Weekly TV Recap : Week of April 17

By Caleb Gillombardo on

 

Someone get ready to play some Europe. The spring season is almost over.


Blindspot – One Begets Techniquea-dubious-order-blindspot
I have no idea why the writers decided to follow last week’s solid episode with this tragedy of a heist escapade. Not only was everything stupidly predictable, but it had nothing to do with tattoos or the actual plot. In general, Blindspot benefits greatly when the plot isn’t always the focus, mostly because its stretched pretty thin by this point. However, an episode like this, so late in the season does not work, especially when there’s no precedent for it happening before. Every show has its low spot, and this was Blindspot’s. The setup was silly and pointless. There were quite a few plot holes. What kind of master thief doesn’t have a video surveillance in his insanely protected house? Come on. And every “surprise reveal” could be seen a mile away by any viewer who’s ever seen any movie about any criminal shenanigans ever. The action was disappointing. This entire episode painted the FBI team that’s been established as the best at solving problems by connecting the dots with extremely difficult to solve puzzles as not able to out-think a goofball who can’t take a breath without making a bad joke. Maybe the team can only function if a tattoo is helping them out. I’m disappointed in this episode. I’ve come to expect more from this show.

Lucifer-112_SCN8_0269_f_hires2-750x334Lucifer – #TeamLucifer
You don’t know how much it pains me to write that hashtag. Well, I can try to explain. Slightly less than watching this episode. These writers just have no idea how to do anything. They exploit stereotypes while using the same stereotypes to drive the plot. The detectives can’t tell when a letter is clearly upside down. And apparently, a professional detective can go from making an accusation based on wearing male fashion accessories to not understating a connection based on the same male fashion accessories. The episode casually drops the knowledge that angels can hurt each other, along with nifty hell-forged weapons. That’s something that would’ve logically come up earlier. It also turned a potentially interesting character and plot device into an insane killer. This episode also reinforces the idea that Lucifer in his divine role is tasked with punishing the guilty, which while it is the social norm, is not correct according to the mythology. The only interesting part of this episode was the quick exchange during the brotherly brawl about the rationalization of actions. But of course, the show couldn’t handle anything like an intriguing exploration of philosophy, so it dropped it instantly. The episode also took the mystery of Decker to a stupid level by establishing an aura around her that effects Lucifer It’s a silly punchline instead of a plot development. The twist ending is clearly supposed to amp up the excitement going into the last episode of the season, but it fell short. This was another bad episode in a bad season of a bad show.

Gotham – Pinewoodgotham-strange-video-pinewood
This episode starts with reminding viewers that Gordon won’t return to his job as a police officer because he has to solve a crime. Which is something police officers do. He then follows that up with threatening to murder his defenseless, traumatized, and probably still insane ex fiance. But hey, that’s totally cool because Gordon is a hero doing the right thing. I did enjoy Bullock’s whammie drawer. I did not enjoy Gordon’s rampage montage, mostly because it was boring. Everything else in the episode was a a tragedy of mixed messages. Bruce breaks into a house after saying picking a lock is a morally neutral. Gordon talks about doing what’s right and then talks about interrogation via death threats. Characters refuse to explain anything, then delve into nothing but exposition. Oh, and of course Barb is still a loony killer. Because no-one ever saw that coming and it’s a huge surprise. Oh wait, she isn’t! Whoever wrote this rubbish has no idea what makes a good story. Constantly twisting plot elements is not a way to make a story interesting. It’s just lazy. And then there was the typical “nothing makes sense” elements. The super modern computer. The entire jail break scene, including throwing a grenade like a Frisbee. A Freeze suit with no helmet (not because it’s not like the actual character, but because a suit with no helmet means that all the cold air or whatever instantly escapes and doesn’t help). Oh, and I don’t even want to talk about how Professor Chin Beard brought a dude back to life and ruined one of the coolest characters from the comic books. However. I am pleasantly surprised that Gotham is actually succeeding at building a foundation for its story. It’s unfortunate that it’s taken 2 seasons to get there, but at least there’s now something linking all these events beyond “we are telling a weird version of the Batman story”. The elements of this story started back in season one, but I honestly think that the writers forgot about it until now. There is still nothing good about Gotham, but at least it h as some sense of direction now.

the-flash-season-2-versus-zoom-image-6The Flash – Versus Zoom

I’m so glad Flash is back. I missed it. The origin and explanation of Zoom was interesting, if predictable. Not predictable from what happened in the show, but predictable in the sense of it’s a typical super villain origin story. And while it was nice to get some understanding of the character, it also weakened his motivation. He’s not a criminal mastermind and he doesn’t have a larger scheme. He’s just a crazy killer who wants power. There’s nothing wrong with that. It works perfectly in the comic book genre. But I think a better payoff to the Zoom arc would’ve been a villain with more complex motivation. The other events in this episode were very typical for Flash. There was some drama, some jokes, and some really stupid decisions. Luckily, Flash can pull this off without being a bore. Of course it was obvious to viewers that the team’s plan to get Zoom would backfire. That’s what makes it work. Comic book plot lines are always obvious. Flash makes this entertaining because of the strong foundation of characters it established early on. I am more willing to forgive the predictable and obvious in Flash because the characters are engaging and they’ve gotten me invested in what happens to them. This episode also delivered a great cliffhanger. I wouldn’t call it a shocking twist, but it still was successful and getting me excited for what comes next.

Legends of Tomorrow – Last Refugelegends-of-tomorrow-season-1-episode-12-last-refuge
Hey, the old “find the team’s younger selves” trope. I’m surprised that it took so long for this to happen. There was a lot of sciencey exposition necessary in this episode. This is the problem with any genre show that relies on such crazy plot devices. Eventually, things stop making sense and someone has to just say “this is how this works” or “this new piece of info is why the thing that makes sense isn’t happening”. Every sci-fi genre show is guilty of this. Luckily for Legends, it has an entire team of “every men” to stand in as the audience’s replacement for the sake of explanation. Overall, this was a good episode, but not a great one. It didn’t advance the plot. A problem was created last week and everything this week was devoted to its solution. By which, I mean murder. For a team of legends, these guys kill a whole bunch of people. And for everything Rip says about maintaining the time line, why hasn’t all this killing had any impact? Maybe it’ll come up, but I doubt it. This was an interesting episode because it revealed a little about the characters, which is necessary, if a bit late in the season. Luckily, most of these characters were established in Arrow and Flash, so this isn’t a huge problem. This wasn’t quite a bottle episode, but since nothing about the larger plot was resolved, I’m more excited for what’s coming than what’s happening now. I really want to get to the excitement, as such there is, of the Savage plot line.

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