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What to Watch: I swear to you on Juliet’s life… Psych Season 7

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How do you know a person is lying? The way their voice shakes? Deviant eyes perhaps? Maybe you just happened to have a lie detector lying around so you hooked them up to it. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) shows no signs of lying, even with a lie detector strapped to his chest.

Trained from a young age by his father Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen), Shawn learns to be over aware of his surroundings; preparation for his future as a head detective. Unfortunately, he doesn’t become a head detective for the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) like his father, but he does become a detective of sorts. As a professional liar, or lead Psychic Detective for the SBPD, he’s solved over fifty cases in the prior six seasons. Shawn uses his hyper observant, and not-even-slightly-psychic-skills, to beat SBPD’s lead detectives, Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), in solving murder cases. Shawn cannot do this alone! What is a Psychic detective without his Pharmaceutical ally/best friend/only-person-who-knows-Shawn’s-a-pretend-psychic person, Ghee Buttersnaps… or is it Methusalah Honeysuckle (Dulé Hill)? 

 We are met with shock at the end of S6 when Henry is shot by a former friend, or dirty cop, whichever you prefer. Henry survives of course, but aside from that, S7 continues at a apparently perfect and steady pace. The season seems like it will continue with the same routine of hoodwinks and flim-flams; Shawn proceeds to build a better bond with his father, he seems to have the perfect relationship, and no one has discovered his lack of psychic ability, yet. Cases keep getting solved and season marches on, through the forest, to Baja, California, and back.

     Unlike prior seasons, S7 gets to see more of the “L” word especially for characters Henry, Lassie, and Gus (Dulé Hill), who have been lacking love in prior seasons. Gus finds his most recent love interest, Rachael (Parminder Nagra) online, but her love comes with a price, or offspring rather, but she shapes up to be the perfect woman. After her 8-month imprisonment for stealing packaged blood, Lassie’s girlfriend, Marlowe (Kristy Swanson) is released from prison and they soon get married. Shawn walks in on his father as he rekindles a past love with ex-wife Madeleine Spencer (Cybill Shepard) potentially scarring Shawn for life. 

As quickly as love ignites, Shawn’s world takes a turn for the worst when Juliet discovers that his psychic powers are a lie. Shawn spends an entire episode imagining what life would be like had he changed one minor detail in her discovery. Angst and anticipation move into S7 and from there, the hoodwinks and flim-flams aren’t a game anymore. More cautious of his psychic abilities, it seems that Shawn may slip up again.

Reaching the halfway point of the season the series has stayed consistent with humor, drama, and tragedy, but this season is a different kind of Psych. There is more intensity as Shawn struggles with the pain he caused the person he loves the most, Juliet. And call me naïve, but I really do hope Shawn and Juliet can work it out. The way I see it, things are about to go one of two ways: either Shawn keeps making minor mistakes that reveal he’s not a psychic, or Juliet finds acceptance in the lies and Shawn’s secret remains safely intact.

 – Kelly Branyik

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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