Posts Tagged Jesse Quick
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.
Spoilers may be closing in.
The Flash is still trying to work and flesh out its main villain. If Zoom was a combination of evil human and CGI monster, Savitar is double the CGI and no human to speak for yet. There might be more to say about that in the future. However, the main antagonist of sorts this time is not Savitar but the mystical Speed Force itself. The very bluntly named Into The Speed Force is another moral dilemma for Barry as he must use his wits to battle the impersonation of Eddie Thawne, Ronnie Raymond and Leonard Snart in an almost Scrooge-like lesson about how much friends have sacrificed their lives for his ideal of heroism. He also must outrun a Time Wraith that might have been Zoom at some point.
The lesson he learns after his three ghosts, is that he has to save Iris himself. He figures this out because, reasons. Meaning, I’m not sure why is that the logical conclusion. To make things more dramatic (yeah, really) he gets help from Jay Garrett, the Golden Age Flash, who also takes the place of Wally. This makes sense because… it doesn’t. If the lesson for Barry was to stop letting his friends sacrifice themselves for him, it’s undone already when he leaves Jay behind in Wally’s place!
Yes, we must talk about Jesse Quick, but we’re out of time. More in the Highs and Lows.
Meanwhile in Arrow, Checkmate brings us what all the previews already spoiled. Adrian Chase is Prometheus. Actually his name is false, and we’ve been all duped by thinking Adrian Chase was Vigilante. Secrets are spoiled as Oliver finds Talia in the present and learns she is the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul. I really hope this means Nyssa is coming back somehow. The other anti-climatic bomb is that she trained Prometheus, aka Adrian Chase.
But as awkward as that reveal is, the episode does begin to take a dark twisted turn as Adrian Chase remains alongside the mayor and in his position as District Attorney, forcing Oliver to compromise the Green Arrow further and further. It’s a strange game of manipulation where Susan Williams’ life hangs on the line. It has its loopholes, but I did like the overall mind game effect. I have to give kudos to Josh Segarra, the actor behind Adrian/Prometheus for switching into a manipulative sociopathic persona. It turned Prometheus from a mask-wearing bore to more colourful and dangerous antagonist.
I may not have cared for the Bratva flashbacks, but I still find potential in Felicity’s side story with Helix. She’s drawn deeper and deeper in debt with them, and with the finale ending in another hostage situation, she’s not able to walk away since she knows they’re her best chance.
- The Flash needs a happy episode pronto. Where is that musical episode? Does it really take that long to make?
- Jesse Quick! Holy crap. HR Wells said literally the most sexist, chauvinistic and idiotic thing imaginable. He said, to Jesse’s face, to wait until… The real Flash gets here. If there has ever been a character to deserve getting punched, it was him. I do not believe he should so easily being forgiven for it.
- HR Wells also gets to discover a weakness in Savitar’s armour – literally the fact he uses an armour, which means he’s a man underneath.
- I also think this line from Jesse should’ve been given more gravitas: In my earth, I am the real Flash! At least she also got to be the first Flash to hurt Savitar, and I know why she must return to Earth-3, but still… She’s out of the picture already? Doesn’t seem fair.
- The extra drama that nobody asked for was Barry deciding to move out on Iris because… I guess this way he can be far away in case she’s in danger… Ok, wait that doesn’t make sense. This is another case of let’s create drama for no reason.
- John Wesley Shipp appearing as the Golden Age Flash again. That’s a high. Just to sacrifice himself? That is a low as low as you can get. Are we really leaving him there?
- But Arrow really shined with Checkmate. When Oliver loses it in the Arrow cave, I almost expected him to go rogue from everyone and turn into solo vigilantism again. I half wanted that, to be honest.
- Watching Felicity is like watching an addict descend deeper and deeper into her vice. It’s not amusing, but it makes for an interesting tale. The added twist has to be that dark ending with Oliver captive (I said there would be spoilers, people) and Felicity realizing she will do anything Helix tells her to find him again.
- Josh Segarra aka Adrian Chase was an interesting, straight-arrow character. Now he’s playing a sociopath who enjoys what he does and believes he’s here to help Oliver realize who he is. After being someone Oliver can trust, Adrian has revealed himself as Prometheus. More importantly, Prometheus has become a much more interesting enemy by being revealed as Adrian.
- I won’t mention my theory about Susan Williams being Vigilante this time. Buuut honestly, it’s about the one thing you could do to make Susan interesting again. Otherwise we’re just doing damsel in distress. Trope as old as time…
- For now the real enemy is Adrian Chase. However, I think the bigger enemy that was revealed was Talia Al Ghul, sending Adrian Chase to make Oliver suffer for the death of her father. Does that mean Talia will eventually be the bigger bad for Team Arrow to defeat? Does someone have Nyssa on speed dial?
That will do for now.
Spoilers will jump tall buildings in a single bound.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.