DC on TV for May 23, 2017: Don’t come back, Mon-El


Been awhile since I wrote one of these.

And yes, there will be a post-season review of Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, to fill in the gaps in episodes I have not reviewed yet.

Because, boy, is there a lot of disappointment to go around.

These will be notes more so than lengthy, patient analysis.

“Nevertheless, She Persisted.” Supergirl. Season 2, Episode 22. Directed by Glen Winter. Teleplay by Robert Rovner and Caitlin Parrish. Story by Andrew Kreisberg and Jessica Queller.

Clark acknowledging that Kara defeated him is great–and is a lot of telling more than showing.

Alex is getting married. Since a season about how evil xenophobia obviously is, if Alex and Maggie’s wedding leads to our Supreme Court overturning same sex marriage, I’m going to fly around the planet, reverse time, and punch my past self in the face for this stupid gag.

James is wasted. As someone said in the comments section of The AV Club, get Maggie out of the DEO and have her actually police, with Guardian by her side. We got the J’onn and Clark team-up with M’gnn and White Martians–give me more, show!

Kara agreed to Lena’s plan to make the world’s atmosphere into a global version of Flint, Michigan, which is probably the dumbest part of this poorly done finale–even dumber than Mon-El’s mother somehow having Kryptonian blood for 35 years yet not dying from the inevitable radiation cancer.

Oh, and Mon-El’s mom is now ashes–because the Super Family kills, I guess.

This hallucination of Zod had no presence. Give him a beard.

Just give me a better hint where the Silver Kryptonite came from, show.

Cat knows Kara is Supergirl, which would’ve been nice to acknowledge back in Season 1 instead of that foolish “J’onn impersonating Supergirl” joke.

Oh, and J’onn? Stop making out with your niece!

I’m glad Mon-El is gone. This entire finale was written about his parental problems, his planet, his relationship with Kara–and sapped so much content out of a story about a female superhero and the larger allegories about feminism and fighting xenophobia. Go screw up the Legion of Superheroes in the 31st century, Mon-El, you bland, frat boy waste of space.

Again citing the comments section at The AV Club, when you have a season telling people to have courage over fear of “the other,” the season ends with fear of the other. That this finale airs at the same time as an attack in England, one that is again provoking islamophobic and xenophobic nonsense from fools, bigots, and the ignorant, the conclusion to this season disrupts so much that the season was supposed to be. Much like how this year was supposed to be a time of having courage over fear, and instead has the installment of a bigoted, white supremacist, xenophobic, sexual assaulting fascist, this finale is a disappointment.

“Sympathy for the Goddess.” Lucifer. Season 2, Episode 17. Directed by Louis Milito. Written by Joe Henderson.

As with many episodes, I remember the character development more than the case-of-the-week. Heck, I’m struggling to remember anything about the case.

Maze and Lucifer brawling, even with much of it done off-screen, demonstrated her anger and how far his patience goes.

The revelation of Amenadiel being God’s favored son will lead to conflict that not only enhances Lucifer’s rage at their dad but also gives Amenadiel more to do than just hang out with the Mother and mourn the loss of his wings.

The Mother is turning into the Ark of the Covenant–which will probably kill Linda. And that last part sucks, because the show’s review of what Linda did last season shows how much they have developed her as a rational, stable character with knowledge of the divine–and it is a waste to get rid of her.

“Finish Line.” The FlashSeason 3, Episode 23. Directed by David McWhirter. Written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing.

The only good part was Killer Frost defeating Hunter with ice.

Barry did not think through what to do with Savitar after moving him into STAR Labs–surprise, surprise. Nor did he keep an eye on him to prevent him from wasting the Philosopher’s Stone to destroy the lab’s tech. And Barry sits there as Julian explains how to cure Caitlin, knowing that Savitar will get those memories–and no one puts hands over Barry’s ears and says “la la la, you can’t hear this!”

So, Savitar was asking for a polyamorous relationship with Iris and Barry, right? I think I wrote that fanfiction already.

Also, last week’s episode still didn’t make sense: sapping the Speed Force out of Savitar with the Bazooka creates a metamorphosing rock that not only gives Wally speed but can give other characters random superpowers? So it’s Kryptonite from Smallville?

How could Iris shoot Savitar, when he is moving that quickly?

So, we’re going to blame Cisco for freeing Jay, which then unleashed Speed Force-mageon, right? Or do we blame Barry for pissing off the Speed Force? How about both?

Savitar is truly Barry: he didn’t bother to check that the Bazooka would do what he asked.

Iris isn’t dead. We lose HR, who actually became a good character–because of course we get rid of a character when they’re getting good. I feel little over Traci’s mourning, as she barely knew him.

So, if she’s not Caitlin, and not Killer Frost, who is she? She barely killed anyone this season–so, “Attempted Murder Frost”? “Cool Runaway”?

And Barry got turned into a newt. He’ll be better after the summer hiatus.


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