Last week on Arrow, we got to see Oliver putting his new team together, although they weren’t proving to be that impressive. Despite Ollie’s best training techniques (such as punching them repeatedly), they ended up going off-script and creating a baddie who felt no pain. Oliver, naturally, had to come in and clean things up. And all while juggling the complications of being the city’s mayor. The final straw – Diggle has been framed and is in a military prison and his wife, Lyla, wants Arrow’s help in breaking him out. This week, ‘Penance’ presents a fun ride with plenty of Arrow action. (more…)
Superman might be long gone – not dead, but temporarily forgotten – so it’s back to the Supergirl Power Hour. It’s Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) show, after all and despite the brief, two-episode interlude where Supergirl and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) got to play Super-Cousins together (to the delight of millions of fans), a return to the status quo, welcome or not, was not far behind, ultimately leaving fans with a Superman-sized hole in their collective hearts. But just as one superhero exits, another superhero enters, Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter, TV’s Wonder Woman), the first female president of the United States. To Supergirl and her human alter ego, Kara Danvers and her superhero counterpart, intrepid cub reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media, Marsdin is the real thing, a bona fide hero. She might not have superpowers, but to Supergirl, she might as well have them.
For those you who aren’t psychologists, or enjoy the work of Leon Festinger as a hobby, cognitive dissonance means that everyone seeks consistency when it comes to the things they believe, and if an inconsistency does occur than it must be reconciled within that belief system or purged. For example, suppose you think you’re a rancher’s daughter, or a madame of a brothel in an Old West town, and suddenly you’re confronted with memories of seeing your family die more than once, or a memory of getting shot when you bear no bullet wound. (more…)
Last week on Arrow, we saw Oliver trying to get a decent team up and running so that he’d stop having to do everything solo. He managed to pick up some promising recruits, including a dude with mystical powers, but none of them were up to par when it came to working as a unit. Meanwhile, Diggle was getting framed by his own men and the bad guys were out doing bad guys things. The season is starting up strong, though where it takes the conflict still remains to be seen. This week, ‘A Matter of Trust’ presents a villain-of-the-week scenario while developing events and relationships that will likely become important throughout the rest of the season. (more…)
Supergirl has a Superman problem. It’s not last year’s problem where the show’s producers deliberately pushed Superman into the background, never heard, occasionally seen from a distance or in silhouette, communicating with Supergirl, Kara Danvers (aka Kara Zor-El) through texts. Berlanti and Co. had to get around the problem of Superman and Supergirl coexisting in the same world, but rarely, if ever, interacting face-to-face (if they did, it was offscreen). This year, we have an entirely different Superman problem. Now that we’ve met Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), now that we’ve seen him up and close and personal, now that we’ve seen him interacting with Supergirl, saving the world and whatnot, we want him to stick around for the near and long-term. The credits list Hoechlin only as a guest star, not to mention (a) the show’s called Supergirl and (b) Metropolis has been left superhero-free (and Lois Lane, Superman’s girlfriend, can’t be too pleased with his absence) while Superman chills with his Super-Cousin in National City. All things considered, it’s better to have too many superheroes than too few, especially when one of Superman’s most deadly super-villains, John Corben / Metallo (Frederick Schmidt), emerges from a near-death experience with both kryptonite and malice in his heart for the Kryptonian Super-Cousins.
Last week on Westworld, things started to go all wrong with a quote from Romeo and Juliet, “These violent delights have violent ends,” but this week’s episode took one from Hamlet, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark …” A state of panic may soon be the reality though as it seems that the robotic citizens of Sweetwater and its immediate area are going way beyond their set programming, and seemingly because one of their overlords has chased the human element down a rabbit hole from which there’s no escape. In this week’s show, it’s not Alice that goes through the looking glass, but Delores, and maybe others. (more…)
Last week on Arrow, our hero was still fighting the good fight, though he didn’t have much of a team to work with anymore. Though reluctant, it seemed as if Oliver was going to have to find some new blood to fill out the ranks. Meanwhile, a new gangster by the name of Tobias Church came into town and was looking to take over the city. And, to make matters even worse, another angry archer showed up and started putting arrows into people. This week, ‘The Recruits’ has Ollie finally settling in on some amateur vigilantes to join up with Team Arrow. (more…)
So far this season, Agents of SHIELD has focused on building the story around Ghost Rider while tying in subplots from last season’s Inhuman arc. The show runners have also thrown in a sprinkle of Civil War. Some of the interactions between series regulars has taken a backseat to the world building. For instance, the normally inseparable duo of Fitz and Simmons didn’t share a single scene in this episode. Fans of the on again, off again romance between the two probably feel like their hard earned relationship is far from paying off.
The idea of time travel is not a new concept in science fiction, and neither is the idea of someone or someones from the future coming back to the present to change fate. Travelers was already walking well-worn ground long before it was a glimmer in the eye of creator Brad Wright, let alone seeing it premiere in the same TV year as 11.22.63, 12 Monkeys, and the new NBC series Timeless. If Travelers is to succeed, it has a couple of key things going for it, one is Wright who more or less created the Stargate TV empire, and the other is the conceit that our titular time travelers are forced to lead double lives as they try to save their future. (more…)
It’s over. No, not Supergirl. She’ll be more than fine. She’s on a new network, the CW (far more hospitable to superheroes than older-skewing, procedural-embracing CBS), with multiple DC superheroes to keep her company, including the Flash (and Friends), the Arrow (and Company), and the Legends of Tomorrow (Today). Season 2, Episode 1, “The Adventures of Supergirl,” is filled with big takeaways, including Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), finally getting the close-up he was denied last season, an all-new aboveground HQ (like an aboveground swimming pool) for the DEO, the Department of Extra-Normal Operations headed by Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), aka Martian Manhunter, or the major hint that Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the Queen of All Media in National City, may be on the way out, her replacement TBD (to be decided) at a later date, the introduction of Lena Luther (Katie McGrath), Lex’s younger sister, on a serious redemption kick, or the introduction of a Big Bad that might be more of an ‘it,” Cadmus, another sociopathic super-secret government org mucking around with super-powers.