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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.