Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s Manhunter. The Flash’s Trayectory. Arrow’s Broken Hearts

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We’re in for some flashback time. The backstory of J’onn J’onzz aka the Martian Manhunter aka DEO’s ex-Director Hank Henshaw is not a clean one. Predictably, we find that J’onn did encounter Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain!) and they both were of the same mind not to kill each other. Meanwhile the man who was originally Hank Henshaw is obsessed with terminating an extraterrestrial menace of the same power level that Superman.

(Source: CBS)

(Source: CBS)

Of course, Colonel Harper (Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13) doesn’t give a crap and is ready to bring J’onn to Project Cadmus. To make matters worse, Alex gets dragged along when Lucy realizes she’s not telling the whole truth about knowing who’s wearing the Henshaw disguise. But as strong as they had to push to get something strong to follow up last week’s incredible Falling, it still was second best. The whole reveal with Lucy didn’t work for me. How exactly is Lucy convinced to shift alliances here? There were some valid points brought up by Lucy regarding the fibbing that both Kara and J’onn pulled to start a life in Earth. I wasn’t sold on Kara showing vulnerability as a motivator for Lucy to change teams.

(Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)

(Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)

The Flash continues to show it’s the best Greg Berlanti property on TV. The main antagonist, at least on the surface is Dr. Eliza Harmon (Allison Page) who has a Jekyll-and-Hyde thing going turning into Trayectory, a speedster born out of the Velocity 9 formula developed by Dr. Caitlin Snow. However, the story of Trayectory is a short one. She does try out more formula first on Jesse Wells, who actually decides to take off and see the world at the end of the episode. Are we setting her up to become her own hero? It’s a question mark on purpose. The other big reveal (not to us, we saw it already!) is how the team learns Jay Garrick’s likeness is behind the mask of Zoom.

(Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)

(Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)

If you think Arrow is lagging behind The Flash, you’d not be alone. When I first heard that they were bringing along Amy Gumenick to play Cupid again, it reeked a bit of desperation. The idea was to use her gimmick as a conduit to fake a wedding between Felicity and Oliver. Oliver does take the chance to actually tell Felicity how he feels about her leaving. On the other hand, Felicity is inspired by this to monologue about love when Cupid shows up which gives the other heroes a chance to capture her. I don’t know about you, but I was moved more by the sacrifice of Police Captain Quentin Lance who gives up his career to testify in the stand against Damien Dahrk.

Highs/Lows/VelocitiesAndTrayectories

  • This week’s episode of Supergirl made a statement regarding immigration and racism. Nothing that the X-Men has not done before and more in depth, but it still nice to be reminded with today’s political climate.
  • However Major Lucy Lane also brought out counter points. The analogy even falls more flat when you remember the DEO technically hunts down “illegal aliens”, remember? That being said, we’re all human in real life!
  • Some major cheese on Siobhan suddenly discovering she has super powers. Also, unless she has some alien blood in her or she was near any particle accelerator explosions… just how exactly her powers come to be?
  • Yes, we all know the crossover is coming next week, but let’s not go crazy. I can’t say anything until I’ve watched it, yano.
  • The Flash brings up another very psychologically fragile baddie-of-the-week. Conveniently enough, she self-destroys. Bye, Trayectory.
  • Did everybody miss that Trayectory pumped Jesse full of Velocity 9? That’s going to do something messed up with her Earth-2 biology. Are we going to see Jesse Quick? Is Wally West going to become Kid Flash? Are we going to have too much superheroes for one show?
  • Ok, Arrow… You need to catch up. I hope that the whole Felicity thing is over and done with but it seems we’re still due to go around moping for a few more episodes. Also, now Quentin Lance seems to have joined the lists of the possible occupants of the grave at the very top. That being said, Donna Smoak and William Queen (Oliver’s son) are still tied for the top spot in my version, although Quentin can take the precarious second spot.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • Sunday, April 3, 2016: The Walking Dead (season finale)
  • Thursday, April 14: Orphan Black (season premiere)
  • Sunday, April 24: Game of Thrones (season premiere)
  • Sunday, May 1: Penny Dreadful (season premiere)
  • Thursday, May 19: Legends of Tomorrow (season finale)
  • Tuesday, May 24: The Flash (season finale)
  • Wednesday, May 25: Arrow (season finale)

That will do for now.

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