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Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Week In Superhero TV...


Flash - The Nuclear Man: While the story of this episode was all about getting to the bottom of the "flaming man" mystery (aka Firestorm), the theme of The Nuclear Man was all about love, romance, relationships and sex.

Barry is now dating Linda Park (much to the mild chagrin of Iris, creating a solid love triangle), but Team Flash warn him that his superspeed might cause 'issues' if things get physical, meanwhile Caitlin is confronting her love for Ronnie and the fact that Dr Stein is now 'in control' of Ronnie's body.

Even Sherry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Chase Masterson) the divorcee who lives in Barry's old house gets in on the act, flirting outrageously with Joe when he and Cisco return to the scene of crime to invetigate the murder of Barry's mum.

Without a true villain in the piece, the episode stood out as being even more character-driven than normal, with - as usual - the big developments coming at the end of the hour: the possible birth of the comic book superhero we know as Firestorm, and opening the possibility (probability?) that Barry is going to be doing some time travelling!

Next Time:


Arrow - Canaries: This show has really hit its stride, going from strength-to-strength with each episode.

Even though I'm not a particular fan of Count Vertigo (Peter Stormare), it's always great to see a returning villain as it helps make the show more "comic book-like". Vertigo does Laurel when she was trying to catch him after he escaped prison, causing her to confront hallucinations of her sister and father, playing on her sense of unworthiness to take up the mantle of the Black Canary.

In an episode that took 'secret identities' as its theme, Oliver finally told Thea his big secret and she handled it very well, then Thea's lover - the club DJ - showed his hand as an agent of Ra's Al Ghul and things got a bit messy for a while.

Even the flashbacks are working better now, but the show still has issues with its editing - primarily when characters are travelling a great distance. Malcolm Merlyn stated clearly this week that Nanda Parbat was a great distance away, but in recent episodes it has looked like he's travelled there, and back, in almost no time at all.

Then this week's denouement involved Oliver and Thea returning to "the island". My initial thought was they were hiking in mountains outside Starling City as there was no indication that they had left the country. There was also no clue as to how they got there (I can't imagine Oliver has a private jet any more as he's no longer in charge of the family business).

Arrow has always liked to play clever with its narrative techniques (parallel storylines, flashbacks that aren't really flashbacks etc), but sometimes it overreaches itself because of the limits of its TV budget.

Next Time:
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Gotham: We now have a return date and the first season is now available for pre-order via Amazon (release scheduled for September 14)


Supergirl: Now that's a costume! Thanks to the DC Comics blog for this first look at Melissa Benoist in her Supergirl outfit.

While the colours are rather muted (as is DC's wont these days when bringing its properties to live-action), this outfit looks fantastic, really conjuring up the spirit of the good, old fashioned Supergirl and Superman costumes.

This gives me confidence that the show will be staying true to the spirit of its comic book source material, as Arrow and, especially, The Flash have done.

2 comments:

  1. It was Merlyn's suggestion that they go to the island-I assume he loaned them his jet. Of course after Diggle & Felicity parachuted onto the island at the beginning of Season 2, did they explain how they were going to leave?

    Big thing that got me was-Arrow announces to the city that he will never leave it unprotected again, after the Brick war. First thing he does-leaves.

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    1. Perhaps he thinks he'll be back before anyone notices? ;)

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