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Superhero Weekly: Crisis on Earth-X

That was good.

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(Source: The CW)

I had my reservations regarding a second crossover for Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow  and the Legends of Tomorrow. The first one was particularly awkward as the real threat was pure CGI and just having the heroes facing each other appealed a lot more. It’s in the same vein that the new antagonist are not only flesh and bone, they’re also the doppelgangers from Earth-X.

Highs, Lows and Evil Twins:

  • I loved Kara’s participation here a lot more than in the previous crossover. Not only did she seemed to be featured prominently, she was central to the plot.
  • That being said… She does have to take the role the damsel in distress as she is the proverbial MacGuffin that the baddies are after. Once she’s free, it was back to her kickass self.
  • LOVED the fling between Sarah Lance and Alex Danvers. They should meet again while Alex is still single.
  • That Thunderclap move was amazing and straight out of the comics
  • Kara gets to utter the legendary line: “General, would you care to step outside?” YASSSS.
  • Why did we needed a scene with Nate Heywood/Steel holding or even catching Kara? The ground was softer than “steel” to catch her. Plus if Supergirl weights is off the charts as Superman is, Steel would’ve end up flattened as a pancake.
  • The surprise appearance of Winn as ruthless resistance leader General Schott was a little unexpected twist, albeit a short one.
  • Overgirl was a scary nemesis but that kiss with Fuhrer Oliver was just creepy AF. Also, notice how the name should’ve been Ubergirl but it was probably changed to prevent any association with certain private taxi service.
  • The Flash’s storyline acted as the prime motivation first as Barry and Iris are the ones to invite everyone onto Central City. However, it doesn’t stay that way and everyone does get a somewhat balanced spotlight.
  • I do think Killer Frost should have won that first encounter against Nazi Oliver since his hand and bow were frozen already. A simple flash bomb wouldn’t have been able to ignite (AND supposedly knocks her unconscious?). No, sorry. Frost had him dead to rights there. Yes, I am biased. No, I think had to put some lame ass way for him to get out of it just because.
  • Frost still got some really cool scenes, including using the ice-coaster again. Plus, mainly she got to play a freaking heroine!
  • Of course everyone ends up fighting their doppelganger. Understandable for Kara, but not necessarily for everyone else.
  • Green Arrow having a kryptonite arrow is a bit of subtle reinterpretation of Batman having a kryptonite ring in case Superman ever went rogue. However, does Oliver ALWAYS carry not one but several kryptonite arrows with him? I know he had some sort of thin layer to encapsulate the tip, but I still think Kara should have sensed/felt he was carrying it.
  • Tommy Merlyn appearing behind the mask of Prometheus-X was a throwback to the old theory that he was one of the suspects back in the day. That was really a personal gut-wrenching low blow for Ollie.
  • Congratulations to both Fuhrer Oliver and Nazi General Overgirl for officially being the most hated villain couple ever. No, actually the opposite of congratulations are in order.
  • Felicity facing down Fuhrer Oliver was really tense. You almost believed she was going to die then and there.
  • Red Tornado. Good look, but good looking CGI is still CGI. As much as the effort is appreciated, only Barry’s human face was saving that scene from being video game cutscene material.
  • The Legends of Tomorrow got some decent screen time at the end, but they also won the most touching story of it all. Professor Martin Stein, played by actor Victor Garber, after being so close to being human once more and almost rejoining his growing family was taken down by bullets. Hurt and unafraid, he performs two valiant acts: he saves the team and later in his deathbed, he takes the formula that separates him from Jackson. That was such a heroic way to go.
  • Jackson trying to say a eulogy for Stein was just heartbreaking.
  • The fighting was ok at best, and a little hokey if you look at it really close. Acrobatic flips just done for show, nazi soldiers missing by a mile or falling down too quick, etc. But the overall look and feel is quite solid if you don’t look too close. This might sound illogical, but crossovers are not about the battle, but about the once-in-a-lifetime encounters. There must be a battle, but it’s more background than foreground.
  • The plot was simple and not overly complicated. This worked better because of the quantity of side stories available. With the exception of Kara, most of the villains were believable. Melissa Benoist did try her best, you just will have a really hard time believing her adorable face is supposedly evil.
  • Snow/Frost got some great scenes there. Very balanced overall. I wasn’t that onboard for Barry/Iris and Felicity/Ollie at the end. Seemed way too last minute but I guess they wanted to end on a high.
  • Sarah Lance and Alex Danvers must meet again. They were just way too adorable. Alex doesn’t get to play awkward often but she was on point.
  • Barry lets Eobard Thawne go. Oliver just kills his enemy. Kara almost ends up Iron-Giant-fallout as she flies out Overgirl before she goes nova. All in all, their personal traits defined their victories. Barry is not willing to kill. Oliver doesn’t hesitate. Kara is willing to give up her life. So while Kara wins at everything and Barry would rather risk a draw, Oliver is a little too ruthless in my book.

That will do for now.

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Series Issues: Arrow 4×06 – Lost Souls

Spoilers might appear miniaturized. Watch your step.

(Photo: Cate Cameron/ The CW)

(Photo: Cate Cameron/ The CW)

Arrow 4×06: Lost Souls starts with a rare sweet moment. Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), having talked to her poor mother, is having some family time with Quentin and Laurel. There’s some short moments of them that were enjoyable, which really made me hope they’d dedicate the episode more to their reunion before they ended up going their own ways. But I digress.

This episode finally brings back Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). Relax, the Lazarus Pit remains out of order. This time it’s another case of not looking hard enough and just assuming someone’s dead without actually finding the body. The former multimillionaire has suffered a case of too much success. Or too little, if you prefer. His suit has given him the ability to miniaturize. Ray appears without the suit, trapped in some sort of transparent cage made of material his suit can’t breach. Fortunately he’s able to contact Felicity, who’s feeling guilty of not having picked up on his communication attempts while she was living the good life with Oliver.

We have a little couple drama to go along this story line. It can’t be all kittens and rainbows in Oliver’s and Felicity’s relationship. Listen, I get that Felicity is feeling she’s losing herself in Oliver. Completely valid complaint. I just would’ve liked if Oliver himself also had issues of his own. Say for example, jealousy over Ray Palmer. When Oliver just walks away giving Felicity “space to figure it out” it sounded more like he was running away. Like Felicity has something to fix of herself and Olivier is just fine… It really felt a bit patronizing to hear that. Am I nitpicking? Yes. Also, Felicity’s mother, Donna, is back. Guess they did wanted to add some levity to the episode.

But it doesn’t need it, really. The whole plan to bust out Ray hinges on breaking the compound of his cage. Which Ray has already found a solution for, except that the laser-like tool/rifle/thingamajig is the classic “find all the components to form this item” kind of quest. The challenge is that they need to break into Kord Industries to get one of the harder-to-find components. That name should ring a bell with comic book readers. Ted Kord is another millionaire-genius and superhero Blue Beetle, but I doubt we’re going that far with that reference for this storyline.

Oh yeah, the man holding The Atom prisoner, because I think it is time we should start calling him by his codename, is Damien Darhk. Goddamit, ground this character in one incarnation already. Sometime he flies off the handle, sometimes he’s a condescending prick, sometimes he’s cool as a cucumber and other times he wants to help others. All. Over. The. Place. Team Arrow uses Captain Lance to bring him to a meeting for some excuse. To his credit, Quentin plays his cards well, using his daughter Sara as an excuse without any hesitation. Actually, it’s a real question he chooses to ask. He gets dismissed because for some reason it’s Arrogant Damien this week and he doesn’t like being summoned (they why did you show up?).

The main quest then begins. Liberating Ray. But it’s not a straight arrow to get into the highly secure building he’s in. They need a plan, and it’s actually not bad. Green Arrow himself is captured by a henchman. A henchman that is Diggle in disguise. Oliver puts himself in a very dangerous position, but he does keep Darhk distracted. Of course it’s a ruse, but Darhk is not easy prey because of his mystical skills. However a flash bomb seems to be enough for Oliver to get away, although I dare say he could’ve easily gotten caught for good.

The Canaries, Speedy and Digg- actually, Felicity codenames him Spartan to avoid compromising him. Not only Felicity is rappelling into battle this time, but also Curtis Hold. He’s along for the ride to help with the high-tech rifle that will free Ray. It works. Also, Ray is suited up again. Why was he without the suit when he called Felicity… Perhaps it was explained and I missed it, but the anyhow the cage is breached and Ray is free, returning back to his regular size.

The other main quest that I wished would have had more prevalence, is the Canaries. Sara and Laurel Lance have some very sweet but short moments in this episode in which we’ll finally say goodbye to Sara. I wished they’d had an episode to themselves. Or at least, we could’ve cut out the unnecessary break-in-to-Kord-Industries side quest and have more moments with the Lance family.

There were quite a few things I enjoyed of this episode, although I did have issues with it too. It’s a mixed bag that I dare say has a positive outcome.

Highs/Lows/Atoms:

  • I wanted the Canaries to have more screen time. They’re back and fighting together, while Sara is working through some of the remaining bloodlust issues from the pit. I felt it was not sufficiently explored. Sara decides she needs to get away from all the superhero antics for a while. The two Lance sisters did share a couple of moments (too short) that were sweet. In the end, of course Sara has to join Legends Of Tomorrow, so we knew from the moment that her comeback was possible that she was headed out.
  • The mission to save Ray Palmer was nice. The whole extra mission to get that component needed to build the device had a bit of a filler taste. That’s because it was. I would’ve rather had more challenges in breaking into the main compound or better yet, let the Canaries have that time for some family moments.
  • I did like how they distracted Darhk with Ollie, that made it seem a little more plausible. I still don’t quite like the way that Darhk is defined, or rather how blurry of a character he is. Brutal or sophisticated? Charismatic or hateful? Cool headed or loose cannon? Make up your mind about it.
  • Felicity’s mother Donna. Did we really needed to put one more character in an already growing cast that has a lot of things to do? I get it, she’s comedy relief and advise dispenser in one. Still, very much unneeded in this episode.
  • The flashback story this time is about… Err. I really didn’t care. It seems to be developing at such a slower pace.
  • Felicity and Oliver reconcile. The one thing nagging at me is that in this issue it all seemed to be on Felicity’s part. Oliver simply gives her space. Sorry, but that felt a bit patronizing. They’re having couple problems and it felt like Oliver left Felicity alone as if she was the one with the problem. Nope nope nope. Say something a little bit more supportive like “do you think we need some space”. Big difference. Am I reading too much into this one?
  • Ray. Miniaturized. Yeah, that’s the Atom. That’s his actual signature power. It feels like people should be just a tad more freaked out that he can do that. Yes, nitpicking city population one here.
  • John Diggle gets a codename. Spartan. I like it. The only Spartan that I know in DC Comics comes from Wildstorm. He was an android, later a made with Kherubim technology, that was the leader of the Wild C.A.T.S. Safe to say, they’re not using that backstory. I still want John to keep it. It has a certain ring to it that fits him.
  • We get a light moment in which Quentin is having soda water and ends up meeting Donna Smoak. Unless I’m mistaken, someone already predicted this one could happen. In a world where all the parents of the young heros are either dead or divorced, it’s nice to see there’s a chance for romance.

That will do for now.

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Series Issues: Arrow 4×05 – Haunted

Spoilers will be restored to their former selves. Too darhk?

Arrow -- "Haunted" -- Image AR404B_0027b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R) Matt Ryan as Constantine, Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance -- Photo: Cate Cameron/ The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

(Photo: Cate Cameron/ The CW)

Arrow 4×05: Haunted was a far more engaging episode that I expected it to be. This back and forth with Sara finally reaches its climax. Sara is after one thing and one thing only. Clubs. Women. A particular haircut. It took Oliver a little more time than I was comfortable for him to notice. Sara is going after her killer, Thea Queen. Yes, she was under the influence of the Mirakuru drug back then and now she’s got her own Lazarus-Pit-side-effect bloodlust going, but Sara’s soul is no longer with her.

How exactly they determine that is… Unclear. Sorry to quote Boston but we need more than a feeling here. Anyhow, let’s move the plot. Which for the first time kinda moves in two timelines at once. In the flashback, John Constantine (Matt Ryan) shows up at the camp. Oliver helps him out (ok initially at gunpoint, but he does save him from a nasty trap). Now would be the time to call in a favor. And he actually does in the present.

The scene that actually makes this show is not Constantine. Not even Sara, for that matter. It’s a conversation that has been long overdue between the emerald archer and Laurel Lance. We finally say it out in the open. The reason why Ollie kept Laurel in the dark about so many things. The reason why he’s been judgemental although he was the first to bring his own sister to the pit. The reason why Oliver keeps Laurel at a distance. Oliver does not consider her his equal. This is a very raw statement, and bravo to Katie Cassidy for her delivery and to the show’s writers for having the nerve to put it out there and giving the character of Laurel her just cause.

Yes, the day is saved. Sara returns thanks to some hocus pocus by John Constantine where Oliver and Laurel must fight in a dreamworld to retrieve Sara from the Lazarus Pit. It’s done and she’s saved. Oliver apologizes to Laurel. Laurel apologizes to Thea. Hell, even Quentin finds out about John Diggle’s brother Andrew and gives him a file he gets from Damien Darhk (again, Darhk is understanding in this episode again).

Still, a great episode not because of the action scenes but the development. The main plot is still Sara’s soul quest and setting up both her and Constantine for Legends of Tomorrow, but although that’s what the script called for they did take it one step further and admitted to the similarities between Oliver’s and Laurel’s actions.

Highs/Lows/Canaries:

  • A big move here is the fact that the world of Arrow finally has to admit there are things beyond their world. They’ve kept things more mystical than superhuman, but still this episode did have enough of the supernatural to break that gritty-realistic feel.
  • I could almost start and end with that scene. Laurel and Oliver have always seem to exist in two different planes. And that encounter just put it all in perspective. Equal ground. Between the Lance family and the Queen family. After all, both families are just as invested in this city. Personally, it’s about time Laurel stands up to Oliver. That’s not because I wanted to see them fight, but because they need to address stuff and move on. They will both make the team stronger if they do.
  • I know that the situations for Thea and Sara had different circumstances, but the motivation and the reaction are the same. I know some people will fight tooth and nail over the timing. Thea was dying. Sara was dead. Oliver reacted. Laurel planned and plotted. Even if you give Oliver the moral ground here, it’s like delivering judgement to a sinking boat from one that is barely above water. You know what I mean.
  • John Diggle gets some answers, but not the ones he was looking for. Yes, HIVE killed Andrew Diggle. But Andrew Diggle, it seems, was not an angel. Quentin seems to make it true by assuring John that he’s sure. Is this enough to end this revenge backstory?

That will do for now.

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