Riverdale returns from its mid-season break. We last left this brooding band of high schoolers with Jughead becoming a full member of the Serpents, Veronica wanting a role in the family business, and Betty and Archie thinking that they had killed the Black Hood Killer. Being that it was the mid-season finale, I had my doubts that they had really gotten the killer. (more…)
The Flash returns from its mid-season break with Barry Allen on trial for the murder of Clifford Devoe. For the first time since becoming The Flash, Barry has decided that this problem could not be solved by running. He would just have to face this issue head on. This episode really takes place as two separate stories. The first is of course the trial of Barry Allen for the murder of Clifford Devoe, in which may be the fastest murder trial in the history of murder trials. I guess that’s fitting. The other is the villain of the week, Fallout, who is a radioactive man that is pretty oblivious to the fact that he’s a radioactive man, and is just trying to live his life.
I don’t know if I have ever really read a comic in which Black Lightning was a featured character. So, I really didn’t know what to expect from this show. The trailers looked interesting to me. I like all the other DC stuff on CW, so my hopes and anticipation were high for this premiere.
This first episode had a great bit of world building in it. It had been 9 years since Jefferson Pierce had last suited up as Black Lightning. Initially he had retired because his wife (maybe?) did not want him to continue that life after he returned home one night beaten and bloody, and one of their daughters saw it. Apparently, Tobias Whale was the one that had delivered that beating, because he assumes that Black Lightning is dead. (more…)
Supergirl returns from its mid-season with break with the episode “Legion of Superheroes.” In the mid-season finale, Supergirl was savagely beaten by Reign, and left in a coma. How would…wait, did that title say “Legion of Superheroes?” Holy #%&@, there actually going full Legion already? We don’t have to wait until near the end of the season for what they’ve been teasing? Awesome.
The episode begins with the introduction of Brainiac-5. A very hideous looking version of Brainiac-5. Seriously, it’s pretty bad. And Brainiac-5 has a pretty basic look to him. Hopefully, they’ll transition to more of his traditional look. The show needed to establish who Brainiac-5 was quickly. It seems that they are not nearly done introducing new heroes and villains this season, so there is a small window to establish people before moving on.
I have spent the last few months on Netflix, catching up with some of the Arrowverse TV series. I started with “The Flash”; after some delays, I finished the first 3 seasons a few weeks ago. I’ll write about that some time in the future.
I’m now working on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”. I am about 4 episodes through Season 2 and have enjoyed my virtual ride on the Wave Rider with the Legends. Of course I enjoy seeing the Legends in different time periods, especially when they run into other heroes (and villains) from the DC Universe. However, there’s one feature that I enjoy with “Legends” that I wasn’t expecting, when I began this journey: they address social topics.
This week, with the mid-season finales, we’re discussing the state of the CW DC shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow) and The Walking Dead. Then, since The Last Jedi comes out this week, we figured that we should discuss something related to Star Wars, so we’re discussing video games related to Star Wars.
Honestly, I had forgotten that this was in development. But now that I’ve seen the trailer, I am greatly looking forward to this. At first, I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t want to make this a part of the larger Arrowverse, but now I get it. They have a contained story that they want to tell, and putting it in the larger universe will muddy the waters a bit. Besides, they’ve established the Multiverse. It would be incredibly easy if they ever wanted to in the future to just say that Black Lightning is on another Earth.