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Superhero Weekly: The Faithful & Elongated Journey Into The Night

Spoilers might stretch themselves a little thin.

I have to give it to the writers of Supergirl this week as they explored the whole savior mythos that has always surrounded Kara’s cousin. I wished it would’ve provided for more introspection, but the note in which it ended was appropriate and awkward. The Flash went with the tried and true method of making the lead wrong about someone until the very end, but at least we got a new hero introduced out of it all. Then again, Elongated Man? Let’s get into it.

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Highs, Lows and You Gotta Have Faith:

  • There was a lot of potential with this subject. Supergirl being idolized as a Goddess and joining the faith by being saved. I don’t think there would’ve been time to cover it all, by which I mean this could’ve been spread out more into several episodes.
  • That being said, it’s surprising they went as far as they did. It’s rarely being explored, but Supergirl was raised somewhere else and has an extraterrestrial religion. She literally worships something else than anybody else on Earth. I’m kinda curious how did this resonate with the audience. Superman has always been the All-American Hero, and by extension so has his cousin. The religion of superheroes is rarely touched on, specially the ones that have outworld-ly origins.
  • The savior mythos that surrounds Superman is legendary enough than the latest movie versions can’t help to touch it (again and again and again). It was interesting to see Kara react to it. It was also endearing to see her almost desperately trying to exclude herself from that narrative, but sadly it’s not that easy.
  • The seeds planted in the previous episodes have begun to sprout. Alex Danvers can’t help but remind herself of what she wants in life eventually (children) might not be the same than Maggie’s own life goals.
  • Hey we have been Guardian-free for a while now. I’m not missing it, but chances are we’re due for a re-appearance soon. Hopefully Jimmy finds concentrating himself on bringing facts can be as heroic in this age of “alternative facts”.
  • We continue to build on Samantha March (Odette Annable), to the point that she now receives a very strong vision about becoming Reign, complete with hieroglyphs that look Kryptonian and a shapeshifting alien/creature.
  • I have to give a shoutout to Liz Huett, because her song STFU & Hold Me was playing in the background during the scene at the girls’ night at Kara’s. You can barely make out the melody and I’m pretty sure the lyrics never get to the chorus for whatever reason, but it’s there.
  • It’s the first we see Kara praying, and I’m glad we can see someone we consider an icon prays to a different religion than her fans. It feels like there’s a lesson of acceptance here that transcends personal belief.

Ok, STAR Labs really needs to up its security.

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Highs, Lows and Big Stretches:

  • So, Elongated Man… Yeah, not really big on my book, but you know, he’s an established hero. In this continuity, Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer) is a former detective turned private investigator. No word on him being married, which one presumes it would’ve come up at some point, so don’t expect Sue Dibny to popup unless necessary.
  • My personal high of this week was Caitlin Snow reminding Barry of them both having gone through their own meta awakening.
  • This formula has been used before: The lead (Barry) being a bad judge of character against someone from his past (Ralph Dibny). The guest star demonstrating to the audience that there’s still hope, the lead recognizes their mistake and they learn a lesson until it’s convenient for them to forget it again.
  • Since it’s hard to make light out of Barry’s life at the moment, we rely on Cisco to bring the awkward laughter. Also along for the ride are Gypsy’s dad, Breacher (Danny Trejo). A little shout-out goes to the Matrix, another sci-fi IP where people dress in black trenchcoats and jump in and out of realities.
  • Cisco is really developing into his Vibe persona and branching out. I actually appreciated Harry Wells more as mentor in this episode. I also would wish Caitlin be doing the same thing instead of having to suppress her powers all the time.
  • Seems we’re going to learn what Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost was up to during the time Barry was in the Speed Force.
  • DeVoe is finally mentioned by name this season and we get a quick refresher flashback to the times he’s been mentioned before. Clifford DeVoe is the alias of the Thinker, an enemy of The Flash, as I’m sure we’ve all googled about already.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl, an Ace Reporter? The Once and Future Flash. Arrow’s Dangerous Liaisons

Spoilers are making a comeback after some time off.

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Supergirl really, really tried with Ace Reporter. The show played up their strongest character, Kara Danvers, and its most enigmatic one, Lena Luthor. Direct from the pages of DC Comics, we’re introduced to Biomax aka Jack Spheere, played by Rahul Kohli (the charismatic CSI from iZombie). Jack and Lena once had a thing, which in TV means they still have a spark.

Of course the Biomax project, which magically seems to heal a wound in Jack, might turn out to require some troubleshooting when we see the same nano bots eat up a person. Am I having a flashback or this is a similar baddie to the Vardies in the last episode of Doctor Who? Of course the important part is not the people that get killed by this flying cloud of nano- IT IS THE SAME THING DAMMIT. Anyhow, as I was saying, the important part is that Kara gets to be a reporter again. I’d really get 100% behind Kara’s comeback if Kara had studied journalism. Actually, shouldn’t it make sense she did since her thing was working at CatCo? Just revise your back history and make it so.

I think there’s potential, still untapped, in a dynamic between old-fashioned reported Snapper Carr and still-a-rookie Kara Danvers. However, sometimes it does feel like both of them are playing the cartoon version of what they do. On the other hand, we got to know Lena Luthor a little more and she remains my favorite character.

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The Flash does another time traveling stint, except this time… Well, there’s a lesson to be learn. Which makes similar to other times he’s done something similar. At least traveling forward will not alter the past. The lesson is a familiar one, be a family, act as a team, yada yada, let Barry take on the bad guys.

But this time, it’s Barry from the past that has to teach that lesson to his future self. I must admit, as depressing as the future gets because Iris perishes, I have to agree with Barry it’s not what should happen when a loved one dies. Movies and TV shows often forget loved people pass away and families grieve and heal. Only in films and tv does the future turn apocalyptic because of the death of one person. But I know that it’s just a TV show and I should lighten up…

We’re riding a lot of payback on Savitar’s real identity, so it’s no surprise that we don’t get to know just yet. However, seems Killer Frost has been given the rare honor to see Savitar underneath that light-up armor. So, is it really that much of a shocker?

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Arrow finally goes where it hasn’t gone before and puts Oliver against Felicity. I did like that dynamic. It made sense that Helix would simply want a known hacker free. It makes sense that Argus has a blacksite to hold dangerous individuals without trial. This hacker, that goes by the name of Cayden James also holds another Argus gift: a biometric device/algorithm/thingamajig/macguffin capable of locating people via heartbeat. Hence, the solution for Felicity is clear. Help Helix free Cayden James, gain the location of fugitive formerly-known-as-Prometheus, Adrian Chase.

Unsurprisingly, Layla wants no part of this which makes it a little surprising she would let Felicity just walk away like that. I was expecting for her to pull a gun, a dart, bug her with a tracer, something. But Layla just wants to trap Helix in their attempt. Unfortunately that means not telling Egg Face, ok sorry… Oliver just look ridiculous with that thing on. It means not telling Team Arrow that the princess is on another castle. As it turns out Helix already knows.

Meanwhile, we get a little old father to young father talk with Quentin Lance and Rene. And of course we get to see Quentin’s picture on his desk with Laurel. I had already noticed but the camera decides to zoom at it as if to make a point that I’d think it was already subtly made.

Highs/Lows/HelixComeBack:

  • Supergirl preaches that if you really believe, you can be a journalist. It’s the Walt Disney school of thought, charming but I’d sooner believe a woman can fly.
  • The cliffhanger with Rhea (Teri Hatcher!) was a bit anti-climatic for me because I want Lena to do her own thing, may she be villain or heroine, rather than needing an ally.
  • Lena Luthor punching back a villainess that tells her she’s a black belt, her comeback line about being a Luthor was a high point.
  • Oh yeah, Guardian was in this episode doing some sort of sitcom with Winn and Lyra. That was just a stupid storyline and undermining Lyra as the “crazy girlfriend” was just shameful.
  • Lena explaining how she feels warm only when her enemies get their comeuppance. Was that supposed to be another layer of Lena peeled off as she turns to the dark side?
  • The Flash travels to the distant future and learns a lesson! This hasn’t been done before because we’ve traveled other alternate times and learn a lesson. See, now it was the future so it wasn’t the same thing. Okey, I’m being sarcastic.
  • Future Cisco and Future Barry definitely felt like fleshed out characters, so kudos to Carlos Valdes and Grant Gustin for their performance.
  • However I do want to single out Jesse L. Martin as Future Joe West, because that cemetery scene was really well done. I was almost expecting a “run along Barry, it’s what you do best” line to seal it.
  • Killer Frost is finally out and about. I guess she has to align with Savitar, but I wanted her to do her own thing for a while. Oh well.
  • If we believe that last scene, Savitar is not HR, not Julian, not Joe and not Cisco. Who else remains? Did Wally see himself from an even more distant future? Could it be Jay Garrick? Or is he a future version of Barry himself? Of course everything will run aground if it turns out that he’s just some x guy.
  • Oh yeah, Vertigo and the Mirror Master. Ho hum. Boring.
  • The future Flash’s costume is actually brighter than present Flash’s jumpsuit. Interesting.
  • You know, I would have loved a few episodes with Felicity and Helix doing a little hacktivism. I wouldn’t have mind Felicity taking to that life for a few more episodes. But no, we gotta get back on the Prometheus train.
  • Layla and John Diggle’s relationship deteriorates as John doesn’t accept how Layla has started following in Waller’s footsteps.
  • Rene and his daughter reunited for a few moments because of Quentin was sweet. Quentin gets stuff done. I didn’t understood Rene not wanting to see his daughter when he has full visitation rights. Then again, to each their own, but it felt like drama for drama’s sake.
  • There’s some teasing that Oliver and Felicity will end up back together. Specially since that cliffhanger has them both caught in the blast of whatever that was. Either that or they’ll tease the hell out for the ratings. We’ve gone back and forth too many times. Perhaps it’s time we leave it alone? No? Fine.
  • Curtis… There’s adorable dork and just annoying. At some point he crossed the line and kept going. Shut up for a minute.
  • We never get to see Cayden James. You know what would’ve been a great twist? If it turns out they said they were holding him but it turned out to be Adrian Chase. That would’ve fit in with Layla’s decision to keep him secret, with why they haven’t found Chase and would have put Argus at odds with Team Arrow. But it seems Cayden James was a throwaway character without a face. Too bad, I think there would’ve been potential in giving him more of a backstory or even a future one.
  • I miss Helix already. Alena saying goodbye to Felicity broke my nerdy heart drive.

That will do for now.

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Series Issues: The Flash 1×20 – The Trap

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(Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)

The game’s afoot. Spoilers will be revealed.

The big wolf comes out on The Flash 1×20: The Trap. There’s no baddie of the week. We get flashbacks to the time where Barry was in the hospital after getting hit by lightning. Have you noticed I haven’t told you quite what the episode is about? It’s that good. Go watch the frakking thing.

You’ll remember that we left our nerd team in the Time Vault. They look at the newspaper / webpage from the future. The date is freaking them out, but it’s up to Caitlin to discover that the author of the article is Iris West-Allan. Holy crap yes. Gideon the friendly AI shows up. The AI can respond to their commands, specifically Barry’s because… he created it. So they found out what they can and order it to stay mum about their being here.

The idea about going into Cisco’s dreams sounds like a harebrained scheme, but it does pay homage to that time-travel episode and makes it relevant again. With the knowledge of the situation that triggered the reveal of Eobart Thawne, Barry attempts a desperate idea: recreate the conditions so that Joe can hear a full confession from Wells.

Meanwhile, Eddie means to propose to Iris. Joe is against it. Eddie asks Barry to intervene, which is awkward as hell. Iris insists on talking to Barry, which ends up being about discovering the truth behind STAR Labs, and the origin of the Flash. We even get a glimpse of the past where Iris talked to an unconscious Barry in the hospital and got a shock when reaching for his hand.

When the trap is finally set, Cisco has rigged it so it will protect him from the Reverse Flash rather than trap him. It’s supposed to act as a shield, but when Harrison Wells walks in, he can walk right into it. To add insult to injury, the conditions may have been the same but as Barry finds out the outcome is different enough that it doesn’t constitute a confession. As Eobard raises his hand, Joe realizes it’s going to be curtains for Cisco and fires three times…

In one of the most desperate actions in the show, Barry intercepts two of the three bullets. He’s thinking about his father, willing to accept that Cisco remains in danger but he can’t reach the third bullet which hits “Harrison Wells” and…

It’s. Not. Him.

It’s Everyman aka Hannibal Bates. Eobard Thawne monologues from a safe distance into the bunker. He convinced Hannibal to play him in exchange for his freedom. What I’m not sure is how Hannibal expected to get out after acting the part, because I’m sure he didn’t consent to be shot. Barry races to the Time Vault to find the empty chair and a bunch of screens from several settings around the city explaining Eobard Thawne’s vast insight into their lives. Barry knows where he’s going.

Out in the harbor, Eddie walks along with Iris hoping for the perfect time to pop the question, but the Reverse Flash gets there first. The Flash races to the scene, but the Reverse Flash has taken Eddie. The Flash stops for a second to check on Iris before taking off after them. As he departs, for a brief moment, electricity surges from his hand. Iris’ face lights up and whispers Barry’s name. She knows.

Amazing episode.

Highs:

  • Iris finds out Barry is the Flash. ABOUT DAMN TIME. But, nobody told her. She at least was smart enough to figure it out in this episode, but come on – Barry was hit by lighting from the particle accelerator, the Flash is helping the police… I would have suspected Barry a while ago. That being said, since everyone knew and nobody told her we’re all in the doghouse now, people. I do expect that Iris will be interacting more with the team now, so I’m still happy about it.
  • Cisco’s reference to Temple of Doom including the “kali-ma” chant was a proud geek moment.
  • Joe shoots Hannibal Bates thinking he’s saving Cisco from the Reverse Flash. It was still the best possible outcome he could think about, and I’m glad Joe was not willing to put him any close to any danger here.
  • Cisco putting a tracker on the wheelchair was a cool idea, but we all know that tracker was there because Eobard allowed it to be there.

Lows:

  • Sorry, Joe West. He’s always been one of my favorite characters, but how can he deny Eddie his blessing? Yes, WE know that Barry ends up with Iris but real-world scenario it’s really backwards thinking to assume that Joe just decides for Iris in this one.
  • Barry is willing to put Cisco in danger to save his father. I know it’s an act of desperation, and one that everyone agrees upon, but still it’s a bit blind. He even manages to grab two out of the three bullets hoping to still get a confession that will save his father.
  • We can’t have a breathtaking moment twice so seeing “Harrison Wells” walking into the bunker is not as much as a shocker as the first time. Still, discovering he’s the shapeshifter Everyman was.

That will do for now.

Coming soon:

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