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.

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