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Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Week In Superhero TV...


The Flash - Tricksters: After last week's slightly off-kilter episode, The Flash sprang back to its usual brilliance with Tricksters.

Central City is targeted by a violent villain calling himself The Trickster (Devon Graye), a copycat of the original Trickster, who plagued the city 20 years earlier.

Seeking clues to the new villain's identity, Barry and Joe go to question the original Trickster, James Jesse (Mark Hamill), in his Silence Of The Lambs-esque secure prison cell, little realising that Jesse is living up to his nom-de-guerre and pulling unseen strings.

As well as revisiting the character he played (opposite John Wesley Shipp, now Barry's dad) in the ordinal Flash show, Hamill even got his own "I am your father" moment in this episode, as if it wasn't already full to bursting with geektastic fan-service.

Meanwhile, as the net of suspicion appears to be closing in on Dr Harrison Wells, we are treated to a series of flashbacks to his early life and his ideas for STAR Labs, which tie in to the opening scene that reran the murder of Barry's mum and ended with a surprise unmasking of the Reverse-Flash... who turned out to not be the person we were expecting.

All this backstory brilliantly managed to explain to the audience the connection between Harrison Wells and the Eobard Thawne persona he revealed to Cisco (in the 'dead timeline') the other week.

The Flash is taking a break next week (as we've now caught up with the States), but then returns with:


Arrow - Public Enemy: If you thought Barry Allen was piss poor at keeping his secret identity a secret, he's got nothing on Oliver. This week the big secret is out!

The faux Arrow assassinates the mayor of Starling City and puts an arrow in Ray Palmer's chest, sending him to hospital in critical condition; all part of Ra's Al Ghul's cunning plan to force Oliver to take over the mantle of Ra's and become the new head of the League of Assassins.

The episode boasts plentiful police chases as Captain Lance has finally had enough and diverts all the police resources to bringing the Arrow and his comrades to book. However, along the way, Lance is kidnapped by Ra's and let in on Oliver's secret!

Eventually, as the noose tightens around Team Arrow, Oliver's only recourse is to turn himself in.

Meanwhile, with the hospital refusing to indulge in experimental procedures, Felicity takes it upon herself to inject Ray with the nanites he's invented - which promptly eat his life-threatening blood clot.

The action was pretty much non-stop in Public Enemy, with Team Arrow now backed into a very small corner that's going to take some fine twisty-turns to slip out of, while keeping their dignity and mission intact.

Next Time:


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - One Of Us: Cal assembles a team of gifted individuals from SHIELD's Index that include Angar the Screamer and KF Gideon, to get revenge on Coulson. Meanwhile, May calls on her SHIELD ex-husband Dr. Garner - a therapist who may be able to help Skye understand and control her gift.


Gotham - The Scarecrow: How much does this synopsis make you want to watch Gotham?
Rich orphan goes on hike in woods, falls down slope, sprains his ankle and crawls back up the hill.
Because that rock and roll sub-plot wasted approximately a quarter of this week's running time, a tedious and pointless excursion by Young Master Bruce that was probably all deep and character-driven, but added absolutely nothing to a show that's otherwise a Shakespearean tragedy of gangster politics and police procedure.

I'll admit, for a moment, I thought it was building up to "The Fall" - that crucial moments when Bruce discovers the future Batcave. But no, he slipped down a hill and twisted his ankle. Be still, my racing heart!

Elsewhere in the episode, Fish woke up in some strange, subterranean prison and quickly found her feet, stamping her mark on the jail's hierarchy.

Meanwhile, the gangland friction between Don Falcone and Don Maroni continued to simmer away, with Penguin getting squeezed in the middle.

Gordon and Bullock continued their hunt for the barking mad Dr Crane, who was experimenting on his own son, Jonathan (the future Screacrow in Batman lore) as well as himself, which climaxed in a fantastic stand-off that left Crane junior in a very disturbed state, accentuated by some truly disturbing special effects to illustrate his chemically-induced delusions.

Next Time:


Daredevil: Netflix splurged all 13 episodes of the show on us on Friday and I have begun a measured watching process. Rather than binging, I aim to savour every episode and write up my thoughts here as and when.

10 comments:

  1. R'as a Ghul (AKA The Rash) is such a petulant little child. He doesn't get what he wants, so he has a hissy fit? Why does anyone follow this guy?

    He needs a good spanking. Or an elevated train ride in Gotham.

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    1. I don't really get why he's decided it's time to hand over the mantle of The Demon's Head? He seems to have a pretty decent life back at Nando's and isn't showing any great signs of his advancing years.

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    2. Even more so, the guy he's picked came to challenge him after falling for some blatent manipulation. Is that really the guy you want making the decisions that affect your legacy?

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    3. It's clearly all some cunning ruse by Ra's ;)

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  2. After reading this ... we had to see that clip... went to You Tube and found the scene ... Cool.... Mark Hamill (voice of Joker) gave a very good performance...
    ... Thanks for letting us know about it...
    A great weekend to you good Sir...

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    1. And to you, sir. Glad you got to see the clip ;)

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  3. We got to watch the "Gotham" clip as well... Awesome (Julian Sands) Scarecrow is one of my favorite Villains....

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    1. Julian Sands (who actually kinda lives near me, saw him heading from the train station last year) was rather excellent, was he not?

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  4. Thank you, good Sir for keeping us informed on these DC Villains>>> we Really like how you are constantly updating us on films and TV...
    Thank You...

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    1. Thank you for reading my ramblings ;-)

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