Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 May 10

Happy Mother’s Day!  If you aren’t too busy baking or breaking bread for your mom, television’s Dominating Caste of heroes has a bunch of shows for you, as Batwoman searches for rich folks, Supergirl fights biblical monsters, The Flash might end its season, but might almost send its season, and the Legends get schooled  at Animal House.  Blindspot tries to build their own FBI level operation while on the run, taking the show into the realm of fantasy, and Blacklist toys with the idea of killing off their hit character to shift the spotlight back to the female lead.  There have been multiple reports of seasons ending and shows finishing early as the studios had gone into lockdown, but there were enough conflicting reports that each episode could be the last and it would not be surprising.  Equally ambiguous, She-Ra might drop season five this week.

Call your mom!

[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…)]

Batwoman – S01E19 – A Secret Kept From All the Rest – When members of Gotham’s intelligentsia begin disappearing, Commander Kane, Sophie and the Crows go searching for the newest homicidal threat to the city. In the meantime, Kate is consumed with someone’s betrayal and starts questioning the loyalty of everyone around her just when she needs them most. So when Luke and Julia go missing, Batwoman must rely on Mary and a former foe to deploy her rescue mission. Meanwhile, Alice enlists Tommy Elliot to help acquire an elusive item that her sister also seeks.

Supergirl – S05E18 – The Missing Link – Supergirl and the team go head to head against Rama Khan and Leviathan. Meanwhile, Lena and Lex must join forces when Project Non Nocere fails, leaving the two siblings in serious danger.

The Flash – S06E19 – Success Is Assured – Barry considers a risky plan to save Iris from the Mirrorverse. Ralph attempts to stop Sue from making a grave mistake that could destroy her life.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S05E12 – Freaks and Geeks – The Legends find themselves going back to college and form a sorority in order to try to retrieve an ancient artifact called the Chalice of Dionyus that will help Charlie operate the Loom of Fate. Proud to be back at his college, Nate falls under Dion’s spell, letting him know of Sara, Astra, Ava and Charlie’s plan to get the cup. Meanwhile, on a father-daughter weekend, Rory takes Lita on a college tour, but Rory bails on Lita for an unexpected reason.

Blindspot – S05E02 – We Didn’t Start the Fire – Jane and the team reach out to Patterson’s father in the hope of gaining access to a high-level conference in Finland, where they hope to bring Matthew Weitz to their side.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – S05E01 – Episode 1 – [No details found.]

The Blacklist – S07E19 – The Kazanjian Brothers – The Task Force investigates an accountant who works for lucrative criminals in order to find the violent and thuggish brothers hired for his protection. Meanwhile, Liz must make a momentous decision.


9 replies on “Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 May 10”

  1. Having watched this week’s Flash, I understand why they chose to mark this episode as the finale rather than showing the next episode as well (which was allegedly finished, or at least finishable). It wasn’t brilliant as a season finale, but at least it sort of works. It should mean we have a little bit less filler in the early going next season as they have to sort out the dangling plot points before moving forward with their plan for the next season.

      • It wasn’t originally intended to be the finale but because production was shut down by the virus, they didn’t get to finish filming the actual finale. Given that they’re not likely to be able to restart particularly soon, it makes sense that they pick up the story line again when the next season starts. Which, apparently, probably won’t be until 2021. At least they’re not committing to a fall premier date (and doing so would be foolish at the moment given the unknowns). It will all depend on when the workplace shutdowns and border closures ease.

        • I think we’re possibly going to have to wait a little longer than that. It’s not like you can maintain social distancing when you’re shooting a fight scene, unless it’s “superpowers at 10 paces” or something, and genre shows do tend to have a fair number of fight scenes. As we just saw with a certain press secretary daily testing is no guarantee that you can’t become infectious, so it would be a huge risk to start shooting given that you might lose actors at random points. Factor in that some principal actors might be in higher-risk groups and not be willing to do close contact scenes and you have a bit of a production problem, to say the least.

          It’s either that, or we’re going to need a lot more dialogue and a lot less one-on-one action in the next seasons of shows, in which case I just hope that all the various writers are up to it. Yeah, probably better to wait.

            • Necessity is the mother of invention. Even if it’s just a one-off serial that fleshes out a universe, or maybe shows a different perspective on it, while waiting for normal service to resume, I’ll take it over repeats.

              Then again, I’ve a lot of box sets I haven’t watched for ages that I’m currently working through, so either works for me.

  2. Blacklist was interesting, as they took everything they hadn’t finished filming for the season and animated it as best they could. It was an interesting CGI style, which felt like a video game with Comic Book like captions. It wasn’t bad, but they probably could have used more time to work on it. Still, I greatly prefer what we got rather than a delayed end to the season for just a few scenes.

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