Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 May 17

The shows are winding down, not just because of that Disease, Corona, but because it’s time for seasons to end.  Though, just like Flash was hurrying up, the endings are happening faster than they had expected.  Before they’re gone, we still have Batwoman fighting a “former hero”, Supergirl turns into a soap opera as everyone has to deal with everyone the swore they would never trust again, and the Legends do Zombie Apocalypse.  Standing alone against the odds, the lone Marvel character is an animated Spider-Man, whose episode is named for the beloved 80s Spider-Man, but is actually just a Groot story.

[ETA:] Stargirl also dropped with her pilot.

[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 – S01E20 – O, Mouse! – When one of Gotham’s former heroes returns to his old stomping grounds to settle a score, both Batwoman and Commander Kane find themselves on the defensive. Meanwhile, Alice has uncovered what could finally take down Batwoman, but she is losing hold on her henchman Mouse and Hush, sending her spiraling into her most wicked self. Luke immediately focuses on finding a way to protect Batwoman from Alice, and Mary has a chance to be the sister Kate has needed all along. New information surfaces, forcing Julia to warn Sophie about the person pulling the strings. And in a final standoff, when Commander Kane refuses to retreat from his war on Batwoman, Kate may find herself more than heartbroken by her father’s choices.

Marvel’s Spider-Man – S03E02 – Amazing Friends – When Toddler Groot lands on Earth to deliver an urgent warning, Spider-Man must decode the message and keep him out of the evil clutches of both A.I.M. and Baron Mordo.

Supergirl – S05E19 – Immortal Kombat – Supergirl realizes that in order to stop Lex and Leviathan she must work with the one person she never thought she’d trust again—Lena. Nia keeps dreaming about Brainy but struggles with what the dreams are trying to tell her. Brainy realizes there is only one way to stop Lex.

Stargirl – S01E01 – Pilot – Courtney’s seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles gets upended with a move to Blue Valley, Nebraska with her mother Barbara, stepfather Pat Dugan and stepbrother Mike, and she finds herself struggling to adapt to her new town and high school. But when Courtney discovers that Pat is harboring a major secret about his past, she ultimately becomes the unlikely inspiration for a new generation of Super Heroes.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S05E13 – I Am Legends – After drinking from Chalice, the Legends have immortality for 24 hours, which gives them time get to the Waverider and use the Loom of Fate. However, they quickly discover that the sisters have stolen the Waverider and they are stuck at Constantine’s house in the middle of nowhere in London during a Zombie Apocalypse. Meanwhile, Gary is left on the ship and once he discovers what is going on, he takes something important to the sisters.

14 replies on “Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 May 17”

  1. Stargirl was 90% cliches. I am reserving judgement because it’s so thick I am expecting it to be subverted, such as having the whole “He must be my dad!” thing to turn out to be red herring and she actually is the daughter of a villain or some no-name junk traders who sold her off for drinking money.

    • I think they were leaning into the clichés intentionally. It felt like they were setting that sort of tone for the series. But, then, they haven’t finished setting the stage yet.

      I’m kind of hoping the cliché pile-up was largely a shortcut for setting the stage and they back off on that a bit later on. I expect to be disappointed on that front.

      I do suspect there’s going to be something about her origin that is not what it seems, though.

    • We stopped watching the show early on, but we liked Ruby Rose in the role. I think they’re going to have trouble finding a suitable replacement.

    • I’m sure they’ll find someone. However, I’m sure whoever it is will bring a different take to the role. Hopefully they put something in to explain the change in universe. It wouldn’t take much. Some encounter with magic or something. After all, magic exists. Come to think of it, I think that’s going to be my head canon if they don’t address it in universe.

      • She’s a Time Lady?
        She had an encounter with a witch named Endora, suspected of changing people’s faces before?
        It’s a de facto soap opera, and these sorts of things happened all the time on old soaps?

        • My sister actually said, “wouldn’t it be cool if she had an encounter with the Doctor….” As cool as that might be, it would jump the shark something fierce modulo something like “we’re stuck in TV land” or something.

            • Many people never realized there were two Marilyns during the original TV run of The Munsters.

              On the other hand, I remember, in the 1970s, when they replaced Pamela Sue Martin on Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mysteries with an actor who looked, to an uncanny degree, absolutely nothing like Pamela Sue Martin. I didn’t watch the show much anyway, but that just felt like…. yeah, what happened around the same time when Happy Days visited California and Fonzie performed his now-infamous Chondrichthyan leap.

              • It’s kind of funny how a show can replace its lead star while its on the air, but other times, if you recast a returning guest star for a short cameo in a subsequent series there is a backlash. Imagine if anyone other than Tom Welling was in Crisis on Infinite Earth?

                • In the case of the cameos, though, they’re very much fan service. I doubt they would have included that bit if Welling had said no.

                  Interesting follow-up: when they replaced Marilyn again with the very different Debbie Watson for the ’66 feature film (Universal, apparently, was trying to promote her as a major teen star, with so-so results), that apparently rankled with some viewers.

                  I don’t recall ever making anything of the trio of Catwomen in the Batman show from the same era, but little kids don’t, necessarily.

  2. I’m also weirded out by Alex getting that costume. She’s not in disguise, she’s not getting anything from the costume… so that means she just wants to look fancy. Like Dreamer.

    Also, I’m still weirded out by the age gap between J’onn and M’gann… at least I was until I looked up the actors and saw that they’re only 7 years apart. M’gann just looks like she’s my daughter’s age, but she’s actually older than me.

    • Maybe that “disguise” comes with a “somebody else’s problem” field or something. Also, it’s not like Kara is any more disguised, really.

      • That’s very accurate.

        I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love my heroes to be wearing their costumes, I just want some explanation, no matter how tenuous. (Flash has to wear his costume so his clothes don’t burn up from friction. Friction doesn’t apply to anything he carries or anytime he super-speed-cleans his house or anything, but he needs the costume.)

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