GEEK OUT: SUPERHERO TV WRAP – JAN 22, 2016

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The superhero TV shows have returned, by and large, and we hope to bring you our thoughts about how the various series are doing, week in week out. Spoilers, duh!

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AGENT CARTER 201/202

The return of Peggy Carter brought about a change of location – over to the SSR’s West Coast office in Los Angeles – and a scenario that seemed more suited to X-Files or Fringe.

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A rather tasty setup it has to be said. Also intact, the slightly campy tone that befits a series set in the late 1940s.

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Hayley Atwell is quite the bombshell! Good fun.

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THE FLASH 210

This midseason premiere was more about character relationships than villain The Turtle (he makes everyone go slow, including The Flash!), which is a definite strength of the series.

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Barry Allen’s need to keep his secret identity intact ultimately destroys his relationship with Patty Spivot and Joe West’s new connection with the son (Wally – Kid Flash??) he never knew he had begins rocky but shows potential of mending.

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But for Caitlin Frost & Jay Garrick, the latter has a devastating revelation about his possible fate, that puts a dampener on proceedings. Oh and the Reverse-Flash returns…

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ARROW 410

The first episode of the fourth season postulate a immediate future where someone close to Oliver Queen and Barry Allen dies. In the midseason finale, Felicity Smoak got shot up pretty badly and thus most fans were hoping that the person in the grave was not Felicity.

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Well, in that respect we got our wish, as she appears hale and hearty in yet another flash forward but whoever the deceased is, she is upset enough to demand the death of Damian Darhk. Maybe it’s her mother?

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In any case, back in the present, Arrow is conflicted about whether to aid or obstruct Anarky’s quest to kill Darhk (and his family), whilst dealing with Felicity’s paralysed condition as well. Yes, someone is going to die on Arrow – but who?

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SUPERGIRL 110

Classic Superman villain Toyman makes his debut in the Supergirl universe as the father of her colleague Winslow Schott Jr. A bit convenient but most fans would have suspected that something was amiss when his name was first revealed. In any case, the conflict that Win is feeling leads to a change in his relationship with Kara.

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In the Maxwell Lord subplot, Alex Danvers and Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz plot to discover what Lord is up to in a secret room. Whilst the duo believe that they have successfully uncovered Lord’s secret, the reverse is actually true when he discovers that Supergirl and Alex are sisters!

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Oh and there’s this waste of time sub-plot involving Jimmy Olsen and Lucy Lane *yawn*. In any case, the Max Lord vs Supergirl plot is heating up!

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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 101

In a sense, Legends of Tomorrow pilot was the biggest disappointment this week. Maybe  the hype was overstated, maybe it was inevitable that this unusual grouping of The Atom, White Canary, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heatwave AND Rip Hunter was too weird to make sense.

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Sure, the writers worked hard (bit too hard, perhaps!) to create conflicts amongst the various characters but time travel stories are not the easiest to pull off. Also, CW banked heavily on the associations with the popular Arrow and The Flash series to generate interest. Yes alright, the first episode is the setup for the series and hopefully, it will fully explore the opportunities of the DC Universe across various eras – like Golden Age characters and the like.

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But why oh why was it almost impossible for the ‘Legends’ to defeat one Boba Fett knockoff (aka bounty hunter Kronos) – or perhaps that was to demonstrate what a pathetic superhero group they actually were? Where (and when) it goes from here will make or break CW’s continued involvement in the DC Universe TV adaptation.

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