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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.