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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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Frakking With Time and Romance on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 14th episode (“Cause and XS”) proves that Nora is absolutely Barry’s daughter, because I exclaimed “Nora, no” several times. I will say that there’s always an earnest sweetness to her screw ups, because she genuinely means well. I also love that Sherloque is often the only one to observe her weirdness initially, picking […]

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Face to Face With the Truth on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 13th episode (“Goldfaced”) gave us Thawne, being both creepy and wise: “A man does not wear another man’s face, unless he understands his mind.” It was an interesting observation about Sherloque that he had, but I’m more interested in the fact that Sherloque married the same woman on multiple earths. Fascinating detail, and […]

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Memory Is Flawed on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 12th episode (“Memorabilia”) has some really cute moments—and a lot of WTF. First, Ralph tricking Cisco into hanging at the bar? Adorable. And surprisingly poignant. It is lovely how far Ralph’s character has come; I love how much he relishes having people in his life. Hartley Sawyer is so, so bloody good in […]

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A Dream Is a Wish—Or Heartbreak on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 11th episode (“Blood Memory”) was excellent. I loved getting to see Nia’s hometown, getting to learn more of her backstory. There’s a certain reverence in her voice, before she and Kara take their road trip. It was sweet to see a character with such fondness for home, such a strong sense of community and […]

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Confronting Your Worst Fears on THE FLASH

The Flash’s eleventh episode (“Seeing Red”) carried a lot of emotional weight. When Nora is injured by Cicada, there are a lot of questions, and her fears rang true: “What if I don’t heal, Mom? What if I don’t get better.” Props to Jessica Parker Kennedy for selling a multitude of emotions, including when she […]

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Be Mindful of Villainy on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 10th episode (“Suspicious Minds”) had me shouting at the television a lot. And I mean that in a good way. First off, Haley is terrible and must be stopped. She’s come to represent people who follow orders, without a sense of right, without a moral compass. You know, like the Nazis did. Good times. […]

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Wonder Twin Powers… Reactivated!

Anyone who grew up watching Saturday-morning cartoons in the 1970s and 1980s should remember well the two teen sidekicks who hung out with Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Superman, and Aquaman, helping them to thwart the Legion of Doom, the Joker, Mr. Mxyzptlk, the Penguin, and other nefarious evil-doers. They were not an overly interesting duo […]

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Second Chances and Redemption on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 10th episode (“The Flash & the Furious”) made me a little frustrated at times, but I think the overall message was solid. While Nora’s anger and rampant distrust was a bit grating, I enjoyed the central theme, which is that people can change. It’s so easy to put someone in a box, point […]

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Boy, Bye: SUPERGIRL Closes the Book on Elseworlds

Supergirl’s ninth episode (“Elseworlds, Part 3”) was almost entirely a delight. First of all, Cisco as a low-rent gangster bank robber, who referred to Superman as Superdick? Genius. (This line was also fantastic: “Gary’s still cleaning up from the last mess you made, Clockwork Orange.” And goodness, I feel like Gary keeps getting the short […]

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THE FLASH: Elseworlds and Switching Places

The Flash’s ninth episode (“Elseworlds, Part 1”) was absolutely fantastic. I mean, the humor alone was worth the price of admission, even just for the pitfalls of the Freaky Friday Quantum Leap. Oliver waking up in Iris’s bed to Barry and Oliver learning to be each other—it was so much fun. I mean, the way […]

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