Television

Fri
09
Dec

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 208, "The Chicago Way"

As Martin Stein belabors keeping his time-aberration daughter a secret, Jefferson warns him it's only a matter of time before Sara or the Waverider's onboard computer Gideon notes the time aberration and warns them about it. Just then the klaxons go off indicating an aberration has been detected -- but to Stein's great relief the warning directs them to 1927 Chicago, where Al Capone's men are about to dispatch of a new-to-town G-man named Elliot Ness.

Fri
09
Dec

Nocking Point: ARROW Ep 509 "What We Leave Behind"

This week, what we leave behind, is a 4 episode crossover. And now that Invasion! is behind us, we can return to our regularly scheduled romp through Star City with this season's nemesis: Prometheus.

Wed
07
Dec

Catching Up: The Flash, Episode 309, "The Present"

Flash Episode 309, The Present

When Christmas is near, it's only natural that I want to hear a really exciting story about a man in a red suit who can travel the whole breadth of the world so quickly that he can do it all in a night.

Okay, so Barry Allen (GRANT GUSTIN) isn't sporting a white beard just yet, but we do get a somewhat grizzled Jay Garrick (JOHN WESLEY SHIPP) in this special Christmas episode that brings the mystery of Alchemy and Savitar to a head -- and sets the stage for an even more chilling storyline for the second half of this season!

Fri
02
Dec

SUPERGIRL NEWS: Mischief, Thy Name is Mister Mxyzptlk

Comicbook.com is reporting that Mr. Mxyzptlk will be appearing in the second half of this season's SUPERGIRL.

Once again The CW is introducing another one of Superman's classic villains to National City. In the comic books, Supergirl's gallery of villains was never really fleshed out very well. This is often referenced whenever she has a solo series; they often lack direction and a solid rogue's gallery.

Fri
02
Dec

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 207, "Invasion!"

Legends of Tomorrow Ep 207, Invasion!

Picking up where ARROW left off, "Invasion!" comes to its conclusion -- and it ties together a lot of threads showing that this was more than just a crossover stunt. There was a build-up we didn't see, there are lessons learned, and there's a new depth to the DC-CW universe that didn't exist before.

When we left off, Green Arrow (STEPHEN AMELL) and his non-metahuman allies had just been rescued from alien pursuit by Nate Heywood (NICK ZANO) piloting the Waverider timeship, as the Dominator mothership was on a course for Earth with a nearly completed weapon.

Thu
01
Dec

Nocking Point: Arrow, Episode 508, "Invasion!"

Arrow 508 Invasion!

The INVASION of the CW Supershows continues with this week's installment of ARROW.

When we left all of our heroes at the end of THE FLASH, Green Arrow (STEPHEN AMELL), White Canary (CAITY LOTZ), Spartan (DAVID RAMSEY), Speedy (WILLA HOLLAND) and The Atom (BRANDON ROUTH) were all teleported away from the fight, leaving Flash (GRANT GUSTIN) behind.

From that point we are immediately taken to the Queen Estate, where we see Oliver and Thea meeting with none other than their parents, Moira (SUSANNA THOMPSON) and Robert (JAMEY SHERIDAN). And if you are thinking to yourself, "Wait, they're both dead," you're right. That's because Oliver and his teammates are trapped in...

Wed
30
Nov

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL ep 208 "Medusa"

The beginning of the highly touted 4 episode crossover on The CW, SUPERGIRL still has some important ends to tie up on her Earth, before she can take flight and save another. While it takes a while to finally get to the actual crossover, there are hints of something coming scattered throughout the episode.

The episode starts off with Thanksgiving dinner at Kara's apartment and puts comaraderie and frienship on full display. The cast has developed amazing chemistry as their dymanic continues to evolve with one another. Alex, James and Winn all have something they want to share with Kara and their 'discussion' as to who will go first is how real life friends would hash it out. When Mon-El shows up for dinner, he continues to delight with his playful innocence as he struggles to grasp simple concepts such as 'bring the stuffing'.

Wed
30
Nov

Catching Up: The Flash, Episode 308, "Invasion!"

Flash Episode 308, "Invasion!"

It's the crossover event we've been waiting for ever since SUPERGIRL found herself rocketed to the CW network. We saw the crossover begin, sort of, in Monday night's SUPERGIRL, although only with a hint at the beginning of the episode and then with the actual appearance of Barry Allen (GRANT GUSTIN) and Cisco Ramon (CARLOS VALDES) during the last three minutes.

That scene repeats itself later in THE FLASH as "Invasion!" gets fully underway, opening with Flash and Green Arrow (STEPHEN AMELL) under fire -- and attacked by heat vision!

Tue
29
Nov

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY BEAMS UP FIRST THREE CAST MEMBERS

Studio City, CA  – STAR TREK: DISCOVERY announces its first three cast members: Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Anthony Rapp. As previously announced, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will premiere in May 2017 on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video on-demand and live streaming service.
 
Doug Jones will star as “Lt. Saru,” a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe.

Wed
23
Nov

Catching Up: The Flash, Episode 307, "Killer Frost"

The Flash 307 -- Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost

Before we pick up with last week's cliffhanger, I've got to say that Director Kevin Smith really knows how to get emotion out of his actors. This episode of THE FLASH blows away everything this season, not just because of story but because of the way the characters come across. More on that as we progress.

Thu
17
Nov

Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 206, "Outlaw Country"

Legends of Tomorrow - Jonah Hex

An errant time pirate in Liberty Colorado in 1874 results in future tracking technology falling into the hands of one Quentin Turnbull (JEFF FAHEY), allowing him not only to begin mining of a very rare mineral, but allows him to use that mineral to prevent westward expansion, effectively creating his own country.

Naturally, this causes a time aberration, which gets picked up by the device on the Waverider that Ray (BRANDON ROUTH) has lovingly named "the Trouble Alert," providing a distraction for Nate (NICK ZANO) who has been tasked with researching the connection between the amulets the team has prevented from falling into the hands of Damien Darhk -- items that, according to all the records, shouldn't exist.

Thu
17
Nov

Nocking Point: Arrow, Episode 507, "Vigilante"

Arrow Episode 507, Vigilante

There's a new vigilante in Star City, and he plays for keeps, dropping off bodies at the local police station and marking them with a 'V'. This is the Vigilante I've been waiting for this season, and I am curious as to how the writers are going to handle him. After all, he kills and the Green Arrow (STEPHEN AMELL) doesn't. Anymore. He's really sorry about those past murders he committed as The Hood and later The Arrow, but he's making up for it now without serving any time.

Wed
16
Nov

Catching Up: The Flash, Episode 306, "Shade"

The Flash Episode 306, "Shade"

While there was certainly a bad guy to be caught in THE FLASH last night, there wasn't much focus put on him. In fact, once apprehended, Shade (MIKE MCLEOD) didn't even get a speaking part, let alone an origin story.

The story instead focused more on the changing dynamics within Team Flash, such as the secret Caitlin (DANIELLE PANABAKER) is keeping regarding her developing cold powers, and the dreams Wally (KEIYNAN LONSDALE) is having about being Kid Flash.

Tue
15
Nov

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL 206 "Changing"

This week's episode of SUPERGIRL explores a very deep topic about discovering the truth behind feelings that were purposely suppressed out of fear. Also, an energy sucking parasite.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

We start off with a team of scientists doing work on climate change when they discover a dead wolf with an unusual lesion. As it's investigated a parasitic creature infects the lead scientist. The DEO finds him alive and after some questioning, Hank reluctantly lets him go to continue his research.

It isn't long until we discover that the parasite is slowly taking over.

Fri
11
Nov

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 205, "Compromised"

Legends of Tomorrow 205, Compromised

It's back to the 80s for the LEGENDS OF TOMORROW team, replete with more nostalgia than you could stuff into a pair of parachute pants.

We open with our long-lived villain, Damien Darhk (NEAL MCDONOUGH) engaging in a drug deal in exchange for an artifact, an ancient fasces. (No clues were dropped that I could find as to whether this was a DC Comics Easter egg, as the Isis amulet was recently). Darhk is doing Don Johnson better than Don Johnson did, and when the police arrive he's prepared. But then he's rescued by a speeding Eobard Thawne (MATT LETSCHER), whom Darhk has not seen since 1942 when Thawne hired him to nuke New York City. Of course, for the time-traveling Thawne, it was just moments ago. Thawne reveals that he knows Darhk's future, and reveals part of the plan we saw come together in ARROW, and he offers Darhk actual power rather than symbols of it.

Thu
10
Nov

Nocking Point: Arrow, Episode 506, "So It Begins"

Arrow 506, So It Begins

I've got to truly hope that the ending of this episode is an obvious mislead. The alternative would be terribly, terribly disappointing.

The entirety of the present-day focus of "So It Begins" is on Prometheus, the new big bad in town who has it out for Green Arrow [STEPHEN AMELL]. As Oliver and Diggle (DAVID RAMSEY) track him, Oliver is adamant with Felicity (EMILY BETT RICKARDS) that he does not want the new recruits brought into this investigation until the threat level has been assessed. And apparently the threat level is pretty high, because Prometheus is a master of killing people with ninja throwing stars, and has now begun killing seemingly random civilians.

Tue
08
Nov

Taking Flight: Supergirl Episode 205, "Crossfire"

Supergirl Episode 205 - Crossfire

After the Alien Amnesty has been pretty much accepted, there comes even more reason for people to distrust aliens--their technology.

"Crossfire" begins with Kara (our Best TV Actress of 2015 Winner, MELISSA BENOIST) trying her best to acclimate a naive Mon-El (CHRIS WOOD) to life among human beings. She's gotten him a job at CATCO under the name of plain old Mike Matthews. She's even given him glasses to complete the look, just in case he ever decides to put on a cape. Unfortunately, Mon-El must have skipped his Orientation to Earth Culture training, because he's unfamiliar with everything, like telephones and especially work. Throughout the episode, Kara catches him unloading his work onto the twitterpated executive assistant Eve Tesmacher (ANDREA BROOKS), or canoodling in the supply room.

Fri
04
Nov

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 204, "Abominations"

Legends of Tomorrow Episode 204, Abominations

The promos for this episode of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW were geared toward it being Halloween week. Thus, the focus was on the zombies that got created during the U.S. Civil War when a time-pirate crashes there with a bioweapon.

But the really intense story here wasn't the involvement of Sara (CAITY LOTZ) and Nate (NICK ZANO) assisting General Ulysses S. Grant (JOHN CHURCHILL) against confederate zombies (oh where oh where is Selena Rosen when I need her?), nor is it in the drama that finds Ray (BRANDON ROUTH) and Martin (VICTOR GARBER) trapped aboard the Waverider with a zombified Mick (DOMINIC PURCELL).

Thu
03
Nov

Nocking Point: Arrow Episode 505, "Human Target"

Arrow Episode 505 Human Target

I didn't have to read a synopsis to know that this week was going to expand the DCW television universe just a tiny bit more. "Human Target" just had to be a reference to DC Comics' own victim-for-hire, Christopher Chance, aka The Human Target. And I'm happy to say that I was right, with the character played by WIL TRAVAL (ONCE UPON A TIME, JESSICA JONES). (Fun fact: The Human Target has had two previous incarnations in television -- once in 1992 played by RICK SPRINGFIELD and again as recently as 2011 played by MARK VALLEY.)

Wed
02
Nov

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 305, "Monster"

The Flash Ep 305 - Monster

The title of this episode is "Monster," but where it may directly apply is something that is up in the air throughout most of the show. Certainly it could be most aptly refer to the 3-story kaiju that's mysteriously appearing and disappearing in the streets of Central City. But as the episode progresses, there are a few more opportunities where the title could merit application -- or narrowly miss it.

First potential monster: H.R. Wells (TOM CAVANAGH)

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