Stan Lee stops by Marvel Comics headquarters to pitch some new characters, but all of his ideas seem to be inspired by his own life.
On this episode of Arrow Oliver must stop an Arrow-obsessed serial killer, Carrie Cutter, who is convinced that The Arrow is her one true love and will stop at nothing to get his attention. Unfortunately, her way of getting his attention is to kill people. Meanwhile, Ray asks Felicity to be his date for a work dinner with important clients. Thea auditions new DJs for Verdant and meets Chase, a brash DJ with whom she immediately clashes.
I’ve never heard of Carrie Cutter/Cupid before this episode, but watching the episode had me want to check out the character more and see the comic portrayal.
Amy Gumenick, the actress who plays Cutter/Cupid, does a fantastic job playing the Arrow obsessed nutter than a loon character. She’s pretty fun to watch, and takes what could easily be a goofy character and makes a little something of her. I’m kind of hoping we’ll see more of her down the road, especially since where she winds up.
The bigger story and theme of the episode is the relationships of a few characters, especially the triangle that is Ray Palmer/Felicity/Oliver. Who’s interested in who, and who will admit what is mixed around a bunch. Oliver is still struggling with his feelings towards Felicity, and to see things not going perfectly for him is actually really nice.
As usual the last moments of the episode is where it’s at. Not only do we get to see a bit of the rendering of Ray Palmer’s Atom suit, but also our first look at Captain Boomerang, the Flash’s Rogue, who’s debuting here instead, further intertwining the two series.
Overall rating: 7.75
Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.
Coulson and his crew are in a race to find the city that matches the map they discovered in the last episode. At the same time Hydra is also on a mission to discover some secrets for their whole evil plan. There’s some solid action, some interesting moments as far as all of this, but it’s just a small piece to the bigger puzzle, and not really an interesting piece either.
What I really found interesting was Ward’s kidnapping of his brother the Senator. This season we’ve been lead to believe by Senator Ward that Grant was the crazy one that couldn’t be trusted, but maybe that’s not totally the case? The truth is found out here! The big question I have is where the show is going with Grant. There’s got to be some sort of redemption right?
My guess is the show is heading towards some Attilan city, and likely terrigen mysts, both tied to Inhumans who we know are coming. The show would get a big boost from Marvel cinematic fans by having the Inhumans debut here. We’ll see though.
Overall Score: 7.5
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Trying to close the Wayne murder case, a young Harvey Dent and Gordon team up, much to Mayor James’ chagrin. Meanwhile, Penguin makes contact with Mooney’s secret weapon, Liza.
The latest episode of Gotham gets back to its solid roots focused as a crime/cop drama with a familiar setting and characters. The episode really moves Fish Mooney’s moves to become to new crime boss forward, as well as introducing Harvey Dent to the television world.
For those that don’t know, Harvey Dent is fated to be attacked by the mob, horribly disfigured he becomes the villain Two-Face. The episode shines with Dent, especially as we see his signature coin, and hints at his split personality. For fans of Batman, it’s pretty awesome, and a welcome addition to the series. Seeing Dent, and Gordon work together, knowing what’s to come creates a sadness to it all.
Also of note in the episode is Selina Kyle’s move to Wayne Manor. Again, it’s great to see her and Bruce flirt back and forth. In some versions of the Batman mythos there’s a strange romance between Wayne and Kyle and their alter-egos. To see that begin here is an interesting take to it all.
It’s episodes like these that I think are the best of the series. The show is best when it doesn’t focus on freaks of the week type stories, and instead gives us a grounded(ish) world… that just so happens to be set in Gotham.
Overall Score: 7.25
In this episode of Comic Book Men, Walt considers buying hand and footprints of Adam West and Burt Ward from the “Batman” TV series. Then, a customer sells a rare set of “Star Wars” comic strips.
In the sixth episode of Comic Book Men, things get back to basics, as there’s no campy adventures, or trips places, this is just simple people coming in to sell items and a bit of history of things. And when Comic Book Men gets simple, it also gets much stronger.
This episode has an interesting mix of items including the comics, some Batman memorabilia, and a G.I. Joe toy. Mixed throughout is the usual jokes and ribbing that makes these guys seem like fun folks to hang out with. Each item has a nice explanation as to what it is, and why it’s significant. Yes, the show then comes off as a Pawn Stars for geeks, but it’s the jokes and humor that makes it stand apart. There’s also the fact I actually like this stuff.
Overall, the episode is a back to basics one after some recent episodes that had a theme throughout, and that’s not a bad thing.
Overall rating: 7
In this episode of Comic Book Men, Walt and the guys visit BronyCon, a fan convention for “My Little Pony.” Also, a customer wants to sell a board game from the 1970s featuring Godzilla.
The episode is an entertaining one that I’m going back and forth about. A Brony for folks that don’t know, is an adult who is a fan of My Little Pony, a toy and animated show that’s geared more towards little girls, but has found an impressive fandom outside of that demographic.
After a person comes in to sell an item having to do with My Little Pony, the guys decide to head to BronyCon in Baltimore to check out the scene more and figure out if there’s a bigger market out there for them to cater to. They also decide to participate in the costume contest, and it’s interesting to see who takes that seriously, and who kind of mocks the Brony culture. What I also find interesting is the knowledge that some of them show, something they’re clearly not comfortable with showing off at times, especially I think because Walt shows disdain. It shows an interesting dynamic of the guys.
Overall, the episode is mixed for various reasons. I had issues with it because it seems to mock Bronies a bit. I liked it because it showed off the odd dynamic of Walt and the guys.
Overall rating: 6.9
Abraham and the group run into problems on their way to Washington, D.C.
For fans of The Walking Dead comic book, there’s some things we’ve been waiting for concerning the character Eugene. In this episode, the show drops, and the truth comes out as far as what Eugene knows. The moment is shocking for those who didn’t see it coming, and still a bit for those of us who did, but the show continues to shows off its strength. That strength is showing off the humanity in all of the chaos.
In this instance that humanity is focused on Abraham, who we get to see his past, and somewhat how he got to where he is. Through flashbacks we see Abraham’s past, especially his family, and what he had to deal with towards the beginning of the apocalypse.
Brilliantly though, the Abraham’s story is tied together with Eugene’s story, and we see what’s driving Abraham. It’s an amazing symbiotic relationship where Eugene’s misdirection is the driving force for Abraham. Whether or not he suspected the lie, Abraham needs Eugene, as that’s his motivation to keep going, as we see. It’s an amazing moment played out with subtle acting and writing, something the show isn’t given enough credit for.
The episode is an emotional one in many ways, and it’ll be interesting to see where this mission goes from here, and how Abraham’s group keeps going.
Overall rating: 8.5
A mysterious man is killing off former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and carving the same markings as Coulson. Coulson tries to track him down. Meanwhile, May leads a team on a manhunt for Ward.
For those who are Marvel fans, we generally know what all the mysterious writing is leading towards, or at least who the aliens that provided the way to bring back Coulson and Skye from the dead. For those who might not know all of that, this episode begins to put all those pieces of the puzzle together, paying off as to what all of the strange writing is about.
That’s really the big payoff of the episode. It turns out numerous agents have received the treatment that Coulson did, and they too are having the same issues. But, we get to see exactly what this writing is a map to. And for those who are comic fans, there’s some cool hints as to what it all is. I don’t want to spoil it all, but the payoff should be pretty impressive.
Also in the episode Grant is on the loose, and he’s actually helping S.H.I.E.L.D. out in a weird way. I’ve wondered if there was a way to redeem the character and it looks like the series might give the character a chance to make that happen.
Overall, the episode is an improvement on the recent dull experiences. It moves everything along in a very cool way, doing what it does best, hinting at what’s to come enough to got comic fans excited, but also not giving away the whole basket.
Overall Score: 7.5