Since the CW just continues to load itself up with DC comic book shows – Arrow, The Flash,Legends of Tomorrow and now Supergirl – it seemed to just make more sense to recap them all in one fell swoop rather than stretch ourselves thin with the separate shows.
Supergirl 2.03 “Welcome to Earth”
Right now, America stands on the brink of implosion, of a government run by a hateful bully. Supergirl stands as an antidote to this grim reality, a reminder of why we love superheroes to begin with – the belief that good acts can triumph over evil.
A lot of fun moments exist next to the idealism in “Welcome to Earth.” Supergirl’s meeting the president, played by none other than Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter! When Kara gets giddy over seeing Air Force One, the president winkingly replies “If you think that’s cool, you ought to see my other jet.” A little surprise reveal, the president is an alien too! And we’re also getting Martiangirl on this show!
I see a theme developing for this season, and it’s all about Supergirl tackling Trump’s xenophobic and fear-mongering rhetoric. It’s personified in having Project Cadmus as the villain. In “Welcome to Earth” though, Kara has to confront these evils in the people around her and even herself. The President is in town to sign an alien amnesty act, and it’s causing the political commotion. Lena Luthor is developing a device for mass consumption that can ID aliens. Kara herself is feeling prejudice towards the Daxum refugee over the history of their worlds. The CW has established itself as a forward-thinking and progressive channel over the past few years in its programming with not just the inclusion, but prominence, of minority and LGBT characters, and Supergirl stands as a nice figurehead of social progression. Yes, some aliens might want to destroy the world, but we should always step forward with hope, never fear and hatred. It’s like the president remarks to Hank Henshaw when he tells her she has false hope, “It’s hope, how can it be false?”
The Flash 3.04 “The New Rogues”
New timeline, new rogues. We kick off the hour with a pretty clever flashback introducing Mirror Master via Captain Cold and the particle accelerator explosion. The treat is we get just a bit more of Wentworth Miller having the time of his life hamming it up as Cold, a performance that is always delightful to watch.
Barry and Iris are getting romantic, but run into a problem when Barry and Joe feel awkward around each other whenever Barry and Iris get physical. There’s just something so great about having a scene where a dude is trying to de-awkwardize the act of kissing his girlfriend in front of her father, and during the conversation the two mention that they love each other. They fit it in, it’s hilarious, but also emotional.
I find myself saying this every week, but one of the cool things about the Arrowverse is how they take all these C and D level characters from the vault and make them exciting and relevant. For example, this week we have Mirror Master – who has the completely ridiculous and impractical power of traveling through mirrors – and Top – who is named after a top because she can make you dizzy. Her name isn’t even mildly creative, not even like “Twisty Top” or something, just “Top.” Yet still, even these two characters are fun to watch.
The team is looking for a replacement Harrison Wells from the multiverse for when their Harrison Wells goes back to Earth 2, which means Tom Cavanagh gets to be silly and do different exaggerated versions of Wells. They settle on hipster Wells. Never trust a hipster in their forties. I’m sure the team will come to regret this.
Times I cried:
- When Barry said “It’s easier to fail than it is to succeed.”
- When Harry and Jessie left back for Earth 2.
Arrow 5.04 “Penance”
The growing pains for our team continue in the opening scene, as the rookies continue to bungle operations. Ragman (I’m not going to bother remembering his actual name, Ragman is a finer name than any given name) tells Oliver he’s leaving the team because of Felicity’s association with Havenbrook. Also, he does welding in his free time. Not sure what that even suggests about his character, but Ragman can certainly weld. Also, his rags can deflect bullets now? Ragman can do anything.
“Penance” is the weakest episode so far this season, but it’s still plenty of fun. Fox example, Oliver’s main quest is to break Diggle out of military prison, which is apparently a lot easier than it sounds. I also like that Arrow is bringing back the explicit copying of the Dark Knight Trilogy with the use of the skyhook in “Penance.”
While Oliver’s busting Diggle out of military prison, the rookies hit the streets in search of Tobias Church. Chad L. Coleman is performing his dialogue like he’s on the verge of orgasm and it’s incredible, and the fight scene between Church and Wild Dog is a brutal beatdown. When the team encounters a dilemma, Oliver returns in the room by saying “Then it’s a good thing I’m back.” Ragman goes “Was he waiting for an entrance line?” Curtis smiles, “He’s just that cool.” Arrow is back to being cool again, and it’s so much fun.
Legends of Tomorrow 2.03 “Shogun”
Heywood has powers now, which I’m not sure is the best move for his character. Having a regular human being on the team added a dynamic that wasn’t there in season one, and it just feels like a waste to get rid of those storytelling opportunities so quickly….But then he turned into a literal Commander Steel, which is actually kind of dope. He consults Sean Parker and gets rid of the commander to be just “Steel.”
Amaya has stowed away on board to get answers and revenge for Rex Tyler’s death by Eobard Thawne. After some misunderstandings are cleared up, she joins the team to hunt Thawne. Heywood and Ray end up in 17th century Japan after Heywood accidentally gets them thrown off the ship. From there it’s a weak rehash of Seven Samurai as they defend a village from a warlord who has Ray’s Atom suit. Like Arrow, this week was the weakest so far this season on Legends of Tomorrow. That’s fine, not every episode is supposed to be the grandest thing on TV, you need filler episodes like these to set the stage. There were some fun aspects in “Shogun,” like the solidly shot action sequences of Sarah slicing up samurai, and Mick getting giddy about fighting ninjas. But the sooner we get back to the freewheeling, bonkers antics of the previous two episodes, the better.