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TV Review: Supergirl S3E7 Wake Up

Supergirl S3E7 Wake Up dials the relationship drama up to 11, between the J’onzz family drama and the return of Maybe Mon-el there’s enough second guessing and baggage to propel this episode forward. Kara and J’onzz head off to investigate a mystery ship and come across Kara’ s banished love, J’onzz tries to break the shackles of mental oppession from centuries of slavery the hands of the white Martians and, Samantha goes to visit her adopted mother and unpack her feelings of abandonment and get answers about her inability to be hurt. Lucky for us viewers, the writers at Supergirl central seen to know how to tell multiple stories with depth, intensity and honesty that manage to connect with a central theme while having autonomy.

Kara faces the hard choices when the returning Mon-El seems to be not himself , J’onzz helps dad adjust to freedom and find happiness in coffee and Samantha tries to come to terms with who or what she is with a road trip to the middle of nowhere. There are so many heartfelt moments in this episode it’s hard not to have all of the emotions. Wynn tries to have a heart to heart with Mon and we get one of the most heartfelt and emotional performances that his character has ever given.

Overall this episode is a rich, realistic peek behind the curtains of some of the most solid characters and , there’s less magic and more relatable realness. Without giving away all of the endings , or depriving you all of some truly beautiful and emotional moments, I can tell you that this episode is fill of character development, subtle reminders of the thread of humanity that runs through some our favorite aliens. There’s beautiful navigation going on that in every single instance begs the question, what do you do for love? Even though the characters situations seem different on their face, they’re all trying to help their loved ones deal with their new realities. There are brutal truths and, life altering regrets that shake alliances to the core but, none of these shifts are taken lightly or for cheap emotional tricks. Every scene is raw and perfectly written and shot in a way that draws you in and softly reminds you how boss the writers, cast, and directors are.

Overall: 8.9

The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow Co-Creator/Executive Producer Suspended Over Allegations

Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended from his duties over allegations of sexual harassment. Kreisberg is a co-creator/executive producer of the The CW/Warner Bros. DC Comics based series The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow. Warner Bros. Television has launched an internal investigation.

In a statement, Warner Bros. TV Group said:

We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg. We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation.  We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.

Kreisberg has been a top staffer for Greg Berlanti who oversees The CW DC universe and is primarily the showrunner on The Flash.

Berlanti Productions principals Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter released a statement:

We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners. We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.

There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff. We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t.

The investigation revolves on some accusations including what’s described as an “inappropriate” interaction with a female writer and “hostile work environment.” The situation has also been called a “toxic” environment. Another complaint cited “inappropriate behavior” by Kreisberg.

(via Deadline)

Preview: Supergirl #15

Supergirl #15

(W) Steve Orlando, Jody Houser (A/CA) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“PLAIN SIGHT part one!” This public service announcement is brought to you by the Department of Extranormal Operations! You saw how Supergirl hid a murderer underneath National City right before our eyes. What other dangerous secrets is she hiding? She is not human, and therefore, she cannot be trusted. D.E.O. agents will be stationed at every school to ensure their safety! Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Vinimates are Invading the DC Universe!

The Vinimates figure line has been taking the world by storm, with dozens of licenses making the jump into the 4-inch vinyl figure format. Inspired by Minimates mini-figures, the block-shaped posed figures have already captured the worlds of the Watchmen movie and the cinematic incarnation of Wonder Woman, and now they are capturing the world of DC Comics, television and video games!

The first series of DC Comics Vinimates is in stores now, with Batman and Harley Quinn at comic shops, Walgreens and Toys”R”Us, with exclusive figures at all locations. Walgreens has an exclusive Black Lantern Hal Jordan figure, while comic shops and Toys”R”Us will get Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Additionally, Toys”R”Us will get exclusive Vinimates of Blackfire and Flashback Starfire from the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!

Series 2 brings Superman, Wonder Woman and the Joker, which will be available at all locations. Exclusively at Walgreens, the Black Lantern series will continue with Black Lantern Batman, while Toys”R”Us will get an exclusive Vinimate of Nibor, the reverse-Robin from Teen Titans Go!

In between Series 1 and Series 2, all locations will get Vinimates based on the Justice League movie. Series 1, which hits comic shops November 2, will include Batman, Wonder Woman and an exclusive figure of the Flash. At Walgreens, Batman and Wonder Woman will ship with an exclusive Battle-Damaged Batman figure.

Series 2 of Justice League Vinimates will include Superman, Cyborg and Aquaman, available at comic shops and Toys”R”Us. Toys”R”Us will also offer Batman with those figures.

Future releases will include sets of Vinimates based on the Flash TV series, the Supergirl TV series and the Arkham Asylum video game.

 

TV Review: Supergirl S3E3: Far From The Trees

The tone of of tonight’s episode of Supergirl is somber yet hopeful. Even the opening scene of Kara and Alex discussing bridal shower games is set against dark, muted tones, somewhat foreshadowing J’onn’s visit to Kara’s home to tell them of his impending trip to Mars. Kara convinces J’onn to let her join him, while Alex heads out to celebrate her future nuptials with Maggie and her mom. Things stay somber for the duration of the episode and manages to tackle lots of social issues in both overt and subtle ways.

Kara and J’onn arrive on Mars in a sick throwback Transformer car and meet up with the resistance, where they discover the real reason they needed him was to get through to his father who the White Martians have been keeping captive for centuries. Getting through to his father proves difficult because he doesn’t believe that he is his son. That’s not the only family drama in tonight’s episode. After telling Mama Danvers her coming out story, Alex convinces Maggie to reach out to her parents to try and reconcile.

Maggie’s dad reaches out to her via an impromptu visit and they catch up. Maggie discovers that her father has been keeping track of her online. J’onn finally gets through to his dad and they talk about the old ways and he differences between Green and White Martians. J’onns dad is equivalent of the Green Martian MLK and after an epic battle jail break, they decide to bring his father to his home to try and prove that he’s his son. While Kara and J’onn try to get through to his dad, after a very sweet moment at the shower Maggie’s dad storms out when he sees her and Alex kiss. Maggie gets a sense of closure when she returns the picture he left at the shower and confronts him about how he treated her. I was pleasantly surprised that the writers did not pull a cop out and have a happy reunion and reconciliation. It was a brave choice that added to the realness and emotional rawness of the episode.

J’onn finally gets through to his dad with a little help from Kara as Maggie’s already fractured relationship with her father comes to a heart wrenching end. The juxtaposition was beautiful and made me feel two conflicting feelings, joy and sadness, at the same time. With J’onns dad help, the resistance sets out on a mission to regain the staff, with the hope of winning the war. There’s an awesome battle that starts with Kara driving into White Martian turf blasting Brittany Spears and ends with J’onn’s dad laying a full throttle smack down on the bad guys using the staff.

The handling of genocide and war is dealt with a very human way, even though it about atrocities happening on Mars. It highlight the ugly truths and personality defects that are so easily highlighted in war. We see the tough choices, battles of wills and the hatred in a way that makes you feel for the characters. We also see a the heartbreaking reality of coming out and, how hard it is even now. The scenes with Maggie are bittersweet and hard to watch, as a parent and a person. The acting had such pure emotion and raw realness that you still want to give her a hug, even after she’s off the screen. Overall this episode was beautiful, well written, emotional, and real. The color palette was on point and the directing was amazing.

Overall Rating: 9.4

TV Review: Supergirl S3E2 Triggers

Everybody has their something and “Triggers” brings fear to the forefront in the most brilliant way. The villain in this episode is female and she uses fear to rob banks and, while fear is a human emotion, Kara finds herself affected and unable to fight her without succumbing to literally, crippling fear. While Kara tries to figure out how to defeat a villain who uses everything that scares her against her, Maggie and Alex are going toe to toe on how to beat plan their wedding, often using their friends as tie breakers and sounding boards. Triggers also shows how the work/life balance can be when your best friend is your boss… at both of your jobs and, we dig deeper into the rise of Reign.

This episode is extremely well written and even though the writers cram so much into a very psychologically draining episode, there is no shortage of action or connection. We get to see Kara getting close to her Kryptonian roots as she goes old school to meditate and get her panic attacks in order. Giving Kara these human fears and feelings that lead the way to a torturous existence in ones own minds, makes Kara more relatable especially with her character turning away from her friends and lashing out against her allies. It was nice to see the writers taking a moment to address even the tiniest bit of depression and terror in such a way that it didn’t seem cliched or like an unnecessary emotional manipulation was amazing. It was nice to see fear taking hold of a wide array of people regardless of gender, race, sexuality, age or superpower and shedding a light on it.

We also got to see Lena in full boss lady mode. She played nice until she felt like she didn’t have a choice but, laying down the law. Her actions with Kara seemed so real because it is 5e dilemma that most women in power feel, especially when working with friends. There is often a sense of a need to be nice and cordial so that people like you, a lesson that men don’t get. There was a nice parallel between Lena’s fear of losing her friend , or feeling like the bad guy at work and Kara dealing with her fear of absolute isolation, especially following the loss on Mon-El. Triggers shows two very powerful women dealing with fears without making them seem weak or heartless and I love it.

In addition to the humanization and building upon their already complex character development, the writers also treated us to some light heated bickering and tender moments between Alex and Kara as well as Alex and her fiancé Maggie. I love that the show showcases their relationship in a way that shows the couple for what they are, normal. The writers never play the couple for shock value or as a cliched storyline and they show them in a way that carries into the homes of people who never see LGBTQ representations in real life. I also loved the episodes resolutions and reveals, which you I will not spoil and thoroughly encourage you watch and enjoy.

Overall: 8.9

Preview: Supergirl #14

Supergirl #14

(W) Steve Orlando (A) José Luis, Norm Rapmund (CA) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Supergirl meets the New Super-Man! To help get her amplified powers under control, Supergirl will need to travel to China and train under I-Ching and Kong Kenan for help. But when an international threat hits the city before her training is complete, is Supergirl ready to save the world?

TV Review: Supergirl S3E1 Girl of Steel

Kara deals with the loss of Mon-El by focusing her energy on being Supergirl and concentrating on a mysterious new threat; Alex confesses a secret to Maggie; a citizen of National City has a mysterious connection to Kara; Lena makes a bold move.

Supergirl‘s third season opens with the Girl of Steel dealing with the events that wrapped up the previous one and this is a a Supergirl that’s a bit moodier and a bit sad and down. The series is strongest when it blends the action with personal lives and this episode does that well.

The episode is about the various characters and their attempts at balancing their superheroics and their every day life. In this case Kara isn’t sure she can be both a reporter and a hero and then there’s Alex attempting to balance work and her relationship with Maggie. The series feels that it’s best when it keeps all of that in the mix and brings it to the forefront. One particular scene is very touching between the two and Kara’s issues with balancing “work” and personal life are something we can all relate to.

But, the should wouldn’t be super without some action and there’s lots of it here as the episode builds up towards the eventual confrontation. There’s some things that are very predictable with that and a setup is pretty bad as to where it goes.

The episode shifts some status-quo things around, especially when it comes to CatCo and it all feels pretty intriguing. The episode has a strong “screw misogyny” theme throughout. The episode is a prime example of the series knowing where its heart is and what its strengths are. This episode has that and then some mixing action, a greater story, and a lot of touching moments, especially towards the end (it’s hard to not get a little choked up over it).

As a start of a season, the episode could use a little more, but as an episode by itself, it’s a solid one doing what Supergirl does best.

 

 

 

Overall Rating: 8.05

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s comic news and reviews from around the web.

 

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – Why Do Comics Get Challenged? – An interesting read.

Durham Region – Durham police need help in comic book thefts – If anyone can help.

DC Comics – Breaking News: Saturn Girl Comes to The CW’s Supergirl – This will be pretty cool!

 

 

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