Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 19 January 2020

Genre television returns in a big way, with a new status quo in a new universe after the Crisis has Destroyed Concepts we thought were well entrenched.  Batwoman has to contend with her new reality while Supergirl deals with Lex as a good guy, Black Lightning adjusts to how the Red Wave has affected his town, the Legends are celebrities, and Arrow gives us a backdoor pilot for what they hope will be a replacement show.  The Doctor also gives us a visit with Nikola Tesla, the Midwives are trapped in a lift, Riverdale plays football, The Good Doctor joins the X-Men, but the real big highlights for the week are the return of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Star Trek: Picard at the end of the week.  I am glad I caught up on everything so that I can get behind again as all of these shows suck me in!

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

Doctor Who (2005) – S12E04 – Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror – The time: the earliest years of the 20th century. The place: New York City. Inventor Nikola Tesla is at war with his rival Thomas Edison. However, there’s an even greater threat in their midst.

Call the Midwife – S09E03 – Episode 3 – Lucille is seconded to St Cuthbert’s when a ward sister is off sick, but a lift malfunction sees her spend the evening with mother-to- be Connie instead of her planned rendezvous with Cyril. Nurse Crane tries to help a woman who is newly arrived from East Pakistan, while Shelagh enlists Violet, Trixie, Sister Frances and Valerie to put on a charity fashion show to raise money for the incubator fund.

Batwoman – S01E10 – How Queer Everything is Today! – While Gotham busies itself reacting to Batwoman’s awkward encounter, Alice celebrates her ultimate act of vengeance with Mouse. A devastated Mary focuses on Jacob Kane’s trial, while Sophie seeks advice about her love life from someone unexpected. As they tackle the newest threat to Gotham, Luke prioritizes protecting Batwoman’s secret, and Kate must decide what she is willing to do to honor Batwoman’s identity…and her own.

Supergirl -S05E10 – The Bottle Episode – The subsequent complications from the Crisis leave Supergirl to face a chaotic threat.

Black Lightning – S03E10 – The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn – Jefferson navigates his new reality following the events of the Red Wave, and Lynn’s determination to save the meta kids deepens her troubles. Meanwhile, Anissa/Blackbird faces new challenges. Lastly, Jennifer’s bond with Brandon begins to grow.

The Good Doctor – S03E12 – Mutations – Dr. Audrey Lim, Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Morgan Reznick treat a 25-year-old runner suffering from severe swelling; but when things take a turn for the worse, Dr. Shaun Murphy enlists the help of Dr. Carly Lever. Meanwhile, Dr. Alex Park, Dr. Claire Browne and Dr. Neil Melendez treat two 16-year-old cancer patients who are dating; and Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Carly Lever work toward intimacy.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S05E01 – Meet the Legends – Sara, Ray and Mick are shocked to discover that the Legends have become famous. It seems that everyone except Sara is loving the spotlight, so much so that they invite a documentary crew on board the Waverider to film them as they investigate a strange new blip in the Timeline. The Legends discover that their new problem is none other than Rasputin, who happens to be straight out of hell, and it might be tougher than they thought. Meanwhile, Constantine thinks he knows the reason behind these new blips and informs the team that it won’t be easy to defeat.

Arrow – S08E09 – Green Arrow and the Canaries – It’s the year 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can’t help but be a hero and she, Laurel and Dinah suit up once again to save the city.

Riverdale – S04E10 – Chapter Sixty-Seven: Varsity Blues – As Riverdale High prepares for the championship football game against Stonewall Prep, Betty gets to work on a story about the rivalry between the schools. Archie is conflicted when Mary tells him about Uncle Frank’s troubled past. Cheryl goes head to head with Ms. Appleyard, the school’s new cheerleading coach, and Veronica hits a road block with her latest Luna Rum recipe. Finally, Jughead is forced to pick a side after the perks of attending Stonewall Prep begin to interfere with his personal life.

Star Trek: Picard – S01E01 – TBA – Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) in the next chapter of his life.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – S02 – [No description given.]


4 replies on “Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 19 January 2020”

  1. It seems they have officially synched the timelines between Batwoman and the reset of the shows now. That’s probably a good thing for keeping things straight. Since Batowman appeared in Elseworlds, it seems there must have been some time skips over the course of Batwoman leading up to Crisis. Based on my recollections, there are plenty of points where some extra time can be shoehorned in so it’s not too much of an issue. (There’s no particular reason to believe that all of Alice’s schemes occured over the space of a couple of months.) Of course, it could just be Comic Book Time™, too.

    • I was shocked to learn that Batwoman was the same Earth as the others, and that Black Lightning wasn’t, so letting all of the the continuity re-calibrate is fine with me. At least they made a big crisis out of it to justify it all.

  2. I like how they followed the original Crisis by giving us Business Class Lex, public hero and private supervillain. It makes for an interesting dynamic.

    Uh… Could someone let me know if these shows become worth watching again?

    • I will let you know. Currently, my wife is not watching Supergirl, but I am. It isn’t quality enough to justify it, but I am a completionist. If you are into the male version of Supergirl, he is getting a spin-off, so you may want to try to stick out the rest of the season for him.

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