Comic Television Discussion – Week beginning 11th November 2018

The weeks seem to be flooding faster than it is possible to keep up with all of these shows.  Which of these do you Bureaucrats watch?  Did you watch Supergirl fight a suped up version of that thing from Star Trek 2?  Did you watch Gene Simmons guest star on Arrow?  Did you watch a bunch of middle age adults try to pretend to be kids on either Riverdale or Legends?  Did you enjoy the family issues of the Flash family?  How about Black Lightning working with his daughter, or Titan’s attempt to visit as many of their DC properties as possible?  Do you come here to chat about Gifted while waiting for the lazy reviewer to watch and post the detailed review?

[All synopses (and titles) from below the cut.  (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]

Supergirl – S04E05 – Parasite Lost – Colonel Haley makes a surprising decision regarding Supergirl. Kara writes a series of articles highlighting aliens in National City in the hopes that humans will stop being so fearful of them. Unfortunately, the article puts some of the aliens in harm’s way.

Arrow – S07E05 – The Demon – Felicity learns something new about Oliver that shocks her. Meanwhile, Diggle asks Curtis to go undercover for ARGUS. Dinah works with an unlikely ally.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S04E04 – Wet Hot American Bummer – When the Legends discover that kids at a summer camp have disappeared, Sara, Ava, Ray and Constantine find themselves as the new camp counselors. At camp, Ava struggles to get along with the kids, but Constantine whips up a potion that helps Sara and Ava bond with the children. Luckily, the team finds clues to the whereabouts of the missing kids, but the battle to save them leaves one member in bad shape. Meanwhile, Rory and Zari are tasked with watching the fugitive and Rory finds a kinship with their “prisoner.”

The Flash – S05E05 – All Doll’d Up – Nora lets something slip about the future that devastates Iris. In an attempt to distract his wife, Barry asks Iris to team up to stop a new meta, Rag Doll. Meanwhile, Caitlin learns something about her father.

Black Lightning – S02E05 – The Book of Blood: Chapter One – Jefferson and Anissa work together investigating the hometown of a creepy man at the clinic and make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, with Syonide gone, Tobias puts an increasing amount of pressure on Khalil to help fill some of the void left in the organization.

Titans – S01E06 Jason Todd – Before Dick can reunite with The Titans, he reluctantly teams with Jason Todd, the new Robin, to catch a serial killer targeting performers from Dick’s surrogate circus family from when he was a member of the Flying Graysons. But Jason’s perspective on Bruce Wayne forces Dick to reexamine the truth behind their falling out.

The Gifted – S02E07 – no Mercy – Reeva reveals her plans for a major mission for the Inner Circle to secure some needed funds. Meanwhile, the Mutant Underground must contend with Reed’s unstable powers, hoping that some medical help from Caitlin and Lauren will keep his destruction in check. Also, Jace is introduced to Benedict Ryan, a well-connected public figure who supports the efforts of the Purifers, but the two may not see eye-to-eye. Then, Thunderbird finally confronts Blink about her dealings with Urg, after weeks of tension over their meeting. (Reviewed here soon, keep refreshing!)

Riverdale – S03E05 – Chapter Forty: The Great Escape – After weeks go by with no contact from Archie, Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, when Betty learns that Jughead has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

6 replies on “Comic Television Discussion – Week beginning 11th November 2018”

  1. So far, it looks like Flash and Arrow have both managed to improve their pacing this season. Hopefully it isn’t just because they have to move some pieces around the board in time for the crossover event and therefore don’t have time to drag things out. (Note that I said “improve”, not “perfect”.) Hopefully they don’t back-slide on that.

    Supergirl, on the other hand, seems to be having some trouble finding its feet with the shake-up at the DEO. However, they finally seem to be going somewhere with everything now. It looks like they’ve set up some sort of character arc for everyone. I’m hoping Supergirl gets one that knocks her out of her unicorns and rainbows naïveté and makes her start *thinking* before acting. Perhaps also forcing her to actually kill with intent and deal with the consequences, though that would probably be bungled badly by the writers or due to executive meddling.

  2. Frankly the whole prison thing in Arrow is looking more and more, well… kinda dumb, to be honest. Like suddenly there’s an insanely corrupt prison in Star City and nobody knew? And nobody is talking? There’s no way an institution gets *that* corrupt.

    Also all that build-up to “The Demon” really lead nowhere. I mean, hey, any excuse for more Lexa Doig is fine by me, but from a narrative point of view… ugh.

    Flash wins Creepiest Monster, but… did they ever say why Ragdoll was going after Iris?… Did I miss it?…

    Legends is still great in the Not Taking Itself Too Seriously category and still managing to pull off great stories. But yes, I too was disappointed by the Swamp Thing bait and switch (:

    black Lightning shouldn’t even be in the same category as the rest of these guys. It’s a much higher quality show overall. There were some weird edits in this episode and, frankly, Tobias needs to SFTU about how he’s disappointed in Khalil. Every friggin episode, “Goodnight Khalil, sleep well, I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

    I watched Supergirl too, but… eh, they’re kinda blending together. I’ve been wanting to say something about it, but only because I want to refer to the bad guy as Evil Phil Dunphy.

    And I didn’t see a Doctor Who discussion, so I’ll throw this in here: this week’s episode might be my favourite episode of the show. Not just this series. Whoever directed it did an amazing job.

    • Yeah, I missed the first ep of Arrow this season and still have yet to stream it to catch up.

      But the prison thing and the whole end of last season was just awful.

    • Yeah, where is the Doctor Who review? That was, at least, a slightly different episode than we’ve seen. Though I still always wonder in these sorts of stories why the people who’ve encountered people from their future don’t recognize them, no matter how conspicuous those people are, when they encounter them again.

      (Not universally, of course. The Time Traveler’s Wife, for example, works with the fact that these “met them in the past” people would be disturbingly familiar).

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