In which Sir Hargreave Mcgrubney Cubbins Archibald Brian Effingham III -- a.k.a. Sir Effingham -- has his opportunity to be, indeed, an effing ham. ;-)
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...
Did I hear correctly Chester say "Thank Rao!"?That was an... er... interesting cross-reference.
Mar-GoPro? Heh. Gotta love the odd cultural cross-overs.
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?
Farkakte. Indeed. Much farkakte. Macaroon?
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!
That new title-intro is certainly different. And kinda weird. And I like it. Weirdly.https://youtu.be/Ti3W74hset0
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.
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...
I had forgotten how much I missed ProtoMiller. Daaamn.
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...
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.
Lena Luthor, meet Clifford "The Thinker" DeVoe. Clifford, Lena. You two should talk.
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.
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"?)
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...
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.
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.
A decent close to the season, resolving one running plot, hinting at the next...
I think I'd only have two real complaints:
One, yes, Ed was getting pretty adept at finding those just sensitive enough to whisper influences to, but the ease with which he convinced the police officer stationed on Cassie's street to rush off in a panic was just too much to make any sense at all. I'd chalk it up to trying to fit the remaining story into the remaining time and coming up a little short on the time, but... still... That could have been handled much better.
Two, the manner of Ed's resolution wasn't much of a surprise, but it made sense, and was fun to watch anyway. Except that the way he simply dissolved as his past victims closed in looked... well... more like a quick lazy "okay and now he's gone the end" than a direct result of anything that was happening. I suppose one could argue that Forces We Cannot See resulted in that otherwise odd inexplicable dissolution, but... This is TV. We wanna see. Some sort of effect where the women all pushed into him or tore at him or something... (Anyone remember Medium which had an episode ("The Devil Inside, Part 2") that did something very similar but arguably slightly better?)
IAC, nothing too hugely disappointing that I won't be waiting for word on a season two... :)
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.
Something about MJ standing firm, wielding that mace, seems worthy of an approving I-like-this-one look from Thor.
C'mon, Jess, you know not to touch evidence like that. DNA? Fingerprints? Evil genius booby traps?
Now that was The Ultimate Odd Couple Saves the World (and Each Other).
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. :-)
Hmm. So far, just about every scene with our two leads, Crowley and Aziraphale, is some degree of fun. Some better than others, but those two seem to have truly nailed the characters and the tone. Every other bit... well... some is kinda funny, some is kinda flat.
It seems a bit rearranged from the book (which I read a few months ago), but more or less the same stuff, so far.
My wife, on the other hand, while agreeing that the Crowley+Aziraphale scenes are better than most, has deemed the whole thing just too "stupid" to continue. That's basically the same reaction I had to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (which, when we saw it, she had previously read and I had not). Which leads me to suspect that this will have a much greater chance of being entertaining to someone who has read (and found at least somewhat entertaining) the book beforehand. (Based on my terribly unscientific sample size of two, that.)
But, I suppose, we'll see. Or, at least, I will.
I am rather looking forward to seeing how, when we get there, they depict that car and that fire...
Edit (after watching episode two): Keep watching; it gets much better.
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.
Barry still has some serious mad trigger rage issues when it comes to anything to do with mom-killer Eobard Thawne, doesn't he?
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....
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).