Friday, March 1, 2024

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Warriors

The second episode of Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender gives us Aang's (Gordon Cormier) short time on Kyoshi Island. There are several pleasant changes from the animated version most noticeably Aang not needing to showoff to impress and removing Sokka's (Ian Ousley) toxic masculinity and sexist attitude from the episode altogether. I also quite enjoyed Maria Zhang's version of Suki, one of the original series' best supporting characters, and the mutual attraction the two pair share. Memorable moments mostly center around the Sokka and Suki together, although the episode also provides a memorable example of what an Avatar in control of their powers can accomplish when Avatar Kyoshi (Yvonne Chapman) takes control of Aang and dispels Fire Nation intruders from the island.

Catwoman #62

Catwoman #62 continues the "Nine Lives" storyline in which writer Tini Howard keeps finding ways to kill off Catwoman and bring her back for more. My real interest in the comic isn't in the story itself, although Catwoman fulfilling an old debt by agreeing to work a single case for Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad is an interesting set-up, but the number of characters with ties to the Secret Six including both Black Alice and Jeannette who are part of Catwoman's team in stealing an artifact from Black Adam.

Will Trent - It's the Work I Signed Up For

Spinning out of events from the season premiere, and touching on storylines began last season, both Will (Ramón Rodríguez) and Faith (Iantha Richardson) visit the prison to find the shot-caller responsible for the bombing that took the life of Cricket (Susan Kelechi Watson). The investigation is stymied by the corruption within the prison and a prison break attempt which fails, but still leaves our detectives without answers. This leads to multiple father/son scenes between Will and James Ulster (Greg Germann) including the serial killer taking enough to "save" Will (but really just help out his own position within the prison hierarchy).

Happy Birthday Emeraude Toubia

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Shadows of Tantiss

"Shadows of Tantiss" makes good use of a ticking tock trope using the blood sampling we saw introduced in "Confined." With Omega's (Michelle Ang) blood now in the system, she's forced to escape with Crosshair (Dee Bradley Baker) before the sample is tested leading to a hurried, but ultimately successful, escape from Tantiss. However, now that the Empire knows the secret they have been searching for so relentlessly is locked in Omega's genetic code you would expect them to redouble their efforts to capturing her again.

Zorro: Man of the Dead #2

Reunited with her brother for the first time in years, Rosa's attempts to get Diego out of La Vega are hampered by the cartel closing down its borders in search of them, Diego's delusion of being the 19th Century Zorro and his determination to stay and lead a revolution, and the willingness of everyone they meet to gladly buy into Zorro's return in the community's time of need. While some were willing to flee, the return of Zorro has given them hope and a willingness to fight.

NCIS: Hawai'i - License to Thrill

Somebody has been watching Point Break. Recovering from an opening with laughably inept performances by both bank security guards and local police (the GCPD in the 60s Batman show were more convincing) allowing a band of thieves on motorcycles to escape, "License to Thrill" wins back some good will with a dumb, but fun, episode playing largely on Jesse (Noah Mills) looking back on the road not taken. There's not much to the episode other than the team working to identify the stunt-riders turned robbers, with more of Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) struggling, and failing, to discover what Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) is really doing on the island, but there are some fun moments here and there in Jesse shaking dust off some forgotten skills and Whistler (Tori Anderson) attempting to blend in at a supercross rally.

Nights #5

As the countdown to the end of the world ticks ever closer Vince and his friends hit the local water park for some old fashioned fun that doesn't go exactly as planned. Nights #5 continues the mix of dark themes and foreboding with humorous moments such as Gray teasing Vince about missing his chance at mouth-to-mouth or an example of even the dead having trouble with computer games.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Irrational - Reciprocity

The Irrational closes out its first season solving the murder of Jace (Brian King) and the true (and more than slightly convoluted) motivations behind the 20 year-old bombing and bringing Senator Sanford (James Tupper) to justice. In what appears to be the continuing small shakeup to the status quo, The Irrational doubles down on its connection to the FBI with Kylie (Travina Springer) taking a federal job and Phoebe (Molly Kunz) exits stage left for new position with less health risks. The awkwardly tacked-on epilogue also suggests Rose (Karen David) will be returning for at least part of next season.

Death and Other Details - Memorable / Vanishing

Where "Memorable" works on delving into Imogene's (Violett Beane) broken memories about the death of her mother, "Vanishing" returns to the ship to examine the events before and after the death of Llewellyn Mathers (Jere Burns) providing motivations, secrets, and revelations for multiple characters and, before all is said and done, the elimination of two more passengers as the mysterious Victor Sams.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Dune: Part Deux

Director Denis Villeneuve's first Dune film set up the world of Arrakis, galactic politics between houses, and a religion spanning across space and time. With his house destroyed, Paul (Timothée Chalamet) has journeyed into the desert with his mother (Rebecca Ferguson). The second film deals primarily with Paul's life among the Fremen, fighting his destiny to become a religious icon to them, and his attempts to rally them against House Harkonnen,

Monday, February 26, 2024

Delicious in Dungeon - Kelpie/Porridge/Broiled with Sauce

As the adventurers travel down another level in the dungeon we get an episode that brings back the other party seen in a previous episode, who they come across as dead again. Events here seemingly set up a misunderstanding and likely eventual confrontation between the two groups at some point later in the series. The episode also brings back Senshi's (SungWon Cho) distrust of magic which he will overcome and a slight change to his concept of the balanced ecosystem within the dungeon.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #304

There isn't that much of note in G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #304 which confirms that Snake Eyes and Scarlett aren't dead (to the surprise of absolutely no one) and the continuation of the partnership between the mutations from Cobra Island led by Serpentor Khan and Revanche. It's not a bad issue by any means, just a bit of a middling middle issue of a larger arc slowly pushing events forward.

Zorro - The Wedding

"The Wedding" offers the final cat and mouse game between Nah-Lin (Dalia Xiuhcoatl) and Diego (Miguel Bernardeau) when she threatens to kill Lolita (Renata Notni) on her wedding day to Monasterio (Emiliano Zurita) unless Diego gives up the mantle of Zorro. Zorro kidnaps her instead, saving her but also unintentionally revealing his secret to her which will play into the final two episodes of the series. Despiste her suspicions about Zorro's true identity, Lolita's part of the episode ends with her marriage while Diego still has Nah-Lin to deal with.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Head

A bizarre German B-movie horror flick, The Head involves mad scientists and their crazy experiments taking organ transplants, which in 1959 were still new and experimental, to an entirely new level. We start with the sudden death of Prof. Dr. Abel (Michel Simon) and his crazed assistant (Horst Frank) who manages to remove Abel's head and keep it alive separate from his body to keep the professor's knowledge alive and continue his experiments against the professor's wishes.

Buoyed by the experiment's success, and getting away with the murder of the professor's former assistant (Kurt Müller-Graf), he then commits to a similar procedure removing the head of a hunchback (Karin Kernke) and transplanting it onto the body of a boorish burlesque dancer (Christiane Maybach) who he knew in another life, under another name, while lying to both about what he has planned.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Ultimate Spider-Man #2

As with the first volume of Ultimate Spider-Man, this new comic offers an alternate history to Peter Parker's life in a separate dimension. Here, 20 years ago, a villain known as the Maker prevented heroes from being born. Peter Parker, now a father and husband, has been offered a chance to reclaim a legacy lost by Tony Stark. Choosing to let himself be bitten, and wearing a suit provided by Stark, Peter Parker has become the not-yet-amazing Spider-Man.

Saturday with Shay

Friday, February 23, 2024

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Confined

The Season Three premiere of Star Wars: The Bad Batch focuses on the daily routine of Omega (Michelle Ang) now a prisoner of the Imperial Research Facility on Weyland. We don't get the rest of the Bad Batch, except for Crosshair (Dee Bradley Baker) who is also a guinea pig for the doctors. Because the focus is the structure and banality of Omega's current plight without hope of escape, the premiere provides less action than almost any episode of the series, although there are some important pieces to the overall puzzle revealed.

Wonder Woman #6

While it's unclear what Diana's allies were doing, especially given the recent effort to show how unwilling each of them was to let her stand alone, that's exactly what is in store for Wonder Woman as the Sovereign sends a coordinated attack against the Amazon using the various allies gathered in the last issue (GigantaCirceDoctor PsychoAngle ManGrail, and Silver Swan) in the National Mall while leaving one more surprise for last.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Aang

There were several questions heading into Netflix's new adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The opening episode "Aang," covering roughly the first three episodes of the animated series along with a prolonged opening helping set up the world now ravaged by the Fire Nation, answers a couple of the biggest about the series are provided in terms of if it would stay true to the same timeline as the original (it won't) and if it could convey CGI bending more effectively than the disappointing 2010 movie (it certainly does).

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur - Suit Up!

"Suit Up" serves two purposes. The first is to force Lunella (Diamond White) to deal with the PTSD caused by her cosmic encounter. The second is to get our heroine a refresh on her costume as she and Mimi (Alfre Woodard) visit Mimi's old science buddies (Jackée Harry and Ann Harada) to develop a new suit for Moon Girl. Highlights of the episode include Mimi's friends falling for Devil Dinosaur, the over-armored costume of Lunella's design, and Moon Girl finally learning that no amount of armor can protect her from all threats and its time to start using her brain rather than brawn.

Green Lantern #8

Green Lantern #8 offers the arrival of the Blue Lantern Razer on Earth who warns Hal Jordan of attacks against the Power Batteries of multiple of the rainbow brigade leading him to challenge the exiled Green Lantern to try and make a difference. Unfortunately, despite a will to succeed, Hal is unable to breach the barrier that keeps him contained on Earth. The plot, which feels like a homage to classic Silver Surfer tales, but, like with the Surfer, the best adventures are always out in space isn't anything special, although there is some good humor and the art by Amancay Nahuelpan is great to look at.

Will Trent - Me Llamo Will Trent

I missed this show. Will Trent returns for its Second Season with Will (Ramón Rodríguez) largely ignoring the events of last season (other than learn Spanish to honor his mother), Angie (Erika Christensen) pushing herself to get back to work too soon, Ormewood (Jake McLaughlin) and Faith (Iantha Richardson) both struggling with relationships, and new crimes to be solved. The crime of the week involves a bomber targeting families of prisoners who refused or were unwilling to pay extortion to keep their loved ones safe. The bomb-heavy plot allows for the introduction of Susan Kelechi Watson as a bomb-tech and potential love interest for Will, but the show's writers have other plans.

Transformers #5

In between both the Autobots and the Decepticons racing to rebuild their forces to get an upper hand in their never-ending war, we get a couple of battles and some moments of the Autobots with their new human friends. Transformers #5 offers some fun moments such as Starscream's glee in choosing how to widening the numbers of Deceptions, and later, when the Autobots make a run at the Ark, revealing the not-to-little surprise for him. Of course we also get the sheer terror from the character is seeing what Optimus Prime is now using for an arm.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

NCIS: Hawai'i - Crash and Burn

Closing out the two-part opening arc, "Crash and Burn" focuses on NCIS and the Coast Guard chasing down the escaped prisoners whose plane was brought down in the ocean. With everyone splitting up, we get several separate threads. Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) take the biological weapons creator whose escape was the point of the crash. Kai (Alex Tarrant) and Jesse (Noah Mills) team with Pike (Mark Gessner) to take down a trio of criminals. Ernie (Jason Antoon) works on finding the hacker. And Lucy (Yasmine Al-Bustami) and Whistler (Tori Anderson) track down an arsonist whose capture reveals another target the team needs to be paying much more attention to.

Wonder Festival Winter 2024 Cosplay

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #2

Framed in much the same manner as the first issue, Vengeance of Moon Knight #2 gives us Tigra talking things through with Dr. Andrea Sterman while providing a bit more of the new Moon Knight's confrontation with the inhabitants of the Midnight Mission. By the end of the issue a couple of things are clear, this Moon Knight is certainly capable of holding his own against any of them, and he is not Marc Spector.

Resident Alien - Lone Wolf

Building on storylines begun last season, Harry (Alan Tudyk) has gone to work for General McCallister (Linda Hamilton) while also continuing his work as town doctor in Patience. Just how Harry actually balances both is a bit unclear. Although his struggles to work as a member of McCallister's team is certainly documented, making that work with Harry's life back in Patience without feeling like filler is going to take a little work. When Joseph (Enver Gjokaj) shows up in town as the new deputy looking for answers as to why Harry didn't leave the Earth and showing some interest in Asta (Sara Tomko), Harry decides to try and spy on Asta and Joseph's date rather than reveal the truth.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Dark Cloud

Suffering from memory issues and panic attacks after an accident, former actress Chloe Temple (Alexys Gabrielle) enrolls herself in a tech company's test program agreeing to say in an AI house created to assist her rehabilitation and recovery. Neither her sister (Anna Stranz) nor her boyfriend (Toussaint Morrison) are supportive of her decision, but after the initial awkwardness Chloe does find some comfort in the support and isolation AIDA (Emily Atack) provides. However, she becomes quickly concerned with her privacy and safety where AIDA is concerned.

Delicious in Dungeon - Court Cuisine/Boiled in Salt Water

"Court Cuisine/Boiled in Salt Water" continues the show's theme of finding food in usual places. The first-half of the episode deals with Laios (Damien C. Haas) and his failed attempts to find sustenance within Living Paintings where he struggles to find a meal, and even when finally doing so, returns only to discover the food has no substance in his world. Jumping through several paintings all within the same part of the dungeon, Laios begins to visit the same people at different times in their lives and draws the attention of an elf who begins to suspect Laois may be responsible for the kingdom's troubles. I'll be curious to see if the show picks up this thread later on in the series.

Usagi Yojimbo: Ice and Snow #5

Wrapping up the five-issue mini-series, Usagi Yojimbo: Ice and Snow #5 offers this single-issue epilogue in which weary Miyamoto Usagi and Yukichi, and later some of the bandits who worked for Jei, find shelter in an isolated village. At first it appears the trouble the ronin may have to deal with is the bandits who swear they have changed their ways, but plan to stick around to rob the village after the ronin leave the area. However, the real trouble lies elsewhere.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Death and Other Details - Tragic

After her short romantic bliss with Jules (Hugo Diego Garcia), Imogene (Violett Beane) reality crashes back down to earth once she learns Rufus (Mandy Patinkin) has connected her new beau to Victor Sams who also claims a new victim on the ship preventing Alexandra (Tamberla Perry) for divulging any of dirty little secrets to Interpol. "Tragic" fills in Jules' backstory as well as providing another confession by Rufus (which is the shakiest sequence of the the entire episode as the episode flipflops again on just how good a detective Rufus really is). Heading into the final two episodes, next week will put the focus back on the murder of Imogene's mother with the finale bringing all events to a head and revealing a murderer.

Resident Alien - The Complete First Season

The First Season of Resident Alien introduces us to Alan Tudyk, who also narrates every episode, playing a stranded alien who has taken the identity of Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle living isolated outside the small town of Patience, Colorado. After being dragged in to town to help solve the death of the town's doctor (Jan Bos), and later become roped in to taking his place by Mayor Ben Hawthorne (Levi Fiehler), Harry's time is spent awkwardly attempting to fit in while also frantically searching for both a device from his spaceship (lost in the crash) and the body of the real Harry before any humans stumble upon either of them.

The Irrational - Bombshell

My biggest complaint with "Bombshell" is how obvious the resolution of the episode is in not furthering the series-long story in any meaningful way. After escaping prison, Wes Banning (Ben Cotton) builds a bomb vest and shows up at the university to hold Alec (Jesse L. Martin), Phoebe (Molly Kunz), and Owen (Arash DeMaxi) hostage. During the episode, Alec earns the man's trust and discovers the motivations behind the bomb that sent Banning to prison. Agreeing to help save Banning's daughter (Siana Bajwa), Alec saves himself and his assistants, but because Banning dies at the end of the episode he never lives up to his end of the bargain and dies without revealing any new information about the man responsible thus keeping the status quo of the series intact.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Madame Web

It's rare to find a movie that is seemingly as self-aware of being awful as Sony's Madame Web. I can't confirm that cast and crew deliberately set out to make a bad B-movie but that's really the only way that this film's existence makes any sense. Its mind-blowing faults in every aspect of filmmaking presents an unapologetic dumpster fire to keep you guessing what bad decision, in front or behind the camera, will be made next.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Zorro - Mask Games / The Myth

In "Mask Games," Diego's (Miguel Bernardeau) actions force the Governor (Rodolfo Sancho) to put up the Ramirez land for auction. With the help of the an unlikely ally, and Mei (Chacha Huang) as their go between, Diego is able to keep the Russians from the bidding on the land although he himself is also kept away with his introduction to the secret cult of the Bear Clan, leaving Bernardo (Paco Tous) to place the last minute winning bid. So far, the fumbled development of the secret society has been one of the show's only mistakes.

Batman #142

For what is supposedly the start of a new arc, I found Batman #142 messy and confusing. Falling back onto DC's most overused theme, the comic offers us "Year One" of the Joker. Beginning after his swan dive into the chemical vat, the comic picks up with three members of the Red Hood Gang (rather than just one) being exposed to the chemicals. While "Red Hood One" begins his story after being transformed, the other two are similarly changed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur - The Great Beyond-er!

After jumping through the portal to save her friends and family, closing it after her, the Second Season of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur opens with Lunella (Diamond White) lost in space-time only to be saved by the Beyonder (Laurence Fishburne). Introduced halfway through the show's First Season, this version of the comic character plays an awful lot like Mister Mxyzptlk, an overpowered creature popping in to cause havoc and chaos for our heroine. This time, the Beyonder saves Moon Girl, but rather than take her straight home he instead chooses to take her to one of his favorite worlds... which unfortunately for them has seen better days since his last visit and where his powers no longer work.

ThunderCats #1

Set after the events of the ThunderCats crashlanding on Third Earth, this new series offers a few panels to explain the backstory before jumping into the young Lion-O itching to prove himself as leader. I'm glad the comic starts after the Thundercats arrive, but it does have the unenviable position of dealing with Lion-O at his most insufferable period. Personally, I wouldn't have minded setting the series a bit further down the line where the leader of the ThunderCats had matured.

NCIS: Hawai'i - Run and Gun

NCIS: Hawai'i returns for a Third Season with Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) ready to return to active duty needing to only pass a psychological evaluation and a final evaluation by old friend Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), both of whom offer their okay... although Sam sticks around to keep an eye on her. Meanwhile, Lucy (Yasmine Al-Bustami), Kai (Alex Tarrant), and Jesse (Noah Mills), and Ernie (Jason Antoon) investigate a public execution on a beach committed by a suspect dressed as a police officer leading to the discovery of a leak the U.S. Marshals seem willing to pin on another one of Tennant's old friends (Nick Creegan).

Upgraded

Upgraded is one of those films that makes you pity those involved in the production who will have to wear the stain of being a part of the film on the career resume like a scarlet letter until the end of time. The braindead romcom (apparently unaware its stealing random characters directly from Cinderella) offers almost no examples of a normally-functioning human being on-screen. If this is what it feels like to be upgraded, leave me in coach.

Monday, February 12, 2024

SHAZAM! #8

SHAZAM! #7 ended with a host of trouble for the Captain to work through. It's impressive that Billy manages to tackle everything in this issue, especially after discovering the destroyed house also puts the foster family in jeopardy as Rosa and Victor couldn't house the kids without a house. Relying on the help of Darla to wear down the Galactic Auditors and end both their nagging of paperwork and demands to return Mr. Space Dinosaur to them, Billy then turns his attention to the house itself.

Delicious in Dungeon - Snacks/Sorbet

"Snacks/Sorbet" offers a different setup starting with an entirely different group of adventurers who get taking out by the very treasure they sought. Our party comes across their corpses and, after battling the living treasure, decides to make a meal out of the it which, while that sound painful to eat, apparently, like all of Senshi's (SungWon Cho) dishes, tastes delicious. Later, Senshi and Laios (Damien C. Haas) use home-made holy water, made in part from the treasure, to drive off ghosts attacking the party. The ghosts passing through the concoction has the odd effect to turn it into sorbet offering a pleasant dessert.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2

Taking a short-cut into Gotham City, Mystery, Inc. find themselves in Slaughter Swamp where they run into DC Comics' most famous zombie along with Batman and a promoter named Cyril Gold selling a paranormal tourism experience for Millennials looking to take a selfie with Solomon Grundy. Both Batman and Velma smell something fishy about Gold's business (and not only because Batman knows Grundy is safely locked up in Gotham City), and so the gang joins in to help the Dark Knight Detective get to the bottom of what is really happening in the swamp.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Out of Darkness

Set during the Paleolithic Age, Out of Darkness follows a small band of wanderers (Chuku Modu, Kit Young, Safia Oakley-Green, Iola Evans, Luna Mwezi, and Arno Lüning) on the new shore struggling in their search for food and shelter who find themselves hunted by an unseen enemy who begins picking off the group one by one.

While the characters are pretty basic archetypes such as warrior, outside, coward, etc., writer/director Andrew Cumming's film is a solid thriller making the most of the barren landscape and limited tools the humans have to defend themselves with.

The film's look, including the dense fog that appears in several crucial scenes, works fairly well in keeping our monster out of sight for much of the film. There's also a little more meat on the bone than your average thriller with a bit of social commentary thrown in as well.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Prophecy Comes True

Percy Jackson and the Olympians concludes with an episode that offer short confrontations between Percy (Walker Scobell) and Ares (Adam Copeland) on Earth and Percy and Zeus (Lance Reddick) in Olympus before winding down the adventure with a whimper. We also get moments of Percy with his father and his resurrected mother. While his arc does gain him recognition in the magical community, and allow him to put skills to the test, things overall don't change with the gods still meddling in the lives of mortals to their own ends and Percy leaving Camp Half-Blood and returning home until called upon for his next adventure. It's an underwhelming finale for an underwhelming season. At least the show is consistent.

Holmes & Houdini #1

Holmes & Houdini #1 brings together the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini who each are investigating different aspects of the same mystery. Only brought together in the final panel, we'll have to wait for proper introductions until issue #2. What the first issue does do is introduce both characters separately to the audience. Erica Houdini, magician and thief, puts her unique skills to the test in order to search for information about the death of her boyfriend.

Death and Other Details - Exquisite

While Jules (Hugo Diego Garcia) and Imogene (Violett Beane) get their own side quest in Malta and delivering the refugees, live on-board the ship gets back to normal for most of the passengers. However, now believing the mysterious Viktor Sams is behind the murder, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin) continues to investigate this time with the help of Leila (Pardis Saremi), whose backstory gets filled in a bit more, and Teddy (Angela Zhou). As Jules and Imogene get closer, the trio on the ship will make a discovery that raises questions about Jules, the ship, and how all of it is connected to the man responsible for the death of Imogene's mother.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Duke #2

After his run-in with a Decepticon, and taking the blame for its death and destruction, Duke is on the run from former friends and allies leading him back to an old childhood friend. His respite, although fruitful in learning where the Transformer beacon is pointing him, is ultimately cut short as Duke and Clutch are rounded up by Stalker and Rock 'n Roll and returned to the Pit.

The Irrational - Cheating Life

The hit-and-run death of a former scientist turned fitness guru he once knew leads Alec Mercer (Jesse L. Martin) to look into discovering the man's death was no accident (although it will take longer than the audience to come to the logical conclusion of what really happened). The show continues to play down the roles of Phoebe (Molly Kunz) and Owen (Arash DeMaxi), with Kylie (Travina Springer) playing shotgun for her brother rather than one of his assistants, while also limiting Alec's interactions with the FBI to a single scene (sadly they still get their own subplots which continues to spin their wheels).

Zorro - The Execution

"Execution" offers the chance for a limited alliance between Diego (Miguel Bernardeau) and Nah-Lin (Dalia Xiuhcoatl) who work together to free the Native American captives the Governor (Rodolfo Sancho) is holding before he kills them without a trial. Nah-Lin choosing to return the kidnapped Ramirez (Rubén Darío Gomez), in an effort to save her men, who shows up only a little worse the wear only to not make it out of the Governor's office alive also clues Monasterio (Emiliano Zurita) further into the kind of man he's working for leading him to choose to let Zorro escape at the end of the episode.