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 – “Tricksters”
There are two words that should make you want to watch this episode: Mark Hamill! Mark Hamill plays James Jesse aka The Trickster and he plays it so deliciously!! And he should because it’s not his first time out. Mark Hamill voiced the Trickster (amongst others) on the Justice League animated series. He also played the Trickster in the 1991 The Flash series ( you know the one where Barry Allen was played by John Wesley Shipp, the guy who plays the current Barry Allen’s father). And this episode of The Flash calls back to that perfectly with quick shots of Mark Hamill in his costume from that older series. It’s brilliant!
We also get a lot of flashback sequences in this episode (very reminiscent of the sister show, Arrow). We learn a lot more about the night Barry’s mother died and more importantly we gain an understanding of how Eobard Thawne became Dr. Harrison Wells. And it’s pretty heartbreaking for the original Harrison Wells.
This episode also shows us a key talent of The Flash – vibrating through solid matter – and it’s perfectly introduced in a way that gives Barry new understanding about Dr. Wells and leads to yet another touching discussion between Barry and Joe West.
“Whatever else he is, he is science….you always want to be the person who sees the best in people…..I wish I could be you. As fast as you are, that is your real power.”
Joe’s talks with Barry are always so powerful. Joe West is a very good man.
This episode also provided a reference to Breaking Bad, a goosebump-giving call back to some movies Mark Hamill is perhaps best known for (Star Wars!), and Barry Allen revealing himself as The Flash to Eddie Thawne. It was a pretty fantastic episode. And there is sure to be some more jaw droppers to come. Did you watch the teaser after the episode? Wow…stuff is going down in the rest of the season. That teaser was insane! How excited are you for what’s coming?!?
iZombie – “The Exterminator”
I’m still really wanting to love iZombie, and I do still love parts (Rose McIver is so brilliant in the lead role), but it feels a little uneven to me. This episode was light on the humor – which isn’t really a surprise since it had Liv eating the brain of a hired hitman without emotion. It did move some storylines as well as character and plot development forward, but it felt clunky to me. Anyone else think so?
We also discovered more about the “zombie virus.” It turns out that without a regular supply of brains, the ‘infected’ will become the shambling demons of lore, as evidenced by Marcy, the former coworker who invited Liv on that fateful boat. It was pretty heart-wrenching when Liv returned Marcy’s necklace to Marcy’s mother.
We are also introduced to more of Blaine’s sinister motives. He’s the creepy dude collecting kids with no one to miss them, except it turns out Major is connected. And this story is bound to pull Liv and Major back into contact despite the terrible relationship announcement Liv had to watch via Facebook.
Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) is still one of my favorite parts of the show. In addition to the heart and humor he provides, I feel like his role is similar to how The Doctor’s companions allow us, the viewers, to be part of the world and create explanations.
What are you thinking of iZombie now that we are three episodes in?
Arrow – “Public Enemy”
Wow! Arrow was full of revelations this week in a very intense episode with a whole lot of action. The fight scenes were pretty epic. I loved the one that had the Arrow, Arsenal, and Black Canary all fighting the League.
Last week we saw Maseo fire an arrow through the Mayor and take aim at Felicity. This episode picks up with that scene. Ray jumps to save Felicity (and gets shot in the process). This puts Ray, and by extension Felicity, into the hospital for the majority of the episode, but those scenes are still pretty entertaining to watch, especially since we get a return of Felicity’s mother (and some more hints about who Felicity’s father is). We also have nanotech being inserted into Ray by Felicity in order to try to save his life. Anyone else see us inching ever closer to the subatomic sized Atom?
The heart of the episode is about Oliver and Captain Lance’s decision to take down the Arrow, no matter what. And when Ra’s al Ghul reveals to Lance that Oliver Queen is the Arrow, that decision is only enhanced.
The betrayal Lance feels is so palpable. And his anger runs so deep, he holds a press conference to share the Arrow’s identity with the entire city. It’s a bold move and one which sends everyone to Diggle’s home (anyone else wonder where Lyla and baby Sara were?) and eventually has Oliver turning himself in. But the team, and Roy in particular, won’t stand for that. Roy’s decision is bold and makes your heart ache for Thea once again (that poor girl can’t catch a break, but this does seem to set her up to become more of a player in Team Arrow as Speedy).
We also saw more flashbacks with Oliver and Maseo’s son, which has to be one of the slowest moving story lines ever. The interesting part of these flashbacks was that we met Shado’s twin sister, May. We also got references to Doctor Who, Disney princes, yet another inadvertent double entendre from Felicity.
What did you think of this episode? Intense, right?