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DC on TV for the Week of March 13, 2017: Don’t get into relationships, and let your parents die

“Into the Speed Force.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 16. Directed by Gregory Smith. Written by Brooke Roberts and Judalina Neira.

“Moonshot.” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 14. Directed by Kevin Mock. Written by Grainne Godfree.

With Supergirl replaced with Howie Mandel so that the Music Meister two-parter can happen next week, this is a rare occurrence where, instead of having one key phrase per show, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow share the same key phrases: “Aromantic,” and “Orphaned.”


DC on TV for the Week of March 6, 2017

“Exodus.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 15. Directed by Michael A. Allowitz. Written by Paula Yoo and Eric Carrasco.

“The Wrath of Savitar.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 15. Directed by Alexandra La Roche. Written by Written by Andrew Kreisberg and Andrew Wilder.

“Land of the Lost.” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 13. Directed by Ralph Hemecker. Written by Keto Shimizu and Ray Utarnachitt.

Supergirl leaves everyone feeling betrayed, Barry and Wally are the Elric brothers, and I accept Rip back to Legends.

Oh, and here’s HR being giddy.


DC on TV for February 27, 2017

“Homecoming.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 14. Directed by Larry Teng. Written by Caitlin Parrish and Derek Simon.

“Attack on Central City.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 14. Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. Teleplay by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes. Story by Todd Helbing.

What the heck was this crap? More gorillas, less Mon-El (Chris Wood), please.


DC on TV for the Week of February 20, 2017

Mxy, Grodd, Camelot: It’s fanservice week, and with almost no annoying objectification problems. Thank goodness!

“Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 13. Directed by Stefan Pleszczynski. Written by Jessica Queller and Sterling Gates.

“Attack on Gorilla City.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 13. Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. Teleplay by Aaron Helbing and David Kob. Story by Andrew Kreisberg..

“Camelot/3000.” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 12. Directed by Antonio Negret. Written by Anderson Mackenzie.


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.


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. 


On “The Flash,” Julian and Caitlin confront inner monsters, and Cisco wears a “Jaws” shirt

Speaking of monsters: the election is next week, so there is no new Flash–and you get to be a superhero by voting Clinton so that monster Trump does not get elected. Find your voting place, and enjoy telling Trump to go away.

“Monster.” The Flash Season 3 Episode 5. Directed by C. Kim Miles. Written by Zack Stentz.

Spoilers below.

As with other episodes I’ve been watching, the trend seems to be multiple storylines that may or may not overlap or complement each other, instead being disparate. The title “Monster” can refer to both the named monster Barry (Grant Gustin) and Julian (Tom Felton) are hunting, and Julian’s realization he behaves monstrously, as well as Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) fear she is becoming one with the development of these ice powers. I’m a bit surprised the latter story was not given more attention to that idea of monstrosity, and I am a bit grateful after the problems in using that word “monster” as associated with Natasha Romanoff in Age of Ultron. The title “Monster” does not quite refer to the subplot with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) seeking to uncover the truth about HR (Tom Cavanagh), the new Harrison Wells they pulled from another timeline, although Cisco wearing the Jaws shirt while hunting down the truth about HR could be a “search for the monster” plotline, I guess.

Oh, and Joe is still not dating the DA. Because that needed a few minutes of attention to give Iris (Candice Patton) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) something to do in the episode as well. Because why not.

As Ellak Roach said when we watched, this episode feels like it’s “spinning its wheels.” There is setup without payoff. HR is revealed to not be a scientist, so he may have some redemption moment in which he proves himself. (What is it this season with newbie-superheroes like James in Supergirl and Nate in Legends wanting to prove themselves?) Caitlin has her first moments of wanting to kill, so she may become Killer Frost and fall into villainy. (What’re the odds she kills her mother [Susan Walters]?) And Joe is still avoiding dating the DA. (Because evidently that’s the subplot we’re getting this season for Joe.)

Overall, then, I don’t know what the individual parts of this episode contributed.


Tonight’s episode of “The Flash” was the definition of an idiot plot.

“The New Rogues.” The Flash Season 3 Episode 4. Directed by Stefan Pleszczynski. Written by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes.

Spoiler warning.

I’m at a loss how to write a review of this episode, because I have not encountered a television episode this frustrating since the last time I watched Agents of SHIELD–so, about two weeks ago.

To summarize the problems, I have to look at the individual narrative threads, which are not interwoven so much as parallel to each other. Each narrative thread, if given more time in this or a later episode could be entertaining; however, each is rushed to the point that the plot occurs not because this is how the characters we have known for more than two seasons would act, but because, as someone else says, the plot says so.  


“The Flash” does not earn its feel-good ending in a problematic episode

Outdated gender stereotypes, fragile masculinity, poor fathering, and to top it off, ignorant portrayal about foster parenting, multiple personalities, and mental health care, in a muddled script that fails to push forward this episode’s own plot, or the season’s arc

“Magenta,” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 3. Directed by Armen V. Kevorkian, written by Judalina Neira and David Kob

Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for this episode, about upcoming episodes of The Flash, and about Netflix’s Luke Cage.

It’s one thing to analyze a story by its own rules as entertainment, and to analyze a story as reflective of writers’ perspectives of the world and, in directing this writing to an audience, what it reflects about a culture’s values. It’s the challenge reviewing “Magenta,” which is dissatisfying in four parts: as an individual episode, as it portrays multiple personalities and mental health recovery, as part of the season’s arc, and as it portrays parenting especially in terms of gender norms and foster families.


“The Flash” speeds up the forgiving process to fit into 44 minutes


The Flash Season 3 Episode 2, “Paradox.” Directed by Ralph Hemecker. Written by Aaron Helbing and Tom Helbing.

This episode of The Flash was an improvement upon last week, if just for bringing viewers back to a version of the Arrow-verse more similar to what we know compared to the Flashpoint timeline we just left. But the quick-fixes offered to Barry (Grant Gustin), including the quickness of him earning forgiveness, are frustrating. (SPOILERS below.)