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This week’s DC on TV is full of reruns–even on “Supergirl”

“Luthors.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 12. Directed by Tawnia McKiernan. Written by Robert Rovner and Cindy Lichtman.

No Lucifer, no Flash, no Legends, no Gotham, no Preacher–and I don’t care about Powerless or Arrow.

So time to talk Supergirl. And the word for this episode is “Reruns.”

In Peanuts, Charles Shultz introduced a new sibling for Lucy: a younger brother who looks like a miniature version of her brother Linus. So, she called the boy Rerun.

Rerun was on my mind when comparing this episode’s ending, because we’ve been here before: having spent a season debating whether she wants a relationship with a man whom she thinks is already involved with another woman, Kara (Melissa Benoist) confesses her love to him, only to be interrupted by someone at the very end of the episode.

The difference is which man is picked. It’s repetitive–like how Lena Luthor’s (Katie McGrath) potential fall into the dark side was already done before.

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DC on TV for the Week of February 6, 2017

“The Martian Chronicles.” Supergirl. Season 2, Episode 11. Directed by David McWhirter. Written by Gabriel Llanas and Anna Musky-Goldwyn.

“Untouchable.” The Flash. Season 3, Episode 12. Directed by Rob Hardy. Written by Brooke Roberts and Judalina Neira.

“Turncoat.” Legends of Tomorrow. Season 2, Episode 11. Directed by Alice Troughton. Written by Grainne Godfree and Matthew Maala.

It’s been a week since these episodes aired: let’s talk about them before Supergirl comes on.

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DC on TV for the Week of January 30, 2017

 

Villains get along better than heroes, Lucifer makes sacrifices (not to any deity, granted), and Cisco wants to get laid


 

“We Can Be Heroes,” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 10. Directed by Rebecca Johnson. Written by Caitlin Parrish and Katie Rose Rogers.

“A Good Day to Die,” Lucifer, Season 2, Episode 13. Directed by Alrick Riley. Written by Joe Henderson and Chris Rafferty.

“Dead or Alive,” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 11. Directed by Harry Jierjian. Teleplay by Zack Stentz. Story by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes.

“The Legion of Doom,” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 10. Directed by Eric Laneuville. Written by Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim.

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I wish the future got here sooner on “The Flash”

“Borrowing Problems from the Future.” The Flash Season 3, Episode 10. Directed by Millicent Shelton. Written by Grainne Godfree and David Kob.

I enjoy when the DC television shows approach similar themes in the same week.

It’s coincidental, not intentional: Supergirl in its own universe, The Flash in its own universe, and Lucifer on a completely different network have little need to approach the topic of choice at the same time, especially how well-worn that topic is.

Whereas Supergirl looked at the choice to fight or retreat, to change or stay stagnant, and while Lucifer is now questioning whether he had any choice or whether God intervene in his meeting Chloe, The Flash is about fighting the future.

Too bad the episode takes its sweet time getting there. 

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Supergirl’s return was needed

“Supergirl Lives.” Supergirl Season 2, Episode 9. Directed by Kevin Smith. Story by Andrew Kreisberg. Teleplay by Eric Carrasco and Jess Jardos.

We have needed the return of Supergirl.

While some reviews may overstate it as the most progressive series on television right now (Steven Universe says hi), even as heavy-handed as it could be the last year and a half, its messages have been spot-on.

The show follows a bit from what Buffy the Vampire Slayer did: turn real-life issues into allegories. Some work better than others, yet the discussion they can motivate is vital when it comes to xenophobia, refugee relief, racism, sexism, homophobia, schools of feminism, toxic masculinity, being the change you want in the world, and forming a coherent society.

And as the United States allows a fascist and a bigot to walk into the White House, those messages are more important.

(And yes, I will get to reviewing the episode in a moment.)

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Lucifer’s been looking for love in all the wrong places

Lucifer, Season 2, Episode 11, “Stewardess Interruptus.” Directed by Greg Beeman. Written by Sheri Elwood.

Lucifer attracts my attention because it takes a page in a post-Joss Whedon television environment: blending narrative arcs with one-episode stories. Television is flooded with police procedurals, and as cliche as they are, this show sticks with the format, likely being popular with viewers who enjoy such digestible stories, and which are easier to re-air in syndication. And there has to be the necessary spectacle: attractive people by the pool, playful banter about outfit choices, an admittedly fun car chase after an airplane. Even the title is rather forgettable for me, as I didn’t remember that this episode was about pilot and flight attendants. Yet, especially with this episode, the Sheri Elwood and writers on the show do adjust the format to serve the progression of the seasonal arc and the development of their characters. In “Stewardess Interruptus,” the crime reveals someone has come across an item that produces unexpected reactions in whoever holds it, perhaps something preternatural, and the case again has Lucifer (Tom Ellis) confront his flaws and where he wants to be in his relationship with Chloe (Lauren German).

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Write to the Electoral College now: http://asktheelectors.org/

Today is the day that the Electoral College determines whether they will vote for the woman who won the majority of United States votes, or install an unqualified fascistic bigoted buffoon.

I have written to electors, and I urge you to do likewise, as well as call or meet in person, ethically and peaceful.

And if you did not vote for Clinton, you have doubly the responsibility. Your choice not to vote for her risks installing a man who has promised to hurt people on the basis of their identity. I have expressed repeatedly my disappointment with specific individuals I know who did not vote for Clinton–and I will never stop condemning those persons for their awful actions. It is their responsibility, if they are ethical, peaceful, and responsible persons, to fix the problem they have created.

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