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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: Triggers & Mixed Signals

Spoilers will swear they will trust you from now on, then forget about it on the next episode.

It has become a CW trope, but it seems all conflicts are becoming some version of the main heroes overestimating their own powers, stop listening to their friends and family, getting into trouble and then everything getting fixed once teamwork, love and understanding are back on track. At least until next week, that is.

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Highs, Lows and Girl Superpower:

  • Supervillain Psi (Yael Grobglas) has the power to cause fear. This creates a particularly cathartic opportunity for Kara to face her own, which she has been dodging since her season opener last week. Psi feels like it could’ve been more than a one-episode C-villain, but alas it seems it wasn’t to be.
  • Samantha Arias, the mother of the teenager that will get in trouble in every episode, is back. Seems she could turn out to have superpowers. I did expected the cast to grow, but no word on where this is going to go.
  • Was there any question that Lena was not going to end up buying CatCo? No. Why does every time I try to say “CatCo” out loud I end up saying “CostCo”? Don’t answer that one.
  • Lena can be a badass boss, as Kara discovers when she starts being uppity. I also hope Kara fixed that elevator before anybody else finds her purse and her glasses.
  • The dynamic at CatCo changes from now on. Let’s be honest, it needed to. James needs Lena pushing him. She will and she should. It was getting a little to comfy for him.
  • I’m expecting Kara to reveal to Lena she’s Supergirl any episode now. I’m also expecting Lena to tell her she has known that all along.
  • Supergirl seems to be going for a darker vibe. I really hope it’s temporary, but considering the other CW shows, I’m not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, back at STAR Labs…

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Highs, Lows and Romance Woes:

  • Gypsy gets a lot of good lines this episode: “It’s like he doesn’t know he’s a dead man.” (said at nobody after Cisco tries apologizing and figures out a way to stop a metahuman in the middle of the sentence).
  • Still loving Caitlin, but don’t think I don’t know what you’re doing, TV show. I know Caitlin’s Frost dilemma will be put in hold while the other stories take the stage. You’re literally putting her issues on ice until you have time to deal with them on another show. Hardly fair.
  • I did find laughter with Cisco and Gypsy (and Caitlin inadvertently getting a word in there) but there was a lot to cringe about with Iris and Barry. If you’re going to couples therapy to make fun of therapy why do it at all? Specially since they both really seem to need it.
  • Iris West finally comes out with it: Barry left her. I think the wedding is safely postponed (season finale I guess). How Barry is completely blind in not seeing that was going to be a major issues speaks volumes about self-centered he’s acting.
  • Barry has become a little too overconfident, not in his powers but in his persona. I’m actually finding him a more than a little annoying in this episode. Can you tell?
  • Where’s the next iteration of Harrison Wells?

So as you can see I’m doing a rather brief version of the Superhero Weekly (which might be bi-weekly at this point) due to time constraints. Now I just go directly into the Highs and Lows. It’s a bit experimental. We’ll see how it goes.

And yes, I’ve decided to drop Arrow. To be honest, it was getting hard to watch. I’ll take a peek now and then, but I don’t anticipate making it part of this review.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s Homecoming, Flash Attacks Central City and Arrow Fights Fire With Fire

Spoilers will be unmasked.

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Supergirl upped her game this week bringing in Dean Cain. If you had reservations about Jeremiah Danvers after he helped Kara and Mon-El escape Cadmus back in Darkest Place, you will have been wary this episode as well. Strangely enough, the first one to suspect him is not J’onnz. The Martian Manhunter seems to be as emotionally stunted as the Danvers girls. No, it’s Mon-El.

The reason why I find it strange is that so far, the character is still trying to shake off its frat boy image and all of a sudden he’s the only skeptic. I get it that he’s the most distant to the situation, but this ‘flashes’ of insight have not yet been explained. There’s one parenthesis here but I’ll leave it for the highs and lows.

I’d rather talk about Alex Danvers. I think it’s the most passionate acting that Chyler Leigh has done as the daughter that has missed her father so terribly that is blinded by her own emotion. The anger she directs first at Mon-El and later at Kara when she also starts to suspect her father  was so close to genuine. It’s Alex in the end that confronts her father only to choose to let him go even though she’s badly hurt at his betrayal. It was some of her best acting, and you can feel her heart break the moment she lets her father escape.

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The Flash brought back Grodd for the second part and conclusion to the telepathic gorilla’s plans of domination. It’s just hard to feel invested in a CGI character, may he be a gorilla or a Speed God. More on that in a second.

We get a real treat as Tom Cavanagh plays two roles as H.R. and the less amicable Harry, Dr. Wells from Earth 2 and Jesse Quick’s curmudgeon father. I so much more prefer Wells as the morally ambiguous scientist than the buffoon-esque car salesman. It’s short-lived.

Instead the show seems to want to focus more on relationships. Gypsy comes back to form a reluctant alliance with Cisco. Jesse decides to stay and see if there’s any future with Wally. And Barry decides to take the next step with Iris because, why the hell not?

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Arrow is really digging into the skin this week. Mayor Oliver Queen faces an impeachment hearing. D. A. Adrian Chase is representing him but something is definitely up.

Meanwhile, Mr. Terrific ups his tech game and Felicity stops short of blackmail as Thea tries to play underhanded politics. To this I have to say that Curtis is becoming more of an asset. Felicity is more interesting the deeper she gets into the hacker matrix and I can’t help but think Thea still has a lot more to contribute to the group because she thinks different than anybody else.

But I guess the biggest surprise is that Adrian Chase does not turn out to be Vigilante. Instead he comes behind the mask of Prometheus, something that I didn’t expect. Now we’re in the dark about Vigilante unless we’re doing a Fight-Club-esque turn of events here.

Highs/Lows/CGIs:

  • Chyler Leigh’s best acting yet as devout and fiercely loyal daughter and then broken down and betrayed but still loving daughter at the end.
  • I knew something was up when Jeremiah Danvers offers to escort Mon-El out. “I know who you are,” is Jeremiah’s threat. “…And?” is Mon-El’s reply. That still makes me think that we want to cast doubts of whether Mon-El of Daxam knows who he really is. The show might be going for making him the Prince of Daxam instead of a royal guard.
  • When J’onn J’onnz finally doubts Jeremiah we hear him say: “Why can’t I read your mind?” That means that either a) J’onn has been attempting to read his mind since they met again but has been unable to do so, or b) J’onn chose to trust Jeremiah without reading his mind until now. I don’t know which option I would chastise the Martian Manhunter more, but it’s obvious he should’ve done that since the beginning AND suspect him.
  • The Flash was the low point this week. Wait, really? Yeah… it wasn’t really a very thrilling episode. It was all about couples.
  • At least we got Harry Wells facing H.R. Wells. Too little and too far between.
  • I like Cisco but he’s a bit full of himself sometimes. A little more awkwardness would’ve gone a longer way with Gypsy. At least he gets shot down at the end. Yeah, he’s got a chance to be good with his powers, but he’s got a long way to be able to handle her.
  • Grodd is taken down by Solovar. Wait, the God of Speed? No, that’s Savitar. Solovar is the white ape and nemesis of Grodd. Savitar is the Megatron lookalike God of Speed. Unfortunately the names were already part of the Flash’s mythos and couldn’t be changed.
  • With another grand gesture involving candles and petals, we get Barry proposing to Iris. Cliffhanger, she hasn’t said yes yet. Perhaps she’ll say now because blah blah must beat Savitar first blah blah my imminent death blah blah.
  • Wally West runs into Savitar, which is good because I wasn’t looking forward to next week’s episode without some threat. Too bad it’s just more CGI. That’s why I still think the Reverse Flash was still the better nemesis for Flash.
  • And Arrow was dark but actually good this week, breaking down a few theories and spawning others.
  • First, good on Mr. Terrific as he finally starts designing more badass hardware, even if they’re called “balls” by everyone.
  • Second, poor Curtis Holt as Paul comes back… to obviously deliver divorce papers. That was really naive of Curtis. Everyone saw that heartbreak coming a mile away.
  • Third, Felicity joining Helix. I actually like Felicity more as a full-blown hacker than a tone-down one. Gives her character a lot more agency that the freaking IT Girl.
  • Fourth, I liked Thea being a manipulative scheming political player. She was not the heroine that the city needs but the one it deserves.
  • Adrian Chase’s character is becoming increasingly interesting and was even more so this week as he’s revealed as Vigila- wait, he’s Prometheus?!? Seriously? Who saw that one coming? The ending with him asking Susan Williams to make time to talk to him was the creepiest thing.
  • Who’s Vigilante then? I mean, if he’s in the cast… Wait… If she’s in the cast… Could it be that Susan Williams is Vigilante? Now THAT would be the one thing to turn Susan Williams’ character interesting. Did Adrian Chase figured it out and that’s the reason he’s trying to kidnap Susan?

That will do for now.

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