, but the heart-wrenching moment of the episode came when Elena finally began to understand just how far gone Jeremy was, and the only option of bringing him back from the dead would cause the deaths of thousands of innocents. As a new vampire, the emotional toll of losing the last family member she had left took on more pain and sorrow than any human or vampire mind could handle, and her tears in the show’s final moments were like nails being hit into young Jeremy Gilbert’s coffin. This was by far the best episode of the series, and a special shout out to star Nina Dobrev’s amazing performance.

Nikita: The hit spy drama returned this week, and gave a stellar performance as usual, showcasing the seniority of the show. When an exposure scenario arises, Nikita and the gang have to find a way to stop Division from being exposed. When a critical advocate for their cause is caught in the cross hairs however, team member Sean Pierce is framed for the crime, and Nikita and the group must figure out a way to stop those responsible for the crime and save Sean before he becomes another casualty of their fight. The performance of the episode goes to both Lyndsy Fonseca’s Alex and Dillon Casey’s Sean, who’s character developments were amazing and strong in this episode, making us feel every cringe-worthy and suspenseful moment of the episode.

Shameless: This was one of the more emotional and hilarious episodes of the US series thus far. After all the kids save for Fiona are taken by Child Protective Services, we get a glimpse into the very different living situations each child is put in, while Fiona must find Frank and get him to sober up in time to get custody of the kids. Meanwhile, Veronica and Kevin continue on their unorthodox mission to conceive a child by impregnating her mother with his child, that way the child would have both their genetics. The outrageous of that situation coupled with the strong emotional performances by Emmy Rossum’s Fiona and Emma Kenney’s Debbie made this a must see episode of the season.

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Four years ago, Rock on Request Magazine interviewed a young internet sensation named Shane Dawson. Over the course of the last four years, this hilarious young comedian has showcased one of the most creative YouTube channel’s on the internet to date.

With a comedic repertoire much like The Whitest Kids U Know on IFC, Shane Dawson has become the humorous and often times outrageous voice for a new generation, making light on social events, celebrities, fads among teens, and societies problems.

Between his main channel videos, his behind the scenes style videos on a second channel, and an inside look into his daily life with his family and friends on his daily vlog channel, Shane Dawson is one of the most cherished stars of YouTube, and we here at On Request Magazine cannot wait to see what Shane Dawson will bring us in 2013.

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Week in Review: Week 2: Monday February 11th to Sunday February 17th 2013

The Following: The latest episode of the new hit series delved even deeper into the back-story of former FBI agent Ryan Hardy. When Hardy’s sister is taken hostage by Maggie, one of Joe Carroll’s followers and the wife of the man Hardy shot in last weeks episode, Ryan must race to save her before she is killed. Getting a glimpse at the tragic back-story of our hero and his complicated relationship with Claire Matthews, Joe Carroll’s ex-wife and Joey’s mother. Also in this episode, we get a look into who cult follower Jacob Well’s really is, and what he has been lying about to girlfriend/serial killer Emma. This episode really helps showcase the mentality of a cult, and the psychosis that goes into that kind of behavior. This show just keeps getting better and better, and looks to make itself a staple of Fox’s lineup.

Justified: The search for Drew Thompson continues as the law and the underworld of Harlan County search for the elusive missing person. As Raylan continues his investigation, Boyd begins to use unsavory methods to lure the fugitive out, while Ava and Colt find ways of dealing with the Ellen Mae situation. Filled with the usual gunfights and seedy under dealings, we get a glimpse into the ever-shifting loyalties of the people of Harlan County, and this episode continued the amazing story of one man’s battle with the outlaws of his home County.

Arrow: The recently renewed CW hit show Arrow continued its great story this week as we witnessed Oliver fighting for his life and reliving a key moment on his time on the island. After he is shot by his mother while in his Arrow persona, Oliver relies on Queen Industries employee Felicity to help get him back to his hideout, and in so doing reveals his secret to her. While Diggle and Felicity fight to save Oliver’s life, he relives his first attempt at escaping the island with the help of Wilson Slade, a.k.a. Deathstroke. Learning more about the mercenaries running the island and Slade’s battle with them, we get a glimpse at Oliver’s beginning stages of training, and delve into the mystery of why the man who saved him when he first arrived on the island, Yao Fei, has begun working with the mercenaries. The new acclaimed drama is a smash hit, and with a second season already planned, we cannot wait to see how Oliver’s story continues to unfold.

Beauty and the Beast: The new drama to the CW, this week’s episode of Beauty and the Beast found Cat dealing with her feelings with Vincent once more. After feeling like she was only Vincent’s second choice behind his ex-fiancee, Alex Salter. Now with his secret revealed to Alex, he realizes he cannot live in the fantasy he had created in his own mind, and so returns to win back Cat’s heart. However, this is made difficult when Muir-field learns Alex knows where Vincent is, and use her to track him down, making Cat put her job and her life on the line as she tries to protect the woman who came between her and the man she’s fallen in love with. The complicated love story with a modern twist on the classic fairy tale is a hit, and one can only hope that it will be renewed so that the story can continue on.

Family Guy: The Fox hit animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane continues its run with the latest episode, which finds Chris (Seth Green), stealing from Lois (Alex Borstein). But when his sister Meg (Mila Kunis) see’s him commit the crime, she threatens to tell their parents, and so blackmails him into doing whatever she wants. However, when Chris tires of this, he runs away from home, and begins living with Herbert, the creepy old man who is a pedophile, (unbeknownst to the rest of the town of Quahog). Meanwhile, Stewie (MacFarlane), tries to convince Brian (also MacFarlane), to become a fan of a singer Brian finds appalling. The episode continues to showcase the raw humor that comments on societies problems and wrong-doings in the most outrageous of ways, from people’s love of dive-bars to the implications of a singer’s lyrics, and this is why we are such big fans of Seth MacFarlane and all his work.