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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 in a City of Lost Children. Flash, Cause and Effect. Arrow Honors Thy Fathers.

Spoilers could invade any moment.

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I’ve been very critical of Supergirl‘s mix and match storytelling recently, but tonight it was like watching a new show. The floor seemed to belong to Guardian in the beginning, but thankfully ends up being more about James himself. Lena Luthor is fooled by alien queen Rhea. And the Earth seems to be in the grips of a Daxamite invasion. What role do the Phorians play? This is definitely a story longer than a single episode. How did it play?

Overall it was pretty good. The Guardian grappled with the very essence of his identity: he’s there to instil fear. No, I didn’t miss the reference, but let’s not tackle that just yet. So instead of the Guardian, we get James Olsen using his humanity to help out. His difference of opinion with J’onn J’onnz was something I never thought I’d see. I think this was an episode where I actually liked Mecah Brook’s performance as James Olsen again.

Queen Rhea’s game of getting Lena Luthor to create her gate was not necessarily all a game. She’s a villain and a mother, there’s something of herself she actually had to give to make a real connection with Lena. Should we be worried? Yes, she’s motivated by emotion but not controlled by them. Her confrontation with Mon-El was not one of villain to superhero, but of mother to child. Mon-El points a gun at his mother, something that feels inherently wrong. That was a powerful scene, but Supergirl is not the kind of show in which Mon-El shoots his mother.

James manages to free the Phorians through his connection with the kid Marcus. The fact these were innocent people, massively affected by a huge expensive project rings like a warning against technological development without restrictions. On top of that, Rhea never meant to use the portal to go home but to bring forth all Daxamites to Earth.

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The Flash loses his memory after what I can only call a very stupid idea from Cisco and Julien becomes a complete mess. They attempt to block Barry’s short term memory and end up giving him amnesia. Of course, it’s really just an excuse to give Grant Gustin a little acting exercise. Nevertheless I found “Bart” entertaining and it was a fine performance. All done? Okey, now let’s jump to my favorite thing.

Killer Frost makes a grand appearance. Apparently Savitar has lost his memory as well by consequence. The former Caitlin, Miss Frost if you’re nasty, has come with an offer. She will help them get Barry back to full restored RAM status which will also give Savitar back his mojo. And here’s the reason why she can help – she’s still a scientist. I found that incredibly cool because even as the Killer Frost persona, she’s still got mad science skills. Also, any other other hothead meta would have gone for destruction and mayhem since she has nobody to answer to now. Instead, she’s done her own cold calculations and knows she’s better off with Savitar around. I myself can’t be sure. She could have taken over the city easily with an inexperience Flash and no boss bossing her around.

The thing is, Caitlin Snow is still in there. Cisco tries to bring her in by talking about some old anecdote regarding the particle accelerator. The fact that she remembers already gave us the idea that Cait is somewhere in there. I really thought Killer Frost could’ve taken on the fire while they sorted Barry out. And we did get a little scene with her eyes turning back to normal for a second. That means we’ll get Caitlin back at some point. And although it will be a happy moment, she’ll be back in the background. In the meantime, enjoy having Killer Frost while you can.

Finally, while they keep trying not to fall in love, Tracy Brand and HR Wells design a trap for Savitar. Too bad they need 3,86 Terajoules to turn it on.

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Meanwhile in Arrow

Well, the temporary good news – and I say this because I’m fully aware that there’s two episodes left this season – is that finally Olivier squares off with Prometheus/Adrian Chase/Simon Morrison and takes him down. How this all comes about is a lot of exposition but not really much excitement. Oliver gets a box that contains a body encased in concrete. He gets a video showing his father, Robert Queen, struggling with the guy who ends up falling in concrete. Yada yada Adrian is working with Derek Sampson to build a bomb that would cause a strain of tuberculosis to-

Enough already. Unfortunately, making the story convoluted doesn’t quite add anything to it. Tiresome, but the whole thing ends when they catch up to the bad guys and bring them down. For this, Oliver dons once more the Green Arrow costume and fights Prometheus. To knock the wind out of his sails, Oliver also reveals that Simon/Adrian’s father tried to disinherit him because he was insane.

Of course it looks too easy because after all this trickery, there’s a good chance Adrian Chase planned to get caught because we need more drama. I was just glad to see Thea Queen back. Unfortunately, the episode fails to bring much excitement even when Prometheus is finally behind bars.

Highs/Lows/WeBuiltThisCity:

  • James telling Marcus over and over that he won’t leave him alone. It’s another case of individual will against unsurmountable power. Always works in fiction, but in real life you can’t just overpower something by willing it. Still one of the best scenes this week.
  • Mon-El pointing a freakin’ gun at Rhea was a powerful scene. You could tell that’s what he was talking about when he said he needed to pick something up before they leave. I don’t think he could have pulled that trigger. Having him kill his mother couldn’t really happen in this show, nor it should. This was another great scene this week.
  • Was the Phorians’ power tied to the same kind of energy the portal used by accident or design?
  • The Phorians are the key to sending the Daxamites back to where they came from.
  • Killer Frost rules. A cold, level headed super-villain that knows when she needs to ally herself with the good side to move things along.
  • It’s obvious we’re going to get Caitlin back and that’s the reason the show is making sure Frost does not live up to her “Killer” moniker.
  • To activate the “Speed Force Bazooka” they need 3,86 Terajoules. Anybody else thought this was a play on the 1,21 Jilowatts needed for the Flux Capacitor in the DeLorean from Back To The Future? No? Just me then.
  • Sorry, Cisco. It’s not a closed loop. On the big fight with the future Flash, Savitar leaves one time-remnant-Flash to go back to the past and become Savitar. But that means he still remains moving forward in time after that. Not a closed loop! To be a closed loop, the future Savitar would have to travel to the past himself.
  • After mentioning the incredibly over-the-top energy requirements of the Speed Force Bazooka, we’re taken somewhere where a red glowing stone seems to promise that kind of power. And the supposedly fearsome, but obviously CGI figure of King Shark seems to guard it. Definitely looks like a boss level.
  • This week’s Arrow episode is similarly named to Season 1, Episode 2: Honor Thy Father. They just made it plural: Honor Thy Fathers. No reasons were given.
  • In what seems to be the last time we’ll get flashbacks, Anatoly is dropping Oliver on the island of Lian Yu to be rescued. Enter Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren), ready to mess up Oliver’s plans the moment he’s alone.
  • Thea Queen (Willa Holland) returns. We don’t see her don the Speedy gear anymore, but we know it’s there. Basically she gets to learn what her father left for her in a video several years ago, but only after she first learns he covered up a man’s death in concrete.
  • Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) can be an impressive villain when the script allows for it. But setting traps and false trails doesn’t really pay off if all we get is running around until the next encounter. A little personalization would have made much more impression.
  • All this talk about Simon Morrison/Adrian Chase/Prometheus reminds me that we haven’t seen Vigilante again.
  • The backstory with Rene Ramirez not showing up to the hearing to regain his daughter’s custody seems like adding more weight to a plot that already has too many threads. And I’m with Quentin on this one, it’s just frustrating to hear Rene talk about his daughter being “better off without him.”
  • Make a bigger deal about Oliver putting on the suit. Here’s an off the cuff idea: you could have used the voice of his father as Oliver puts on parts of the suit, gets his bow, dons the mask and time the full reveal just as his father ends up saying “you can save this city.” You could’ve had a genuine moment there, and you let it go.
  • Of course we’re not done with Prometheus yet, but I really don’t think this is going to be a satisfying conclusion at this rate. We’ve gone back and forth way too many times at this point.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl, an Ace Reporter? The Once and Future Flash. Arrow’s Dangerous Liaisons

Spoilers are making a comeback after some time off.

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Supergirl really, really tried with Ace Reporter. The show played up their strongest character, Kara Danvers, and its most enigmatic one, Lena Luthor. Direct from the pages of DC Comics, we’re introduced to Biomax aka Jack Spheere, played by Rahul Kohli (the charismatic CSI from iZombie). Jack and Lena once had a thing, which in TV means they still have a spark.

Of course the Biomax project, which magically seems to heal a wound in Jack, might turn out to require some troubleshooting when we see the same nano bots eat up a person. Am I having a flashback or this is a similar baddie to the Vardies in the last episode of Doctor Who? Of course the important part is not the people that get killed by this flying cloud of nano- IT IS THE SAME THING DAMMIT. Anyhow, as I was saying, the important part is that Kara gets to be a reporter again. I’d really get 100% behind Kara’s comeback if Kara had studied journalism. Actually, shouldn’t it make sense she did since her thing was working at CatCo? Just revise your back history and make it so.

I think there’s potential, still untapped, in a dynamic between old-fashioned reported Snapper Carr and still-a-rookie Kara Danvers. However, sometimes it does feel like both of them are playing the cartoon version of what they do. On the other hand, we got to know Lena Luthor a little more and she remains my favorite character.

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The Flash does another time traveling stint, except this time… Well, there’s a lesson to be learn. Which makes similar to other times he’s done something similar. At least traveling forward will not alter the past. The lesson is a familiar one, be a family, act as a team, yada yada, let Barry take on the bad guys.

But this time, it’s Barry from the past that has to teach that lesson to his future self. I must admit, as depressing as the future gets because Iris perishes, I have to agree with Barry it’s not what should happen when a loved one dies. Movies and TV shows often forget loved people pass away and families grieve and heal. Only in films and tv does the future turn apocalyptic because of the death of one person. But I know that it’s just a TV show and I should lighten up…

We’re riding a lot of payback on Savitar’s real identity, so it’s no surprise that we don’t get to know just yet. However, seems Killer Frost has been given the rare honor to see Savitar underneath that light-up armor. So, is it really that much of a shocker?

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Arrow finally goes where it hasn’t gone before and puts Oliver against Felicity. I did like that dynamic. It made sense that Helix would simply want a known hacker free. It makes sense that Argus has a blacksite to hold dangerous individuals without trial. This hacker, that goes by the name of Cayden James also holds another Argus gift: a biometric device/algorithm/thingamajig/macguffin capable of locating people via heartbeat. Hence, the solution for Felicity is clear. Help Helix free Cayden James, gain the location of fugitive formerly-known-as-Prometheus, Adrian Chase.

Unsurprisingly, Layla wants no part of this which makes it a little surprising she would let Felicity just walk away like that. I was expecting for her to pull a gun, a dart, bug her with a tracer, something. But Layla just wants to trap Helix in their attempt. Unfortunately that means not telling Egg Face, ok sorry… Oliver just look ridiculous with that thing on. It means not telling Team Arrow that the princess is on another castle. As it turns out Helix already knows.

Meanwhile, we get a little old father to young father talk with Quentin Lance and Rene. And of course we get to see Quentin’s picture on his desk with Laurel. I had already noticed but the camera decides to zoom at it as if to make a point that I’d think it was already subtly made.

Highs/Lows/HelixComeBack:

  • Supergirl preaches that if you really believe, you can be a journalist. It’s the Walt Disney school of thought, charming but I’d sooner believe a woman can fly.
  • The cliffhanger with Rhea (Teri Hatcher!) was a bit anti-climatic for me because I want Lena to do her own thing, may she be villain or heroine, rather than needing an ally.
  • Lena Luthor punching back a villainess that tells her she’s a black belt, her comeback line about being a Luthor was a high point.
  • Oh yeah, Guardian was in this episode doing some sort of sitcom with Winn and Lyra. That was just a stupid storyline and undermining Lyra as the “crazy girlfriend” was just shameful.
  • Lena explaining how she feels warm only when her enemies get their comeuppance. Was that supposed to be another layer of Lena peeled off as she turns to the dark side?
  • The Flash travels to the distant future and learns a lesson! This hasn’t been done before because we’ve traveled other alternate times and learn a lesson. See, now it was the future so it wasn’t the same thing. Okey, I’m being sarcastic.
  • Future Cisco and Future Barry definitely felt like fleshed out characters, so kudos to Carlos Valdes and Grant Gustin for their performance.
  • However I do want to single out Jesse L. Martin as Future Joe West, because that cemetery scene was really well done. I was almost expecting a “run along Barry, it’s what you do best” line to seal it.
  • Killer Frost is finally out and about. I guess she has to align with Savitar, but I wanted her to do her own thing for a while. Oh well.
  • If we believe that last scene, Savitar is not HR, not Julian, not Joe and not Cisco. Who else remains? Did Wally see himself from an even more distant future? Could it be Jay Garrick? Or is he a future version of Barry himself? Of course everything will run aground if it turns out that he’s just some x guy.
  • Oh yeah, Vertigo and the Mirror Master. Ho hum. Boring.
  • The future Flash’s costume is actually brighter than present Flash’s jumpsuit. Interesting.
  • You know, I would have loved a few episodes with Felicity and Helix doing a little hacktivism. I wouldn’t have mind Felicity taking to that life for a few more episodes. But no, we gotta get back on the Prometheus train.
  • Layla and John Diggle’s relationship deteriorates as John doesn’t accept how Layla has started following in Waller’s footsteps.
  • Rene and his daughter reunited for a few moments because of Quentin was sweet. Quentin gets stuff done. I didn’t understood Rene not wanting to see his daughter when he has full visitation rights. Then again, to each their own, but it felt like drama for drama’s sake.
  • There’s some teasing that Oliver and Felicity will end up back together. Specially since that cliffhanger has them both caught in the blast of whatever that was. Either that or they’ll tease the hell out for the ratings. We’ve gone back and forth too many times. Perhaps it’s time we leave it alone? No? Fine.
  • Curtis… There’s adorable dork and just annoying. At some point he crossed the line and kept going. Shut up for a minute.
  • We never get to see Cayden James. You know what would’ve been a great twist? If it turns out they said they were holding him but it turned out to be Adrian Chase. That would’ve fit in with Layla’s decision to keep him secret, with why they haven’t found Chase and would have put Argus at odds with Team Arrow. But it seems Cayden James was a throwaway character without a face. Too bad, I think there would’ve been potential in giving him more of a backstory or even a future one.
  • I miss Helix already. Alena saying goodbye to Felicity broke my nerdy heart drive.

That will do for now.

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