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Avengers: Infinity War

So much wow.

I'd wondered how this movie would manage to handle so many varied superheroes and their interactions. I'll just say here that: It works.

And now I'm going to be wondering for the next year: What the heck did Stephen see?
And why was Nick's unquestioning impulse to send a message to them/her?

I suspect we won't know much on those until the releases of Captain Marvel and Avengers 4.

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Gotham: 4x16 A Dark Knight: One of My Three Soups

Most of this episode made for a creepy sort of great, but...

Someone please tell me that this League of Assassins/Shadows storyline has more interesting plans than to simply implode the infamously deadly League into some sort of cheesy Barb's Demons thing -- and that this wasn't the entirety of the plan of the obviously deeply scheming Ra's al Ghul that we saw.

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Designated Survivor: 2x14 In the Dark

Mostly enjoyed it overall, but...

That nonsensical technobabble about how Chuck finally figured out how to end the blackout was complete gobbledegook. Please, writers, learn a little about your subject before you go waving your magic story wands like that.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 3x15 Necromancing the Stone

That sight at the end, of John lighting his cigarette by leaning into the fireball, was worth pausing on for several seconds to appreciate the poster-shot appropriateness of the moment.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5x10 Past Life

"I always knew that working with you guys was going to blow up in my face, but it's about to get literal!" —Deke Shaw

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5x11 All the Comforts of Home

Knowing that our heroes have been through this loop of time who-knows-how-many times already, I have to wonder what can be different this time around that'll let them finally win and avoid The Ultimate EarthQuake. Then, I see this episode, and (among all the other amazingness and YoYo's horror), I wonder: Did their past trips through this time-loop include Zeke getting pulled back in time with them? Hmmm....

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Black Lightning: 1x03 LaWanda: The Book of Burial

Wherein Anissa Pierce discovers that it's not so easy to just step into being the next The Hood without first being forged into someone else, something else, by, for example, spending five years in hell...

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The Flash: 4x11 The Elongated Knight Rises
Arrow: 6x13 The Devil's Greatest Trick

From now on, whenever Oliver says "I have an idea" like that, John's stomach should drop, hard.

Oh, Quentin. I have to wonder which path would end up destroying you more, this one or the bottle...

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The Flash: 4x10 The Trial of The Flash
The Blacklist: 5x06 The Travel Agency

This is a total side-note, but...
As I catch up on various recorded shows at different rates, I was somewhat amused by hearing very similar speeches from Raymond Reddington (to FBI Special Agent Harold Cooper) and from Ralph Dibny to (CCPD Detective Joe West). :-)

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Lethal Weapon: 2x07 Birdwatching

Lots o' great stuff in this one from nearly all directions, except... is some sort of Force of Idiocy growing inside of Roger's brain this season?

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Arrow: 6x08 Crisis on Earth-X (2)

So far, this is turning out to be the strongest DCTV crossover so far. Good stuff all around. Well, almost...

One big gripe: When the partial Team Arrow (Dinah, Rene, and Curtis) appear and attack Black Arrow, why didn't they... you know... attack? I'd expect to see Dinah's Canary Cry, Rene's guns, and Curtis's T-Spheres all blazing in an all-out assault to take this Very Important Villain down. But... All hand-to-hand? Against an alternate version of a guy they all know can kick their collective asses?
What the... Why? That has to have been the dumbest tactical call ever. These people're smarter than that. Dammit, Writers!

But in the moments that I can push that glaring sore-thumb aside, good stuff.

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The Flash: 4x06 When Harry Met Harry…
Gotham: 4x10 A Dark Knight: Things That Go Boom
Supergirl: 3x05 Damage

It does seem as though every time I see Adrian Pasdar, he's playing a bigger eviller jerk than last time, and increasingly convincingly so. Nathan Petrelli (Heroes), Glenn Talbot (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Nolan Burgess (Colony), Morgan Edge (Supergirl). Almost like he's refining... something...

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 3x04 Phone Home
Arrow: 6x04 Reversal

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Although I liked the episode otherwise, that whole Internet Vault thing was absolute crap. The beginning of the team's discovery and explanation of the Evil Plan sounded sort of okay at first, sounding like it was heading toward some sort of widespread DNS hack (which could indeed have paralyzed much of how the Internet is used), but then... only three? in one single (and conveniently local) "vault"? for the entire Internet? C'mon writers, we all know that you're capable of much better than that.

Fun episode, otherwise, but given that it all depends on that crappy core...

Okay, well, we did get to see Oliver nicely running the Overwatch station; that was pretty cool. He certainly has the tactical abilities to run that sort of coordination, and throw in that quick "well, you've automated so much of the tech that anyone could do it" explanation and we're good, right? Well, a lot better than that those "Internet Vault" crap.

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Gotham: 4x09 A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie

Did anyone else wonder what Pyg was really up to here, what his point was? No cameras to publicize and expose the rich's eating of the poor? No poisons in the pies to punish the rich? Did he really think that he'd be teaching these rich a lesson that they'd actually take to heart? What was the point? Just seems inconsistent with his earlier intentions to actually clean up Gotham's corruption. And who else was surprised that Pyg seemed trying to kill Jim, the one GCPD officer he actually respected? I get the desperation of escaping capture, but...

Oddly, it ending up being a good thing that Oswald left that one knife in the odd place that he did... :-O

Other than those niggling bits, great episode. So many threads winding their wiggly ways all over Gotham, I'm sure to eventually collide in myriad interesting ways...a

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Supergirl: 3x02 Triggers
The Flash: 4x01 The Flash Reborn

Like many others, I had fun watching the return of Team Kid Flash-- no, Team Vibe-- no, Team... oh, nevermind.


Barry's return and recovery really should have taken at least three episodes. This way it feels much too... simple. Disrespected, even.

It took an entire season to figure out and defeat Savitar, but just toss one Samaroid into the city and--poof--Cisco extracts scatter-brained Barry and Iris puts herself in immediate danger and--poof--Barry quickly descatters and saves her. Clearly, Barry's six months in Speed Force Prison was a piece of cake compares to the Savitar Crisis...

I hope, at least, that we haven't simply poofed all the effects of the six-month Speed Force Solitary away like that, that we'll be seeing interesting effects pop up for awhile. Even if they have to be prodded along by our new Thinker...

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Designated Survivor: 2x03 Outbreak

So, aside from all the questions about whether this show is leaning more crisis-of-the-week than the original story that gave it life...

The whole trail that Agent Wells is compelling down has found some quirky developments that beg the question of what the heck Lloyd was setting them after -- is he simply setting up for a Presidential scandal to toss the White House into turmoil again? what's the point now? -- but even then... Who the hell set that bomb in the medical records facility, and shouldn't Agent Wells and the others be all over where the hell that weirdly coincident explosion came from? Feels a little too much like "Oh, damm; guess we can't search for those records, what else have we got?" Uhhh... Hopefully that'll come back around in future episodes. It just feels like it could have used a line in there somewhere recognizing the WTFness of that explosion...

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Gotham: 4x04 A Dark Knight: The Demon's Head

Although I'm finding much of the storyline direction this season so far to be interesting... This is the third live-action Ra's al Ghul treatment I've seen -- including those from Batman Begins and Arrow and, IMO, clearly the oddest. The other two were rather different from each other, but both worked, made sense, etc. This one seems more like a sloppily thrown-together and somewhat unhinged Ra's, in comparison. Not sure if that's intentional, or just carelessness.

And... What the heck was with that dog-man-thing? I know Gotham can host some pretty comically weird characters, but...

At least the immediate story developments around Bruce (except: see above) and Oswald/Ed and Sofia are looking more interesting.

And... sigh. Alex...

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The Last Ship: 4x04 Nostos

Hmm. I have to wonder if Omar will now be redirecting his seemingly endless supply of ready-to-die morons.

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Humans: 2x05 Episode 5

Oh, Niska. You don't even know for sure if anyone in that room was involved at all. And now getting anyone to believe in the future... sigh.

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Marvel's The Defenders: 1x08 The Defenders
Stitchers: 3x09 Kill It Forward
Timeless: 1x14 The Lost Generation

I was a little disappointed that they redshirted Dave "Bam Bam" Baumgardner so quickly like that. I may not have liked the way he ended up being added to the team, but he seemed like a good guy; would've been cool to see him and Wyatt cooperating in all the anti-Rittenhouse madness coming up, but... sigh. Oh, well.

Other than that, great stuff. They seem to be getting better at involving the "locals" in creative ways: Hemingway can be a jerk, but he was a good jerk, and Baker was just brilliant...

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Timeless: 1x13 Karma Chameleon

After all that, I now have to wonder... Did Flynn lie to Wyatt about who killed Jessica (and Gilliam was just taking an opportunity to mess with Wyatt), or was Flynn trying to show Wyatt something more insidious (and very not-yet-obvious) about Rittenhouse's machinations, or...

Or perhaps Time just doesn't like to be forced into a paradox -- such as Wyatt going back in time to erase the event that formed his motivation to go back in time -- and so has a tendency to Nudge Things in ways that will keep paradoxes from forming, like the barrage of occurrences repeatedly getting in Wyatt's way of distracting Claire and Joel, something else killing Jessica that night to take the place of Gilliam doing so, etc..

And Lucy getting over her own personal "Nooooo! That's not True! That's impossible!" moment and confronting her father like that...

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Stitchers: 3x01 Out of the Shadows

Fun, and good to see the gang back, but...

Did it feel like a rather lot was resolved awfully quickly and simply? Almost feels like the writers changed their minds about where they wanted to go between the end of season two and the beginning of season three, and so [a little too] quickly wiped things clean so as to redirect. Maybe not, maybe it's just plain old sloppy writing. Either way, hope the season's plot improves from there...

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