DC Entertainment has entered a new era expanding their universe into several different television series on network television. As a huge fan of DC Comics, I’m excited to see some of my favorite characters and story lines depicted weekly on the small screen. Let’s recap and discuss what happened last week for DC on TV. I know we had a full slate last week with some big reveals, but I want to talk about a couple of specific videos so I’m going to skip iZombie and Arrow this week. My sincere apologies. HOWEVER there is good news: iZombie has been renewed for a second season! Hooray!
The CW is Amazing
Can we talk about how brilliant the CW has been with the DC properties? First we got Arrow. Arrow really changed the landscape and paved the way for superhero television. From Arrow we were introduced to Barry Allen and The Flash. And both shows have been brilliant using their shared network to a HUGE advantage with amazing crossovers and introducing new characters, characters who are now going to get their own spinoff show. As Jim Lee put it over on Instagram, “Who would have thought Oliver Queen would be the gateway superhero?”
The CW has been taking full advantage of their momentum, producing a series of different promotional videos and posters. Did you see the fight club promo that aired a few weeks ago to promote the final few episodes?
And now there’s a composite poster of all the characters (via Comic Book Resources)!
And is if all of that is not enough, the teaser for this week’s episode of Arrow, This Is Your Sword (3.22), features the introduction of another well known character.
Tatsu Yamashiro (Rila Fukushima, “Wolverine) is Katana!! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited. DC on TV is most certainly succeeding in a lot of ways. Now if only we can get the news about a season two of Constantine!
Gotham – “Anvil or the Hammer”
This was a very interesting episode in a lot of ways. Barbara understands what Jason is and is put through hell. She’s strung up and she’s forced to tell him to kill someone. She tries to stay strong, thinking Jim will save her, but she breaks and is a shell of a person in complete shock by the time Jim finally does save the day. This story line was troubling in so many ways. Barbara has been a problematic character in Gotham through most of the season. She has her moments, but mostly she’s just been there. This episode we see some of her strength before she breaks, but it’s at the hands of violence towards women. Will we ever stop with this tactic?
This troubling story line aside, it was a great episode. There’s tension with Jim and Barbara, Jason is extremely chilling, Harvey has some great lines (aren’t you curious what it was at the club that made him pull out the cop card?), and Bruce is making more strides to become the man he will. Oh yeah, and we met Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk, “The Newsroom”, “Homeland”) in Gotham this week.
The Flash – “The Trap”
This week’s episode begins with Caitlin, Cisco, and Barry in the time vault they discovered last week, and we get all kinds of revelations:
- The byline on the future newspaper article is Iris West-Allen.
- Barry created Gideon, the interactive artificial consciousness.
- In the future, Barry is the director of the Central City Police Department, CSI division.
- Gideon begins to mention the Justice League, but is cut off by Barry’s questions.
“Also known as The Flash, founding member of the…”
And all that was just in the first five minutes! From there, we move on to the team planning how to discover more about ‘Harrison Wells.’ This is interspersed with various marriage related references and events, which are all the more awkward to Barry after seeing the tagline on the newspaper article and Eddie telling him that he plans to propose to Iris.
Cisco is, once again, a very important part of this episode. Caitlin develops glasses to help Cisco re-live his dream/memory. They all discover what Cisco learned in the alternate timeline and decide to re-create it, setting a trap for Reverse Flash/Harrison Wells to get him to confuse to Nora Allen’s murder. Needless to say, it doesn’t go quite as planned because Eobard Thawne has been one step ahead of them the whole time (he’s had surveillance video of all of them just about everywhere). He used Everyman to distract the team while he captured Eddie. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to Eddie Thawne moving forward. Eobard Thawne is hell-bent on revenge against The Flash, despite the fact he’s actually grown to love working with Barry and the others.
We’ve got three episodes to go and next week we FINALLY get more of Grodd! I can’t wait!