ROGUES GALLERY #52: Snobs, Songs, a Sellout, and a Slog

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[recaps by Jason P Hunt]

This week: Supergirl is Juliet and Mon-El is Romeo Light as the Kryptonian faces off against Lois Lane and Hercules. Then she gets whammied and has to sing for her supper, dragging the Flash into the musical mental minefield. Hijinks ensue. And J.R.R. Tolkien helps the Fellowship of the Time Ship retrieve the blood of Christ to destroy the Spear of Destiny, only it doesn’t go so well. And over on Arrow… just, ugh…

PLUS: a discussion about the new Justice League trailer.

The panel: Ann Laabs, Dave Margosian, Tim Harvey, Jeff Hackworth, Thomas Townley, Jason Hunt

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Episode 216 “Star-Crossed”
Written by Katie Rose Rogers & Jess Kardos
Directed by John Medlen

Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo!

This week, we get the reveal so Kara (Melissa Benoist) gets caught up with the rest of us: Mon-El (Chris Woods) is actually the crown prince of Daxam. And now that he’s been revealed as a liar, “This changes everything!” for Kara, and …

Why is the B-story with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) getting framed for stealing a Van Gogh the more interesting part of the episode?

And just like in the “Invasion” cross-over, this one has one scene at the end to launch us into The Flash musical episode with the singing and stuff…

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Episode 317 “Duet”
Teleplay by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs

It’s the full-episode part of the episode-and-some-change crossover (so called) where Supergirl gets taken to Earth-1, where Mon-El and J’onn enlist the help of Team Flash to figure out what’s going on inside her head — which is a mental recreation of 1940s Hollywood musicals, because of course Barry (Grant Gustin) and Kara both love musicals.

Music Meister has got them trapped inside the mental maze, where they have to play along with the script to get out. Along the way, we have several moments of exemplary musical skill (even though every song but one was a cover…). And while it’s not “Once More With Feeling” in terms of impact, it does have a way of cleansing the palate of all the angst and grimacing from previous episodes of both shows.

And in the true spirit of the After School Specials, both Barry and Kara find their own relationship answers when attempting to advise others about the same problems. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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Episode 215 “Fellowship of the Spear”
Written by Keto Shimizu & Matthew Maala

Directed by Ben Bray

Firestorm finally is using his transmutation powers! And the show acknowledges the birth, life, and death of Christ, which is kind of a big deal for a Hollywood thing, you know?

The Time Team figures out that Christ’s blood is the only thing that will destroy the Spear of Destiny, the remaining pieces of which they retrieve from the Legion of Doom’s base camp at the Vanishing Point. And Nate (Nick Zano) knows of a theory that Sir Gawain of the Arthurian Knights actually recovered a vial of Christ’s blood instead of the Holy Grail. It’s a theory developed by J.R.R. Tolkien (), who’s serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the North of France during World War I.

So when Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) shows up to confront Mick (Dominic Purcell), everyone figures it’s just more hallucinations. Only it’s not, and Snart convinces Mick to hand over the Spear of Destiny.

Too bad there’s not a Magic Helmet to go with it…

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Episode 517 “Kapiushon”
Written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen

Can this show just get cancelled already?

We spend a lot of time in Flashback Russia, maybe because the whole Prometheus thing isn’t really much of a thing? Because it’s not. It’s boring. Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) manages to capture Oliver (Stephen Amell), and we spend way too much time with Chase trying to get Oliver to admit something everyone but Oliver already knows. Even Anatoly (David Nykl), easily the only redeeming element of this show at the moment, understands that Oliver is kidding himself thinking that he can keep the “monster” isolated under a green hoodie.

And Drago Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren) still hasn’t said, “I will break you.”

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POWERLESS Warms Up to “Cold Season”

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Season 1, Episode 5: “Cold Season”
Written by Amy Mass
Directed by Clark Mathis

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Ron, Teddy and Wendy (Jenni Pierson) have that cold feeling.

A hot day in Charm City…and everyone is wearing coats. Every spring, a cold-themed villain invades Charm City. Who is it this year? Frostbite. Brrrr.

Teddy (Danny Pudi) has a new invention that’s just right for cold season: a pair of powered gloves that will not only unfreeze objects but also heat up your coffee. Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) thinks Teddy should enter them in the Wayne innovation contest. Teddy is reluctant to do so, but Emily enters them behind his back. Jackie (Christina Kirk) tells her the story of the last time Teddy was pushed into something like this…it wasn’t pretty.

Meanwhile, Van (Alan Tudyk) needs help putting together a Superman kiddie car for his girlfriend’s kid; Jackie won’t do it, so he coerces Ron (Ron Funches) into doing it for him.

Teddy gets obsessed over getting the gloves to be perfect. It starts to push him to the edge…so Emily tells him that they’ve made it to the finals (a lie).

Warm hands, bad ideas.

Van, meanwhile, calls Ron. Turns out the kid is a girl and she wants a Wonder Woman jet kiddie car…which are invisible. Ron is willing to help, even though Wendy tells him that Van is taking advantage of him.

The team from Wayne X drops by to rub it in Emily’s face that they won the contest. She goes to Teddy at his apartment to tell him the bad news and meets his ultra-successful family including his brother, the space doctor. Teddy is humiliated.

Back at work, Teddy seems fine, but when they start to work on a new version of the fear gas detector, Teddy starts to freak out. So Emily tries to calm him down out on the balcony. Just then Crimson Fox (Deanna Russo) lands on the balcony! Look out! Frostbite attacks and freezes Crimson Fox in a sheet of ice.

Locked out of the office, they use the gloves to unfreeze the Fox and have a chat about what it’s like to have over-achieving siblings. Unfrozen, Fox asks to use the gloves to defeat Frostbite.

Emily should really listen to Jackie more often.

Meanwhile, Van calls and asks for more and more from Ron. He snaps and tells Van off. Later, in person, Van and Ron apologize to each other. Van asks for a treehouse, Ron is only happy to oblige (sucker).

Marv Wolfman (Bill A. Jones) reports that cold season is over! Crimson Fox used the gloves to defeat several cold-themed villains, and Teddy is very happy.

Analysis:

First off, this was such a fast paced episode, helped along by nifty Wayne Tech transitions between scenes; very nice.

So many cold villains were listed it was fantastic. The one we get to see for a hot few seconds was Frostbite.  The only Frostbite I know in DC Universe lore was the hero Frostbite from “Young Heroes in Love”. The answer to the riddle came from fellow SciFi4Me correspondent Jeff Hackworth, who identified the character as Ice’s counterpart from Earth-3 in Justice League Quarterly #8 (1992). [You can hear that exchange in the latest Rogues Gallery.]

We did get a good look at Crimson Fox in this episode as she got frozen by Frostbite.  I like the costume, but I’m not really sold on the actress’ performance.

Did I mention that this episode was jam packed? We had the cold villain wrapper, the “A” plot with Teddy and Emily and the “B” plot with Van and Ron. The two plots would have been even better if they had been a little longer. The way this episode went they both seemed short and tiny.

Van is a really a jerk. He takes advantage of Ron to put together kiddie cars for the brat of his latest girlfriend. I gotta give them credit for the invisible jet car gag, impractical as it is. How did he put that together? I’m also going to guess the kid loses it in a day. It would also seem like it would be a safety hazard. Maybe safety laws are a little lax on Earth-P?

A big question here: after they gave the gloves to Crimson Fox, how did Emily and Teddy get back into the office? They never melted the ice off the door. After she takes off, they’re still stuck on the balcony. Did someone in the office call for help?

That is one handsome robot.

The team from Wayne X (sounds like an Elon Musk type of team) are really good. They built a nearly human robot. Wonder if they have Professor Ivo working with them? Also, if they’re in the same building, are there other tech teams in the same place?

Next episode, we learn the power of friendship…and how to use that to your advantage in “Ima Friend You”.

 

Powerless airs Thursday at 8:30/7:30 Central on NBC. It can also be found on Hulu, Amazon, and NBC.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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ROGUES GALLERY #51: Dinosaurs and a Spaceship, Plus Kissing and a Hot Bot

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[recaps by Jason P Hunt]

This week, the Rogues talk about the four shows that were on the air, plus the rumor that we might soon get a Green Lantern casting announcement. Would it mean the restoration of Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern into the existing DC Films Universe?

Complete with CGI dinosaurs, face-offs against doppelgangers, Speed Force shenanigans, keeping secrets from everyone because of reasons, and emotionally rash decisions, this week proved to be a tough slog to get through for most of us…

And Gideon needs to be seen in person more.

The panel: Jeff Hackworth, Thomas Townley, Jason Hunt

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Episode 215 “Exodus”
Written by Paula Yoo & Eric Carrasco
Directed by Michael A. Allowitz

So, Cadmus is using the alien registry to round up all the immigrants mutants metahumans this week and … not kill them? Instead, Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) has convinced Dr. Luthor (Brenda Strong) to pack them all up, throw them on a massive spaceship that’s apparently evaded notice from anyone in the world, and haul them through hyperspace to a distant planet, because television doesn’t have enough “bad guys want to expel all the immigrants” metaphors…

Kara (Melissa Benoist) wants to expose the situation by writing an article, but Snapper (Ian Gomez) is the one TV journalist who actually acts like a real life journalist is supposed to act —  you know, caring about verifiable sources and corroboration and fact and all — but Kara’s not having any, so she publishes the story on her own. Gets fired.

Alex (Chyler Leigh) gets benched because J’onn (David Harewood) thinks she’s emotionally compromised — and he’s right — but after she goes rogue, busts into the Luthor facility, gets trapped on the ship as it launches, and manages to break a bunch of things only for Kara to save her at the very last instant… yeah, she’s back at work and J’onn is apologizing?!

To quote the famous philosopher: “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works…”

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Episode 315 “The Wrath of Savitar”
Written by Andrew Kreisberg & Andrew Wilder
Directed by Alexadra La Roche

How many times can Barry (Grant Gustin) carry the Idiot Ball on this show?

We begin with the news that he and Iris (Candice Patton) are now engaged, which is great news for everyone on Team Flash. Except Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is none too pleased that Barry didn’t ask for permission. And when Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) figures out the engagement is just one more way Barry’s trying to change the future, it gives us yet another example of a man who does stupid, terrible things for all the right reasons.

Meanwhile, Savitar is back, because when Barry threw the Philosopher’s Stone into the Speed Force, it wasn’t quite all of the stone. Turns out, Catilin (Danielle Panabaker) held onto a small sliver of the stone in the hopes of using it to get rid of her powers before she turns into Killer Frost and starts doing terrible things.

And Wally gets his time with the Idiot Ball, too, but we can all see where this is going, right? We know who’s wearing Savitar’s mask, right?

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Episode 213 “Land of the Lost”
Written by Keto Shimizu & Ray Utarnachitt

Directed by Ralph Hemecker

Team Time Tamper heads back to Jurassic Park! Only it’s not because they have a plan or anything. It’s a crash landing caused by Rip (Arthur Darvill) giving Gideon (Amy Pemberton) instructions that cause all sorts of mayhem and chaos.

So the ship is broken. Rip is broken.

Sara (Caity Lotz) and Jax (Franz Drameh) learn from Rory (Dominic Purcell) that it’s possible to go into Rip’s mind to fight off the bad turrible things keeping him from being himself, so they dive into the Rip Matrix, finding a gorgeous personification of Gideon hiding in there as well. Turns out when the Legion of Doom set Rip to thinking his team was all against him, they didn’t figure for Gideon.

Fighting evil versions of themselves and the rest of the team, Sara and Jax work from within Rip’s mind to restore his memory while Ray (Brandon Routh), Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and Nate (Nick Zano) hike out to T-RexVille to retrieve a piece of the Waverider. And while Ray is making the most of his return to the era, Nate and Amaya are feeling a little awkward at feeling a little amorous. Ray reminds Nate that he can’t do anything to alter Amaya’s future, because at some point her village gets ransacked and the Vixen totem gets passed to Amaya’s granddaughter, who doesn’t exist yet.

Wow, this is heavy…

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8Bits: Talking About Micro-Transactions

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This month, we’re talking about micro-transactions.

Are they good for the industry? Are they bad for the industry? Did they start off with the best of intentions and then slowly drift off to the Dark Side? Our crew discusses the impact micro-transactions have on game play, extensions, DLCs, collections, upgrades, and what it all means for the wallet. Is it better to play through achievements to get the new weapon or skill? Or do you bypass that effort (and fun) and just buy that war hammer for $6?

Games we’re playing:

  • Master of Orion 2: Battle of Antares
  • Star Trek Online
  • LEGO Star Wars, X-Wing, Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Mass Effect
  • Battlefield
  • ReCore
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Destiny
  • Grand Theft Auto

The panel: Jennifer Wise, Lauren Garrison, Jared Hawkins, Thomas Townley, Chris Jensen

 




POWERLESS Finds Riddling Romance in “Emily Dates A Henchman”

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Season 1, Episode 4: “Emily Dates A Henchman”
Written by Neel Shah
Directed by Matt Sohn

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Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) are examining a supposedly indestructible vault door that Two-Face breached when they find a Batarang. Child-like glee and wonder ensue.

Emily and the team demonstrate their indestructible cell phone case.

Van (Alan Tudyk) sees the Batarang and tells the story of how Batman took off his side view mirror once. He wants Batman to pay for it…with money.

Wendi (Jennie Pierson), Jackie (Christina Kirk) and Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) go out for a girls night. While at a bar, Emily meets “Dan” (Robert Buckley), who claims he’s a doctor. Really he’s one of The Riddler’s henchmen!

I have a “hench” he’s a bad guy.

After “Dan” is introduced to the team, they later tell Emily that she’s dating a henchman.

Ron and Teddy leave out milk, cookies and the Batarang in hopes that Saint Batman would soon be there.

Emily and Jackie talk about “Dan” on the balcony, Jackie tells her to just let it go, but Emily wants to confront him. She does and it turns out his name isn’t “Dan” it’s Reggie and he and his associates are here to rob Wayne Tech of the prototype cell phone cases.

“Doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy, he’s just a Bad Guy.”

Meanwhile Van (dressed in his Robin costume), Teddy and Ron await Batman in a dark alley thinking that it will be a perfect place for Batman to show up. Unfortunately, they run into a mugging instead. Luckily for them, Batman takes out the robber and returns their stolen wallets.

Back at Wayne Tech, Reggie receives a riddle from his boss that tells him what he’s supposed to do with Emily and Jackie. Emily accidentally tells him the answer. Luckily for them, Van shows back up at the office wearing his Robin costume and the henchmen, thinking Batman must not be far behind, scram.

In a tea vs knife fight, I think the knife wins.

Van, Ron, and Teddy then tell the women their story about their brush with Batman; they don’t believe it for a second.

Analysis:

Lots of Batman references in this one; too bad we didn’t have an ACTUAL Batman sighting….or Riddler…or Two-Face.

The best part of the episode was Alan Tudyk in the Robin Costume. I would love to hear where they got the costume from. If anyone sees Alan at a con, please ask him and let us know.

Don’t laugh, it’s paid for.

I wonder if Batman laughed his ass off at the sight of his cousin in that Robin suit.

An interesting bit of information is that in the Powerless universe, there have already been two dead Robins. Of course, it could be that if Dick Grayson is one of them and the public just thinks he’s dead and he’s moved on to Nightwing.

Remember Crimson Fox from the pilot? Where has she gone? I was under the impression that they would have some level of interaction with her during the series.

So our main story for this episode is Emily dating a henchman. If I was dating a henchman, I’d take out a huge life insurance policy on her and wish her the best of luck.

Emily is in no real danger until she opens her mouth about the indestructible cell phone cover. That’s not a smart thing to do when you work Research and Development. There could have been LexCorp spies in that bar. She could have really damaged Wayne Tech with her loose lips.

We get a great guest star in Robert Buckley from iZombie. He plays the not so smart henchman pretty well. I wonder about the amount of time this episode happens in. In Act two, he is introduced to the team with a Green Lantern ring-shaped mark on his face. By the next act, it’s all healed. Did the episode take place over a few weeks to a month?

Another tidbit of information we received from this episode is that this episode takes place 6 months after the pilot episode.

We also have a bit of a mystery episode order wise. This episode was production number 6. Episodes 4 & 5 haven’t played yet. I wonder what are in those two episodes that they could be taken out of the run order?

Ron’s child-like glee with the Batarang was just great. Ron Funches’ expressions are just fun to watch.

Next episode, Emily enters Teddy into the Wayne Innovation contest, will he be able to beat the team from Wayne X?

 

Powerless airs Thursday at 8:30/7:30 Central on NBC. It can also be found on Hulu, Amazon, and NBC.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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SON OF ZORN Arrives At the (Season? Series?) Finale

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Season 1, Episode 13: “All Hail Son of Zorn”
Written by Reed Agnew
Directed by Claire Scanlon

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Zypheria is under attack! Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), however, doesn’t care. He’s happy in Orange County with his job and his love and his family.

Edie (Cheryl Hines) and Craig (Tim Meadows) get married and Zorn has a garage sale to sell his old stuff.

Everything must go!

Alan (Johnny Pemberton) was planning on going to the prom, but with Layla (Clara Mamet) hating him now, there’s no reason to go. Zorn tells him to make a grand gesture to win her back.

Meanwhile, at Sanitation Solutions, Zorn and Linda (Artemis Pebdani) are wasting time watching Nurse Jackie, when Todd (Mark Proksch) asks Linda to watch the office while he goes away on business. Zorn tells Linda that this would be a good time to win her job back.

“Son of Zorn” reminds you to put down your phone, especially during a wedding.

Alan’s grand gesture fails, so Craig and Zorn decide to help Alan win Layla back.

Linda asks Zorn to help her get some new customers, so he makes a call to Zypheria and gets a big sale from the Mud Men. Unfortunately, they pay in goats.

Those are some funky goats.

Craig and Zorn try to get Alan made prom king. They do by getting Sanitation Solutions to sponsor the prom. The plan works and Alan gets made King. However, this has the opposite effect on Layla. He gives up the crown, injuring an already injured football player and loses his popularity. He wins Layla back with this grand gesture.

They end up sitting in the back of her car.

Meanwhile, at the office, Todd takes the blame for putting Linda in charge and fires himself. Linda gets her job back.

Stop, in the name of love.

Zypheria is close to falling to the forces of Vulchizor; however, Zorn still doesn’t care. He does care, though, when Alangulon comes in and announces that he’s pregnant. Apparently, he wasn’t warned that it’s possible for Zypherian males to suck up the woman’s egg into themselves and become pregnant.

Zorn goes to get some celebratory balloons…when a van pulls up and abducts him.

We find out that Vulchizor has abducted Zorn, he wants the Staff of Quib in exchange for Zorn’s life. Meanwhile, we see that he’s on a cargo ship, almost at Zypheria.

Analysis:

So, we have finally reached the finale (season or series, who’s to say) of Son of Zorn. I hope we get a second season, they really need to resolve the cliffhanger. It would probably have been a better idea not to have ended on the cliffhanger, but I’m not the writer, just a reviewer.

The last episode, “The Quest for Craig” earned a series low rating of 1.40. A renewal looks bleak right now.

As far as episodes go, this episode was kinda middling, not great but not terrible.

Zorn has committed himself to staying in Orange County for good. He even sells off his old Zypherian stuff.  Unfortunately, he’s gonna need the Staff of Quib, trouble is it’s been given to Goodwill. Of course, I wonder if selling those weapons and mystical objects in a yard sale was a good idea.

We do get a resolution to Lynda’s problem of being demoted. She and Zorn improve business and cause Todd to fire himself. Now she just has to deal with the Zypherian goats and the crazy trading scheme that needs to be done to launder them into money. Good thing she still has Zorn…or she did until Vulchizor kidnapped him.

So we learn something very important about Zypherian male anatomy: they have two penises. This leads to another storyline for season two as they lead to Alan becoming pregnant because he had unprotected sex with Layla. The pregnancy sounds terrible as the baby will be born out of Alan’s back. Ouch.

I really like that these past few episodes have dovetailed into each other. Unfortunately, Fox kind of killed any momentum episodes like this have when they keep interrupting the schedule! At least The Last Man on Earth starts each episode with “Previously on The Last Man on Earth” to remind you what happened before. Son of Zorn had none of that and it might be canceled because of it.

Let’s say there’s a season two. I’m guessing we’ll have a few episodes in Zypheria as the family tries to rescue Zorn. Will the Son of Zorn have a Son of Alan?

Do you want a season two? Would you be willing to contact Fox to get that season two? Or would you like to see it moved to Netflix or another channel?

 

Son of Zorn airs Sunday at 8:30/7:30 Central on Fox. It can also be found on Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu, and Fox.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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ROGUES GALLERY #48: Gun Control, Ally McBeal in a Cape, and a Bat-Mess

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[recaps by Jason P Hunt]

Ben Affleck doesn’t want to be Batman? Wut? And Mel Gibson is in talks to direct the next Suicide Squad? What’s up with that?

This week, with only Supergirl and Arrow having new episodes, the Rogues take the opportunity to discuss the latest news and rumors about the DC Extended Universe. From word about The Batman to rumors about what Warner Bros. could be planning with the films to comparisons that are still being made to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ultimately the question is still: can there be a DC Comics movie that works 100% and satisfies everyone?

The panel: Dustin Adair, Thomas Townley, Jeff Hackworth, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt

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Episode 212 “Luthors”
Written by Robert Rovner & Cindy Lichtman
Directed by Tawnia McKiernan

This episode delivers the beginning of the Arc of Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), as she deals with her mother (Brenda Strong) in prison. And it turns out — surprise, surprise — Lena is actually the daughter of Lionel (Ian Butcher). And Lena, encouraged by Kara (Melissa Benoist), goes to visit her mother. So when she shows up on surveillance video pulling out some Kryptonite before Metallo (Frederick Schmidt) gets it, uses it to escape and help Lillian get loose as well, suddenly Kara feels like she’s got to defend Lena to… well… everyone?

Harder to do when Metallo shows up to break Lena out of prison. And did Lillian just pull a Vader on Lena with that “join me” speech?

By the by, what’s up with Jimmy (Mehcad Brooks) feeling like he has to explain anything to Kara when it comes to Catco? He’s her boss.

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Episode 513 “Spectre of the Gun”
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Directed by Kristin Windell

This episode gets a TV-14 rating. Shooter at City Hall. And it’s centered on Rene (Rick Gonzalez), with the flashbacks heading back to his time before Team Arrow. Back when he had a wife and daughter.

And Team Arrow is spending its time trying to figure out who walked into the building with an AR-15 (complete with plenty of opportunities for the show to comment on gun control policies in the United States…). Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) knows that it’s the gun of choice for the Bertinelli crime family, and since it doesn’t look like Oliver was the prime target, Chase figures it’s a broader agenda.

Not a coincidence that Vigilante shows up and starts shooting people who might know something about something…

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POWERLESS Floats to the Top in “Sinking Day”

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Season 1, Episode 3: “Sinking Day”
Written by Paul Mather
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar

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Van causes Wayne Security to lose on of its biggest clients, Ace Chemicals, after he didn’t read what they really wanted. This leads to a visit from Van’s father, Van Sr. (Corbin Bernsen), who tells him that he’s lost the last shred of respect he has for his son.

All action, no thought.

Emily suggests to Van that the way to win that respect back is to get a bigger client.  Emily gets in touch with the lost city of Atlantis, which just had a massive attack by Black Manta. They agree to a meeting.

Wendy, Ron, Teddy and Jackie wonder if the new accountant, Alex, is the new superhero, The Olympian.

Is he or isn’t he? The gang has a Taster’s Choice question.

At the meeting, Van tells the Atlanteans that he’s throwing a big Sinking Day party. Sinking Day is the commemoration of the sinking of Atlantis.

Ron decides to test Alex to see if he is The Olympian. The results are inconclusive.

The Atlanteans come to the party and are very impressed by the party and the gifts Van gives them. Van Sr., also attends and takes the Atlanteans to the conference room to close the deal.

Score one for the team.

Van goes to his office to sulk, playing his guitar half-naked. Emily tells him that he needs to stand up to his father and go in there and close the deal himself. They march in and Van takes his father outside to tell him off, but his dad cuts him off and tells him that the Atlanteans only want to deal with Van.

He has regained his father’s respect.

He never saw it coming.

Wendy hits Alex with a chair, “Not a Superhero.”

They celebrate the deal.

Analysis:

This episode was MUCH better then last week’s episode. We got superhero action and a plot that was more interesting than last week’s.

Ron is from Atlantis. I wonder if that means he can breathe underwater. They must use this in a future episode. I love Ron’s theory that Bruce Wayne is The Flash. This sounds exactly like something you would speculate about if you lived in a superhero-filled universe like the DCU.

We meet a new superhero in this episode, The Olympian. There are actually two superheroes with that name in DC Universe history. The first one was Astrides Demetrios, who debuted in DC Comics Presents #46 in June of 1982. He wore the Golden Fleece which granted him the strength of Hercules and other powers.

The second one was Achilles Warkiller, he debuted in Wonder Woman (volume 3) #30 in May of 2009. He was created by Zeus when he thought the Amazons had failed and that a race of male heroes was needed.

We had plenty of good DC Universe references this episode: Aquaman, Gail Simone and Marv Wolfman, Ace Chemicals, Superman, The Flash and King Orin.

Van has daddy issues. Vanderveer Wayne, Sr. has a huge shadow that Van Jr. has to walk in. I liked Corbin Bersen’s Van Sr. Bernsen has a perfectly overbearing presence. We’ll get to see him again in one more episode this season.

The subplot about Alex and if he’s the Olympian or not was enjoyable. If it’s not Alex, he must be in an office building near by, he zooms past the Wayne Building several times during the episode. This subplot was also in the original pilot for Powerless, so it’s nice to see the subplot recycled into the show. I hope that they actually revisit Alex and The Olympian later in the season.

I wonder if Emily got an apartment, since she was looking last week. If Van goes ahead and gives her that promotion to Senior Vice President of R&D, she’ll have money for something nice. I think she has him by the short hairs on this, especially after he stood up without his pants on.

So Atlanteans love the works of Brenden Fraser. Is this why Black Manta hates them?

Speaking of Black Manta, it would have been nice to see some shaky footage of Black Manta’s attack on Atlantis, but oh well. We can’t have everything.

Next week’s title says it all, join us for, “Emily Dates a Henchman”.

 

Powerless airs Thursday at 8:30/7:30 Central on NBC. It can also be found on Hulu, Amazon, and NBC.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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SON OF ZORN’s Family Goes on “The Quest for Craig”

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Season 1, Episode 12: “The Quest for Craig”
Written by Mark Schenneman & Matt Stoller
Directed by Jared Hess

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We open soon after we left off last episode (which aired 3 weeks ago…sigh). Edie (Cheryl Hines) asks for Linda (Artemis Pebdani) and Zorn’s (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) help in tracking down Craig (Tim Meadows). The hunt is on.

Meanwhile, Layla (Clara Mamet) has talked Alan (Johnny Pemberton) into wearing shorts to school. Everyone likes his Zypherian legs.

Craig, meanwhile, is hanging out at his brother’s house.

Alan, at the insistence of his fellow students, demonstrates his legs kicking ability. This gets him noticed by the football coach, who offers to make him the kicker.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is not the man we’re looking for.

Linda, Zorn, and Edie lose Craig’s trail, so they try to find him via a mind swap with a hawk. It fails, so they decide to spend a night in a hotel and get a fresh start in the morning.

Craig, meanwhile, has come to a realization about himself after his sister-in-law points it out to him, he decides to go back to Edie.

Zypherian sex stories are pretty wild.

At the motel, Linda is fed up with Zorn and Edie’s talk about their wild former sex lives and storms out. Edie soon storms out after him after accusing him of narcissism. After a bit of reflection, Edie comes back and apologizes. Just then, Craig storms in and tells Edie that he’s coming back. Even if it makes Zorn or anyone else unhappy.

Don’t ask about the taped up nipples.

The day of the football game:

Lynda shows back up, Edie apologized to her and invited her to the game. Zorn also apologizes and gives her some Zypherian earings.

Alan gets his chance to kick a field goal…and ends up crippling a player on the sideline with the ball. He has now lost everything, his new friends, the game, and Layla. Zorn tries to cheer him up…terribly.

Analysis:

Here we are, back again. Zorn is back. Tell a friend. (Damn, now I have Eminem stuck in my head.) Yes! Zorn is back to finish out the season with the final two episodes! We start with the continuation of the episode from 3 weeks ago. The episode doesn’t even begin with a “last time on Son of Zorn” reminder, so I guess they think the folks at home all have good memories of what when down before…or I hope they read my last recap before last night’s episode. The start and stop of the Sunday night schedule works fine for the normal animated shows, but for shows like Son of Zorn and Last Man on Earth, which have continuity, it really hurts people trying to get into the shows. I really wish there was a better way. (Yes, I know you can watch them online, but this doesn’t help with the ratings.)

We start off where the last episode left off, Edie barging in on Zorn and Linda post coitus. Edie enlists Zorn to track down Craig. Zorn is up to the task, after he gets the centaur sex suit off. I really have to hand it to the animators for that gag, it was really funny.

The rest of this side of the  “A” plot of this episode focuses on the fact that Zorn and Edie have such a long and kinky path behind them that Linda feels like a third wheel for the entire episode. Fortunately, by the end of the episode, Zorn does some soul-searching and discovers that he does have feelings for Linda other than just wanting to have sex.

Craig also gets his soul answered when his sister-in-law helps him realize that he will make other people happy at the expense of his own happiness. He thinks Edie and Zorn will be happier without him, so he gets out of their way. He invests in his brother’s crazy ideas, so his brother will be happy, even if it costs himself money. I can see a lot of myself in Craig. I, too, will make other people happy at the expense of my own comfort.

The “B” plot in this episode is Alan. Last episode, he finally revealed his Zypherian legs to Layla. This episode, he is encouraged to show them off at school. This ends up getting him something that he’s not ready for: attention for being different. It’s good attention, as everyone is impressed by his legs and the fact that they can kick things with such force that a couple of towns over, it rained backpacks out of the sky.

This gets him the attention of the football coach after he kicks the dumpster on top of his car. He gets drafted as the kicker, which gets him new friends and costs him Layla in the process.

He’s given a choice, hang out with his new friends or be with the one who loves him. And like a typical teen, he chooses poorly.

This sets up our final episode of the season. Alan must atone and make a grand gesture to win Layla back.

The best part of the episode was the Zypherian Folk Music, which sounds like mellow 1970’s rock ballads and Zorn swapping minds with a hawk in order to find Craig. This leads to why he has tape on his nipples later in the episode. This was hilarious.

So, next week. Will Alan win Layla back? Will Zorn be able to help Linda get her old job back? It sounds like the final episode of the season will be full of grand gestures in “All Hail Son of Zorn”!

So, what do you think? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on the episode.

 

Son of Zorn airs Sunday at 8:30/7:30 Central on Fox. It can also be found on Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu, and Fox.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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POWERLESS Looks For The “Wayne Dream Team”, But Does It Find It?

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Season 1, Episode 2: “Wayne Dream Team”
Written by Dean Lorey
Directed by Marc Buckland

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Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk) has returned from a Wayne Industries retreat and he wants to know what the team has for him. They have a new device called The Rumbrella near completion; Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) pipes up and says they’ll have it ready by the end of the week. In the “B” plot, Van wants to know why he’s not in the company “Wayne Dream Team” photo.

Emily really wants to be friends with her team, but they don’t want to be friends with her. Instead of getting right on the problems with the Rumbrella, they are hard at work on picking their rosters for The Fantasy Superhero league.

Emily goes to Samuel Green (Michael D. Cohen), the head of Human Resources for help.

This project is not ready for prime time.

The team goes to the computers to find the Superhero league website has been blocked, as well the entire internet.

The team is working full steam on getting the Rumbrella ready; you see they’ll get the work done without motivation.

Unfortunately, Samuel reveals to the team that is was Emily that got the internet blocked.

Short and nasty.

In order to the get the internet back, Emily has to watch the HR Bullying video…4 times in a row. She makes it through, but the team realizes that she took a bullet for them and they allow her to join the Fantasy league. She picks Crimson Fox…and wins some points.

Analysis:

Well, here we are at the first normal episode after the pilot and…it’s not bad…it’s also not good either. It needs something.

Right now, you could edit out the superhero elements from the show and get a pretty average workplace comedy. I want something more here. I know they probably spent a lot on the Crimson Fox/Jack-O-Lantern battle in the pilot. Hopefully, we’ll get some more in the next few episodes.

How to get “a head” in business.

In the opening of the episode, Jackie and Emily are at a street side cupcake cart when Jack-O-Lantern flies by just to do a little random pumpkin bombing (He’s probably waiting for the cease and desist letter from Marvel for ripping off elements from the Green Goblin) and there is almost zero reaction from the public on the street.  Shouldn’t the vendor be hurt? Shouldn’t there be screams of panic? Something? Nope. Just a look of annoyance. If no one on the street gets hurt when things like this happen, why do we need a research company to fix a non-problem? And didn’t they just make the “Jack-O-Lert” to warn people of his presence in the pilot? Where did that go? (Yes, I know, it’s probably still in beta. But still, if I was head of the project team, I’d still wear the prototype.) And where was Crimson Fox when this was going on? I know it’s a half hour sitcom and I should just relax, but that’s not me.

Well, this episode we had mentions of Superman, The Flash, and the Phantom Zone. I appreciate the little references, but I would like some bigger things than just references. Maybe some footage on the TV or whatever Earth-P uses for YouTube?

Obscure DC Character this episode: Prince Evillo (David St. James), who is featured in the HR video that Emily is forced to watch. He first appeared in Action Comics #350 in November of 1966. He was an adversary of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I hope we could get an appearance by the Legion in a future episode.

Best moments: Van’s vainglorious attempts to put himself back in the Wayne Dream Team photo (Only his arm is visible in the current one.). Alan Tudyk’s Van is one of the bright spots in this episode. His attempts at photoshopping himself in are met with the staff creating memes of him in funny situations.

Success takes time. And believing in the abilities of your team takes patience.

We also meet the small, evil director of HR, Samuel Green. I find it odd that this is Emily’s first contact with him. Shouldn’t they have met when she was hired?

The relationship between Emily and Jackie (Christina Kirk) is really nice. They really have something there. Jackie is the person that Emily must try to avoid becoming and Emily is the part of Jackie that she left behind.

Next episode: Emily has to salvage the a deal with Atlantis (Aquaman references, here we come) after Van torpedoes it in “Sinking Day”.

 

Powerless airs Thursday at 8:30/7:30 Central on NBC. It can also be found on Hulu, Amazon, and NBC.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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The Longbox Hunter: STAR TREK: UNTOLD VOYAGES #2

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In the back of my house, I keep my most prized possessions. My long boxes.  Filled with issue after issue after issue (Guess you could say I have issues) of comic books dating back thirty years or longer.

This is just one of them.

Star Trek: Untold Voyages #2

This issue was published in February of 1999 by Marvel Comics under the “Marvel Presents Paramount Comics” imprint with a cover date of April 1998 and a cover price of $2.50. It was written by Glen Greenberg, and the art was done by Michael Collins and Keith Williams. The issue is titled, “Worlds Collide”.  Star Trek: Untold Voyages was a mini-series of 5 issues that takes place after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture but before Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.

Let’s talk about the big character highlight in this issue, Saavik. Saavik was a character first seen in Star Trek II as Spock’s protégé. She was played in Star Trek II by Kirstie Alley. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, she’s played by Robin Curtis. I know there are people who prefer Kirstie’s performance over Robin’s, but personally, I’ve always like Robin’s better.

Something that was left out of the movies, (and therefore out of canon) was that Saavik was half-Romulan. It was revealed in the novelizations, but only the most die-hard fans read those.

Now, let’s discuss this issue. It opens with the Enterprise exploring a world that’s about to be hit by a planet-killing asteroid. Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, Chekov and Ensign Omal (who is taking Spock’s place while he’s taking care of other matters) beam down to observe the local creatures. Large four-legged beasts. The landing party can’t determine too much about them so they take their readings and leave…or they would if Bones wasn’t arguing with Kirk about leaving these creatures to their fate.

Will Kirk decide to intervene?

Meanwhile, Spock arrives at the Vulcan embassy on Earth. He has been summoned to deal with Saavik, a young Vulcan-Romulan hybrid child that he rescued from an abandoned Romulan Colony. It seems the Romulans were trying to do some selective breeding, crossing Romulans with Vulcans. The Romulans eventually deemed their efforts a failure and left the offspring behind to die. Spock and a Vulcan expedition found the youths and rescued them.

Now all the other children have accepted the Vulcan way and left with new families…except Saavik. She doesn’t want to control her emotions and she’s acting out. So Spock was summoned to assist her.

What will Spock do with young Saavik?

Now, let’s see if this issue stands the test of time.

Artwork: Michael Collins pencils are pretty darn good. He gives plenty of detail in the close-up shots that you don’t have to guess what you’re looking at and the characters LOOK like the original actors. The Enterprise is drawn well and there are no real problems with perspective.

The only real problem I have with the artwork is some of the color work. Matt Webb, the colorist, does great when it comes to the planet, ship, regular people and uniforms. But for some reason, the Vulcans have a coppery orange skin tone. I know that Vulcans live on a hot desert planet. But the skin tone is supposed to be slightly green, not orange.

Story: I really liked this story. The Kirk/McCoy story is a classic Star Trek style story. They come to a planet and have to make a decision about what action to take, the moral one or the logical one. The one thing this story lacks is Spock to back up the logical side of things. You have McCoy being McCoy and Kirk having to argue what Spock would argue. In the end, compassion wins out…but is not necessary since the inhabitants solve the dilemma anyway.

The Spock/Saavik story is pretty good. Spock tries to deal with Saavik logically, but that won’t work. She may be half-Vulcan, but she’s still a child. She wants to be like Spock — able to control her emotions — but she just can’t find that hold. Spock senses Saavik has a kindred spirit. Someone who is the product of two worlds, neither of which he would entirely fit into, not without practice. He even tells her about his experiences as a child and tells her that she can learn from his experiences. In the end, he finds her a home that will accept her. It’s not a fantastic story that the cover promised,but it’s a good one.

This is a lost era of Star Trek, one that is found only in books and comic books. It’s refreshing to read these stories. It’s a shame the “Marvel Presents Paramount Comics” imprint has never been collected in a trade paperback or digital format, but I’m sure it’s a rights issue.

So if you want to read a copy, start hunting!

 

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ECHO CHAMBER: The RESIDENT EVIL Franchise

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This month, the Gang of Meddling Kids gathers ’round the table to discuss the Resident Evil franchise. From its first days as an early Playstation game to its current status as the top-grossing horror film franchise of all time, Resident Evil has delivered several iterations. Some good, some not. And with the movie franchise winding down (maybe), is it time for the video game series to do the same? Or is there still room for more games pitting Alice against the Umbrella Corporation?

The panel: Ann Laabs, Thomas Townley, Jared Hawkins, David Baker, Sam Sentman

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ROGUES GALLERY #46: With Special Guest Jeremy Jordan

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This week, we’re joined by a special Rogue dialing in all the way from the set of Supergirl in Vancouver. Jeremy Jordan sits with us around the round table to discuss Winn’s character development in season two, plus some teases at what’s to come for the Girl of Steel.

And what’s this? Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo are going to be villains on the show?

Plus, discussions of The FlashArrowLegends of Tomorrow, the newly announced Black Lightning, and Powerless (read the pilot recap here). Because we just can’t talk much about Gotham.

The panel: Thomas Townley, Timothy Harvey, Jeff Hackworth, Dustin Adair, Kendal Sinn, Jason Hunt, special guest Jeremy Jordan

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Episode 314 ” The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”
Written by Seth Boston
Directed by Louis Shaw Milito

In the winter finale, Gotham delivers Batman vs. the Joker.

The blackout continues. Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) has scored a victory over Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). And Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) faces Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) in a preview of what’s going to be happening for the rest of their lives.

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Episode 210 “We Can Be Heroes”
Written by Caitlin Parrish & Katie Rose Rogers
Directed by Rebecca Johnson

The episode title is a little misleading, because by the time we get to the middle, Kara (Melissa Benoist) has pretty much decided that nobody else is good enough to be a superhero. In the wake of the prison break by Livewire (Brit Morgan), she learns that Jimmy (Mehcad Brooks) has been skulking around as Guardian with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) as his backup, and Mon-El (Chris Wood) is too busy worrying about Kara to effectively protect the non-supers in the middle of an attack.

At least the confession of lurve didn’t lead to another kiss…

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Episode 311 “Dead or Alive”
Teleplay by Zack Stentz
Story by Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes
Directed by Harry Jierjian

Kid Flash has a fan club!

H.R. has a stalker. Only she’s not a stalker. She’s a collector. A sort of law enforcement bounty hunter type who’s hunting Wells because he violated the ban on transdimensional travel.

And in this episode, Barry takes the same path as Kara Zor-El: trying to be the one who decides who can be a hero and who can’t be. He’s not big into Cisco facing Gypsy, who has the same powers, in a duel over custody of H.R.

Iris convinces Wally to help her investigate an arms dealer, someone Joe and the D.A.’s office have been trying to catch for months. She almost blows it, almost gets herself killed, and gets an earful from Joe.

The main spine of the story, Cisco vs. Gypsy, ends with a rather nice face-off that travels to Earth-2, Earth-38 (interrupting Miss Tessmacher in the Catco offices), and Earth-Mustafar, where the two rivals share a first flirty spark. In the end, Cisco beats Gypsy with a little helpful knowledge from Julian, thus saving H.R.’s life, although she’ll have to report him dead, which means he can never go back to Earth -19 again.

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Episode 210 “The Legion of Doom”
Written by Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim
Directed by Eric Laneuville

We get an interesting reversal in the opening, with a narration by Damien Darhk () and the opening logos for the Legion of Doom.

The Legion is in the midst of trying to locate the rest of the Spear of Destiny, only Rip isn’t talking because he doesn’t remember anything since he fried his own brain. The three villains have to split their time between trying to win and trying to snarl at each other. With all the scene chewing that implies.

And the episode does a nice job of explaining just how it is that Eobard Thawne still exists after he ceased to exist. But it’ll make your brain hurt.

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Episode 511 “Second Chances”
Written by Speed Weed & Sarah Tarkoff
Directed by Mark Bunting

Three years ago, Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy) was being tortured, her boyfriend under the gun in front of her, with thugs surrounding them as the Central City particle accelerator explodes, giving her the Canary Cry.

Talia (Lexa Doig) has been researching Oliver since finding that he wears the hood of one of her students, Yao Fe. Which means she’s … not young.

Team Arrow tracks down Tina in Hub City, where they make an offer to bring her on board without any kind of interview, vetting, discussion, evaluation, or any kind of process to determine she’s going to fit in. Because the writers need her to be all in Oliver’s face about staying out of the way, because of course she’s got attitude and they have to not like each other before they like each other.

Tina’s target: Sean Solus, thug and gangster attached to the recently departed Tobias Church. He’s stepped into the power vacuum, and he’s also a metahuman with the ability to induce vertigo in his victims.

Plus, Felicity has her own Osgood! Part of a group called Helix, and their data cache is called Pandora. Thus begins Felicity’s hero arc. To Oracle, maybe?

Oh, and Tina isn’t really Tina…

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POWERLESS: Will it “Wayne or Lose”?

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Season 1, Episode 1: “Wayne or Lose”
Written by Ben Queen
Directed by Michael Patrick Jann

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Just a note, since this is the pilot, the recap will be longer and a bit more detailed than normal. (I have to introduce a lot of characters and settings. You’re welcome.)

Welcome to Charm City.

We meet Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens), on her first day at work for Wayne Security, a division of Wayne Enterprises.  She witnesses a battle between the superhero Crimson Fox and the super villain Jack-O-Lantern. Luckily the train she is on is saved by Crimson Fox (Atlin Mitchell).

Emily goes on a tour of Wayne Security.

Arriving at work, Emily meets her new boss, Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk). He’s Bruce Wayne’s cousin. Emily, as the new director of R&D, has been charged with turning Wayne Security around.  Emily is then introduced to her team. Teddy (Danny Pudi), Wendy (Jenni Pierson) and Ron (Ron Funches).

Welcome to the team. Now inspire them.

Wendy built a device to detect when Emily is near. The team’s ideas have been turned down so much, they no longer want to try.

Van calls a meeting. Everyone is fired, the division is being closed. In a world full of superheroes, the products are “Powerless.” Van, however, is failing up. He’s going back to corporate.

You’re all fired.

Emily tells the team they have one chance to save their jobs.

She talks with Jackie (Christina Kirk), Van’s assistant. During the chat, she get’s inspired to create something new. She gets the team working on something that may save their jobs.

The next day, they show the product to Van. It works! Van acquiesces and says he’ll take the product to Bruce.

Terrible news. Van won’t be going to Gotham as the division will stay open. Bruce loved the device, putting it in Beta. Van blames Emily, but she’s happy.

The team celebrates victory.

The team celebrates at a bar. On the TV, they hear a report that Gotham PD has finally apprehended The Joker. Batman found him using a device, sounds a lot like what they just made…

Analysis:

So a new show to add to the DC Universe of shows. This show, however, has no relation to Fox’s Gotham (which is a good thing) or the CW DC shows (kinda of a bad thing). This show has to stand on its own! The show runners, at the winter press tour, have told us this takes place on Earth-P.

I wonder how many superhero references we’ll get. In this episode alone, we get mentions of Batman and Superman. If there were some others, let us know in the comments section.

It’s a pretty straight forward introductory plot; we get introduced to our main cast of characters, our setting, etc.

Charm City is a brand new DC Universe city. It has never been used before, so location is questionable. If it has shipping docks, then it might be East Coast, otherwise, my guess is somewhere around Ohio. Maybe they’ll let us know in a future episode.

I loved the “fly-over state” reference. Being in one of those states myself, I’m sure that’s the only way I’d ever see a superhero if I was on a planet with them.

Crimson Fox is a long-time DC Universe hero, but this version is different. The Crimson Fox of the comics had pheromone powers that would cause men to be super attracted to her, super speed and agility and steel talon gloves. This Fox has some flight and super strength and a deep red costume.

Jack-O-Lantern is questionable. There has been a super hero in the DC Universe called Jack O’Lantern. The descriptions of the character that appeared in DC Comics bears little resemblance to the character that is portrayed in Powerless. I think it’s likely that they just used the name for the character and not the character itself same way they made Crimson Fox a different character than her DC Universe origin. It will be interesting to see if that’s a trend.

Now let’s talk about our team. Emily is the hopeful Pollyanna type of character, full of wonder and hope. Vannessa Hudgens is very good in this role. She makes me smile with her sense of optimism.

We also meet Teddy (Danny Pudi), Chief Design Officer. He…disrupts. Trying to think of new ways to use things. Wendy (Jenni Pierson), Lead Software Engineer, and Ron (Ron Funches), Head of Engineering and “Chief of Child-like Wonder”. All the actors worked well together. I particularly liked Ron Funches’ character. I think he’s described by Teddy accurately as he tees off on that Lexcorp product with glee.

Alan Tudyk’s Van Wayne was very good. Very smug, clueless and self-important. No wonder Bruce doesn’t want him in Gotham.

He’s a big picture guy.

I liked that the key to their dilemma was with Emily all along. Wendy had half of the answer, but it took Emily’s spark of inspiration to focus it.

I see they made some use of the original pilot in setting up the story. You get a very brief view of what would have been the setting of Ret-Con insurance. I was very unsure about this show when I heard they pushed the big reset button, but after seeing this episode I think it might have been a good idea.

I also thought the title sequence, with its use of classic comic book covers, was very impressive and fun. The theme music was fitting. Big and pompus on the full picture and then small when it focused on the actor’s title card.

The only real problem I had with the whole show is the special effects used during the Crimson Fox/Jack-O-Lantern battle. It was a bit third rate, probably due to the budget, so I won’t ding Powerless too much on this point.

So, what do you think? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on the episode.

 

Powerless airs Thursday at 8:30/7:30 Central on NBC. It can also be found on Hulu, and NBC.com. For more information, visit the official website.

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ROGUES GALLERY #45: Resurrections, Redemptions, and Fake Beards

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The DC Comics television shows have all made it back on the air, and the Rogues gather ’round the table to run our thoughts out. Mostly about Gotham and Supergirl this week. We have two “resurrections” of sorts this week, plus a plan to change the future by altering the present.  And did you see the beard on George Lucas??

The panel: Ann Laabs, Thomas Townley, Timothy Harvey, Dustin Adair, Jason Hunt

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Episode 313 “Smile Like You Mean It”
Written by Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi

Dwight manages to bring back Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), even though he’s a little fuzzy in the head and missing his face. The Joker cult — or as Harvey (Donal Logue) calls them, “50 wackadoos” — takes over a TV station to make a major announcement, with Dwight wearing Jerome’s face like a mask.  And Jerome doesn’t like that very much.

Leslie (Morena Baccarin) is still angry with Gordon (Ben McKenzie). And it’s all drama drama drama.

Meanwhile, Bruce (David Mazouz) has agreed to pay off they guy threatening Maria (Ivana Milicevic), but Selina (Camren Bicondova) is naturally suspicious and figures it’s all a scam.

Nygma continues to manipulate everyone, using Barbara (Erin Richards) and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) to destroy the heads of the families. And Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor) is losing control — of himself, his crime syndicate, and the city.

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Episode 209 “Supergirl Lives”
Teleplay by Eric Carrasco & Jessica Kardos
Story by Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by Kevin Smith

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) gets caught up in the search for a missing teenager (Harley Quinn Smith), who’s been shipped off to another planet by the Gordanians in an intergalactic slaver operation helped along by Roulette (Dichen Lachman). When Mon-El (Chris Wood) gets caught along with Kara, they have to figure out a way to escape despite losing their powers under a red sun.

Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) is freaking out because her sister is missing and that means she has to break up with Maggie (Floriana Lima) immediately. And Winn (Jeremy Jordan) is freaking out because he almost got killed helping Jimmy (Mehcad Brooks) so he needs to quit superheroing immediately.

And Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez) is sitting back watching his new student turn into a pretty good reporter.

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Episode 310 “Borrowing Problems From the Future”
Written by Grainne Godfree & David Kob
Directed by Millicent Shelton

Barry (Grant Gustin) hasn’t learned his lesson yet. And neither have the writers, bouncing into more time travel shenanigans and stuff. He’s now having nightmares about Iris (Candice Patton) dying in the future, and he’s back to not telling her something to protect her. Or something.

Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) wants to get rid of her powers, so much so that she goes to Julian (Tom Felton) to ask his help in reversing her powers. After initially refusing because he doesn’t like being reminded about what he did as Alchemy, he apologizes and considers her invitation to join Team Flash. Is he playing a long game?

H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) has put the finishing touches on the STAR Labs Museum, complete with new employee Olga, who doesn’t speak very much English.

Jared “Plunder” Morillo shows up with a new weapon that works against the Flash, stops him cold.

How does Barry afford the new place on his salary?

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Episode 209 “Raiders of the Lost Art”
Written by Keto Shimizu & Chris Fedak
Directed by Dermott Downs

Los Angeles, 1967 — Memory-wiped Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) is working on a movie about Rip Hunter, having subconsciously remembered what he did with the segment of the Spear of Destiny. And his cameraman: George Lucas (Matt Angel sporting a terrible fake beard), who gets caught up in the whole time travel/evil villains with ray guns/just leave me alone/I’m going to die mess and decides to quit film school.

As a result, an aberration in which Lucas is insurance salesman of the year in 1977, 1980, and 1983 instead of making some of the most influential films of all time (those years aren’t random). This has the effect of wiping out skills for both Nate (Nick Zano) and Ray (Brandon Routh), who got into their respective fields because of the Lucas films.

And yes, there are plenty of Easter eggs and shout-outs to the two franchises, most notably the garbage compactor scene, complete with “Don’t just stand there. Try and brace it with something.”

Meanwhile, Rory (Dominic Purcell) demands that Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) help get Snart out of his head — even though Stein isn’t that kind of doctor, but he’s close enough.

Best moment: Nate names the villains the “Legion of Doom” after a Hanna-Barbera cartoon he liked as a kid. Nice.

 

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Episode 510 “Who Are You?”
Written by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan
Directed by Gregory Smith

Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is back, but is she? Her story: the crew of the Waverider brought her back. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is feeling some red flags. DNA test, and it doesn’t take long for them to figure out that it’s actually not Laurel, but it’s Laurel. The other one. From Earth-2. Otherwise known as Black Siren, who’s working for Prometheus.

Oliver (Stephen Amell) wants District Attorney Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) to represent Diggle (David Ramsey). When he meets with John, it’s just before General Walker (Garry Chalk) comes to get him.

At least the peanut butter Black Canary statue is gone.

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