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.
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.
Throughout the first season of Supergirl, the show managed to only reference Kara’s cousin Kal-El, AKA Superman in obscure ways. Whether it was licensing or rights issues, or not to confuse audiences with the fact that there already was a Superman on the big screen, we were only able to see him in a silhouette or with his face blocked by the sun. They even showed him communicating with his cousin via e-mail. The CW finally decided to pull the trigger and cast the Man of Steel for the small screen and he will be played by Tyler Hoechlin who previously appeared on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Many fans had excitement but also wondered if he would be able to pull off as Kal-El.
Winter has finally come! Last week we were left with Jon Snow vs Ramsey Bolton and all of its great epicness. On this week’s season finale of Game of Thrones we not only got to see the aftermath of that glorious battle, but we also got a whole lot moving in the rest of the seven kingdoms. Pretty much every story going on moved forward and either reached some sort of conclusion or helped set up something cool for next season. Everything from Cersei’s trial, to multiple deaths, to finally confirming a long-running fan theory, this week’s Game of Thrones did not disappoint.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “The Winds of Winter.”
Who would have guessed that when Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch met by the river five years ago that it would have started an epic emotional journey. Primarily, that emotion is anger, because how could CBS burn off and cast away what maybe the most prescient and compelling genre show on network TV since The X-Files? But let’s not be bitter. The end of Person of Interest was as much an occasion to be celebrated as it was to be lamented, as the journey of the Machine came to an end with one last all-out attack against Samaritan. Who survived and what was left of them, and is there still a possibility of a spin-off? (more…)
To quote Beyonce: “Who Runs The World? Girls!!
This week’s Game of Thrones gave us the epic battle of Jon Snow against Ramsey Bolton (Snow): The Battle of the Bastards! The Thriller In The North!! So did it live up to the hype? This probably was one of the finest, well shot, well edited, tense, and satisfying episodes of television ever!! They laid everything on the table this episode, and the last 20 minutes left you speechless! While we spent most of our time in the North with #TeamSnow, we also got to see Dany also hold it down with her triumphant return to Meereen.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “Battle of the Bastards.”
“Let us dare” seemed to be the message of the week on Penny Dreadful as several characters took the plunge and dared to indulge in the idea that they could be happy. But this is Penny Dreadful, so things are bound to end in failure no matter how much our friends and heroes want to embrace that chance for happiness. What does happiness mean? Does it mean acceptance? Finding purpose with someone because they accept who and what they are? Even if what’s on the inside is darkness? That seemed to be the question for our cast on this week’s episode, which had new urgency leading into next week’s two-hour season finale. (more…)
Game of Thrones manages to always bring the heat, no matter who’s involved in it (except for Dorne). While we didn’t get anything in the North, enough was going on elsewhere in Westeros and Essos. This week The Hound went on a rampage to exact his revenge against the Brotherhood Without Banners for their slaughter of his former village. Brianne and Jamie got involved in a little politics in The Riverlands. More and more politics happened between Cersei and the Sparrows. Tyrion bit off more than he could chew with The Masters, and Arya and The Waif once against got to meet up for their usual “dance.”
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “No One.”
“Synecdoche” is a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, like when a sportscaster says “New York won!” when they really mean “the New York Yankees won!” This grammar lesson is brought to you by this week’s Person of Interest, which sneakily in its title suggested that Team Machine is part of a whole effort, and not alone in the fight to bring balance to the scales of universal justice. In the wake of last week’s sudden death, the show dealt with the loss with humour and pathos, and it dared to show that there’s still hope for our heroes even if they don’t know it. Synecdoche. (more…)
After spending the majority of last week in the desert, Penny Dreadful returned to full court press this week by engaging all its characters, not to mention its more interesting storylines. Picking up the second after the end of last week’s tense father/son reunion, “No Beast So Fierce” gives us the most tense, though unintentionally hilarious, family dinner ever seen in the American West. On the flip side, a narrative is becoming clear: Victorian England is a man’s world, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. There are new friends made in this hour, and new resentments sewn, but ultimately some trust issues are going to be severely strained. (more…)