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Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Week In Superhero TV...


The Flash - Rogue Time: Waitaminute... Cisco invented a gun that sprays liquid gold??? And the financially-motivated villains don't just point this into an empty swimming pool and squeeze?

Or - if Cisco doesn't have alchemical powers to create gold out of thin air - are the villains stealing gold (or money to purchase gold), so they can melt it down to use in the "gold gun", so they can use it to steal more money????

My head hurts!

After last week's mind-blowingly geektastic episode, Rogue Time - despite the return of the ultra cool Captain Cold and his violent sidekick Heatwave - definitely felt a bit off.

Even though it tried to play out as a "don't mess with the time-space continuum" story, everything felt either a bit forced (Eddie punching out Barry, for example) or just odd (the Linda-Barry break-up was too detached and unemotional; the speed with which Cisco rebuilt the villains' weapons; the sudden deal Barry struck with Cold that it was okay for him to be a criminal in Central City as long as he didn't kill anybody etc)

Sure, we got the naming of The Rogues and a new addition to Captain Cold's motley crew, his sister Lisa aka Golden Glider (Peyton List), as well as some more Dr Wells/Reverse-Flash wickedness that, this time, didn't result in the death of Cisco, but in comparison to the bulk of the episodes to date Rogue Time was rather mediocre.

There were certainly no air punching, geekgasmic moments of fan-service (although namedropping "The Rogues" did make me grin) as we got in Out Of Time.

Next Time:


Arrow - Suicidal Tendencies: Diggle and Lyla get married, but before they can head off on their honeymoon, Lyla gets called in by Amanda Waller to take the Suicide Squad (namely her, Dig, Deadshot and Cupid) on a rescue mission to the Eastern European nation of Kasnia.

This strand is complemented by the episode's flashbacks, which tell the story of Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot (Michael Rowe), the troubles he had returning from active duty overseas and his rapid slide into becoming a killer-for-hire.

Back in Starling City, Team Arrow is having to deal with the fallout of Ra's and The League framing the Arrow for a number of brutal vigilante killings. These draw the attention of Ray Palmer who sees this as an opportunity to test drive his ATOM suit (let's be honest here, he is a TV version of Iron Man... he even shares some of Stark's signature moves).

Ray's tech quickly reveals that Oliver is The Arrow, which naturally drives a bit of wedge between him and Felicity - especially when he pledges to bring The Arrow to justice.

Meanwhile, in Kasnia, the mission goes pear-shaped and it looks as though it's the end of the road for one of the squad!

An action packed episode, Suicidal Tendencies benefited from better-than-average flashbacks as well as a cracking, if short, Arrow vs The ATOM fight.

Can't wait to see The ATOM fighting alongside Team Arrow in the near future (fingers crossed). I'm also hoping that Steven Culp's duplicitous Senator Cray returns as a regular thorn in the side of The Suicide Squad and, eventually, Team Arrow.

Next Time:


Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Who You Really Are: Coulson and the team help a confused Lady Sif, who has lost her memory after a battle with a mysterious warrior.


Gotham - The Fearsome Dr. Crane:There was a lot going on in this episode, with all the major plot threads seeing some degree of love. In the wake of Selina's 'confession' last week, Young Master Bruce told Jim Gordon not to pursue his parents' murder any more as he would be handling it!

After that Bruce (and Alfred) disappeared from the episode, allowing Jim and Harvey to chase after a serial killer who murders people in a manner relating to their worst fears (it's not exactly Hannibal). The murderer turns out to be Gerald Crane (Julian Sands), father of Jonathan Crane (Charlie Tahan), aka future Batman villain The Scarecrow.

Away from all this, Fish Mooney alerts Sal Maroni to The Penguin's duplicity, leading to a road trip for Oswald and the don that ends with the Penguin having a close brush with death, and finding religion (or, more accurately, being found by religion).

Meanwhile, Fish is making her escape from Gotham by sea, love is in the air for Jim Gordon and Dr Leslie Thompkins, and Harvey flirts with Scottie Mullen (Maria Thayer), a member of the phobic support group the killer is targeting.

To cap it all off, Nygma steps out of line and is suspended from his forensics job - giving rise to the first overt demonstration of his wicked side that will come to the fore when he eventually adopts his Riddler persona.

Unsurprisingly, with so much happening in this episode, the main storyline was unresolved, with the killer evading capture, and continues next week.

Next Time:


Daredevil: Not long to go now...

2 comments:

  1. I thought "too detached and unemotional" was the problem in Barry and Linda's relationship.

    You missed the "Um, excuse me?" moment, when Ollie walked away from Ray, leaving a crumpled (and electrocuted?) Arsenal lying on the ground. Go Team!!

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    1. I have to agree - I wanted to invest in the Linda/Barry relationship, but there was nothing there.

      And, yes, I did miss that Oli faux pas! D'oh! I was too distracted by Ray doing his Iron Man impression ;-)

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