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Superhero Weekly: I Wake Up, Therefore I Am. Wow

Now that was a nice double turnaround!

I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with both Supergirl and The Flash last week. They’ve made up for it this week and then some. The big honors go to Supergirl because with this show, last week’s episode is vindicated somewhat. The amount of revelations and progress was astounding, making me appreciate the “homey-ness” from last week as a breather before the storm. The Flash a little less so, but it really got serious with Therefore I Am. Let’s get to it.

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Highs, lows and revelations:

  • This week’s episode managed to do something rarely accomplished, it took a relationship that was growing stale and ended with a cliffhanger and grounded it into a much more rich storyline. Mon-El is back. But it’s safe to say Kara and him are not a couple.
  • That hinted at spaceship hidden in National City’s coastline was finally discovered. In it, Mon-El has been laying low after living in the future. The 31st century has changed him a little bit. Well, actually it hasn’t. The showrunners just took a page from Marvel and did one of those confusing situations in which it looks like one characters has turned evil because two people can’t sit down and catch up.
  • Instead, Mon-El gets to act all suspicious to rescue… Imra Ardeen (aka Saturn Girl) which he finally introduces at the end as his wife. And yes, pretty much he’s interrupted every time he starts getting the nerve to tell Kara.
  • At first I didn’t like Mon-El giving away Kara’s identity as Supergirl, then I realized that it’s really happening is that Imra is actually meeting a historic figure and super heroine of legend.
  • Let’s be honest here, the showrunners wanted to save the big reveal of Mon-El having a wife until the last minute therefore they went with the true-and-tried method of “make a character act squirrely until the last minute”).
  • For all the fans that didn’t like Mon-El as Kara’s significant other, this also sinks the ship in a way better than killing him. That being said, we’re going to get some awkward scenes soon.
  • Seems we’re going full steam with the Legion of Superheroes, which reminds me…
  • We also got a new antagonist in the wings, and since she’s been building to it you can guess she’s going to be trouble. Samantha’s identity is going haywire as Reign finallyawakens in her own Fortress of Sanctuary. Very much like Supe’s Solitude crib but made of rock and dirt. Cool but considerably dustier.

And now for a considerably better episode than last week, let’s turn to STAR Labs.

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Highs, lows and high education:

  • The episode was remarkably simple. One story with little to no development on the sidelines. Barry becomes obsessed with Devoe. I really thought this was going to go south as he becomes a stalker – and that is still a possibility.
  • On happier news, we have Wally back! Guess they couldn’t keep him away or…
  • Or, they’re lining up Wally to be Devoe’s first victim??? Hopefully NOT. Come on.
  • I have to say The Thinker seems like a more menacing threat as a married couple than as a single entity. Yes, Clifford Devoe is the Thinker but Marlize from the sidelines is a rather intriguing addition to the formula. Darker still? They’re apparently a HAPPY couple. Somehow this makes it feel creepier still.
  • The original Harrison Wells identifying Marlize and Clifford Devoe and proclaiming to be a “fan of their work” remember how Thawne came from the future? Nice consistent backstory retconned!
  • Coming up next week, the Crisis on Earth-X Crossover. Trailer below!

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That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s Mxyzptlk mix, Flash’s CGI Gorilla City and Arrow’s Non-Edible Sins

Spoilers might be CGI.

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Supergirl re-imagines a classic Superman villain in Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk but the effort gets lost with a cringe fest drama. Yes, I really wanted to some light-hearted fun this week. I even thought the appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot), re-imagined as a Pepe-Le-Pew-ish wizard trying to woo Kara was actually well crafted to be a hit. But the fun was overshadowed by two stories.

One, quite fitting, was the obvious reaction of Mon-El at being upstaged by a flashier rival. Yes, he obviously becomes jealous but he also shows his true colours, and proves himself a most unfitting match and at his chauvinistic worse. In a single episode, he regresses back to frat boy status, ignoring Supergirl’s wishes and intentions. Yet, he ends up with Kara in the end when the entire episode is proof he’s not ready for a relationship.

The second one is actually something that has gone on for a while. Maggie and Alex have another silly, unfounded and completely out of the blue fight. At this point their fights seem to be taken out of Saved By The Bell’s script from the 80’s, complete with unfounded misunderstanding and grand gesture at the end. It’s such a pity because after the amazing Luthors last week, I would’ve thought this cringy by the numbers teenage drama interludes would feel less afterschool special and more grown-up.

For Maggie and Alex, there was never a reason to fight in the first place and the grand gesture (Maggie, since it was literally her turn) felt shallow. Let’s try for more mature relationship issues? There’s a ton out there. For Kara, her relationship was tested and proved to fail, by which I mean it was a complete contradiction to have her hook up with Mon-El at the end.

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I wanted to see something better, and then The Flash went all Phantom Menace this week with CGI galore for Attack On Gorilla City. I know I’m supposed to have some leniency on the CGI budget for TV series, but the show did a much better job with Grodd the first time around, keeping him to the shadows of the sewers. When it comes to CGI, less is more.

Instead for this episode we go for the big arenas, the crowds and the gorilla armies. It took me completely out of the episode. I was just not invested at all. Didn’t get a sense of dread or any risk to the lives of anybody. The whole Grodd versus Solovar political scheme was lame. The battle between Barry and Solovar in the open arena was not exciting.

There’s a second story as Jesse Quick and Wally West rekindle- Wait, did they really had anything last time? I mean, other than flirting? I don’t recall anything serious. And what pissed me off royally was Wally taking all the glory of capturing criminals by himself. We haven’t had Jesse in a long time and we don’t get to see her capture a single crook. That was such a letdown.

To top it off, this is the first of a two-part episode duo. For that reason, we get a brief glimpse of Gypsy as Grodd’s back up plan. So, other than getting rid of Solovar, what did Grodd accomplish that he couldn’t have on his own?

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Arrow brings back a villainess trio: China White, Cupid and Liza Warner. It’s been a while for Chien Na Wei aka China White (Kelly Hu) who used to be such a badass rival for Ollie. Now she’s relegated to D status. I see what they were going with for Liza Warner (Rutina Wesley), and her history with Quentin. But I don’t have a clue what was the idea of bringing Carrie Cutter aka Cupid (Corina Akeson) who has yet to have a consistent agenda and yet she has more comebacks than the others.

But the meat of the show this week was Susan Williams getting discredited and fired via Thea Queen and Felicity. A dirty, but fine trick of hacker incrimination. That was dark on Thea’s part and yet I support it 100%. The other side was the Green Arrow becoming a target of the ACU (Anti-Crime Unit) due to the death of Billy Malone. That was something bound to come out.

So, that cover up – because you can’t call it something else – might become the footnote of Oliver’s impeachment. The thing is, justice wise he’s bound to go down because of it and it would be 100% fair. There’s no way to justify it.

Highs/Lows/CGIs:

  • Not much to add this week, except I just want Greg Berlanti’s properties to research and better develop relationships and relationship issues. I’m sure there’s a lot of real issues that we could have the couples dealt with maturely, and probably over a number of episodes.
  • Supergirl’s Mr. Mxyzptlk had potential. I hope he’s back one day.
  • Supergirl’s Mon-El just lost the little potential he had. Why is Kara hooking up with him?
  • Cool it with the CGI, Flash. Hopefully you’ll impress me with the second part.
  • Dr. Caitlin Snow and Julian Albert. Now don’t die on her, Julian.
  • Quentin Lance still gets the best lines. Nice scene with Dinah Drake (aka Black Canary 3.0).
  • Mayor Queen broke the law. Actually he more or less breaks the law every week. He should eventually face at least this crime and pay for it.

That will do for now.

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Superhero Weekly: Can we be heroes, Supergirl? Dead or Alive in a Flash and Arrow’s Second Chances

Spoiler-ish content may follow.

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Supergirl sometimes has to make drama happen for no reason. Yeah, I’m skipping even the barest hint of a recap this week. Last week it was that forced fight between Maggie and Alex and this week… Well, everything. Supergirl goes over the top thinking that Livewire is a criminal and – out of nowhere – her nemesis. Also, she seems to be hero-police this week as she seems capable of judging who’s ready for being a hero and who isn’t.

Spoiler alert, it’s not Mon-El. Or Guardian. See, Mon-El is not the same kind of person that Kara is, he’s less serious but so far, he’s actually become less full of himself. Turns out he makes a mistake and hurts Guardian and a cop and that’s unacceptable. Didn’t Kara made a lot of mistakes in her first outings? Also, how is James supposed to judge Mon-El when he’s just become a hero himself? The thing that both forget is that Mon-El made a mistake while trying to protect Kara – something that literally everyone in this show could’ve made.

I think the answer to the real question should’ve been that nobody is ready to be a hero. I don’t think Mon-El is past his frat boy past just yet, but he is doing things for people other than himself. Kara has no right to tell James not to try to be a hero when she is one, not because he’s ready – but because she is not above anybody else.

And to be clear James is not a hero either, and Guardian is actually even more prone to mistakes with human reflexes, no speed (that armor realistically should slow him down) and limited vision. Guardian’s suit protects him. It doesn’t do anything else. It doesn’t make him stronger, just able to handle more punishment. If Wynn could put a robot in that suit, that would make it a better hero. James is the weakest point of the deal. What’s more, James is head of a news corporation – shouldn’t that require a lot more time and energy out of him? Sorry, Guardian is not working for me at all.

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The Flash named this episode Dead or Alive. The idea was to give some showdown-esque feeling to the duel between Cisco as Vibe and newcomer transdimensional collector Gypsy. Sigh. The premise could have used a better setup, and it’s freaking obvious nobody is going to die, but all and all, I liked the duel.

That’s because they had fun with it and made Vibe and Gypsy jump through portals everywhere. Obvious easter egg was the jump into the CatCo’s building – and right into Cat Grant’s office (I know I should say James’ but he spends less time in there than Kara). They even got Eve Tessmacher (Andrea Brooks) who really should be wondering where does James Olsen go most of the time.

Good to see another side of Iris as she goes full death wish with a baddie pointing a super-gun at her. No, I don’t want to see Iris die but she rarely gets things to do nowadays except reassure Barry’s damaged ego. Is it bad that I liked that scene, although I fully expected Wally to get the drop on the gunman.

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Oliver may be close to some closure in Arrow. Meet Tina Boland (don’t worry it’s not her name) played by Juliana Harkavy. The prospective only new candidate even has a canary all of her own and the moves to be a problem to whoever gets in her way. I did like this character, she’s not someone that needs to be trained to fight and/or defend herself. It’s kind of a reverse Laurel, where Laurel had the sense of justice but had to train to become a fighter, Dinah (spoiler alert!) already is a badass but has to find herself.

There’s still a bit of a I’m-the-superhero-in-the-title attitude, same than Supergirl and The Flash but it seems slightly more warranted in this case. We also get Talia Al Ghul in the flashback storyline as Oliver learns back the bow and arrow trade from the other daughter of the League of Assassins.

Felicity gets some traction on a story about her former hacktivist self, Ghost Fox Goddess (not completely sold on that name yet), which makes me think she might actually go back to doing some hacking for good. And she was happy trying to hack the NSA. I wonder if she saved any other stuff she found in Adrian’s laptop that might lead to her uncovering that he’s Vigilante. That would be sweet.

Highs/Lows/Vibes

  • Supergirl / The Flash / Green Arrow all need to realize they don’t get to be the judges of Who Wants to Be A Hero. Seniority and experience gives you wisdom, not authority. They should know they’ll alienate the people they train/inspire if they drive them away from what they do themselves.
  • Mon-El has grown up a little, still needs to grow up more. That being said, he doesn’t need Kara’s approval.
  • Guardian/James Olsen doesn’t need to grow up more or Kara’s approval. But Guardian is a hero that should 1) arrive last at every scene, 2) hit softer than Kara or Mon-El or J’onn or M’gan or Alex or Maggie or any other member of the DEO. Okey, perhaps he’s stronger than Wynn. He also is the most prone to get hurt and most prone to get other people hurt because he has slower reflexes than everyone already mentioned. Realistically, James also would protect Kara if harm was coming her way. So don’t give me patronizing James telling Kara how Mon-El isn’t a hero. Guardian is only a hero because the show keeps writing him in some batman-robocop convenient scene where nobody has noticed him until the last minute.
  • Can we put Eve Tessmacher in more scenes? Some dynamic with James would be nice. Oh yeah, that would require him to actually be at work more often. Wonder how we could accomplish that one. Yes, I’m being sarcastic.
  • HR Wells is boring and I prefer evil Harrison Wells or rude Harry. I’m glad Julian is here, because snark and snobbery have been missed.
  • Iris had her own agency this week. Holy crap, she did? Yes, she seemed more like a three-dimensional character than a girlfriend. Give her more roles like that. I’m not asking her to be a mary sue, just imperfectly human.
  • In one of these scenes where all the heroes are down and the rest of the team seem helpless, Caitlin should tear off her dampers and just throw in some ice. Yeah I said it.
  • Trial by combat? She comes from an earth where they can travel across universes as if it was a common occurrence and trial by COMBAT? Why does it all seem like Cisco just wanted to say that phrase?
  • I like Felicity revisiting her past as a hacktivist and running into a fan of her past life. There might be some about her revisiting her Ghost Fox Goddess persona. She actually seemed happy – and said so herself.
  • Tina Boland aka Dinah Drake will inevitable become the new Black Canary. Can someone let Quentin Lance know it’s not Laurel or Sarah before he thinks he’s got a daughter back? That is, if Paul Blackthorne is still in the cast.
  • Willa Holland might be working on other projects since we’re not getting any scenes with Thea this week.
  • Talia Al Ghul (Lexa Doig) is a fitting character to train Ollie until he reaches his Hood persona.
  • We used to have Laurel, Sara and Thea as part of the action team. I’m glad we’re getting Dinah at least and Felicity might be getting a storyline of her own with her past. I still don’t get why Wild Dog gets so much screen time.

That will do for now.

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