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The Magicians: 5x12 The Balls

In which Sir Hargreave Mcgrubney Cubbins Archibald Brian Effingham III -- a.k.a. Sir Effingham -- has his opportunity to be, indeed, an effing ham. ;-)

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 5x08 Romeo V Juliet: Dawn of Justness

Con: The whole cause of the secondary Shakespeare emergency was the Legends being, as Damien always called them, idiots. (I mean real true you-guys-know-better-than-that idiots.)

Pro: Almost everything else, in classic wacky-Legends style.

And then, of the Original Legends, there were two...

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The Flash: 6x13 Grodd Friended Me

Did I hear correctly Chester say "Thank Rao!"?
That was an... er... interesting cross-reference.

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The Magicians: 5x10 Purgatory

Mar-GoPro? Heh. Gotta love the odd cultural cross-overs.

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Supergirl: 5x12 Back from the Future (2)

So, lots o' fun stuff and a few bits of nefarious Lex-plot advancement, but a few serious gripes as well:

Why do the heroes always have to pause their frantically imperative rush to solve the crisis to have a deep heartfelt personal-life discussion? It was a good discussion, but... uh... there's a deadly battle going on upstairs and a wild timebomb ticking in those servers, guys; can we have this talk later?

Just about every DEO-agents-vs-hijacked-tech fight scene was utterly ridiculous. Super-advanced and deadly tech that apparently couldn't hit the side of a Sandcrawler, mad energy-bolt crossfire-chaos that somehow never manages to hit anything... C'mon, writers. I know you can formulate a scene where the super-tech poses a realistic deadly tech and is realistically and heroically fought off. Why the crazy-sloppy theatrics?

Sigh.

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The Magicians: 5x08 Garden Variety Homicide

Farkakte. Indeed. Much farkakte. Macaroon?

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 5x02 Meet the Legends

Hologram of Zari Tomaz: Help me, Nathan Heywood. You're my only hope. [vanishes]
Nathan Heywood: Wait a minute. Where'd she go? Bring her back! Play back the entire message!
Gideon: What message?
Ray Palmer: That was so COOL!

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 5x03 Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me

That new title-intro is certainly different. And kinda weird. And I like it. Weirdly.
https://youtu.be/Ti3W74hset0

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 5x02 Meet the Legends

Okay, I think I get what they were doing, sort of following and wrapping up on the Legends worldwide exposure at Heyworld. And, it's Legends, so there's gonna be some wacky to it. But... uh... That was pushing even the Legends' capacity for making timey-wimey wacky work.

I do like how their movie-panel at the end called out everything that was wacky about this adventure (cough), although the effectiveness with which they seemed to achieve their nothing-to-see-here back-to-normal-ness was a bit... simple.

IAC, some good stuff sprinkled about. Meeting Behrad. A bit of Sara's Crisis after-effects. A hint of the soul-chit madness to come. Not really enough (IMO) to make this episode's wackiness factor flow together as well as it sometimes does with the Legends, but... Hoping that the season to come finds the feet that this episode seems to have stumbled off of.

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The Magicians: 5x01 Do Something Crazy

In one corner of the universe, a clocksmith dwarf with loads of cave mushrooms wishing for a ham sandwich.

In another, an effing ham seeking a questor.

Now if I only we could find a cave-mushroom-craving questor and we'd have a deal...

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The Expanse: 4x09 Saeculum

I had forgotten how much I missed ProtoMiller. Daaamn.

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The Flash: 6x09 Crisis on Infinite Earths (3)
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2019-12-15T21:08:55+00:00— updated 2019-12-18T15:58:29+00:00

Just wondering: Would anyone consider declaring that one of the seven Paragons needed to save the multiverse is a Paragon of Humanity to be just a little uninclusive toward our just-as-threatened non-human friends? (Coluans, Daxamites, Dominators, Kryptonians, Martians, Thanagarians, etc.)

It'd've been particularly amusing to see the Queen Dominator (whom we once saw visit Earth 1 looking for her baby who eight-year-old Ray had named Gumball) show up to help...

IAC, otherwise, good stuff. Little things to pick on here and there but, mostly, as promised, the best Arrowverse crossover yet.

And, now, with the possibility of Spectre-Oliver...

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Supergirl: 5x07 Tremors

This combination of decent story-advancement with sloppy details can be a little frustrating at times.

For example:
Brainy's insta-leap in determining the local Leviathan headquarters location?
Lena's an instant expert in programming Kryptonian control interfaces?

The writers have demonstrated stronger writing skills before, so we know that can do it. But... Sigh.

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Supergirl: 5x05 Dangerous Liaisons

Lena Luthor, meet Clifford "The Thinker" DeVoe. Clifford, Lena. You two should talk.

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Supergirl: 5x05 Dangerous Liaisons

Pro: Kind of a cool evil worldwide-disaster scenario this time, if rather unrealistically accelerated.

Con: Almost everything about the "solution" to averting said disaster (except for the frost-breath cap at the end) was utterly ridiculous.

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Black Lightning: 3x03 The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream

There is obviously quite a bit going on, much of it stemming from Odell's manipulative mind. Never quite sure what to trust, or how the various pieces really fit together, but definitely fascinated to find out.

The new suit looks pretty damn cool, except that it still glows in the dark (how's he supposed to sneak up on anyone glowing like that?), and who knows what other goodies are embedded in that magical watch?

Oh, and, after watching the way he appears and speaks and presents for awhile now, my wife is now convinced that Odell is somehow related to Droopy the Dog. (Hmm. How exactly would Odell look and sound saying "I'm happy"?)

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The Flash: 6x01 Into the Void

That mind-blackhole-meld thing and all the technobabble around it was waaay more nonsensical than usual, as though the writers are just warning us up front this season that they've entirely given up on trying to make the sciencey stuff sound even remotely feasible any more. I hope that's not the case ('cause, at least for me, it's far more fun when at least slightly feasible-sounding theories are thrown around), but...

OTOH, the rest of it was fun, especially the character interactions (especially around Cisco), and we have a promising introduction to this season's dark-matter-abuser— er, I mean, impending villian...

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Pennyworth: 1x10 Marianne Faithful
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2019-10-02T04:44:40+01:00— updated 2019-10-08T05:03:20+01:00

Some good stuff, a lotta crazy stuff, fun overall. Except... How the heck does that one small bomb do that much damage throughout that huge house? I think someone went rather overboard, there. But otherwise...

Making everyone's favorite butler out to be a serious national action hero in his youth, it seems.

Curious what they'll do with a second season if they get one.

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Emergence: 1x01 Pilot

So far I'm thinking some sort of Dark Angel meets Blindspot mix, but...

If nothing else, I'm pretty impressed by the performances and very curious where this'll go.

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The InBetween: 1x10 Monsters and Angels
The Boys: 1x04 The Female of the Species
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2019-09-23T02:59:18+01:00— updated 2019-09-30T04:46:27+01:00

I think my only problem with this episode was the farcical treatment of the end of the Deep-saves-dolphin scene: everything from the van's hard-stop to the ending smear on the road felt like a bad parody (well beyond what the show inherently is), too ridiculous to be real. I get the point that Deep is no planner and screws up when he goes out on his own, but the writers could have worked just a little more to make that piece feel more real and less like a detour into self-parody.

I also have to wonder if, if Deep's apparently real passion-concern for marine life were taken remotely seriously by Vought and the team, maybe he'd be a better hero and less of the jerk they've basically taught him to be (and Vought could even spin it into yet another PR plus if they really wanted to), but that's a whole another thought-experiment.

Otherwise, this episode continues this show's pretty impressive job of stitching together an image of a superhero-populated world (rife with corporatism and politics and PR) whose possibility no one wants to face. Except, maybe, that it still has Spice Girls.

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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Something about MJ standing firm, wielding that mace, seems worthy of an approving I-like-this-one look from Thor.

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Marvel's Jessica Jones: 3x05 A.K.A I Wish

C'mon, Jess, you know not to touch evidence like that. DNA? Fingerprints? Evil genius booby traps?

Otherwise... iiinterestinger...

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Good Omens: 1x06 The Very Last Day of the Rest of Their Lives

Now that was The Ultimate Odd Couple Saves the World (and Each Other).

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Good Omens: 1x05 The Doomsday Option
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2019-06-20T05:04:13+01:00— updated 2019-09-23T03:03:36+01:00

In the Good Omens book, Crowley's old Bentley was quite the character in and of itself, especially when it came to that fire. Not as much in this series, up 'til now; It's nice to finally see it get its due here. :-)

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Good Omens: 1x01 In the Beginning
The Flash: 5x19 Snow Pack

IMO, the parts with Eobard were actually pretty good, but too much of the story execution around Icicle was a careless, sloppy mess as though it were nothing but a crude vehicle to quickly jam that "family doesn't leave family" pointer in Barry's face while otherwise completely uncared-for by writer and director alike. Sigh.

It's not like The Flash hasn't demonstrated capability of strong story execution, which only makes the downswings of these bipolar quality fluctuations frustrate all the more.

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The Flash: 5x18 Godspeed

Barry still has some serious mad trigger rage issues when it comes to anything to do with mom-killer Eobard Thawne, doesn't he?

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The Magicians: 4x10 All That Hard, Glossy Armor

I'm feeling like some of these side-adventures that incidentally affect some far-off village deserve their own short-story collection.
Eliot and the First Key.
Margot and the Ice Axes.
...

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Arrow: 7x16 Star City 2040

Between her intense training from childhood by no less than Nyssa (now that was a surprise) to that "this is going to be fun" fight (albeit clumsily led into), I couldn't help thinking for a moment of Mia as future Star City's own Hanna (if not quite as realistically so).

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