Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is as Lex Luther said “Two Gladiators going to war” or words to that effect. The concerns of seeing everything in trailers with just the sheer volume of them that had come out was a concern however the movie did not disappoint.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with all the hype had a lot to live up to and the bar had been set quite high with some good superhero movies and shows on the small screen as well in the last couple of years. The problem is these are two highly iconic characters and working out how and when they come together and face off against each other is difficult. The major problem with the movie is the feeling of being disjointed, early on into the movie it swaps back forth from Superman (Henry Cavil) and Batman (Ben Affleck) but it does not seem to follow any coherency. Batman flashbacks go back to his parents dying and Superman’s seems to be the current rather than the past. The way that the two characters struggle with what is right and wrong though well thought out. The question though is do we really need to see Bruce Wayne’s parent story again?
The action scenes, however, are out of this world, the combination of well placed and stirring music to go along with the amazing CGI really pulled this movie together. The soundtrack has to be one of the best that has been put together in a long time as it captured every moment amplify the intensity of the action or the sadness that are felt by people at hard times. Henry Cavil has really grown into the Superman role but Ben Affleck as Batman took it to another level, getting the balance of Bruce Wayne and Batman just right. Lex Luther played by Jesse Eisenberg was another standout performance, he seems to excel in eccentric characters that have a chip on their shoulder like his depiction of Mark Zuckerberg in the social network.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should be to see these two heroes fight each other but there was something of interest coming out of the supporting characters in the fact that the other villains that come out are Superman’s. This was interesting because although the movie did not need it, with Batman’s enemies being even more iconic is some respects would have been a good just to even up the negatives for each character.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a good movie but having had some of the shock moments spoiled by trailers such as the introduction of Wonder Woman and the reference to other DC comic heroes detracted away from the shock factor. The problem DC has is this movie is a step towards the justice league to mimic what Marvel has done with The Avengers but the franchise just isn’t there yet. The cinematic was the standout point with the acting being just on par, but at the same time this movie just didn’t seem to live up to what people expected of it, possibly down to the amount of the movie that was released in trailers, nevertheless this is still a must watch.
Welcome to Earth-2 carries on from Fast Lane where they prepare and enter Earth 2 to help Wells save his daughter. The team sorts everything out and has to say their goodbyes with some people not sure about whether it is the right thing to do for themselves.
Welcome to Earth-2 is an interesting mix as it enables people to be different, there is a distinct twist on the individuals in each world. What does this mean for the story? Not sure the actual meaning for the characters themselves as they deal with different emotions and their own mortality. When entering Earth-2 Cisco and Barry are amazed by just how advanced it is compared to Earth 1 and this isn’t the only thing. The problem here is that because it is so advanced they have to use CGI and although the CGI is normally well done in The Flash this just seemed to lack. The lighting just seemed all off unless it was intentional to show Earth 2 more developed.
While the city effects wasn’t the most impressive thing in Welcome to Earth-2 the story was the other reality that Barry and Cisco find themselves in show depth to their characters they don’t even know existed. Barry struggles with the dynamic his doppelgänger has with Iris and Joe. Cisco is concerned that he can’t find his, but when he does he discovers something that perhaps he wished he hadn’t.
Caitlin and Ronnie make and appearance and after seeing Danielle Panabaker play the good girl for the entire show it was nice to see her in a more menacing role. This was one of the bigger performances because it isn’t expected although the story could be seen playing out that way it is such a stretch from what we have seen until now that that’s what stands out. The performances as always from Grant Gustin as Barry was well done but Danielle had such a change in character it made her stand out this episode.
The Villains also are well done this episode as Villains recently have felt a little detached and not necessarily a threat or a danger, but the way the alternative universe impacted the people that needed to be taken down added an interesting threat but not only that they felt sinister.
Jay also had to step up to the plate this episode with Barry gone and this was a good touch because it showed how much of an impact that Barry has on central city and that when he is missing they miss The Flash. How Jay was used however was great because the revelations he admitted to Caitlin was huge although they felt small. They showed even the person who is suppose to be The Flash in the alternative world seems to have more flaws than Barry.
Welcome to Earth-2 is fast paced but didn’t skimp on building suspense. The concerns of Season 2 not being able to live up to the success and feeling of Season 1 has been unfounded as Barry and his team now get to deal with an alternative universe. An alternative universe that will show them sides to their characters they didn’t even know that existed.
Fast Lane takes an interesting turn after a rollercoaster of emotions that was seen in The Reverse-Flash Returns. The focus is now brought back to Wells and his relationship with Zoom or more to the point his need to save his daughter and the fact that he is not working with the team not that they know about it yet.
Barry starts the episode charging around Central City at a bit of a loss that can only be put down to the fact that Patty has left, along with the fact that now that Wally is now a more prominent figure in the West household he feels a bit forced out. This isn’t as bad as it seems because away of dealing with the loss of Patty and probably the feeling of isolation because the family that has been a part of for years needs its own space, is throw himself into work. Throwing himself into work is an attempt to try and close the portals dotted around Central City with a hostile Wells. The real problem is that Wells isn’t working on closing the portals he is working on trying to take Barry’s speed.
The main villain of the episode was Tar Pit which had an interesting premise and looked promising but has to go down in history as one of the most anti-climatic villains due to the fact he just wasn’t imposing. The character itself had quite a good revenge back story but the actions in the episode just weren’t threatening enough. Tar Pit had been threatened by some hit man and left to burn alive in some Tar while the Particle Accelerator exploded and caused him to be buried alive in this tar. It is a miracle that he survived but knowing that he did the solution to defeating him was relatively easy and Barry although let down by failing speed found himself able to save the day.
The West Family drama has to be one of the most interesting points to the episode because Joe had always been a character that felt that he had things sussed and was a guiding influence on all the major characters in the season. The problem is he feels lost with Wally and it is well depicted as he inevitably puts Iris in danger because he wants Wally to trust him before he can start trying to guide him in life choices.
Fast Line follows on from The Reverse-Flash Returns but has some major downfalls after quite a well put together season so far. This is most part to do with the lack of threat that Tar Pit had on the people even if it did have what could be life-threatening results. This, however, is well balanced with an interesting dynamic between Barry and Wells and whether or not Wells will completely sell out Barry and the team in order to save his own daughter?
Hail, Caesar! Is a movie that is set in the 1950s concentrated on Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). Eddie is known as a “fixer” and his job is to keep all the big egos in check at a movie studio.
Eddie is surrounded by a wide variety of people that adds to the dynamic of just how difficult it is to manage these people. The problem really becomes an issue when in the big release his main star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) goes missing. Baird going missing, however, doesn’t seem to be a concern for Eddie until he gets a phone call that he has actually been kidnap Eddie takes this problem seriously. Eddie goes around trying to put the fires out, because of the press has gone wind of the fact that Baird is missing and wants to know about it. While the interesting thing about this is both reporters are twins and one has the facts right and the other doesn’t.
The kidnap though has an interesting undertone though with current political climate because of the kidnappers were writers but they were after a communist belief and it felt a little weird because Baird started to take some interest in their cause. It was depicted in such a way that it was seen that Baird was being brainwashed while being invited to talk to his captives and could essentially be a tool for this group to go up against the establishment and capitalism in this case the studio. Baird wasn’t the only focus, however, wasn’t the only movie in the making as you’d expect. Which lead to some interesting sketches from a star-studded affair.
The acting in Hail Caesar was as good as you’d expect from a cast with Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in just to name the household name but they story felt a little disjointed and struggled to be entertaining at times. The few sketches that were felt like it wasn’t really relevant to the story in most respects.
Hail, Caesar! Is a star-studded affair with a relatively interesting storyline however the sketches just didn’t feel linked or have much relevance to the story. The problem is although in each sketch Eddie does fix a problem and it is possible to see that he’s important and needed in the studio, that said though the stars do seem to find their own solution. The major decision of the story Eddie finds himself trying to decide never really seems to have any other outcome. It is a star-studded affair and enjoyable but lacks some continuity and ultimately feels like a bit of let down.
The Flash has taken many twists and turns in Season 2 but no more so than in The Reverse – Flash Returns. Zoom now needs to take a backseat as they team is faced with the return of the reverse flash but this time, it is the real reverse flash and not just the Dr Wells 1 imposter.
The return of the yellow suit has really brought back some mixed emotions and bring together some very awkward questions while some of if not all the characters are going through a really rough time in their personal lives. Barry is still keeping his true identity hidden from Patty and with the revelation that happened in Potential Energy because the distance The Flash had put between the two. Barry has forced himself into rushing around the city solving or helping every emergency call and Patty is going along with her everyday life hoping that the situation between her and Barry wouldn’t be too awkward.
While Barry is chasing down the Reverse Flash it is apparent with just how badly he is dealing with the breakup and how leaving his life, although amazing with his powers to save people, it will also mean they he needs to try and limit the people he cares about knowing so his enemies can’t use it against him. This isn’t anything new because it was discussed in previous episodes but there Is a touching moment between him and Joe that they discuss the fact, that with Barry’s current powers he is going to have to learn to let people go because there is a hint that he will outlive most.
Francine West also makes another big appearance in this episode, however, her fate becomes a reality in this episode and leads to some very touching scenes between her and Iris, but it also holds hope that West Family will come together after Wally does turn to Iris for advice and support. The other huge thing to come from the episode is Caitlin and Jay coming to the realization that unless he gets his speed back her will die that brings even more of Caitlin’s past to late. Along with Cisco with the help of Wells learns what triggers his vibe, however, the newly found method of could have drastic consequences.
The Reverse-Flash Returns is a very well balanced episode with the emotional turmoil that the team finds themselves in. The return Eobard Thawne and the outcome of the capture was huge. Along with emotional scenes between Patty and Barry along with the West Family and what they are having to face made this a must watch episode and continues to keep the interest in the season. As there was a look between Thawne and Wells that just asks the question with Wells 2 go down the track of Wells 1?
After quite a break The Flash is back in Potential Energy. The end of Running to Stand Still is quite a nice one they are all there to celebrate the festive season, and Wally knocks at the door right at the end of the episode, although this is a really good nice ending to the middle of the season things can’t be that simple can they?
In Potential Energy, all that is blown apart with the team having issues as normal but the issues are caused by the meta-human battle that is raging. In the more recent episodes up until now, the character’s turmoil have been caused by relatively normal reasons but now Barry is having nightmares about Patty and Zoom the question then becomes is she safe? Barry is seeing Zoom kill Patty and he wants to keep her as far away from The Flash and the truth as he can to try and protect her, but that only causes strain on the relationship and now with Patty’s unresolved issues now dealt with regarding her Father is that enough for her?
In a change of pace, however, the team are going after a meta-human that has some real meaning to the storyline in turtle. Up until now in this season, all the villains have been aiming everything at the Flash and actually not feeling too threatening but this was different. Turtle is someone that can slow time down so much that he can steal things and get out before anyone has time to react even The Flash. Realising this the team think he holds the key to defeating Zoom and want to capture him in order to try and get his power off him. In an interesting twist though Turtle goes after things that are of not necessarily high value in monitory terms but in sentimental terms. As they track him down though and Barry deciding he is going to tell Patty his true identity he puts her in harms way and she becomes Turtles target.
As Joe discovers more about Wally it might be the easiest thing to swallow after quite a rough reaction when discussing way Wally didn’t come to dinner. The chip on Wally’s shoulder that he doesn’t need Joe and that he was a bad detective if he didn’t even know he had a son. Will they patch things up in time?
Potential Energy is a refreshing episode of The Flash with the recent episode becoming a little predictable at times this episode throws some curve balls into the mix. The character development might be going to a darker place at times are always met by the light-hearted humour we have come to expect. Wells also continues to keep us on our toes to which side is actually on.
AKA Smile the season finale and did it ever deliver some dark places. The writers went to town in this episode concluding the season in the way it was supposed to conclude because although it had some moments of comedy in it. There were so much dark and openings for new storylines.
Jessica and Trish finally get a lead on where Killgrave is and find his hideout, where Jessica discovers Albert with some information about Killgrave and the fetus that Jeri had taken early on in the season. This was quite fitting because although we knew that Jeri had used it in the hope of getting Killgrave’s powers she hadn’t managed to so and kind of felt like a dead end. Albert admitted to using the fetus, however, to amplify Killgrave’s power that Jessica needs to be careful.
Trish and Jessica, however, have some very interesting dialogue and just how close they are even if they don’t tell each other just how much they mean to each other. The subtle way that the code word becomes I love you is quite ironic because Jessica is telling her that she loves her but backhanded because it is admitted that it is something she would never say. The way Trish gets more information gets more information IGH says that there is going to be something in the works with that. What it isn’t clear and as the season as come to an end, it’s an open-ended book but something that might become clear in the future.
The major scene, however, is the one where Killgrave thinks he has Jessica in his sights and she is working in with music playing and hood up looking down at the floor. There was something huge about it especially when it comes apparent that it isn’t Jessica. When Jessica does come into the scene though it is really well done and captured very well by Krysten Ritter because you can see in her own face that she isn’t sure who has control.
Another interesting dynamic is the discussion between Claire Temple and Luke, Claire is left with Luke in order to try and help keep him alive, she believes in both Jessica and Luke for being positive influences. It is quite refreshing to have someone else believe in her as well as the main cast because it felt like an outsiders point of view.
AKA Smile is a really good end to an awesome season, it has left so many subplots open and yet developed the characters in such a way that it feels like a convenient breaking point. The voice over at the end also keeps the character alive and conflicted not wanting to except she could be a Super Hero. Could Malcolm be her guardian angel to help her concentrate on being the hero everyone knows she can be?
“AKA Take a Bloody Number” see’s Luke introduced back to the fold and has Jessica asking questions. The problem becomes is whether or not to trust Luke or not. They both know that Killgrave had control over Luke but the question still resides to whether or not Killgrave still has control over him or not? With Albert working to make him stronger.
AKA Take a Bloody Number feels really subdued after the build up of AKA I’ve Got The Blues and the awesome fight that Trish and Jessica had with Simpson, this issue kind of takes a back seat at this point however because focus now that Luke and Jessica is back together is Killgrave. The dynamic of Luke and Jessica really is interesting this episode as they are dealing with past issues, they have a very good moment up on rooftop while scoping out a lead.
Killgrave on the other hand, just as you thought you could start sympathising with him a few episodes ago, starts turning demonic as the dynamic between him and his father is shown. His regard for his family and his father is shown to be non-existent when he forces his father to work harder without sleep by having his father hover his right hand above a blender with the threat of having him push it down to the blade.
Trish finds out a new discovery though that could blow the whole thing sky-high when she gets help from her mother. This does seem a little odd and although Trish doesn’t really want to deal with her mother due to the abuse that was inflicted on her as a kid, and explained in AKA I’ve got the Blues. She has some information that Jessica might need but will she tell her?
When Jessica and Luke, however, do eventually catch up with Killgrave there is a shocking discovery and Jessica is forced to fight Luke. This scene is really well done because Jessica is forced to fight someone that she cares about and is actually stronger than her. She pleads with Luke to fight what Killgrave is doing to him but can her or will she have to do something unthinkable?
AKA Take a Bloody Number is all about trust, will Jessica trust Luke and can Trish trust her mother in order to get some vital information about Jessica and try and put the pieces together. The other thing to note of this episode is how Malcolm and Robyn seem to be getting closer. The episode although feel subdued in the beginning soon picked up the pace and started to ask even more questions, with some really good dialogue and action to boot.
The Forest is based on a Forest in Japan called Aokigahara that is used in order for people to go out and commit suicide. So when Sarah Price (Natalie Dormer) finds out that her twin sister has gone missing and can tell her identical twin is in trouble she can’t help but jump on a plan to go and find her.
The build up to the entry of the forest was a little confusing with constant flashbacks to when Sarah was in the US and back to while she was traveling to Japan. So as a viewer it is difficult to follow just where in the timeline the character was. The background to the forest was well described as the build up to the entry to the forest. The Y?rei was well documented explaining that they feed of the sadness within the person in order to show them visions which tend to lead to them killing themselves and that Sarah needs to remember that what she see’s in The Forest is never what is actually there.
Determined to find her sister in the knowledge of these facts Sarah goes into the forest with a reporter and a guide. Where they do find her sister’s tent and the decision is then made to stay overnight and the reporter agreed to stay but the guide was dead against it. The problem that Sarah had was that there was some underlying sadness in her, that she might not have realised was there. As the forest start’s to take its grip on her she starts to turn against people helping her and the question becomes is she even going to get out of the forest alive?
The Forest had a story with potential with some really good acting with the material that was supplied but came up short. It was using the jump scare mentality with things jumping out at the screen but the suspense wasn’t there, they didn’t let it have long enough to build up the anticipation. This movie is worth a watch but whether it is worth a cinema trip that is questionable.
AKA I’ve Got The Blues is a very aptly named episode after the mayhem that was brought to the world in AKA 1,000 Cuts.
AKA 1,000 Cuts had seen the dark side of all characters even leading to some characters going along a different path than you would expect. Jessica is struggling with the fact that she has the power to ignore Killgrave’s commands and wondering how long she had, had that ability and whether or not she could have saved others sooner. Along with Hope now giving Jessica the reason to kill Killgrave. The major factor was Hope keeping Killgrave alive to clear her, and when faced with an impossible decision whether to save Hope or save a group of people. Hope took the decision out of Jessica’s hands by killing herself in AKA 1,000 Cuts leaving it wide open for Jessica.
Having all this happen in the previous episode AKA I’ve Got The Blues, did slow down quite a bit, having Killgrave out of this episode and concentrate on other subplots in the season. Jessica was in a mad rush to try and locate Albert, as she wasn’t sure how Killgrave was going to use him or whether he was just going to kill him. Jeri, Pam and Wendy was also casualties in this episode as they didn’t feature and this kind of left the wonder on how everything has panned at there, especially as Jeri has become a staple of the season always having some sort of appearance in the show.
The biggest thing, however, to come from the episode as far as action was concerned was the fight between Simpson, Trish and Jessica as the Simpson character seem to become more and more conflicted. Which does resort in Trish taking some extreme actions to help an already wounded Jessica. The aftermath of the fight brought some interesting flashbacks and showed what a bound that Jessica and Trish have and why. Robyn has become quite an annoyance but now she becomes the devil on Malcolm’s shoulder trying to turn him against Jessica.
There was also quite a sinister turn at the end of the episode which reintroduced Luke Cage into the story which brings in something different for the search for Killgrave.
AKA I’ve Got The Blues was the calming episode, it held some great dialogue and was a much-needed change of pace. The focus on Killgrave had taken over the season in the last couple of episodes and although that is the focus of season there had been too many subplots that had not yet to be explored. Although the season as got quite serious they did manage to squeeze in some really good humour to this episode even in some of the darkest places. Is this calm before the storm?