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In an amusingly self-aware move, this episode of the LXD features an AV club going through the process of developing their skills and fame in hopes of being invited to the LXD. 

The fanboys replicate the global dance video sharing culture which lead to the creation of the LXD series in their own journey, with three of the fanboys continuing long after the others have quit, achieving the level of the Legion through sheer determination and enthusiasm.

This episode features the LXD series debut of Glee dance ringer Harry Shum Jr. Shum plays Elliot Hoo, who pulls out a hollow wall to discover a pair of sneakers which pull him out of bed and compel him to dance.

Elliot is at first just a witness to his shoe-directed moves but gives in and becomes one with the movement, participating willingly then gaining control of the movements.

In true superhero fashion, Elliot wears glasses in the beginning and takes them off as he gains control and confidence in his new-found role as a super-dancer, ala Clark Kent (who removes his glasses when changing into his Superman persona).

This is a pure dance showcase episode, and a one of the best of the season. Shum is a tremendously engaging and skilled dancer, and it’s good to have him on-board the LXD, both for the ratings he’ll draw from Glee fans and his talented pop-and-lock style.

Autumn is the nurse seen in episode 3, “Robot Lovestory”. We learn here that she is Specim3n’s wife, and made a deal to save his life—which brought him into the Dark Doctor’s laboratory/hospital. Having helped Specim3n escape, Autumn retreats home, but is found by the Dark Doctor, who reminds her of the deal she made for her husband’s life, seizing control of her body in a dance-world parallel to the puppetmaster villain (Eric Doyle) seen in the show Heroes. This establishes another pair of opposite-side characters, with Justin Starr and Jimmy Angel already looking to fall on opposing sides of the Uprising vs. LXD conflict.

Somewhere in the pre-history of the show, LXD members Katana and Ninjato sacrificed their love, but they are still deeply connected, as shown by their synchronized routines waking up and dancing, feeling each other’s presence even though they are separated. For me, this episode has the strongest partner work seen so far in the series, with fantastic cinematography combining with choreography to brilliantly convey the connection between the former lovers.

Not only does Stéphanie Mercier’s Les filles sont nulles aux jeux vidéo declare that “girls suck at video games”, it attempts to illustrate why: the “game” is often stacked against the girls.

This satire uses its video game metaphors to good effect to explore the obstacles that protagonists in real life face within the structure of their own “game” world.

Watch out for fallen or thrown babies and keep that cellphone handy.

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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