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Recap: DC’S Legend’s of Tomorrow S4E16 – “Hey, World!”

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The season finale of DC’s Legends Hey, World! starts off with all the rescued magical creatures that were being held captive by the Time Bureau roaming free on the Wave Rider. Nora in full fairy godmother regalia is roaming hell trying to rescue a tortured Constantine while Charlie is forced to let a monster loose during a Senate hearing to boost Neron’s app downloads and, grade school aged Zari is living her best, bully-free life as the proud owner of a baby dragon.

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Thanks to a newly rescued Charlie the team learns that Neron has changed his end game and plans on using human fear, instead of the apps collected from his soul-sucking app to break his army out of hell. In an attempt to usurp Neron’s power grab and get back Atom’s soul Constantine and Nora seek out the one that got away and gets her to join forces with them to take Neron down.

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While Gary helps Mona take care of the ravenous magical creature the rest of the team tries to figure out a way to defeat fear itself. Kid Zari’s dragon video starts getting more hits on the internet than the fearmongering does give the team the idea of bringing Heyworld to life. Astrid uses Constantine as a way to break out Roy’s soul coin so they can save him and Astrid uses the chance to rob the vault of all the soul coins she can carry. While running simulations Gideon discovers that if they build Heyworld, Zari’s parent survive and she never becomes a Legend and she gets her family back while Sara figures out a way that she doesn’t get separated from the Legends or Nate. Constantine and Nora show up to collect Ray but, since he’s such a ray of sunshine, he has managed to make friends with his torturer, and former nemesis, and has been playing giant Jenga and living his best fun-filled life in the pits of hell.

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As part of the marketing plan, half of the  Legends dress up as other DC heroes for a commercial to get people to come to Heyworld , Charlie and Nora try and rally the ships current monster residents to come out and help by showing the more “human” aspects of themselves. With Ray’s soul coin collected and Constantine free they return with Nora to the ship and fill Sara and Nate in on a plan B to get Ray back that would have grave consequences for Nate. Using Rory’s magical book,  Nate and Zari have a touching moment before bringing Heyworld to life.

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With Heyworld open, and people showing up in their superhero finest, the bait, and switch of magical beings for superheroes. Their stage show gets a little violent when a dragon shows up on Nero’s orders to stop the show. A fight breaks out between Sara and the with formerly known as the fairy godmother and when the dragon sets up to kill Sara, little  Zari shows up and commands him to dance and when Tabitha tries to attack her the dragon decides Neron’s love is a tasty snack. Neron in retaliation opens up the portal and releases his hordes. In an effort to save the team and the world, Nate and Constantine switch bodies so when Neron kills Nate in his Constantine suit, the deal becomes null and void and while Nate is dead, Ray’s soul coin is allowed to be put back in his body. Zari, forgoing staying with the team leaves the temporal zone to be with her love as he dies and ghost Nate watches from the rafters with his dad where they have a beautiful heart to heart leading to a beautiful sing along between the Legends and some of the magical creatures, endearing them to the humans and dissipating the fear. Using a sing-along, holding hands, some Tinkerbell-esque magic and Tabitha’s staff Nate’s soul is returned to his body but, the price is losing Zari who couldn’t stay away and let him die. In return Zari’s brother is now in Zari’s place and they have no memory of ZAri being a team member. Astrid turn in her coins and soul breaks a pocket full of some of the worst of the worst from history giving us some hope for a super dark but, hella interesting and fun season five and I for one can’t wait to see where this all leads.

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I found myself nervous for the magical creatures when faced with the prejudice of humans, I also had a glimmer of hope for a cute little crossover but, I am happy to report that I was more than a little ecstatic about how things turned out, even without the superhero assist.  It was well written, beautifully acted, and a wonderful end to one of my favorite seasons of Legends. The show has a tendency to take things to the absurd but, they do it in such a way it’s almost believable making Legends one of my favorite shows on the CW line up right now. I can’t wait until the fall to see more of my favorite band of anti-hero misfits, especially knowing that Mary Tudor and Charlie Manson might be making an appearance.

For what this episode was and what it set up, I give this season-ending episode a hard 9.7

Recap: Supergirl S4E22 – “The Quest for Peace”

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Supergirl‘s season 4 finale “The Quest for Peace” starts off 24 hours before the death of Red Daughter showing us the aftermath of Kryptoclone Supergirl coming face to face with Kara. The show jumps to the 6-hour mark where we see Lex and Eve experimenting on aliens, the hour mark where Lex meets with the president, and then the pivotal moment where find out what happened to Red Daughter. Once again the first 10 minutes of the show called SUPERGIRL is devoid of Supergirl and focusing on a male sub character, in this case, Lex Luthor.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, after the first commercial break, we finally get to see a whole 2 minutes of Supergirl, figuring out a plan with her big sis Alex before we jump back to Lex, doing yet another experiment on Red Daughter. We then jump to Ben Lockwood who has captured the Eve clone and find out the fates of J’onn J’onzz and Dreamer in the Lex Luthor work camp for aliens. Luckily the duo runs into some of the aliens who Dreamer helped save in the last episode and they are more than willing to give them a diversion. Kara and Alex meet up with Lena and Brainiac and decide to release all the info that she and Lena collected on their overseas jaunt. While they think of what to do next, Lena is summoned to the Oval Office to meet big bro and mom for a creepy family reunion.

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Lex in true supervillain form decides to monologue his evil and capitalistic plan that as his mom points out, sounds very Hitleresque. After Eve realizes that he plans to use his alien powered satellite to destroy Argo and kill Superman, she takes a stand and asks for an aside, only to discover exactly where she stands with Lex. Back at the facility Dreamer and J’onn use a fight to figure out how to take the facilities power killer down, so she can project and give her location and using breath on the window she writes the location of the facility and the team heads out to rescue them. While Lex gloating about how much smarter than everyone else that he is, ara’s story goes live and is instantly sent to everyone. When the team arrives at the island of Dr. Luthor, Brainiac discovers that Lex plans to destroy Argo with his new weapon and takes off to hack the system leaving everyone else to deal with Lockwood and his lackeys who literally come out of the woodwork (woods) to call out Supergirl because haters are gonna hate even if they don’t have a reason.

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Jimmy, Alex, and Supergirl get to work taking down the Lockwood Lackies while Brainiac tries to figure out a way to take down Lex’s Argo killer. Lex takes off to see why his alien powered kill machine isn’t working leaving Eve to guard Lena and Mommy Dearest. Lena being the badass that she is easily disarmed Eve and Lex arrives raining down green fire on Supergirl, Alex and Jimmy who in the middle of a side effect fueled nose bleed.

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Lex is surprised to see Supergirl still alive and the two of them have at it and when Lex thinks he has the upper hand because of his green Kryptopowered gauntlets but, thanks to Lena,  Supergirl has a suit and some slick acrobatics to protect her. Alex and Jimmy keep fighting to take down alien powred Lockwood their tag team efforts leave him down for the count. J’onn and Dreamer take out the satellites power source with the return of Brainiac who finally telling Dreamer her loves her and they manage to rescue all of the aliens, including  Red Daughter who takes a mega blast of Kryptonite to save OG Supergirl and her death allows her to suck up some of Red  Daughters superpowered chi and defeat Lex who chooses to die rather than be saved by a Kryptonian. But, he doesn’t die, he just falls to earth, back into his lab where Lena cures him of his superpowers and Lena realizing that the world will never be safe with Lex around, decides to shoot him and with Lex’s dying breath he tells him that Kara is really Supergirl and makes it appear that everyone she loves doesn’t love her back.

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To wrap up the episode, the president is impeached, Dreamer and Kara are back to work at Catco with a now one-eyed Jimmy. The Alien Amnesty act is reinstated and Supergirl gets thanked for her service which brings a smile to her face. We also get the thing we had been rooting for since Jimmy’s sister showed up, her and Alex decide to give it a go and when Alex kisses her while she’s explaining how she feels and we all cheered. Lena shows up to game night with the secret on her conscience and Kara and Alex decide to wait yet another day before telling her the truth. Lockwoods son becomes a crusader for alien coexistence and Dreamer covers the story while Supergirl gives a knowing smile from the sky. In an effort to tie up all the loose ends we find out that Leviathan was pulling the strings and he’s the reason Eve was working for Lex but, now she can’t escape them.

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Overall, the season finale was surprisingly good even if it was only 50% Supergirl featuring. Considering the abysmal amount of screen time that the title character got this season it was a start to heading in the right direction. The writing was pretty good, the directing was flawless, the cinematography relayed the tone of every scene perfectly and the episode was entertaining to watch. They managed to fit a lot into the hour,  wrapped every major storyline up and give us something to look forward to in season five. I hope that this return to being mostly Supergirl focused writing I saw in this episode continues in Season 5 because, while I love the other characters, I still think it should be about them in relation to her and not the other way around.

I give this episode a solid 8.9

Recap: Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger S2E4 Rabbit Hold

The first few minutes of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger‘s fourth episode “Rabbit Hold” are super intense with Mayhem vanishing into dark air, Tandy learning about a bonus “power” that Tyrone has and tries to help him figure out how to trigger it, while one of the snatched traffickers recognizes Ty’s mugshot and calls it in to his crew, and OG O’Reilly learns more about the crappy side of the NOLA PD. Tandy figures out to trigger Ty’s smoky dark side and uses it to find and hopefully pull out Mayhem and if possible Connor’s, the one man who can clear Ty’s name and give him his life back. While Tandy is deep fear diving for Tweedle Bad Guy and Tweedle Bad Ass, Ty gets a call from O’Reilly telling him the drug dealing traffickers might be headed to his parents’ house to get him.

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Tandy encounters a tiny Not Pre-Teen Tyrone and tries to see if he can help her find Mayhem, he also tells her how to get out with a little apprehension about her taking Mayhem with her and, sends her on her way weaponless. Ty heads to his parents’ to save his mom but, since Tandy is in his darkness he can’t shift, so he has to get away from the bad guys the old fashioned way, with his mom hotwiring a car and driving away. In the void, Tandy follows Mayhems’ blood trail and tries to convince her to come with her to no avail. Back in the real world, O’Reilly goes to help Ty’s mom but arrive at an empty house, except for a lone patrolman responding to an alarm while Tandy and Mayhem arrive at a hall of mirrors and wax philosophical about who they really are.

Ty and his mom have a similar “Who am I?” chat while trying to evade the police and the drug/trafficking crew on their tail and in the darkness Mayhem and Tandy run across the hovel of a hiding , scarred and scared Connors’.  Ty brings his mom to an unused coven to hide out for a while and, Mayhem tries to use feminism to get Tandy to turn on Ty.  In a clever piece of storytelling, Ty tells his mom of the New Orleans legend of the Casket Girls is seamlessly interwoven with Mayhem and Tandy talking about the missing girls, who seem to be cataloged in the record shop they ran across in the darkness.

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Ty and his mom find their safe space broken when they are held at gunpoint by a lone young gang member,  Ty’s mom distracts him by talking to him and Ty takes his gun, just in time for an SUV of his fellow gang members, fully armed shows up outside the window. Tandy is stuck in her own personal hell as she discovers that playing the records in the shop that pertain to her only bring up bad memories and, nothing useful to help her get out until.  Tyrone thinks smart and calls O’Reilly who brings in the cavalry and gets him mother out safely under the guise of his surrender while Tandy smashes records in the catalog vinyl shop of missing and lost girls. Mayhem comes across Connors’ and assaults him before trying to hang him, Tandy catches her and a fight ensues, she saves him and they get kicked out of the void just in time to allow Tyrone to get his powers back and escape. Unfortunately, because of the timing  Connors’ escapes into the wild of New Orleans and he knows where Tandy and Ty are hiding.

Amanda Row brilliantly directed this intense episode and while there wasn’t a whole lot of action but, there was a whole lot of storytelling and layers.  The story managed to maintain intensity and suspense using nothing more than words and visuals and it was beautiful to watch. The use of shadows and light that showcase the symmetry between what is happening with Tandy and what is happening with Ty is brilliant and adds a lot to the episode.

Overall, I give this episode a solid 8.8 as it served its purpose as a placeholder episode to propel the story along but, it also managed to maintain the momentum that the previous episodes created and served to engage the audience into the world of Tandy and Ty in New Orleans making us fall more in love with the story and the characters.

Recap: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S4E11 – Seance and Sensibility

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s episode “Seance and Sensibility” starts off with Nate’s dads funeral. It seems that Zari and Nate’s pretend relationship might be turning into something real. The whole team shows up to lend their support and Ray is afraid to see his bestie because everyone believes that Nora is the killer but, a cute little heart to heart assuages Ray’s fears and everyone’s favorite bromance is still going strong. Constantine is worried about the bad mojo where they are and it has nothing to do with Nora’s presence in the bathroom. While Charlie tries to help Nora deal with her monster half, a change in the timeline occurs and they discover some trouble in Bath, England 1802 and Jane Austen , and her writing, might be in trouble. Pre-mission girl talk gets raunchy in a super real way when Mona senses Zari’s attraction to Nate right before the time jump to the wedding and things get awesome when the bride to be leaves the groom at the altar for her maid and the groom confesses his love for his betrove’s mother.

Meanwhile back on the ship Ray is getting some secret alone time with Nora until Charlie interrupts. While Zari goes off to get some dirt from the handsome coachman she met earlier, Mona learns that it isn’t always awesome to meet your idols because Jane Austen turns out to be less of a romantic than her novels would have had us believe. Rory helps Nate do some digging while Constantine realizes that Nate’s dads spirit is still present and it looks like they might be able to make contact. Using Mona’s knowledge of the Sara and her blend in and get some juicy gossip and discover that the coach man they pushed Zari to get under so she could get over Nate, might just be the time fugitive they are after. Being the sharp woman that she is, she figures it out halfway through a heavy makeout session where he admits to his magical origin and reveals himself as Kamadeva, the hindu god of love.

Kamadeva, the namesake of the Kama Sutra, is more than willing to follow Zari wherever she goes , so getting him back on the ship isn’t that hard. While trying to keep Nora hidden from the rest of his team, by hiding her in his bedroom, which isn’t as romantic or passion filled as you would think for separated lovers. Constantine and Rory fill Nate in on his dad’s presence but, Nate is unwilling to hear him out which might bode poorly for Nora. Kamadeva releases his essence through the ship which helps give Ray and Nora a little boost , even if it is only in their dreams, to have some adorable and consensual sexy time and everyone else on board to have some super sexy dreams. While Charlie got David Bowie, Zari got Nate and Kama and, Sara got Ava and they were all happy about the match up, Mona got memories of her old dead love leading to an argument with an anti love Zari leading her to wolf out and go after Jane Austen.

Jane Austen gets into it with Mona/Wolfie and doesn’t back down, she admits that she does believe in love and only marrying for it. Mona decides to lay it all out for Jane and tells her that her writing will matter and, Jane in turn gives her advice about not losing control and keeping relationships equal. Zari has it out with Kamadevi who tells her his back story and tries to help her past her fear and love block and Zari is surprisingly all in and releases him to help her sort it out, leading to Zari proposing marriage. Back at the funeral Nate forgoes his plan to tell the truth about his dad and gives a lackluster and basic eulogy, his mom tells a sweet story about how much his dad loved him and how big his heart was.

In typical Legend campiness Zari breaks out in song and since they’re all still in the magic love spell, the musical turns into a bollywood musical complete with dancing. Mona shows up to put an end to the marriage madness and her girl squad backs up the deadening of the the love spell wedding, because who wants to be wife number 1001? Mona and Zari end their fighting and realize they will be okay because yeah, they might not have a relationship with the people they love, they do have some pretty kick ass female friends and it’s going to be okay because if all else fails they still have each other.

Constantine leads the seance we have been waiting for the whole episode and he jumps into Rory’s body, since Nate is still holding a grudge. Nate’s dad in his Rory suit tells Constantine that Neron was behind everything , just as Nate goes exploring in the house and finds his dad’s secret room where he sees a taped “commercial” finding out that his dad was trying to build a theme park based on one of Nate’s old drawings. Finding the tape causes Nate to forgive his dad because he realized he wasn’t being a bad guy, he was trying to do something good. Constantine is getting a little clarity too as he drunkenly fights with his taunting reflection before Neron, in his shiny new Desmond (Constantine’s former lover) suit, let’s Constantine know , officially, that he’s back and coming for him.

This episode hit all the good notes and while there wasn’t a whole lot of action, we got a whole lot of raw emotion and real feelings. Even the musical portion of the episode fit in, felt in place and made sense in the context of the episode. In a period piece with lots of drama and a little bit of song and dance, the camera doesn’t linger on bodices and beauty, even though there is much of it. Alexandra La Roche directed this awesome episode and the female gaze shows in the way things are shown and handled.

I give this episode a 9.3 for its visuals and its story.

Recap/Review: Cloak & Dagger S2E3 – Shadow Selves

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When we last saw our fave dynamic duo in Cloak & Dagger, they were face to face with two very different sides of a PTSD filled Bridget O’Reilly coin. The third episode of the second season “Shadow Selves” gives us a little more insight into everything that we missed in the past 8 months since the previous season ended.

Cloak &Dagger kicked off by bringing back our fave female scientist, Mina who is experimenting, humanely, on some mice who seem to have developed in a way similar to the way OG O’Reilly ended up with her very own Mayhem. It seems that a Roxxon water bath can be fatal in a way that no one could have predicted, immense rage and the desire for the clone to need to kill it’s OG when triggered. We flashback to OG O’Reilly’s split day and learn that Mayhem tried to kill her once before, while she was in a coma. Mayhem decided to put her kill mission on hold to kill Connors since he landed her in her current position. We then get put back in the present where the two O’Reillys’ are coming to term with the other’s existence, luckily Tyrone was able to get them out of there before Mayhem can cause a little bit more. After Tandy has a riddle me this meltdown asking for answers to questions that OG O’Reilly clearly doesn’t have, they decide to go to Mina who luckily, has an explanation, even if that doesn’t quite provide a solution.

We get to slide back and forth between now and then, time seems to fold back on itself until the present meets up with the past and it gives us a full picture of Mayhems origin story and her becoming. She started out on a quest to find Ty, by way of the semi-disgraced priest from Ty’s old school. This interaction was quite important because it provides an explanation for Mayhem’s obscure POV and mission statement, the interactions that follow seem to have given her something that the mice didn’t have, a moral compass. During a drunken confessional, the priest basically, and inadvertently,  gives her permission to act out her violent impulses on people, as long as they are bad people and deserve it. With the priests blessing, Mayhem sets out to save all the missing girls when she notices a pattern and she plans to inflict her own brand of murder tinged justice.

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Mayhem seems to burn through the city leaving bad guy corpses behind her and Ty , Tandy and OG spend most of the episode eating her dust, showing up when Mayhem has already killed everybody and reminding her that she can’t (she can) do things the way she does them. The trouble is, Mayhem gets things done, she gets drugs off the street, she breaks open sex trafficking rings like a fridge door and while her methods , logic and kill count would make Deadpool look sane and lazy, she does get results. In Selves’ she saves a whole truckload full of girls who were being trafficked and while her  methods may be extreme and criminal, no one can say she doesn’t get the job done.

Tandy and Tyrone have a few heart to hearts leading to a bit of a switch in ideology, at the beginning of the episode Tyrone is very afraid that he’s going to end up like Mayhem and Tandy talks him back by explaining that he’s a protector and not a destroyer. This conversation is kind of pivotal in that you can sense in its fullness and ominous nature when held up in comparison to how Ty and Tandy handle their solo superhero duties in the first two episodes, that the tide could shift for them. By the end of Selves we see Ty should be more worried about Tandy falling over to the dark side than he should be worried about himself.

OG O’Reilly wants the same thing that Mayhem wants, to save the girls and stop the bad guys, she’s just not willing to go as far as Mayhem is. Once OG realizes that she can get inside Mayhem’s head because they share memories and thinking patterns, they go on a bit of a field trip to stop her. Unfortunately, since Mayhem has no fear and is basically what The Punisher wishes he could be, OG O’Reilly with a Tandy and Tyrone assist team, seem to always be a step behind her. OG spends most of the episode feeling inadequate, ineffectual and scared which is actually a very valid feeling and reaction to have when you find out your Roxxon Clone is really OK with having you dead.

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This episode gave us a glimpse into the Mayhem behind the curtain, if humanized her and left us rooting for her instead of the “good guys” even if behind the curtain there’s nothing but righteous vengeance and furious anger. I found my self longing for Mayhem and Tandy road trip a la Thelma and Lousie, except instead of driving off a cliff they start taking down all the bad guys from coast to coast. We got to see everything that makes Mayhem tick, from the talk to the priest we learn that she doesn’t have guilt or remorse and we got to see that she wants to be “good” but, she can’t help herself. It’s bittersweet watching her try to find a humane way to be the psychopath that she is and kind of evolve into a Dexteresque character. She knows she shouldn’t hurt OG , Ty, and Tandy so her compromise is to hurt every bad person she sees until she gets to the bottom of the sex trafficking ring.

“Shadow Selves” seems to have ended way too quickly, I would like to say it is because we got two whole hours last week but, the truth is that the show is just that good. The writing is crisp, the directing was thought out and sharp and the music was again, PURE FIRE making episode three a perfect way to move the story along. There’s something about the way the creative team proposes realistic moral dilemmas and social action undertones, in a way that makes you see the human side of the story, in all of its shades of gray. There is a theme of hope, survival, and fear that runs through the story in a way that’s deeper and way less surface that Tandy and Ty’s powers in relation to the human condition. I like that you know you’re supposed to root for Tandy and Ty but, even Tandy can’t tell if their side is the right side. Everything about Cloak & Dagger provides the viewer with a perfectly curated experience that calls into question everything you thought was right.

I give Episode 3 a sold 9.1

Recap: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S4E10 – The Getaway

In DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “The Getaway,” the team is on the hunt for a magical being who makes it so that Richard Nixon cannot tell a lie. His overshare filled honesty screws up the timeline and sends the on the outs with the Time Bureau Legends into another mission. Hank is on a mission to bring the Legends down while Nate and Zari try and find out what the big boss is really up to, so they can bring him down with Gary getting to play secret agent man. Sara,  Ray, and Charlie plan to kidnap Nixon after getting a warning from Nate and Zari that the Bureau is hot on their trails. Constantine and Rory jump ship and bring a  heartbroken Mona with them to warn the others and avoid her getting caught because of her newly minted fugitive status.

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During their escape from Walter Reed Medical, they manage to forget Charlie who is stuck using her still on the fritz shapeshifting powers to pretend to be Nixon. Constantine manages to remove the magical truth bug from Nixon and Mona gets stuck on Truth Roach duties while the team tries to figure out their next move. Gary is going full conspiracy theory crazy so, he goes to Nora for help in cracking the case and figuring out why magical creatures are being taken from their cells in the middle of the night.  Unfortunately, the bug breaks free just as the team is stopped by the police on suspicion of drug use, forcing Ray to tell the truth, which makes him sound high and in camptastic Legend’s fashion, hijinks ensue.

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The Bureau overhears the troopers call, repeating what Ray said and show up in full force, led by Hank , to catch the Legends and bring them in. Zari figures out a way to slip a message to the team using radio waves to keep them off of the Bureau’s radar while Gary and Nora try and hack into Hanks computer. Nate tries to pump his dad for information under the guise of a father-son chat so he could feed the info to Gary and Nora via the coms to help them crack his password.  Nora and Gary almost get caught by Constantine’s ex-beau and realizing there is a disturbance in the force warns Gary to watch out, he then calls Hank to warn him that someone was in his office and he figures out that the father-son bonding might have been a rouse and Nate might still be team Legends.

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The bug gets out in the back of the RV and everyone lets their truth out in an amazing way that only the amazing Legends could. It is real, raw, hurtful and hilarious all at the same time! The truth talk gets a little too deep causing Sara to let Mona know how she really feels underneath it all about losing Sarah, which makes her take off on a bicycle in the most adorably hurt way possible.  After Constantine manages to get the bug out of Sara, the team takes off to find Mona because, they don’t leave team members behind and, no matter what the circumstances, Mona is now a Legend.

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Nate gets some false intel from her dad and tries to thwart his capture plans but it doesn’t go as expected. After running away Mona finds herself in a diner that’s crawling with agents getting her into exactly the kind of trouble that Sara was afraid of. Sara and Constantine have a real heart to heart giving her the outlet she needed to get back on track and get her head in the game, while not neglecting her super valid feelings. Meanwhile, in Bureauland, Hank uses Nate’s mole status to lead the legends into a trap and back at the bar, Mona overhears the agents saying they’re on their way to capture the Legends. Using her rage at the killing of her neanderthal love and , in some small part the fear that her new friends might be in danger she, Kaupe outs and takes down all of the agents. Ray and Mick end up in the middle of a blockade and end up getting arrested with Nate still unaware that his dad is on to him.

While Sara and Constantine try to talk a raging Mona down the Truth Roach gets free gets into Nixon and Nate causing him to have a real honest talk with his dad, he gives his dad an ultimatum which results in the Legends getting to go free because at the end of the day, he loves his son more than his job. A bug-free Sara finishes the conversation she had with Constantine,  to the pain-filled Mona and, the freeing of her fears, anxieties and pain in a hella honest monologue helps Mona to return to normal, tears streaming and ready to hug it out.

With the Legends free to go, Zari shows up to bring them back on board and they finally remember that they forgot Charlie. Zari also fills Nate in on what his dad has been up to with the magical creatures and it’s not good, causing a bit of a dent in their relationship. We get some insight into what’s actually going on when we see Hank try to call his deal with an actual devil off.  Nora feels the twinge of evil and breaks free from her cell to save him but, she’s a little too late for anything but,  time to be blamed for it.

Legends is nothing if not consistent and “The Getaway” is just as cleverly written, action-packed, and heart string tugging as it always is. The writers have discovered a formula that works hella good and they haven’t tried to change it, which is a good thing. This issue was all about family, by blood or by choice, dealing with your emotions, coming to terms with being OK with not being OK and, leaning on the people in your life. It was solid, real and beautiful. If only because I’m type salty that Ava and Sara haven’t made up.

I give this episode a solid 9.0

Recap: Cloak and Dagger S2E2 – White Lines

White Lines is the title of the second hour of the two episode, two-hour premiere of Cloak and Dagger and it was just as brilliant as the first hour. The beginning slides into the end of the season premiere seamlessly, we pick up at the murder scene in the club where Tandy and Ty called Detective O’Reilly in to help them. O’Reilly kicks them out so she can clean the crime scene before the rest of the cops show up and everyone gets caught. Tandy and Tyrone have a fundamental clash of opinions, and in its simplicity, it highlights the differences in thinking between classes and races. The episode is split between all three major characters, with each getting to show things from their point of view which was a brilliant choice because it built up the tension , gave us a little relief and then ramp up the feeling again.

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.Tyrone heads off on a mission to discover what the voodoo symbol was that one of the drug kingpins drew on the floor, he gets his answer, to a degree but, it also leads to a confrontation with Evita who is not too happy that he never made contact especially after he shows her his power. While trying to learn to control his power he comes accidentally poofs himself to a chained up to a gurney in an ambulance, Makayla who begs for his help. He tries to take her with him and save her but, it doesn’t work and he ends up back in the church alone, defeated and sad.

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Next up is Tandy’s story. We see her in her group therapy session, Makayla starts to defend Jeremy and Tandy gets upset and yells at her causing her to run away. After her mom calls her on it, as a survivor of abuse, Tandy sets out to track Makayla down and save her, or at least apologize. After her search comes up empty, she goes back to talk to the group leader who leads her to Andre Deschaine, a community leader,  who helps her on her search. Unfortunately, the rescue mission gets cut short, Tandy has a power surge when she sees a vision of her dead dad and runs off.

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The third story we see is Detective O’Reilly as the devil at her brains door, Mayhem, escapes and decides to enact her own version of justice. Mayhem is much more assertive and violent and, it’s kind of glorious. She goes rogue and shows up to see the widow of one of the men who was murdered at the gang summit, after going Jack the Ripper on a $100k Kandinsky, and threatening to do the same to everything else in the house, she manages to find out the info she needs. She heads to the docks where she bumps into Tandy and that’s where things start to get hella interesting.

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While watching the memorial for over a dozen missing brown and black girls from a poor neighborhood and getting a lesson in racial politics from Andre , he gets a call and Tandy rushes off to the hospital to see an almost comatose Makayla. Wanting to get to the bottom of what happened, she slips into her mind and figures out what happened to her, she gets a lead and uses social media pics to find out more, which is how she ended up bumping into Mayhem leading to an epic bad guy beat down with a riotgirl style soundtrack in the background. After Mayhem sends Tandy to stand guard she finds out that there’s another shipment of girls coming in and once she has gotten all she needs from the ambulance driver, she kills him in a way that would make Deadpool smile.

Evita shows up at the church to apologize to Ty, where he tells her about what happened in the ambulance and how she has to find her. It is nice to see him open up and it was equally nice to see her help him through it because, it works and they end up at the hospital putting him right back on the path of him and Tandy being a dynamic duo, kicking bad guy ass and saving all the missing girls. Tyrone heads to O’Reilly’s to fill her in on what he discovered and finds her tied up and,  after he rescues her he poofs to Tandy to warn her and that’s where we discover that Mayhem isn’t the other half of a split personality, it’s a different person.

Quotes:

On Drugs in marginalized communities-

Those people choose misery and I’m sick of watching it

– Tandy

People don’t choose to suffer Tandy and, they don’t choose to hurt.

– Tyrone

On missing minority girls-

Where are the cops, the reporters, they should be all over this.

– Tandy

They would be if YOU went missing.

– Andre Deschaine

Episode High: Watching Tandy and Mayhem, in an O’Reilly suit, go ape shit on the bad guys to stop them from trafficking women was everything. I love it when girls are more damn hell in a dress than damsels in distress.

I found White Lines to be amazing. Cloak and Dagger is setting itself up to be the This is Us of the Marvel Universe because I felt all the feelings and still got all the action. Jennifer Phang is a brilliant director and the way she frames shots and gets such honest and emotional performances out her actors is to be applauded. Between her directing, the killer script and the truly breathtaking performances I spent the second half of this two-part season starter feeling some pretty real feelings about some imaginary characters. Honestly, at this point in the game, if you aren’t all about Cloak and Dagger, I really don’t know what you are doing with your life. And, I’ve got to give a special shout out to the music supervisor because this soundtrack is FIRE.

I give this completion of the series premiere arc a 9.8

Recap: Cloak and Dagger S2E1 – Restless Energy

Season 2 of Cloak and Dagger picks up 8 months after where Season 1 left off and, a lot has changed in that time. We find our two heroes lives swapped, Tyrone is now living in the church, on the run from a murder rap and Tandy has a wonderful home life and is even back to doing ballet and living a normal life with her mom. Ty is spending his nights fighting cabin fever by robbing stash houses in an attempt to put them out of business by using his special gift much to Detective Brigid O’Reilly ‘s chagrin. Tandy and her mom are going to a support group for domestic violence survivor and victims trying to rebuild their relationship. O’Reilly is dealing with her own demons as she tries to put the pieces of her life back together while trying to clear Ty and put the group of corrupt cops behind her boyfriends’ death behind bars. O’Reilly isn’t the only one looking out for Ty while he’s been on the lam, Tandy has been dropping off supplies and doing movie night at the church with him.

Tandy and her mom have a heart to heart over cooking but, Tandy cuts things short under the guise of a makeup ballet class in order to do some recon on one of her support group members, Makayla, ex Jeremy.  While Tandy is watching Jeremy Tyrone is playing master stalker himself, checking in on his parents and Evita to see how they’re doing.  Both of the divine pairing are missing being a hero, even though them actually saving the world goes unnoticed by all of the people they’ve saved leading them to continue their hero antics separately. Tandy scares the crap out of the abusive Jeremy and Ty hits another drug stash house, while Ty ends up getting the crap kicked out of him mid-robbery, leaving Tandy to save him.

Tandy and Ty get into a deep discussion about everything. This episode explored the themes of loss, love, and family and the very real feelings of emptiness and the post-rescue conversation lays it all out on the table in a relatable and beautiful way.  .Meanwhile, Detective O’Reilly is called in to help settle the turf was that Ty has started and her inner beast is getting harder to hold back.

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By the end of the first episode, they both learn that they aren’t too good at the hero thing on their own. Tandy’s plan backfires and Makayla ends up back with her ex because he was terrorized by a gang of thugs (aka Tandy) and needs her. Ty and Tandy link up and he not only apologizes to her for lashing out but, asks for her help which is a good thing because they are so much better together. Leading them to a mission at a night club while they attempt to get evidence of the gangs’ activity using the recorder Tandy gave Ty to help him study. Sadly, their plan doesn’t work exactly as planned and the secret drug dealer meeting ends up with all of the local gangs, higher-ups slaughtered.

Fave Quote: “Solitude has made you sassy.”

– Tandy

Episode High: Movie Night. The banter between Ty and Tandy is amazing, it was funny, playful, sassy and provided a bit of lightheartedness to the sadness and isolation of Ty’s situation. It was nice to see them have a little fun.

Episode Low: It was hella heartbreaking to watch Ty hide in the bushes for glimpses of the people that he loves. Aubrey Joseph is an amazing actor and it is evidenced by his ability to break our whole heart as he watches from afar, just the look in his eyes will give you the weepies.

Overall I found Restless Energy to be one of the best season two premieres that I have seen in a long time. It didn’t feel like it missed a beat, built upon the momentum and anticipation from the season one finale, laid out all the major characters and, set up a multitude of possible storylines to keep the viewer on their toes. It was real, emotional, raw, beautifully acted and brilliantly directed. It managed to set things up and place things on 3rd base so that the second part of this two-episode premiere, could knock it out of the park.

I give this episode a solid 9.5

Recap: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S4E9 – Lucha De Apuestos

Our ragtag team of time traveling bad ass banditos are back with a vengeance, tying up loose ends from the cliffhanger midseason finale and setting up some story lines for the rest of season 4’s run. Lucha De Apuesta shows us the aftermath of Mona trying to help her caveman boyfriend Konane escape the government issued magical creature kidnappers. A wounded Mona ends up in the hospital after the attack and everyone thinks she’s the bad guy. The Legends get called in to bring her in after a daring post op escape where she mindwipes Gary and sends her hairy beau to an unknown point in the past. Her escape and loving reconnection is short lived because she ends up on board the ship after being shot with a tranquilizer dart and the legends try to uncover the real threat from Mona’s far fetched story and bring the caveman back.

Gideon takes the crew to 1961 in Mexico City to investigate an anachronism that leads the team to the Lucha Libre world while Zari stays behind to fact check Mona’s story. Konane has become super famous as Los Lobo sidelining the career Constantine’s fave Luchadore El Cura and turning him into a drunk instead of the bastion of piety that he was supposed to be. Constantine feeling sorry for his hero gives him a bit of a pep talk while Mona realizes that the team plans on returning her love to the unsafe environment. Zari discovers Mona’s story is true and footage was deleted, she shares her discovery with Nate and they discover that the guilty party is his own father. Back at in 1961 Mona tries to warn Konane resulting her almost getting trampled by the crowd before he rescues her and carries her off.

Konane takes Mona back to his lair where they have a nice chat and he makes her a crown of flowers. Nate tries to talk himself out of believing his father is capable of the things that he’s being accused of and he plans a caper with Zari to get his dads phone to see the original security footage while he’s a gala. Back at Konane’s humble abode, Mona and Konane’s sweet date is ruined by the Legends storming in causing him to go literally ape-shit. Luckily, Mona is able to calm him down allowing Sara to subdue him and get everyone back on the ship where Sara gets filled in on Zari and Nate’s discovery.

While Sara goes to tell Ava what’s going on, the Legends on board learn that if they bring Konane back and he doesn’t fight Mexico descends into chaos. So they take him back where El Cura trains him to lose so his victory is uncontested and Konane can hopefully ride off into the sunset with Mona. Unfortunately, in the present Eva finds out where they are and saddles up to roll out. We also catch a glimpse of Constantine’s true love at the party, well his true loves body which may or may not be inhabited by Constantine’s demon arch nemesis.

Zari manages to swipe Nate’s dads phone to uncover the truth while Ava preps to roll an extraction team tos top the fight, despite Sara’s warning that it will mess up the timeline. Constantine tries to help his hero win the fight and make it believable and it is kind of fun to watch him play fanboy. The extraction team shows up and Sara gives the order to act a fool and it is glorious and campy and everything we love about Legends. El Cura saves Konane from being shot by the extraction team which sets him back on track to becoming a star and setting history right.

Nate has a heart to heart with his dad and you can sense it will lead to him being a double agent. Konane and Mona have an adorable date which is interrupted by a well meaning Mick who gives a spoiler to his books which Mona is a fan of , while avoiding letting her know he’s her favorite author. Ava and Sara have it out and realize that they have a fundamentally different world views an call it quits to both of their broken hearts. Mona opens the portal to send Konane home and if you weren’t crying after Ava and Sara broke up you will be because Konane gets shot while they are saying goodbye. But, that’s not the only thing that happens in the last 30 seconds that will give you chills because, saccharine sweet Mona has a secret of her own and it is so AWESOME that I never saw it coming.

Overall, this episode was everything any fan could have wanted for the return of the Legends. There was emotion, action, silliness , seriousness and so much fun. For such a lighthearted show Legends seems to find a way to give you the feels, the character development is so strong that you find yourself rooting for minor characters like Mona and Konane. The setup for what remains of this season was seamless and I’m so ready to see how everything plays out. With such a strong opening I know that the Legend writer’s haven’t lost a beat, they even managed to keep the biggest twist of the episode hidden under wraps until the very end, while making it fit believably into the story. I also really want to play the game Ray invented.

I give this episode a hard 8.9

Recap: Supergirl S4E17- All About Eve

All About Eve picks up right where we left off last week and continues at a rapid-fire pace, packing more into the first ten minutes than most shows squeeze into a whole episode. Alex finds an unconscious Lena and we find out the contents of the note that was left with her. Supergirl and J’onn J’onzz are on the hunt for Lex and the double agent Eve when J’onn tries to do a mental sweep and falls from the sky while hearing his fathers voice. Jimmy heads back to work and we find out about some of the side effects of Lena’s serum. Supergirl links up with the old gang while Nia tries to dream up Lex’s plan back in the Fortress and J’onn tries to reconnect with his dad in spirit to gain clarity on who he is becoming.

Lena heads off to visit her mom to find out where Lex is so that she can regain some of her strength by defeating the beast that her brother is.  Her mother plays on her fears about losing her friends which touches upon yet another toxic familial relationship that Lena has and adds some shades of humanity to the Alpha Queen that Lena is. Lena teams up with Alex and Supergirl to track down Lex by using Eve, leading the unlikely trio to Eve’s Aunt Mary but instead find her cousin Bitzie who Eve cured with Lena’s serum.

Cousin Bitzie gives up the location of Eve’s secret lab, which gives us a glimpse at the Supergirl Too. Upon finding the lab and discovering the source of the serums power,  Supergirl and Lena finally have a real moment and share their vulnerabilities bringing them one step closer to being friends.  They also discover what else Eve and Lex have been up to, including some Kryptonite hearted, laser blasting test subjects who force the three to solidify their relationship with an escape plan. The trio brings the Kryptonite heart back to the DOE and fills the rest of the team in on the part of Lex’s plan where Jimmy gets shot.

The team then suits up and heads to DC to confront Eve after seeing her image inducer glitch on national TV while the repeal of the Alien Amnesty Act is being announced and of course no one sees this as a trap. Lena slips her mom the plans to the prison to show her that Lex was planning to kill him and she uses that as leverage to try and get her to give up Lex.  Supergirl gets grounded by a hologram Eve and some new Kryptonite infused tech while Supergirl Too attacks the White House in OG Supergirl’s  outfit making her a villain. The president gives a speech that solidifies the hate in the heart of many Americans and enacts martial law for Alien refugees.  Luckily for the lady of steel Lena , Alex and her new boss don’t believe it was Supergirl and the episode ends on a battle cry note.

The side stories on this episode centers on family and coming to terms with yourself, serving as a nice thread that runs through every part of the episode down to Jimmy’s recovery and his relationship with his sister. We also see Lockwood playing it big for his son and wife while struggling to make headway in DC. It’s kind of nice to see him trying to play the politics game and, hitting a brick wall of politically motivated humanity even though we know that things are going to go his way because Lex is backing him and it’s needed for the story to move along. We also get to see J’onn dealing with his new self by summoning his father for assistance in figuring out who he is and who he has become since killing Manchester. J’onn is forced to feel all the emotions and share all of his rawness which gives a touching element to tonight’s episode. His daddy projection helps him sift through the clutter and set himself on his proper path and lets him claim his identity as the Martian Manhunter and I couldn’t have been more pleased.

Overall the episode was decent. There was actual footage of Supergirl in the episode, which marks a departure from most of the episodes of this season. It looks like the writers are returning to what works, giving Supergirl the same depth and heroic arc that they have been giving her male counterparts for seasons. We also go to see a lot of real moments between characters and their families, there was a whole lot of character development and relationship strengthening going on, which is going to be needed for the battles that we know are about to come. It’s nice to see that the team is getting themselves ready to fight back as a unit and regain some of the camaraderie that we had gotten used to. I hope that the writers build on all of the easy to follow breadcrumbs they laid out in tonight’s episode and, while I found some of the “twists” hella predictable and a bit lazy, it was still interesting to watch. I think the show can only go up from here, or at least I hope it does.

I give this episode a solid 7.5

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