Supergirl 2×15- Exodus

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Following last week’s episode of Daddy Dean Cain stealing a registry of the aliens in National City. This week’s episode not so subtly tackling the treatment of immigrants (aliens) which is not to far off with what is happening in America right now. There is even a scene where the immigrant aliens are shown being gassed.

For it’s many flaws (Mon-El), one compelling thing about Supergirl is its running thread of inclusion and feeling like an outsider trying to find your place to fit in the world. Each character has their own arc this season of being an outsider. The opening scene of an innocent alien family being rounded up like cattle to eventually being killed is the parallel that to me, the audience of Supergirl – teenagers and tweens – can find powerful in understanding the times we are in.

Onto the recap!

ALEX GETS BENCHED | Still reeling from the betrayal of her father, Alex gets suspended after failing J’onn’s shape-shifting  loyalty test and goes off on a suspect that abducted Winn’s Darla-esque girlfriend. Maggie and Alex team up in going rogue to locate Cadmus.

KARA DANVERS, ACE REPORTER | In another parallel, the integrity of journalism and the advent of fake news is tonight’s B plot. Kara wants to write an article warning all the aliens that they’re being rounded up for slaughter. Snapper refuses to run the story without authenticating its sources with all the fake news out there. Kara offers up an exclusive with Supergirl but then in the actual interview refuses to detail how she knows the National Alien Registry was stolen. Snapper doesn’t think this counts as a credible source and shelves the article.

In comes Lena Luthor who advises Kara to be a citizen journalist instead and get the word out directly as opposed to trying to get it published in the paper. To be honest here, a realistic journalist in 2017 should at least have a Twitter feed and I’m surprised the show needed Lena to tell Kara that.

Kara launches Danvers.com with her alien expose, but it comes at a cost – she’s fired from Catco.

YOUR MAMA SO CRAZY | Lillian Luthor is straight up batshit and directs Lena’s assistant to shut her up when Lena detects traces in the LCorp Accounting books that leads to the location of Cadmus. Lillian is a little Trumpy tho and wants to straight up kill all of the aliens. Dean Cain negotiates to have them forcibly deported instead, lest to give them a semblance of a chance of life. Lillian’s minions end up getting Lena thrown off a roof and in one of the most pandering fan service shots I’ve ever seen, Lena is saved by Supergirl from falling off the building lol. #SuperCorp

DADDY DEAN CAIN | Turns out Lillian Luthor has been blackmailing Dean Cain into doing her bidding by trying to kill Kara and Alex over the years. Alex goes full bad ass, blowing ish up to call Lillian’s bluff to save the alien immigrants. Dean Cain and Cyborg-Superman fight and it breaks my 1998 heart to see Dean Cain getting totally beat. The deportation vessel is still launched though and Supergirl has to stop it from reaching into outer space because once it reaches that barrier, it goes into light speed. In a very touching scene of what Supergirl does best, sisterhood, Kara’s love for Alex gives her the strength to save her and stop the vessel.


TAKETHE-EL | One of the reason’s I stopped writing about Supergirl was the annoying inclusion of Mon-El. The entire arc of this white dude being force-fed for more than eight episodes and having the sitting plot of their father being trapped and tortured totally dropped, while Alex and Kara focused on getting laid and their love lives just rang so false to me. Teri Hatcher coming on the show is what got me feeling really inspired to write about the show again.

TERI HATCHER BISH!! | The episode ends with Mon-El’s parents arriving on Earth – Kevin Hercules Sorbo and Teri Hatcher. So not only is Mon-El a loser, he’s a lying loser too. Mon-El can miss me with that star-crossed shit. Though I haven’t been writing about all the episodes, I’ve been watching them and Mon-El is thoroughly useless, a liar and should be killed in the season finale I’m not even going to front.

I enjoyed the themes of journalism and the parallels to the immigration ban in this episode. For what it’s worth, of all the DCTV shows – Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow are two that consistently tackle harder issues. I think Arrow did an episode about gun control recently and I appreciate DCTV doing that. It’s influential to a lot of ears and eyes, young ears and eyes especially, and I think it’s good that they’re using their platform for something worthwhile.

GRADE: B

Stray Observations:
*Did Kara and Alex not give a shit about what happened to Daddy Dean Cain? Why didn’t they go back for him?

*Alex was da real MVP this episode – she had a decent amount of fight scenes this week.

*Minimal Mon-El fuckery always makes for a good episode.

*”You’re the only Superman we need”. Nothing like a subtle reference, ha.

*Danvers.com is a nice touch. With Cat Grant being gone and Winn being at the DEO, the Catco set was being used less and less. Realistically speaking though, Snapper was right to fire her for all the reasons he listed. It will be interesting to see Kara Danvers launch her own media empire. Me thinks she at least deserves some form of note from Cat Grant on this venture on an upcoming episode.

*I like when Supergirl does commentary about real life

*Did James have even a minute of screen time this episode? He’s supposed to be the male lead non? If Kara wanted the story run, James is a higher position than Snapper Carr, he could have overriden his decision?

NEXT: this is also the first of the 2 part crossover musical with The Flash!

Supergirl 2×16 “Star-Crossed” Season 2 Episode 16 Promo – TERI HATCHER (“DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES,” “LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN”) AND KEVIN SORBO (“HERCULES”) GUEST STAR; DARREN CRISS (“GLEE”) MAKES HIS DEBUT AS THE MUSIC MEISTER – A new villain (guest star Teri Hatcher) comes to National City, putting Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) on high alert. Meanwhile, Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) girlfriend, Lyra (guest star Tamzin Merchant), gets Winn in trouble with the law. Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) attempts to help Winn but old loyalties get in the way. The Music Meister (Darren Criss) attacks Supergirl. John Medlen directed the episode written by Katie Rose Rogers & Jess Kardos (#216). Original airdate 3/20/2017.

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Legends of Tomorrow – Legion of Doom

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LoT was initially meant to be a roundup post because I don’t always have time to write about everything but… I have to talk about this week’s ep!

PREVIOUSLY | Season 1 was a mess. The main villain Vandal Savage sucked. Hawkman and Hawkgirl sucked. Rip Hunter sucked. They were cut from Season 2 and Commander Steel (a historian, with powers to have his entire body turn into steel) and Vixen (a member of the Justice Society of America, who came aboard the Waverider to avenger her lover’s death at the hands of Reverse Flash). Reverse Flash, Damien Darkh and Malcolm Merlyn are all characters that were honed on The Flash and Arrow so the audience is familiar with each of them.

FUN | 10000% Malcolm and Darkh are MILES better on LoT than Arrow. The lighter tone of LoT suits these characters much better than their source shows where all three made for extremely boring villains. I’d be here for a Legion of Doom spinoff or web-series, they have the good comedic chemistry with each other.

RIP HUNTER, I MEAN, PHIL | Brainwashed Rip has no idea about his former life as a Timemaster and all torture methods come up empty, as his memories have been wiped clean. Damian however, goes all Huck-from-Scandal style and legit cuts out his teeth from his gums, one of which has a secret location of a safety deposit box inscribed on it. The trio chart a course for 2025, to retrieve the security deposit box and presumably the location of the Spear of Destiny. This turns up empty when pudding brained Rip Hunter Phil doesn’t know the passcode to enter the vault.

EOBARD | The episode centers around how and why Eobard recruited Damian and Malcolm in his quest to find the Spear of Destiny. Reverse Flash is way more compelling on LoT than he ever was on The Flash. Eobard has a habit of referring to his teammates as henchmen and disappearing for long periods of time, which finally causes Malcolm and Damian to question his motivations. Why does a speedster need help from two former members of the League of Assassins? Damian clearly wants to rewrite reality by avoiding his death in 2016 and Malcolm wants to rewrite his past, to presumably have a better relationship with his daughter, Thea. But what does Eobard want? Eventually, with a needed assist from “the hippie” Phil (aka brainwashed Rip Hunter), the two decide to make a united stand against Eobard to get the equality they deserve.

This comes in the form of trapping him in a bank vault while trying to recover the security box that pudding brained Rip Hunter Phil couldn’t retrieve earlier. Eobard is shitting bricks because someone is coming for him and he’s getting closer. I love the reveal of Eobard’s motivations because there is finally continuity (somewhat) in DCTV. Recall from the season 1 finale of The Flash, Eddie Thawne committed suicide, thereby effectively erasing Eobard from existence because he was from the future. Yet, in 3×02 in The Flash after being extracted from Flashpoint, Eddie was still dead and Eobard was not fading from existence. It turns out that the time wraith chasing Eobard to kill him is Black Flash aka Zaddy. (Hunter Zolomon, who died at the end of Season 2 on The Flash and was turned into Black Flash by the time wraiths). The new iteration of Hunter Zolomon is very gruesome.

Eobard is a time aberration because this version of him exists because it was plucked from the Speedforce and he needs the Spear of Destiny to rewrite his reality.

TEAMWORK | Damian and Malcolm pledge to help save Eobard from Dark Flash if he agrees there is to be an equal partnership going forward. At this point, I wonder why Eobard didn’t phase through the bank vault. Surely, he can? Damian and Malcolm suggest that if Black Flash is tracking Eobard because it’s attracted to the Speedforce when Eobard keeps running away, that he simply just… doesn’t use it. Eobard is kind of an idiot if simpletons like Malcolm and Darkh figured out that simply standing still is what would deflect Black Flash. Their assumption about standing still is correct and the three work together to temporarily trap the Dark Flash in the bank vault.

MEANWHILE ON THE WAVE RIDER | The team try to unlock the data on the amulet that the Legion of Doom is trying to get from them. Martin suggests going back to meet a “colleague” in Central City but leaves out the part where it’s his time aberration of a daughter. Lily does in fact unlock the data on the amulet and uploads it to the ship while Ray is thoroughly smitten. It’s of course block headed Mick who drops the bombshell on Lily that she isn’t even supposed to exist. The scene where Lily confronts her father on her being a time aberration, the very mistakes they are tasked with undoing, is well done by both actors. A heart to heart with Jax, eventually leads Martin to confess that he initially did not want kids because he was scared he would have been a bad father, as his own father was.

Martin also finally figures out that the Speedster they’ve been chasing is Eobard Thawne, as he was there the day Eddie shot himself to protect Eobard from killing them all. They also deduce that he is trying to prevent himself from being erased from existence due to Eddie’s death.

RIP HUNTER, PHIL, RE-PROGRAMMED | The episode ends with the LoD unlocking the contents of the security box – it’s Rip Hunter’s memories, which they decide to re-program a bit. The episode ends with Rip, clearly mind altered, in 1776 shooting George Washington in the head.

Stray Observations:

  • The show has def hit its stride with this current cast.
  • Love the story-line of Stein and his daughter. A part of me thinks she will join the Legends at some point and they will use the Spear of Destiny (lol @ this name) to prevent Lily’s erasure from time because she is an aberration. Or because time doesn’t move in the temporal zone she will board the ship.
  • Snart is supposed to join the Legion of Doom at some point. I’m assuming they will extract him from the past like they did with Darkh.
  • Fucking finally at Stein figuring out it was Eobard. I’m surprised no one ever thought to ask Barry during the crossover but LOT is so good this season I’ll excuse it
  • Also I am assuming that Ray/Lily will definitely be a plot line in S3 if Lily comes aboard the WaveRider
  • This show is so good and will only get bigger following The Flash. Poor Arrow (which has improved this season greatly) will go back to being at the bottom of the four.

NEXT:

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”  – When The Legends find a new Time Aberration they learn they must travel to the winter of 1776 to protect George Washington and the American Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, forcing Sara (Caity Lotz) to send out Nate (Nick Zano) and Amaya (Maisie-Richardson-Sellers) to help. Meanwhile, Jax (Franz Drameh) and Stein (Victor Garber) who are busy protecting the incapacitated Waverider from their new enemy, are forced to step into roles that they don’t think they are prepared for. Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell and Arthur Darvill also star, Alice Troughton directed the episode written by Grainne Godfree & Matthew Maala (#211). Original airdate 2/7/2017.

Riverdale: Chapter 2 – A Touch of Evil

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I steadfastly hated the pilot episode of this show. Did episode two change my mind? Read on.

PREVIOUSLY | Archie and Betty have the whitest of problems when he kisses Veronica after spending 7 minutes in a closet after Spin the Bottle. Veronica’s mom is broke af and hits up Luke Perry for a job, eventually working at Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe. We already foreshadow years of tumblr fights with the declaration and Archie and Betty are endgame. Incest Twin Jason is dead af and shot in the head, floats up on riverbank.

ARCHIE, THE DRIEST WHITE GUY OF ALL TIME | No offense to KJ Apa (Archie Andrews) but homeboy looks like Chuck Bass meets Dexter.

There are multiple shirtless shots which still can’t distract from this face. Anyway, Archie feels guilty about not reporting the gunshot that he and Grundy heard on the 4th of July. He tries to vent to Betty but she doesn’t want anything to do with him initially (because of his betrayal with Veronica) but later forgives him. Grundy is hesitant to report the gunshot because she doesn’t want them to go to jail or to lose her job for sleeping with a student. Grundy promises Archie she has real feelings for him.It’s Jughead who figures out that Archie is covering for Grundy and encourages him to come forward.

BETTY  AND VERONICA 4 EVA | Betty is one of two MVPs of this episode. Her mother, excellently played by Twin Peaks alum Madchen Amick is delightfully ruthless. Betty tries to play the complacent good girl and forgives Archie. (f-f-f-fashion note, I am loving Betty’s sweater in this scene)

Also seeking forgiveness? Veronica, who has dozens of yellow roses (for friendship!) cupcakes, blowouts and a day of mani/pedis to show her good faith for a quote “basic bitch move”. Betty relents until they’re all at lunch listening to Archie try to be Ed Sheeran with his guitar but Archie’s betrayal is too much for Betty and she runs off in tears.

This is further blown up in gym class during cheer leading rehearsal (because of course) when Ronnie bullshittingly says she only went in the closet with Archie to make sure no one else would kiss him (lol k) and then caps it off Regina George style with “It’s not my fault he doesn’t like you!” but immediately regrets it. “It’s just how it is, not everyone we like will like us back

Betty retaliates against Ronnie by taking Cheryl (and her fake lips) to all the activities Ronnie had planned for them earlier.

CHERYL AND HER FAKE LIPS | Jason’s death is classified as a homicide and his Kylie-Cheryl sister “has her suspicions #RiverdaleStrong“. The coroner (and Betty’s mom for some reason?) examine Jason’s body and then she pays him off for details for her article.

Cheryl shows up to Betty’s house asking about Betty’s sister, Polly, who went insane after her breakup with Fake Cheryl’s twin brother. Betty inquires about her curiosity to which Fake Cheryl epically replies: “Because you dumb cow, someone shot my brother and I think it was your crazy, tweaked out sister“. Betty snaps and tells her to GTFO with some serious crazy eyes.

This moment and the scene in the pilot where Betty has to dig her nails into her hands to the point of bleeding, hint at dear Ms. Cooper having some serious anger management issues and that there is way more than meets the eye. Cheryl’s bitchery leads to Betty and Ronnie reconciling.

Archie is given Dead Incest Twin Jason’s old football jersey number and seeing him wearing it at the game throws Fake Cheryl off the deep end who breaks down and sobs “He was supposed to come back” to Veronica.

JUGHEAD | Jughead is bullied by Reggie about Jason’s death. Archie steps in to defend him and gets in a fight resulting in a black eye.

Archie decides to come forward about what he knows and it leads to his reconciliation with Jughead. They’re cute, flirt and say they’ll discuss things over lots of hamburgers. I ship it!

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS | The episode ends with Ronnie and Betty on a date pledging to never let a boy come between them again. On cue, Archie and Jughead walk in and Betty nods for them to come over. FRIENDS FOREVER guys! Ronnie and Jughead meet for the first time. It slow pans with everyone laughing and having fun while Jughead waxes philosophically in a voice-over.

The coroner’s report comes in just as Archie goes to Principal Weatherbee’s office to confess to hearing the gunshot. But he doesn’t have to, they already have a suspect. Archie follows them to class and the camera lingers on Jughead for a bit before Fake Cheryl stands up. “You’re here for me aren’t you? Because of the autopsy?” Even though they offer to not handcuff her in front of her classmates, Fake Cheryl doesn’t care, “it’s alright, they’ll find out soon enough anyway… that I’m guilty

Jughead’s voice-over tells us Jason’s autopsy brought a lot of things to light, namely that he hadn’t been killed on July 4th, in fact he died over a week later. So if Jason didn’t die on July 4th, when did he die? and who shot him?

Grade C

The dialogue is still cringey but Betty, Jughead and Madchen (Betty’s mom) are the standouts of the ep. Markedly better than the first episode. I’ll be tuning in to episode three. I’m on board… for now.

Speculations for further episodes: I don’t think Polly is in a mental institution because of her breakup with Jason, I think Betty hurt her. I also think Fake Cheryl was completely having sex with her twin brother and that they were adopted, he was off to find their real parents and was murdered by their adoptive parents, likely because they’re hiding some deep dark family secret.

NEXT:

Riverdale 1×03 “Body Double”  – After new information surrounding Jason’s death comes to light, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) finds herself under a cloud of suspicion and forced to come clean about the last time she saw her brother. Meanwhile, Archie (KJ Apa) makes a tough decision that puts a major strain on his relationship with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel). Elsewhere, Betty (Lili Reinhart) decides to revive the school newspaper and asks for Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) help in investigating Jason’s death, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Ethel (guest star Shannon Purser) work on exposing some of Riverdale High’s football players after rumors of a “shame book” begin to circulate. Finally, after getting grounded by his dad Fred (Luke Perry), Archie must figure out a way to make it to the Taste of Riverdale event where Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats will be performing a song he helped write. Lee Toland Kreiger directed the episode written by Yolonda E. Lawrence (#103.) Original airdate 2/9/2017

Riverdale – Pilot

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I was thoroughly bored by this entire pilot.

Betty is secretly in love with Archie Andrews, the football player. As she’s about to make her big move, in walks Veronica Lodge. The cinematography is purposely broody as it’s inspired by Twin Peaks. There is pandering faux lesbianism (so 2003), Betty’s addicted to Adderal, Veronica’s father is a deadbeat… I can’t even remember the rest. It’s reductive and I have a hard time believing either of these girls would like someone as dry and boring as Archie.

Archie writes songs and has a Pacey-like affair with his music teacher.

There’s a Kylie Jenner lookalike who may or may not have had an incestuous relationship with her dead brother whose body was never found.

Jughead and Archie have an unknown beef. Jughead is actually writing a book based on the disappearance of Cheryl’s brother who’s body turns up at the end of the ep while the oblig sassy gay character is going to the obligatory riverside locale to obligatory do some secret closet case action. It turns out he didn’t drown. He was shot and an arrest was made later in the week which is revealed in episode two.

Yawn. It all feels reductive and like a rethread of One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. I’ll give this two more episodes before I give up. If this isn’t canceled in twelve episodes I’ll be really surprised.

Grade: F

Next:

Riverdale 1×02 “A Touch of Evil” – SECRETS UNRAVELED — As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (KJ Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother’s death running rampant, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead (Cole Sprouse) stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. Finally, plans for the annual fall pep rally move forward with a performance by Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats and a special appearance by Mayor McCoy (guest star Robin Givens.) Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry also star. Lee Toland Krieger directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (#102.) Original airdate 2/2/2017

Pop Culture Plug: @gilmoreguysshow

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Gilmore Guys is a podcast about, well, Gilmore Girls. Hosted by longtime fan @KevinTPorter and newcomer Demi (@electrolemon), the first episodes of the podcast are admittedly rough but hits its stride in the season two episodes. Aside from gabbing about each episode, there are also mailbag episodes where readers send in their questions that lead to some hilarious discussions; as well as Gilmore Gabs where they interview the cast and crew of the show. In fact, their first high profile Gab was with Scott Patterson where he first revealed the revival was in the negotiation stages. Other major Gabs included Milo Ventimiglia, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil and Sean Gunn. Lauren Graham is also carded for a future Gab.

The podcast eventually evolved into live shows that usually involved a musical bit to begin the show. This is 100000% my favourite part of the show. Below is a compilation of live shows and musical bits. Other segments included “Pop Goes The Culture”, “F-f-f-fashion”, “Is this homophobic?”, the extremely hilarious “TWOP”, “Say Yes to the Jess”, “What are the final four words?” and Twitter Q&A.

This segment was actually inspired by the show, in the later seasons, each episode ended with asking each guest what they were enjoying in pop culture because Gilmore Girls was so rooted in pop culture itself. The earlier episodes of the podcast (pre-revival) are actually pretty hilarious to listen to now because of Kevin’s diehard prayers for a Season 8. They became so intertwined with the fandom of the series that they were given a cameo spot in the Dragonfly Inn for the revival series A Year in the Life.

The show had several MVP guests: most notably Patrick Walsh, Anthony Troli, Jamie Woodham, Alice Wetterland, Jason Manzoukas, Sarah Heyward and queen godmother Aisha Muharrar. The Aisha episodes are some of the best because she always brings a unique perspective to each episode.

The early episodes are a bit rough, so I’d recommend starting at Season 2 and then listen to Season 1 after you’ve fallen in love with this charming duo. Currently all of the Gilmore Girls episodes are over and they’re doing Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s follow-up series Bunheads as an epilogue. Genuinely love these dudes, they are hilarious and to be honest, by the end of the series I liked Gilmore Guys the podcast, more than Gilmore Girls the series.

Gilmore Guys can be found on iTunes and on Soundcloud and on Twitter @gilmoreguyshow.

Videos of all of the live episodes can be found on iTunes or on their Youtube/Vimeo

Copperboom.

(Skip to 13:45 for one of the best: a Gilmore Rap set to Golddigger – “Rory’s dating a Huntzberger”)

The Flash 3×11 – Dead or Alive

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New intro! Barry is all about saving Iris as we kick off Season 3B.

VIBE | The A Story: Cisco gets a taste of what his powers can evolve too when Gypsy, a collector from Earth 19, turns up to take HR back. In a strange twist of timing, considering the last 11 days, HR is being sentenced to death for defying a travel ban between Earths. The only way to save him is “trial by combat”. Cisco shows some traditional sass in his flirtations with Gypsy, I guess he got over Golden Glider.He just wants to negotiate over HR’s impending death with some coffee and food by that Thai place across the street.

The Vibe training montage is long overdue because Cisco’s powers are a formidable asset to the team. Barry and HR are not impressed and their plan to take on Gypsy themselves backfires when Gypsy takes HR as collateral until the duel with Cisco.

 

THE DUEL | Cisco turns it out in the eventual duel. It’s a great scene that takes them to Earth-2 and Kara’s Earth-39 for a dust up in Kat Grant’s office. It’s the apt observation from Julian that eventually leads to Cisco besting Gypsy with his abilities. Cisco spares her life and the caveat being that HR can never return to Earth 19.

 

YASS IRIS | Iris is shown doing actual journalism. Actual contribution to the team. And getting an entire season arc around her character. And not relegated to damsel in distress status either, Iris wants to make the most out of the possibly four months of her life left. Everyone tries to dissuade her from looking for trouble but Iris isn’t having it and recruits Wally to help her. Iris distracts Joe while Wally speedily takes pictures of the investigative files on his desk. Candice Patton gets a chance to show off comedic timing in the conversation distracting Joe. I’d like to see this element developed in the future because Wally/Iris make a compelling team.

Iris’ eventual breakdown to Barry is that her biggest fear is that she won’t leave her mark in the world like her mother. Iris wants to leave a legacy in the short time she may have left. It’s a short scene but it’s touching and effective. The payoff for Iris and Wally’s team-up is also shown where we see Iris showing Barry the completed article lauding her brother. His love and pride for her is on full display. It’s great. It’s how a normal couple acts.

It’s development of their relationship and it heightens the stakes and gets the audience invested in Iris as the team tries to save her life. One flaw of the past episodes where Barry was trapped in the Speedforce fell a bit flat because we never really saw them interact as a couple doing normal couple things. As the season progresses, the evolution of their relationship and Iris West as a whole is on a good track for rounding out her character to make for an exciting season finale showdown with Savitar.

JULIAN YAS | Tom Felton also shows off excellent comedic timing, bringing the lighter flair that they’re taken from Cisco this season. He’s also another genius character made to dilute Barry being smart himself. I like Julian being a part of Team Flash but it’s a catch 22 because now the show has reverted to having way too many scenes in Star Labs again and there is less focus on CCPD.

KID FLASH | Barry adorably lets Wally shine as Kid Flash with a group of cheerleaders.

 

Adding to his subplot with Iris and FINALLY THEY LET THIS KID LIVE.Throughout the episode, the task of increasing Barry’s speed in four months doesn’t track with his growth thus far, as Julian points out graphically. Barry finally connects the dots as he realizes Wally’s meteoric rise in increasing his abilities could be the answer. The episode closes with Barry telling Wally he won’t save Iris from Savitar – Wally will have the task of saving his sister.

Grade: A
Despite being a mostly filler episode, all players get fair screen time and meaningful development: Cisco develops his powers, Iris uses her journalism and ain’t no damsel, Wally gets numerous times to shine, Barry didn’t need any pep talks, Julian brought a needed element of levity to the team. The episode was FUN. No brooding and mooding. MVP performances all around.

 

Next:

 

 

The Flash 3×12 “Untouchable” – THE TOUCH OF DEATH – Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work together to bring down Clive Yorkin (guest star Matthew Kevin Anderson), a criminal meta-human who is methodically killing people by causing them to decompose at an accelerated rate. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) becomes his next target but it’s Iris (Candice Patton) who is caught in the crossfire. The Flash mentors Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) and begins to elevate the newer speedster’s training to another level. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Brooke Roberts & Judalina Neira (312). Original airdate 2/7/2017

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CHARMED Reboot: Good, Bad and Ugly

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As a teenager growing up, no two shows were more special to me than Charmed and Gilmore Girls. Charmed premiered on the WB in October 1998 and I’ve been an OG fan for almost twenty years. I still watch the reruns on Netflix (which I hate because I can tell where they replaced the music they no longer have the licenses for), have the limited edition DVD sets even boxes of VHS tapes from a pre-Internet life where you couldn’t download or stream the next day… I genuinely love this show. It’s always been a big part of my life. We’ve been #blessed to finally have the Gilmore Girls revival this past November and now it seems another blast from the past is back. Here’s the thing though: the headlines are saying “Charmed reboot” but the fine print is saying “re-imagining” of the original series. I have complicated feelings about this reboot because it seems like a scam and publicity grab.

This isn’t the first time a Charmed spinoff/reboot/revival has been in the works. During the series’ original run, two projects had been discussed: a spinoff starring Kaley Cuoco’s character the atrociously annoying Billie Jenkins and another featuring Piper’s grown up sons – Wyatt and Chris. The Charmed Sons spinoff got the axe for being too close to another content on the CW, Supernatural (which YES is STILL on the air) and Kaley  passed on the project and landed the Big Bang Theory (which is also STILL on the air). Somewhere in there EP and noted mountain troll Brad Kern tried to sell a show to the then WB about mermaids. Three years ago, CBS also tried to rework another pilot that never even got a pickup order. Charmed premiered in 1998, so almost two decades later it seems this version of a reboot might actually go somewhere. Half of the Charmed Ones have already given their input, which doesn’t really read as excitement or approval.

THE GOOD

Per TVLine’s Ausiello, the reboot is being penned by Jane The Virgin EP, Jennie Urman. Anyone who’s watched the adventures of Jane Villanueva knows that Urman is competent at crafting fulfilling stories of well rounded female characters.

The original run of Charmed was a lot of white people. The new pilot will feature one of the main three leads being an African American character called Tina, with an unofficial character spec reading a watered out version of Phoebe, I guess she’s the ~bad girl~ of the trio.

Tina: African American. Whip-smart, Tina is one dissertation (and one dissertation advisor) away from a PhD. She can be reserved, even standoffish, in uncomfortable situations, but she picks up on
everything and she’s definitely making quick, accurate judgments about you.

THE BAD

Again per Ausiello: “the potential series revolves around three witches who are brought together to fight evil in a small New England town circa 1976.”. This is not Charmed. Any Charmed stan knows that in the 1970s, Prue, Piper and Phoebe were toddlers and Paige had already been adopted by the Matthews family unbeknownst to her half-sisters. Depending on how far into the 1970s they start the reboot, Patty Halliwell could very well be already dead. The original series was set in San Francisco. There was even an entire episode about the Charmed Ones traveling back to the 1970s, aptly titled: That 70’s episode where Phoebe meets her mother for the first time

A prequel to Charmed in the same timeline the original four already exist and set in a completely different state? More and more this seems like a separate entity with literally nothing in common with the original. According to the spec released today, the three leads aren’t even sisters, which as Constance Burge (creator of the original series) maintained the credo of the show is that it’s based on sisters who are witches, the sisterhood came first. There doesn’t even seem to be any correlation to the family tree of the original series, no connection to Melinda Warren or anyone in the Halliwell line.

One of the characters is called Paige. This makes no sense to me cause the name Paige is not even proprietorial to the Halliwell line, Paige was named by the nun that Patty and Sam left her with after her birth. The names Prudence, Penelope, Patricia, Melinda, Astrid, Helena, Laura and Grace are the names of the witches in the Halliwell-Warren timeline. (Bonus points to anyone who knew exactly what spell does names came from ;-))

The character description makes her sound like Rose Nylund. Which is…. not what I want tbh. I’m assuming they want this to be their Piper-esque character but she has barely anything in common with the original.

Paige: Caucasian Cheerful, curvy, wholesome and as all-American as the apple pie she can’t wait to serve to the husband she has yet to marry. Paige’s main goal in life is to marry a rich doctor and be a wife and mother.

And just to round out the third lead Annie, which reads like a budget version of Prue:

Annie: Caucasian. Intense, smart, and quick to anger. She dresses neutrally, though she could give two s–ts if you like her outfit, so stop wondering what “neutral” means. But under that tough façade, well… there is a fragility. A person desperate to be loved, and love.

THE UGLY

It doesn’t seem to have any involvement with anyone from the original. A reboot of a cult classic usually acknowledges the original that came before it, especially with the CW which heavily featured original cast members for their reboots of Melrose Place (Heather Locklear), 90210 (Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling) and most recently The Flash (John Wesley Shipp, Mark Hamill). You can’t call this Charmed without Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano or Rose McGowan. It’s just unacceptable.

If you were ever going to do a Charmed prequel, it should have something to with the original. Why isn’t this about a twentysomething Penny Halliwell? Penny Halliwell married literally eight times, was extremely powerful and hilarious af. It could very well be a series based on Penny and her early days as a witch with supporting characters as diverse casting. Penelope Halliwell is the HBIC. I mean exhibits A -Z:

This show seems a lot like false advertising and trying to manufacture buzz to compensate on nostalgia. I’m not too keen on that kind of fraudulence. It’s baiting the fanbase on an already established entity to push a completely different show. Even fast-forwarding the prequel route, Phoebe Halliwell ended the series having three daughters, Piper had three kids, Paige had two twin daughters and a son. Why not honour the show with its actual mythos? It’s lazy to capitalize on source material that you’re not even honoring. The show on its own is probably gonna be great but don’t call it what it isn’t. It’s not a show about sisters or a generational prophecy… It’s most definitely not Charmed.

 

Arrow: Season 5A Roundup

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Season 5A Arrow was excellent af. The hiatus of NeetzTalks is over! Lots of content hopefully added this week. To round up this season’s recaps, I’m writing about my top 2 of Season 5A.

The 100th episode (5×08) – Invasion! | This episode seamlessly integrated the four show crossover while serving as a beautiful love letter to Arrow and its roots. All of DCTV was spun off from Arrow and it was a real treat to see the return of Sara Lance, Ray Palmer, Laurel Lance, Cisco Ramon and Barry Allen – all of of whom were guest stars or supporting players on Arrow at one point. On the Arrow 100 side of the episode – every character had a chance to shine and show how far they’ve come.  Thea Queen (Willa Holland) confronting her loss and her new fractured family was heartbreaking. Thea’s arc in the virtual world is the one that brings the most emotional weight for me. Additionally, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) acceptance of her wishes to stay in the virtual world was a really great scene. (Honorable mention: Oliver reflecting on the people he lost prior to leaving the hallucination). The evolution of Thea Queen across five seasons has made her at times, a more compelling character than Oliver at this point.

I loved the idea of Arrow100 being Oliver’s version of Flashpoint and to echo home all of the loss and progress made by this team of broken individuals.  I would have liked to see a more developed farewell between Sara (Caity Lotz) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy). The scene with Oliver confessing love to Laurel and just wanting to be married to her was my favorite of  the Oliver/Laurel scenes. The Arrow 100 celebration aside, the plots involving the crossover players was thrilling and exciting with one caveat: the shot of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) being excessively violent against an already unconscious female villain did not ring true to either of these sunny superheroes.  Ragman is my favorite of the new Team Arrow additions. The contrast between bright Rory and badass Ragman is very entertaining.

This episode could have been easily swallowed with the sheer amount of cast members but of all the crossover episodes, I think this is my favorite of the four. It brings all of Arrow’s greatest hits: the combat, the throwbacks to their most memorable villains (Slade Wilson!), the snark. 10/10.

Notable moments: Caity Lotz slaying Slade Wilson in an Herve Leger dress. GODDESS.

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Shoutout to irl Tommy being a doctor in Chicago Med. Sara and Oliver musing about how this all started with both of them getting on that damn boat.

What We Leave Behind (5×09) | The hits and twists kept coming in this episode. The death of Felicity’s boyfriend at Oliver’s hand was so twisted. The reveal of Evelyn’s betrayal, which you can’t even hate her for because it’s so understandable. The connection of Prometheus to Season 1 on Arrow. The flashbacks to Russia.  The reveal of Laurel Lance at the end?? I mean can it be January 24th already? 10/10

Notable moments: The fight scene in the escalator and the mirrored way it was set up to bait Oliver was so, SO good. The throwing star splitting the arrow! Genuinely love the way the DCTV shows uses their themes and musical cues for each character. Blake Neely is one of the best.

Season 5A Arrow has been such a marked improvement from Season 4. Stephen Amell doesn’t look as miserable these days to promote this season of his show. He knows Season 4 was a steaming turd. Without the weight of propping up backdoor pilots for new crossover shows and all that magic shit, Arrow has returned to its roots and its better for it. The reintroduction of Laurel Lance and the new synergy between all of DCTV makes me wonder if the Legion of Doom in Legends of Tomorrow is responsible in some way for Laurel Lance being alive again. In addition, could Barry’s continuing manipulation of the timeline on The Flash could have affected more on Arrow than Sara Diggle’s erasure from existence? I’m so excited to see if this is a real Laurel or a plant from Prometheus, once again showing how well he has studied Oliver by using the memory of Laurel Lance against not just him but their entire team.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas holidays! I’m catching up with the shows as the weekend progresses. Legends of Tomorrow should be up next 🙂 Please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep updated on new posts. Comments are also appreciated!

The Flash: 3×07 – Killer Frost

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Killer Frost and Kid Flash emerge. HR remains useless. Dr. Alchemy’s true identity is revealed.

CAIT | Caitlin finally cracks and goes off the rails with her powers when she saves loser Barry from Savitar. Cait’s powers make her the most formidable and compelling meta this season, which has been filled with loser filler villains. I especially like how easily she bests Barry in combat. He really is an idiot now.  Cait seeks out Dr. Alchemy to remove her powers. She battles Vibe and The Flash and it’s pretty exciting to watch a fight between the three friends and the complicated relationships they have. She can’t actually go through with killing her friends (though she really should have rid us all of loser Barry when we now have the superior Wally West).

(PLEASE CAIT, SAVE US)
CISCO | Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Cait’s friendship development this season is one of the emotional high beats of the season. The grief over Dante and its fallout with his relationship with Barry is being slow burned which makes it realistic (I mean how do you forgive someone and find it in your heart to help them, when they killed your blood family as a consequence for their own selfish gains) but the show really suffers without Valdes’ great comedic timing.

TOM C. GOTTA GET PAID | In order to make lame duck HR Wells appear substantial, the writers turn Cisco into an idiot to prop HR. In what world would Cisco not figure out to track Killer Frost the same way he did to Captain Cold? I could write about how annoying this character is for pages. As always #KILLHR

BARRY IS A LOSER | First, Barry hilariously gets beaten up by bae Savitar. Then, he pushes Caitlin into Killer Frost trying to save him. Thirdly, he is responsible for the less fun Cisco we have to endure this season and fourthly and most amazingly, Wally is faster than Barry despite being hours new to his powers. ROFL. Please kill off Barry and give us Kid Flash forever.

PANDERING | How much pandering did the writers pay to the insane #snowbarry shippers with that misleading frosty kiss? Did Julie Plec  (The Vampire Diaries) or Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) give them tips?

DEJA VU FLASH WRITERS | There better be some twist to this because the repetitive “friend turned foe” trope of The Flash is TIRED. The third time is not the charm, the third time is lazy writing. Turning bae Julian Arnold (Tom Felton) into Dr. Alchemy is just… uninspired. They did this the best in the first season with Eo-Wells and flopped majorly with Joom (Jay/Zoom)

In exchange for protecting Cait’s identity as Killer Frost, Julian blackmails Barry into quitting his job at the CCPD as a CSI. Barry agrees and is actually selfless for the first time this season. So, now in addition to all the reasons above why Barry is a loser, he is now also unemployed and still crashing on the couch of a guy who’s brother he killed. Cheers!

GRADE: B

Stray Observations:

  • I am enjoying the Killer Frost storyline and how they improved the portrayal of Killer Frost from the atrocity of last season’s campiness.
  • Savitar has great plans for Killer Frost. The pay off for this should be interesting. Armen’s FX are really impressive for simple network television.
  • Now that Wally is a speedster, are Jesse Quick and Harry Wells coming back? Tom C. might as well get his paycheck for a slightly more bearable character.

Highlight of the episode | Cait dressing down Barry for his selfishness.She’s not lying when she says he did this to her. And name checking Ronnie, Dante and all the countless selfish things Barry has done at the expense of other people.

 

Next: FOUR DAY CROSSOVER EVENT: INVASION!

The Flash RECAP: 3×06 – Shade

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Too many filler plots cloud the re-emergence of Wally West as Kid Flash.

Air Date: 15th November 2016

CAIT | Cait (Danielle Panabaker) finally confides in Cisco about her powers. I really like that she told Cisco about it first. It plays to the established brother-sister camaraderie that the two have. He vibes them fighting each other as Vibe and Killer Frost. It looks pretty awesome ngl. He eventually makes her reveal her powers to the team.

 

OH CISCO WHERE ART THOU | Flashpoint has removed all of the characteristic sass and fun we’ve come to expect from Cisco (Carlos Valdes). His new persona doesn’t have the charisma it did in previous seasons. His hair still looks fine af though, he can still get it.

#BARRIAN | Barry (Grant Gustin) asks out Julian for their second date. Turns out Julian (Tom Felton) has a girlfriend. Barry is CRUSHED. Whomp-whomp.

TOM C. HAS TO GET PAID | Another pointless subplot involving H.R. and a transmogrification toy. This gadget allows the Flash Fam to only see him but appear to the world as someone else. It is genuinely some of the worst plot ever written for television. This soul sucking character further wastes air time with another sub-plot of him hitting on Joe’s girlfriend.Still pointless, boring and a waste of time. But I guess everyone needs pee breaks.

#WESTALLEN | After being rejected by his tru luv Julian, Barry has a touching moment with Iris. She confides that she doesn’t have powers and Barry doesn’t need her to help people, to which he replies:

More of this please @FlashWriters!

COME THRU WALLY! | Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) starts to get flashbacks of his Flashpoint-era life as Kid Flash. He is eventually locked in the pipeline to protect him from Dr. Alchemy but it eventually proves futile. Wally is plagued with seizures from Dr. Alchemy, one of which results in Iris nawt standing for any of his shit with this sucker punch.

It all comes to a head at a standoff against Dr. Alchemy where after seeing Barry and Joe in trouble against a force moving so fast only Barry can see it, Wally accepts his Kid Flash powers… and turns into an icicle? (My stream cut off at this point, so this will be updated soon)

VILLAINS | This week juggled three villains – Shade (who looked more promising in the first scene than the wuss he turned out to be) was defeated with some Monsters Inc. shit by simply turning on nightlights. Okay then. Then, there was the aforementioned Dr. Alchemy, who didn’t do much except bestow Wally with his powers and in the final seconds of the new episode, my new bae Savitar, the God of Speed shows up. Now this looks like a villain. He can be my Zaddy any day.

Stray Observations:

  • That damn drumstick is annoying. #killhr
  • Every supporting cast member had a storyline this episode except for Iris.
  • Really enjoying @armenfx’s special effects for Savitar
  • I want Taylor Swift to play at this wedding

GRADE: C

Next: Cait joins the long list of metas who have kicked Barry’s ass all across Central City because he is a selfish turd.

Directed by returning fan fave Kevin Smith, the episode description of 3×07 – “Killer Frost” reads:

Caitlin uses her powers to save Barry but as her mother predicted, the effort unleashes her inner Killer Frost. Killer Frost goes on a rampage looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnapping Julian and battling both The Flash and Vibe. Meanwhile, Joe and H.R. have a heart to heart talk.