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.
Gotham – “The Scarecrow”
So remember last week when Fish Mooney growled at that man on the ship? And Penguin just barely escaped being crushed on Maroni’s orders? And that Leslie and Gordon are trying to date? All those threads are picked up and continued in this episode.
Although, the clear focus is on Dr. Crane who is still on the loose. The episode beings with him, and his son, killing another frightened man. Turns out, Dr. Crane wrote and academic paper theorizing that fear is an evolutionary flaw and that it can be cured. His removal of the adrenal glands at the height of fear are necessary for his trial. And of course the trials requires two subjects. So naturally the second subject is his own son. Though the method seems successful in Dr. Crane, the trial for Jonathon Crane is interrupted by Detectives Gordon and Bullock leading the father Crane to inject too much concentrated hormones into his son. Jonathon Crane is left feeling terrorized every waking moment by his greatest fear. I’d be scared of that scarecrow too! It’s interesting to postulate how an unstable Jonathon Crane becomes the man he does later.
Fish’s growl on the ship clearly didn’t end up well as she is now some sort of prisoner somewhere. It’s all very weird. But she proves she’s still one powerful woman that you don’t want to mess with and takes charge of her situation very soon after her arrival.
There was also some more of Bruce and Alfred in the episode, though it felt very out of place. And my very favorite scene was where Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma met. This scene was amazing. And it had absolutely nothing to do wtih who these men become (the villainous Penguin and the scheming Riddler) and everything to do with who they’ve been on this show and the brilliant acting of Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith. Edward tells Cobblepot a riddle and a fact about emperor penguins. It was fantastic! What did you think of this little encounter?
The Flash – “The Nuclear Man”
We finally get an episode focused on Ronnie Raymond, though it’s not so much Ronnie Raymond as it is Martin Stein. It seems in the blast Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein were fused as a result of FIRESTORM and the ‘survival of the fittest’ has left Martin’s mind in charge of Ronnie’s body. This is clearly very confusing for the man (men?), but also for the women in their lives. Poor Caitlin and Mrs. Stein are left very confused. The attempt to separate the two men ultimately leads to a nuclear explosion outside of town, which also happens to alert that troublesome general again.
This episode also had Barry trying, unsuccessfully, to date. Iris sabotaging his attempts (I really didn’t like her in this episode). And Joe and Cisco trying to learn more about what really happened the night of Barry’s mother’s death. They return to the scene of the crime, now inhabited with a bored housewife who really likes Joe, and through fancy old-school methods are able to see some pictures. And they find blood, Barry’s blood, Barry’s older blood. And let the time travel stories commence…..
The Flash has such great teases about what’s to come and then shifts gears to deal with something else. And it continues to maintain its heart, hope, and humor. This really is great superhero television. I can’t wait to see what the back episodes have in store for us!
Arrow – “Canaries”
Dinah Laurel Lance was really the main focus of this episode and in a very good way. She is finally becoming what she was meant to be. Laurel gets dosed with Vertigo while after the escaped Count and sees Sara in her hallucinations telling her she’s not good enough and she can’t be Sara. And of course Oliver is pissed that Laurel is the Canary and accuses Laurel of being an addict using adrenaline instead of pills or booze. It was a low blow and one she relives in a hallucination with Sara telling her the same thing. And when they bring Laurel back to the Arrow Cave to treat her, Roy and Felicity finally stand up to Oliver. They forcefully let Oliver know they had to make choices while he was gone and they protected the city in his absence.
Felicity: You don’t not have the right to come back and question everyone’s choices.
So proud of Roy and Felicity for standing up to Oliver. And of course this outburst leads to him accepting Laurel as the new Canary. And trusting them with the city when he makes plans to leave it with Thea (they headed to the island next week).
Speaking of Thea, Malcolm wanted Oliver to bring Thea into the fold. Oliver tells Thea straight to her face that he lied. But she’s proud of him and what he’s become, not angry. It really was touching and about time that Thea knew Oliver’s secret. The twist of this big reveal is that Thea discovered Malcolm’s true colors.
Speaking of big reveals, Laurel finally tells her dad about Sara and it’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all out in the open now. It will be interesting to see where the show moves now. What do you think? Happy to have the secrets out?
Constantine – “Waiting for the Man”
This was the season (series?) finale of Constantine and it went out with a bang. This episode is another pulled straight from the pages of Hellblazer. Waiting for the Man was issue 4 written by Jamie Delano and published in 1988. The story deals with a man who collects young girls, making them his brides (by killing them). It’s a creepy story and was played out creepily on the screen.
This episode had a lovely call out to Jamie Delano with a street name, discovered in a vision of Zed’s. We also had the return of Jim Corrigan and Papa Midnite by placing this story back in New Orleans. We got more visions of and even a push to become The Spectre. We saw Papa Midnite create and command his zombies. And we had lines straight out of the story. It was a brilliant episode and fans really couldn’t ask for more. But we got more. Earlier in the season, Papa Midnite told John he would be betrayed. That betraying was revealed at the end of the episode and it was a biggie. It made me want to go back and rewatch every episode again to see if there were any hints and consider behaviors in a different light.
It was brilliant, but it still didn’t get the ratings. As of this writing, we still don’t know the fate of Constantine. Cast, producers, and even NBC execs all live tweeted the finale (both West Coast and East Coast airings) together at David Cerone’s house last Friday night. NBC has been supportive of the show given the circumstances. I hope they find a way to make it live on. I desperately want to see more.
If you didn’t watch any of Constantine, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Check it out via the NBC app or website and see what you’ve been missing (and let it simmer until at least episode three – that’s when it really picks up).