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The Flash 1x19

Another good episode. We get to see things moving along, appearances by Captain Cold and his sister, and the escape of all the Rogues. Poor Barry. Will he ever learn not to trust the bad guys? The difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the bad guys would have let the prisoners fry when the reactor went off. And I'm a sucker for stories in which the heroes and villains work together for a common cause, though apparently not common enough for Captain Cold!

Poor Eddie. Did he break it off with Iris? I missed some of that scene. I know he told her the future and she wouldn’t accept it, but it looked like he walked away.

I enjoyed seeing Ollie and Ray show up. Good to have friends, eh?

Agents OF S.H.I.E.L.D 2x20x21

A good two-hour finale. I wondered if Jiayang’s evil had been a part of her before her torture by Whitehall, but Cal did mention that she was changed after that horrific experience. The symbolism of her becoming a monster after Cal sewed her back together was there, along with his own monstrous transformation. It’s good that he got a happy ending of sorts because his actions were the result of taking the drug cocktail. We saw glimpses of the kind of man Cal was when he took Skye on that tour around Milwaukee. It’s probably why she asked Phil to give him the TAHITI treatment.

It’s not likely Cal willingly underwent that treatment since his memory of Skye would be lost forever, but Skye requested it, knowing that he faced a life of permanent imprisonment and torment by the memories of what Jiayang did to him and what he ultimately did to her with only occasional visits by Skye. This way he gets to have a good life and use his medical talents.

I always feel sorry for the nameless ‘red shirts’ that die in these things. That poor S.H.I.EL.D. agent who Jiayang killed was never referred to. No one even knew he was missing! Stuff like that bothers me.

Bobbi’s torture was tough to watch. And will she now retire, or is it just the thought of a long rehab and recovery depressing her? And if she does leave, does Hunter go with her? He was a mercenary but he’s bought into S.H.I.E.L.D., and is very loyal to Coulson. Would he eventually return while she stayed away from the business?

Mac is back for now, and Fitz and Jemma will be staying on the roster, or an imposter will for Jemma. Was that door left unlocked by a careless agent or could the entity always open it? Will Jemma reappear as an imposter or possessed? Will Phil have a bionic arm next year? Calling Tony Stark!

Arrow 3x20

Lots of action in this one. And now the show with the title of Arrow has no Arrow? Interesting.

I hope John comes back with a badass costume and name! And what of Ray? Yikes! And Nyssa is now serving Malcolm Merlyn as the new Ra’s? She’d be better off back in America eating hamburgers with Laurel.

Wow, so Felicity and Ollie go off like Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue in some early ‘60s Hollywood flick? I’m probably the only one who feels this way, but two of the most annoying characters this season are gone, and that suits me. Felicity has Chloe Sullivan (SV) Syndrome: she starts out as this charming, cute, funny character whose computer skills are handy. She learns the hero’s secret and falls in love with him (though in Chloe’s case it was unrequited) and becomes increasingly a Mary Sue: perfect with all the answers, and getting major screen time as other characters are neglected while her storyline becomes front burner all the time. She even got some of the Lana Lang Syndrome by becoming a superhero of her own, saving Ollie in Ray’s suit!

As for Ollie, his brooding really got on my nerves this season. He acted like he was wearing a hair shirt, for cryin’ out loud! Brooding is for the Bat in Gotham, Ollie. It doesn’t become you. He foolishly trusted Malcolm Merlyn over the people who believed in him. And if I hear “It was to protect you” one more time…! That’s something you don’t come back from easily, especially in John’s case as his wife was put in danger without him being in the loop. I hate seeing close friendships end, but who can blame him?

Will Thea be Speedy or Red Arrow? :)


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May. 16th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
I would honestly watch the heck out of Arrow if Oliver and Felicity stayed gone and we got a full season (or more!) of Thea, Laurel, and Diggle protecting the city. I've never connected to Oliver in this series and this season has been the worst for both Oliver and Felicity in terms of likability. At this point, I think they deserve each other. So you're not the only one. And I'm so thankful that I'm not the only one who didn't like Chloe in later seasons. On top of the skills that they gave Chloe (she went from not being able to do much with a computer in season one to being a hacking genius in season five. what??), I always felt like it was kind of petty that Clark was made out to be the bad guy for telling her again and again and again that he wasn't interested when romantic interest doesn't just happen because the other person wants it enough or is a good enough person/friend. Of course, my other issue with Chloe, Lana, and now Felicity, is that we're TOLD that these characters are perfect. They do questionable things and the other characters act as a mouthpiece to tell us that they're angels and even the questionable things are really good things (ie, Felicity drugs Oliver and tries to take away his agency back in Nanda Parbat and he only loves her more for it) What I want to see is not women who are perfect, but women who are imperfect and see the show acknowledge it, you know? I think they do that to the other extreme with Laurel, and that's why I find her more sympathetic at this point. But this is an overall issue that many shows have sadly.
May. 17th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yes! I would SO watch a show WITHOUT Ollie and Felicity at this point! I think Ray got off lucky, now that I think about it. ;)

The perfect Mary Sue is annoying as hell. Felicity lectured everybody about morality and then drugged Ollie against his wishes. She was right about Malcolm (can't trust the weasel) but lecturing people who have actually fought in wars (Diggle) and have been out there on the street (Roy and Laurel) is pretty presumptuous.

Need we forget that because of her fear for Diggle and Roy, she let criminals get away with crucial records that allowed them to continue their crimes, putting innumerable innocent people at risk? I can admire her loyalty to her guys, but they knew what they were getting into when they signed up.

She also used Ray because she knew about his feelings for her. If the roles were reversed and we saw Ray use her that way (and have sex to boot), wouldn't we be howling what a creep he was?

She has the "smartest person in the room" syndrome. She looked down on her mother, who was not a genius like her and her father, and still thinks she can dictate to the others in the group. In the beginning she worked with people and let her opinions be known, instead of pedantic "I know best!"

It was rough on Chloe to have her love unrequited, but Clark was always honest with her about his feelings. Lana was his dream girl (and dreams aren't reality), but eventually he found Lois to be what he wanted and needed (especially after his romance friendship with Lex went sour).

It's a case of two very good characters being over-used and driving everybody crazy! :)
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