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Flash: Season 2

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***There are spoilers for the end of Flash S1 ahead***

Oooh boy. Hold on to your hats, kids. This season of Flash was just wild.

The singularity that opened when Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, was defeated, has been closed. It came at a terrible cost. Ronnie and Dr. Stien fused into Firestorm to help Barry close it, and Ronnie died in the attempt. Barry now works alone, in an effort to keep more of his friends from dying. Team Flash has scattered: Cisco now works with Joe in the metahuman task force at the police department, and Caitlin is at Mercury Labs.

But then a brand new metahuman shows up, saying he was sent to kill the Flash by a person called Zoom. And another. And then another. Cisco and Caitlin, along with Joe and Iris, beg Barry to rethink his whole lone vigilante thing and let them back on the team. Barry eventually caves, and Team Flash is reunited.

Someone else shows up at STAR Labs, too. He introduces himself as Jay Garrick, the Flash from another earth – Earth-2. He says that the singularity Barry just closed led to his Earth, and he was sucked into it while fighting Zoom and has lost his powers. He warns them of Zoom’s terrible speed, and his awful hunger for more. He offers to help Barry get faster, to learn more about his powers, in order to defeat the monster.

More and more people from Team Flash’s life start to reappear. Francine, Joe’s ex-wife, wants to reconnect with her family. She bears some terrible secrets from being gone for so long. The Earth-2 doppelganger of Harrison Wells travels through the breach, scaring the hell out of everyone. He came in order to help Barry defeat the metas from his Earth that Zoom is sending to kill him. Some of those metas are doppelgangers of Team Flash’s friends, family, even themselves…

Meanwhile, Zoom is always one step ahead of Team Flash, taunting them, promising to steal Barry’s speed. He’s much faster than Barry, much faster than the Reverse Flash ever was. How can they hope to defeat him before he takes away everyone they love?

The big draw this season was the introduction of the multi-verse. Though we only dealt with one other Earth this season, at the end, it was heavily hinted that there will be more in future seasons, which is so exciting!!! I’m eager for season 3 to wrap up already and come out on DVD so my boyfriend and I can marathon it 8D

The writing, as ever, was superb. The “return” of Harrison Wells was met with the appropriate shock and outrage by everyone on the team, especially Barry. The incorporation of the multiverse was excellently explained. Everyone on Team Flash really went through the ringer this season with their own tragedies and heartaches, even the unsympathetic characters. Still, you can’t help but root for them.

My one bone to pick this season was the romance. They introduce Patty Spivot, a crime lab assistant in the comics, as Joe’s new partner and member of the metahuman task force. Barry inevitably starts dating her. My boyfriend and I spent every episode of their too-long romance rolling our eyes. I know they do it to draw people in and keep them watching, but anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Barry and Iris ultimately will end up together. When? Who knows??? But it’s been hinted at enough that they can’t put it off forever. So they may as well just cut out the middleman and make them a thing already. Spare us this unnecessary secondhand embarrassment.

I think Flash is by far my favorite DC TV show. It’s got humor. It’s got heart. It’s got kickass characters, plenty of action, and now, it’s got the multiverse. There was plenty to feast on this season and now we have some things to chew over for the next few.

– Kathleen

Supergirl Season 2 Premiere

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***There are spoilers for the end of Supergirl Season 1 ahead***

As it’s the only show I’m caught up on, I’m watching just Supergirl again this TV season. I made my boyfriend sit down and watch the first season with me over the summer and he loves it too. His admission went something like this:

Me: *a few episodes in, catching his eye and nudging him with my elbow* Sooooo????

Him: I actually… like it a a lot better than I thought I would.

Me: *hits him with a pillow* DIDN’T I TELL YOU??? I TOLD YOU YOU WOULD LIKE IT AND THAT YOU SHOULD WATCH IT YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ME- *muffled screaming as he hits me in the face with another pillow*

*epic pillow fight ensues ending in tickling*

I just watched the recording on my DVR and thought I’d share my thoughts on how the premiere went and where this season might go~

This season starts off immediately where the last left off. Supergirl and Martian Manhunter chase after an object crashing into National City. They discover it’s a pod just like the one that carried Kara and Clark to Earth, and inside is a boy. They don’t know who he is, but are determined to find out. They take him to the DEO office in National City to figure out his identity.

A new space shuttle, Venture, has all 200 passengers on board and is about to launch in National City. A reporter named Clark Kent is in from Metropolis covering the story. When he hears on the news that the shuttle has had an engine failure and is going down, Superman springs into action. Kara hears the same newscast and rushes to save it, too. Together, Superman and Supergirl safely bring the shuttle down and save everyone inside.

In investigating why the shuttle failed, they found one person to have been missing onboard when it launched. Lena Luthor, sister of Lex, was supposed to have been on it, but said she cancelled last minute due to complications with planning her renaming ceremony. She has taken over LexCorp after Superman put Lex away. She plans to rename it L Corp, to show the company’s adaptability and solidarity with the community. Clark doesn’t believe her alibi, but Kara decides to give her the benefit of the doubt. At said renaming ceremony, the perpetrator strikes again: this time, targeting Lena. Who is this man? Who would send him to kill her, and why?

The whole while, Kara is struggling with a few things. Cat has promoted Kara and offered her any job she might want. Things with James are great, but does she really want to make that leap from friend to girlfriend? With so many options on the table, Kara isn’t sure how to be – well, Kara. She knows how to be Supergirl. She isn’t so confident how to be just Kara.

I take back (mostly) everything I said about Tyler Hoechlin. I was skeptical when he was cast because I don’t think he has quite the Superman look. Even clean-shaven he has a perpetual 5 o’clock shadow. My boss and I decided he doesn’t have quite the Superman jaw, either XD But after his very first scene as Clark Kent, I was sold. He has the stuttering, bumbling, eager to please farm boy DOWN. I’m still not too convinced about his Superman – he’s barely taller than Kara and not so beefy as Henry Cavill, but now that I think about it more, it works. This isn’t his show, and Kara needs to shine. It will be interesting to see how Kara handles her cousin being more popular than she is.

I feel like the premiere was set up to show how much growth Kara is going to go through. She grew mostly as Supergirl last season, obviously because she had just started out, but Kara didn’t get quite the same treatment. Here, Kara has basically the world at her feet. Her boss, the most powerful woman in media, is giving her the power to choose for herself what she wants. That’s huge! Kara’s decision will impact her whole future, and how she grows as a person, as a character. I’m really excited to see where her decision takes her.

I didn’t want to spoil too much more, but that’s the basic gist of it =D I’m so glad she moved to the CW, where she will be much more at home with her partners Arrow and Flash. Already chomping at the bit for those crossover episodes!!! I will shut up now until the season is over! Enjoy!

– Kathleen

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