Spoilers will jump tall buildings in a single bound.
When Kara says she has a hard time dealing with change in this week’s Supergirl, I can’t help but feel this is a message to the audience. The showrunners know that change is often seen as bad, but this is their way of letting us know that they know. The truth is change can be great as well. We all want to keep Kara in a cocoon of happiness with her cousin Kal-El and her mentor Cat Grant somehow, but every kid has to grow up. This show is actually growing up fast. Supergirl needs to fly from behind the shadow of her famous cousin, something that was not going to happen without him showing up. Cat leaving is more of a matter of Calista Flockhart leaving, but I have to applaud the way it was set up. Cat Grant leaves on her own terms and seeking to conquer other worlds (no, not literally).
Metallo and Cadmus were kind of blah as baddies. The idea of villainy still needs some maturing in this show. They have to find a way to start building a fitting foe, and one that can hurt Kara where she’s weaker – her heart. Ok, I know how that sounds and I’d hate to see Kara shattered by personal tragedy, so somehow I want and I dread this to happen at the same time. We don’t want to see Kara hurt but we do want Supergirl facing a real challenge.
The Flash this week also went with a villain of the week with Magenta (Joey King). It was an episode in which we were more enthralled by the return of Harrison Wells and daughter Jesse, who has now become a speedster. This draws jealous vibes from that other would-be speedster, Wally West, who yearns to gain powers of his own. I really felt empathy for Wally. I even felt empathy for Caitlin Snow. They’re both going to have their respective day real soon.
I don’t know how I feel about Julian Albert yet. Tom Felton does make him into an interesting character with several shades of grey. Is he going to turn out to be Dr. Alchemy or are we in for a twist? And speaking about twists, we’re finally seeing Barry and Iris trying to date, but is this forced? And if so, should they even keep trying? They have such a sibling chemistry (regardless of timeline) that it’s just awkward to see them try to be anything else.
It’s always been A Matter of Trust for Arrow. We’re getting baddies from WWE now, with the appearance of Cody Rhodes as fall-in-the-vat-become-metahuman baddie of the week. I’ve also yet to see any team chemistry between the team. And speaking about wrestling, why is Ragman joining a team as if he were a mid-level card wrestler? It’s obvious he could’ve taken down the entire baddie squad if allowed. I’m almost willing to forgive it all now that Curtis Holt becomes Mr. Terrific, jacket and all, but he needs more levels of badassery. Don’t get me wrong, he’s funny and witty enough to go against Felicity but I want him to shine more as a superhero on his own right.
- We’ve had Supergirl finding her own path, but with Superman and Cat Grant leaving the show, she’s now flying without a net. This is terrifying and amazing at once. I found very appropriate that James Olsen takes over the reins of CatCo in place of Cat. The dynamic of the show changing is a good thing.
- Kara Danvers, reporter. Well, not quite. I actually think it was fitting for Snapper Carr to shun her at the start. You don’t decide to become a career, you friggin’ STUDY your brains out. Goddammit, there’s a different between thinking you can do it, which is a starting point and thinking you’re entitled to be one because reasons. I want to see Kara earn it, and please make that into her journey. I don’t want her to suddenly become a reporter next week. Journalism requires practice and effort. That implies she will have to fail at it a few times before becoming good.
- I kind of expected Superman to leave one piece of Kryptonite to J’onn, you know, just in case. I guess that’s only something that happened with that other caped hero that should not be named.
- Now let’s work on building an proper antagonist for the Girl of Steel.
- The Flash was a little weak on villains this week. However, I celebrate the return of both Harrison Wells and Jessie Quick.
- Poor Caitlin Snow was almost blamed by Harrison Wells, but this turned into a good time for Cait to shine and put him in his place. Which is the role of supportive parent.
- Harrison forgets his role of being a supportive parent almost as much as Oliver forgets how to be a trusting team leader. Or as much as any character in the Berlanti-verse decides to hide the truth from all their friends.
- Why are we making out Ragman to be less powerful than we know he is already? And did we really had to revisit the whole Felicity missile crisis? I guess we’ve been keeping that a while, but do we really have to go through drama and guilt…
- And… Nevermind, I had forgotten John Diggle’s self-inflicted guilt trip. So he’s going to go with getting framed? Isn’t that also allowing weapons to fall into evil hands? And now it turns out John is seeing visions. Guess now that the Suicide Squad is done, Arrow can use Floyd Lawton again.
- Arrow has way too many characters again. On top of that, we simply decide to leave out Tobias Church and Prometheus out of this one. Plus, there’s the mayor storyline, John Diggle’s episode and we still have Oliver reliving his back story, now joining the Bratva. It’s getting to be a lot to take in.
That will do for now.
Spoilers will spoil.
It’s time to see how Supergirl flies in the CW universe and I’m glad to say that was a very strong episode of a premiere. Yes, Superman finally has a face. Now, I always had mixed feelings about Superman coming in to save the day in the first season, but this episode actually humanizes him -in comic-style bright colours- and brings him down to Earth. The whole point of this move seems not to bring “new” Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) into Supergirl’s world but Clark Kent into Kara’s. The episode was full of little shoutouts to Richard Donner’s original Superman film and did a brilliant job of setting up a larger stage. Lena Luthor is also introduced as a new character, one that may not share Lex’s penchant for taking over the world. There’s back history between J’onn and Supes and finally, this proved still to be Kara’s show. At the heart, there’s still Kara taking advice from Cat Grant, and lovingly choosing to become a reporter for the best reasons.
You can tell I just want to wait for the highs and lows to discuss the easter eggs of this episode. That was a solid premiere episode for the new Supergirl and gives me hopes that we’re in for a less flaky and more thought out story line.
The Flash has returned to a timeline that is closer to the one he left, but not quite the same. Iris and Joe are not talking. As it turns out they’re just a reconciliation chat away, but the fact that Barry tries to force that conversation just stirs up trouble. Much worse is the dampening of Cisco’s usually cheerful attitude. Turns out his brother Dante died in the retconning. That and the Rival reappearing after regaining his powers from the mysterious Dr. Alchemy would seem too much to handle. However, the real cherry on top is Julian Albert (Tom Felton). I wasn’t much interested in the Rival showing up. Dr. Alchemy seemed more intriguing. Time will tell if he turns out to be Julian, but the idea that he’s making everyone gain their possible inner metahuman abilities is a lot to digest. Barry’s stare at Wally West speaks volumes.
The Rival was a weak villain, but the scene that shone the best was Barry running (literally) into Jay Garrick, aka Earth 2’s The Flash, who is keeping an eye on him somehow. I found it refreshing to hear that the timeline cannot be fixed. It literally means you have to live with the choices you make and you don’t get another do-over.
I’m going to aim right to the center with Arrow this time. It’s hard to get excited about the recruits. I appreciated the more soap-opera-ish elements have been toned down, but the whole Oliver as major now seems to be interfering every single time. What I did like was Ragman. As it turns out the archer that looks like a mesh of Ragman and Green Arrow is our mystery antagonist, Prometheus. The problem is that all three of them look very alike. This automatically is making Arrow’s fights look almost monotone. Everything is green and/or black. Is Prometheus intentionally trying to look like Green Arrow just to correct everyone that he’s not him? Also, in addition to Oliver’s Bratva flashbacks now we also had a parallel storyline for John Diggle as he gets double crossed by his army buddies.
Lukewarm episode made better only by the introduction of Ragman. Then we have to hear Prometheus introduce himself to Tobias Church. Is he going to turn out to be Julian Albert? Oops, wrong show. Sorry. Just not let him be another B-lister character we’ve seen in passing.
- “I usually say hi.” “Me too.” Supes and SuperG are just Clark and Kara at heart. They behaved very much like cousins on screen. Can the adorkabliness (it’s a word now) keep them flying every episode?
- I had mixed feelings about it, but bringing in Superman finally addresses the Thanagarian Snare Beast in the room. This episodes de-mystified Superman and made him Kara’s cousin. It also didn’t diminished Kara’s stature in her own show which must have been hard to accomplish.
- It does however lessen the appearance and relevance of Alex and J’onn. There is a side story with J’onn and the origin of Kryptonite to make up for it, which gave both characters a little bit of history.
- John Corbin appears to turn into Metallo courtesy of Project Cadmus. They might just be the (or one) antagonist to beat this season.
- In a very strong and ambiguous introduction, Lena Luthor becomes part of Supergirl’s continuity without clearing up if she’s a friend or foe. However, she instantly is on Kara’s good side when she talks about women trying to break apart from their family’s name. Lena might just become another advisor/mentor to Kara. Only time will tell if she’s Obi-Wan or Palpatine.
- Richard Donner’s Superman movie and old-time Superman puns were all over the place. Perry White saying “Great Caesar’s Ghost”, Lena talking about hating flying regardless of it being the safest way to fly statistically and then boarding a helicopter, Superman saying “up, up and away” were all great. My favorite is Cat Grant shouting: “Miss Tessmacher!”
- The Flash addressed altering the timeline in a less flashy (pardon the pun) and more mature way: you can’t fix it. That was the best part of the show for me.
- I didn’t quite see the point of Barry having to talk to Felicity Smoak. It was one of those episodes in which the entire conflict is Barry having to relearn the age-old lesson of telling the truth.
- Either Julian Albert is Dr. Alchemy or he somehow becomes Iris’ new love interest just to piss Barry off.
- I love the fact that they teased Caitlin Snow gaining her Killer Frost powers back, but… They literally jumped the gun here. That reveal needed a little more build up to be effective.
- Arrow had two other timelines to contend with: John’s special ops operation and Oliver’s trials to become part of the Bratva. The fact that the trials were very familiar to Oliver’s initially training test for the recruits doesn’t speak well of their future.
- Ragman was the only new character I was interested in this episode. They could do real justice to the character. However, Prometheus kind of spoils the whole mystery angle as he seems to be a mishmash of both GA and Ragman.
- Where does that leave Tobias Church? Are we dealing with multiple foes again? Can we strengthen the characters we have before introducing more? Is there hope for Arrow’s new recruits to become something else, someone else?
That will do for now.
Welcome back to Superhero Weekly! Spoilers…
First things first, it’s not Earth-3 for The Flash. As the Reverse Flash names it from his cage, it’s really Flashpoint. This world is a time paradox created by Flash intervening into his own timeline. Which technically means he’s no longer the Flash. Also, if Barry travels in time to his past to change it, how does he rejoin that timeline when there’s a Barry already there? Shouldn’t he just have disappeared? Are we subscribing to the Austin Powers idea of time travel of just enjoying the ride?
That’s almost what it feels like, since once again the show gets to alternatively recreate everyone’s characters. Wally West is the Flash (sometimes referred to as Kid Flash by Iris). Iris knows it and helps him fight crime. Cisco is a billionaire and has bought Star Labs. Joe West is an alcoholic and doesn’t care about his job or his life. Eobard Thawne aka The Reverse-Flash is in life imprisonment by Barry. That didn’t quite sit right. Yes, we all know there’s a “normal” timeline that Barry needs to get back to, but there’s also the fact that the Reverse-Flash also tempered with time when killing Barry’s mom. Technically, this timeline is probably more of a straight arrow (we’ll get to Oliver in a moment) than the other timeline because technically no speedsters altered it. Barry didn’t really altered the timeline, he prevented the Reverse-Flash from altering it. The bottom line? I’m tired to reliving the scene where the Reverse Flash kills Barry’s mom. Let’s please move past it? When the show finally gives in and Barry allows Eobard to “fix” the timeline, we finally have Barry rejoining Joe and Wally. Unfortunately, something is off and it concerns Iris.
In a move that will surprise almost nobody, Arrow is completely unaffected by Flashpoint. It’s exactly as we left it. As a matter of fact, the plot of this first episode feels a little too familiar. Oliver is resisting getting anybody else involved in his crusade to save the city. He needs to learn a lesson in trusting other people. Since he hasn’t learn it, he finds himself overwhelmed by foes. But hasn’t Oliver gone through this phase already…? My spider-senses tell me this was a way in which the showrunners wanted to convince the audience of accepting a new team of would-be heroes. However it borrows so much from previous Arrow seasons that it feels like a rehash.
Speaking of rehashes, not only do we get Lonnie Lomax “Anarky” again, but the surprise bad guy seems to be someone who took one of Barry’s old uniforms. Although he does have a passing resemblance to Ragman, the promotion pictures call him Prometheus. I was more impressed by Walking Dead alumni Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese!) charismatic Tobias Church. Let’s please not turn him into Damian Darhk (darn it, do I still have to type that name?).
I know I’ve skimped over a lot, so let’s go over some of what I’ve missed.
- The Flash’s Flashpoint seems to come to an ending as Barry gets dropped by the Reverse Flash at his home (Joe West’s house). So for the most part all we got was an episode of What If… or to use comic book terms, a one-shot. Basically the only thing we need to know is that Iris will be more of a focal point this season.
- Okey, I completely forgot about him because that costume was bloody awful. The Rival, which was an enemy speedster in Flashpoint, awakes in the current timeline to a voice telling him it’s time to wake up and scratches in the mirror that spell Alchemy. It’s a teaser, it just didn’t quite deliver on the threat.
- Wally West as Kid Flash was great. I actually hoped he would show Barry a trick or two perfected on his own. Barry would’ve come back with some new skill learned from someone else having the Speed Force. That would’ve been really extra cool. But no, Barry has to be a better Flash. At least this time Iris was involved.
- Shouldn’t the Time Wraiths shown up at some point, given what we’ve established about messing with time? If you created cause and effect in your fiction, you should use them. Ten points from Gryffindor for that oversight.
- I wasn’t disappointed that Arrow didn’t use the events of Flashpoint. Technically speaking, they should never notice because they stayed on their own timeline.
- Oliver as the Mayor was supposed to be a big thing, but it seems he’s just decided to use it as his day job. It’s not.
- At least there was no soap opera drama left between Felicity and Oliver. And we did get to see Speedy in costume again. Thea kicks ass, which is why I’m not sure why she’s resolved not to fight crime? Is she just going to be back up when things turn really really bad – which unavoidably will?
- I did like Chad L. Coleman’s performance as Tobias Church. I just don’t want him to become a gimmick villain like last season’s you know who. He already shows a lot more natural charisma than that other guy.
- We’re still doing the flashbacks? Really? Is there a point to running two story lines at once? It seems we get half the time to do the show. Can we trim the fat already and just get a solid Arrow episode?
- In the end, the Flash has yet to properly start its season while Arrow has begun what feels like an all too familiar plot. We’ll see what happens when Supergirl joins in next week. I’m still a little resistant to jumping into Legends. It still feels like too many characters to follow.
That will do for now.