Posts Tagged Reign
It’s getting crowded here.
We had our hands full last week covering all three shows, but it’s hard to just stop or drop any. So what we’re trying out this week, is focusing on the things that made and broke each weekly offering for us. This means a little less conversation and a little more action. So, first thing, who wins this week? Well, in a repeat result… Black Lightning takes the cake, Supergirl comes in second and The Flash is still in a funk, beside being behind bars.
In order of win, we’ll start with Black Lightning and this week’s episode, Lawanda: Book of Hope.
Why it wins this week:
- Black Lightning breaks the mold of the superhero with a mild mannered personality and life. There’s no Clark Kent moments here. Jefferson Pierce is living in a city plagued with corruption and crime. He can’t escape, he can’t be oblivious to it, he hurts, he bleeds and it takes its toll.
- The idea of vigilantism and/or heroism is not about born from revenge, it’s a genuinely a sense of justice and the survival of Jefferson’s own kind. It’s his community that is getting killed out there.
- Lynn and Peter Gambi have a bit of showdown. Is either of them right? Is either of them wrong? There is no clear winner.
- Anissa and Chenoa’s love life is highlighted including their intimate moments. It’s an unapologetic sexual relationship. On one side, good for them. On the other side… No, actually let’s not judge.
- We get to know Lawanda, former student of Jefferson and now mother of one of the girls at the Seahorse hotel. When Lala kills her, it’s sudden, it’s brutal and you feel powerless to stop it. That was as real as it gets.
Runner up again this week, Supergirl. It’s an all-female battle with Fort Rozz.
The good, the bad, the Ursa:
- Yes, that is Sarah Douglas who played Ursa from Superman II, in the role of Priestess Jyndal Kohl Rozz.
- Returning female villains Livewire (Brit Morgan) and Psi (Yael Grobglas) are onboard for anything that will stop Reign. I guess the episode was too short to show some shades of grey.
- Imra is basically the getaway driver. We need to define her character and power set a little more. Can she fly? Is she a telepath? What’s her deal?
- Livewire dies because… Well, that’s the thing. She just dies. She hasn’t really been active in a while, so I’m not sure what her death accomplishes here. I guess the idea is to give Supergirl more gravitas… Wait, that can’t be it. It doesn’t work.
- Brainiac 5 and Wynn have a little tech-geek-out contest. I don’t know why we lost time with this, except to make some supposedly last minute save… No, it didn’t work at all.
- We first see Samantha (Odette Annable) grappling with Reign. First through Psi and later with Alex when she realizes there’s entire periods of time in which she doesn’t remember where she has been. Now, I like Samantha but she should get in trouble with Lena over her disappearance. That has to happen sometime.
- Ruby getting Alex to scare a cyberbully was saving grace for the episode. Well, almost but it was a cool moment.
And last again this week, despite being the fastest man alive, it’s The Flash. Well, actually Barry is just hanging out in the big house so it’s time for Ralph to spread his wings.
- Okey, so I’m a fan of Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (bet you didn’t notice ha ha). Only funny moment on the show was Cisco and Wells getting Cait to Frost-up in an instant by mentioning the name of her childhood bully. Of course, then I felt really bad for poor Cait being psychologically manipulated the next second.
- We’re still doing that thing where Killer Frost is supposed to be ineffective just so that Barry -ok, now it was Ralph- can come save the day. Boo. Hiss.
- On top of that, now Vibe is also completely ineffective as well. Guess it has to be Ralph who bravely… monologues? Really? He has time to do that?
- The new suit is an improvement because the previous suit looked like crap. Still, Ralph still sucks and I can’t find him funny or engaging or even mildly amusing.
- Corinne Bohrer reprises her role of Prank from the 1990’s Flash. No Mark Hamill though. And… the new Prankster really doesn’t make that much of an impact at all.
- Barry meets Goldberg aka Big Sir. It’s a comic book villain’s name but here it’s an inmate that was helped by Barry’s father Henry. So Big Sir returns the favor, but almost gets jumped on. Barry has to subtly use his powers to save him. Not a bad scene, but still… Felt like too little too late.
That will do for now.
Midseason finale time!
Do I even need to say it? Although I will nitpick about both these episodes, Supergirl wins this week with Reign. Easily, the better thought episode that capitalized on a slow build up. While that cat is now finally out of the bag, the Flash went a different way. Two characters, Barry and Caitlin were each kidnapped by their current nemesis. There’s a twist at the end that relies on a ton of exposition and although there’s some merit, there was little payoff.
Let’s start in National City.
Highs, Lows and Ancient Prophesies:
- Samantha finally embraces her Reign self, rather unconsciously of course. We still get the scenes with Ruby just to put salt in the wound of what comes after.
- The religious tones of that episode with Rao prophet Thomas Covell are finally explained. Reign is not a baddie of the week.
- The speech that Alex Danvers gives Kara about embracing her Kryptonian side fully and completely is a very nice touch. It gave me goosebumps to know that Alex would tell her sister to be alien.
- Very good decision on keeping Reign hidden for a good part of the episode.
- I’m not fully sold on Reign’s costume. Without a cape would be best, but I do understand the reason behind it. We wanted the shadow to appear as some sort of Supergirl-like silhouette.
- The mask sort of works as we want to see Samantha but not have her recognized. Wouldn’t prosthetics work better here? And why is the waist so high up? It looks like she’s slouching in some scenes.
- Really? Lena Luthor and… Jimmy Olsen? No, I never saw it. Not even a bit. I think it was dreamed up for this last episode. Definitely nothing as obvious as Samantha and Kara play it up to be.
- Imra and Mon-El just can’t stop hurting Kara as they try to “help”. This was a bit grating as they can’t help but flaunt their relationship when they’re together. Even worse, Imra admires Kara so much she can’t stop. However, Mon-El who should know better, should really learn to walk away.
- Morgan Edge, who has been missing most of the season (thank God) reappears just to hide from Reign and see if he can throw shade at Supergirl. Also, he’s not behind the glyph or the murders, but tries to arrange one AFTER Lena accuses him just to see if he could get that one under the radar.
- I prefer Reign’s look from the comics, but I am willing to give this one a chance.
- The Legion of Superheroes. Will they fly? Meaning, will they really work?
Okey, time to speed up to Central City.
Highs, Lows and Flying Armchairs:
- Barry is captured by The Thinker. There’s no real build-up, suddenly he decides to grab him. Yes, we’ve been introduced to the character but plan and twist are all part of this episode. Nothing triggers the attack.
- Caitlin is captured by… Wait, let me look up her name… Amonet. I don’t hate Katee Sakhoff, but I have not seen her work. I have only her performance here to go on and she’s not memorable in any way.
- When did we get inside jokes with Killer Frost? Where are those scenes?
- Anybody find Ralph Dibny funny? Anybody want to wear his costume for Halloween? Do you want to put up posters of him on your wall? No? Ok. Can he please leave the show already?
- Caitlin’s plight is the usual “need a doctor” story line where a doctor is forced to operate on a patient, in this case this guy Dominic.
- Barry’s plight is to try to get out of an unbreakable barrier.
- And the whole thing is to give Iris the conundrum of who should receive an assist: her husband or Caitlin. She chooses Cait, because Barry can take care of himself.
- Actually, the answer was Flash. The Flash is the fastest man alive so if he’s free he can go save Caitlin.
- Or even better, he can fail at saving Caitlin – meaning Caitlin finally saves herself and becomes Killer Frost with a grudge at both Barry and Iris. The circle would be complete.
- I liked Caitlin’s ruse the better, use the fact that both she and Dominic are covering their faces to put everyone else to sleep.
- Marlize Devoe is The Thinker’s partner – not his minion. I do believe there was something to be said there, as Barry probes for a weak spot.
- We get a mini Christmas scene because I guess we wanted a Christmas scene.
- We get a twist, a little improvised and flaky. That’s not the worst part. The worst is the reveal has to come with a long drawn-out exposition via flashbacks.
- The Thinker transferred his consciousness into Dominic. The Flash has run home to find Clifford Devoe’s body dead and a knife with blood next to him.
- The Thinker held The Flash captive at the same time that Caitlin was with Dominic captured by Amonet. At the same time, that’s why Iris was forced to choose. So, The Thinker was attacking Barry after he transferred his consciousness. Was this Thinker a mere puppet? Was this a dying part of his consciouness that he left behind and he was in two bodies at the same time?
- No, I don’t think the twist works here. I know there are worst plot holes in your average DC comic, but this one just felt rushed and unnecessary.
That will do for now.