Posts Tagged Black Siren
Spoilers as we’re going for another format change this week.
I believe I’m starting to suffer from superhero fatigue again. Black Lightning showed us yet another shade of Peter Gambi, the start of Anissa’s path as a superhero in training and possibly Black Lightning’s hero status being compromised in the eyes of the public. With the death of Lady Eve, things are starting to roll downhill a lot faster. Some key scenes were amazing, some were good and a few did border on repeated stuff but overall this show still edges out in front to the rest of the CW lineup.
The Flash went for the gut giving us a scenario in which Jesse Quick and Jay Garrick must join forces with Barry. The enemy this time was not DeVoe but a nuclear explosion. It was good, but why I didn’t quite find it that… moving… is another question. Yes, fine performances by all, but still a good episode not a great series make. Also, time-traveling girl is back as Jitters’ barista.
I also revisited Arrow this week. Katie Cassidy is playing Black Siren quite nicely, but the heartstrings tug comes via Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance and his desperate act of saving a dream that seems hopeless. I can’t help but think this was the inner struggle that I appreciated much more than the growing animosity between Team Arrow and the Ex-Team.
Finally, a little time traveling with Legends of Tomorrow gives us a much heroic but naive Ray Palmer in an almost comedic kidnapping-turn-alliance with the Dahrks. Same as in Arrow, there are episodes where Damien is as evil as they come and there are episodes in which he’s just cartoonishly evil to the point of almost being endearing. Unfortunately, I believe in the end he feels either a) bipolar b) very badly written or c) both, sometimes in the same episode. Also, Wally West! Couldn’t he grab Amaya’s Spirit Totem too? Still, it was so cool to see Wally again. And of course, Rip Hunter could not depart without a little mystery… What is the truth about Ava?
That will do for now.
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Supergirl decided to kick up the alien factor and bring us an adventure out of this world. With none other than Kevin Smith directing and a Harley Quinn Smith cameo, Supergirl and Mon-El end up in an alien world facing an old enemy who’s willing to bring human trafficking to the next level. Dichen Lachman returned as Roulette, which I’m sorry to say made as much of an impression as the last time – not much. To the show’s credit, they did succeeded in creating some chemistry between Kara and Mon-El. It was not necessarily a romantic chemistry, but that’s ok. That was preferable.
I know the show is trying to get these two together, but I’d rather it let things happen organically. Mon-El still has some frat-boy left on him, but he was less of a douche. You can say he’s been graduated to semi-bumbling sidekick. Also, either of them should have totally send a text before stepping into an unknown portal.
There was some completely forced drama between Alex and Maggie Sawyer. Alex literally used the my-sister-is-in-danger card to reconsider the whole relationship? I didn’t like that at all. It was a forced excuse to create friction and it almost seems like we’re looking for a way to break them up when they just got together. Let’s keep things at a reasonable pace.
The Flash now has accepted Wally as Kid Flash, but with the appearance of the same criminal that Barry sees on a street screen, I didn’t like the way that Wally was treated. Actually, I also didn’t like the overbearing and patronizing way that Kid Flash is literally allowed to bring the criminal in just because it was convenient. The dynamic between Barry and Wally as a superhero team needs to be smooth quick or Kid Flash should just consider a solo crime-fighting career.
I’m not in a hurry for them to address Savitar now that everyone (except Joe West) knows he’s eventually going to be in the picture again. I am really concerned for Caitlin Snow, who easily is the most interesting bipolar character with her impending Killer Frost personality trying to kick in. It does feel like we’re literally repressing her potential, and I know Killer Frost is a villain, but I still feel Caitlin should embrace her powers instead. I don’t know how many more times I will have to write this.
And so we get to a strange case of identity theft with Arrow. Spoiler alert, she’s Black Siren. Having Katie Cassidy back on the show was still a hoot, even if she played a villain. I think perhaps because she was the focus of this episode, she was more of a force of nature than before. Felicity was also impressive as went behind Oliver’s back to prove this was the wrong Laurel Lance.
I’m secretly (ok not so secretly) glad that the garish statue of Black Canary is gone. And yes, Olly should look for a replacement. I really wish I could say the rookies, the so-called B-Team was improving but they keep holding Ragman back and pushing Wild Dog for no reason. Mr. Terrific was a lot better as he’s moving forward. The alternate storyline with Adrian Chase representing/processing John Diggle has some potential, although I’m not big on courtroom dramas in superhero storylines.
It’s still a dark episode in which the team is still licking their wounds over the unfortunate death of Billy Malone.
- The Maaldooreans were a legitimate threat. Red Sun. Atmosphere poisonous to the Martian Manhunter (you could have worn a gas mask). They looked way too familiar though, like they recycled that makeup from another scifi franchise.
- Mon-El received a bow from the Dominator who originally intended to buy them. Is it possible that Mon-El was not the bodyguard of the Prince of Daxam but the actual royal figure?
- There was the issue of human trafficking and slavery in the background. It felt glossed over. Also, it seems slavery existed in Daxam, which doesn’t make Kara too happy to remember. You know what other planet has had slavery? Earth.
- Wynn gets his moment in the red sun as he fights off a Maaldorean, and faces his own fears. Just a moment, but it was not all bad.
- No reason for Alex to freak out at Maggie when Kara disappears, but just drama for drama’s sake. I don’t like it because it almost seems we’re looking for an excuse for a breakup when we just saw these two get together.
- The Flash episode wasn’t ground breaking or anything but it felt a bit blah. I still think the show is a bit condescending towards Wally West. The romance between Barry and Iris is believable but that’s about it. It was the kind of episode I watch to see Caitlin and Cisco.
- Caitlin should let herself become Killer Frost once and for all, and yes I know I say that every review. I will keep saying that.
- The Arrow was sad again. There were some rays of light as at least Katie Cassidy was in the same universe, even if she was Black Siren.
- Mr. Terrific needs to become more of a badass, Ragman should really be more frightening and Wild Dog needs to be spayed.
- Adrian Chase’s way of keeping John Diggle within civil jurisdiction was kind of clever? Inventive at least. Perhaps he’ll become more than just Vigilante’s alter ego. Oh, he’s Vigilante for sure.
- We did get two huge cliffhangers. The appearance of Talia, as in Talia Al Ghul, was unexpected. And we learn that somewhere out in Hub City, there’s someone with the powers of Black Canary. Perhaps things are looking up after all.
That will do for now.
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The Flash sets all its pieces for the endgame with Invincible. It’s nice to have Barry back, and apparently his confidence is worrying the rest of the members of the team. I actually found it refreshing, because every series could use some hope… Are you hearing me Arrow? But I digress.
It was good to see Laurel Lance, even in doppelganger form. It was friggin’ amazing to see Cisco and Caitlin take on the personas of Reverb and Killer Frost. Any chances we will see them take those roles in any capacity in the future? And Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) meeting Dr. McGee (Amanda Pays) was a nod to their relationship on the 90’s version of the Flash. Other than that, we were a little light on the revelations. There’s no hints at Wally or Jesse becoming speedsters yet (okey except for that crackle when Barry touched Jesse last week). The way to clear the board of all the meta-humans from Earth-2 was mostly grounded on pre-established concepts, which meant it was not completely taken out of thin air. The cliffhanger, however, was brutal…! You mean I have to wait a week for this?
I must say that having Henry say goodby to Barry was devastating. His last words as he knows this is the last time he can say anything to his son was just heart-wrenching. I wish we didn’t have to up the ante by killing off a character. I wish this wasn’t the only way that a TV show lets us know we’re on the ropes and it’s time to gather your forces for the last bout. But I have to recognize I will have a hard time waiting for next week.
And now for the not so good news.
That’s Green Arrow, he used to have his own show. Now he’s a background character.
Arrow this week brought us Lost in the Flood where… sigh. Sorry, it’s just tiresome. The whole plot is a like a runaway train. This time it’s basically go in Thea’s rescue, almost accidentally destroy the lair (no, really, a stray arrow brings the whole thing down) and the other plot. The other plot is not hacker vs hacker action – it’s actually Donna getting insanely jealous that Noah and Felicity are bonding. The hacker plot for control of Rubicon/Genesis is a veiled background story.
I did find really strange that while Donna confesses that she took Felicity away and that Noah actually didn’t abandon them, Donna gets to ask for forgiveness to Felicity – and not Noah. Actually the part in which Donna asks Noah to leave because he’s a criminal and criminals don’t change doesn’t quite sit right with me. Noah does not stop being Felicity’s father regardless of his criminal background. That being said, we’re focusing on a side story. I almost sighed with relief when Damien walked in.
Can we just skip this episode and move on to the next sea- I mean, the finale, whatever that is?
- Must all Greg Berlanti productions have that one scene in which the cast gets together for a dinner and a toast just to be interrupted at the last moment?
- Wally just discovered that Barry is the Flash. It shouldn’t take him long to figure out that Joe knows and perhaps even that Iris knows too. After the usual shock wears down, will he still look up at the Flash or will he walk away because he doesn’t feel a part of the family/betrayed/lied to or some other drama? Is at any point going to get that little spark from Barry the way that Jesse did last week?
- I did love that Dr. McGee has figured out that Barry is the Flash and kept it a secret by herself. Something tells me she won’t be a big part in the finale, which would be a shame.
- I guess that was it for the Black Siren and I kinda feel cheated. Also, apparently she didn’t need a sonic device. At least it was cool to see her more than just a few minutes. The scene with her and Cisco and Caitlin trying to impersonate their Earth-2 counterparts was cool, as was seeing that the Black Siren is not as easily fooled.
- Do I want to change my prediction for the Man in the Iron Mask? I still think that having him be Oliver Queen would be such a rush – but then again having Henry appear again would also be a hoot if he turns out to be the actual Flash from Earth-2. Then again those two events are not mutually exclusive, right? Oliver behind the mask but Henry appearing as Flash-2? Too much? I must admit having Oliver under the mask would mean double work for Stephen Amell, but dammit that would’ve been awesome…
- Arrow. Yeah I want it over at this point. Start fresh next season. At least do me the courtesy of ending this Damien Darhk character so I don’t have keep misspelling a word as his name. An arrow ends Damien’s dome city. Apparently everything blows up if you hit it in the right place.
- Sorry, I didn’t agree with Donna. As much as she got hurt by Noah, Noah never abandoned Felicity. Donna just doesn’t want to learn that Noah could be a father at all. She doesn’t get to dispense justice here, he will always be her father. I didn’t agree with the way that Donna took all decisions in the name of her daughter and does again at the end without telling her. It’s up to Felicity to choose if she wants Noah in her life. Goddammit, Donna. No respect. I’m getting a little saturated of both Smoaks.
- How about a finale in which both Felicity and her mother die at the hands of Damien Darhk, Dahrk at the hands of Oliver, Malcolm at the hands of Thea and we start with a new fresh coat of paint next season? No?
- Can we at least get rid of the flashbacks next season? Guess not.
Coming up on the Calendar:
- 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.