Author Archive | Ali Trotta

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Loss and Addiction on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 18th episode (“Lose Yourself”) made me shout at the screen and eventually cry. From Harry going full-on Gollum to Caitlin losing her powers to DeVoe killing Ralph—it was an action-packed episode. There were robot samurais and heartfelt speeches (from both Joe and Ralph). The other remaining bus meta, Edwin, was a rather hilarious […]

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The Past Is Prologue on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 14th episode (“Schott Through the Heart”) is full of humor, heartbreak, and flying monkeys. No, really. (And it was a fantastic Wizard of Oz shoutout.) This episode was all Jeremy Jordan, front and center, bringing emotional depth, quickly followed by a wisecrack. His mother, Mary (the wonderful Laurie Metcalf), also had a thing for […]

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Confronting Difficult Truths on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 17th episode (“Null and Annoyed”) had some poignant moments, humor, and a lot of WTF. From the Ninja Turtles to Willy Wonka to From Dusk Till Dawn, the references were plenty. And while the central storyline served as a vehicle for character development (Barry’s—because of his recognition of Ralph), I was super excited […]

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A Speedster Freaky Friday on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 16th episode (“Run, Iris, Run”) started off incredibly strong. The Cisco quips (“We’re not Frankenstein-ing innocent people.” and asking Harry, “And which [degree] is in Mad Science?”) were hilarious. Honestly, Harry and Cisco banter is always aces, given the begrudging and sometimes snarky affection between them. That aside, I knew that this episode […]

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Bombs, Love, and Grief on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 15th episode (“Enter Flashtime”) was an interesting way to bring characters together (Jesse! Killer Frost! Jay!), while tackling some issues. Given the circumstances (time slowed down, nuclear bomb etc.), it wasn’t as quippy as usual. I mean, I suppose it’s difficult to be funny and try and get rid of a bomb. Just […]

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Somethin’ Bad on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 14th episode (“Subject 9”) was filled with feelings, but it was a bit clunky overall. The major source of tension is Izzy, a fiddle-playing country singer who Ralph cares for faster than I can decide what coffee to buy at Starbucks. It turns out her powers can hurt DeVoe, and Team Flash decides […]

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Body-Switching Shenanigans on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 13th episode (“True Colors”) displayed the heart of a lot of the characters, ranging from Becky being kind and doing good to Ralph stepping up to multiple challenges to Amunet snarking her way through a series of plans gone awry. One of my favorite things had to be Killer Frost giving Ralph a […]

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Love and the Enemy Within on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 13th episode (“Both Sides Now”) had a lot of Jekyll and Hyde moments (Purity vs. Julia, Sam vs. Reign), peppered with humor and heart-wrenching moments. I’ve said it before, but Odette Annable is absolutely exquisite in the role, teetering on the edge, between fragile and fierce, shifting between terrorizing and feeling fear. The anguish […]

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A Tiny Problem on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 12th episode (“Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”) was hilarious, well written, adorable, and poignant. This show has made me laugh a whole lot this season, which is such a win. The writers are absolutely crushing it (Cisco quipping, “Eh, never trust a mustache, I always say.” And Harry snarking, “Gorilla prison is worse. […]

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You’ve Got a Friend on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 12th episode (“For Good”) was a damn good episode of TV, pulling at every possible heartstring. Let’s start with Sam’s medical crisis. There was a lot of Dr. Alex packed into the minutes, but it was sweet, touching, uplifting. Everything female friend can, and should, be. With Sam trying to discover the source of […]

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A Hero Is Made, Not Born on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 11th episode (“The Elongated Knight Rises”) was rife with chaotic fun. It was always a big question mark of how they’d handle Barry being in prison. It does feel a bit weird that Wally didn’t come back, but Ralph stretches onto the scene. I swear, I cannot see Hartley Sawyer without seeing a […]

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Unlikely Allies and Old Friends on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 11th episode (“Fort Rozz”) accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. There was a lot of girl power and unexpected female friendships. I mean, Psi was pretty good—Yael Grobglas did an amazing job of being menacing, with a touch of kindness and a whole heap of curiosity. Calling Imra Matilda was a […]

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THE FLASH: The One Where Barry Goes to Prison

The Flash’s tenth episode (“The Trial of the Flash”) was definitely harrowing—and not simply because some guy ended up a walking ball of radiation, almost taking down the city. Things bounce around from bad to even more bad, heartwrenching, and frustrating. I may have shouted at the TV a time or twelve. Who’s counting? Here’s […]

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