|This week, on a special episode of Bad Idea Theater...|
The WB is off to a rocky start as it heads into the back half of its seasons. Luckily, Agents of SHIELD is there to pick up the slack.
Agents Of SHIELD: "Wake Up" (10% Stupid)
And suddenly, Fitz's obsession with Ada makes sense. Thank you,Agents of SHIELD, for resolving that quickly and satisfyingly.
The only flaw in this episode, which is full of dense plot and deep character work on May, is the apparent realization that Coulson and May are a Thing. Which is a disappointingly obvious play for the show to make at this point. I suspect the show will handle it well, but still, show, it wasn't THAT long ago that May ended a very long on-off relationship with Andrew.
Anyway, it's one step forward, as they capture Radcliffe, and two steps back, as the Radcliffe they captured was providing info to Evil Senator and also they captured a Radcliffe-bot not the real Radcliffe. SHIELD is on its heels big time at this point.
The Flash: "Borrowing Problems From The Future" (30% Stupid)
Ugh. If this show is going to repeat the same story beats over and over, why can't it be the ones I like, with the dumb jokes and the slightly gooofy villains, instead of the ones I hate, Someone's Got A Secret and More Fucking Time Travel.
Is the future fixed, ponders Barry, who spends his spare time watching a future newspaper change and also occasionally teams up with a whole group of time travelers trying to stop the future from being changed. Here's an idea, WB-verse. Define "the present". Go for it. You can't, because if you do, all your Flash bullshit gets tangled up with your Legends bullshit and it all falls apart.
Iris' self-detemination takes a couple big hits this week. Plus, Barry, after spending an entire episode not telling her what's bothering him, tells her at the end that she can talk to him about what's bothering her.
Most of the rest of the show is OK. I even like the idea of plotting and altering future events to alter outcomes, and the hints at what's to come are great. But they way they handle all this is so fucking shoddy.
Arrow: "Who Are You?" (15% Stupid)
I'll just come out and say it. I don't think bringing Black Siren into Arrow is a good idea in general, and especially not as part of the Prometheus story. It's all stuff we've seen before, and it doesn't help anything.
On the other hand, Felicity and Oliver competing for control of the team? That I could watch quite a bit of. Plus, Curtis FINALLY realized he doesn't need to be a punching vigilante when he can be a tech vigilante. Huzzah! Also, Talia Al Ghul. I'm fine with that. Wonder why she's not Australian like Ra's, though?