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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: World’s Finest, Flash Back and Beacon of Hope

Spoilers will race to the finish line and cross over dimensions! Ok, there will be some.

First things, first. Did World’s Finest work? Was it all that we wanted and more? Yes, Supergirl got a crossover where a superhero from another production – I mean, from another dimension – appeared right out of the multiverse. The result was brutal, a battle of the likes the world has never seen and should never see again. Wait a second, that’s not exactly it… The result was adorable, they both couldn’t be nicer to each other and we all want them to see each other regularly. Bats and Supes could learn something from these two.

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(Source: CBS)

When Barry met Kara was just an exercise right out of the boy and girl scout’s manual. The two were instant allies, and although they charge into battle without a clear plan, they were able to combine their attacks. The antagonist to this dynamic duo were returning villainess Livewire and newly discovered superpowered Siobhan as Silver Banshee. So it turns that Siobhan’s power runs in the family and it makes them have to kill whoever has wronged them… Probably from their point of view or she’d be after herself. Yes, there were cheesy moments specially in their final battle as Flash and Supergirl have to rescue Cat Grant. Still, overall an improvement from most episodes (although Falling remains this series’ top achievement).

(Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)

(Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)

The Flash decides to play with time and gets a Time Wraith on his tail on this week’s Flash Back. Barry going back to Season One’s version of Central City to just get help from Eobard Thawne’s Harrison Wells might be a bit of a over-the-top premise where the risks certainly outweigh the benefit. However, I found it so compelling to see Tom Cavanagh become Season One’s Harrison Wells again. And yes, he discovers Barry soon enough. Strangely enough, the massive potential for universe alteration seems to have been avoided. Except for Hartley Rathaway (the Pied Piper) becoming a reformed criminal. There has to be more side effects to Barry’s time travel adventure, some minimal side effect that will bring disaster. Time travel must have a greater cost.

(Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)

(Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)

The Arrow, aka The Green Arrow… Sorry, why are we bringing back villains like Brie Larvae? Yes, I love Emily Kinney but that was some god awful dialog she had to work with. Unfortunately, same as last week, we’re back on more villains appearing just as an excuse so that we can make Oliver and Felicity reflect on their recent breakup. The actual plot was not much of a threat. Since when can robotic bees suddenly form a humanoid-shape combatant? Since when can they reproduce into more…? Ok, sorry. This episode didn’t work at all for me. At least two characters had to use “Beacon of Hope” in their speech to seem like the title was relevant.

Highs/Lows/CrossOvers

  • Supergirl brought together the two biggest forces for good: Barry and Kara. They were both phenomenal and they were a delight to see working together instead of, you know, assuming the worst and trying to kill each other. Because that would be dumb. Sorry Clark and Bruce.
  • Lots of little moments here. Kara reacting to Barry getting all the gang ice cream. Kara pointing out her spaceship to Barry. Barry giving advice to Kara without being patronizing.
  • Not everything worked. The whole origin backstory for Silver Banshee. Her supervillain makeover. Also she punches Kara at some point which didn’t make sense, how did Siobhan get superstrength? The whole crowd-protects-Supergirl was just painfully cheesy. The same goes for the firemen.
  • I didn’t quite buy Cat Grant discovering Barry as the Flash in no time flat, but I do understand it was done just so that we once again bring back the idea that Cat Grant still knows that Kara is Supergirl. Yes, she totally knows. Have you noticed that when the camera closes up on Cat Grant’s face, there’s some CGI blur on her cheeks?
  • The Flash was a good episode with a ludicrous premise, but overall it was a strange joy to see Harrison Wells 1.0 still masterminding. That remains still a great character. Somehow I wish Barry would still be able to interact with Thawne’s version of Wells in the present. The time wraith was just a secondary threat.
  • If Hartley Rathaway aka the Pied Pier was reformed… How did the whole Firestorm thing happened instead? Barry also messed with this event further when he told Past-Cisco that Hartley “knows where Ronnie is”. Something has to have changed here. I want Barry to have to deal with some fallback for his time travel actions.
  • Arrow didn’t work at all this week. Emily Kinney had so many corny lines (bee-this and bee-that). I want to believe that her performance was due to the awful dialog that she had to work with, but it was just painful to watch. Also, when can we NOT have everything remind us of Oliver and Felicity breaking up? At least we got something of an alternate dynamic with Curtis. Oh, and the Andy Diggle cliffhanger at the end didn’t really bring anything to the table.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • Sunday, April 3, 2016: The Walking Dead (season finale)
  • Thursday, April 14: Orphan Black (season premiere)
  • 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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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl, interrupted – this week’s Falling

Spoilers… duh.

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(Source: CBS)

Yes, Kara’s back and still flying solo this week. However, the episode just about made up for any cheesiness this series has been trying to purge.

It starts simple enough. We get Supergirl saving some firemen trapped on top of a building. However, something underneath the rubble glows… red? It’s time we meet the dark side of Kara as Kryptonite’s red variety makes its appearance on the show.

The result is a Kara we’ve never seen before. Vindictive, unrestrained, jealous and overall very manipulative and controlling. This episode took the biggest gun, the awesome Melissa Benoist, and showed us what it would be like to have a negative version of Supergirl. The interesting part, is that that red-kryptonite-influenced-Kara is not completely alien to the real one. It’s her persona giving in to every single bad thought she’s ever had.

Of course it’s Maxwell Lord’s fault. He’s been trying to recreate something that he doesn’t know exactly what it does. The answer is another of those nifty lets-invert-the-polarity rifles that can only be used up close.

There’s a fallout. Before she returns to her benevolent self, Supergirl will first let a criminal escape, she will out Siobhan as a backstabber, drop Cat Grant from the top of her own building and try to get busy with James Olsen. Incidentally, now sans Lucy Lane, James is being a little more open about his feelings about Kara although he still does the right thing.

No brilliant insights from Cat Grant this week. I thought we’d get some degrees of separation after Cat’s life was threatened and she put out that warning. But it’s just strange sometimes how it seems to take an announcement from Cat to get the city in a particular frame of mind.

Best episode yet and best reason to keep watching the show.

Highs/Lows/FlyingPeanuts

  • Melissa Benoist has proven she has no equal as goofy Kara, as dashing Supergirl and now as Dark Supergirl.
  • I would’ve have loved to see the dark version of the Supergirl costume as it appears in the comics when Supergirl joins Darkseid. Instead we get a jumpsuit, unavoidable reference to the Kryptonians led by Astra, and now by Non.
  • Kara has proved to be far more of an interesting character than before. She now has to fight her own dark side. Not literally, like Superman in Superman 3 but she nonetheless will have to face everyone she’s hurt. I did liked that all of Dark Kara’s convictions were tempting bad thoughts that Kara has managed to fight off.
  • Supergirl flinging peanuts, a direct homage (or a steal, if you prefer) to the scene from Superman 3.
  • I don’t want the next episode to be everyone loving on Supergirl as if nothing had happened. There needs to be a fallout and a recovery period.
  • Didn’t care for Siobhan one bit, glad she’s gone. I know she was being groomed to become an arch-enemy, but the interaction in the office was just awkward.
  • Melissa Benoist has just upped the bar with her performance. Even Callista Flockhart’s Cat Grant had nothing really interesting to say this week. Everyone now needs to up their game to catch up, which is the only negative thing I can say about this week’s episode.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • Friday, March 18: Daredevil (new season)
  • Sunday, April 3, 2016: The Walking Dead (season finale)
  • Thursday, April 14: Orphan Black (season premiere)
  • 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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