Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s Martian Chronicles, Flash’s Untouchable and Arrow’s Bratva

Spoilers might ran amuck.

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Supergirl should never play poker. The show seems to have easy to spot tells of what it intends to do next. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if it didn’t felt forced. Yes, I do love the Martian characters, silly names and all. However, the show seems to want to put behind the fact that J’onn literally kept M’gann in a cell for several episodes. Since she’s been freed, J’onn now keeps tabs on her by literally spying on her. Doesn’t it sound a bit creepy?

When M’gann is wary of J’onn’s stalking, we’re led to believe that she doesn’t want him to get caught in the crossfire when the White Martians come to take her. The more natural reaction would be she’s afraid he’ll make her a prisoner again. I mean, I don’t remember Kara, Alex or anybody in the DEO telling J’onn to let M’gann go.

The episode becomes one of those who-do-you-trust games in which the baddies have infiltrated the base. Wynn was given a few moments, both as his bad self and as his groggy witty self when rescued. It was all in good tense fun, but once the masks fall and the CGI fights start, you’re just waiting on it all to end.

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The Flash goes for a baddie of the week with Untouchable. The meta-human can destroy everything he touches, and when it comes to a human being that means a pretty mean infection. He’s another creation of Doctor Alchemy, which means Julian gets a bit of a guilt trip.

On the plus side, Kid Flash gets to stretch his muscles as Barry tries to coach him so he can figure out how to phase through solid objects. On the minus side, it’s time for Iris to be protected again which means she eventually becomes infected by the- wait, I just realize this criminal never got a nickname from Cisco or H.R. What gives?

At least we get a little bit of a Killer Frost moment as Caitlin Snow must use her powers to stop the infection from killing Iris. I am not sure why Caitlin’s powers have this detriment of changing her personality. While Barry is a hero and Wally is fast becoming popular as Kid Flash, Caitlin has to suppress hers (yes, I know I say this EVERY WEEK) although she could be such an asset to the team if she mastered them.

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Team Arrow travels to Russia. Actually, I could literally just leave it at that. Oliver reunites with Anatoly, who starts by punching him for his betrayal. They’re all there because Diggle’s nemesis, Walker, is going to sell a nuke to Markovian territorists.

I’m not going to care much for the overall plot, but there were some subplots that still carried some weight. We get to see Felicity going over the line, obviously back into hacktivist territory and even resorting to blackmail. We see Diggle losing control and torturing one of Walker’s men to death but stops short of killing Walker himself. Ragman, aka Rory, contains a nuclear explosion but his rags stop working. No more Ragman?

And of course, a minor issue of reporter Susan Williams recognizing Ollie on a Bratva photo and the Green Arrow being sighted at the same time that he was in Russia. All to make Susan suspect that they’re the same person. Still, there wasn’t any bangs in this week’s show. It felt all a bit flat.

Highs/Lows/BarenakedLadiesGreatestHits

  • M’Gann should show a little more than no resentment towards J’onn keeping her on a cell for a number of episodes. She’s not a damsel in distress.
  • I don’t know why we have to insist on making the White Martians an entirely evil race. M’Gann even calls her own race the monsters in an exchange with her former mate. Didn’t we learn anything from Krypton and Daxam?
  • No Guardian in this episode! I even enjoyed Wynn’s witticisms again.
  • The show has been playing coy over Mon-El and Kara’s possible relationship for no freaking reason. It’s as subtle as a brick. And now Mon-El moves on after being rejected by Kara while we are left with very palpable feeling that Kara has feelings toward him. Which she didn’t, until for some reason she did.
  • Are we going to have Kara pining over Mon-El now? Is this the whole Ross and Rachel reversal thing where now Mon-El doesn’t know Kara is actually into him? Feels a little too sitcom for me, and yes I know the show is essentially a superhero sitcom.
  • There was so much lipservice paid to the Barenaked Ladies (oh yeah, I caught that one week reference) that I half expected the band to make a cameo. Actually I dreaded it because I thought it was going to be one of those awkward scenes were the cast watches as the band plays in honor of Supergirl or something. Luckily they didn’t go this route.
  • Is Iris West going to be a damsel in distress the entire season? Have her have some agency or take her fate in her own hands or save herself for a change.
  • Yay for at least give us a little ice with Caitlin Snow getting to use her powers. Nay on the whole Killer Frost personality that comes with them. Why exactly does Cait become evil when using her powers? Nobody else that gain meta-powers has this affliction. Okey, perhaps Julian but it comes from Savitar.
  • Kid Flash would have been cooler if he had adopted a name of his own, not an obvious sidekick name. That being said, Wally seems to finally start catching up to Barry and Barry learns he has to improve as a mentor (mainly because H.R. is next to useless).
  • I dig Felicity going back to her hacktivist roots. I’d be willing to risk that story into a standalone spinoff.
  • Diggle going dark but turning away in time not to kill Walker sounds like too little too late. Sorry, I think he should’ve killed him so he doesn’t go after him, or after his family, ever again.
  • Talia Al Ghul training Oliver felt revisited. He’s been trained by everyone at this point. I guess we’re in the last stages of him becoming the Hood, but it feels recycled and old. Can they just travel to Nanda Parbat, or would that be conflicting with the already established timeline?
  • Rory is no longer Ragman? After containing a nuclear explosion? It feels so unfair for this character which was underused and underpowered to leave the team this way.
  • Quentin Lance returns. Seems he still has some demons left to exorcize. Is Rene really the best person you could think of to help him do that, Oliver?
  • A little bit of mediocre week all around, or am I getting jaded with Greg Berlanti’s properties? I don’t know, I just don’t think any of the shows had any spark this week.

That will do for now.

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