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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’s Darkest Place and Flash’s Killer Frost

Spoilers taste better served frosty cold.

Supergirl wasted no time in establishing (or to be precise just assuming as established) Guardian a hero, to the point that in his second appearance the new vigilante is framed for murder. This Guardian storyline feels like bland filler.

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The main story in this one is Cadmus. The kidnapping of Mon-El was only a lure for Supergirl. But once they have her there, it seems we discover way more about them than they do about Supergirl. Kara finds out Lillian Luthor, Lena’s mother is the leader of Cadmus. The real Hank Henshaw is alive, a cyborg who calls himself “Cyborg Superman” (we’ll talk about this naming later) and helping Cadmus. Also, Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain!) is alive and well and helping an injured Mon-El and a weakened Supergirl escape Cadmus.

On the other hand, J’onn had discover M’gann is a white martian and their confrontation breaks into a battle. M’gann surrenders, but J’onn decides to imprison her. Even though she doesn’t owe him anything,  she warns him that her blood will turn him into a white martian. Unfortunately, J’onn is not listening although the effects are becoming obvious.

The Flash just decided to out Julian as Alchemy. Sorry, I know it was the reveal at the end but I just wanted that silly detail out of the way. It’s been so obvious in the previous episodes that the better twist would’ve been for him not to be Dr. Alchemy. I’m actually disappointed they used it as a cliffhanger.

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The rest of the show was dedicated to Caitlin Snow (the brilliant Danielle Panabaker) facing and turning into Killer Frost. It’s not a full turn. She keeps doubting herself and questioning her decisions. But Barry does get to hear some uncomfortable things, some of them really hitting the mark, about the way he’s changed the timeline and everyone’s lives trying to better his. I believe Caitlin is not done with her yet, or her with Cait – but somethings are broken.

On the other hand, I was so happy for Wally becoming a speedster that Joe trying to voice his concern didn’t register. Wally was taken out of the cocoon on Joe’s impulse, and regardless of whether that was the right or wrong thing to do the problem’s solution was Caitlin. Flash actually had to trust Caitlin would be strong enough to overpower Killer Frost. I’m actually not sure they’re different people, nor do I think Caitlin is evil. I do hope Caitlin accepts her powers and she somehow learns to live with them rather than spend a lifetime denying them.

Highs/Lows/Sub-Zero:

  • Mon-El is allergic to lead like his comic book counterpart. Also, he seems to be developing feelings for Kara that I’m sure are not returned. Is he going to turn into a spurned lover? That would be cheap, but comics are never the best source of healthy relationships and often enough the worst culprits of unhealthy ones.
  • Alex is starting to bug me in how she acts as if Maggie Sawyer has done her a disservice. She hasn’t. Maggie is not responsible for your feelings, Alex. I feel like Maggie is going to lay down the law at some point.
  • Kara mentioning her cousin worked with someone who used a ton of gadgets and wore a mask. Somebody might want to turn on the Batsignal at some point…
  • The thing is, National City (probably somewhere between to Urban City and Citizen City) has embraced a vigilante only to now hate him. This is way too fast. James and Wynn are equal parts the Guardian. Well, unless Wynn had put the suit on someone else. James, try to be Guardian without the suit and see how that goes. All that being said, I find the whole Guardian gig dull and bland. Saving grace? Alex gets to see through Wynn’s crap and realize what’s up.
  • How does it make sense that Hank Henshaw, who hates everything alien, would adopt the name “Cyborg Superman”? It doesn’t.
  • Jeremiah Danvers proves himself invaluable, but doesn’t follow Kara and Mon-El because… reasons. Obviously we can’t let Jeremiah off so easy, but is he working with Cadmus? Or pretending to work with them? Please make it interesting and say Lillian let them go on purpose.
  • The only reason that Lillian Luthor takes blood from Supergirl is for Hank to infiltrate the Fortress of Solitude. Really? Extrack more in case you find a way to reproduce Kryptonian powers, Lillian! Think ahead, will you? Also, why didn’t you kill Supergirl then? Whatever Medusa is (and it better be something craftier than Season One’s Myriad threat) I hope it’s worth it.
  • Wally West is Kid Flash. Finally. I don’t think Joe West is going to be able to stop him anymore. Please let’s not make the next move be Joe telling Wally to restraint from using his powers just to have Wally run head first into danger.
  • Caitlin Snow faces her inner Killer Frost. I’m a bit in the fence here. On one side, Caitlin Snow is one of those reliable characters right there in the fray, sometimes invisible but always dependable. On the other side, Killer Frost is such a great character, misunderstood, underestimated and powerful in several ways. The constant here is that it seems Barry was born to be the Flash and save the world and nobody else gets to have powers except Cisco over there. Why not Cait? And yes, I know Killer Frost is a villain in all her incarnations.
  • Cisco learns that his brother Dante was alive in the original timeline before Flashpoint. Barry’s sins are showing.
  • I think that everyone forgets Dr. Tannhauser’s (Caitlin’s mother) quote: “These powers you have, the more you use them the more difficult they’re going to be to reverse.” Everyone throws it around implying that it says something about Cait becoming evil. There’s none of that there.
  • No Arrow this week due to Thanksgiving. Next week, four-episode crossover event.

That will do for now.

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