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This is a bit of a weird week.
In order of pwnage, Supergirl is really tied with Black Lightning this week and The Flash is a very, very distant third. It’s a close call between the leads, but there were a few things this week that just stalled them both. I’m afraid The Flash is going to be sticking with third place for a while, specially with a story about shrinking people. Ok, let’s go.
Supergirl leads with For Good. Barely.
- Literally, the show was pursuing a few things but the one extraordinary diamond in the rough that shines true was Katie McGrath playing Lena Luthor. The character has sort of an ambiguous aspect that always seems to be one step from the dark destiny of her family. It’s seeing Lena balance her act between accepting who she is and deciding who she wants to be that made the show for me and gives it the first place this week.
- I wanted to feel for Samantha. However, I didn’t feel this character has actually had a lot of scenes with the rest of the cast for them to bond. It really feels a bit forced. Plus the fact that the show had to recall that Alex has a medical background (which I had to check, yes it was there) to have her scan Samantha at LexCorp Labs. Something just didn’t work with that scene.
- The other one is the hallmark moment of Kara, Alex and Lena supporting Samantha. I like Samantha’s character because she’s complex, but the whole “BFFs” feels a little too naive for a buildup that is definitely going to hurt. Perhaps that’s the whole message, but this is looking a little too Disney right now.
- Morgan Edge and Lillian Luthor are back. And they’re out. Their only good scenes were both of them confronting Lena Luthor. Also, one extra point for the scene in which Lena confesses to Kara that she tried to kill Edge, a moment that plays with Kara and the audience until we realize she’s talking about that time she went after him in a previous episode. That had us going for a moment.
Perhaps Black Lightning should’ve taken it this week with Lawanda: Book of Burial.
- Jefferson Pierce continues to be the most interesting character in the show. That being said, and I’m definitely nitpicking here I’m not sure how are we going to balance the realism that permeates the city of Freeland with the superhero aspect. Are we going for full dark and sinister? Are we going to be a little lighter sometimes enough to believe there’s hope? Right now, we don’t know the show so without compromise we’re not seeing neither good nor evil get the upper hand yet.
- There’s interesting dynamics never before explored here. Inspector Henderson (Damon Gupton) representing the underpaid and overworked civil servant versus Reverend Jeremiah Holt (Clifton Powell) who lives from his congregation. I do have my reservations on whether the police inspector is dirty or not though…
- The rising story is Anissa Pierce developing her powers and ending her relationship with Chenoa after flirting with newcomer Grace Choi (Chantal Thuy). Whether Anissa will become Thunder or Grace exhibit any of her comics’ counterpart meta-human abilities remains to be seen.
- We also get another plot concerning Jennifer and her blossoming romance with Khalil. The fact that she’s planning to have sex and sharing this information with her parents is something new. However, Jefferson’s interaction with Khalil was just awkward and unnecessary.
- The villains are definitely still at comic-book level. Seems even Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones the Third) must answer to a higher power. We meet Lady Eve (Jill Scott) who seems to be the only one able to challenge him. I know this is a superhero show and all, but switching from real community problems to James-Bond-esque villains chewing the scenery is a bit of a contrast.
And finally, The Flash lags behind with Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash.
- I didn’t like when Arrow threw in shrinking with The Atom and I don’t think I liked it any better in this week’s episode. The baddie of the week is capable of shrinking objects and people in a way-too-convenient fashion. Again, I know this is a superhero universe but to blatantly ignore the law of the conservation of mass is something I can’t suspend my disbelief over. For me, it’s like if Star Wars’ R2-D2 was able to fly all this time.
- Cecille can read minds now. No, I don’t buy it as a coincidence of her pregnancy. It has to be related to something else. If this is really random then… It’s really random. And lazy.
- The one entertaining bit at the end was the warden discovering Barry and hauling him off to what looks like a meta-containment facility. Seems the warden is in cahoots with Amonet Black (Katee Sackhoff) aka the least convincing villain in the show. The fact that we’ll have Sackhoff doing her cringy evil-lyn act already anticipates the show ending in third place yet again. On the other hand, that also might mean some Killer Frost time.
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.
Spoilers will swear they will trust you from now on, then forget about it on the next episode.
It has become a CW trope, but it seems all conflicts are becoming some version of the main heroes overestimating their own powers, stop listening to their friends and family, getting into trouble and then everything getting fixed once teamwork, love and understanding are back on track. At least until next week, that is.
Highs, Lows and Girl Superpower:
- Supervillain Psi (Yael Grobglas) has the power to cause fear. This creates a particularly cathartic opportunity for Kara to face her own, which she has been dodging since her season opener last week. Psi feels like it could’ve been more than a one-episode C-villain, but alas it seems it wasn’t to be.
- Samantha Arias, the mother of the teenager that will get in trouble in every episode, is back. Seems she could turn out to have superpowers. I did expected the cast to grow, but no word on where this is going to go.
- Was there any question that Lena was not going to end up buying CatCo? No. Why does every time I try to say “CatCo” out loud I end up saying “CostCo”? Don’t answer that one.
- Lena can be a badass boss, as Kara discovers when she starts being uppity. I also hope Kara fixed that elevator before anybody else finds her purse and her glasses.
- The dynamic at CatCo changes from now on. Let’s be honest, it needed to. James needs Lena pushing him. She will and she should. It was getting a little to comfy for him.
- I’m expecting Kara to reveal to Lena she’s Supergirl any episode now. I’m also expecting Lena to tell her she has known that all along.
- Supergirl seems to be going for a darker vibe. I really hope it’s temporary, but considering the other CW shows, I’m not holding my breath.
Meanwhile, back at STAR Labs…
Highs, Lows and Romance Woes:
- Gypsy gets a lot of good lines this episode: “It’s like he doesn’t know he’s a dead man.” (said at nobody after Cisco tries apologizing and figures out a way to stop a metahuman in the middle of the sentence).
- Still loving Caitlin, but don’t think I don’t know what you’re doing, TV show. I know Caitlin’s Frost dilemma will be put in hold while the other stories take the stage. You’re literally putting her issues on ice until you have time to deal with them on another show. Hardly fair.
- I did find laughter with Cisco and Gypsy (and Caitlin inadvertently getting a word in there) but there was a lot to cringe about with Iris and Barry. If you’re going to couples therapy to make fun of therapy why do it at all? Specially since they both really seem to need it.
- Iris West finally comes out with it: Barry left her. I think the wedding is safely postponed (season finale I guess). How Barry is completely blind in not seeing that was going to be a major issues speaks volumes about self-centered he’s acting.
- Barry has become a little too overconfident, not in his powers but in his persona. I’m actually finding him a more than a little annoying in this episode. Can you tell?
- Where’s the next iteration of Harrison Wells?
So as you can see I’m doing a rather brief version of the Superhero Weekly (which might be bi-weekly at this point) due to time constraints. Now I just go directly into the Highs and Lows. It’s a bit experimental. We’ll see how it goes.
And yes, I’ve decided to drop Arrow. To be honest, it was getting hard to watch. I’ll take a peek now and then, but I don’t anticipate making it part of this review.
That will do for now.