|Captain Cold - A Really Cool Villain...|
1) The Flash - Going Rogue: Four episodes in and The Flash has yet to put a foot wrong. Going Rogue was another squeefest for comic book fans as it not only introduced Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) but also laid the groundwork for the formation of The Rogues, The Flash's primary foils in the comics.
As the show develops, the speed effects are getting better and better, such as the intercepting of the armoured car hijacking and the saving of passengers from the crashing train. Although, if I was nit-picking I'd point out that the table tennis scene at the start wasn't as impressive as Quicksilver's in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. I do think they missed a trick there.
Character-wise, the dynamic between Eddie, Joe and Iris is fantastic and can't see what happens when (if?) Barry throws his hat into that ring as well.
But the star of the episode was the villainous Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold who was - pun intended - a truly cool nemesis for The Flash, capturing not only the personality of his comic book inspiration, but also the look. When he first got his hands on his ice gun, I thought 'now, he just needs to get himself a blue parka'. And what do you know? Next scene, voilà! Captain Cold had stepped out of the pages of the comic and onto the small screen.
2) Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D - A Hen In The Wolf House: Raina threatens to expose Simmons to Hydra unless Coulson hands Skye over to her father.
3) Arrow - The Magician: Although there was the expected level of martial arts violence, The Magician was a low-key, getting-your-ducks-in-a-row episode laying the groundwork for the Next Big Thing in Arrow: namely, Ra's Al Ghul (probably my favourite Batman villain).
Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) - known to The League Of Assassins as The Magician - was back in Starling City, claiming to only be there for Thea. He told Oliver in no uncertain terms that he did not kill Sara.
However Sara's lover from the League, Nyssa Al Ghul (Katrina Law), refused to believe him and was determined to exact revenge - putting her at cross-purposes with Oliver.
While a couple of mentions of Ferris Air (also seen in The Flash) were nice Easter Eggs, opening up the possibility of a future Green Lantern storyline, the highlight of the episode was, of course, our first glimpse of Nyssa's father, Ra's (Matt Nable).
4) Constantine - A Feast Of Friends: Despite its best efforts Constantine is still coming off as Supernatural-lite with its "monster-of-the-week" format.
This week, JC was tackling a body-hopping hunger demon that an old acquaintance had brought into the country.
It was only really in the episode's final act that we got to see a hint of the real bastard that fans know and love from the old Vertigo comics, and even that was slightly undermined by programme makers not wanting to go that dark on a mainstream TV show.
That said there was some surprising gore (the eye-popping trip and various other acts of mutilation) to dress up a very by-the-numbers storyline.
There's a really well-argued essay over on Comics Alliance about where this show, despite Matt Ryan's stirling performance in the lead role, is currently going wrong.
5) Gotham - Spirit Of The Goat: This show is a true parson's egg, a potentially solid programme ruined by daft editorial decisions, with a split personality worthy of Two-Face.
The main plot of Spirit Of The Goat had Bullock investigating the apparent return of a serial killer he capped ten years earlier, culminating in a fantastic climax that is completely undermined by the earlier high camp of oh-so-clever "foreshadowing" of infamous Batman villains.
Oh my god! He has a mug with a question mark on!!! Just how ham-fisted can this show get?
And, again, what was the point of the couple of scenes with young Bruce? It's as though he and Alfred are in their own little self-contained show.