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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 goes on Exodus and Flash faces the Wrath of Savitar

Spoilers will get knocked down but get back up again.

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Supergirl took it to space and beyond this week. Almost. In the biblically named Exodus, a bookend to last week’s Homecoming, the Girl of Steel and her fearless badass agent of a sister Alex deal with the fallout of trusting, and being betrayed, by their father. In truth, we all knew already that Jeremiah Danvers was being blackmailed by Cadmus with the old, “we will kill your daughters” threat. Jeremiah and Quentin Lance from Arrow should compare notes.

Chyler Leigh (aka Alex Danvers) has been getting some great scenes as of late. You almost feel like the title should be plural. After a harsh, and some will say unfair, trickery by J’onn, she gets puts on suspension when her loyalty and/or better judgement is called into question. She’s an almost unstoppable force. I say almost, because she literally gets sent into space with the alien hostages, a middle-of-the-road solution devised by Jeremiah to prevent Lillian Luthor from exterminating them. Yes, there’s a quite discernible political agenda, but it’s hardly a stretch of the imagination.

Kara has her own problems. She’s given the idea by Lena, of all people, to go public with her information as an independent. Yes, I expect Mon-El to say, “just do what you think it’s right.” In the world of superheroes, that’s always the outcome but in the real world there are compromises. I know how jaded that makes me sound. Truth is I did like Snapper Carr telling it like it is when Kara gets sacked, even after the interview with Supergirl. I didn’t expect him to fall for the Supergirl charm. Snapper IS a more accurate depiction of a journalist. Kara is less so.

I’ll say it this way. Kara is as much a journalist as Mon-El is a superhero. They both try, they use other people as examples, but neither of them understand why they should act the way their role demands. One would think that they could really kick ass given their abilities, but they lack the internal fire to become what they yearn for. I will give Kara somewhat of an edge on trying to get closer to her goal, since Mon-El is blind to the fact that he misses the point altogether.

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The Flash just went from a high to a dramatic low with The Wrath of Savitar. No, I don’t mean this was a bad episode but we literally brought every single couple in the show into their happy place to drop them in the darkest pit of despair.

Wally starts having hallucinations of Savitar. This drives a wedge between him and Jesse. Caitlin reveals she kept a piece of the infinity sto- oops sorry, that’s Marvel’s CU, don’t sue me! She kept a piece of the Philosopher’s Stone plus one of Savitar’s follower has somehow found the Philosopher’s Box (the set now available at your nearest fast food joint with the purchase of a kid’s meal). That drives a wedge between Caitlin and Julien. Barry blames Wally, Wally figures out (you should have guessed this, son of a detective) that Barry proposed to Iris to save her life after being vibed to watch the future Iris-gets-killed scene (keep track of how many versions of Barry are in the scene so far).

As everyone is literally at ends with everyone else, Barry decides to use Julian as his personal smartphone and phone Savitar again. Then he doesn’t get what he wants so he tries again. I wouldn’t blame Julian one bit for walking away here.

Too late they figure out that Wally is being played to get the last piece, not away from the speed force but into it – making Savitar permanently free, something of a goal that he’s managed to manipulate everyone to achieve. A good twist, but the ending is just irrevocably dark after everyone seems to be at odds and ends with everybody else. This was so dark that I was glad that there was no Arrow this week.

Savitar is CGI or at best a lights up suit. Without any personality and a somewhat cliche of a scary voice, he’s more cartoon than villain. I think I’d rather have a villain with a human -and acting- face.

Highs/Lows/RogueSquadron:

  • Chyler Leigh once more the actress to watch as Alex Danvers goes rogue and literally almost saves the day, but the last scene has to be a show of strength by Kara.
  • Kara really didn’t achieve much this week except for getting herself fired and learning a little more about real journalism as she did. Snapper Carr stole the scenes with his quotes. And yes, a half truth is just a lie.
  • Supergirl rescuing and carrying Lena. Yes.
  • Mon-El and Kara… Ok, I was about to write “having a moment” but I’m failing to see that. He was just on the background.
  • That was a very cruel trick from J’onn J’onnz but the assessment was spot on. How did Alex not get literally shot to pieces by Cadmus, I can’t figure out.
  • The ending with Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo. Yes, we all know that Mon-El is going to end up being the Prince of Daxam. So I’m guessing they’re the Queen and King.
  • And the Flash became all shades of despair and depression this week as literally every single relationship was on the rocks.
  • When all was said and done, the idea of throwing all the pieces of the Philosopher’s Stone in the speed force actually freed Savitar. That means that unbeknown to Caitlin, she was preventing him from getting free. Not even a consolation price of a win since he ends up getting freed by Wally.
  • I think it was a given that Barry was marrying Iris to also alter the future, but was this really such a bad thing? Okey yes, but practically no if he’d come clean and say it, correct?
  • Was anybody else thinking that Wally was going to turn out to be Savitar? I certainly thought that at the very end. Remember Savitar tells Barry that they’re coming close to the first time they will first meet. I still haven’t abandoned this theory to be honest.
  • Kind of glad that Arrow was not on this week because Flash was already dark enough.
  • Savitar is uninspiring as ever. Can we break him out of his cocoon and just reveal him as a face we can feel some empathy, hate or emotion? Is that too much to ask of a comic book TV Show?

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s brilliant Luthors and Arrow preaches in Spectre of the Gun

Double-crossing spoilers lie ahead.

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Supergirl hasn’t had an amazing episode in a while until this week’s Luthors. The show made a masterful move by introducing Lena Luthor this season, as well as her scheming mother, Lillian – who happens to be the head of Cadmus. In this episode, both characters take over the screen with a vengeance.

Lillian’s trial goes as well as you might expect. Lena tries to keep a distance from her mother even she requests a visit. That is, until Kara convinces Lena to go see her. Meanwhile we get flashbacks to Lena as a child meeting the rest of Luthor family and playing chess with Lex himself. Lillian reveals Lena IS a Luthor, one that patriarch Leonel Luthor fathered with someone other than Lillian. When Metallo himself is put on the stand, it turns out he has his kryptonite powers again and frees Lillian from her detainment. Supergirl shows up, but Metallo blasts a crane so that she has to choose between saving the lives of the crowd or let them get away.

The Guardian makes an appearance as Metallo frees/kidnaps Lena from jail. Jimmy is hurt (as he well should be), but he’s even more hurt by Kara still trusting Lena. We get a rare glance of the history between Kal-El and Lex when Jimmy explains Superman would still believe Lex’s innocence even when confronted by evidence. Lena has become Kara’s blindspot. There’s security footage of Lena taking out synthetic kryptonite from L-Corp. Of course this cements Lena’s image of another guilty Luthor in the eyes of everyone but Kara. Yes, it will turn out to be altered.

We get to see a very reluctant Lena in conversation with Lillian as she takes the trio to one of Lex’s hidden weapons cache. What they don’t know is that Metallo is about to go nuclear. Also joining them is… Cyborg Superman (sorry the name makes me cringe). The actual weapons vault can only be opened with Luthor’s DNA. Since we now know Lena IS a Luthor that makes her the key. Of course this sounds more like the reason why Lena has been brought along, but Lillian insists she can still have a place at Cadmus.

Battle time soon ensues as Supergirl dashes into battle. In typical Kara fashion, she’s trying to do several things at once – let Lena know she’s on her side and try to convince Metallo to stop using his powers. When that proves useless, she’s trapped by Metallo. In a last minute Han Solo fashion, Martian Manhunter manages to intervene. Kara, J’onn and Lena take off while Henshaw and Lillian somehow managed to escape the Metallo explosion as well.

I’ll save my comments on the finale and cliffhangers for the Highs/Lows. Also, no new episode for The Flash this week.

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Arrow finally got political this week. Well, kinda. Sorta. A gunman enters city hall and shoots up the offices, killing seven people, injuring twenty-four. District Attorney Adrian Chase is shot. This opens a debate on gun control because nobody has ever- wait a second here.

Guns have been featured in the show before. Spartan (Diggle) uses a gun. Wild Dog uses two. The military uses guns. All of Damien’s baddies were paramilitary. Vigilante literally uses guns as well. There’s been a lot more guns in the show since its inception. So, why now? Because for some reason Arrow chose this angle. And somehow, I do want to commend them for the intention more than the execution.

Rene gets a lot of highlights in this episode, as the flashbacks are all about his family life in his pre-Wild Dog days. I found myself feeling some empathy for the guy although I mostly dislike him. Also, dishonourably discharged and packing. That never gets addressed again, but he gets to be assistant to Quentin. I share Thea’s disbelief at that decision. Also, Thea’s back.

I’ve become numb to Oliver’s mayoral speeches. More to the point, the show tiptoes around major issues. Notice how Oliver mentions abortion at some point but neglects to offer an opinion while talking to the councilwoman. But boy, did I love Quentin Lance in his one moment as he tells the Mayor to try and try again.

In the end, the councilwoman Pollard agrees to something called the Firearms Freedom Act that both protect freedoms and rights perfectly and- Wait, that’s not the way it should end, right? To tell you the truth, that’s an all too perfect solution. Starting with the name, which is a complete nod to politics nowadays, we never get to find out what’s supposed to be. Is it a gun registry? Then call it what it is. And if you have figured something else, something revolutionary, then we really need to know.

Highs/Lows/Checkmate

  • That Lena Luthor scene at the end. She’s dressed in full black and contemplating a chessboard, reminiscing of the games she used to play with Lex – and win. She moves a piece. This is a wonderfully ambiguous setting in which we’re left to wonder if Lena just played everyone.
  • I know some people are really going for the Kara-Lena angle, and to be honest that final scene seemed to be going somewhere. But on a different subject, anybody else think Kara is this close to revealing her identity to Lena? Or perhaps Lena has figured it out already?
  • Alex introducing Maggie as her significant other to the rest of the team. I honestly thought they’d knew already. J’onn’s response was perfect. “Of course I knew, I’m psychic.” When Alex asks him why didn’t he say anything before he replies, “it wasn’t for me to say.”
  • We get a little scene between Eve Tessmacher and Kara, although it’s all a setup to show how Mon-El is still in love with Kara.
  • Lillian finds Lex’s thingamajig that is obviously a McGuffin for another episode.
  • And we once more address Kara and Mon-El, because it has been so damn transparent that the show wants to these characters to hook up. It still feels forced. We seem to have gone through every romance trope in the book. Can we step this up from a teenage dramedy? Apparently not. Can we at least have Mon-El mature further?
  • Apparently we get a respite. Mr. Mxyzptlk has just entered Kara’s world. Cue the music, things are about to get crazy. Couldn’t you at least give him the hat? Add the hat next time. This looks like the perfect segue to a musical episode.
  • I think I’ve said all that needed to be said about Arrow’s gun control episode, but it bears repeating: there has been shootings long before in this show and with nastier consequences.
  • And please, Rene’s access to guns is obviously illegal. This falls completely out of gun control. So is Spartan’s access to guns for that matter. And yes, Vigilante has a point when he says he’s just like Green Arrow with a more efficient weapon.
  • Curtis and Rene’s discussion of the AR-15 was really naive, and I guess it illustrates some of the public’s ignorance about what is the most popular gun in the US. At least Dinah set that record straight.
  • Quentin Lance still gets the more mature lines of every episode. Try and try again.
  • The whole point was to find some common ground that would guarantee safety without trespassing the second amendment. That common ground, that brilliant piece of legislature that was accepted (albeit reluctantly) was never shared with the audience. Too bad, because even if it ended being up a gun registry, it would’ve been nice to know.

That will do for now.

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