Finales are in sight. This week had some high points, some low points, and one blow my mind point.
Blindspot – Swift Hardhearted Stone
After two episodes of questionable quality, Blindspot returns to its established formula this week. And I think for the first time ever, Jane wounded a suspect instead of murdering him. Unfortunately, the show is a little rusty and it leaned heavily on some of the more annoying tropes of a procedural cop drama, like repetitive obvious statements or the skilled agents leaving the people they’re supposed to protect alone in the middle of the woods. I did enjoy Patterson taking charge and channeling her inner McCallister. Was blowing up the house the most logical or tactically appropriate solution? No. But it was entertaining. As is usual for Blindspot, the tattoo-related discovery was all about revealing corruption in the government. And there were the now-typical elements of drama and strife within the FBI team. By this point in the show, I don’t know if I want the face behind the voice modulator to be some new big bad guy or someone that has been part of this mystery all along. There are certainly elements in most of the main characters’ story that could be twisted around in a “ha ha, it’s been me the whole time” moment. But I don’t think that Blindspot will pull this trick on viewers. It’s more likely to reveal a group of people that consider themselves above the law working on some grand scheme. What was that program that kept getting mentioned before Mister Nasty CIA Jerk got killed? I ask, because it hasn’t been mentioned or brought up since then. (Hint, it was Daylight.) Really, I just want the show to give its audience some straight answers instead of continuing the trend of confusing scenes and partial facts.
Gotham – Azrael
It pains me greatly to see one of my favorite characters suffer the Gotham treatment. It is equally painful that the show changed its subtitle yet again. This perfectly demonstrates the fact that Gotham has no idea what it’s doing and is just wandering from one random idea to another. However, Azrael’s costume is pretty cool. It even has the pointless pouches like the 90s version in the comics. Although the completely bullet proof armor is stupidly impossible and reinforces the cartoon nature of the show. Using Azrael as Bruce’s inspiration is stupid. Even more stupid, though, is the implication that Strange is single-handedly responsible for the origins of the classic Batman villains. That being said, I’m starting to enjoy Wong’s portrayal of Professor Chinstrap. It’s horribly over-exaggerated and ridiculous, but it works. I may be wrong, but I think Wong is the only actor to embrace the insanity that is Gotham instead of pretending that it’s a serious show. I feel weird saying this, but I liked this episode of Gotham. I still don’t like Arkham being identified with pajamas and bad wigs, but I liked Nygma running the room and discovering the secret lab. I don’t like Galavan as a masked crazy (he was a solid political enemy before the stupid grudge and Saint Dumas elements were introduced) but the struggle between his personas is intriguing. I don’t like Penguin at all, but watching him go mad is entertaining. I still think that Gotham is utter nonsense and one of (if not the) worse shows on television, but this episode was pretty good. And actually, it disappointed me. When Gordon said the line about a bigger gun, I fully expected him to show up with a rocket launcher.
Supernatural – Don’t Call me Shurley
Wow. I never expected this. Not only did this episode confirm a long-running fan theory, but it finally introduced the character that’s been missing from the show for years. When it first started, I expected this to be a trick or joke. But it’s legit. This was easily the best episode of Supernatural this entire season, if not in years. This episode just destroyed me. After those closing credits, I felt like I did way back when Supernatural first started and everything was new and surprising. This episode was all about the main plot of Amara, but it was from a completely different and long-overdue point of view. Dean and Sam were the B team. Their story and actions didn’t impact the main action. At first, I thought it was a lazy move to have the boys face the same infection from the start of the season. But when everything came together in the end, I realized that it was a good move. I appreciated seeing them completely overwhelmed with no chance of survival. And the ultimate point of this episode had nothing to do with the Winchesters. It’s been shown that they have absolutely no way to stop, impact, or effect what’s happening. This episode was about getting through to the only being that could do something about Amara. What I like best about this is that the Winchesters had nothing to do with it either. They didn’t know what was happening. This was a literal deus ex machina and it’s about time that it happened in Supernatural. I enjoy the plot of the Winchesters getting lucky, figuring out the solution and just barely surviving every time. But it’s an old and tired trope. With Supernatural running as long as it has, the constant repetition of this plot is boring. And while what happened this week is not quite a “game changer”, it has opened up the show to a new potential direction. I loved this episode. I hope that the awesome momentum is utilized correctly.
Arrow – Genesis
After a season-long tease about the grand plan of a magic madman, the reveal of what’s happening is somewhat underwhelming. I really expected something bigger. Or at least, something different than every other villain’s plan in this universe. That being said, I do appreciate a relatively simple plan. I’m sure there will be some sort of unexpected twist in the last few episodes, but for now, at least, it’s nice to finally have some understanding of what’s been happening this season. Most of this episode was focused on Diggle and his family drama. The end result was unfortunate, but predictable. But since Andy has been portrayed as a villain since his introduction, this did not carry the weight of other similar events. Oliver learning about magic is long overdue. The nod to Hub City is nice, as is the continued reference to Constantine. Maybe he’ll return one glorious day. I don’t like the team being split up. They are already down by one. I like the good guys being faced with a challenge, but they’ve been in that position all season. As the finale nears, I would like to see the good guys with more in their corner than “Oliver can make his eyes yellow”. But Arrow is always about overcoming obstacles, so I am sure that something dramatic will happen in the last few episodes. The one thing that I want to see more of in Arrow is more heroes. The show works well with a big supporting cast. And it has successfully featured other heroes before. I’d like to see Oliver as the driving force behind assembling a team…maybe a league, if you will.
The Flash – Rupture
Oh, that’s a clever way to keep the Flash in the picture until the Speedforce issue is resolved. Nice. I’m honestly surprised by the tone of this episode. Zoom’s attack towards the end was brutal and very contradictory to the overall tone of Flash. It’s not out of character for Zoom, given the origin that was revealed, but it just doesn’t fit the show. Cisco’s plot felt a little heavy-handed and out of place. It wasn’t badly done, but as this is the fourth to last episode this season, I think the screen time could’ve been used better. The biggest part of this episode was all about Barry making the decision to be the Flash. Which has happened before. So I’m not really sure why they wasted so much time on it this time around. No, I guess I do. It was to build up the suspense for what happened at the end. As surprising as it was, it was completely predictable because it’s happened in every Flash comic ever. I’ll say right now that Barry has been either blasted into the Speedforce itself or has gotten knocked to some other part of the multiverse. Obviously he got his speed back and just needs to run home. Of course, to a viewer that’s not familiar with the comics, this was a big freaking deal and probably very shocking. So in that mindset, this was a huge surprise. Personally, I’m more excited by what happened to Wally and Jesse. If this doesn’t finally get them to be speedsters, I don’t know what will. My hope is that the finale of this season will be Zoom versus a team of speedsters. If Barry isn’t fast enough, he needs help, right? Or maybe he’ll just get super fast from being disintegrated. Because comic books, right?
Legends of Tomorrow – River of Time
After last week’s sub-par episode, this one delivered the good stuff. This is the Savage that I’ve been wanting to see ever since Legends premiered. He is at his best as a manipulator. Which is why the fight scene at the end was not very entertaining to me. I don’t want to see Savage win in a brawl. I want to see him out-think everyone in the room and defeat them before they even act. Thus, the throw-away exposition about him jumping through time feels cheap. Let Savage be so smart that he avoided capture, not just wave it away because he figured out time travel. I love that, as usual, the criminals and the assassin are the smartest people in the room. I also love that this episode continues to point out that Rip is not only bad at his job (he literally said that he didn’t know how to pilot his own ship) and fantastical to the point of killing his team, but that his own actions spurred the tragedy that he uses to justify his crusade. If Legends had been more about the philosophical debate over Rip’s fanaticism and whether or not Savage was actually a villain, it would’ve been a perfect show. Carter’s return was, in my mind, pointless. The drama of his “brainwashing” was ended in less than a single episode. And ultimately, wouldn’t killing him effectively be a reset button? What did Savage actually do? It’s been established that the Hawks forget everything any time they die. So all Savage did was find Carter and recruit him. There wasn’t really any “brainwashing”. I think Carter as a villain in a few episode arc would’ve been interesting. I did like the ending, simply because it proved that Savage is the character I want him to be. I also enjoyed the flashbacks, even if they did disrupt the momentum of the episode. Getting rid of Jax will certain have some sort of nasty side effect. I wouldn’t be surprise if he shows up as a villain with a story about being lost in time. But he’ll probably switch back right away.