Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Critic
Another day, another smackdown. What should you watch, and does it line up with what we’re watching?
“Going Rogue” – The Flash stops a robbery but the culprits get away after shooting a guard, and The Flash chooses to save the man instead of following the criminals. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) shows Barry (Grant Gustin) a book of suspects and Barry identifies Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) as the leader of the group. Snart revises his plan to steal the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond and gets a boost when he gets his hands on a stolen “cold gun,” which could kill The Flash. Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is furious when he finds out that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) built the cold gun without telling anyone and now it’s missing. Meanwhile, Iris is getting the silent treatment from Joe because of her relationship with Eddie (Rick Cosnett). Finally, The Flash and Captain Cold have an epic confrontation.
“The Knockouts Premiere, Part 2” – The knock out phase of the competition continues.
Winner: I know that last week we said THE VOICE is nothing more than background music, but I think it’s where you will find the most entertainment at the 8 o’clock hour. However, still record THE FLASH. While it packs the cheese, the effects and chemistry is worth recording.
Also airing: NCIS (CBS), FINDING YOUR ROOTS (PBS), PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family), and MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC) at 8:30 p.m.
9PM – Double Trouble
“Scary Me” (9 p.m.) – Jake (Ken Marino) and Annie (Casey Wilson) get a haunted house ready for the children in their building but run into trouble with one of the mothers. Dennah (Sarah Wright) decides to wear a skimpy costume to an exclusive party.
ABOUT A BOY (NBC)
“About a House for Sale” (9:30 p.m.) – Despite not liking Halloween, Fiona (Minnie Driver) attends Will’s annual party. Will (David Walton) attempts to show Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) the joys of Halloween.
“A Fractured House” – The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall.
Winner: Everything that doesn’t really have a story arc is all about Halloween, and those episodes can be fun. Wait until tomorrow’s MODERN FAMILY, but tonight, again, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is the way to go. Expect big some big things to go down tonight!
Honorable Mentions: SUPERNATURAL (CW)
Also airing: 19 KIDS AND COUNTING (TLC), FACEOFF (Syfy), NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS), LEGENDS (TNT),
“The Separation of Crows” – When the search for a missing member comes to a dead end, the club turns its attention to weeding out a rat.
Nothing. It’s SONS Tuesday. Although this week’s episode spins its wheels a bit and is one of the weaker episodes of the season, it still showcases some intensity. Some peeps get shot, and some limbs are lost. Keep it on FX.
Also airing: CHICAGO FIRE (NBC), PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS), FOREVER (ABC), and TOSH.0 (Comedy Central)
*all times are ET