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Superhero Weekly: Black Jesus, Both Sides Now and True Colors

I must say, The Flash really tried this week. There were several good things, but the episode as a whole is a bit all over the place. Consistently good, Black Lightning once more takes the lead as the character of Tobias Whale becomes more interesting and Anissa Pierce keeps stealing the spotlight. Supergirl delves deeper into the Kryptonian Worldkillers as Purity is revealed, but it’s Alex Danvers that brings about the best moments in this week’s episode. So who takes the lead this time?

It’s Black Lightning again as we go deep into the superhero myth with Black Jesus.

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  • Anissa Pierce keeps stealing the spotlight. Yes, Jefferson is interesting. Lynn is a driving force. Henderson is shady, I still say he’s definitely dirty. Gambi is hiding information from Jefferson. With all this threads going on, who’s the player of the week in this show of the week?
  • It’s Tobias Whale of course! Well, not just him but the world around him. We get more on Lady Eve as she seems to be dissecting a living person. We meet Tobias’ sister Tori who wants to turn the world against Lightning. And we see Tobias getting close with Khalil and offering to show him how to kill his pain.
  • But Anissa is still shining as well. As she gets the drop of two drug dealers, we also get a real world call as the two thugs end badly hurt and Anissa ends up calling for an ambulance.
  • Anissa also gets extra points as she represents the superhero side versus law enforcement at the table where Inspector Henderson and his wife are all about painting Black Lightning as a vigilante and nothing more.
  • We also get Gambi playing a curator with the truth as he makes sure that Jefferson does not see the footage of Anissa going X-Woman as she protects Grace. Seems Gambi not only feels that Black Lightning is necessary, he also wants Black Lightning back. So much so, that he’ll lie and hide stuff from Jefferson to make sure nothing deters him from the superhero life.

Supergirl scores the second place in today’s week with the excellent Both Sides Now.

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  • The mythos of the Kryptonian Worldkillers becomes more intriguing as each shows to have an oblivious, almost innocent, human side component. Purity / Julia is played by Krys Marshall. She has a Hannibal Lecter moment as she gets under Alex Danver’s skin.
  • Which brings us to Chyler Leigh’s brilliant portrayal of her character Alex Danvers as she second guesses her decisions. Besides the scene in which she and Purity trade barbs and Alex ends up shaken to her core, there’s one short scene that spoke volumes. Alex walking nervously, obviously upset, getting a much needed hug from Wynn.
  • I know it’s supposed to be a tender moment, but what I thought really poignant was just Alex walking nervously without a word and trembling as she was simply far more vulnerable than we’ve ever seen her. Just for that scene, Supergirl could’ve been at the very top of this list this week, except…
  • Except it’s a bit off. The entire setup of Purity/Julia going against Kara and Alex is supposed to be this juxtaposition scenario. It feels clunky because Alex is not really a cynical character nor has she acted as one in the previous episodes. I know the reason is her recent breakup with Maggie, but the only reason I know that is because of all the exposition they had to add surrounding the scene. Yes, I did like the conversation but the over-the-top transformation of Alex as tough-as-nails interrogator is a huge stretch.
  • Kudos once again to Katie McGrath’s amazing Lena Luthor but unfortunately most of her scenes were with my least favourite new character. I’m talking about mediocre kid actor Ruby (Emma Tremblay). I never believe her acting since she appeared. She’s an amateur act that seems to play being a kid. Every scene with her is a bit of a cringe fest as it feels like she’s a tween playing an eight year old.
  • Going back to Lena, has she really figured out what’s wrong with Samantha Arias? It would be really interesting to see Kara defending Samantha while Lena tries to prove she knows she’s Reign but I am not that lucky. I feel we’re being setup for a letdown here, but I will be glad to be proven wrong. Please let me be wrong.
  • The other suckfest is Mon-El (Chris Wood). He’s supposed to be a different character now, grown up and matured. Unfortunately this transition is a bit forced. To the point that when someone praises him on some accomplishment I can’t help but roll my eyes a bit. Make him win some point in present time and not in something he did off camera somewhere in the future.
  • That being said, there was a twist this week with the possibility that Imra and Brainiac actually planned this supposedly accidental trip back to the past. This cliffhanger of a twist seems to be intentional for a hiatus period.

The Flash really went for broke this week with True Colors, but still ends up last.

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  • I did like Barry Allen figuring out how to break from a meta prison using science. That was cool and unexpected. The whole escape from prison had a Suicide Squad vibe but seemed to be robbed of a satisfying finale in the end.
  • Okey I gotta say it. We got a killer Killer Frost scene as Caitlin Snow goes to pep talk Ralph and literally cuts herself with glass to bring her alter ego out. That being said I noticed they went with some scenes of Killer Frost without using contacts. This kinda mitigates her usual alien look, and I wonder if it was done to make her more relatable. I rather prefer the more icy look.
  • Are we putting seeds of discord in the perfect couple? Marlize Devoe seems to finally showing some cracks in the armor at her husband’s murder of Warden Wolff.
  • And Barry is out! Well, I guess that’s that. And it was rather anti-climatic, making me think this was never long term.
  • Devoe is now in the persona/body of Becky Sharpe aka Hazard (Sugar Lyn Beard). This weakens the character as we no longer have a clear image that can mature into the villainous face since it switches to a different one. That just dilutes the identity and never cements his presence which was the same issue with Savitar last season. I feel like you have to make the villain tangible enough for the public to make a solid association.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Crisis on Earth-X

That was good.

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(Source: The CW)

I had my reservations regarding a second crossover for Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow  and the Legends of Tomorrow. The first one was particularly awkward as the real threat was pure CGI and just having the heroes facing each other appealed a lot more. It’s in the same vein that the new antagonist are not only flesh and bone, they’re also the doppelgangers from Earth-X.

Highs, Lows and Evil Twins:

  • I loved Kara’s participation here a lot more than in the previous crossover. Not only did she seemed to be featured prominently, she was central to the plot.
  • That being said… She does have to take the role the damsel in distress as she is the proverbial MacGuffin that the baddies are after. Once she’s free, it was back to her kickass self.
  • LOVED the fling between Sarah Lance and Alex Danvers. They should meet again while Alex is still single.
  • That Thunderclap move was amazing and straight out of the comics
  • Kara gets to utter the legendary line: “General, would you care to step outside?” YASSSS.
  • Why did we needed a scene with Nate Heywood/Steel holding or even catching Kara? The ground was softer than “steel” to catch her. Plus if Supergirl weights is off the charts as Superman is, Steel would’ve end up flattened as a pancake.
  • The surprise appearance of Winn as ruthless resistance leader General Schott was a little unexpected twist, albeit a short one.
  • Overgirl was a scary nemesis but that kiss with Fuhrer Oliver was just creepy AF. Also, notice how the name should’ve been Ubergirl but it was probably changed to prevent any association with certain private taxi service.
  • The Flash’s storyline acted as the prime motivation first as Barry and Iris are the ones to invite everyone onto Central City. However, it doesn’t stay that way and everyone does get a somewhat balanced spotlight.
  • I do think Killer Frost should have won that first encounter against Nazi Oliver since his hand and bow were frozen already. A simple flash bomb wouldn’t have been able to ignite (AND supposedly knocks her unconscious?). No, sorry. Frost had him dead to rights there. Yes, I am biased. No, I think had to put some lame ass way for him to get out of it just because.
  • Frost still got some really cool scenes, including using the ice-coaster again. Plus, mainly she got to play a freaking heroine!
  • Of course everyone ends up fighting their doppelganger. Understandable for Kara, but not necessarily for everyone else.
  • Green Arrow having a kryptonite arrow is a bit of subtle reinterpretation of Batman having a kryptonite ring in case Superman ever went rogue. However, does Oliver ALWAYS carry not one but several kryptonite arrows with him? I know he had some sort of thin layer to encapsulate the tip, but I still think Kara should have sensed/felt he was carrying it.
  • Tommy Merlyn appearing behind the mask of Prometheus-X was a throwback to the old theory that he was one of the suspects back in the day. That was really a personal gut-wrenching low blow for Ollie.
  • Congratulations to both Fuhrer Oliver and Nazi General Overgirl for officially being the most hated villain couple ever. No, actually the opposite of congratulations are in order.
  • Felicity facing down Fuhrer Oliver was really tense. You almost believed she was going to die then and there.
  • Red Tornado. Good look, but good looking CGI is still CGI. As much as the effort is appreciated, only Barry’s human face was saving that scene from being video game cutscene material.
  • The Legends of Tomorrow got some decent screen time at the end, but they also won the most touching story of it all. Professor Martin Stein, played by actor Victor Garber, after being so close to being human once more and almost rejoining his growing family was taken down by bullets. Hurt and unafraid, he performs two valiant acts: he saves the team and later in his deathbed, he takes the formula that separates him from Jackson. That was such a heroic way to go.
  • Jackson trying to say a eulogy for Stein was just heartbreaking.
  • The fighting was ok at best, and a little hokey if you look at it really close. Acrobatic flips just done for show, nazi soldiers missing by a mile or falling down too quick, etc. But the overall look and feel is quite solid if you don’t look too close. This might sound illogical, but crossovers are not about the battle, but about the once-in-a-lifetime encounters. There must be a battle, but it’s more background than foreground.
  • The plot was simple and not overly complicated. This worked better because of the quantity of side stories available. With the exception of Kara, most of the villains were believable. Melissa Benoist did try her best, you just will have a really hard time believing her adorable face is supposedly evil.
  • Snow/Frost got some great scenes there. Very balanced overall. I wasn’t that onboard for Barry/Iris and Felicity/Ollie at the end. Seemed way too last minute but I guess they wanted to end on a high.
  • Sarah Lance and Alex Danvers must meet again. They were just way too adorable. Alex doesn’t get to play awkward often but she was on point.
  • Barry lets Eobard Thawne go. Oliver just kills his enemy. Kara almost ends up Iron-Giant-fallout as she flies out Overgirl before she goes nova. All in all, their personal traits defined their victories. Barry is not willing to kill. Oliver doesn’t hesitate. Kara is willing to give up her life. So while Kara wins at everything and Barry would rather risk a draw, Oliver is a little too ruthless in my book.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Damage & Girls Night Out

Spoilers are all about female empowerment this week.

It should really be more often, but both Supergirl and The Flash shone a light on their strongest female characters. The results were mixed, but welcomed. While Supergirl the relationship of Maggie Sawyer and Alex Danvers comes to a crossroad, The Flash tackled giving Iris a starring role alongside exploring the duality of Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost. Let’s get to it, then.

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Highs, Lows and Sanvers’ End:

  • Maggie Sawyer was, of all things, a fleshed out female character that was both strong and flawed. She may have been the best thing that has happened so far to Alex Danvers, but she was also the best thing that happened to the show.
  • In more ways than one, the end of the road for Alex and Maggie was even more important than the distance traveled. The show couldn’t just close that door without first giving us the pain of the separation. This was not Kara putting Mon-El on a space pod. This was the show giving us a human breakup of a human relationship without relying on death, sickness or completely changing the character at the last minute via cheating or supernatural event. Maggie walks out in the end, but it’s a decision and not a surprise.
  • Thanks to Floriana Lima for being Maggie Sawyer, a human character with depth and an agency. I do hope she makes a sporadic appearance here and there in the future.
  • On the other hand, we have Lena being framed by Morgan. That we all know that in the end it wasn’t really Lena’s fault and that Kara and Samantha were going to get to the truth of the matter was not really the point of this episode. It was all about Lena.
  • Kate McGrath has brought to live a Lena Luthor that’s both intriguing and inspirational. She’s always cool and in control… Up until now. Lena’s defenses are tested to the brink. Someone else is writing her narrative for her, over her. It’s seeing Lena weak that makes us really feel empathy for her. You don’t expect her to suddenly go Luthor on Morgan, but when she does she’s in a dark place.
  • In a Sith-like matter Lena basically gives in to the dark side because she refuses the victim card. She thinks she’s going to take the fall of it all anyway and rather than running away she runs towards it. In other words, she’d rather become the villain on her own terms than be framed by somebody else. I have to say, that makes her the strongest and most interesting character in the show. Of course Kara comes to the rescue and Lena redeems herself.
  • But in the back of my mind, Morgan should fear Lena’s reprisal far more than Supergirl’s. He’s right, Supergirl can inconvenience him greatly. Lena can make his life a living hell on earth.

Unbeknownst to anybody but the people watching, back on STAR Labs…

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(Source: The CW)

Highs, Lows, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

  • Yes, Iris was the leader this week. Barry and the guys end up at a strip joint because of Ralph Dibny because we don’t even want to suggest the other guys would ever suggest a strip club.
  • Cecille’s daughter Joanie is revealed as a stripper, a role she’s taken to write a book from a feminist perspective.
  • Barry makes for a funny drunk.
  • But nevermind all that, the real focus is on Frost’s past coming back to haunt her. That should have given us a clear shot at exploring their dynamic. The show is clearly trying to keep Frost from embracing her Killer persona to prevent a moral conflict, something that I kinda wish they’d make up their minds about.
  • Yes, it would be extremely dark to have Killer Frost actually kill someone since at that point the moralistic high ground is lost and the team would have to imprison Caitlin. However, I feel that angle could be explored. I’m getting too much vibes from Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Faith here.
  • I almost feel this one was one that could’ve been left to both Iris and Caitlin alone, but Felicity comes along for the ride and… so does Cecille, which we really have had little time knowing at all. It’s a bit clunky and awkward how the episode is pulled through. The episode feels too busy with so many people moving from one location to another.
  • Amonet Black (Katee Sackhoff)… I really had a bit of a cringe moment taking her seriously as a villainess. Yes, the part with the cops and her reaction to “ma’am” was funny. She doesn’t scream “returning character role” for me, although I’m already hearing she might return in that role.
  • Danielle Panabaker’s Killer Frost had some good and bad moments this week, including some really great badass moments as well. I know we’re making her hold back because we want to keep her on the “good” side, but I wanted more snark from the Ice Queen. You’ve done it before, showrunners. I’m really tempted to think she was also held back to make sure she didn’t outshine Iris.
  • That being said, the entire plot was an excuse for bachelor / bachelorette shenanigans. I wasn’t even intrigued with the Thinker’s floating chair pursuing this Weeper guy. Overall, it felt a bit of a throwaway, and it would’ve been a waste without Frost to bring in some edge to it. I still feel like I we could use a full-on dark Killer Frost episode instead of this watered-down Shirley Temple drink version.

That will do for now.

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