The Flash – S6 Ep19 – Success is Assured Review

We all know that season 6 had to be cut short due to what’s going on in the world right now and as chance would have it ‘Success is Assured’ gave us a finalé worthy, end of season cliffhanger.

This season has been a little different and there have been groans that there hasn’t been enough Flash on The Flash. I actually think this has worked well for two reasons. Firstly it’s given us the chance to see other characters like Ralph shine. This episode really showed off what important places he and the others have within the team and that even without Barry’s guidance, they can come together and make it work. Secondly, Barry’s biggest strength is his heart and we’ve seen once again that even with barely any speed left, he can still lead and motivate a team, whilst using other ways to bring down the bad guy. In the wake of Oliver Queen’s death and the loss of Arrow from the ‘Arrowverse’, Barry Allen has proven he is more than capable of filling those shoes. Oh and also, Iris has been fantastic the whole way through!

This episode is practically a race against time. Trying to figure out where Eva has gone and then trying to protect Carver from her gives the team quite a lot to do. Cisco is still off trying to find the last piece of his puzzle and Killer Frost runs some tests with Caitlin’s Mum before she’s taken off to get better. There is more development between Ralph and Sue and even though she’s been safely returned to her parents, it’s very clear that there is still so much more mystery to Sue. There was also some reprise for Nash (who was the true superstar this week) as Allegra finally appears to give him a break.

Iris is still hell bent on finding Chief Singh but it’s starting to look like she’s been left in the mirrorverse too long as she could be beginning to follow the same fate Eva did. It worries Barry even more when Carver tells him that people change behind the mirror and it’s not compatible with the human brain. Eva has been a great villain and I’ve enjoyed the whole mirrorverse storyline throughout this season. I am assuming this would have been wrapped up by the proper last episode and hearing that the big cliffhanger would have revolves around Reverse Flash means that the mirrorverse will surely return for season 7. Well I hope so otherwise that cliffhanger will have a much longer lasting affect than I would like!

Supergirl – S5 Ep18 – The Missing Link Review

Things are coming together in this penultimate episode of the season as Supergirl and friends gear up for all out war with Leviathan!

While this was not initially meant to be a finale set up episode, “The Missing Link” does a great job of elevating the tension and raising the stakes for our heroes. This exciting episode showcases fun action, compelling drama, and stellar performances. Let’s recap!

An angry Brainy determines that Lex was behind the Sun Eater attack which endangered the lives of his friends. Lex assures him that it is all a part of the greater plan to take down Leviathan which involves playing dirty. While the Coluan is understandably concerned, Luthor urges him to trust him and the process.

Lex puts the next part of his plan into which involves delivering a weapon (which was stolen from Leviathan years ago) to Gemma (guest star Cara Buono) in order to receive an invitation to Leviathan’s ship. The Leviathan leader is pleased and meets with a shackled Rama Khan (guest star Mitch Pileggi), who shames her human guise and approach. She assures him that humanity has been lulled into a false sense of safety and now is the time to strike. She gives him the Super killing weapon and lets him loose to retrieve the necessary elements to prepare it.

Meanwhile, Team Super Friends struggle to locate Leviathan. They are convinced that Lex is working with them and vow to bring them down. However, without the DEO’s resources, they turn to other means. Dreamer uses her abilities to try to locate the Leviathan HQ, while Alex turns to Kelly’s war buddy Pete Andrews (guest star Sean Astin), an expert in iconography, for more information on the organization. With his help, they are able to trace the Leviathan symbol throughout history as a precursor to catastrophe. However, they are unable to dig deeper than that as Andrews’ is shut out of the special collections room at the Library of Congress at their mere mention of Leviathan to his higher ups. When they try to break in, they are attacked by an armed assassin. This encounter forces Andrews and his family to go off the grid for protection. Before leaving, Pete encourages Alex to learn to let go of her soldier life and move on.

Elsewhere, Kelly and William team up to investigate a mystery employee at Obsidian believed to be connected to the late Margot. They quickly discover that their employee #873 is none other than Eve Teschmacher, which immediately puts Kelly on alert. They bring this information to Andrea, who quickly dismisses their concerns. She also threatens to fire them both if they bring it up to her again. Nothing can interfere with her newest project: Worldwide Unity Festival. William, of course, doesn’t leave it alone and ends up getting kidnapped while following Eve in a dark alley.

Back at The Tower, Nia has a vision of the Leviathan HQ where Brainy sits playing cards and laughing wildly. After expelling him from her vision, she zeros in on the picture of Rama Khan which leads her to finding his location: the Oregon Geological Center in Portland. The Super Friends jump into action and quickly subdue Khan. Brainy and the DEO arrive and take Khan away for questioning. Kara and Nia are frustrated at this new, distant Brainy as well as being pushed away. The duo watch on as Brainy questions Khan in the man’s own language. They grow more concerned when they hear Brainy say Luthor. In actuality, Brainy reveals to Khan that he knows what’s up as he has been partnering with Lex just as Leviathan has been. With everything out in the open, Brainy hopes that Khan will allow them access to the ship in exchange for his freedom. However, Rama Khan chides him saying: “Why would I want to leave when I worked so hard to get in?” As he says this, Khan effortlessly escapes his shackles and goes on a rampage through the DEO gathering Kryptonite in the process. Despite a valiant effort by the Super Friends, Khan ultimately destroys the DEO building completely forcing them to retreat.

In the aftermath, Nia confronts Brainy and is once again shut out from the truth. At her wits end, she cuts him out of her life for good. Brainy is left broken.

While Kara and crew faced Rama Khan, Lex and Lena investigate an Non Nocere related issue at Stryker’s Prison and link up with Steve Lomelli (guest star Willie Garson). An inmate reverted back to violent tendencies during the Sun Eater attack and has now caused a domino effect throughout the prison population. This leads to the Luthors fighting off a mob. Much to her dismay, all attempts to fix the glitch fail. She then destroys Non Nocere out of frustration. The crafty Lex then makes his long awaited pitch: humanity can’t be fixed. It must be controlled. It needs a firm hand to lead it. His. Lena quickly realizes that her brother has played her once again. Lex unleashes his rage saying that he supported her project in order for her to ultimately see the wickedness of humanity and see things his way. Lena stands up to him calling him a monster. She declares she does not have to be one as well. Upon her departure, Lex gets a call from Gemma, who accepts his request to join them at their HQ/ship. He then has the prison destroyed, grabs a visibly shook Brainy and prepares to initiate the next phase of his plan.

The episode concludes with Kara and team at a complete loss. However, a tearful Lena arrives at Kara’s begging to help them take down Lex and Leviathan. She apologizes for her past actions saying she was in fact a villain and is not expecting to be forgiven. Kara then offers her a seat.

“The Missing Link” was in my opinion, one of stronger episodes of this season. It felt like a penultimate episode which is a credit to the writers. I hope that next week’s episode will be a satisfying finale despite it not originally being one. This episode once again featured several incredible performances namely from Melissa Benoist, Katie McGrath, and Jon Cryer. McGrath certainly can deliver a tearful apology quite well. Her chemistry with Benoist is stellar. In addition, Jon Cryer continues to impress me as Lex Luthor. His outburst in this episode was frightening and visceral. His version is quickly becoming one of the best depictions of this character.

This was yet another strong episode of the series! Looking forward to next week’s season finale! Hard to believe the season is almost over already!

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Legends of Tomorrow – S5 Ep11 – Ship Broken Review

So the last episode saw the team successfully obtain all three pieces of the loom. The next step is to use the loom but who do they bring back first – Behrad or Astra’s mother. After some arguments Charlie makes the call and its Behrad. Charlie can see the tangled web that is Behrad’s thread. All appears to be going well until Charlie loses control of the loom’s power and it explodes. Its clear that the loom is a three fates job and despite Charlie’s views on her sisiters she cannot operate the loom without them.

Meanwhile Mick is trying to win over Lita by offering a trip on a time machine, Gary has bought an emotional support dog – Gary Jnr and Sara finally awakes. All appears well except for the fact that Sara can’t see. Sara isn’t herself though.When she touches someone she sees the future and she is seeing the team dead. It appears that there is an evil force on the ship and Sara believes its the after effects of being attacked by Atropos. Gideon is unable to check Sara’s condition due to some sabotage. When the loom rings go missing the team immediately point the finger at Astra as the outsider who is yet to earn the teams trust. Constantine is adamant that it wasn’t Astra. So the team investigate and when Zari hacks the backup system they see each member of the team stealing the rings and sabotaging the ship. However the team have no memory of their actions.

Meanwhile Mick is trying to bond with Lita and is failing so leaves Lita in the library to study. Sara is back recouperating and after telling Ava to lock her up as she thinks she is the threat she comes face to face with Gary and Gary Jnr. Sara realises that the threat is from Gary Jnr. It turns out Gary adopted Gary Jnr from hell – only Gary would think a hell dog would be ok. The rest of the team realise this when Gary Jnr shows his true form and attacks them and they all end up trapped in the cyber cell with Astra.

Constantine who is seeking Gary Jnr spots the hell hound in his true form and realises that Sara is right. Sara sees Gary Jnr at the library with Lita and Mick. Constantine manages to distract Gary Jnr who then pursues them. It’s at this point that we see the most visually stunning stunt and effect of the episode. Sara may not be able to see but she can hear. Gary Jnr attacks and as he does so Sara backflips over a squatting Constantine and is able to kick Gary Jnr away. Astra has escaped the cell and gives Constantine the dog’s true name so he can be banished back to hell. Crisis over and Gary retrieves the rings ftom the sewer system. Gideon checks Sara over and there is nothing physicall wrong. So why can’t Sara see?

What an episode! Can Astra be trusted? She certainly has her own agenda and will manipulate anyone willing to talk to her. Will Sara’s sight return and can she use these new powers to her advantage? How can Charlie get the loom to work without her sisters? Is there another way? Gary clearly needs a chaperone as he can’t be left alone as trouble follows despite his good intentions. As to the script and visual effects – simply stunning work. I think I had to watch that clip back several times. While we are all at home it’s refreshing to see such scenes on our TVs. But what next for the team? It seems fate is waiting with their greatest challenge to date?

Batwoman – S1 Ep18 – If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You Review

Writers: James Stoteraux & Chad Fiveash

Director: James Bamford

Starring: Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Christina Wolfe, Sam Littlefield, Gabriel Mann, Rachel Matthews, Alex Zahara, Carmine Giovanazzo and Brianne Howey

“If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You” is the single most comic-booky episode of Batwoman to date. I mean this as an honest and sincere compliment. From the open kick-ass fight scene – a lot more BvS and not at all Batman ’66 – the episode delivers action… in spades. Think of it as a heist movie meets James Bond, but with the bonus of multiple pay-offs from previous episodes. Oh, and if you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen the pics online already, Tommy Elliot’s transformation into a fully formed Hush takes a step closer to coming to full fruition too.

Guess Who’s Back?

I love it when a TV show proves that it’s been properly planned and mapped out, and that characters can come back and surprise us. It’s an obvious, frequent – and annoying – trope for some series to bring in an amazing, well-known character to draw in audiences, only to kill them off. I’m so pleased that Batwoman has bucked the trend. We’ve already seen Tommy Elliot’s return (and in this episode his metamorphosis into Hush begins in earnest), but “If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You” also features the return of both another vintage baddie, and the delightful Brianne Howey as Reagan.

We last saw her way back in “Who Are You?” (Batwoman episode 4) and she’s back with a bang. With Julia getting closer to Sophie, it makes sense for Kate to be able to move on too. Of course, this is a show based on comics, so – as always – everything isn’t as it seems with some characters. Am I talking about Julia, Sophie or Reagan? That, dear reader, is for you to discover.

Quite Contrary

Nicole Kang, I salute you… Mary Hamilton-Kane, you ROCK! This episode delivered some truly outstanding character moments from every single cast member, Nicole in particular. Not only is Mary her adorable, tenacious self this week, she’s also a kick-ass hero and drop-dead gorgeous. I don’t want to give anything away, but “If You Believe In Me, I’ll Believe in You” contains a few punch the air in delight moments for Batwoman’s step-sister, and this particular Batfan could not be happier.

Conclusion

This episode had everything; character progression, laughs, pay-offs to dangling plot-threads, intrigue, and a ton of action. There are only 2 episodes left this season and I have a feeling that things are only going to get hotter in good ol’ Gotham City.

The Flash – S6 Ep18 – Pay the Piper Review

The team is fractured and on the verge of shattering and Barry goes to his old faithful, Joe for some sound advice and a good old boost. They are all at breaking point and the worst thing is that they have no idea if Iris and Kamila being trapped in the mirrorverse means they are dead in the real world.

With all that going on, perhaps the arrival of Godspeed is a welcome distraction? There again he’s trying to steal what’s left of Barry’s speed so probably not. This Godspeed’s use of sound waves leads Barry to team up with an old foe, Pied Piper. The shift caused by Crisis means that Barry has caused Pied Piper’s boyfriend some serious damage and that means he gets less than a friendly welcome. Andy Mientus is great and proved a nice little link back to the show’s past. Of course they manage to put their differences aside and with Barry using his speed and Pied Piper using his waves they made a great team and in return we got an even greater Ghosbusters reference from Nash and Cisco … THEY CROSSED STREAMS! I loved seeing Barry battle another speedster again and this story has been left open for more Godspeed goodness. Nash has spent this season being practically outcast from the team and this is the first time we haven’t really seen a version of Wells naturally integrate. In this episode though he kind of shows that he’s become the backbone and that person who pushes them and leads from the back and I really hope that Nash is the Wells we get in season 7.

Killer Frost is on the mend and is preparing to leave so she can get the help she needs from her Mum. Well, Caitlin’s Mum – and the fact that she has no relationship with her makes her anxious. Ralph does what Ralph does best and talks her round and makes her see how valued she is away from being Caitlin. She graduates life coach school with no less than a dib-ploma! I loved this!!! Where can I enrol?

In the mirrorverse, Iris finally finds Kamila but she’s hit a wall and can’t figure a way out. We haven’t seen Kamila since she was taken so it was good to see she’s ok, working away at mirror Star Labs. Finding Kamila seems to have given Iris some fighting spirit though and she decides they need to find Chief Singh. At the end of the episode Barry gives the remaining members of the team a pep talk which does wonders for their morale and Cisco has an idea which is going to take him to Atlantis!