The CW: TV Recap for the Week of January 28th

The one problem with anything Superhero related is that all heroes have an Achilles heel. 9 times out of 10 that dent in the armor is the love for another. Be it parental or more…that love lead to the heroes ruin.

Case in point, Dinah on Arrow. Felicity came up with a plan that got the two teams to work together to gain intel on Cayden James and the bomb he placed somewhere in the city by accessing his server via an inside man and a hacking device. The inside man would have to be Vince, Dinah’s on and off love. They all agree to move forward with the plan and it goes off without a hitch…except when Cayden walks into his server room and sees Vince in there. At first, it looks like everything will be okay as Felicity feeds Vince answers and factoids that would have thrown anyone else off, but this is Cayden we are dealing with. Vince is caught and Cayden forces Laurel to kill Vince with her killer canary abilities, this death happens in front of Dinah and of course she will seek retribution.

This is not the only person who is suffering due to their love of someone, Quentin is hell-bent on turning AU Laurel into his Laurel. He even gets thrown for trying to do so, but he may give up after learning of Laurel’s hand in the death of Vince. The one thing he does not know or Dinah will not acknowledge is that Laurel looked regretful for having to kill Vince. Now, I am not touching the Team Arrow versus the other team issue because it is not a good plot line. But, I am looking forward to finding out how the remedy the Cayden wanting to take down Oliver story line with the information they found out in the ‘All or Nothing‘ episode. Please do not use William as a pawn…that is way too predictable.

While we are well aware that Barry’s love of Iris and his family is one of his Achilles heel’s…the other is helping people. In ‘Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash,’ we see a Barry that is determined to vindicate his protector in prison, Big Sur. His team tries, but due to the latest Meta’s refusal to fess up for his involvement in the crime that Big Sur was convicted of committing, Barry decides to take matters into his own hands and gives his friend the freedom he deserves. Yet, this act puts Barry in a horrible predicament and in the sights of Amunet.

Otherwise, this episode was full of laughs at the expense of Cisco and Ralph.

We also see Black Lighning stuggle between his duty to his city and his duty to his family. We are in the fallout from the LaWanda’s murder. Bodies are dropping like flies in this town and there are still no answers (but we know) at who the puppet master is. Now, the community is in the throws of upheaval over the death. Black Lightning may be a blessing, but not a lot has changed since his return. So, the local Reverend decides to organize a protest. Peter keeps on the strings that should make Black Lightning decide to put the community first, even hide Tobias’ involvement in the shooting that wounded his youngest daughter’s boyfriend and killed the Reverend. This shooting may be the trick to make Black Lightning decide to keep his super suit on at all times.

This may also be the case for his eldest to go down the path of superherodum. Anissa has been on this road since she broke the sink, but when she decides to do a little training in a junk yard does she finally come into her own. This has been going on for a while because her girl friend breaks it off with her as she is dressed as a superhero at a bar and dancing with another lady. How far she goes in this new world of hers will be really interesting to see.

Now ‘LaWanda: Book of the Burial‘ had a side story of the youngest daughter deciding to have sex with her boyfriend and looping her parents and sister in the plan. This was a fun storyline, especially when you see Jefferson talking to Khalid. This show is a little gem of a show.

Riverdale continues down its ode to Goodfellas season by showing us what life is like for Archie as he continues on his internship for Hiram. This includes fetching lunch, dry cleaning, working as his cigar-snipping lackey at “family” events. The latter happens as everyone and their mother is in town to attend Veronica’s confirmation. In real life, confirmation is done in a church with a large group of children wanting to move to the next step in their faith, with their sponsors by their side. Not here. Veronica sings Bitter Sweet Sympony down the aisle in a white dress that is more suitable for a wedding. Smh. This event does get interesting when Archie tells Hiram that he had overheard one of the men from the poker game plot the demise of Hiram. That man ends up dead and the FBI ask Archie if he knows of what happened to the deceased, he lies.

The rest of ‘The Wicked and the Divine‘ revolves around Jughead and Betty. Jughead is being blamed for the constant bad news that has befallen the Serpents. But, when the snake charmer returns to tell every one of what Jughead had done to her, cut off her Serpent tattoo. This act may end with Juggie being kicked out of the Serpents and having his Father turning his back on him. Well, with the help of Betty, they find the missing head of Pickens and learn who vandalized the statue. Tall Boy is the culprit. Betty and Jughead return to the Serpents with the head and the information. Now, Juggie is on probation, Tall Boy is out of the Serpents, and Juggie and Betty are kind of back together.

Before you get all happy…when Betty returns home, she sees the floor in her house covered in blood, a body, and her Mom cleaning the blood up. Who’s missing? Chic. What has Alice gotten herself into over this troubled long lost son that she gave away, but has solves since she gave birth to him?

Like any lady with a broken heart, Supergirl must work through the pain and figure out how to resolve her issues with her ex in order to function. So, when Morgan Edge accuses Lena of plotting an attempt on his life, Kara steps in to help her and that means turning to Mon-El for help and that was it. The rest of the show is pretty much female-centric, which is really needed in this day and age. We did get to meet Mrs. Luthor. Watching her and Lena battle it out as only Mom and Daughter’s do in ‘For Good‘ was a highlight. Otherwise, this episode was easy breezy…but not one for the record books.

Geek TV for the Week of January 15

This is the week where a lot of our shows are back to put us on the edge of our seats once again.

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I suggest you set up your DVRs for Wednesday, as it is chock full of great TV. Luckily, we have the weekend to catch up!

Personally, I am looking forward to the season finale of The Gifted, the return of Riverdale, episode 12 of ST:Discovery, and episode two of The Magicians!

What are you looking forward to?

 

News You May Have Missed

A lot of news dropped over the last week that may be of interest to you…

1. Netflix – Are you binging on The Punisher? Frank is such a broken man and as a result, the show is dark. Take your time with it. On a happier note, Netflix has acquired Super-Normal –  a character-driven, subversive take on a genre that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves too much. Daisy Ridley and Luke Evans are co-starring on the project. (THR)

I am guessing that with Netflix losing all of their Disney-related shows and movies in 2019, they are grabbing whatever popular comic-fare there is. That is not intended to come across as desperate. It is interesting to see what their thought process is.

First, Netflix bought the MillarWorld-verse.

Next, we catch wind. via Deadline, that Ellen Page will be the lead in the adapted version of Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. This title is owned by Dark Horse Comics.

I wonder what is next for Netflix.

2. Pottermore – We got our first glimpses of the next chapter in the Fantastic Beasts franchise:

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The cool things about these images:

  1. I have already marked my calendar! But, the kicker is…do you see something familiar in the title? Is there a wand, a circle, and a triangle hidden in plain sight? Yes, we see the Deathly Hallows! How do they play into the story…especially where we have…
  2. …Dumbledore in the movie! Yes, Jude Law is Dumbledore. I have loved him since Gattaca. So, I am thrilled!

3. Ryan Reynolds was up to his fun shenanigans last week.

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Yes, Deadpool payed homage to Bob Ross! This made my day when it dropped. But, what was even more funny was the synopsis for the Deadpool 2:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Somewhere in there, we will have Cable. So, of course…this is on my must watch list for 2018!

4. The CW/DC Universe’s Black Lightning will premiere on January 16.

5. Comics are fodder for entertainment. It is already set-up with story lines and story-boarding. Basically, all they have to do is find the right actors to portray the much beloved characters and tweak a story to fit a two hour movie. So, it makes sense that FOX is wanting to expand their X-Men universe. What is surprising is that James Franco has his hands all over this expansion. However, it is not like they are tackling a well-known character (for me, that is). No. They are going to work on Multiple Man. For more info, go to Syfy.

6. So, Justice League technically did not do as well as expected. Are you surprised, not me. I did not watch it. While, I root for Wonder Woman. I am not a fan of Zach Snyder’s DC Movie Universe. They are over produced and the stories are not engaging. Mind you, Joss Whedon worked on the script.

7. Another comic book getting the big screen/small screen treatment is Danger Girl. It follows adventurer-turned-reluctant-spy Abbey Chase via Deadline.

8. The Magicians will be back in January and we got our first preview:

 

9.  X-Files fans – The Show will return on Fox on Wednesday, Jan. 3 .

10. Casting News:

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Also,  Skyler Samuels is set for a key recurring role in Fox’s Marvel drama series The Gifted. She will play a refugee mutant with telepathic abilities and a mysterious past. (Deadline)

11. Syfy is expanding their comic-based TV fare with it’s new Pilot Deadly Class.

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Imagine Riverdale High was a school for training assassins. The show is based in the 80’s in San Francisco and focuses on a group of kids being trained to be assassins.

Would you watch this show?

 

Casting News – From Riverdale to Once Upon a Time…

TVLine – Polly may have moved on from Riverdale, to technically save herself and her twin babies from the Black Hood, but Tiera Skovbye is moving on to play Robin on Once Upon a Time. Robin is the full grown daughter of Robin Hood and Zelena.

 

Casting News: New Poison Ivy and Grace Choi

We learned today that Ivy has been recast, by the person who played the popular DCverse character, Poison Ivy.

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If you recall, in an earlier episode on the season, Ivy ingested all the hidden drugs in a alternative medicinal facility. As a result, she evolved into a darker and much more dangerous Ivy that will be portrayed by CW fave…Peyton List.

Part of me thinks that they should have allowed Maggie to test her acting chops by evolving the character…of course, I do not run the show. We shall see what everyone thinks!

Good luck Maggie! Can’t wait to see what you will be in next.

Variety – Chantal Thuy has been cast to play Grace Choi on the CW’s next superhero show, Black Lightning. Grace is a bartender and love interest to Anissa Pierce.

 

News You May Have Missed…

Via Watchers of the Wall – Marc Rissmann has been cast as Harry Strickland in the final season of Game of Thrones.

Via Deadline: Ryan Potter has been cast as Garfield “Gar” Logan in Titans, which will air in 2018 on the new DC Universe digital service.

Via Variety – The CW is developing a show called Project 13 that focuses on Traci Thirteen, a forensic scientist and believer in the paranormal who discovers her own hidden extra-sensory abilities when she joins her estranged, skeptic father to investigate mysterious cases of the paranormal and unexplained phenomena.

Via Deadline – Owen Teague will be playing Sam Lesser in the Hulu pilot Locke & Key.

Via TV Insider – Maria Doyle Kennedy has been cast to play Jocasta Cameron, Jamie’s aunt. Ed Speleers will be playing Stephen Bonnet, an Irish smuggler/pirate.

Via THR: Scott Haze joins Tom Hardy in VENOM and many think he will be playing Carnage, do you think he fits the bill?

Finally, from Digital Spy, we learned of the new companions for the 13th Doctor a.k.a. Jodie Whittaker.

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Remember, there will be a Christmas episode with #12, but we will get to see the new season with #13 in 2018.

Arrow: Tribute Recap

Synopsis: Anatoly returns to Star City with a sinister agenda as Oliver tries to balance being the mayor, the Green Arrow and William’s father.

Being Green Arrow, The Mayor, under FBI investigation for potentially being the Green Arrow, and a Dad is proving to be a lot to carry on his shoulders and he has to make a choice.

But this idea only comes to fruition after an old comrade comes to cause havoc in Ollie’s city. What he wants is 20 million dollars. As these two confront one another, Anatoly tells Ollie that he could have done far worse than kill one person. He could have gone after William.

Between the revelation that his own son is a target, be it from the criminal world or via the FBI (they are willing to interrogate William).

There is also William confessing to Oliver that he does worry that he will lose Oliver and be left alone.

What does one do in this situation?

Well, if you are Oliver, you turn to the one person you can trust to step into crime-fighting shoes.

That person is John Diggle.

The deal is sealed

While this may look like a wise choice, Oliver does not know that John is suffering from an injury caused by shrapnel from the explosion on the island and it will not get any better.

How can John agree to don the hood? How will the team adjust to this change?

Next: Next of Kin- A rogue black ops team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal. Meanwhile, Oliver struggles to connect with William so he reaches out to a surprising source for help.