The Flash Season 2 Episode 9 “Running to Stand Still” Review

Running to Stand Still sees the team returning to Central City after the crossover with Arrow and it hits the ground running.  Although the crossover was done really well the main characters left their baggage in central city which was a good break but there was a need to go back.

Weather Wizard, Trickster and Captain Cold

The fast paced start to the Running to Stand Still sees the return of the Weather Wizard which is the metahuman that Patty has a problem with and holds him accountable for killing her father.  Weather Wizard, however, doesn’t come back on his own he breaks out Captain Cold and The Trickster out of Iron Heights, only for Captain Cold to become very conflicted because he doesn’t want to kill The Flash.  So he visits Barry to give him the heads up but still holds the air of mystery leaving the viewer not sure whether he is going to continue being a villain or move on to be a hero even if he does deny the latter.

The return Weather Wizard really affects Patty and puts a real strain on her and Barry’s relationship because Patty doesn’t think Barry understands what she is going through because she doesn’t know he is The Flash.  When both she and Star Labs discover where The Trickster is she runs straight into danger and tells The Flash the truth and why it means so much to her.  This puts Barry in an awkward position because she hasn’t told him and she seems MIA.

Patty going Rogue

Iris also is having her own issues while all this is going because she doesn’t know whether to tell Joe about the fact he has a son that he doesn’t know about.  Barry does persuade her to tell him but they are unsure how he will react.  The other big storyline even though the current threat isn’t linked to Zoom in anyway this episode Harrison Wells Mark 2 has made a discovery and is given and ultimatum will we see the return of the evil Wells?

The Verdict

Running to Stand Still was fast paced well deep episode.  Leaving some questions open and making some big discoveries at the same time.  Harrison and Leonard Snart with the biggest question marks over their heads.  The other point to make is the return of Jay and the way in which he and Caitlin dance around each others.  It does look like it could be a happy ending for Caitlin, but nothing always goes right in Central City.

Elementary Season 4 Episode 3 “Tag, You’re Me” Review

Tag, You’re Me is quite is an interesting turn of pace for Elementary and Sherlock stories in general.  Sherlock is often portrayed as someone that is complexed yet socially awkward and keeps himself distant from unwanted social interactions.  This episode, however, sees him deal have to deal with his estranged father.

Sherlock having heart to heart with his Father

Back in the NYPD Sherlock, Watson and Bell are reunited and although shocked to see them Bell is happy for them to join him on the case.  The case is about a Double Homicide which is actually involving Doppelganger’s.  While looking into the case somehow, Sherlock deduces his father is still in New Your and goes to confront him.  The reason for this was Sherlock can’t find the clarity that he needs to do his work when his father is in close proximity to him.  His Father then comes back with that he is still in New York on business and it cannot be dealt with anywhere else.  In which Sherlock does offer to help him with his work in order to help his father move on a bit quicker.

Which does in fact then mean that Sherlock’s attention is split between his Father’s work and the Doppelganger case.  Which turns out to be about a Face recognition software and rival companies.  The problem becomes that although initially the first company doesn’t seem to be that interested and knows their software has been taken and redesigned in order to help others find doppelganger’s the story seems to get deeper.

Sherlock and Watson discussing Morland

The Verdict

Tag, Your Me is well done it is opening up Sherlock and making him more human yet still keeping his character intact.  The one issues coming from this episode though is the fact that Watson laid down the law to Morland in Evidence of Things Not Seen saying that she wouldn’t let him hurt Sherlock but other than asking one question she doesn’t really get involved in their relationship in this episode which felt a little out of place.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 8 “Legends of Today” Review

Legends of Today is the time in the Season where they do a crossover with Arrow.  The villain this episode is Vandal Savage of which the team know very little about other than he is after Kendra.

Cisco and Kendra’s relationship is going from strength to strength and when Savage turns up to try and kill her.  Cisco is a bit bewildered but stands tall while making the emergency call to The Flash and then accidentally slipping up giving his true identity away to Kendra.  This leaves her in shock but also leaves the team questioning her identity because Vandal Savage had called her something else.  Barry having seen Vandal’s strength when Joe offers to put a detail on Kendra he instantly says no because they don’t know what they are dealing with and the consensus is the normal police force will be no match for Vandal.

Kendra, Barry and Oliver as Barry shows the team a sketch of Vanda

Barry decides the safest place for Kendra is out of the city and to be with Arrow while they figure out more about Vandal and why he thinks Kendra is someone else.  Barry gets to Oliver while they are attempting to take down a gang, and Barry gets there in just in time to save Oliver as it seemingly goes wrong.  When Barry first goes to Oliver with the problem he seems impressed because it’s showing a maturity but as the story unfolds and new people enter the mix Oliver starts to question what Barry as really dragged him into along with whether he able to deal with it.

Caitlin and Dr. Wells however when the team is up in Star City are left to their own devices.  Barry now has his speed back, but he isn’t fast enough for Zoom.  Dr. Wells is working on a drug that hopefully will make Barry that little bit faster in order to have a chance to beat Zoom.  The interesting part about this is when Patty sees Dr. Wells and goes in after him because she thinks he’s dead.  It would seem that even though she is Joe’s partner and Barry’s girlfriend she is still an outsider and now with Kendra knowing Barry’s identity as the Flash it could cause some serious problems down the line.  Jay is also brought back in because they need to test the drug to see whether it works or not but will Jay really want to try it or let Barry use it?

The Flash and Arrow getting ready to take on Vandal

The Verdict

Legends of Today is a really well worked cross over because the team had a valid reason for going to Oliver and also at the end of the episode the big cliffhanger is more of an Arrow cliffhanger than a Flash one.  That said though it would be cool if they could answer the cliffhanger on The Flash too.  Barry questioning his role was really well done as well and the ever expanding team will just add more story possibilities

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 6 “Red Faced” Review

Red Faced brings some unwanted terror to National City.  Supergirl is flying around higher and further than the DEO would like as she gets a call from Alex asking why she is out there and to which she replies to clear my head.  As this happens Supergirl hears a disagreement between two drivers, so races to stop them.  While stopping the cars before they hit some children that are crossing the road, she totals the cars and one of the drivers were not happy and goes to punch her.

Supergirl fighting the Red Tornado

Supergirl’s reaction to the driver that tries to punch her ends up scaring the children she had just saved and brought her flaws to the forefront.  Henshaw after that displaying that Supergirl gave to the world started to question whether Supergirl really has the discipline for the job and once she cools down Kara herself starts to realise where she went wrong.  The anger issues that Kara was facing as Supergirl spilled out into work and her “Normal Life” where she rants back at Cat when she is having a go at her because of the influence of Cat’s mother.  This shocked Cat and the viewer could see the shock, but it added even more respect to the relationship.  Cat and Kara seem to be getting closer together even after the events of How Does She Do It when Kara lost Cat’s son Carter.

Lucy Lane with the introduction of General Lane her father adds another dimension to the character, as a non-comic reader the thought was Lucy worked with James at the daily planet, but it turns out she works for someone else.  General Lane brings not only his presence to the episode but the threat of a Robot that Supergirl is asked to fight to test on whether they could use it to protect the world.  General Lane doesn’t seem to like Superman or Supergirl.  The problem then becomes when Supergirl’s anger issues are taken out on the robot and it goes into self-protection mode and disappears into the city.

Lucy meets Supergirl will she recognise Kara?

The Verdict

Red Faced has the right balance of action and drama, with the fight scenes between Supergirl and the Robot really well done.  The drama, however, was also really well done because the characters are developing well with the addition of General Lane the love triangle seems to be going in the favour of Lucy but then James and Kara have some deep moments just keeping her in the running.  Winn also is the key to finding out what happened to the Alex’s father, but the question becomes will he risk doing something illegal?

Blindspot Season 1 Episode 2 “A Stray Howl” Review

A Stray Howl continues the fast pace of Pilot which is strange because you’d think that it would slow up just a little for everyone to get their bearings.  The next tattoo to be deciphered points towards and Air Force Pilot with a difficult past and the visit from the team starts off a huge change of events that could put the whole of the city at risk.

Jane Doe, however, is struggling herself with the one memory she has she struggling with her own moral compass.  The memory that she had about target practise in the wood is coupled with another memory that is less than ideal for her.  She was concerned that the target practise one on in the Pilot was in an unorthodox place meaning that it was official and with the new flashback she worries she doesn’t want to know her past and a clean start might be for the best.

Jane Practising and bringing back memories

The real urgency of the episode, however, is the fact that the Colonel is holding out information to the FBI as its top secret.  When it comes to light that there is a drone program so that there are drones flying over the US and the Air Force Pilot has control of them and someone’s daughter the team goes into overdrive.  Slowly unlocking the targets of the Air Force Pilots revenge.

Jane isn’t the only one that seems to be haunted by her past Weller notices something on Jane that makes him think that he knows who she is.  Weller then changes his attitude towards as he knows conflict my trigger memories he wants to take her everywhere to try and get her memory back and also to keep her safe.  This thing in Weller’s past seems to drive him and that he is pinning all his hopes on Jane Doe will she be the right person and what is it?

Jane and Weller training together

The Verdict

A Stray Howl is a very well-paced episode with the right mix of drama and action.  The drama slows down the episode but leads to some interesting facts about Weller’s and Jane’s possible pasts and what drives him.  As well as showing a softer side of this uptight agent.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 5 “AKA The Sandwich Saved Me” Review

AKA The Sandwich Saved Me continues from the shock that was given in AKA 99 Friends where Jessica found out that one of the people she kind of trusted Malcolm the junkie down the corridor from her office/apartment is the one that is giving Killgrave the photos of her.

Jessica then starts to notice the patterns in Malcolm’s behaviour and sets about following him in order to locate Killgrave.  The patterns then become so regular that she then goes to Trish with the information, the establish that Malcolm has only been a junkie for 6 months and that has a strong link to Killgrave.  The episode also does a very good job of controlling flashbacks and the viewer gets more of an insight into Jessica and it dawns her the turning point of it all.

Trish in the other side is getting over the experiences she has experienced with Killgrave.  Actually getting really close to the guy that almost killed her Will Simpson, he had been under the control of Killgrave and tried to kill her in AKA 99 Friends and having some real issue with trusting him again they work through it and actually get to know each other and support each other.  So when Jessica goes banging on Trish’s door because she isn’t answering her phone because she is busy needing Trish’s help going after Killgrave.  Will is there and offers to help, Jessica was not really wanting his help but after a really awkward conversation she concedes that he could help.  This does give for an interesting dynamic because Jessica is used to doing things her own way and so is he.  Trish being the one that keeps them together and although the operation was successful they come up against a problem, they had not seen coming.

Malcom with Killgrave

Even though Malcolm had been helping Killgrave for some reason Jessica won’t let him lose and continues to try and help him with his addiction.  Jessica seems to believe in him, along with needing him to pull through for personal reasons that leads to Killgrave giving her an interesting ultimatum that does put an even more interesting spin on the story so far.

Hope reappears needing help from Jessica, she wants money as the prison life seems to be getting to her.  The little reminder why Jessica needs Killgrave alive and also plays out that Hope might be losing hope in Jessica and the outcome.

The Verdict

AKA The Sandwich Saved Me was a really good episode because it opened up Jessica’s backstory a little more and also adds more dynamic to the story.  Showing that even superheroes miss the small details and Killgrave seems to be ever evolving with the addition of the ultimatum that is given at the end of the episode.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 4 “AKA 99 Friends” Review

AKA 99 Friends starts off very paranoid after the revelations in AKA It’s Called Whiskey that Killgrave has Jessica under surveillance and Jessica has no clue who’s doing it.  She goes over the photo’s and is relieved that Luke isn’t in them and has an interesting switch in feeling that now she is the one of the receiving end of someone spying on her.

This mood doesn’t just stop with Jessica either Trish no longer trusts anyone and has the cops back at her apartment wanting to get back in.  Not sure whether they are under the influence of Killgrave she doesn’t let them in and phones Jessica she quickly establishes the cop isn’t a danger.  He is trying to understand what is going on and Jessica takes the risk of telling him the truth.  Guilt-ridden he goes through the episode not necessarily doing the right thing for his job but he will do anything to catch or help catch Killgrave.

Jessica coming off the subway trying to work out who’s following her

After having Trish in the firing line, it is decided that she should use her next show in order to apologize as Jessica thinks that this will get Trish off Killgraves hitlist.  The show also adds an extra problem this time for Jeri because now she has a waiting room full of people saying that they were under the control of Killgrave when they committed their crimes.  Jeri doesn’t want to deal with them but Jessica forces her to go through them and they do weed out the fakes from the real victims and seemingly start their own support group.  The case that is presented Jessica also raises some issues because Jessica is concerned that they were sent by Killgrave and doesn’t really want to take the case.

Jessica reluctantly takes the case and instead of following the cheating husband she goes after the wife.  Jessica is trying to establish whether or not it is safe to take the case and when she does do the investigation that she was hired for it, it does have an interesting twist.  It isn’t Killgrave and but her husband isn’t cheating either there is another motive.

The Verdict

AKA 99 Friends was a solid episode, but it did have some problems.  It was missing Luke and Hope which have been a huge part of the season so far and to have them completely missing just didn’t feel quite right.  Luke was mentioned, but having had Jessica and Luke get so close in AKA 99 It’s Called Whiskey.  Trish and The Cop development along with the support group, however, was a good direction and it does have a very good cliffhanger ending.

Blindspot Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” Review

Blindspot is one of the latest thrillers to come out the US.  The opening scene is in Times Square New York where a Police Officer notices a bag that has been left and wondering who’s bag it is he is asking people rushing past it.  The bag has a label on it and says for the FBI with the square now secured it seems like the bomb disposal unit is called as they still don’t know what the content of the bag is.

Jane Doe coming out of the bag

The Bomb disposal agent gets up close to the bag only to find that something is moving inside it and as he nervously undoes the bag it turns out to be a woman that is completely naked and covered in tattoos.  In custody, it becomes very clear that the woman doesn’t know her identity and for some reason has an FBI agent’s name tattooed on her back  Kurt Weller.  Confused to why she has his name on her back and not recognising the women Weller takes over the case and they establish that she is telling the truth she doesn’t remember anything as they find a new drug in her system that used to treat PTS and rape victims.  The drug is only designed to be used in very small quantities in order to help the victims forget what troubles them but Jane has way more than a trace of the drug in her system.

After a full body examination, they start to piece together the tattoos and find that they are clues to either her identity or crimes that are being committed.  Although Jane can’t remember anything of her history it doesn’t impair anything else so as they are examining one of the tattoos she translates it to a place and time.  They have four hours to get there and establish what the threat is, Kurt doesn’t want to take Jane with him but Bethany Mayfair his commanding officer says that Jane goes as it could help.

Jane Doe being scanned by the FBI

As Jane is now on in the field and translating for Kurt the rest of the team at the office has found out that part of a square in the tattoos was actually one originally and that has she had a Navy Seal tattoo.  Confused as her prints weren’t on the database but as she gets into a conflict with someone in the field it becomes apparent that she isn’t a normal person she has a set skill set.

The Verdict

Blindspot Pilot shows promise it’s fast paced with an air of mystery about it.  The acting by Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe is really well done as it feels like she really doesn’t know who she is.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 3 “AKA It’s Called Whiskey” Review

AKA It’s Called Whiskey carries on from where AKA Crush Syndrome left off and as Luke had revealed his abilities to Jessica they start to get to know each other better.  As they try to understand each others powers and, however, they can push them Jessica does seem to be holding back the fact that there are more like them but with different abilities when asked.

A bit more upbeat but also haunted by flashbacks Jessica goes back to her office after picking up a bottle of whiskey and reviews Hope’s case so far.  Outraged by the way the media is treating her and the way it looks like Jeri is isn’t doing anything to protect her she goes storming into Jeri’s office demanding that she does more to stop the media treating hope like this.  Jeri says that she isn’t going to get involved with the media as it could damage the case.  Trish, however, is happy to interview Hope and Jessica isn’t really happy about it because it could bring unwanted attention.  Trish explains that she will go easy on her and try and make it look better, once it’s done however it puts Trish right in the firing line and turns out that it was Jeri’s idea along.

Jeri helping with the interview between Hope and Trish

Realising that Killgrave is getting closer and that Jessica isn’t going to be able to just beat him with her strength she needs to find another way.  Something comes to light however that she could use surgical anesthetic in order to stop him from being able to use his powers.  The reason for this even though Killgrave still can hold power over people when asleep the anesthetic shuts off different parts of the brain which would mean he wouldn’t be able to.  Having found out, this Jessica is on a mission to try and get her hands on it but it seems quite difficult to get.

The Verdict

AKA It’s Called Whiskey was a well-balanced episode for a change, the beginning seems quite light and happier although still troubled.  Then as the story developed it started to become darker.  The action scenes were really well done and when needed there was a real sense of urgency and left the viewer wondering whether Jessica was going to make it.

Elementary Season 4 Episode 2 “Evidence of Things Not Seen” Review

Evidence of Things Not Seen carries on from The Past is Parent with the surprise of having Morland Holmes actually talking to his son and wanting to help him adds another dynamic.  Sherlock this season so far as become a softer more caring character which adds something different although he doesn’t trust his father and seemingly doesn’t want his father’s help he does leave the decision up to Joan as well.

Watson and Morland Holmes getting to know each other

Sherlock tells Joan that his father has offered to make their problems go away and help them get their jobs back in the NYPD of which to begin with Sherlock doesn’t agree with and Joan does.  Sherlock does make Joan away that everything with his father does come at a cost and that she should go and meet him herself in order to make a properly informed decision on whether they as a team should take up the offer.

Meanwhile before Sherlock has this discussion with Joan she manages to secure them some consultancy work with the FBI.  The problem comes while they are used to free roam to do whatever they want in the NYPD they have to stick with an agent and it ends up being very restricted.  The case itself is a lab that was doing brainwashing experiments and the scientists in the lab had been shot and murdered.  This investigation is really well done even on the limited framework that Sherlock and Joan have to work with.  Sherlock finds the smallest of clues and shows the huge holes in what the investigating of the other investigator.  This case does, however, reignite the flame that Sherlock does need the NYPD and that although it’s not a complete factor on why he had been clean for so long it is a big part of it.  He is all for asking his father to get them reinstated but after research will Joan be?

Sherlock and Watson with Agent Gary Burke

The Verdict

Evidence of Things Not Seen is a good episode and sets the tone for this season, Morland seems very intriguing and adds another dynamic to the show.  What does seem to be a running theme at the moment is that the cases are just subplot as opposed to being the focus.  It is the personal side of it all that really holds the intrigue, even though the cases have had twist and turns.

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