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 depicting weekly on the small screen. Let’s recap and discuss what happened last week for DC on TV.
And then there were three (Constantine has ended, hopefully not for good though. Fingers crossed)…
Gotham – “The Blind Fortune Teller”
This episode was teased as an introduction to The Joker. We also were teased with ‘the circus.’ Fans of Bat-lore know the circus refers to the Grayson family and the rise of Robin and eventually Nightwing. We begin the episode with Jim Gordon and Lee Thompson on a date at the circus. But the trip to the circus turns into an all-out brawl which Jim Gordon begrudgingly halts. Of course the brawl is over a woman and the long-standing feud between the Loyds and the Graysons. Thanks to some harsh words from Gordon about that feud, the Loyds and Graysons seem to move past that which leads to Mary Loyd and John Grayson getting engaged (and therefore eventually having a little baby Dick Grayson).
But back to that brawl, the cause was Lyla, the snake dancer and mother to Jerome. Lyla is a loose woman and she was found murdered (thanks to her snake). After some detective work, and the ‘misleading’ hint from the blind fortune teller, Jim understands that Jerome killed his mother. In that interview, we are given a very disturbing picture of this young man. His mannerisms, smile, and laugh are eerily like what we’ve come to know as The Joker. But is this actually who will become The Joker? Gotham has been teasing it, but no one has said anything definitively. I actually appreciate that. The Joker’s origins have always been shrouded in mystery. Even when they weren’t (The Killing Joke), there was still debate over The Joker’s twisted mind and what could be seen as a ‘possible’ origin. Gotham, however, is billed as a tale of origins. So it will be interesting to see what they do with The Joker as that character builds.
Other notable things:
- Selina and Ivy (aka Catwoman and Poison Ivy) help Barbara try to figure out what to wear to try to win Jim Gordon back. This is significant because it’s trying to help plan for Batgirl…
- Fish and those people that are held prisoner are actually illegal transplant donors and she will have none of it. She is a very persuasive woman who has convinced these people to follow her even with her honestly stating that ’I will get SOME of us out alive.’
- We get to see more of the truly creepy Victor Zsasz and hope that Butch isn’t as broken as he appears.
The Flash – “Fallout”
The episode picks off where last week’s left off and we discover that Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond were able to be separated, but it’s not entirely successful. By the end of the episode, they are willingly merging and creating a much more stable FIRESTORM. Sadly, they have to desert their woman in order to learn more about themselves and what they can and can’t do somewhere that General Eiling will have a harder time locating them.
This episode also has Joe telling Barry he traveled through time. Can you imagine facing that discovery? The ensuing conversation with the STAR labs crew is so entertaining. Cisco uses movie references to help Joe understand the implications of time travel (Terminator, Back to the Future). Barry is also so convinced that Dr. Wells had nothing to do with his mother’s death, the revelation of the Reverse Flash’s identity will be something to see!
As an aside:
- Anyone else want to see General Eiling and Amanda Waller together? It’s happened in the comics, let’s hope the crossovers between The Flash and Arrow will give us some of that (assuming the General lives…).
- The image of Grodd walking towards General Eiling was so perfectly disturbing. Each tease of Gorilla Grodd has left me wanting so much more!
- Besides the well placed movie references, we also had references to Friends (Ross and Rachel’s relationship) and Game of Thrones (Dothraki language). The Flash is embracing its place in pop culture and providing connections to so much more.
- How soon until we see Iris putting more pieces together?
Arrow – “The Return”
Can we just talk about how amazing Willa Holland was as Thea in this episode? And how great Thea’s character is becoming? I love that she automatically accepted that Oliver was going to pull her arm out of socket.
So, this episode flips things on its head and has Thea and Oliver on Lian Yu, and the flashbacks with Oliver and Maseo in Starling City. Oliver is impressed with what Malcolm has taught Thea and eventually is forced to tell Thea that she killed Sara. This is hugely significant because it makes her choice not to kill Slade that much more meaningful. Oliver and Thea are choosing to be different from Malcolm Merlyn even while accepting that they need his help.
The flashbacks were nice in that we got to see Tommy Merlyn again. They also led to early pre-Oliver views of both Felicity and Diggle. We also saw Lance as a devastated drunk, which he is once again in the present time. He’s now mourning not only the loss of Sara (again), but also the loss of what he thought was a pure and honest relationship with Laurel.
“That disguise wouldn’t work even if you smeared grease paint on your face.”
“How many people can Oliver Queen lose before there is no more Oliver Queen?”