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 depiced weekly on the small screen. Let’s recap and discuss what happened last week for DC on TV. And let’s spend some time talking about the latest edition to the line-up: iZombie!!
The Flash – “Out of Time”
This was a wide-ranging episode of The Flash. Everything is finally starting to come together in a big flash (sorry, I couldn’t resist). As the episode teasers suggested, the team (minus Barry) discovered Dr. Wells has been keeping secrets. The conversation between Dr. Wells and Cisco during the big reveal was heartbreaking on so many levels, and not just because of the end result. Beginning the episode with their movie date brought home how big the betrayal actually is and was to Cisco. This was an incredibly powerful scene that had me reacting way more emotionally than I expected. How did you react?
The drama-filled love story of Barry and Iris also came to head in this episode, with both their partners questioning the relationship between Barry and Iris. Then, in a very dire moment, Iris confesses her feelings to Barry. This may just have given him some of the extra incentive he needed to push his limits and save Coast City, but in that process, he travels back in time. Those of us familiar with Flashpoint (or any other time travel movie – Terminator, Back to the Future, The Time Machine, etc.) know that changing one event can lead to a whole slew of other unintentional changes. We are destined to see what Barry alters and what those effects are in this week’s episode. I can’t wait! Meanwhile, it also means that Dr. Wells, aka Reverse Flash, still kept his secret from everyone else.
iZombie – “Pilot”
iZombie is the latest series to enter the comic property network television fray. It’s actually based on a the iZombie comic series published by Vertigo, a DC Comics imprint (much like Constantine and Hellblazer). iZombie the comic lasted from 2010-2012 for 28 issues. iZombie the series is being spearheaded by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright. Quite honestly, I was not familiar with the comic, but I’m very familiar with Rob and Diane’s work (Veronica Mars!!), so I eagerly awaited the premiere of this new series. It did not disappoint!
It’s a great, humorous take on the zombie world. The premise is that Liv was working to become a heart surgeon when she unfortunately contracts the ‘virus'(?). After waking up undead, she goes to work in the morgue in order to get her brain fix, but she also happens to get visions from the former brain owner when she consumes it. These visions lead her to unintentionally end up working with a young cop, as what he himself termed “Cagney and Pasty.”
That should give you an idea of the humor involved. The show (in the pilot at least) also uses comic style art for the main titles and scene changes. I have high hopes for this show and I think it fits The CW quite well. Let’s see where it goes. What did you think?
As an aside, did anyone read My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland? iZombie, the comic, predates that book but there are some similarities, and if you were a fan of the book you’ll probably like this series.
Arrow – “The Offer”
In the last episode, we left Oliver in Nanda Parbat shocked at the offer Ras al Ghul has given – that he wants Oliver to replace him. Ras then gives Oliver the grand tour and explains that his assassins don’t have to kill for him, they have to die for him:
“The [league of assassins] are justice…you would command resources that you can’t even fathom.”
He explains the Lazarus Pits to Oliver (without ever actually calling them that) and suggests that Starling City will never truly thank Oliver, that Oliver will end up alone anyway. So, it isn’t much of a shocker when Oliver returns home with Malcolm in tow, that he begins to question his role and his accomplishments and actually consider the offer. Talk about a crisis of self; if there ever was one, this is it!
Felicity finally manages to talk some sense into him, even as she has moved on romantically. (Maybe into a new show? Anyone else notice her role seems to be slightly diminished in the last new episodes? Perhaps with the ATOM based spin-off she may be moving? Just pure speculation.) Oliver contacts Maseo to tell Ras he won’t be accepting the offer. When Malcolm hears of it, he gives Oliver a dire warning: “Ras doesn’t offer, he orders. Don’t delude yourself.”
And this statement becomes even more important when the episode ends with Ras killing criminals while dressed as the Arrow. The news of “the Arrow’s” latest activities certainly won’t make Captain Lance any happier….
What did you think of DC on TV this week?