Thoughts about how the various superhero TV shows did this week. Spoilers, duh!
THE FLASH 219
The winner this week by a very slight margin. Based on the synopsis, we had assumed that this episode would consist mainly of Barry lamenting the loss of his speed with events illustrating this fact vividly.
Well, yes, there was a bit of that but the story did not dwell on the downside too much. Instead, there was yet another token metahuman (Griffin Grey) who kidnaps Harrison Wells to punish him for the particle accelerator explosion that gave him superhuman strength but also accelerated aging.
In the meantime, Caitlyn Snow meets her Earth-2 doppelgänger Killer Frost, and the two strike up a deal to help each other escape from Zoom’s HQ. Suffice to say things do not quite work out as they planned.
And no, nothing important regarding the questions we all have about Zoom/Hunter Zolomon, Jay Garrick/Man in the Iron Mask were addressed at all. Till then, it does feel that we are treading water.
AGENTS OF SHIELD 318
Since last episode, the stakes have escalated for SHIELD, with Daisy now mind-controlled by Hive. This latest development drives Phil Coulson crazy, due to his paternal instincts over Daisy, and a plan is hatched to free Daisy from Hive’s clutches.
This plan involves FitzSimmons contacting the scientist Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah), which quickly goes south when Daisy and Hive appear on the scene and the former almost kills Fitz.
There is obviously a reckoning coming – with HYDRA summarily wiped off the face of the earth rather conveniently – and we believe that Coulson will find a way to kill Grant Ward (Hive’s host) again.
Generally a depressing episode as it covered the aftermath of Laurel Lance/Black Canary’s demise.
A couple of tasteful flashbacks provided resonance to Oliver’s remembrance of his close friend/ex-lover.
However, the faux Canary storyline was completely ridiculous – how could that young girl alter the sonic scream device to suit her? And how could see literally come out of nowhere as Black Canary? Nobody even knew that Canary was dead. Silly.
Anyways, time to take Darhk down!
Legends of Tomorrow was almost watchable due to the giant fight sequence but in the context of the usual plot holes was still rather awful.