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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl gets political in Resist. The Flash burns up Infantino Street. Arrow goes Missing.

Spoilers will try to remain non-partisan.

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I can’t say the same for Supergirl this week. Resist is filled with political messages from the beginning to the end. Most of it comes from Calista Flockhart’s returning Cat Grant, as she lounges from Airforce One to her office at CatCo dispensing speeches on female empowerment and obvious digs at a certain reality star president. Yes, Cat can be really cool, but shouldn’t cooler heads prevail? Is this the moment? Am I taking Cat too seriously?

Lynda Carter is back as President Olivia Marsdin. That was pretty amazing casting, but can we talk sense of a moment? Why would the President of the United States decide to head straight towards an armed conflict? Airforce One does not have offensive capability. It barely has any defensive one. This is not a secret. The fact that it gets blown up does not surprise anybody. Cat (who keeps dropping names like if her life depends on it) survives thanks to Supergirl. The president survives thanks to the fact that she’s an alien. The crew of the plane and the members of the Secret Service that were in the plane didn’t make it. Not the wisest of moves.

Still, the ladies have this one. Lena Luthor, my favorite character, remains the smartest mind in the room and she is on point to the end. Rhea perhaps was the weakest link, driven by ego and emotion. Even Lillian Luthor was far more effective in her choices than the Daxamite Queen. Cat demonstrates she’s still the Queen of All Media.

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It was filler for most part of the episode. The Flash recruits Captain Cold, once more removed from time. Argus holding a piece of Dominator technology. And all for naught, as the spectacular cannon doesn’t really have enough kick to trap Savitar to the Speed Force.

But let’s focus on what was done right, and that means the two scenes I liked. First, is the ambiguous speech delivered by Killer Frost to Savitar as he repairs his suit. Is that Caitlin Snow peeking from behind Killer Frost’s words?

And second is that dark and haunting swan scene. Seeing Iris’ video message to Barry as he runs that short distance that feels like light years away was a tug at the heartstrings. Yes, it was dark and tragic but to quote a certain Grand Admiral, “but it was beautifully done.”

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Meanwhile in Arrow, Chase is in prison but he has minions about. Evelyn Sharp is back and so is Black Siren. That also means we get this heartbreaking moment in which Quentin Lance has to see one of his dead daughters come back to life just to learn it’s not her. That was cruel and unusual punishment.

Chase also has the help of Talia’s Al Ghul faction from the League of Assassins Catalog. That means Oliver will soon find himself enlisting Malcolm Merlyn, and further down the line, Nyssa Al Ghul. He also has a very clear idea of where he’s taken his prisoners. Lian Yu island should consider advertising with some travel agencies. It’s starting to become a popular destination.

The big cliffhanger at the end was worth waiting all this time for. In the hidden underground prison of Lian Yu, Oliver recruits his last asset. It’s Deathstroke himself.

Highs/Lows/PositronCannonsAndSpeedForceBazookas:

  • I know everyone has a political agenda right now, and I’m not a fan of certain president that will go unnamed, but I feel Supergirl has played a little too much political fan service, specially in this episode.
  • Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) returns. Yes, she’s a rocket but you don’t interrupt a speech between two leaders of different worlds because you think you know best. I’m aware all parties were female but a) Rhea was acting like a conqueror b) President Marsdin was demanding a surrender without having the advantage and c) Cat decided to interrupt? Sorry, but that was an ego trip on Cat’s part. I usually enjoy those, but not when the stakes are this high.
  • On the other hand Cat still rocks it as Supergirl’s mentor. That was an inspirational speech.
  • I’m on the fence of the galvanizing speech that moves everyone to resist, it’s a bit of a throwback to one that Cat made on season one, and I guess with that history it works.
  • President Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter) is all but asking Rhea to shoot her down. Was that really a strategy? Was that really smart? What about the other people that died on that plane?
  • “At least tell me you’re still a democrat.” Cat Grant still gets the best lines. I know exactly why Calista was going for a full roast, and I don’t like the guy either but is this the platform? It doesn’t fit the scenario either, with Lynda Carter cast as the President. Was New Daxam supposed to be North Korea?
  • I was expecting Cat to figure out that James is the Guardian in no time. Yes, you can see his eyes. Also, I had a bit of a hard time telling him apart from the other stormtrooper rejects.
  • Surprisingly, it’s Lillian Luthor of all people who seems to put her politics outside for the cause. Well, until she decides to betray them at the very end. To quote Supergirl, at least she is consistent.
  • Mon-El finally is a secondary character, which works better for him.
  • That ending, with Superman suddenly destroying the positron cannon and knocking aside Kara, let us know that we’re seeing a Krypton vs Krypton battle on the finale. I guess we’re going for a mind-controlled Kal El.
  • The idea of hiding Iris in Earth Two was smart. I have a smarted idea that should’ve occurred to someone the moment you heard that Argus had meta dampeners. HIDE IRIS IN ARGUS. Nobody has superpowers in there, correct? Okey, then keep her there!
  • Actually, if you got Layla to give you the Dominator device, why not ask for a sample of one of those dampeners so you could really trap Savitar? Cisco, I’m looking at you dude.
  • I disagree with Barry. Killer Frost is not immediate danger of death. Cisco could have helped in that fight and vibe Iris to safety. That fight between Killer Frost and Vibe should’ve happened on a different night.
  • Yes, it was a beautifully sad and haunting death scene, but here’s the problem now. It loses its merit if you bring her back. I know we all want Iris back, but it almost feels like a shame to undo that scene.
  • Arrow has gone back and forth with Damien Dah- sorry, my mistake. Let me start over. Arrow has gone back and forth with Adrian Chase a lot lately. He’s still one step above Damien, because Damien was just fucking annoying and boring. Chase still manages to do crazy in a slightly more interesting way.
  • Olicity shippers rejoice, they’re almost back together.
  • The flashback story has Oliver being drugged by Konstantin Kovar. My money was on him being Prometheus earlier in the season.
  • Deathstroke is getting a get-out-of-jail card. Something tells me he won’t be going back to it.
  • All three finales next week, and I’m actually glad since I need a break from the CW/DC universe. I don’t know if I will follow all three series again next season. I’m a little superhero-ed out, but I’ll pull through just for one more episode of each.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s Last Children of Krypton, Flash’s Magenta and Arrow’s Matter of Trust

Spoilers will jump tall buildings in a single bound.

(Source: The CW)

(Source: The CW)

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.

(Source: The CW)

(Source: The CW)

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.

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(Source: The CW)

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.

Highs/Lows/FairPlay:

  • 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.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl – Why Myriad might be Kryptonian for clusterf*ck

At least it wasn’t a weather-controlling machine. Sorry, spoiler alert.

I have to be honest with you. I was not crazy about Laura Benati’s character, Astra. She was been played up to be the season’s big bad villain, but she had the same problems that Neal McDonough’s Damien Darhk character in Arrow. Her personality would literally traverse from an over the top megalomaniac to a conflicted antagonist with a misguided but somewhat noble intention. Well, actually Damien was a lot more bipolar and I’m including Benati playing both Alura and Astra. In what looks to be a conflict of schedules, her recurring role has been relegated to Alura appearances as the DEO’s computer-generated assistant to Kara.

(Source: CBS)

(Source: CBS)

But without a major big bad, what Supergirl has been left with is worse. We literally get a replacement with Non, played by Chris Vance. In the same vein that all evil Kryptonians, he’s over the top and loud and shows up, threatens, creates havoc and leaves with no reason. Non is the one who finally gets to deploy Myriad which is… A mind control thingy. We don’t really see the proverbial MacGuffin, just its effects. No, I don’t believe it’s that little rotating ball because that’s the Omegahedron (why hasn’t anybody in the show dropped its name yet?) which is a nice throwback to the original Helen Slater-led Supergirl movie. It was already used to put Avatar Girl aka Indigo back together.

Laura Vondervoort could use more badassery involved in her character. I hate the name Indigo and the look needs to be a little more threatening. They should’ve stuck with Brainiac 8, but odds are the show is constantly limited by DC with “you can’t use that!” or “you can’t show that!” and that’s why we get Smurfette. The show did bring in Superman. From a distance. And he’s not going to be any help because…

Oh boy, this one is really a strain on my suspension of disbelief system, but Superman falls to the spell of the Myriad device which has been calibrated for Earth inhabitants. We learn this from Maxwell Lord, who has a device to keep him safe. What’s more, he even gave a pair of earrings to off-and-on possible romantic interest Cat Grant. The fearless leader of CatCo appears on her personal elevator right as Supergirl is figuring out that all her friends are under a spell. Ok, ok, they’re under Myriad control. This really looks more like a plot from Mr. Mxyzptlk. Why it doesn’t affect Kara is never explained.

So we want to make the situation more dire. Let’s have Non popup and show the power of Myriad by having three completely random people throw themselves off the building. Even better yet, let’s have two of those people be James and Winn. The third one is a girl that might as well be wearing a red shirt. Supergirl gets two out of three, and now we have given some edge onto the show. Then Non leaves. Ok, no this whole idea is stupid. Let’s put something better together. No? Ok.

I did found Calista Flockhart a little more funny which was refreshing. I find her Mean-Girls shtick endearing when it’s obvious she’s got a warm human being below, but not when she’s cruel for cruelty’s sake. Unfortunately her best advice was a little too much of a self-help trope. Just be Supergirl? Being yourself is the best you can come up with? And of course, Kara magically comes up with an alternate plan to Maxwell Lord’s. I did appreciate Maxwell saying we’ve gone beyond “kitties from trees and villain of the week” but I’m not so sure. His plan requires a percentage of people to die because… of course it does. Kara’s plan is… hopefully a draft that will be in its final form for next week.

Alex Danvers and J’onn J’onzz traveling as mother and son on a bus. Adorable, but the moment that Myriad went down we all knew that Alex was going to come back running. I dare say that the Martian Manhunter could’ve hold his own longer or even won against Blue Man Group had he not been having to mind-shield Alex. And yeah, Alex ends up being suited up with a battle armor with Kryptonite elements and we even get the sword with a speech. It’s all supposed to be exciting but falls short.

My apologies, but there is lazy writing throughout the episode. I understand we sometimes want great scenes to happen, but there has to be a flow. Otherwise it’s a collection of skits. Also, something more original that mind control? This does not bode well for the finale. Unless it was all a dream. No, wait, that’s worse. As messed up as it is, the show will have to see this storyline through.

Highs/Lows/PlotHoles

  • Don’t bring Superman in at all. Rising the stakes by just naming him and CGI-ing him in a cape is pointless if he didn’t bring in anything to the story. Say that Non choice a timing in which he was battling something offworld.
  • Supergirl is unaffected. That makes sense if it only affects humans but it doesn’t if you make Superman be a target too.
  • There’s no time to tell Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater) that Jeremiah (Dean Cain) is alive? J’onn and Alex have too much going on? No, regardless of what you think Eliza had every right to know.
  • I did like to see Alex and J’onn mascarading as mom and son on the bus.
  • Loved the entrance scene with Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) saying she won’t take Harrison Ford’s calls because she doesn’t date older men. They’re married since 2010.
  • The whole visit to Eliza Danvers was awkward. What was that meant to accomplish?
  • Supergirl fighting Maxima (WWE wrestler Eve Torres). Maxima tells her she once chose her cousin as her mate. Kara’s adorable response: “Ew, gross!”
  • Can someone please mention the Omegahedron thingamajig? My nerd senses are killing me.
  • I don’t expect the finale to magically fix all the shortcomings of the series, but you did have some hits so hopefully it’s enough of a patch to get you renewed. Non should get killed by his own creation somehow. Maxwell Lord should steal some Kryptonian tech left behind.
  • Please learn from all your mistakes and start writing a better second season. Max needs to build up to become the big bad of the second season or at least build something that the actual supervillain can use. My money’s on the Omegahedron.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • 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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