Deathstroke steals the show along with Drunk Barry while Supergirl meanders along on this edition of Talking TV.
Arrow Season 6 Episode 5: Deathstroke Returns
After a few weeks of solid episodes, Arrow is back with another fantastic installment. No surprise that my favorite part of the episode was Slade Wilson. His wanting his son back is very relatable and adds a lot of humanity to someone who some of the audience hates. Manu did an incredible job with the range of Slade’s emotions. It also led to one of the best fight scenes in Arrow history when Slade cut through the Jackals.
We also got a lot of Dinah this week and the return of Vigilante. Vigilante has always been an interesting concept that hasn’t been fully utilized. Now that we know who he is and his relationship with Dinah I’m very excited to see what he does. Dinah did some great work this week and her scene with Watson was very tense.
9.4 out of 10
Flash Season 4 Episode 5: Girls Night Off
Another fun episode of Flash but it had one major problem. I am really tired of seeing very smart characters do dumb things on these shows. It’s just unnecessary and reeks of bad writing. Felicity and Iris are two very smart people who walked into a strongly defended building with no plan at all. It just bothers me how often it happens in the Arrowverse and needs to stop.
A great addition to this episode was Katee Sackhoff and her new recurring villain Amunet. Amunet adds a good wrinkle to this season. Having a crime boss in Central City is very different from the previous seasons and I think it is a fantastic choice. Her villain is very campy and feels a lot like Captain Cold which is something this show has been missing.
8.5 out of 10
Inhumans Episode 8: And Finally: Black Bolt
It’s finally over!!! This is the first show that actively felt like it’s a chore watching and I’m so excited about SHIELD returning.
Moving onto the episode, Black Bolt continues to be one of the few bright spots. Anson Mount is one of the only actors that is decent on this show and I really enjoyed all of his scenes with Maximus. It was also Iwan Rheon’s best episodes and Maximus had some goods scenes especially his final one.
While all the usual problems remain two new ones were presented in this episode. First, the entire Gorgon plot is so dumb. There was absolutely no substance to any part of his plot and got so tiresome seeing him get angry over and over again. It also led to the incredibly annoying Karnak explains what happened to each character. We also finally got Black Bolt using his powers and it was…a huge disappointment. Black Bolt is known to destroy cities with a word, he said two and destroyed some rocks. Such a disappointment.
5.5 out of 10
Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 5: Return of the Mack
Legends is so much fun that even though there are problems it doesn’t really matter. One such problem is reusing villains with the return of Damien Darhk. Damien is a fantastic villain that is a lot of fun but this is going to be the second straight season with him as the main villain and that is kinda annoying.
This episode was a lot more serious than Legends is usually largely because of the return of Rip Hunter. Rip brought the series main villain Molis into the fold but it led to Rip being taken. I loved what this episode did with Rip. Having him be his own worst enemy and acknowledge that it’s always been his biggest problem was very real and I’m excited about what’s next for Rip.
8.7 out of 10
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 7: Kindred
With having two episodes of Rebels air per week we usually get a great episode and a mediocre episode. This episode was great and had a lot of loth-wolves. The Loth-wolves were just introduced a few episodes ago and I already want to know so much more about them. Why can they teleport across the planet? How deep in the force are they? and how do they know so much about Caleb Dume? I can’t wait to see them and Kanan’s relationship grow because I feel like they are connected.
We also got the debut of Thrawn’s personal assassin Rukh voiced by Warwick Davis. I love it when they bring characters from the EU and put them back into canon. Rukh is a very neat character and I’m glad he’s back. He was giving a very cool fight and instantly showed how much of a threat he is to Pheonix Squadron.
9.4 out of 10
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 8: Crawler Commanders
Compared to the previous episode this episode isn’t nearly as good but it is still solid. The big problem was the difference in tone. Kindred was a very serious episode and dealt with some darker subjects while Crawler Commanders was a very kid-friendly. It didn’t fit after an episode like Kindred.
Hera had a fantastic episode this week. Her and Mon Mothma have such an interesting dynamic and this episode took advantage of it. Hera’s speech rallying the rest of the Rebel leaders was very well done and shows just how strong a leader and a character Hera is.
One of my favorite parts of this episode was the fight between Zeb and the crew leader in the mine. The whip was such a versatile weapon that I want to see it make a return. I really enjoyed seeing the fight when they were hanging from the rails. It was an interesting touch that not many shows would try.
7 out of 10
Supergirl Season 3 Episode 5: Damage
Unfortunately, for Supergirl the actress who plays Maggie had to leave the show. This led to the show having to figure out a way to break Maggie and Alex up. I’m not a huge fan of how they did it but it worked. This plotline was very sad and I love the way both actors played the sadness that they couldn’t make it work.
One of the best parts of this season so far has been Morgan Edge. Edge has been so vile and disgusting that whenever he speaks you already dislike him. It also helps that his dialogue is so snarky and vile that it makes him even worse. He is proving to be the best villain Supergirl has had and I want to know what makes him tick.
A huge problem in this episode was a similar problem with Flash, characters being dumb for no reason. Lena made some incredibly stupid decisions in this episode and she is one of the smartest people in the world. She should’ve had a plan for dealing with Edge and should’ve known to climb the plane not be told that she should.
7.3 out of 10
Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4: Some Guy
Two seasons ago Walking Dead was heavily criticized for separating characters and only showing a group of characters per episode. This approach can only work sporadically and in the case of this episode it was a huge win and produced one of the best recent episodes of The Walking Dead.
Almost the entire episode being focused on Ezekiel, Carol, and Jerry was a fantastic choice. We’ve only known Zeke and Jerry for a season now and they have built such a following that an episode like this is incredibly tense. I was worried about both characters throughout the episode and it was because of how likable they are and how tense the episode was.
Khary Payton delivered a fantastic performance as Ezekiel in this episode. From the beginning of the episode with his speech to the end of the episode as he’s losing Shiva, Khary really stood out with his performance.
9.4 out of 10