Comic Television Discussion – Week beginning 21 January 2019

January is screeching past us as the third week of the year is already over.  As we stride into the end of the month, the comics start seriously returning to television.  Supergirl fights to keep the name Carol Danvers from being popular, The Flash gets angry, Arrow tries to chill out, and the Legends and Black Lightning are without a synopsis.  The Gifted gets sleepy.  Riverdale prepares for their college prep tests, because those kids are actually high-schoolers, surprise!  The Punisher has released Season 2 for Netflix, and as of this posting has not been cancelled yet.  While not technically a comic, out in space the Discovery and the Orville also share a nigh of television which really highlights the differences between the two shows.

[All synopses (and titles) from or IMDB below the cut, except there really aren’t any.  (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]

Supergirl – S04E10 – Suspicious Minds – Colonel Haley is upset after Supergirl responds to a distress call from a Navy ship that turned out to be a deadly alien attack. Colonel Haley reclaims the site as DEO territory and demands that Supergirl step aside. After Supergirl refuses to be told what to do, Haley refocuses her energy on finding out Supergirl’s true identity and begins to interrogate all DEO agents, including Alex. Meanwhile, Brainiac-5 tries to persuade Nia to embrace her superpowers but she misinterprets his motives.

The Flash – S05E11 – Seeing Red – During a battle with Cicada, Nora is severely injured. Due to Cicada’s dampening powers, Nora’s speed healing isn’t working, leaving Barry and Iris scared for their daughter’s future. Upset about his injured child, The Flash is filled with rage and confronts Cicada in a brutal battle. Meanwhile, Killer Frost keeps interfering with Caitlin’s work on the cure.

Arrow – S07E10 – Shattered Lives – Oliver wants to get back to work and focus on his marriage, but Dinah wants him to track the new Green Arrow; Diggle and Lyla must answer to ARGUS about Diaz.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S04E09 – Lucha de Apuestas – (Returns 1 April 2019, allegedly)

Black Lightning – S02E10 – The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three – (No synopsis)

The Gifted – S02E13 – teMpted – Lauren stops sleeping so she can avoid the forces in her dreams pushing her towards joining Andy and giving in to her dark side. Glow is in trouble after being shot by the Purifiers, and Blink convinces the Morlocks to let Caitlin save Glow. Meanwhile, Polaris learns the details of what Reeva is planning, and Reed helps Lauren fight off her dreams. (See Bureau42 for a review.)

Riverdale – S03E10 – Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger – With SAT’s around the corner, Alice and FP urge Jughead and Betty to stop investigating G&G and start focusing on their SAT prep. However, when Alice takes things one step too far, Betty is forced to come face-to-face with someone from her past. Finally, Jughead makes a bold move against the Gargoyle Gang.

Marvel’s The Punisher – S02 – Former marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle has been living a quiet life on the road until he suddenly becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl. As he is drawn into the mystery surrounding her and those in pursuit of the information she holds, Castle attracts a new target on his back as new and old enemies force him to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace a life as “The Punisher.”

Star Trek: Discovery – S02E02 – New Eden – The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe.

The Orville – S02E05 – All the World is Birthday Cake – The Orville makes First Contact and a new crew member joins the ship.

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