Where we discuss episodes from the past couple weeks.
1. Constantine and Grimm
I’d lost interest in these shows a while back, so the episodes had been piling up on the DVR. Due to a tv drought (after all, how many times can you rewatch Outlander?), I finally caught up. Guess what? They’ve been kind of good. Grimm in particular.
2. Constantine and Supernatural
“A Whole World Out There,” Constantine’s 11th episode (which aired way back on Jan 30) felt a lot like Supernatural. Sure enough, this past week’s Supernatural‘s “Halt & Catch Fire” was eerily similar. Both shows featured four college students (two guys, two gals) dealing with spirits beyond our realm. Three of the students died: first one of the guys, then a gal, then the other guy; leaving only the final gal to survive, but not before a close encounter with the dead spirit. Methinks there is formulaic television at work. Constantine‘s episode was more macabre than Supernatural‘s, but then, Constantine is pretty damned macabre in general.
3. Arrow Last Week
Last week’s Arrow,
The One Where Oliver Returned “Uprising,” left me uninspired. Maybe it was because Felicity rejected Oliver. Or because Ted Grant died (I’m assuming). Two developments I deeply dislike, so nothing to say. Moving on…
4. Arrow this week
“Canaries” was much better than I expected on several counts.
- Were you dreading the Arrow reveal to Thea as much as I was? Oliver’s secret identity is already the worst kept secret ever. Did we really need another person in the loop? As it turns out, it’s just what the show needed. Thea was proud of Ollie rather than angry, just as Moira was. (I’m so glad they mentioned Moira.) Thea’s embarrassment at not recognizing Oliver was an added bonus. The whole scenario helped reestablish Oliver’s and Thea’s relationship, which was always an asset to the show. But…
- All of a sudden Thea hates Malcolm Merlyn again? Granted, Malcolm deserves to be hated, but her turn-about wasn’t explained very well. Did the producers realize they’d made a mistake with Thea’s story line this year and decided to backtrack? (Probably not, because it fits well into the overall season arc. But it did cross my mind.) Character whiplash is nothing new to this show. Last year’s victim was Laurel.
- I’m not crazy about Starling City being overrun with vigilantes, nor am I a big fan of Laurel. But if one stepped back one’s personal dislike for the character or the actor, you might have seen a story about a character”s fears and growth, and an actor who did an admirable job. Yes, I said it. Katie Cassidy did good. Plus, I like her costume a lot more than Sara’s. At least her top isn’t a low-cut corset with lots of boobage.
- At least now Quintin knows that Sara is dead (again). The final scene with Paul Blackhorne and Katie Cassidy was heart-breaking.
But really, flashback. WTF? Oliver returns to Starling City? So much for spending 5 years battling the harsh elements on a hellish island.
5. Supernatural: Halt & Catch Fire (113)
The “Previouslies” went all the way back to season 1! Young Sam with bangs! It’s fitting, since “Halt & Catch Fire” felt like a season 1 urban-legend-with-a-twist episode. Not bad, but kind of unremarkable, given how far the series has come. Just when Dean says he doesn’t want to fight to remove the Mark of Cain…
Cain returns! With awesome hair!
6. The Flash: The Nuclear Man (113)
So many characters brought their A-game this week, including the guest stars, it’s hard to rank them.
- Joe gets top billing this week for his gung-ho investigation into the murder of Barry’s mother.
- Barry. Oh my God! Barry vibrates when aroused! And the ladies like it!
- Cisco helps Joe with his investigation, and creates some cool 3-D renderings of the crime scene. Because 3-D is always cool.
- The guest stars. Victor Garber, just because he’s Victor Garber. And Robbie Amell, because he had to channel Victor Garber. And, he finally got
rid of the horrible wiga haircut. I’d been wondering, why would you hire an attractive actor and then gum him up so badly? Thank you!
- Caitlin. She had to deal with her finance not really being her fiance. But at least Ronnie surfaced long enough to kiss her goodbye.
- Dr. Wells. Did he sacrifice his tachyon device thingy to save the city? Granted, his actions may not have been entirely selfless since he would have been killed in the explosion as well.
All that, and a surprising plot twist! The murder scene DNA doesn’t belong to Dr. Wells, as Joe had thought, but to adult Barry. As if the show wasn’t good already, it just keeps getting better
There have been a couple of good twists this season. Sgt. Wu finally knows about the wide world of Wesen. About damn time! And Juliette has become part of the part of the lore, not just a bystander. She even killed this week’s Wesen
villain, the seemingly unstoppable scorpion-esque Manticore.