DC Television Season Premier Week Discussion

This week, the Arrow-verse group of DC television shows returns with their season openers.  How is this season starting out for our heroes?  (Episode descriptions below the cut.)

(Synopsis cut and pasted from Trakt.com.)

Supergirl – Girl of Steel (Season 3) – Kara deals with the loss of Mon-El by focusing all her energy on being Supergirl and the mysterious new threat against National City. Alex confesses a secret to Maggie about their impending nuptials. A citizen of National City has a mysterious connection to Kara, and Lena makes a bold move.

The Flash – The Flash Reborn (Season 4) – With Barry in the speed force, Iris, Kid Flash, Joe, and Vibe have taken over protecting Central City. However, when a powerful armored villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco makes a risky decision to break Barry out of the speed force. However, the Barry that comes out isn’t the same Barry that went in.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Aruba-con (Season 3) – When the Legends realize that they broke the timeline, Rip Hunter arrives with his new organization – the Time Bureau – to relieve them of duty. The Legends are thrilled to get a chance to put the team back together but a new threat arises when Rory spots Julius Caesar in Aruba. Sara, Nate and Ray devise a plan to steal the Waverider back from the Time Bureau in order to try and stop Julius Caesar from conquering the modern world.

Arrow – Fallout (Season 6) – The future of the team is left hanging in the balance after the emotional showdown between Oliver Queen and Adrian Chase. Now, the focus shifts to uncovering the fate of each and every member of Team Arrow. Could anyone have possibly survived an island-wide explosion, or has the book closed on them, as it has on Oliver’s five-year flashback story?

11 replies on “DC Television Season Premier Week Discussion”

  1. My first thought when Rip showed up on Legends was, “What at git.” Then I remembered that he *is* generally a git. It was particularly funny when the fancy agent lady who was berating the Legends for being incompetent (they mostly are, really) committed exactly the same kind of error that she was complaining about and then didn’t see it as such. Also, the comment at the beginning about Felicity running Palmer Tech into the ground was amusing.

    Arrow seemed a bit forced but the reveal at the end was refreshing. Hopefully that sticks. I could have done without the flashback structure, though. I hope they don’t keep falling back on that storytelling technique just because they’re familiar with it.

    As far as Flash goes, it was, well, Flash. It made more sense overall than many other episodes, though. (It didn’t seem like it would until the end, though.) There is the question about why Iris was leading the team but I think it was a simple question of relative capabilities. Without powers, she was best employed back at Star Labs and it fits her personality anyway. Also, Caitlin’s frosty line at the bar was a nice touch. As a side note, I still wonder just how Star Labs stays afloat. It would be nice to see some obviously profitable division of the company at some point. I’m sure there is a patent portfolio and they could be selling tech when not heroing but it would be nice to see something.

    I have to give Supergirl credit for a plausible way to remove Cat from the picture. And, as much as I wanted someone to smack Kara upside the head, she was, at least, behaving consistently with her past characterization. I keep expecting Lena to go evil, though. (I keep seeing her as her character from Merlin who did just that.) That seems to be a running theme, though, and there’s still time for her to turn.

  2. I haven’t seen any of them yet, though I recorded a couple. I am looking forward to seeing Elongated Man turn up on Flash later this week. He’s a big part of the character’s history. I’m hoping the effects don’t break the budget so that, like Grodd, his appearances are limited in scope. Ralph’s a character who needs room to stretch.

  3. I didn’t so much mind how Flash hit the big reset button to get things back to normal in one episode. Basically I liked that aspect because the finale from last season had such a crappy cliffhanger downer ending.

    I thought it was cool, If you were paying attention, that the Flash episode spoiled the fact that Felicity survived the island explosion.

  4. I’ll throw my comments in as I get to the shows.

    The shot of Supergirl stopping the truck was great.
    You could tell Murdoch Morgan was evil, his tie was too long. Even before he bought Fox Cat.
    They were laying it on a bit thick, weren’t they? My wife said “If this show doesn’t stop CWing so hard…”

    • CWing? Okay, I’m pretty fluent in numerous English dialects, including various forms of nerd, but I don’t know that one.

      I still haven’t watched it, but there is an interesting discussion of the episode’s Trump connections here. It seems pretty fair, noting that some are obvious shots and some may be rooted in the characters’ established histories.

      • CW was turned into a verb when I had to describe what kind of show Riverdale was. Closest conventional English equivalent is an over the top, not-quite-fully-matured emotionally charged, and simplistic and/for predictable teen drama.

        Example on how to CW: “How can I confess my love when it would mean revealing we already shared a kiss when I was in my secret identity?”, said to a love-lorn third party, before putting a wrist to the forehead and sighing loudly.

        • Oh, CW-ing! See, I get that now. I was thinking of C-Wing ships and “Cwing” (though I have no clue what “Cwing” would be, other than I might like to try some).

          Now, it makes sense. Man, hyphens can carry so much meaning.

    • Now that I’ve seen it, definitely C-Winging it.

      And, obvious as the Catty remark about Trump was, I don’t see anything specifically of him in the depiction of Morgan Edge. That’s just Morgan Edge. If people think a comic-book evil businessman with criminality tendencies resembles the current POTUS, that’s not on DC.

      • That’s what I have been reading, but I still think the stupidly long tie and creeper tendencies is a Trump reference. (Otherwise, I willing to believe the base character is coincidental.)

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