Supergirl Season 1 Episode 4 “Livewire” Review

Livewire starts with a highly explosive beginning where the viewer sees Supergirl dealing with an escaped prisoner at the DEO.  When dealing with the escape she gets a call from Alex asking where she is because their mother is incoming and Alex seems nervous about the impending arrival.

Kara trying to take control of a volatile Friendsgiving

The theme of family rivalry is continued as well with the fact that Alex has always felt like she could never do anything right in her Mother’s eyes and from an outsiders point of view this is true.  The episode does a really good job of showing flashbacks where Kara and Alex are kids and when in trouble Kara seems to only get a warning whereas she starts to come down heavy on Alex.  Centred around Thanksgiving and the fact the power had gone out in the storm at KatCo. Cat calls in Kara to help her with the computer systems so she can carry on working and they also discuss the dynamic between Mother and Daughter relationships.  This does show a softer side of Cat where Kara opens up to her as well in the way that she reveals her parents died when she was young.  Is this going to build something bigger for them?  The scenes where Cat and Kara are together suggests that Cat might soon put two and two together and work out Kara is Supergirl.

Cat and Kara as Livewire visit’s KatCo

Cat and Leslie (Livewire) have an interesting dynamic it seems as if she is Cat is her mentor in a meeting before the storm where Cat warns her off Supergirl.  This prompts Leslie to be put on traffic watch and the helicopter to get into difficult where a lighting strike to Supergirl gives Leslie powers.  This is where Livewire is burn and as Leslie learns how to control her power she goes after Cat.

The Verdict

Livewire is a solid episode that seems to have fixed the problem that Fight or Flight had in the fact that yes Superman was in the catch-up, however, he wasn’t referenced at all this episode.  Livewire herself was a good villain and kept up the theme of Supergirls accidents causing trouble for her to deal with but wasn’t actually focussed on.  While the DEO did say that Livewire would have the power to kill Supergirl the feeling just wasn’t there that she could, even though she held her down.  The way in which the girls had been holding things back from their Mother and it turns out their mother knows more than they think and drops a bombshell on them at the end.  What could it mean for the girls?

The Flash Season 2 Episode 6 “Enter Zoom” Review

Enter the Zoom shows Barry and the team go a different direction and be more proactive.  The season and previous has seen The Flash being very reactive in the fact that he waits for threats and enemies to appear to then deal with them.  This time, however, he wants to do it differently and draw Zoom out.

Zoom

Barry again seems to be dead set on trusting Wells and the idea of using Linda Park to draw Zoom out has Joe all up in arms.  Joe doesn’t think that Barry should trust Wells and should wait but Barry being quite headstrong this season goes along with it.  The idea is that if Dr Light saw the need to kill her doubleganger then they could use that lure Zoom to their world and deal with the threat once and for all as he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them.  Linda agrees and in order to make it convincing Cisco and Wells work together on some gloves to allow her to display the powers that Dr Light has.  As Zoom just wants her to get the centre piece of Barry’s Flash uniform, and they badly reenact the scene.

Cisco and Wells working together

Zoom does come however and comes up with a huge showdown.  The character as well holds a lot of menace and because he has been built up so much it works really well.  In other areas Patty plays a little part in the episode, however, isn’t in the forefront warning Joe about the dangers of Dr Light.  However, Joe doesn’t show her the same trust still holding back the fact he thinks she is safe in Star Labs.  Patty still yet to visit.  Cisco as well is still trying to get to grips with his powers and finds himself trying to read Wells and Wells try to stop it from happening however Cisco sees the truth.

The Verdict

Enter Zoom is a good follow on from The Darkness and the Light with the subplots moving back into the background more and the team concentrating on the threats more.  A really good performance by the team with seemingly more character development with even the darkest of characters being given hope, along with a huge cliffhanger or bombshell at the end.

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 3 “Fight or Flight” Review

Fight or Flight sees’s Supergirls demons come to the forefront even though in Stronger Together she seemed to get passed them.  Kara felt like she was living in her cousin’s shadow as everyone looked at Superman as the person that would save them.  She didn’t want to be compared to him and at the end of Stronger Together the feeling that she had worked past those issues because she had worked out how she was different.

Kara and Cat discussing the interview

Reaction turning up in National City really does put a spanner in Kara’s newly found identity because he is one of Superman’s most formidable enemies.  The reason for him being there is to kill Kara, when he realises the connection between her and Superman, brought on by the interview that Kara had given Cat.  Cat seems to continue to press Kara’s buttons as well, taking the interview that she gave her as Supergirl the spin that she did not intend, however because of this Cat is shaping the development of Supergirl without even knowing she is doing it.  James and Kara seem to be getting closer and someone from James’s past comes back in to change the dynamic a little.

Reaction although not an entity that comes under DEO’s jurisdiction the adversity does hold some sort of menace to him.  The factor that some villains seem to have in ongoing TV Shows because they don’t have time to build them up, as there is a new one every week.  This was different though as the show told the back story of his involvement with Superman.

Kara, James and Lucy Lane

The Verdict

Fight or Flight is a well put together episode which brought in an adversary with a well told back story, with him bring up some major issues for Supergirl.  Although this is good, with the volume of Superman shows that have been done over the years the hope is that this now goes its own direction. The link is good but sometimes it just feels like they are relying on it too much and the show needs to stand on its own two feet at some point.  An example of this is the way The Flash, they had Arrow make guest appearances when the story needed it and The Flash lost his way, but he wasn’t a constant comparison.  The character development and action, however, is a bigger positive than the negative of the constant reminder of Superman.

Legends Season 1 Episode 9 “Wilderness of Mirrors ” Review

Wilderness of Mirrors finds Martin able to escape Saudi interrogation that happened in Iconoclast only to find that his family has no been kidnapped.  There has got to be more to this than just the work he has been doing recently.

Martin gets back to the team and is like a man possessed in order to find his family.  While in a briefing to find his family the truth starts to come out about his true identity, what he had been up to in Iraq and who he had been working for.  Crystal however before this all comes too late actually goes back to see her Dad which although not told why the viewer gets the impression it’s a troubled relationship.  Crystal’s Dad was in the military and he had information about Reigning Fire, but the details were a bit lacking.

Martin just before he escapes

Martin now knows he isn’t who he thinks he is but the problem is now who does he trust?  This was portrayed, but he has to put his trust in some people.  Although some people that should be the closest to him have been lying to him, he still finds it in himself to trust in them.  This is something that in some scenes doesn’t make complete sense, after finding out someone has been lying to him for 10 years would you trust them with a gun?

The body count keeps rising and Wilderness of Mirrors is no exception with some really well-done action scenes.  That seemingly takes a reference to the Wild West style shootouts at safe houses.

The Verdict

Wilderness of Mirrors is a drama intensive episode that blows Martin’s life wide open.  The truth comes out about what Gates and Sonya knows about Martin’s true identity, leading to some very intense drama along with the fact that Martin’s family is still missing at the beginning of the episode Martin is like a man possessed, but the episode holds a steady pace.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 5 “The Darkness and the Light” Review

The Darkness and the Light carries on from The Fury of Firestorm in the fact it throws the viewer straight back into the storyline that Barry has seen Harrison Wells.  The problem that faces the team is do they trust Harrison Wells from Earth 2?

Iris standing up to Dr Light

The major storyline in this episode, however, is the new breach and introduction of Dr Light, while the team are trying to put together the piece and deciding whether they can trust Harrison Wells, the new introduction causes even more issues for the team.  Jay The Flash from Earth 2 tells Barry that he can reason with her because she isn’t a danger which Harrison disagrees with because she is under Zooms power, which in his mind changes her.  This has ramifications for Barry because in the first in counter with Dr Light he tries to talk to her and actually ends up blind because of it.  Which is quite ironic because Barry spends a bigger amount of time injured than he has so far in the show when fighting against someone that is not considered a huge threat.

In their personal lives, the majority of the main cast has some sort of luck.  Patty and Barry actually sort themselves out and goes on a date, which also has an interesting twist to it because of Barry’s newly found injury.  With romantic encounters appearing for others, that might not be expected.  The theme of the episode was fear, no matter what is happening to in their worlds they can’t let fear hold them back and even the person you least expects has a fear or something holding them back.

Cisco making his move

Dr Light was a more interesting adversary for Barry because up until now they have been people that were on the dark side of the line.  Criminals that were happy to step the other side of the line and kill or hurt someone, whereas she is obviously conflicted.  Dr Light is still a criminal, but she was looking for a way to get away from Zoom and not hurt anyone it seemed.

The Verdict

The Darkness and the Light is a solid episode and quite refreshing in some respects. The season is starting to make the characters more human they are showing them away from the whole save the world which is refreshing.  The major issue coming from this episode is that it’s out of sync a little with the beginning of the season because Barry was the one that didn’t want people close to him and now he seems to be the one that is bringing everyone together and even trusting Harrison.  Which seems like he could have been the wrong character to do that, that role may have been better suited to Caitlin or Cisco.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Review

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a movie about three guys that are in high school that are Scouts and every year they have a drive for new members and it just doesn’t pay off. The disappointment of the unsuccessful drive to masked by the fact that one of them Augie on their final camp is going to get the highest reward in Scouting, but the night turns into something more important.  Can Augie, Carter and Ben save their town from a Zombie Apocalypse?

Ben, Carter and Denise trying to stay safe from Zombies

The plot isn’t all that original because it’s of three teenage boys all having issues and all living up to stereotypes Augie is the complete geek, Carter is the I want popularity and be on of the lads and Ben is in the middle.  They meet someone that works in a strip club called Denise and she wants to be known as a Cocktail Waitress, not someone that does lap dancing.  She takes a shine for Ben as he helps her with her bag and when Ben and Carter leave Augie to go back into town for a party.  She quickly teams up with them in order to survive the Zombies that are now in town.  While trying to find out where the party actually is and everything Denise helps them with their issues and the guys although they have betrayed Augie finally realise that what’s most important is their friendship.

The plot being straight forward and not very original don’t write Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse off just yet because although it’s been done before in many movies, there are many good comedy moments albeit it some of them being cringeworthy.  The action scenes were also very well put together and suspense to some of the Zombie attacks were very well done.

The whole team together trying to escape the Horde

The one really negative however was the Zombie’s themselves.  The problem with them were they weren’t very consistent.  In the beginning, they were quite fast moving which is abnormal for Zombies, and at one point one Zombie was even pole dancing but at the end there were slow moving Zombies.  Now everyone is different and has different skill sets but that isn’t the norm for Zombies and with a movie that hasn’t really got an original story line it should have stuck to the norms.

The Verdict

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse had some huge pitfalls living up to quite a few stereotypes but, all in all, it was a solid movie with some really good laugh out loud moments.  Not a must see, but definitely a movie to consider if you want a laugh.

Legends Season 1 Episode 8 “Iconoclast” Review

Iconoclast starts right off from where Quicksand left off but this time there is more at play.  While the team is in a hurry to find out who assassinated Prince Abdullah, they seemingly come under more pressure from higher ups to leave the case alone.  The plan is to leave the blame on Hani Jabril and have sent back to Saudi in order to be executed for the murder of their Prince.  This doesn’t sit well with the team as they don’t believe that Hani actually did it but because of Oil and other international relation issues the team has to carry on unofficially.

Rice and Martin reading over information

Iconoclast pushes characters into the unknown but no more than Maggie. The need for intel in order to find out who really assassinated the Prince she says that any system is able to be pretended and that she can get the team the information that they need.  When it comes to the practical implementation of this plan she hits a firewall that she can’t get through without triggering suspicion which for an off the record operation means that they can’t afford to it.  Maggie actually ends up infiltrating the building to obtain some footage when planting spyware software, in order to get the information that she really wants (this wasn’t said, but it was implied).

Sebastian Eagen giving away a story

The information now obtained Martin goes back under as Seb Eagan and releases some information that he knows is going to get him into trouble.  They have purposely put a target on his back in order to draw out the true assassin and the link to Saudi royal family.  Martin getting himself kidnapped which was the plan goes a little wrong and knowing him from old it would seem they knew they couldn’t break in physically so they go after him another way.

The Verdict

Iconoclast rescues the urgency that wasn’t there in Quicksand and with the story steadily coming to light.  As the last episode was called Quicksand it would be more relevant for this episode because the viewer is really starting to wonder who Martin can trust.  More and more people are coming into the picture for holding back Martin’s identity.  A solid episode with a really good ending leaving the viewer wanting to watch the next episode in order to find out how it pans out.

Legends Season 1 Episode 7 “Quicksand” Review

Quicksand sees Martin forced back into duty the DCO finds out that there is an assassination threat to a Saudi Prince.  The episode sees Martin having to take Legend as a reporter and it seems a welcome break from his identity crisis.

After finding out that Martin can’t really trust the people that he is trusting in Gauntlet, this episode really did slow up the flow of the episode. Gates and Sonya are seen together again but the they are little appearance and the focus is back on the cases that Martin is working on and not on his personal life and traumas.  Quicksand starts with a quite gruesome death and sets a good tone for the episode going back to a case focus episode instead of personal, but the problem comes with what happens after that.

Martin with Hani Jibril the lead activist

The problem with that is the urgency in this episode just wasn’t there, Quicksand didn’t give an impression anyone from the DCO was really worried about the threat that was pending.  The major reason for this was the way it was shot, no one was really rushing around to find out information like they have in previous episodes, it was more of a relaxed way of gathering intel and just hoping the team can be in the right place at the right time.

The Verdict

Quicksand is one of the weakest episodes of the season so far mainly because although there was a hint of consequences for what happened in Houston in Gauntlet nothing big came of it.  Martin moving straight into a case felt a little disjointed and although there are flashbacks and references to his personal identity crisis this episode just felt a little out of place.  The storyline itself isn’t a bad one and the acting is well done, the script, however, let it down with the lack of urgency able to be portrayed.

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 2 “Stronger Together” Review

Stronger Together starts with a positive youthful exuberance as Kara is at a testing facility making sure that she is in control of her powers before they can let her out into the field.  After the two hours of training she rushes off to help with a fire but while she finally saves the day after a few hiccups along the way it seems her actions in trying help people are being questioned as there are always a negative to her rescues, for example, the plane still being in the water from the Pilot.

Supergirl and Alex discussion after training

As the news starts to report the antics of Supergirl it starts to really hit home that Kara might actually be letting people down.  Also, Alex shows her that she isn’t this invisible force she thinks she is because people can see that she is relying on her strength of which the Aliens she could be coming up against could be stronger.  Relations between Supergirl and DEO at an all time low after failing to show they believe in her and the DEO’s lack of trust in Supergirl finds them going up against Hellgrammite on their own and it has some really bad consequences that end up bring them together.

Cat, on the other hand, puts some more pressure on James for the interview with Supergirl and although he was and is a guiding influence to Kara, the viewer gets to see that he is dealing with his own demons.  James doesn’t want to be relying on his friendship with people with S on their chest for his success and is constantly shielding Kara from Kat any opportunity he gets, will she help him out?

Cat giving James his Ultimatum

The Verdict

Stronger Together is really well done because the history of Superman is that he is the Man of Steel and he does everything alone.  In the Pilot, there was this constant comparison between Supergirl and Superman and how she wants to be the same or better than him.  Feeling that she is always in his shadow and this episode although the viewer can see she still feels under that pressure, she also comes up with a way of being different to her cousin and improving herself.  What’s more, there is a shock right at the end of this episode that your not going to want to miss.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 4 “The Fury of Firestorm” Review

The Fury of Firestorm doesn’t continue straight away with the major cliffhanger at the end of Family of Rogues knowing that Harrison Wells has walked through the portal and is now part of The Flash’s world again.  It continues on with Dr Stiens current medical condition and the issues that Joe and Iris are having with the return of Francine West.

Caitlyn and Barry Helping Dr Stien out of bed

All the subplot stuff that has been going on actually had The Fury of Firestorm step away from the negative that Barry has been chasing in Meta-Humans and had him go after people that could be affected but for good.  This is a welcome change because the constant reminder that only Barry and Ronnie were really good with their powers.  The search for a meta-human that could be enhanced to help them on their quest.

The Iris storyline, however, takes quite a few twist and turns with the truth coming out about why her mother is really back and once that is revealed Iris goes after more information about her mother.  This now means that Iris holds a secret about her mother but will she tell her father on will she opt to protect him like he did her?

Barry and Patty another awkward moment

Finding the perfect Meta-Human for the problem at hand brings the team into some serious problems.  Although previously stated there wasn’t a huge Meta-Human threat on further thought there was but it took a back seat to the other subplots that were being explored.  Caitlyn invertible rushed into a decision that actually caused the team some serious issues, and that was a reoccurring theme to the episode you can’t always see what is the simplest answer being the right one.  As Barry still isn’t that aware of Patty’s and his mutual attraction.

The Verdict

The Fury of Firestorm” was a change up in The Flash season so far with a further venture into the character’s private lives while striving to keep Central City safe from Meta-Humans.  Not quite as fast paced as previous episodes with less of emphasis on the threats that are still out there for Barry and the team.  Speaking of which Jay Garrick seemed to be missing from this episode which was strange because although the episode didn’t really need him in there having made the huge decision to stay in Family of Rogues you’d expect him to feature in the next episode.

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