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The Past is Prologue on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 18th episode (“Godspeed”) was an interestingly framed look back on Nora, her motivations, and her experiences. It was a good, and heartbreaking way, to explain the choices she’s made. Meeting her hilarious friend Lia (Kathryn Gallagher) was so much fun. I mean, up until she got murdered by Godspeed (Lia had Cisco’s gift […]

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The Chaos of Family on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 17th episode (“All About Eve”) was fun, but it felt largely like filler. I was excited to see M’yrnn again (Carl Lumblyis always brilliant)! He was hilarious (the coffee line, etc.), but I found myself frustrated with J’onn’s identity crisis. It resolved with his dad’s visit, but the emotional tension didn’t land for me. […]

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Backstory and Becoming on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 16th episode (“The House of L”) was largely backstory, filling in gaps and answering some outstanding questions. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed learning more about Lex—how far his manipulation spread and how much he’s wounded those around him without a thought (Lena’s “He used to say we were burdened with […]

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The Future Fraks Up the Present on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 17th episode (“Time Bomb”) is Cicada-centric. In a very Terminator-esque move, Grace has traveled back in time to save her uncle and avenge her parents. While Orlin is a total anger ball of a human as Cicada, Grace has a subtle, seething quality to her. She moves with quiet purpose, with an alarming […]

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Love, Lines Crossed, and Family Ties on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 15th episode (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) was an interestingly structured one, introducing us to a frenetic Lex, hellbent on madness and science. That was the Lex of the past. The present one is more contained, but no less sharp. Jon Cryer had a pinpoint delivery of every line, every look. Having him tell […]

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New Timelines and Revelations on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 16th episode (“Failure is an Orphan”) is full of hits and misses. Iris tries to spend every last minute with Nora, while Nora is single-mindedly focused on saving her dad. Nora is absolutely frenetic about it, getting more and more wound up as the episode goes on (it was worth it to get […]

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Heart vs. Hate on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 14th episode (“Stand and Deliver”) had me shouting at the tv a few times, y’all. First of all, Dreamer/Nia is amazing (Nicole Maines is wonderful). I love, love, love her over-the-top nerd joy over being a superhero. It’s so charming to see so much joy—wearing her suit when she doesn’t have to, trying to […]

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Love in the Time of King (Shark) on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 15th episode (“King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd”) was a bit of good fun, from the fun quips, to Sherloque muttering in French, to all the Rampage-like fight scene. I especially liked the issue of consent, specifically when Cisco calls Barry out on his poor behavior with King Shark (truly, a sentence I never […]

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Change and Villainy is Afoot on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 13th episode (“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?”) has a surprising amount of humor to it, for one with so much chaos. The quips really were on point (Kara’s “Who’s Clockwork Orange?” Alex’s “Outmatched by a fricking hat.” And Brainy sneering “Kleenx” in the Fortress of Solitude). These punctuate Nia […]

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Sometimes, Love Is a Snake on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 12th episode (“Menagerie”) is Valentine’s Day themed, which means lots of cuteness and a heart-eating alien. I mean, duh. (Seriously, the snake-like sandworm heart chomper is a nice way to dovetail into the holiday. I mean, who hasn’t felt like their heart has been ingested at some point in their life? Super universal.) It […]

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