Episode Title: Fast Lane
Original Airdate: 2-2-16
After last week’s episode all about goodbyes, this time around the Flash family is going the completely opposite direction and finally welcoming a couple new people to their extended families after a bit of betrayal. All while having to deal with a guy who’s been stuck in tar for two years and eventually is able to use his powers to look a little like a live action Clayface.
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Episode Title: Pilot part 2
Original Airdate: 1-28-2016
After getting over some of the exposition moments of the first half of the pilot, the second half left room for all the rest of the action and coming together as a team. There was one semi-spoiler moment that shouldn’t really be too surprising if you’ve been paying attention to all the marketing materials for the show. But in general, it seems like it’s bringing together some of the best parts of both Arrow and Flash using none of their major characters. Which is really an impressive feat once you think about it. There were a few roadbumps, especially if you start comparing it to other superhero properties, but overall it’s working for me.
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Episode Title: The Reverse-Flash Returns
Original Airdate: 1-27-2016
So the Reverse-Flash came back, it wasn’t the very next day but they did think he was a goner. I guess he just couldn’t stay away. Or since I’d gotten used to Tom Cavanagh I kind of like to think of this Reverse-Flash as High School Alf (Hsalf) but that’s neither here nor there. This episode is really more just about tying up some loose ends and giving Cisco a bit more to do. Not only that, but they really set him up to be. But more than that, it’s about saying goodbye. While I had hoped that this would be the episode to tie up the loose ends of the timeline, it really just pulls the string a little farther out so it can be tied up in the near future.
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Episode Title: Better Angels
Originally Aired: January 26th 2016
The overall plot wasn’t advanced a great deal by tonight’s episode but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a great episode. It was well acted, beautifully shot, and full of references to the history of both Hollywood and Marvel Comics and it explored the depths of our main characters. The themes of racism and sexism continued to be addressed in this episode in some subtle but mostly in your face ways.
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Episode Title: Pilot
Original Airdate: 1-21-16
It’s time for the second of the new midseason series before Lucifer wraps things up for now next week. Legends of Tomorrow is the spin-off from the CW’s Flash and Arrow where it takes several of their secondary characters and turns them into a team of time traveling misfits led by an Englishman from the future who feels an awful lot like a slightly nicer version of Constantine. And while I haven’t watched too much of Arrow, the pilot feels like it was cut from the same cloth as Flash, only with a little more humor, a little more action, and a little less gravitas. For now anyway. And for what it was worth, I had a lot of fun with it.
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Episode Title: Potential Energy
Original Airdate: 1-19-16
And we’re back into the swing of things with this first week full of CW DC shows starting off with the return of the Flash, followed by Arrow’s return today and the premier of Legends of Tomorrow, well tomorrow. This was an episode that as usual had a great mix of humor and gravitas where many characters learned a lot about each other except for the one secret that this episode was essentially built all around. Not only that, but it also ends with the return of yet another character from season one, but in a very different form.
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Episode Title: Running to Stand Still
Original Airdate: 12-8-15
It’s already come time for the midseason finale before the show takes a relatively short break before coming back alongside Legends of Tomorrow in about a month and a half. This episode is all about secrets coming out into the open as well as a few secrets that remain buried. Or another way to put it is secrets from the past coming back to haunt you. After several episodes kind of sitting it out, Zoom makes a reappearance and so does the Trickster, just in time for Christmas.
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Episode Title: Heroes of Today
Original Airdate: 12-1-15
I wonder if this will be planned to be a yearly-ish thing for Flash and Arrow to have their big crossover episode around midseason finale time. Or at least a couple episodes before midseason finale since there’s at least one more new episode of the Flash to come out next week. Not to mention that this episode, at least the first half of it feels more like the biggest part of the prequel to Legends of Tomorrow than any other episode to date. I mean, it’s even called Legends of Today, you can’t get much more clearer than that. But it was still a very fun episode that brought a lot out on all fronts. It was interesting for me to watch since I still haven’t been watching Arrow so the last time I caught up with them was the last time that Barry caught up with them.
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Episode Title: Worse Than a Crime
Original Airdate: 11-30-15
We’ve come to the midseason finale and it’s been a doozy in more ways than one. It’s amazing to me that just over a month ago I was nearly ready to stop watching this show because I disliked everything about it aside from a couple characters. And in such a short time it has turned around into one of my favorite shows of the year. Every single character arc is hitting for me on every level and it’s a shame that the teaser for the return has a bit of an odd turn. Hopefully they can keep these characters going the way they have been because I’m all for it for now.
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Episode Title: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Original Airdate: 11-16-15
I can’t entirely tell if this show is actually getting better, or if I’ve finally just given in and accepted that this isn’t going to be the show that I want it to be. But I really enjoyed this episode, in fact I’d say that it was my favorite of the season so far. It just did all the right things with all of the characters with only a couple minor missteps towards the end. Gordon is really going down a much darker path than I expected, and more or less so is everyone on this show except for possibly baby Bruce. But there’s still room for a bit of comedy here and there to lighten things up.
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