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.
The Flash – “Rogue Time”
As a result of disrupting the time continuum, this episode was an abrupt shift from the last. The heart-wrenching moments were essentially swept away and lost in time. It was interesting to see how angry Dr. Wells got when he realized what Barry had been able to do. I look forward to seeing what moves forward with Barry in this timeline, now that he is the one with suspicions on Dr. Wells.
We got a return of the Rogues (shocker by the episode title, right?). I actually liked Snart aka Captain Cold in this episode. He felt less stilted and more fun than in his previous outings. After receiving the “stern talking-to” from Barry, I look forward to seeing more of The Rogues in the future. That was the good stuff, now on to the bad….
I was more than a little disappointed that The Flash stooped to stereotyping beautiful women. When a gorgeous woman (Snart’s sister in disguise) hits on Cisco, he can’t believe it and when she claims to be an engineer he’s a little shocked. She counters with incredulity which is good but then turns out not to be an engineer which is bad. As a woman scientist, it’s upsetting that this otherwise fantastic and smart show would help to perpetuate a stereotype that attractive woman cannot succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. And just to prove my point, check out these gorgeous engineers over on Instagram (thanks Katherine for pointing them out!):
- Katherine @EngineeringInStyle
- Ramona @RamonaCrisstea
- Rosie @ms.rosie.m
- Jenna Colgove @jennacolgrove
- Morgan @M_Harris415
iZombie – “Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?”
While this outing wasn’t quite as amazing as the pilot, it was still a lot of fun.
This time out, Liv has consumed the brains of a murdered artist, and this artist loves beauty in the world and was known to take several lovers. As a result, Liv seems to become extremely attracted to one of the women the artist had been sleeping with. It’s fantastic watching her and this woman and seeing the annoyed reaction of Detective Babineaux, annoyed because she wasn’t paying attention not because she was hitting on a woman. It just was…there was nothing else about it. This really shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, we are talking about a show from the creators who tackled the issue of a transgender father in episode 3 (‘Meet John Smith’) of Veronica Mars.
Though his zombie make-up isn’t all that great, can we talk about how fantastic David Anders is in this role as Blaine Debeers? You want to like him but you don’t. And then you really don’t want to like him, but he’s just so smooth with his nefarious plans. Right?
And Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti – man does he get some great lines. Is it just me, or are medical examiners also pretty fantastic on genre shows?
Arrow – “Suicidal Tendencies”
Arrow felt a little off balance this week, probably owing to the split storylines. We finally got the wedding between Lyla and Diggle, but the joyous occasion was interrupted by a news alert about the Arrow’s killing spree. Oliver insists that Lyla and Diggle head on their honeymoon, but unfortunately their honeymoon ends up being an ARGUS mission with the Suicide Squad. As a result, we get flashbacks into Floyd Lawton’s aka Deadshot’s past – which are very hard to watch (and prompt a message about the Wounded Warriors project at the episodes conclusion). The mission goes sideways because the Senator they were sent to save is actually a corrupt ass with political plans that cause him to stage his own abduction. The team, minus Deadshot who sacrifices himself, eventually gets out. I have to say over the course of the series I’d grown to really like Michael Rowe’s performance as Deadshot and he will be missed. His death also serves as Lyla’s last straw with ARGUS, who refuses to honor him correctly and instead pins the blame on him in the media.
Back in Starling, the crew is trying to discover who is killing under the guise of the Arrow and in the process Ray Palmer in this ATOM suit discovers the Arrow is Oliver and that leads to a showdown. The showdown ended up being more over Felicity than anything else which, while understandable, didn’t feel right. On the plus side, Oliver stood up for her and her decisions (while also being angry that she has chosen to be with someone who is doing the same things he is…). It remains to be seen whether Ray can honor his promise of saving the city with Felicity as his partner or not.
One of the real questions for me is if Ra’s al Ghul is still in Starling? Last episode it was the Demon himself that killed as the Arrow. In this episode it was the League of Assassins who all dressed as the Arrow to kill.
So that’s it for this week’s DC on TV. What did you think? How’d you feel about Ray vs. Oliver? What do you think of Blaine? Are you ready to see Grood (the teases that have been few and far between still have me excited)?