The Flash S:02 E:01

Episode Title: The Man Who Saved Central City
Original Airdate: 10-6-15

The Flash is back, and after a couple episodes of watching Gotham, I’m very glad to have this show back. This is the type of show that knows how to balance the fun of being a superhero who runs really really really fast with the serious dramatic moments of losing your friend, your husband, your father, and it manages to make you care about both of those moments. The season finale introduced the concept of different universes, and this episode gave up a little bit more information without dwelling on the exact nature of what’s going on just yet. There were plenty of great moments in this episode, and a couple of shocking ones, and I can’t wait to see where this season goes.
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Gotham S:02 E:01

Episode Title: Damned if You Do…
Original Airdate: 9-21-15

It’s been a while, but aside from Fear the Walking Dead which is a cable show and not exactly on the typical Fall network schedule we are back into the 2015/2016 television season and the first one out of the gate is Fox’s Gotham. Last season was very hit and miss with me and seemingly the rest of the audience. Many fans of Batman that I know of didn’t enjoy the campy and over the top nature of some of the characters, but other people still really enjoyed the character arcs and look of the show. For myself, I went back and forth from episode to episode. I wasn’t a fan of Fish Mooney’s caricatured portrayal of a villain, but I enjoyed some of the other characters and really enjoyed the look of the show. This season kicks off with more of the same at the moment, with several returning villains from last season and everyone in a very different situation more or less.
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iZombie Season:01

The last comic book show of the 2014-2015 season has finally ended and I’m just going to put it right up front that this was my favorite show, edging out the Flash by a very narrow margin. I hadn’t watched Veronica Mars before watching this so I wasn’t very familiar with Rob Thomas’s work outside of Matchbox 20 (yes I know, wrong Rob Thomas). I also had never even heard of the comic book and thought that the whole iNaming convention had been way overused. But after the pilot episode I was hooked, and throughout these thirteen episodes it drew me in further and further and it just has the right amount of depth, character development, and twists and turns without relying too heavily on its own gimmick.
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iZombie S:01 E:13

Episode Title: Blaine’s World
Original Airdate: 6-9-15

It seems like it’s only been a few weeks since iZombie started and it’s already time for the finale. There’s been plenty of buildup on several fronts and the payoff is a lot bloodier and more explosive than I would have ever expected. As far as my predictions go, I was very close to being right on one count, but wrong everywhere else. It took things in directions that I wouldn’t have ever seen coming, but they ultimately make a whole lot of sense for both the story and the characters themselves. And it sets itself up very nicely for an interesting season two.
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The 2014-15 Channel:Superhero Ratings Scoreboard

We don’t do a whole lot of news posts here, but I love me some statistics now and again so I whipped up an infographic showing how this year’s shows stacked up against each other. There were some clear winners like the Flash and some unfortunately clear losers like Constantine. But enough talk, let’s share the stats and I’ll break them down just a bit for you.
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iZombie S:01 E:10

Episode Title: Mr. Berserk
Original Airdate: 5-19-15

Last week had a bit of a shocker ending and this week has to clean up afterwards with Liv jumping for the brain of a raging alcoholic to dull the pain of her loss. Besides that angle, there’s some major headway into the company behind the energy drink Max Rager as we miraculously meet the head of the company played by Steven Weber. This brings about my favorite pun I saw on Twitter: Max Rager gives you Wings, and I hope more people than just me get that joke or else I will feel incredibly old. We also have Liv and Ravi battling with the decision to clue Major into the fact that zombies are running rampant throughout the city or else he will check himself into a psych ward. Lots of great writing going on this week as it helps that the brain of the week is directly tied into the ongoing story line.
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iZombie S:01 E:08

Episode Title: Dead Air
Original Airdate: 5-5-15

Before I get too far into this week’s episode I do have some good news. If you haven’t already heard on Twitter or via other entertainment news outlets, iZombie has officially been picked up for a second season on the CW. But back to this week’s episode that involves a lot of sex and pop culture references, even though I don’t watch it I quite liked the Game of Thrones reference and loved the Fight Club one. There is a lot of forward momentum for several of the characters in the show as relationships change and get intermingled, all while having Liv on the brains of a radio sex therapist.
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The Flash S:01 E:20

Episode Title: The Trap
Original Airdate: 4-28-15

We finally get our full villain reveal at the end of this episode to head into the last two episodes of the season along with plenty of other reveals for all sorts of cast members. This episode had a strong build up to the climax along with plenty of great character moments and humor along the way. This show just keeps getting better and better all the time and it’s one reason why Wednesday is my favorite day of the week for television (being a day behind to watch streaming). After proving time and time again that Iris is the worst reporter ever, she finally starts to make a little bit of headway towards not being completely oblivious to everything around her, and Dr. Wells finally gets to the chance to go full villain, and explain why he always seems to pop up at the right (or wrong) moments.
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iZombie S:01 E:07

Episode Title: Maternity Liv
Original Airdate: 4-28-15

One of the things that I like the best about this show is how it can allow itself to be subtle and move its overarching storyline along at a leisurely pace without making it seem like its dragging its heels. There are some great moments of world building in this episode, the only downside was that the humor for much of the primary story of the week felt a little flat with me, especially one of the personality traits of the brain. But that was a small downside to an otherwise great episode that continues to intrigue me with its ability to not only weave these characters and how they are interconnected with each other, but also how it doesn’t coddle the audience with reminders of what all of this means at every corner. There’s plenty of information there for those who have been watching the show from the beginning, and for those that haven’t they will seem to be just unimportant details that don’t really impact the main plot one way or the other.
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The Flash S:01 E:19

Episode Title: Who is Harrison Wells?
Original Airdate: 4-21-15

This episode definitely feels like it’s ramping up to the season finale as the circle of trust continues to get bigger and bigger while those who trust Dr. Harrison Wells gets smaller and smaller. There’s a few reveals in the episode for the characters but not the audience, and also a bit of a visit to both Coast City as well as Starling City to get a couple more members of team Arrow onto the Flash screens. And all topped off with a metahuman who can make himself look like anyone. Excellent episode that hits a lot of the right notes while very much accelerating the pace to pave the way towards the season finale which I imagine will involve the defeat of the Reverse Flash, hopefully temporarily as Tom Cavanagh is an excellent member of the cast.
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