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Superhero Weekly: Reign, Don’t Run

Midseason finale time!

Do I even need to say it? Although I will nitpick about both these episodes, Supergirl wins this week with Reign. Easily, the better thought episode that capitalized on a slow build up. While that cat is now finally out of the bag, the Flash went a different way. Two characters, Barry and Caitlin were each kidnapped by their current nemesis. There’s a twist at the end that relies on a ton of exposition and although there’s some merit, there was little payoff.

Let’s start in National City.

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(Source: The CW)

Highs, Lows and Ancient Prophesies:

  • Samantha finally embraces her Reign self, rather unconsciously of course. We still get the scenes with Ruby just to put salt in the wound of what comes after.
  • The religious tones of that episode with Rao prophet Thomas Covell are finally explained. Reign is not a baddie of the week.
  • The speech that Alex Danvers gives Kara about embracing her Kryptonian side fully and completely is a very nice touch. It gave me goosebumps to know that Alex would tell her sister to be alien.
  • Very good decision on keeping Reign hidden for a good part of the episode.
  • I’m not fully sold on Reign’s costume. Without a cape would be best, but I do understand the reason behind it. We wanted the shadow to appear as some sort of Supergirl-like silhouette.
  • The mask sort of works as we want to see Samantha but not have her recognized. Wouldn’t prosthetics work better here? And why is the waist so high up? It looks like she’s slouching in some scenes.
  • Really? Lena Luthor and… Jimmy Olsen? No, I never saw it. Not even a bit. I think it was dreamed up for this last episode. Definitely nothing as obvious as Samantha and Kara play it up to be.
  • Imra and Mon-El just can’t stop hurting Kara as they try to “help”. This was a bit grating as they can’t help but flaunt their relationship when they’re together. Even worse, Imra admires Kara so much she can’t stop. However, Mon-El who should know better, should really learn to walk away.
  • Morgan Edge, who has been missing most of the season (thank God) reappears just to hide from Reign and see if he can throw shade at Supergirl. Also, he’s not behind the glyph or the murders, but tries to arrange one AFTER Lena accuses him just to see if he could get that one under the radar.
  • I prefer Reign’s look from the comics, but I am willing to give this one a chance.
  • The Legion of Superheroes. Will they fly? Meaning, will they really work?

Okey, time to speed up to Central City.

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(Source: The CW)

Highs, Lows and Flying Armchairs:

  • Barry is captured by The Thinker. There’s no real build-up, suddenly he decides to grab him. Yes, we’ve been introduced to the character but plan and twist are all part of this episode. Nothing triggers the attack.
  • Caitlin is captured by… Wait, let me look up her name… Amonet. I don’t hate Katee Sakhoff, but I have not seen her work. I have only her performance here to go on and she’s not memorable in any way.
  • When did we get inside jokes with Killer Frost? Where are those scenes?
  • Anybody find Ralph Dibny funny? Anybody want to wear his costume for Halloween? Do you want to put up posters of him on your wall? No? Ok. Can he please leave the show already?
  • Caitlin’s plight is the usual “need a doctor” story line where a doctor is forced to operate on a patient, in this case this guy Dominic.
  • Barry’s plight is to try to get out of an unbreakable barrier.
  • And the whole thing is to give Iris the conundrum of who should receive an assist: her husband or Caitlin. She chooses Cait, because Barry can take care of himself.
  • Actually, the answer was Flash. The Flash is the fastest man alive so if he’s free he can go save Caitlin.
  • Or even better, he can fail at saving Caitlin – meaning Caitlin finally saves herself and becomes Killer Frost with a grudge at both Barry and Iris. The circle would be complete.
  • I liked Caitlin’s ruse the better, use the fact that both she and Dominic are covering their faces to put everyone else to sleep.
  • Marlize Devoe is The Thinker’s partner – not his minion. I do believe there was something to be said there, as Barry probes for a weak spot.
  • We get a mini Christmas scene because I guess we wanted a Christmas scene.
  • We get a twist, a little improvised and flaky. That’s not the worst part. The worst is the reveal has to come with a long drawn-out exposition via flashbacks.
  • The Thinker transferred his consciousness into Dominic. The Flash has run home to find Clifford Devoe’s body dead and a knife with blood next to him.
  • The Thinker held The Flash captive at the same time that Caitlin was with Dominic captured by Amonet. At the same time, that’s why Iris was forced to choose. So, The Thinker was attacking Barry after he transferred his consciousness. Was this Thinker a mere puppet? Was this a dying part of his consciouness that he left behind and he was in two bodies at the same time?
  • No, I don’t think the twist works here. I know there are worst plot holes in your average DC comic, but this one just felt rushed and unnecessary.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Crisis on Earth-X

That was good.

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(Source: The CW)

I had my reservations regarding a second crossover for Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow  and the Legends of Tomorrow. The first one was particularly awkward as the real threat was pure CGI and just having the heroes facing each other appealed a lot more. It’s in the same vein that the new antagonist are not only flesh and bone, they’re also the doppelgangers from Earth-X.

Highs, Lows and Evil Twins:

  • I loved Kara’s participation here a lot more than in the previous crossover. Not only did she seemed to be featured prominently, she was central to the plot.
  • That being said… She does have to take the role the damsel in distress as she is the proverbial MacGuffin that the baddies are after. Once she’s free, it was back to her kickass self.
  • LOVED the fling between Sarah Lance and Alex Danvers. They should meet again while Alex is still single.
  • That Thunderclap move was amazing and straight out of the comics
  • Kara gets to utter the legendary line: “General, would you care to step outside?” YASSSS.
  • Why did we needed a scene with Nate Heywood/Steel holding or even catching Kara? The ground was softer than “steel” to catch her. Plus if Supergirl weights is off the charts as Superman is, Steel would’ve end up flattened as a pancake.
  • The surprise appearance of Winn as ruthless resistance leader General Schott was a little unexpected twist, albeit a short one.
  • Overgirl was a scary nemesis but that kiss with Fuhrer Oliver was just creepy AF. Also, notice how the name should’ve been Ubergirl but it was probably changed to prevent any association with certain private taxi service.
  • The Flash’s storyline acted as the prime motivation first as Barry and Iris are the ones to invite everyone onto Central City. However, it doesn’t stay that way and everyone does get a somewhat balanced spotlight.
  • I do think Killer Frost should have won that first encounter against Nazi Oliver since his hand and bow were frozen already. A simple flash bomb wouldn’t have been able to ignite (AND supposedly knocks her unconscious?). No, sorry. Frost had him dead to rights there. Yes, I am biased. No, I think had to put some lame ass way for him to get out of it just because.
  • Frost still got some really cool scenes, including using the ice-coaster again. Plus, mainly she got to play a freaking heroine!
  • Of course everyone ends up fighting their doppelganger. Understandable for Kara, but not necessarily for everyone else.
  • Green Arrow having a kryptonite arrow is a bit of subtle reinterpretation of Batman having a kryptonite ring in case Superman ever went rogue. However, does Oliver ALWAYS carry not one but several kryptonite arrows with him? I know he had some sort of thin layer to encapsulate the tip, but I still think Kara should have sensed/felt he was carrying it.
  • Tommy Merlyn appearing behind the mask of Prometheus-X was a throwback to the old theory that he was one of the suspects back in the day. That was really a personal gut-wrenching low blow for Ollie.
  • Congratulations to both Fuhrer Oliver and Nazi General Overgirl for officially being the most hated villain couple ever. No, actually the opposite of congratulations are in order.
  • Felicity facing down Fuhrer Oliver was really tense. You almost believed she was going to die then and there.
  • Red Tornado. Good look, but good looking CGI is still CGI. As much as the effort is appreciated, only Barry’s human face was saving that scene from being video game cutscene material.
  • The Legends of Tomorrow got some decent screen time at the end, but they also won the most touching story of it all. Professor Martin Stein, played by actor Victor Garber, after being so close to being human once more and almost rejoining his growing family was taken down by bullets. Hurt and unafraid, he performs two valiant acts: he saves the team and later in his deathbed, he takes the formula that separates him from Jackson. That was such a heroic way to go.
  • Jackson trying to say a eulogy for Stein was just heartbreaking.
  • The fighting was ok at best, and a little hokey if you look at it really close. Acrobatic flips just done for show, nazi soldiers missing by a mile or falling down too quick, etc. But the overall look and feel is quite solid if you don’t look too close. This might sound illogical, but crossovers are not about the battle, but about the once-in-a-lifetime encounters. There must be a battle, but it’s more background than foreground.
  • The plot was simple and not overly complicated. This worked better because of the quantity of side stories available. With the exception of Kara, most of the villains were believable. Melissa Benoist did try her best, you just will have a really hard time believing her adorable face is supposedly evil.
  • Snow/Frost got some great scenes there. Very balanced overall. I wasn’t that onboard for Barry/Iris and Felicity/Ollie at the end. Seemed way too last minute but I guess they wanted to end on a high.
  • Sarah Lance and Alex Danvers must meet again. They were just way too adorable. Alex doesn’t get to play awkward often but she was on point.
  • Barry lets Eobard Thawne go. Oliver just kills his enemy. Kara almost ends up Iron-Giant-fallout as she flies out Overgirl before she goes nova. All in all, their personal traits defined their victories. Barry is not willing to kill. Oliver doesn’t hesitate. Kara is willing to give up her life. So while Kara wins at everything and Barry would rather risk a draw, Oliver is a little too ruthless in my book.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: I Wake Up, Therefore I Am. Wow

Now that was a nice double turnaround!

I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with both Supergirl and The Flash last week. They’ve made up for it this week and then some. The big honors go to Supergirl because with this show, last week’s episode is vindicated somewhat. The amount of revelations and progress was astounding, making me appreciate the “homey-ness” from last week as a breather before the storm. The Flash a little less so, but it really got serious with Therefore I Am. Let’s get to it.

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(Source: The CW)

Highs, lows and revelations:

  • This week’s episode managed to do something rarely accomplished, it took a relationship that was growing stale and ended with a cliffhanger and grounded it into a much more rich storyline. Mon-El is back. But it’s safe to say Kara and him are not a couple.
  • That hinted at spaceship hidden in National City’s coastline was finally discovered. In it, Mon-El has been laying low after living in the future. The 31st century has changed him a little bit. Well, actually it hasn’t. The showrunners just took a page from Marvel and did one of those confusing situations in which it looks like one characters has turned evil because two people can’t sit down and catch up.
  • Instead, Mon-El gets to act all suspicious to rescue… Imra Ardeen (aka Saturn Girl) which he finally introduces at the end as his wife. And yes, pretty much he’s interrupted every time he starts getting the nerve to tell Kara.
  • At first I didn’t like Mon-El giving away Kara’s identity as Supergirl, then I realized that it’s really happening is that Imra is actually meeting a historic figure and super heroine of legend.
  • Let’s be honest here, the showrunners wanted to save the big reveal of Mon-El having a wife until the last minute therefore they went with the true-and-tried method of “make a character act squirrely until the last minute”).
  • For all the fans that didn’t like Mon-El as Kara’s significant other, this also sinks the ship in a way better than killing him. That being said, we’re going to get some awkward scenes soon.
  • Seems we’re going full steam with the Legion of Superheroes, which reminds me…
  • We also got a new antagonist in the wings, and since she’s been building to it you can guess she’s going to be trouble. Samantha’s identity is going haywire as Reign finallyawakens in her own Fortress of Sanctuary. Very much like Supe’s Solitude crib but made of rock and dirt. Cool but considerably dustier.

And now for a considerably better episode than last week, let’s turn to STAR Labs.

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(Source: The CW)

Highs, lows and high education:

  • The episode was remarkably simple. One story with little to no development on the sidelines. Barry becomes obsessed with Devoe. I really thought this was going to go south as he becomes a stalker – and that is still a possibility.
  • On happier news, we have Wally back! Guess they couldn’t keep him away or…
  • Or, they’re lining up Wally to be Devoe’s first victim??? Hopefully NOT. Come on.
  • I have to say The Thinker seems like a more menacing threat as a married couple than as a single entity. Yes, Clifford Devoe is the Thinker but Marlize from the sidelines is a rather intriguing addition to the formula. Darker still? They’re apparently a HAPPY couple. Somehow this makes it feel creepier still.
  • The original Harrison Wells identifying Marlize and Clifford Devoe and proclaiming to be a “fan of their work” remember how Thawne came from the future? Nice consistent backstory retconned!
  • Coming up next week, the Crisis on Earth-X Crossover. Trailer below!

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That will do for now.

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