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 – “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”
This was one exciting Gotham episode. Jim Gordon got his detective shield back and he’s out to get those dirty bastards that took it away from him. When one of his witnesses is killed while in the precinct, Jim knows it was a cop and though the Captain and Bullock know it too, they aren’t willing to admit it or do anything about it. Lucky for Jim, he knows some scheming people (Penguin) and ends up getting proof of the dirty cop, even though it’s clear Jim felt dirty due to the methods.
We also got to see the return of Bruce Wayne (and Alfred!). Anyone else notice that they mentioned they’d left town more than once? Just in case we weren’t clear why they hadn’t been in the previous couple episodes…
Bruce isn’t the only character making another appearance. We also got more from Victor Zsasz. He thoroughly creeped me out in his first appearance, but ever since then I’ve really enjoyed his presence. This episode was no exception. Plus, he really seems to care for his girls. Much like Butch cares for Fish. He has a devotion to her that is striking and saved her more than once. He (and his motivations) are quickly becoming more fascinating. I really hope he gets more character development. I’d hate to see him as nothing more than Fish’s devoted servant.
We also had more of Nygma and his attempts to woo Miss Kringle; Selina playing it cool; and another glimpse of Ivy (“She looks like she has mange”). And as if the case isn’t big enough, next week we are bringing in Dr. Crane….good thing Gotham got that second season pick-up, right?
The Flash – “The Sound and the Fury”
First off, who else loved that Cisco showed up to his first day of work with a “Keep Calm and Han Shot First” t-shirt? This episode only made me love Cisco and his ‘humanity’ that much more. Oh and the selfie! To me, this was particularly entertaining after the series of selfie variant covers DC Comics recently did.
The Flash frequently had father-son dynamics at its heart and this episode is no different. This time we focus on the relationship Dr. Harrison Wells had with a former protégé, Hartley Rathaway who is actually referred to as “the prodigal son” at one point. But through this story of Hartley as the Pied Piper, we also get glimpses of the relationship between Dr. Wells and Cisco and more between Barry and Dr. Wells and Barry and Joe. I found it interesting that Dr. Wells called Barry a friend in this episode when he previously called him a partner. It’s especially telling because it’s clear that Barry was questioning Dr. Wells (for not heeding the warnings about the particle accelerator), if only for a brief amount of time. Joe’s mistrust, on the other hand, continues to grow and he and Eddie are now beginning to undertake a more thorough investigation. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see where that goes. Barry knows that the “people who we admire aren’t always who we’d like them to be” and it will be very interesting when Dr. Wells moves to his end game with Barry.
Arrow – “Midnight City”
This week’s episode began with Oliver’s voiceover once again, now that we know he isn’t dead and we see Oliver alive talking with Tatsu but we are given no explanation as to how/why he’s alive or as to the discord between Maseo and Tatsu. Even through the flashbacks, we still don’t get that full story which I’ve become quite invested in. (And what happened to their son?!?) Meanwhile in Starling City, Brick is running amuck and kidnapping city leaders and forcing the mayor to bow to his requests – The Glades will be abandoned to criminals. As a result, the others, even Felicity, change their tune and admit that the figureheads of the vigilante crew are important to the city.
The episode felt slightly unbalanced to me. But I’m glad to see Laurel’s character become stronger (there was even a mention of her full name – Dinah Laurel Lance!) even while having the heartbreaking task of pretending to be her sister to her father. It will be interesting to see how Lance will eventually discover Sarah’s death (will they tell him? Or will they fake the Canary’s death with Laurel in the role?). While I love the whole team, I’m just not as interested in them without Oliver. Despite his faults, the dynamics with Oliver seem to be more entertaining in my view. Thank goodness Oliver returns to Starling next week!
And can we talk about the DJ for a second?!? Who saw that coming?
Constantine – “A Whole World Out There”
After the brief interlude into Chas’s character, we return to the full glory of Constantine doing what he does best (stopping the rising darkness when all he wants to do is wallow…) while smoking. After all the early debate, the cigarettes are becoming more noticeable and frequent in the show, which is true to John’s character. This episode brings back another member of the Newcastle crew – Ritchie Simpson (again played perfectly by Jeremy Davies). I always loved Ritchie (even if he did perish rather quickly in the Hellblazer stories). Lucky for us, Ritchie lives to fight another day despite having to spirit travel into the world of a sadistic man. This episode was like Saw, but with the Dark Arts. It was genius in its references to well-known urban legends (Bloody Mary), disturbing imagery (John nailed to the wall), and some pop culture (who else thought of Real Genius when they saw the tape recorder providing the lecture?). In many ways, this was a clear stand-alone episode but it still provided some spooks and chills and entertainment. I would like to see more of Ritchie Simpson and his pursuit of the singularity (which I’m sure we would if we get more Constantine).