Friday, October 15, 2021

Dune: Part One

More coherent, but less complete, than David Lynch's bizarre 1984 film, director Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the first half of Frank Herbert's Dune is rich and elaborate storytelling. Don't get me wrong, it's still Dune, meaning the story is still complex and bizarre, but, despite only giving us half the story, offers a more satisfying movie experience.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Lost Symbol - L'Enfant Orientation

Separating after Mal’akh (Beau Knapp) murdered her assistant, Katharine Solomon (Valorie Curry) enlists the help of Inoue Sato (Sumalee Montano) and the CIA to find her father as the show taps into the idea of defunded CIA programs involving remote viewing as the show seems to be moving more and more of its chips into the supernatural realm. Robert (Ashley Zukerman) continues the search on his own, following the ridiculous clues and finding the the capstone hidden in a cave.

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Stargirl - Summer School: Chapter Ten

It's answers, revelations, and callbacks in the latest episode of Stargirl. While Courtney (Brec Bassinger) struggles to come to terms with the truth of the JSA killing Eclipso's former host years ago, and Pat (Luke Wilson) keeping the secret from her, "Summer School: Chapter Ten" provides a callback to earlier in the season with the return of Jennie (Ysa Penarejo) whose powers might just be what they need to put to Black Diamond back together (which they believe can be used to trap Eclipso). While struggling to control the instability of her powers, Jennie has been searching for her lost brother in a thread foreshadowing the introduction of at least two more DC characters in Mr. Bones and Obsidian. I'll be curious to see just what version of Bones we get, and which secret organization he's working for on this Earth.

The History of Tron

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Only Murders in the Building - Twist

While struggling with the revelation that Mabel (Selena Gomez) has hidden her connection to Tim Kono, Charles (Steve Martin) and Oliver (Martin Short) trail their friend and Tie Dye Guy (Aaron Dominguez) to Long Island. The set-up of the episode allows Charles and Oliver to stew and argue while in pursuit (in Oliver's ridiculous car that overheats and then steal a ride from a Brazos fan). It's a fun episode that gives us interaction between Mabel and Oscar while teasing us what will happen when the ride stops. The setup forces the confrontation to the end of the episode along with a twist explaining the jewelry that Mabel found in Tim's apartment and introducing a new suspect.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #5

>Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #5 picks up the thread of the man killed on a yacht in Gotham Harbor from the previous issue and explores the history of Batman with former Gotham City Mayor Emerson Mayfield and his former private army of corrupt cops. After chasing out the crooked politician years before, Mayfield has returned (and taken to removing anyone that might stand in his way to reclaim his former public office).

Bulldog Drummond Escapes

Adapted from the the novels of H. C. McNeile, and part of Paramount's series following the First World War veteran turned gentleman adventurer, Bulldog Drummond Escapes was released in 1937 starring Ray Milland as the title character, Guy Standing as the disapproving local police inspector, and Heather Angel as a damsel in distress.

Re-released as part of The Film Detective's Restored Classics, Bulldog Drummond Escapes feels a bit dated in places no more so than the opening sequence involving Drummond's plane landing back in England. Getting into trouble his first night back, he stumbles on a murder, has his car stolen by a young woman who is later recaptured by those holding her against her will, gets on the wrong side of the local police with the help of his old friend (Reginald Denny) and butler (E.E. Clive), and eventually uncovers a counterfeit plot and, of course, saves the girl.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Red Sonja #2

In Part 2 of "Mother," a bruised and battered Sonja awakes on a farm in Brythunia and tended to by a lumberjack and carpenter named Samosh, who took the unconscious Sonja and the young Sitha in. There's more humor than action in Red Sonja #2 which feels very much like a middle issue of a larger story. Much of the issue takes place around the recovering Sonja and her respite before completing her duty to deliver her charge.

NCIS: Hawai'i - Recruiter

The murder of a Navy recruiter turn the attention of NCIS to a local kid (Martin Martinez) recently rejected by the Navy and mixed up with a surf gang. While the evidence initially calls into question both the recent actions of the recruiter and the rejected recruit, Kai (Alex Tarrant) is able to help the team uncover the true reason for the murder (and he even gets to sucker punch one of his new colleagues as a bonus to help sell his short undercover assignment). The twist and reveal of the real killer isn't bad, although it wasn't surprising given the set-up of the story didn't really allow for any other serious possibilities. The episode is also notable for squeezing in some family drama in the Tennant home which I'm hoping isn't going to become a staple of the series.

Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #3

Deadpool: Black, White, & Blood #3 offers three more tales of the Merc with a Mouth with this month's tales bringing the crazy and absurd. "The Worst Convent in the World" is the wackiest of the three tales in which Deadpool takes a job to deal with some cartel gunmen causing trouble for a local hotel leading him to a convent of Nazi skinhead nun drug dealers with assault rifles who are holding the penguin he accepted as payment.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Leverage: Redemption - The Bucket Job

The second-half of the season kicks off with an unusual job for the Leverage crew who are hired not to take down a mark but use their skills to give give a small town librarian (LeVar Burton) with stage-four cancer a day as a spy and a hero. Burton's character is named Robert Blanche for the longtime Leverage cast member who made multiple appearances on the show as Lt. Patrick Bonnano before passing away in 2020. The twist for the episode comes from pulling the thread from earlier in the season as Bligh (Lucy Taylor) and her goons are following the team and discover that the librarian is actually a missing spy with incredibly valuable information.

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Usagi Yojimbo: The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #4

Miyamoto Usagi's attempt to save Tomoe has failed and has left him half-dead on the road only to be found and rescued by Shingen, who thankfully is less murderous than the last time our ronin's path crossed the ninja. Usagi's successful escape, and Tomoe being loose somewhere in his compound, forces Lord Tamakuro to push up his plans to move against the shogun. Can Usagi work with the Neko Ninja to stop him?

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The Big Leap - The White Swan Lives!

The third episode of The Big Leap brings a road trip to Chicago to watch a professional ballet company perform the ballet our reality-TV stars have been working on. They then, in turn, do a performance for the professionals (which goes as bad as you would expect). The fact that the company is the one Monica (Mallory Jansen) used to headline offers a chance to explore her character a little while also twisting the knife into an old wound. Hoping for a big moment caught on film, Nick (Scott Foley) also arranges for the reunion of Justin (Raymond Cham Jr.) and his estranged father which, despite being a total dick move, may have actually helped both characters in the long run.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Lost Symbol - Murmuration

The search continues as Professor Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman) and Katharine Solomon (Valorie Curry) reach back out to Nunez (Rick Gonzalez) for help and Robert reveals Mal’akh's (Beau Knapp) threat to Katharine. Ignoring the threat has dire consequences for Katharine's assistant. While we also get more of the CIA searching for answers, the episode is most notable for Langdon allowing Katharine to use her expertise to help him solve the cypher and an old film that our intrepid treasure hunters are able to find which seems to show an example of the power the portal may offer. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #121

Old Hob and the Mutanimals have been defeated... now what? Hob gets a taste of Mutant Town's anger towards him and the Mutanimals, as his beatdown is only stopped by a tearful plea from Zanna which nearly allows him to escape leading to a chase, some stabby-stabby action from Raphael, and Hob's eventual recapture. Whatever happens to Hob at this point, it's clear that not everyone will be pleased with the outcome.

Only Murders in the Building - The Sting

Needing help on how to deal with a celebrity suspect, Charles (Steve Martin) uses a personal collection to get the three podcasters in from of murder podcast legend Cinda Canning (Tina Fey). Although the Sting lead turns out to be another humous dead end, the episode closes with another appearance by Canning suggesting events in the Arconia are going to take an even darker turn. The episode is also notable for Charles' disastrous date with Jan (Amy Ryan), forcing him to reveal more about his past than he planned, and someone in the building dropping a bombshell on Charles and Oliver (Martin Short) revealing Mabel's (Selena Gomez) connection to Tim Kono.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Stargirl - Summer School: Chapter Nine

After crushing Yolanda (Yvette Monreal) and Rick (Cameron Gellman), but failing with Beth (Anjelika Washington), Eclipso turns his attention on Courtney's (Brec Bassinger) family by targeting Barbara (Amy Smart) and Mike (Trae Romano) for their guilt over Icicle's (Neil Jackson) death while Pat (Luke Wilson) gets lost in memories of the old days involving Eclipso's previous appearance decades before and the dark days following the death of Charles McNider's daughter. Set against a raging storm in the background, Barbara is able to find some light from an unlikely source while Courtney arrives just in time to save both Mike and Pat from their nightmares.

Black Cat #10

Although Black Cat does manage to negotiate the assistance of another of the Infinity Stones hosts in the silent Quantum, the issue is more about what happens afterwards due to run-ins with Nighthawk, Nick Fury, Jr.,  and Odessa Drake who is less than keen on Felicia's current plans.

NCIS: Hawai'i - Pilot / Boom

In an obvious attempt to fill the void left by the conclusion of the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, CBS launches a new spin-off the NCIS franchise set in the Hawaiian islands. Vanessa Lachey stars as Jane Tennant, the first female Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS: Pearl. Alex Tarrant is Kai Holman, the youngest member of the team, an island native returning home after working for the Navy abroad, whose estranged relationship with is ailing father appears to be an ongoing storyline.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Checkmate #4

The chess game between Checkmate and Leviathan continues in issue #4 as Green Arrow and Manhunter are able to fight off Leviathan agents Guardian and Merlyn who infiltrate the abandoned JLA Watchtower for unknown nefarious purposes. Not only are the heroes successful in driving out the invaders, but they are able to obtain a sample of Guardian's blood which offers a clue to Mister Bones recognizing a rejected DEO program of splicing alien DNA into agents which may help explain how Mark Shaw has created his own little army.

SummerSlam (2021)

One of cornerstone PPV events of WWE, 2021's SummerSlam had some memorable moments, but not much in terms of memorable matches. Both main events showcased champions battling over-the-hill wrestlers coming out of retirement as Roman Reigns beat down the 44 year-old John Cena (who hasn't wrestled full-time for five years) for the Universal Championship and Bobby Lashley defeated the 54 year-old Goldberg to retain the WWE Championship.

The biggest moment of the night, and only real surprise, came in the shake-up for the SmackDown Women's Championship as Becky Lynch made an unexpected return and defeated Bianca Belair in under a minute in what can't really be referred to as a match. A contender for match of the night, in the Raw Women's Championship triple-threat match Charlotte Flair (as expected) defeated Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley to win another title and continue her run as the most decorated women's champion in WWE history.

Y: The Last Man - The Day Before

When you sit down to watch a post-apocalyptic series the one thing you expect to see is a post-apocalyptic world. Other than a short tease at the beginning of the episode and the beginning of the strange events that cause the death of all but a single man on the planet at the end of the episode, nearly all of "The Last Day Before" offers a look at the last normal day before the end of the world. While the idea here is to introduce who the characters were before the world went to shit, the reality is that the episode meant to sell audiences on the concept of the series is nearly completely about events and troubles that are irrelevant by the end.

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Leverage: Redemption - The Mastermind Job

The mid-season finale for Leverage: Redemption hits close to home for the team when they discover the existence of a tell-all book that would reveal secrets about the team and their clients to the world. Worst of all, the writer of the book is pretending to be Nate Ford. While I was expecting some nefarious purpose here, possibly an old enemy bringing the team into the light to spring a trap, that's not what writer Kate Rorick has in mind for us. Instead of finding a con man or villain, the team comes across an accountant (Joey Slotnick) and former friend to Nate.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

I wasn't the biggest fan of 2018's Venom which often didn't even attempt to make its plot coherent. The new sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage isn't a big improvement over the first film, but when it embraces its craziness it does offer more fun. Sadly, as with the first film, one of the big failings of the sequel is the writing which takes forever to get the plot moving and, for some inexplicable reason, even abandons its most successful aspect of the series by separating Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and the symbiote for an extended period this time around.

Venom and Eddie work together because they're both losers. Seriously lame losers. Their problems stem from the fact they are able to each see the other's failings but not always their own allowing for a one-man odd couple relationship to provide some uniquely weird sequences.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

No Time to Die

Daniel Craig's tenure as British Secret Agent James Bond comes to an end as the troubled No Time to Die (first delayed by a director swap then by COVID) finally makes it into theaters. More than Craig's last film, the four writers credited to the film set out to make it Bond's last film creating a scenario where Craig both begins (Casino Royale) and ends Bond's legacy. For those agree that Craig is the definitive Bond, the choice may be easier to swallow than those of us who believe, at best, he ranks third or fourth in a franchise spanning nearly 60 years.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Once and Future #20

Stuck in the Otherworld, Duncan, Rose, Bridgette and the survivors from the retirement community travel to Grail Castle. Although far from safe, it does have the advantage of providing sanctuary from Zombie Arthur who always finds the location just out of reach. The layover provides a moment of respite for the heroes, and for Duncan and his Gran to talk, before Rose (who is the new Gawain) enlists their help to save her parents in Bath setting up next issue's new monster who has a particular way of dealing with men.

The Big Leap - I Want You Back

As I avoid reality-TV like the plague, the idea The Big Leap wasn't an easy sell. However, with a number of likable stars in Piper Perabo, Teri Polo, and Scott Foley, I decided to give the series' opening episode a chance. And I'm glad I did. Built around a new reality-TV series about giving dancers a second chance, the drama introduces us to a handful of the key players including Foley as the showrunner Nick Blackburn, Polo as an aging social media influencer, Jon Rudnitsky struggling with depression after being laid of and seeing his marriage fall apart, and Simone Recasner as a talented dancer whose life was derailed by teenage pregnancy and being the last to discover that her high school boyfriend (Raymond Cham Jr.) was gay.

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The Voyeurs

The Voyeurs is an thrill-less tale of a naïve couple too cute for their own good (Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith) who become obsessed watching their neighbor's (Ben Hardy) sexual antics from their apartment window. Dragged down by a sluggish pace, questionable acting, and an increasingly absurd storyline, the movie from writer/director Michael Mohan is barely salacious let alone the erotic thriller it aspires to be. The Voyeurs is flaccid for most of its two-hour run-time.

After meeting their neighbor's wife (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), who they've watched the photographer cheat on with a revolving door of models he's brought into the apartment, Pippa (Sweeney) becomes overly invested in what's occurring across the street leading to a series of bad decisions, and insane twists (each less believable than the last), before the movie mercifully comes to an end.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #286

G.I. JOE turns the spotlight on the most famous Arashikage ninja in G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #286 as Stalker narrates a flashback tale back in Vietnam and the first time Snake Eyes laid eyes on Storm Shadow (which, of course is one-hundred times better than anything we got from the Snake Eyes film.

Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #4

"The Muscle" introduces a new mercenary to Gotham City. The Muscle arrives in Gotham Harbor, silencing a witness and destroying a yacht for his latest client, before setting his sights on his next target: Detective Renee Montoya.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

We Are Lady Parts - Represent / Sparta

The final two episodes of the first, and perhaps only, season of the witty and heartfelt We Are Lady Parts revolve around the release and backlash of social media influencer Zarina's (Sofia Barclay) article about the band that no only outs Amina (Anjana Vasan) to her friends but also paints the group as anti-Muslim radicals leading to a crushing wave of social media hate landing on the band. The fact that article hits on an already emotional day for Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey) leads to the implosion of the band, Amina returning to her pre-Lady Parts life, and leaving Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse) to pick up the pieces and try to put the band back together.

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3 offers three more separate tales of Red Sonja in black and white... and red. The third issue of the anthology is notable for offering not one but two separate tales without any dialogue.

The only tale with dialogue, "Small Tales," is notable for having a character that won't shut-up when Sonja comes across a young girl who manages to momentarily snare Sonja in a trap. Our heroine helps the young girl home, only to discover she is not the orphan she claimed to be but a runaway who hoped to meet her hero.

The Lost Symbol - The Araf

Professor Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman) and Katharine Solomon's (Valorie Curry) treasure hunt continues in the second episode of the series as the pair get some assistance from a mason (Tyrone Benskin), and friend of Katharine's father, to elude the CIA and figure out what their next move should be. The "big" reveal here is that the incomplete pyramid is a map to this mysterious portal and translating it has something to do with a Bible verse. Um, okay. Meanwhile, Peter Solomon (Eddie Izzard) makes marginal progress in an escape attempt, only to be dragged back into captivity, and the mysterious Mal’akh (Beau Knapp) offers Langdon an ultimatum about his travelling companion (which doesn't make much sense if he wants Langdon to succeed as he'll need all the help he can get).

Friday, September 24, 2021

Only Murders in the Building - How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

It's not surprising that the episode centered more on Oliver (Martin Short) would be the goofiest episode of the series so far. Along with flashbacks to the director's notorious Broadway flop ("Splash: The Musical"), we also get a look into Oliver's mind as he attempts to cast the killer for the podcast much the way he would a Broadway show with various suspects trying out on stage. His first idea for star fizzles out, and it's not until the very end of the episode that he thinks the podcast may have found its leading man in one of the apartment building's most famous residents.

Usagi Yojimbo #22

Miyamoto Usagi's travels with his cousin Yukichi Yamamoto continue in part one of "Ransom" as the two wanderers have mad their way out of Lord Hikiji's province only to run into new trouble when their paths cross those of Kitsune and Kiyoko. It doesn't take the young warrior long to discover the sneakiness of the two thieves as they tease Yukichi before showing the travelers the thieves' latest score: a ledger of corruption and payoffs.

Subnormal

The British documentary from director Lyttanya Shannon looks back at a time when immigrant children with dark skin were being disproportionately labeled "educationally subnormal" and sent to special ESN schools where their chance at a proper education was drastically reduced. Including interviews from former students, their parents, educators, and advocates who helped bring the situation to light, Subnormal offers an intriguing look back a story that cuts to the heart of racism and disenfranchisement.

Although short, and a times a tad dry given the shocking subject matter, the documentary is informative delving into  the schools which started in the 1940s and only stopped because of investigation and activism in the 1960s and 1970s that the British Government eventually could no longer ignore.

FBI: International - Pilot

Part three of a three-hour crossover across the various CBS FBI series, the "Pilot" episode of FBI: International introduces us to the FBI's Budapest-based overseas Fly Team who are called into action to deal with threats outside the United States. The episode follows the thread introduced in FBI and continued in FBI: Most Wanted concerning human trafficker Colin Kent (Oded Fehr) who by the start of this episode has fled the United States with a 14 year-old hostage to avoid prosecution. With a rather unnecessary guest-appearance from OA (Zeeko Zaki), the Fly Team work to find Kent, his blackmail material on powerful pedophiles, and the missing girl.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Love and Monsters

It may seem weird to call a story centered around a 23 year-old man a coming of age story, but that's exactly what Love and Monsters offers. Seven years after the end of the world, with people huddling in bunkers hiding from a wide assortment of mutated monsters roaming the earth, the cowardly Joel (Dylan O'Brien) decides to do something completely against his nature and travel 85 miles across the monster-infested post-apocalyptic landscape to find his girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick) who he last saw seven years ago.

Narrated by the self-deprecating Joel who is both aware of his shortcomings and determined to overcome them, we follow the young man's journey where he'll face gruesome monsters and run into an assortment of odd characters including an unlikely pair of survivors (Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt) living on the surface, a robot, and a dog.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series - The Eat, Bang, Kill Tour #2

The second issue of Harley Quinn: The Animated Series - The Eat, Bang, Kill Tour features Harley and Ivy together one-step ahead of the obsessed Gordon which leads the pair to Catwoman (a character with plenty of space to grow given her short appearance on the show). Ivy's internal conflict at the happiness she feels for giving into her love for Harley and the utter panic when she is reminded just how truly crazy Harley is continues to be the main focus of the story.

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Stargirl - Summer School: Chapter Seven

The week after the defeat of Cindy's (Meg DeLacy) short-lived Injustice Society sequel, and Eclipso's escape from the Black Diamond, Stargirl turns its attention back to the growing unrest of Yolanda (Yvette Monreal) whose guilt over Brainwave's death has gotten steadily worse since Eclipso's arrival in Blue Valley. Although we don't get the larger version of the character seen in the last episode, we are offered the return of the creepy kid version of the villain (Milo Stein) lurking and toying with his prey. The episode is written in such a way it's hard to separate what events were caused by Yolanda's own guilt, Eclipso's influence, or (as we see in her hallucinations) some leftover mental parasite of Brainwave.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Green Lantern #6

Green Lantern #6 is notable mostly for the first meeting between Sojourner Mullein  and Sinestro on New Korugar while Simon Baz looks to calm down the out of control of the rampaging Teen Lantern (mostly off-panel, which turns out to be just as disappointing as it sounds).

Cleopatra in Space - Suspicion

"Suspicion" picks up the thread of Cleopatra (Lilimar) believing Callie (Kari Wahlgren) is Octavian's spy and setting up to prove it by partnering with the school's mean girl during the "No Science Fair" when the entire school takes a break from technology. Despite their initial distrust, the pair turn out to make a good team as Cleo discovers Callie was simply jealous of Cleopatra (even at one point pretending to be her in the episode to meet the biggest star in the Nile Galaxy, who turns out to be a mind-controlled agent of Octavian). The episode is notable for the pair burying the hatchet, the closing musical number, and Akila (Katie Crown) discovering Brian (Jorge Diaz) has feelings for her.

Blue and Gold #2

After being rebuffed by the Justice League, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle set out to make a name for themselves. As with most of Booster Gold's ideas, things don't exactly go to plan. The heroes are able to recover some stolen Kord technology but also earn the animosity of the company's board leading to Ted Kord's exit. So much for them picking up the duo's super-hero bills.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Alex Rider - Episode One

Going for a less over-the-top feel than the 2006 film, the opening episode of Alex Rider introduces us to the talented teenager who discovers his recently deceased uncle (Andrew Buchan) was actually a secret agent. Otto Farrant is well cast as the series lead as Alex looking into his uncle's "car crash" leads to the discovery of a secret world he's first invited, and then later blackmailed, into becoming a part of. "Episode One" also lays the foundation for the season's villains in the evil teenager (George Sear) who kills his father and the mention of a private school which will no doubt be Alex's eventual destination.

Green Lantern 2021 Annual #1

The Green Lantern 2021 Annual #1 answers a couple of big questions to the ongoing storyline unfolding in Green Lantern where the Corps is in shambles following the destruction of the Power Battery on Oa. First, how did Jessica Cruz become a member of the Sinestro Corps? And second, where the hell has Hal Jordan been?

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The Lost Symbol - As Above, So Below

Adapted from Dan Brown's 2009 novel of the same name, the opening episode of The Lost Symbol might be the most Dan Brown thing ever captured on film. As seen in The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno, Professor Robert Langdon (played here by Ashley Zukerman) is pulled into a bizarre mystery where his knowledge of history, symbology, art, cryptography, and obscure religious trivia will be put to the test against a secret cult (what else) determined to find secrets buried hundreds of years ago. The first episode focuses on Langdon being lured to Washington, D.C. to discover his mentor Peter Solomon (Eddie Izzard) has been kidnapped by a shadowy conspiracy hoping to force Langdon into discovering the location of their prize.