Earth-9 Podcast – Ep34 – Batwoman Returns!

We’re back with Jim and Rob as DCTV has finally come back!! Albeit just Batwoman at the moment but there’s lots to talk about just on that show! we also look forward to what’s on the horizon on TV and we also just a bit about the DC animated universe!

Earth-9 Podcast – Ep33 – Cacophony or Symphony?

So its back to comics this week for Jim and Michael, they revisit Batman Cacophony written by Kevin Smith and give you their thoughts on his version of a Batman story. Michael has been reading the OG Young Justice run and Jim talks about his impressions on the original Doom Patrol run and even took some time to read some Future State stuff, its all going on in this weeks ep, so have a listen now!

This Week in DCTV – 19/3/21

It would appear that the teams week was focused on the Snyder Cut understandably, so here are just a few views on the shows this week

Season 1 Episode 4 ‘Haywire’

Alan – I have to confess, I watched this right after watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League, so I was a little TV drained.

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the episode. This seemed to more Superman than previous episodes, but still have a really small amount of Superman, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

I feel a little sorry at times for Jordan, he seems to have something go his way and then something happens that’s puts him back on a downer.

We also seem to have a rift developing between General Lane and the Kent/Lane family.

Overall, this is still the show to watch for me, and despite using all lot of time on Justice League. I still felt the need to try and fit this one in.

Justin – This series keeps getting better and better. This is shaping up to be a great season already. Not only does this series showcase incredible action and stunning visuals, it presents a fascinating key conflict in the Superman mythos: he can’t be everywhere at once. Clark wants to help everyone, but he simply can’t, which causes a plethora of issues for him. This episode does a fantastic job of illustrating this central conflict.

I loved seeing Clark and Lois handle their respective issues and stand up for their family. It will be interesting to see how their relationship progresses with Sam. I also enjoyed the villain of the week played by Arrow’s Brenda Fletcher. Fletcher, who portrayed Oliver’s prison buddy turned psycho in the series’ seventh season, does a great job bringing this obscure Superman villain to life. All in all, this series is shaping up to be one of the best in the Arrowverse.

April– Another strong episode this week, Jordan continues to excel on the football field which creates a little bit of tension in the family when General Sam Lane figures out that Jordan is exhibiting some super abilities. The lack of ‘Superman’ sightings in Metropolis has also given the General cause for concern and he asks Clark to escort a prisoner transfer. Clark however, chooses to stick to his plan in Smallville and try to be involved in his sons lives. I think the story is developing nicely as it is becoming more clear to Clark that his job as Superman will always disrupt his ability to be a good father and a good husband.

We also learn a bit more about Morgan Edge’s plans for Smallville as he discovers a form of kryptonite hidden in the mines, it seems to be a slow build but I am really interested to see where this part of the plot is going. Lois’ efforts to expose him continue to be thwarted and we even get a nice little scene with Lana and Lois sharing their troubles over a drink. The tone of the show is very serious, which is what makes it so compelling but I also like the little moments of levity where the characters can have a bit of fun.

Season 7 Episode 3 ‘Mother’

Jim – Loved this weeks episode! It was everything I love about The Flash, the team together trying to solve issues with the return of the OG Harrison Wells but with other Wells memories, nice! This saw the end of the Mirror Master/Monarch arc and I have to be honest I’m glad, that one dragged on a bit but it has brought everything back together so they’re ready for the next big bad!

Did anyone else notice Wells seemed to look at something when Barry was getting his speed back with a little smirk on his face? I wonder what that’s about?? Even though he left at the end with his new time travel powers I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later. I didn’t like the Ralph bits, I would’ve been happier if they’d just left him out saying he was still on a mission but it appears he’s gone for good now.

With the ending of all new coloured arcs of lightning I wonder if that means they’re going to add some new speedsters and will they be good or bad??

Justin – “Mother” though a bit rushed at points, ultimately served as a highly enjoyable conclusion to the Mirror Monarch arc. This episode had all the hallmarks of a classic The Flash season finale. The intended finale for season six featured an exciting action sequence, impressive visual spectacles, heart, and humor. It was great to see the original Team Flash (Barry, Cisco, Caitlin, and Iris) team up and stop Eva together. I also enjoyed the fact that the series continues to focus on  the team’s love for each other and how that love always triumphs over any evil they face. Sure, it is a bit cheesy and sappy, but I have always found it endearing.

In addition, I also liked the fact that Eva was spared. Maybe she can come back as an ally later on. I also hope that our new Wells will be back as well. I found his new power set fascinating though a bit poorly explained. I hope the series explores the character more as we never truly got to know the original Harrison Wells. The way the show handled the Ralph situation was silly yet clever as well. Hopefully, we will see him (played by a different actor) and Sue again in the future as their relationship was a joy to watch.

Now onto the next arc which is sure to be exciting given the new lightning bolts that shot up from S.T.A.R. Labs!

Season 2 Episode 7 ‘It’s Best You Stop Digging’

Justin – Once again, Batwoman delivers an exciting and enjoyable episode! The search for Coryana continues to heat up! Alice, at the moment, seems to be leading in the race to the mysterious island and thus her revenge. However, Team Batwoman is on her heels thanks to the tracker that is now placed on the crazed criminal. It was great to see Ryan (who continues to be extremely compelling) confront Alice finally. The fight, in my opinion, is one of the better choreographed fights of the series in my opinion.

Speaking of Alice, I found the flashbacks to her time on Coryana fascinating. It seems that Safiyah and her hypnotist Enigma are somewhat responsible for Alice’s derangement. Alice continues to be one of the most interesting and complex characters in this series. I stand by my claim last season that she is in the Top 5 Arrowverse villains.

I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here!

Season 4 Episode 6 ‘The Book Of Ruin Chapter 2: Theseus’s Ship’

Justin – This episode was a return to form for the season and the series. I was beginning to worry after last week’s installment, but my fears are dissipating once more. This chapter does a great job of addressing the sudden change to Jennifer, essentially using the classic Ship of Theseus thought experiment (that seems to be quite popular these days).

Jennifer is still Jennifer despite her change of appearance. Laura Kariuki delivers a fantastic performance in this role. Kariuki’s earnest performance assuaged any awkwardness I had about the recast. It was great to see Jefferson accept being Black Lightning again as well apologize to Jennifer and accept this “new” her.

Looking forward to the next chapter (the backdoor pilot for Painkiller) which airs after a three week break!

 

This Week in DCTV – 12/3/21

So we have a new member joining our little group of DCTV reviewers this week, April has decided that doing Smallville reviews wasn’t quite enough and wanted to get in on all the new action and what an exciting time it is!

Season 1 Episode 3 ‘The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower’

Jim – Ok so it’s clear, I have a new favourite show! I love everything they’re doing in this and episode 3 is no exception. the balance between Superman heroics and Smallville daily life is great I loved the Superman Vs unknown meta fight, how he turned up when Lois hit her emergency signal button was just awesome. I’m defintely seeing the breakdown in the relationship of the twins, I think we might be getting a Superboy Prime kind of scenario, which I am totally cool with, also a new big bad at the end with heat vision, who could it be??

Rob – I felt like we got a lot more Superman action this week which was great. I’m really enjoying the relationship between Jordan and Jonathan and I think we are witnessing the seeds of a broken relationship between the two of them. Jonathan is having a very different high school experience to what he was previously used to and sports seemed to be his thing. Now that Jordan is muscling in on that surely there’s going to be a rift!?

The scene in the motel was the highlight for me this week. Who the hell was that guy and what the hell is going on? I can’t wait to find out.

Alan – A slight dip in quality for me this week, but only very slight. Mainly because  I got a sense of “movie special effects on TV budget” with the early bridge sequence.

That’s a minor gripe however and, outside of that, still a very enjoyable episode. We got to see Lois doing more into Morgan Edge, while being told she’s not at the Daily Planet any more, and the nerdy kid getting some sweet revenge on the football bullies with some maybe not quite super strength, but certainly what appears to be elevated.

I didn’t think it was quite on the level of the first two, but it’s still the best thing the CW have done with DC for a while.

A worthy successor to Arrow as the flagship show.

Justin – This show continues to deliver high quality storytelling and brilliant visuals. I am thoroughly impressed with each new episode. The writing and acting are simply stellar. Jordan Elsass and Alex Garfin shine as the twins navigate high school and football. Their brotherly relationship is a joy to watch. It is great to see brothers that honestly respect each other even though they get on each other’s nerves at times.

I also find the mother-daughter relationship between Inde Navarette’s Sarah and Emanuelle Chriqui’s Lana very compelling. It was great seeing their bond strengthen in this episode. This show does an incredible job balancing drama and action. Speaking of action, the Superman versus Subjekt-11 fight is just another example of the top notch fight choreography and visual effects on this series.

Can’t wait to see where the story goes from here!

April – This show ticks all the right boxes for me in that it has just the right amount of epic action scenes, combined with family drama, intrigue and most importantly a lot of heart. This week it focussed more on Jonathan and Jordan’s struggles with fitting in at high school, and as a bonus we got to see Tyler play the dorky Dad role to perfection!

The episode also continued to progress Lois’ investigation into Morgan Edge. I enjoyed the scene where Superman fought off a seemingly super powered human to save Lois, as it wouldn’t be a Superman show without Lois getting herself into trouble on a frequent basis. We also got a little more insight into the Cushing family, specifically Lana’s turbulent relationship with her daughter. I hope we get to see more of a friendship build between Lana and Lois as opposed to some sort of rivalry. Already looking forward to next week!

Season 7 Episode 2 ‘The Speed of Thought’

JimSo episode 2 of the Flash is a big improvement over the premiere, the team is back together and things are getting very interesting! Barry’s new speed thinking starts off well but that doesnt last long much is the way for team Flash lol Grant is defintely getting to stretch his acting muscles early in the season and it’s nice to see, he plays this character so well, I hope we can get back to a fun Flash soon though.

its great to see Cisco and Caitlyn back, I’ve missed them but I am intrigued how all of the crew work together now, there sure is a lot of them! Also we didnt have to wait long for the ressurection of Wells, but how is this version going to differ, does he know everything the other Wells did or is he coming in with no memory at all, either way, awesome!

Rob – I’m going to have to say this episode is up there as one of the best episodes we’ve ever had of The Flash. It was slower paced than last week which is good, but still manage to pack a huge amount in. Was it hugely convenient that Barry gained super fast thinking for the benefit of the plot? Yes! Was it still absolute brilliance? Yes!

It was a fun time watching Barry discover his super smarts and in particular, the scene with the different boards was great. I’m really pleased Cisco and Caitlin/ Frost are back even if this episode has created a whole new battle between Cisco and Barry. Seeing Frost take Barry’s speed was something I never knew I needed, Danielle Panabaker must have loved that brief moment of being a speedster (albeit an icy one). Iris is free from the mirrorverse!! Barry’s decision is sure to have huge repercussions for him and the rest of the team.
… and let’s just get to it … OMG!!!! OG Harrison Wells is back! That scene really tied in brilliantly with the opening homage to all the different Wells. This is going to be SO interesting! I really, really hope season 7 keeps to this standard.

Justin – Only two episodes in and this season of The Flash is simply stellar! This episode, clearly meant to be a finale lead-in, was full of surprises and tension. Grant Gustin once again delivers an incredible performance as a Spock-like emotionless Barry. This well written episode reflects the passion that the cast and crew has for these characters and the source material. Eric Wallace has done an incredible job at the helm of this series and has taken it to new heights.

It was great to have Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker back as well. I missed Cisco’s humor and Frost’s sarcastic wit. Speaking of Frost, I was completely blown away by the speedster Frost vs Flash sequence. The visual effects were top notch! Also, color me intrigued with the reveal of the original Earth-1 Harrison Wells returning.

Can’t wait for the next episode!

Season 4 Episode 5 ‘The Book Of Ruin Chapter One: Picking Up The Pieces’

Justin – This episode, while compelling overall, fell flat in a few places for me. The acting and family moments were strong, but the constant discord is beginning to weigh the season down. I also found the surprising recasting to be a bit strange given that this is the final season. Given China McClain’s decision to leave the series, I felt that writing her character off, while not ideal, would’ve been more appropriate. Simply put: a recasting in the final season of the show is more than awkward. However, I look forward to seeing Laura Kariuki in this role and wish her the best.

Hopefully the season picks up and finishes strong!