There were a few pretty good episodes of superhero TV last week, and a couple that came up flat. There’s spoilers afoot, so if you haven’t watched them, don’t read on.
Supergirl – Season 1, Episode 17 – “Manhunter”
After the previous week’s episode, this one came up a little flat. From beginning to end, it was a pile of predictability, with only a few surprises along the way. Supergirl spent the week with her tail between her legs, trying to convince the people of National City that she wasn’t Super Bad Girl. The blow back of J’onn J’onnz taking over Hank Henshaw’s identity and running the DEO, of course led to a big old investigation. Surprise #1 – co-heading the investigation? Lucy Lane, which eventually leads to Supergirl sharing her secret identity with her. Had no idea last week who it would be, and I gotta tell you. Lucy wasn’t even on my list. Bets on whether that comes back later and bites Kara in the Super butt?….I mean… Super butt because she is Supergirl, not because it is….. oh never mind. Alex and J’onn J’onnz are being transferred to some secret place where the Martian Manhunter is likely to be sliced and diced, and during an escape, executed by new pals, Supergirl and Lucy Lane, J’onnJ’onnz has a vision of Henry Danvers still alive. Uh-oh. A few more episodes for Dean Cane? Upon returning to the DEO, Lucy finds that she has been appointed to head the agency (Surprise #2), after J’onn J’onnz and Alex grab their fugitive tees and head off to find the top secret base/project. The big question, of course, what will happen to poor James now that his ex and his current, but unfulfilled love are besties?
Gotham – Season 2, Episode 15 – “Mud Grey Dawn”
Well, this went places I didn’t expect it to go. It was probably my favorite episode of the past week. When it first started, I was excited to see Ed Nygma getting a little more crazy and a little more Riddlery. We’re starting to see more question marks. I always loved those question marks. Who did you like more as the Riddler, Frank Gorshin or Jim Carrey? Gotta tell you, I am in Team Gorshin. In this series, however, we may never see the full-blown costumed bad guys, but I think Corey Michael Smith is really starting to come into his own, and wonderfully so. This episode is about the Riddler’s first big riddle. He puts together an incredibly intricate plan that leads Jim Gordon through a series of events that ends up with Jim in prison for the murder of Theo Gallivan. Another unexpected surprise that was very well-written, and it left me wondering “Well, how the Hell does he get out of this?” The Bruce on the streets story line took a couple steps forward and we get to see Poison Ivy again, growing magic mushrooms for one of the gangs. As expected, Bruce gets his first ass-whoopin’, but digs down deep and shows he has a little moxie. Sadly, the Penguin story line was kind of meh, with a contrived meeting between Oswald and his dad, played for the second time, by Paul Reubens. And the episode ends with another contrivance that I hope gets better…Stabby Babs waking up almost at the same time that the cell door closes on Jim. I’ll forgive the two plot flops because the rest of the episode was just so darn good.
The Flash – Season 2, Episode 16 – “Trajectory”
This is flat episode number 2 for the week for me. The Flash universe deals with a lot of speedsters. I mentioned two in last week’s installment of this article, that we haven’t seen yet, but the foundation is laid. (More on that in just a sentence or two) This week’s episode dealt with speedy, Trajectory. The episode wasn’t exciting. It played out as expected, with Barry winning the speedster battle. Trajectory was created by Caitlyn Snow’s Velocity-9 serum. She asked a scientist friend for help. The friend put 2 and 2 together and home brewed her own batch. The biggest problem? The actress, Eliza Harmon, in her Trajectory duds, looks like Willa Holland of Arrow fame, in her Speedy costume. The one little nugget that was important is that Wells’ daughter Jesse was injected with the Velocity-9 and had a seizure. They did a quick blood transfusion with daddy, but don’t think for a second there isn’t residual effects causing her to become Jesse Quick. Then there is Wally West. We’ll see how he gets his speed. Predictable, not really exciting. But a few bread crumbs dropped.
Agents of SHIELD, Season 3, Episode 13 – “Parting Shot”
We all knew that some how, some way, A o S had to set up the pilot for their new spin-off, Marvel’s Most Wanted, featuring Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter. This was the episode that did that. This was another of the good episodes of the week. All the pieces fell into place. Well written because of the complexities of getting to where they needed to go. Both Adrianne Palicki (Morse) and Nick Blood (Hunter) brought their A game of smart ass as they faced Russian interrogation. In the end, even though the saved the Russian Prime Minister from assassination, face needed to be saved and the President, played by one of my hometown actors William Sadler, had to give the Russians something, so Morse and Hunter were disavowed. Next stop, two former SHIELD agents on the run with no SHIELD to help them out. The best part of the episode was the ending, where the team “said” their good-byes, although nothing was actually said. Got a little choked up. Not gonna lie.
Arrow – Season 4, Episode 16 – “Broken Hearts”
Damn. I’m of the Olicity camp. They are good together. But….for whatever reason, the rules of the superhero union are that brooding superguys can’t ever get the girl. So, we have reached that point. At the end of the last episode, Felicity, with the bio chip in her spine was able to walk again. Walk away from Oliver, that is. For the lying and the hiding things, and the not including her in big life decisions. In this episode, filled with snarky, wounded Felicity comments, Oliver and Miss Smoak are forced to take to the alter anyway to pose as a celebrity couple on their wedding day to draw out the recently out of jail, Cupid, who has taken to killing celebrity couples on their wedding days to ease her broken heart. We get a couple of nice speeches from each of them, first from Ollie and then from Felicity which makes us believe that they will get back together. At the end of the episode, not so much, as Felicity also decides to leave Team Arrow. On the other side of town, Laurel’s father, Captain Lance, takes the stand and testifies about his own involvement with Damien Darhk. At least for the time being, this puts Darhk behind bars, but it also destroys puts Lance’s own career in jeopardy. At the beginning of the season there was a trailer that had Oliver and Barry Allen standing in front of a freshly filled grave. I posited then that it was Lance. I am even more of that belief now. I’d bet a drink at Thea’s former night club that the used to be good captain is not long for this world.
Week of 3/27 – 4/2
Monday 8pm – CBS – Supergirl “World’s Finest”
The much anticipated crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash. Barry, in his quest to get back to Earth -2 jumps universes and ends up in National City. Not sure how I feel about Supergirl and the Flash having to occupy separate dimensions, but I am certain it is just to keep the cry for crossovers at bay, since they are on different networks. The twosome (who both starred on Glee together) fight Supergirl villains Livewire and Silver Banshee and then Kara helps Barry get home.
Monday 8pm – FOX – Gotham “Prisoners”
Jimbo’s in jail with lots of scum bums he put there. He has to rely on a new friend to keep him safe. Oswald cozies up to his dad, but the rest of his new family appears to have other plans. Will we see more of Stabby Babs? Here’s hoping.
Tuesday 8pm – CW – The Flash “Flash Back”
Barry’s determined to get back to Earth-2 and kick a little Zoom ass. This week’s idea includes traveling back in time and pretending to be his old self while tricking the old Harrison Wells into teaching him how to run faster. While he is there he bumps into some familiar faces, Hartley Rathaway and Eddie Thawne.
Tuesday 9pm – ABC – Agents of SHIELD “Watchdogs”
Mack is caught in the crossfire with his brother as a group of baddies show up with the intent of destroying all Inhumans. Over in the lab Simmons finds a super chemical that will have a huge impact on the future of Inhumans.
Wednesday 8pm – CW – Arrow “Beacon of Hope”
From the descriptions I’ve seen, I cannot find a reason for the title, unless it refers to Oliver rescuing Felicity, which he does, apparently with the help of a surprising ally. Why does Felicity need rescuing? Brie Larvan, the Bug-Eyed Bandit, who developed the killer robotic bees in Season 1 of The Flash, returns to Palmer Tech and holds Felicity, Thea and Donna hostage with others, unless she gets the bio-chip in Felicity’s spine. Um..no. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.
Watching any of the above shows? What are your thoughts on where they are going, or where they came from? Got any really cool predictions as we are in the season wind downs? Let me know in the comments below. I like comments. I need validation. I was that way as a kid too. “Maaaaa. I mowed the lawn without being askeddddd.” So, feed my inferiority complex, will ya.