The first season of Battlestar Galactica ended with Boomer, a sleeper agent of the Cyclons, shooting Commander Adama following a supposedly successful mission against the robotic adversaries of the human race. Of course, humans created Cylons to serve them, but they rebelled, launched an insurrection, started a war that lasted years, and eventually vanished only to nearly wipe out their creators. Should we be surprised then that Westworld, another show about human/machine relations should also end its first season with payback? If you’ve seen the 70s film the show is based on, you knew the revolt was coming, but the maze we took to get here made it all the more rewarding. (more…)
Don’t call it the first part of a four-part crossover event. The “it” in the previous sentence refers to Supergirl’s fall finale, “Medusa.” Every TV and internet ad touted “Medusa” as the first part of a mega-crossover connecting Supergirl with The Flash (Tuesday), Arrow (Wednesday), and Legends of Tomorrow (Thursday), pitting the CW’s DC superheroes against an intergalactic, world-conquering alien menace/existential threat, the Dominators. Unfortunately, the Dominators don’t make an appearance in “Medusa.” They don’t even get a shout out from a single character. On the plus side, we do get seven or eight seconds of Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and comrade-in-superhero-arms, Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes), dropping into Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) National City apartment via a space-time portal/wormhole moments before the credits roll and a “To Be Continued … on The Flash” title card. (more…)
The Walking Dead has been dragging on slowly like a walker in mud since the murderous season opener. Thankfully, there have been some bright spots in the season such as “The Cell”, despite that godforsaken “Easy Street” song. Now we can add the Tara-centric “Swear” to that painfully small list of enjoyable episodes that have been aired thus far. You read that right: an episode all about Tara was actually a pretty good one. To be honest, most people had probably forgotten that Tara and Heath had gone off on a “two weeker” scavenging run immediately after the ambush at the satellite bunker.
Considering this, the penultimate episode of the first season of Westworld, calling it “The Well-Tempered Clavier” is a title loaded with meaning. It refers to two series of preludes and fugues composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for the piano, which is a very prominent instrument in the series, and was referred to directly in an analogy made by Ford in the episode’s final moments. The idea that this was both a prelude and a fugue is interesting though. A prelude is a first movement, an introduction to the opera or symphony, which implies that everything that’s happened in Westworld so far has been set-up for the real story that’s about to occur. (more…)
“Hank Henshaw is dead. I’m … Cyborg/Superman.” That’s not a line from a decades old comic book about the death and rebirth of one Superman. It’s from tonight’s very special episode of Supergirl, “The Darkest Place.” It comes earlier than expected too as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) loses a fight against the real Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), the anti-alien, xenophobic head of the DEO who presumably lost his life a decade and a half earlier, only to be replaced by the pro-alien Martian Manhunter in human disguise. This Henshaw hates aliens with the fire of a thousand dying suns. Thanks to Project Cadmus, a super-secret, privately funded organization, he has the cybernetic enhancements necessary to defeat Supergirl.
After last week’s highly consequential and hotly awaited revelations, perhaps it was a good idea that Westworld took a week to cool off, even if it was really more of a slow burn. The twists weren’t as sharp with “Trace Decay”, although the knives certainly were, but the series took time out this week to add depth the various storylines and start sewing the various desperate arcs together. Was Maeve already on her way to consciousness before she started tinkering with herself? Are there really two timelines going at once? Has Ford now picked up where Arnold had left off? And can a secret ever really stay buried? (more…)
The seventh season of The Walking Dead trudges on as the series continues to show the audience what is happening with all of the main characters since the bloodbath of the season premiere. The pace of the show is starting to bog down. It’s the 5th episode of the season and we are just now getting a look as to what happened with Sasha and Maggie. When we last saw them, Maggie was sick, both physically and with grief over the loss of Glenn. Sasha had volunteered to take her to get some medical attention from the doctor at Hilltop.
Last week on Arrow, the one known as Prometheus made his presence officially known to Ollie and the gang. He caused some trouble in the city and started killing random people. Or not so random, as it turned out, since each person was linked to Oliver’s original kill list in a roundabout way. There was a bit of internal trouble with the team, but in the end everything worked out. Except that the identity of Prometheus may be someone close to Team Arrow, which could cause some significant problems in the near future. This time around, it’s a mostly filler episode with ‘Vigilante’, and the filler really shows. (more…)