LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #111: Kicking It With IRON FIST
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns next week, which gives us this one shot to discuss the latest Netflix offering from Marvel Television: Iron Fist. And judging by the mixed reception its had, this could very well be Marvel’s first not-quite-miss since the first season of S.H.I.E.L.D.
From off-balance pacing to a bland lead character to cultural appropriation to missed social cues, the show really doesn’t seem to know just what kind of show it wants to be. Is it an origin story for a rich kid learning to be a superhero? Is it about a wealthy socialite learning how to be social? Is it a prelude to The Defenders and just a setup piece? Is it all of these, or none of these?
Short answer: yes and no.
WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS
The panel: Mindy Inlow, Sam Sentman, Chris Jensen, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt
The Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures highlighted previously unknown contributions of African-American women to America’s space program and spurred discussion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers for women today. SciFi4Chicks digs into both on our March podcast.
Our discussion ranges from the multiple challenges faced and overcome by the pioneering African-American women of NASA to the work done today to inspire young women to pursue STEM careers. Mindy and Ann also reflect on their own histories with STEM subjects.
Listen in and tell us your stories and experiences in the worlds of STEM!
AND check out Teresa Wickersham’s SciFi4Me review of Hidden Figures.
ROGUES GALLERY #52: Snobs, Songs, a Sellout, and a Slog
[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
Returns April 24
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…
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?
Episode 215 “Fellowship of the Spear”
Written by Keto Shimizu & Matthew Maala
Directed by Ben Bray
Firestorm (Franz Drameh) 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 (Jack Turner), 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…
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.”
Episode 6:12 “Zerstörer Shrugged” Story by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Directed by Aaron Lipstadt
[recap by Maia Ades]
This is the only episode in which the writer’s credit has been listed as “story by” rather than “written by”. I’m not sure if there is any significance to the change. I thought it was interesting, so I’m sharing my observation with you.
Are you making plans for the series finale? I’m hosting a watch party at my home. We’ll be live tweeting and YouTubing. I’d really like to see your posts, photos or video of your party or other way to mark the occasion. This has been a long ride my friends. We’ve seen these characters go through a lot. We’ve seen them take new lovers, change lovers, have babies, lose loved ones and learn so much along the way. Will you follow these actors on their new adventures or is it the characters they portrayed that are of interest to you? Either way, I’d like to hear from you and find out what brought you to Grimm and why you’ve become a fan.
I think the title comes from the nonchalant manner in which our antagonist, the Zerstörer killed most everyone in his path. He didn’t kill all the drunks under the bridge, and I don’t know why he bothered to kill the one. The guy wasn’t a threat. He could have just turned and kept on walking. Or he could have killed all of them with one wave of his staff, but he didn’t do any of those things. Instead, he killed just one of them. Was it to learn another snippet of our language? Was it to prove to us how deadly he was? Was it to make sure he was easy to find by following the trail of dead bodies he left behind? I don’t know. With only one episode left, I’m protective of time left to finish up the story. We don’t need any extraneous stuff to detract from our actual story.
Wow! The end of this episode was painful. Painful because these are characters we’ve lived with for so long. To see them die so easily was hard to watch. We lost Wu (Reggie Lee) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) in rapid succession. My biggest question, who will survive the next, the final episode?
Diana (Hannah R. Lloyd) got to flex her acting muscles this week. We’ve not seen her do a lot that was, what actors would call, demanding. Her emotional response to the impending approach of the Zerstörer was impressive. Kudos to you Hannah.
The biggie this episode was red skull made it from “the other place” to our place. He was clearly a fish out of water. He didn’t fit in. He mimicked mimicked every person he heard, learning bits of language. The disturbing thing about red skull was his complete lack of regard for life, any life. It was truly disturbing. I thought on this for some time trying to decide if for some reason I felt his disregard for life was more _ _ _ _ than the way that others have killed over the years. I can’t say if he was worse. I can say that somehow it was more unsettling. Which means, I owe Andrew Morgado respect for pulling this off. If I’m crediting the wrong actor, I apologize. There is only one credit for Zerstörer. I expected two credits. One for the person in the extensive makeup and one for the woged buff God like character. Since there is only one credit listed, I used it.
While this episode is devastating to the main characters and audience when they lose two of our central characters, it’s not as catastrophic as I expected. For so long I thought the final show down was going to be a world wide war with Black Claw. Then it was to be the arrival of the Devil and destruction of civilization. So far, he’s killed a few people and brought a rain of dead bats. While neither of those is nice for those involved, including the bats, it’s not the massive destruction I expected.
While I’m on the topic of Black Claw, wrapping up a multi season storyline with one line felt insufficient. Trubel, (Jacqueline Toboni) brushes aside the entire war with an off handed comment that Black Claw has been defeated. Not that I wanted to see the war. I argued many weeks that bringing a full war to Grimm was not a good idea. It would have been the wrong tone and lack the storytelling that Grimm established. On the other hand, this was the other extreme and it didn’t feel satisfying at all.
The books have been the resource to solve cases since the first season. I think they may be the ray of hope to defeat the Zerstörer. The books offered information on who or what their enemy is. Perhaps a bit further in their reading they’ll find information on how to even defeat this Devil. It seems appropriate that the final solution would be in the books. I suppose that the show’s creators, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have been, in a not so subtle way, promoting books and reading. I don’t think a single case has been solved without reading up and finding information and solutions. Perhaps they’ve found a more successful way to promote reading than the many public service messages that try to accomplish the same thing.
Next week, the whole story will be wrapped up one way or another. Any guesses how the writers will tie up the storylines left? Or at least how they’re going to finish this? Will all our main characters be killed off? Will the whole world of Portland and Grimm as we know it be wiped out? Will Diana be forced into marriage with the Devil? We’ll all find out next week.
H2O #152: In Which We Discuss ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK & Free Comic Book Day
We need your help!
This half-hour, we offer up an invitation for you to be a part of our live coverage of Free Comic Book Day coming up on Saturday, May 6th. We’ll be attempting to connect people from comic book shops all over the world to talk about what’s happening in your neck of the woods.
Also: there’s rumor floating about that Robert Rodriguez is in line to direct the reboot of Escape From New York. Do we need this? No, but the studio machine in Hollywood needs the next big franchise, so they’re doing it anyway. Because CHiPs was a thing… Is Rodriguez the right man for the job? Who would be the best new Snake Plissken? And how do you do the political commentary in today’s climate?
Programming note: H2O is now on a bi-weekly schedule, so every other Saturday is when you’ll get a new episode.
ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: THE WALKING DEAD Takes You To “THE OTHER SIDE”
Sasha and Rosita make some questionable travel decisions on The Walking Dead, and Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey have thoughts on this week’s Zombpocalypse Now!
Season 7, Episode 14 “The Other Side” Written by Angela Kang Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis
Dustin: I see what you did there.
Timothy: You mean posting a picture that is from the scene we didn’t talk about this week? The scene where Jesus offhandedly confirms that the TV version of the character is, like his comic counterpart, a gay man? Where he and Maggie talk about the need to connect with the people around you, and make a community stronger by those connections?
Dustin: Yeah, that scene. How did we not talk about that scene? It was handled really well.
Timothy: I honestly don’t know. I had planned to, and then somehow we didn’t. It was a good scene though, and there are lots of people all over the internet talking about it and saying so. Not us, apparently, but still.
Dustin: I suppose we just did.
Timothy: Better late I suppose. We also didn’t talk about the confrontation between Jesus and Gregory, and the undercurrent of impending violence.
Dustin: You mean the way that Gregory is sabotaging himself, and all but pushing Jesus into backing Maggie in taking over Hilltop, something that Jesus is already inclined to do?
Timothy: That, yes. We didn’t talk about that either. What did we talk about this week?
Dustin: All the other things, Tim. ALL THE OTHER THINGS. In fact, weren’t we going to be aiming for the 35-minute episode length for these podcasts? Wasn’t that the plan?
Timothy: Yeeeaaahhh. Kinda hit and miss there, aren’t we?
Dustin: Kinda. A bit.
Timothy: Yeah. Anyway, thanks for listening folks, and please share, rate and comment wherever you listen to this thing we do. Comments, ratings and likes help us grow the audience, and that’s always a cool thing.
Dustin: And don’t forget to listen to our other SciFi4MeRadio podcasts! They’re pretty cool too!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.
2 Lazy Guys Discuss the Pilot Episode of WESTWORLD
Episode 01 “The Original” Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy Story by Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and Michael Chrichton Directed by Jonathan Nolan
Now that Westworld is out on home video, Jared Hawkins and David Baker take a look at the characters, story, and themes of the re-imagined series that delves deeper into artificial intelligence, reincarnation, slavery, and what it means to be a person.
In this first episode, Jared and Dave discuss the pilot, “The Original”, and how it introduces us to this new version of the original film and sets up the story moving forward. Introduction of the Man in Black, along with the notion of robots who retain the memories of their experiences inside the park and the various characters they play. Does that add up to eventually make them sentient? Are they slaves?
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Ed Harris.
Episode 6:11 “Where the Wild Things Were” Written by Brenna Kouf
Directed by Terrence O’Hara
[recap by Maia Ades]
I’m not sure there’s anything I can say that doesn’t fall under the spoilers category. So let’s just jump right in, shall we?
I got my prediction correct that Eve (Elizabeth Tulloch) would be in trouble when she stepped through the mirror. But, I thought that Diana would follow her and it doesn’t look like she will. In fact, most of the main characters are being uncharacteristically pragmatic. How odd that now, with the last couple of episodes to go, they are finally being sensible.
The title of this episode confused me. I didn’t understand why it’s called “Where the Wild Things Were”. Teresa Wickersham had a good theory about why it’s called were and not are. She thinks maybe when they stepped through the mirror they actually went back in time. It’s better than any ideas I had about it. Anyone have a good theory they’d like to share on why the Wesen are always woged in “the other place”? Perhaps they are primitive Wesen and woging at will was an evolutionary aspect of Wesen. The concern for Eve is that she will woge and be stuck in her Hexenbiest form.
I thought the parts of the episode that take place in “the other place” were barbaric and rather scary. On the other hand, it also gave us probably the best Eve scene she’s ever had. Her explanation to Nick (David Giuntoli) about who she is, her journey and their current relationship was spot on. I don’t think Elizabeth Tulloch has been given permission to express who Eve is before this. There have been tidbits of lines from her on who Eve is. But this was the biggest and most powerful speech from her.
Unfortunately Nick is still a bland character. It never ceases to dumbfound me how the lead character, the anchor of the show, can have so little character. If you’d asked me if this was possible, I would have argued that it’s not. The audience needs to be able to connect with the character. That we need to have reason to care about and for this main character. Obviously, I’m wrong. Grimm has been successful for five and half seasons. Audiences proved that they will follow a show that has interesting supporting characters even if they get very little from the lead.
My one beef with this episode is the amount of time given to bringing Renard (Sasha Roiz) up to speed. It’s a bunch of expository information that the audience doesn’t need. There just has to be a better way that could have been handled. Maybe someone could have said that they’d fill him in on what he needs to know, say as they head out to a car. We’d assume that they talked about all the stuff that Renard needed to know during the car ride. 43 minutes is precious time that we could have gotten more new information but some of it was spent on stuff we already know.
For the first time Renard wasn’t using his daughter in his own game for power. It was a breath of fresh air to see him actually acting like a concerned parent. Although, how he’s going to protect her from this Zertörer, Devil thing I can’t imagine.
Last season I was concerned about the mounting war the Black Claw was bringing on. I argued that war is too heavy, brutal and deadly to fit in this story well. I don’t think that is a concern any longer. We’ve not heard much about Black Claw. In fact the last I recall it being mentioned was when Renard declared he no longer supported their cause. Oh, and of course Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) was sent on an undisclosed mission by Hadrian’s Wall. I think we’re to presume that she has been battling Black Claw.
With only two episodes left, this one ends in classic Grimm style, “to be continued”. Hang on, this is probably going to be a bumpy ride.
ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: “BURY ME” Among THE WALKING DEAD
Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey have things to say about doomed characters on this week’s The Walking Dead! It’s Zombpocalypse Now!
Season 7, Episode 13 “Bury Me Here” Written by Scott M. Gimple Directed by Alrick Riley
Dustin: We need to get the rights to the Invader Zim “Doom” song, and play it whenever The Walking Dead introduces a character that is clearly doomed from the beginning.
Timothy: You know that would require this podcast to have a budget, right?
Dustin: Pffft. I’ve got three kids, I don’t have a budget for anything that isn’t clothes and food.
Timothy: That’s what I’m saying. Hi folks! These two poor fools are back again this week with another episode of Zombpocalypse Now…
Dustin: Your weekly dose of things things Dead. Ish. We did talk about The Wolves Who Are Teens. And the Preacher Man. And some other stuff.
Timothy: Yes. It is, in fact, The Walking Dead this week, and we’re back in The Kingdom!
Dustin: With Carol! And a tiger!
Timothy: And Morgan. And Ezekiel.
Dustin: Carol! And a Tiger! Oh, and poor, doomed Timmy.
Timothy: Benjamin. His name is Benjamin. There is no character in the show named Timmy.
Dustin: Right. Billy. That’s what I said.
Timothy: Close enough. Anyway, check out our latest episode, and please, rate and comment on our podcast wherever you listen to us. We get download numbers from some places that carry the show, and some don’t give us that info, so your feedback is a very helpful thing.
Dustin: And check out all the other cool podcasts we have on SciFi4MeRadio, because we have a bunch of them. Lots, even.
Timothy: Thanks for listening!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.
BOMB SHELTER Drill #2: DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW
Episode 2 ~ Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Jay McDowell and Kevin Schumm are back to talk about the next film pulled off the shelf for watching on the drive-in screen of your mind: Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a CBS made-for-TV movie (remember those?) that aired back before anyone had ever heard of Pumkinhead… In fact, this movie was the first feature length horror film with a scarecrow as its centerpiece, according to Aaron Crowell at HorrorHound Magazine.
In a small town in the Deep South, the mentally challenged Bubba befriends a young girl, causing some consternation among some of the town folk, including the mean-spirited mailman. After an accident leaves the girl injured, several men assume she’s dead and seek revenge on Bubba, killing him in a field while he hides by pretending to be the scarecrow.
In the days following, the men who killed Bubba are themselves victims of terrible acts of violence. Is the mysterious scarecrow Bubba’s ghost? Or is it an elaborate hoax?
Episode 6:10 “Blood Magic” Written by Thomas Ian Griffith
Directed by Janice Cooke
[recap by Maia Ades]
Folks, the end is getting close. This is episode ten. That means only three more are left. Are you planning your watch parties for March 31st? I’d love to hear what fans are planning for the final episode. It would also be fun to see your party pics.
This season has had more moral and ethical questions raised than probably the other five seasons put together. Which is interesting. It proves that Grimm could have worked on more levels all these past seasons than it did. At this point the show is well established as something else and inserting these larger issues is a bit awkward. Mostly because it’s not part of the show’s formula.
Despite what big wigs in TV production may tell you, each show has their own formula. They find a rhythm, look and sequence to their own story structure that works for that particular show. It’s much easier to repeat a set style and formula for episodic television than to try and reinvent the show on a weekly basis. Besides, audiences tune in because they’ve come to expect certain elements or style of a show. It’s not wrong, or bad. It’s the way it is. It also explains why many first seasons are more rough. The show, the crew, the writers and cast are finding their particular take on what the show will become.
In case you’ve forgotten, Grimm was no different. Don’t believe me, go back and re-watch some of the episodes from the first season. In fact to really see what I mean. Watch more than one. Take, say the pilot, one in the middle and the last episode of season one. You’ll see some variation in the formula. Oh and for grins and giggles, go then to a later season and see how they compare. The show became more set and polished in it’s look and feel.
Our A storyline is the police case. It centers around the question about what happens when a Wesen suffers from dementia. In this case, it has deadly consequences. We have two different senior Wesen, both suffering severe dementia. One resides in a long term care facility and the other is still at home. Mr. Stanton resides at home. His wife has been trying to manage his symptoms by herself. She’s not very effective in her goal. He goes wandering off on two separate occasions and kills two people. Not only does he kill them, but he kills them with speed, strength and ferocity that doesn’t seem remotely plausible for this older gentleman. The lady in the care facility is totally out of it. She’s 91 and rambling on about hunts in the woods. She seems harmless till she woges and attacks the orderly that cares for her.
There are several problems with this script. I think they could have been solved with a longer story. But, with only 43 minutes it’s hard to work through the various plot holes. The worst is that the solution for all this is a particular Wesen based on the assassin beetle and he doesn’t seem to be solving the problem in a timely manner. He waited much too long with the lady that actually resides in the same care facility he works in as a doctor. The other is due to the wife’s reluctance to face her husband’s condition. It doesn’t make sense to me that such a flawed solution is what has helped to keep the Wesen population secret all these ages. Since in the span of maybe a week or so, just in Portland we have two separate cases in which this system failed.
The best thing this episode did was to address issues of aging and the grace of allowing someone to die with dignity. Although, dying with a bug sticking poisonous saliva up your nose could be argued to lack dignity. The final scene was very moving. It was both hard to watch and somehow very sweet at the same time. I can’t say that Mr. Stanton’s end brought any justice to the families of the two people he killed. That is not fair. It’s also not reality. Grimm brings us a different flavor of reality. By now, you either embrace this world and many of it’s quirks or you probably stopped watching several seasons ago.
The B storyline is all about Eve (Elizabeth Tulloch). And yes, she’s earned the name Eve once again. Her hair is tightly back on her head. She can woge at will and she has a very Hexeniest oriented goal. She is driven by the idea that she must go through a mirror to the “other place”, as Diana calls it. Most of us would be resigned to the notion that we’d have to avoid mirrors for the rest of our life. Not Eve. Eve is certain that she must go and face the skull dude or he’ll come and face her. She manipulates Adalind (Claire Coffee) into handing over her mother’s spell books. She seems to promise that she won’t try to enter the other dimension on her own. But of course that’s exactly what she has in mind and manages to pull off. I’m sure she’s in danger. I don’t know if she’ll survive. And I expect that Diana will be next through a mirror. She’s the only one with enough power to pull this off. I don’t know if Adalind will accompany her or not.
How this affects the rest of our cast of characters will be interesting. I suppose that this might be the event that the symbols foretold. Or maybe not. We have three more episodes to find out.
H2O #151: In Which We Discuss the Biggest Lightsaber Battle in the World
The battle is about to begin!
This week: an extended episode in which we have guests! Stefan White and Steven Fuller from Kansas City’s Friends of the River join us to talk about the upcoming attempt to set the world record for the “Largest Lightsaber Battle in the World” — complete with representatives from Guiness World Records! On May 6th, over ten thousand people will gather on the shores of the Mighty Mo, the Missouri River, to wage the largest lightsaber battle ever. Many groups have been large, but this is the first attempt to set a world record.
More importantly, it’s a chance to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital here in Kansas City. May is also Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and this is a chance to raise money for ongoing research to help kids live long enough to receive lung transplants so that they can live into adulthood.
It’s our 50th episode! Discussions abound as we analyze the latest episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow — stupid pills are being taken by just about … everyone in all three shows. What’s up with the Mon-El story? What’s up with apes in Central City with no panic in the streets? What’s up with that Prometheus reveal?
Plus: Aquaman footage from Zack Snyder, casting news for Black Lightning, and Vertigo’s legacy is now in the hands of IDW.
The panel: Ann Laabs, Dustin Adair, Jeff Hackworth, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt, and guest Sari Al-Shehbaz
Returns April 24
Episode 214 “Homecoming”
Written by Caitlin Parrish & Derek Simon
Directed by Larry Teng
And it’s a good thing, right? Well, it is for everyone except Mon-El (Chris Wood), who seems to be the only one questioning the coincidence of Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) being rescued just in time to warn the DEO about the super-nuclear-fusion-bomb thingy that Cadmus is planning to drop on National City. Like National City is the only place on the planet where aliens live? Is National City in a bubble? Like Kandor?…
But wait. How many people took the stupid pills this week?
And that’s not how you destroy a computer server, Jeremiah…
Episode 314 “Attack on Central City”
Teleplay by Aaron Helbing & David Kob
Story by Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs
It’s Planet of the Apes2! Except it’s not.
This week, the conclusion of Grodd’s (David Sobolov) master plan to use Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) to portal his army to Central City, where how many hundreds of apes in armor go trekking through the streets with nary a whimper from the citizenry, the media, the police, the National Guard, the old lady on the corner, the blind guy selling newspapers… Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash are almost afterthoughts this week, with the main conflict involving a lot of CGI. And Solovar (Keith David).
Meanwhile, Jessie (Violett Beane) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) decide they’re going to be together, and after Harry (Tom Cavanagh) tries to guilt-trip them both, he agrees to let her move to Earth-1, where H.R. (also Tom Cavanagh) is still causing everyone to wonder why he’s still there…
Returns March 7th
Episode 515 “Fighting Fire With Fire”
Written by Speed Weed & Ben Sokolowski
Directed by Michael Schultz
Oliver (Stephen Amell) throws Green Arrow under the bus this week, admitting that he ordered the cover-up in the case of Billy Malone’s death. This doesn’t go over too well with Prometheus or Vigilante, who are each after Oliver for … reasons. Oliver and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) don’t agree that this is the best course of action in the face of impeachment hearings, but it’s Oliver’s play to make. Chase is ready to hand in his resignation and fall on his sword to preserve Oliver’s administration.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Prometheus is actually … Adrian Chase? So who is under the Vigilante mask? Dustin has a theory…
Episode 609 “Tree People” Written by Brenna Kouf
Directed by Jim Kouf
[recap by Maia Ades]
Seems the literary reference was dropped for this week. Unless I missed something by a famous author that I’m unfamiliar with. Which is very possible. If I missed it, please help enlighten me.
Programming note: the episode has gone missing at Podcasts.com, so until we find it (messages sent), we’ve embedded it here. Apologies for any inconvenience.
There are other stories that have walking trees. I thought of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents. And of course we’ve recently seen Groot on screen. But this didn’t really remind me of any of those references. There are two different tree things. One that catches people that have sinned against nature and then sacrifices them to a large tree thing that, absorbs them. I think. Our Grimm team tries to stop this ritual killing. I don’t think they were successful. The last shot in that story seems to say the forest protector will live to venge another day.
Adalind (Claire Coffee) is back this week. She didn’t have a big role in this week’s story, but she was back. As was most of the gang, the noticeable exception was Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni). Where oh where did HW send her off to? There are only four episodes left. Can we please have her back?
I’m not sure how well the tunnel drawings is working as a major plot point to drive us to the final episodes. It feels like a lot of hand of the writers. It’s my sincere hope that this plays out much better than it looks like at the moment.
Next week should start to give us more of our main storyline. I mean, Grimm is running out of time to tie this up and give audiences a nice wrap up. Let’s hope they use their time wisely.