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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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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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Thankful Amid the Chaos on THE FLASH

The Flash’s seventh episode (“O Come, All Ye Thankful”) had a lot of poignant, powerful moments. It was certainly less lighthearted than usual, with Nora being angry and emotional about her dad constantly rushing headlong into danger. And, oh yeah, dying. (At least he didn’t sing a song about it, but I digress.) As much […]

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THE FLASH Gets Ice Cold

The Flash’s sixth episode (“The Icicle Cometh”) is definitely my favorite of the season so far.The constant theme of found family is a powerful one, and Team Flash is an excellent example. I mean, Barry and Cisco (“So, Snow Patrol, what’s going on?”) meddle like the Scooby Gang to help Caitlin find her dad. It […]

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SUPERGIRL: Here There Be Dragons

Supergirl’s sixth episode (“Call to Action”) had some of the best acting from Katie McGrath and Mehcad Brooks. From their argument about whether or not he should go on Counterpoint (I chuckled when she pulled the Boss card on him, which he deserved) to the fight outside Kara’s apartment, the sparks between them were something […]

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As You Wish: On Losing William Goldman

William Goldman gave me the adventure of a lifetime. I was in high school when my older brother insisted that I watch something called The Princess Bride. I, like all stubborn teenage dirtbags, resisted like hell, until he finally convinced me that I had to watch it. My sole reason for putting it off was, […]

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Stan Lee and the Lessons Learned

Some people, inexplicably, have that thing—an unmistakable, but unquantifiable, inner light. Like the sun radiating joy, but in human form. In my eyes, that was Stan Lee. He was a brilliant talent who gave the world so many gifts, who influenced the world and culture in ways that will shake out decades beyond. It’s mindboggling […]

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THE FLASH Gets Creepy

The Flash’s fifth episode (“All Doll’d Up”) was all kinds of awesome. First of all, Troy James as Ragdoll was fantastic. He did some truly stellar movement work, combined with excellent background music and use of tone of voice (all credit to Phil LaMarr). My only complaint with this storyline was that it ended so […]

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Hate and Healing the Human Heart on SUPERGIRL

  Supergirl’s fifth episode (“Parasite Lost”) had some really great moments. J’onn becomes an alien detective! We get to see Kara in action as a reporter—and mentoring! Brainy gets drunk and has the hangover cure abilities we mortals can only dream about! The twist at the end with Haley (April Parker Jones) being a godawful […]

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Team Ups and Trials on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s fourth episode (“Ahimsa”) had a lot of great lines (“Americans, man. No idea how to drink.”) and moments. Lena and Brainy leaning on each other to solve the Kryptonite air problem was fantastic. It was particularly fascinating to see Lena coolly express her rage, before teaching Brainy how to compartmentalize. They’re surprisingly great together, […]

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Radicalization, Hate, and Racism on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s third episode (“Man of Steel”) gave us Agent Liberty’s origin story. Presumably, we’re supposed to understand, as the audience, how a seemingly reasonable, kind man can turn into a hateful, xenophobic bigot. It checks all the stereotypes: blue-collar racist dad (Xander Berkeley), well-educated and learned person, loving family, generally seems to try to do […]

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