The 100: Perverse Instantiation (1) – Review

The 100: Perverse Instantiation (1) (Season 3, Episode 15)

“Clarke’s always in trouble.” – Murphy

The first half of The 100′s season finale was just as action-packed and intense as deserving of such a great season for the show.

Roan found Clarke in the woods and was going to take The Flame back to Ontari but Clarke convinced him otherwise. They embarked on a plan to get into Polis and remove the chip from Ontari’s brain and then implant The Flame so that they could learn how to shut down Alie. After a stream of deaths they were unsuccessful and ended the episode stuck in the tower with no real way to leave. Over in the home base, we also learned that Jasper had been chipped and was doing his best to disrupt their plans from there.

I haven’t been keeping count but has The 100′s death rate surpassed Game of Thrones yet? I understand that it’s the finale but we’re running out of main characters and they still have to do the fourth season. Roan was killed; Ontari was killed; Indra and Marcus may be dead; and Monty was stabbed by Jasper. The show is definitely communicating that these last two episodes are high stakes – nobody is safe (except Clarke, Clarke’s pretty much always safe) so it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Amongst all of the death and destruction, we saw some nice moments: Bellamy and Clarke have barely been in the same place this season but now that they’re back together it’s like nothing has changed. Romances in The 100 are strong but fleeting (largely due to the high probability of death) but the friendships and alliances are really the back-bone of the show.

Monty and Jasper were a prime example of a strong friendship which is why I was so ready to believe that Jasper had turned a corner and so crushed when he stabbed Monty in the stomach. Just like last week, the show is using these characters to give me emotional whiplash and I don’t appreciate it (except I kind of love it…).

Clarke is a “strong” character: she’s not a great fighter but she is a leader and she makes difficult decisions whilst maintaining a calm front. For these reasons, seeing her cry and her emotional wall break was really sad. She was being tortured by her own mother and whilst her relationship with her mother hasn’t been the best throughout the series, you could still the hurt and betrayal in her eyes.

The show ended with no real way forward but that’s how it seemed last week. With only one episode left I can’t see how they’ll be able to beat Alie but I can’t wait to watch next week and find out.

What did you think of this week’s The 100? How are they going to get out of the tower? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Red Sky At Morning – Review

The 100: Red Sky At Morning (Season 3, Episode 14)

“Jasper’s actually smiling.” – Bellamy

The last episode of The 100 made it seem as though we had potentially reached a stand-still yet this week showed us just how untrue that was.

Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy and Jasper were on board the boat and tried, unsuccessfully, to convince Luna to take The Flame. Meanwhile in Arcadia, Raven became more obsessed with Alie’s code and despite Monty’s advice otherwise she took their one chance to kill Alie and failed. Finally, in the Polis; Murphy, Pike and Indra managed to escape and attempted to destroy one of Alie’s power sources but failed. There was a lot of failure this episode.

As the main antagonist this season is computer code, it makes sense that the show goes into more sci-fi territory but most notably, their transition has been seamless. Raven typing furiously away at a computer over ten different monitors doesn’t look out of place but fits perfectly within the narrative of the show.

Remember Jasper and Monty in season 1? So young and care-free? Well, after seeing and doing terrible things over the last year, we haven’t seen those people in a while – that was until this episode. Monty had sex; Jasper had a pleasant conversation with a girl: they actually smiled! Naturally the show couldn’t let that stand so Monty had to kill his mum a second time and Jasper’s new friend was murdered. The emotional whiplash that this show subjects me to is dangerous.

We’re seeing a new side of Raven – as one of the toughest and smartest characters in the show, it was always going to be interesting to see how she responded to having been under Alie’s control. Her response has been to throw herself into the mission of destroying Alie but that has affected her decision-making skill. This week was a major blow for her: her relationship with Monty has been damaged, I don’t imagine that the others will have a great response when they found out what she did. Ironically, what they’re unaware of is that Raven managed to greatly weaken Alie.

The only reason that Alie wasn’t destroyed this week was because, contrary to popular belief, John Murphy has a heart. I could wax lyrical about Murphy’s beautiful character development but we can see how he has gone from cold and calculating to a truly loving character: the idea that Emori’s mind would be lost was enough to stop him from destroying Alie.

Alie spent a lot of this episode talking about a ‘migration’ and now it appears that the City of Light is on the Arc. Considering that the City of Light isn’t real, I’m not sure what difference that makes but I’m sure it’s relevance will be revealed soon enough.

The end of the episode found Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy and Jasper dumped away from the boat community, without Luna and with no real plan of action going forwards. As Bellamy put it, “what now?”

What did you think of this week’s episode? How will they stop the City of Light? Did you agree with Raven’s actions? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Join or Die – Review

The 100: Join or Die (Season 3, Episode 13)

“The key to surviving on the ground and on the Arc is to keep fighting at all costs, against all odds.” – Pike

The City of Light is growing and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon.

This week Marcus and Pike arrived in Polis and refused to submit to the City of Light so were taken prisoner. Needing Marcus to assist in locating Clarke, Jaha threatened Abby’s life and to save her, Marcus took the chip. Flashbacks of the day before the 100 were sent to the ground were featured heavily in this episode and we learned that Pike helped to prepare them. Clarke, Jasper, Octavia and Monty continued searching for Luna.

The episode opened with the streets of Polis covered in blood and the message was clear: you either join the City of Light or you die. I say it every week, but the show continues to get more and more intense: as the population of the City of Light grows I struggle to see how they’ll be able to stop it.

As the characters can’t immediately tell when somebody is under Alie’s influence, the show is really playing with the alliances that they’ve spent three seasons building up. Watching Abby manipulate Marcus was a fantastic scene this week – you can see his relief at seeing her and he obviously wants to trust her. I imagine that they’ll try a similar tactic if Clarke ever arrives in Polis and I’m not sure she’ll be able to hurt her mother.

For a while now, Marcus has been this pure light and symbol of peace – some may even call him a Christ-figure. If you weren’t calling him that then the heavy symbolism of hanging him up on that crucifix might having you saying that. I mean, a crucifix? Come on.

Unlike certain shows (I’m looking at you Arrow), the flashbacks felt like an important and relevant part of the episode. Initially, the most striking part about them was the innocence of the kids on the Arc: at that point we were able to call them kids but life on the ground has robbed them of that. We also saw Pike pre-ground and the show didn’t try to give him a sympathetic back story which I appreciate. As far as we can tell he has always been the same – his overall intentions are good but his method is cruel and wrong.

Nonetheless, seeing Pike getting cut by Indra was far from satisfying. I’ve spent the season wanting him to get his comeuppance but that kind of up-close cruelty was difficult to watch. Murphy saved his life, again proving how much he has grown from the first season.

It is a testament to how good a character Jasper is that, even amongst all of the sad and awful things that happen in the show, he doesn’t fail to make me smile.

By the end of the episode Clarke and co. had found Luna but Luna refused to help them. Now they’re in the middle of the ocean.

Will they convince Luna to help? How are they going to get back to land? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Demons – Review

The 100: Demons (Season 3, Episode 12)

“Following the creepy music is a bad idea.” – Monty

Last week The 100 went sci-fi, this week they went full-on horror show.

As far as furthering the plot, most of this episode could have stood as a stand-alone episode. The crew went back to Arkadia to retrieve Lincoln’s book but were slowly taken out by a mysterious figure that turned out be Emerson – the man responsible for the (second) massacre at Mount Weather. Clarke saved everybody by killing Emerson. Over with the Grounders, Ontari joined the City of Light which means that the entire world is now under the control of Alie.

Revisiting the place where Lincoln had been killed was difficult for Octavia and we saw her struggle through it this week. Generally it was a touching affair but there were points at which she acted in such an un-Octavia fashion that the show didn’t really make sense. When Jasper walked into the room and literally told Octavia that he had been attacked, she didn’t stand guard or check what he was talking about – she turned her back to the only entrance to the room. More so than any of them, Octavia is a warrior and that is the last thing that she would do.

Whilst we’re on the thread of bad writing, Monty’s questioning of Clarke about what would happen to his mother made no sense. Perhaps my ice heart missed something but I don’t understand why Monty would bother saying that unless maybe Clarke was the one that had killed his mum. Unfortunately, Monty was the one to shoot his mother and she’s not coming back – quit making everybody uncomfortable Monty.

The best thing about Clarke coming back to Arkadia has to be the dynamic between her and Bellamy: they slipped back into their roles of captain and lieutenant seamlessly and it’s beautiful. It’s so rare that a TV show depicts a strong friendship between a boy and girl without a romantic angle but The 100 does it and they create a relationship that is more compelling and healthy than some of the romantic relationships in the show.

Back with the Grounders and Murphy, it seemed increasingly clear that Emori was the Nightblood girl that they were looking for but then the show delivered a massive swerve and it was revealed that Emori had actually joined the City of Light. Ontari was convinced to join the City of Light and now the future of Earth is looking quite bleak.

Do you think a small group of teenagers can stop the City of Light? Could Emori still be the missing Nightblood? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Nevermore – Review

The 100: Nevermore (Season 3, Episode 11)

“You’re one of The 100.” – Monty

This was a very different episode of The 100, delving into new territory for the show but pulling it off with grace.

After rescuing Raven from Arkadia in the previous episode, Jasper and Clarke reunited with the others and tried to save Raven from Alie’s control. In order to save Raven, they had to build an EMP to remove Alie from her brain however Alie wasn’t quite ready to relinquish control and fought back at every turn but they eventually prevailed.

Instead of exploring multiple story-arcs as the show tends to do, the show zeroed in on the City of Light, which – ironically – is fast becoming the darkest arc of the show. Life in The 100 isn’t exactly a peaceful, utopian existence but as much fighting as there may be, the alliances and allegiance are what stop everything from descending into complete madness. That’s over.

No single character in this show has reached Season 3 without their fair share of pain but until this episode Monty was probably the most well-adjusted. I could see how the scene was going to play out when Monty’s mother attacked him and Octavia but the existence of the scene itself surprised me. I have not been a fan of Monty’s mother this season so her death was almost a welcome occurrence had it not happened by Monty’s hand. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so sad for the murderer in one of these situations.

The silver lining could be that Monty is now as messed-up as everybody else, and the show certainly did explore the damaged nature of the characters this week. If Raven’s pointed jabs weren’t enough, Jasper’s disdain reminded us of all the terrible things that Clarke and Bellamy have done in the last few years. I had hoped that this episode would provide some sort of resolution between Jasper and Clarke – positive or negative – but it didn’t which I suppose means that we can look forward to that dynamic continuing in coming weeks. I’m sure that won’t get tiresome.

I said that this episode centred around the City of Light but it was also heavily reliant on Raven who was played beautifully by Lindsey Morgan. Raven wore a hundred different faces this episode: caring, vulnerable, spiteful, vengeful, feral. Raven is a strong character in every sense of the word but this week Morgan played Raven in ways that we have never seen her before. It was masterfully done and helped to elevate the entire episode.

The episode ended with a clear plan going forward: destroy Alie and the City of Light. The original crew from the first season are back together and this time they’re taking on – wait for it – the rest of Arkadia… This should be interesting.

What did you think of this week’s episode? How did you feel about Raven? Can they possibly hope to destroy the City of Light? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Fallen – Review

The 100: Fallen (Season 3, Episode 10)

“Oh, the things I do to survive.” – Murphy

Before anything else, a massive congratulations to The 100 for not killing any beloved characters this week – I appreciate it.

In this episode we saw Ontari ascend to her position as Heda (with a lot of help from Murphy). Bellamy led Pike into a trap and Pike was then taken away by the Grounders. The City of Light took Abby and now all of Arkadia have joined, barring Jasper who fled with an inert Raven and a surprise Clarke.

Throughout this season, this show has been simultaneously running so many different story-lines that it’s heading into Game of Thrones territory in the best way possible. Having multiple story-arcs can be detrimental to a show as people forget about what’s happening or they’re just not invested in certain arcs but The 100 doesn’t suffer from that problem. Their stories are character-led and all of their characters are fantastic.

Just because nobody died does not mean that this episode wasn’t full of pain, this is The 100 that we’re talking about. Specifically the scene in which Octavia beat Bellamy into a pulp and Bellamy did not try to stop her. Last episode marked a change for both characters: after weeks of succumbing to Pike’s evil agenda, Bellamy is trying to redeem himself but it looks as though it may be too late for him. After Lincoln’s death, Octavia is simply out for blood and whilst I sympathise with her pain, I hope that this isn’t a permanent change.

The City of Light made a return this episode and it’s honestly one of the most interesting arcs that the show is exploring this season. The juxtaposition between the primitive way of life and this incredibly advanced technology should raise some red flags but it’s so well written and they’ve made it work. A few weeks ago I was questioning exactly what it is but I’m pretty sure it’s safe to call it a cult and a hardcore one at that.

Raven lost the fight against Alie for control of her own body and now Jasper’s stepping up. We’ve seen Jasper go from pitiful alcoholic to somebody much more like the one we saw last season. Now that Clarke’s back in the picture – the source of all of his pain – that may all change next week.

Once again The 100 delivered a gorgeous, tear-inducing episode and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

What did you think of this episode? Is Bellamy beyond redemption? Will the City of Light be the true adversary this season? Let me know in the comments.

The 100 – Stealing Fire: Review

The 100: Stealing Fire (Season 3, Episode 9)

Not really a silver-lining type of guy, is he?” – Murphy

The 100 started off slow but ended up being one of the most intense and emotionally-draining episodes of the entire series.

We saw Clarke for the first time since Lexa’s death and instead of escaping, she has taken up the mission of finding a worthy Heda to replace Lexa. Speaking of escaping, after Lincoln, Sinclair and Marcus were sentenced to death, they were aided in escaping from camp but Lincoln chose to go back to save his people and was executed.

This was by no means the bloodiest episode of The 100 but the individual deaths were so haunting that it packed a bigger punch than the giant massacres we have previously seen on the show.

Firstly, Ontari slaughtered a group of children in their sleep to ensure that she would ascend to the throne of Heda. Ontari has made it clear that she is not a character to be trifled with but it seems as though there may be some sort of connection between her and Murphy although perhaps Murphy may just be trying to survive – something that he’s proven to be very adept at.

Over the course of three seasons this show has been a master-class in character development. This week Murphy could have left and saved himself but when Clarke decided to go back he went with her – Murphy of Season 1 would never have done this. With his knack for survival and general lack of interests in the politics of the world that he finds himself in, Murphy is fast becoming one of my favourite characters.

We finally saw something come of the budding romance between Abby and Marcus as they shared an emotional farewell scene before Marcus’ execution and finally a kiss as Marcus escaped. These two have grown so much from characters that hated each other in the first season of the show and this romance feels real and organic. It stands in stark contrast to the relationship between Bryan and Nathan which is admittedly new but lacks any sort of chemistry.

Regardless of how you felt about Titus, it wasn’t easy to watch him die in this episode. A morally-shaky character but one who very strongly believed that everything that he was doing was right. In the end, he somewhat redeemed himself by allowing Clarke to find a replacement Heda and then slicing his own throat against Roan’s dagger so he would not be able to help Ontarr.

The episode ended with Lincoln’s execution and this scene was the most painful thing to watch in the entire episode. Probably the most painful thing that I watched this week. I cried my way through this sequence in which the sense of inevitability was too strong. We watched Lincoln kneel down and so readily accept his fate as Octavia watched on. Some part of me hoped that he could be saved but for once it was clear that this was a death that could not be prevented.

This episode was a game-changer. I’m not sure how long Pike will be able to run the Sky People camp as more people within it silently rebel against him and Ontari prepares to wipe them all out. With Lincoln dead, there will definitely be a change in Octavia but who knows where she’ll direct all of that anger.

What did you think of The 100 this week? Did you cry as much as me? How long before everybody realises what a terrible leader Pike is and kills him? Let me know in the comments.

The (mostly) CW Review

Okay guys, I will be the first to say that this is ridiculous: this week, it is literally just a review of The 100 but Supergirl is back next week and this will be less pathetic. Okay? Cool. Now onto The 100.

The 100: Terms and Conditions (Season 3, Episode 8)

“If something helps you survive, it’s always the right thing.” – Hannah

The 100 was never one for easy answers but as we dive further into the season it’s just getting murkier and murkier and I am loving it.

This episode took place entirely in Arcadia which had this amazing effect of letting us experience the blockade and also seeing how tension rose in the camp. Pike still believes that killing as many Grounders as possible is the best way to achieve peace whilst Marcus fought against him from the shadows. Bellamy’s morality became more questionable but it seems like Marcus being sentenced to death was the last straw for him. Raven is beginning to see how dangerous the City of Light situation is and is railing against it.

Pike is nobody’s favourite character but this week his leadership style fell into even more dubious territory as he decided to spy on his own people in order to sniff out traitors. Arcadia is becoming less of a safe haven, more of a prison and it can’t be long until the general population turn against Pike – particularly as their food and water supplies are rationed because of the blockade. I for one am looking forward to the moment that the rioters go against Pike.

Last week Lexa was killed off and there was a lot of controversy about the show’s attitude to gay relationships. Honestly, I wasn’t that offended by it but I have to say that this week wasn’t particularly helpful in that light. In the first episode of this season it was revealed that Nathan was gay and he was reunited with his boyfriend but we’ve seen very little of that relationship. Honestly, the characters lack chemistry and now it seems as though their relationship may fall apart thanks to Pike’s surveillance policies.

As the show delves into darker and more complex ideas, Marcus remains the shining beam of purity and he’s not boring. I don’t like “really good” guys, typically I want to watch complicated characters but I really like Marcus. I suppose I have to commend Henry Ian Cusick’s performance for that.

As far as new ideas go, the only big thing that happened this week was with Raven and the City of Light. Whilst talking to Jasper, Raven realised that she didn’t simply forget all of the painful things in her life, she also forgot the good things and that made her stop trusting Alie. I have loved Raven since Season 1 and it makes me so happy to see her fighting this. Everybody’s ignoring this weird cult that’s started on camp and it’s a relief to see somebody other than Abby picking up on the danger.

That’s it this week, next week Supergirl is back and then the week after, The Flash and Arrow are back so we’ll get back to normal. Until then, talk to me:

Do you think Bellamy’s going to redeem himself? How is this blockade situation going to play out? Is the City of Light a real danger? Let me know in the comments.

The (mostly) CW Review

The Flash and Arrow are taking a break until March 22 but I'm still posting Supergirl and The 100 reviews.

Supergirl: Solitude (Season 1, Episode 15)

“I have difficulty making conversation with men under 6ft tall.” – Siobhan

This episode definitely had its ups and downs: some aspects were amazing whilst others were just too cheesy.

Kara faced a cyber-villain, Indigo, who wanted the bring the end of the human race. Her estrangement from Hank and the DEO came to an end as she realised that they worked best as a team – this led to Alex admitting that she was the one who actually killed Astra. Winn became romantically involved with Siobhan whilst James’ relationship with Lucy came to an end.

The episode opened in Kara’s apartment and whilst this has no real bearing on the show, I have to ask: how can Kara afford that apartment? Seriously, I don’t know what the property market in National City is like but her place is beautiful and I don’t understand how she affords it on an assistant’s salary.

The idea of a cyber-hacking villain is very current and with a show that makes it its mission to fit as many pop-culture references into each episode, that’s not surprising. The first quarter of the episode in which it seemed as though they were just facing a human adversary were fantastic.

Our villain was a self-proclaimed ‘Font of Omniscient Knowledge’ called Indigo although my first thought upon seeing her was that Warner Bros. had ripped off Mystique. This was definitely one of the low points of the episode: she wanted to kill a lot of people but her motivations were weak and nothing distracted from the awful leotard costume.

I would love to see a spin-off show with just Cat Grant and events that occur at Cat Co. Cat continues to be the strongest supporting character and any scene involving her is great. That said, I would have loved for there to be more of her this episode. Instead, there was a lot more of Winn: since the Toyman episode, Winn hasn’t had a very active role but it feels as though his character is still developing.

We got to see the Fortress of Solitude but that felt more like fan service than a genuinely relevant part of the episode. Also, the Winn-James-Kara love triangle that we had all forgotten about has been resolved. Lucy was smart enough to realise that James was in love with Kara (although not smart enough to work out that Kara is Supergirl) so that relationship is over. On the other side, Winn seems to be entering a secret affair with Siobhan – they both have daddy issues so clearly they’re compatible. Basically, things have ended nicely so that Kara and James can be together.

Speaking of endings, Alex revealed that she was the one to kill Astra and that resulted in a truly lovely moment between Kara, Alex and Hank. We learnt a little bit more about Non’s plan – according to Indigo, it involves coexistence with humans – but there’s definitely still something ominous about it.

The 100: Thirteen (Season 3, Episode 7)

“Holy? It’s a corporate logo!” – Murphy

This was probably the most important episode of the season so far in regards to understanding how all of the previously separate story-lines come together.

In a particularly emotional episode, we saw how the world ended as a result of the AI, Alie, and how the 13th Ark station was destroyed, with the lone survivor taking a shuttle to Earth. Lexa ordered a blockade on Arcadia to be enforced by the entire army, whilst her relationship with Clarke developed. The episode ended with Lexa being killed by Titus.

I haven’t spoken a lot about Murphy this season but he’s always there in the periphery. From Season 1, every circumstance that he finds himself in should mean that he’s dead already but he’s relentless in his ability to survive. He’s by no means a “good guy” but he is a good guy. Murphy serves as a great anti-hero and as the season progresses it looks like he may take up a more central role. The episode ended with him and Clarke being locked away together and it doesn’t exactly seem like their future’s bright.

We finally have enough pieces of the puzzle to understand what’s happening: the City of Light, nightbloods, the thirteenth station is all beginning to make sense. We saw that the creator of Alie, Becca, was a nightblood and all of the commanders, such as Lexa, have a chip implanted within them of the second version of Alie. Honestly, writing it down makes it feel very complicated but it all makes sense: the show has done a great job of easing us into what could be a very confusing, and alienating, story-line.

Titus once again proved how dangerous he was capable of being when he killed Semet. It was the first time that we had really seen him fight and it became very clear that despite the fact that he held a less physical role he was still somebody to keep an eye on. Honestly, seeing the way he dealt Semet, the scene in which he attempted to kill Clarke wasn’t a huge leap.

This episode was focused on the relationship between Clarke and Lexa and I loved it. I love any scenes between these two characters – they’re ambassadors for giant groups of people but they’re also teenagers. Particularly with Lexa, it’s always nice to see her vulnerability: the first time I can recall seeing her lose her cool was in this episode when Titus brought up her ex, Costia, and that more than anything helped to show the strength of her feelings towards Clarke.

Clarke’s farewell scene with Lexa was beautifully directed which is why the following scene in which Lexa was killed is so jarring. It really seemed as though there was hope for the characters but then it was so quickly and cruelly snatched away.

I’m sorry that this week’s review was so short – like I said, The Flash and Arrow will be back later this month but until next week:

Do you want me to review any other shows in the interim? Let me know which ones. Are you onboard with the Winn/Siobhan realtionship? Did Lexa need to die?  Let me know in the comments.

 

The (mostly) CW Review

Supergirl: Truth, Justice and the American Way (Season 1, Episode 14)

“By breaking the law you have forfeited your right to exist.” – Master Jailer

After it’s one week hiatus Supergirl came back with some bite – that is to say that Kara is a lot angrier than she was a few weeks ago and I kind of like it.

This week was a lot about morality. Kara was forced to decide on what she would do with Maxwell Lord who had been locked up in the DEO for an indefinite amount of time. Her extra-terrestrial opponent was actually an alien serial killer (so, he was an alien but he also killed other aliens… in case that wasn’t clear) and as if that were not enough she also had to deal with a new opponent in the office. Her boss hired a new assistant, demoting Kara to second assistant – it’s all very Devil Wears Prada.

The episode started off with a visit from Non, who took Kara to her aunt’s funeral and handily mentioned that he was calling a ceasefire during his period of mourning. Melissa Benoist truly is the glue of this show and she is a fantastic actress – this was illustrated wonderfully as she delivered a heartfelt funeral prayer over her aunt’s coffin.

Kara still believes that Hank killed her aunt and she is nowhere near forgiveness yet. Last episode was the first time that we really got to see Kara angry and it’s great that they’re continuing with that. So rarely are female characters allowed to simply be angry when bad things happen to them – sad, broken, invigorated, determined: sure, but to express anger like any other natural emotion is uncommon but refreshing.

Speaking of fresh, I think that this week’s villain was a nice deviation from the cycle of random alien, Non & Astra, Maxwell Lord. So far it’s seemed like all aliens on the planet just want to kill humans (in which case, maybe Maxwell Lord isn’t so crazy). To have an alien that was harming other aliens was a nice new twist. Also, his identity behind his mask came as a real surprise for me which was good.

The fight sequences in this show are never perfect and this week that was particularly noticeable. It was as though Kara and the Master Jailer were simply waiting for each other to make moves: almost like it was choreographed or something… I’m hoping that this is just teething problems in an otherwise brilliant first season.

Overall, this was a very good episode of the show. I do wish that I got to see more of Winn but it’s not as though he was overtly absent.

The Flash: King Shark (Season 2, Episode 15)

“Ain’t nobody faster than me.” – Wally

If you don’t remember King Shark from earlier this season then he’s half-man, half-shark. Based on that alone, my expectations for this episode were incredibly low. I’m happy to report that I was just so very wrong.

This episode we got to see the dynamic between Barry and Wally, Diggle and Lyla made a trip over to Central City, King Shark tried to kill Barry and after months of waiting, we finally know the identity of Zoom.

The theme this week was character development. For once, I liked watching Caitlin: after losing Jay last week her personality’s changed. She’s harder, meaner and more – it really feels as though this is a Caitlin that I can get on board with and it’s the most interesting that she’s been since Season 1.

We’re talking about an episode in which there was a giant CGI man-shark so let’s talk about the giant CGI man-shark. For a CW television show, I think that King Shark was amazing. He was genuinely quite terrifying to behold and that came from a fantastic effects team who took the time to give him his own distinctive look. I was expecting Sharknado but this was much better and I have to commend what they did with this character.

This was another crossover episode, this time with Diggle and Lyla coming over from Star City to help out with King Shark. I love Diggle no matter where he is and it was nice to see him have more of an active role which he’s been lacking recently in Arrow.

Jessie is slowly being introduced as a character to the show and I’m a wary fan. Initially she seemed like a bit of brat: appearing very affronted by the idea that after having her life saved by a group of people who had risked their own lives, despite not even knowing her, she wouldn’t be able to go back home.

Perhaps I was quick to judge – I imagine that there’s an adjustment period with these things. Later on in the episode she came into her own and even found a place in this ensemble, working with her dad and annoying Cisco. Is she a replacement for Jay? I would be fine with that.

Ever since Wally was introduced and he made that “white shadow” remark about Barry, I’ve been waiting to see exactly what kind of dynamic the two will have and that was finally revealed this week. Tense and uncomfortable are both words that would accurately describe the interaction. There’s a lot of jealousy on Wally’s part and Barry was just resigned to take any lashing out that Wally threw his way. Fundamentally they’re very similar people and I think that that means their relationship will culminate in either all-out hatred or a real bromance.

Grant Gustin delivered another emotional scene when talking to Joe and Iris about his experience on Earth-2. Watching that scene, I felt a wave of sympathy for Barry and it was the first time that I had thought of Earth-2 as equally significant as Earth-1 so for the second week in a row, kudos to Gustin for a beautiful performance.

I feel as though Season 1 of this show was very much the origin story of The Flash and Season 2 is where we get to see Barry develop into a real, bonafide hero – not just somebody who does the obvious, right thing when convenient but who makes difficult decisions whilst putting everybody else ahead of himself.

The episode ended with the big reveal: the identity of Zoom. Jay Garrick is Zoom – I think. When Zoom took off his mask it was Jay’s face but he had just dropped Earth-2 Jay’s dead body on the floor and we’ve already seen Earth-1 Jay (Hunter Zolomon) so are there three Jays? I’m not sure what’s happening with this storyline anymore. I’m intrigued but it’s also giving me a headache.

Arrow: Taken (Season 4, Episode 15)

“I’m enough of a geek to know science fiction when I see it.” – Felicity

This week Oliver got to channel his inner Liam Neeson as he raced to save his kidnapped child from Damien Darhk.

The big news this week in Arrow was that Vixen would be visiting Star City to help Oliver out in his crusade against Damien Darhk. There was some conflict between Oliver and Felicity after Felicity discovered that Oliver had a secret son which resulted in her leaving him. The Arrow team destroyed Darhk’s source of power and saved Oliver’s son but the not-quite-shocking end to the episode was that Felicity was able to walk again.

With the mayoral campaign and Felicity’s dad, we haven’t seen much of Darhk in recent weeks and I forgot what a fun villain he is. He strikes this great intermediate between genuinely intimidating and amusing. Add the fact that he was the first person to suggest that Felicity – the tech genius of the show – motorise her wheelchair and he was my favourite part of this episode.

Vixen, a.k.a. Mari McCabe, became a live-action character for this episode of Arrow. If you’re unfamiliar with the character then Vixen is an animated web-series set in the Arrowverse. Maybe you caught her little joke in the episode, she and Oliver “had an animated encounter last year.” I don’t care if it was corny, I laughed.

I loved Vixen: I thought that she was totally awesome and kick-ass but she’s just a bit too far-fetched for Arrow. Yes, Arrow has become more outlandish and magic is just an accepted part of that world now but Vixen has a totem that allows her to channel the spirit of any animal. Compared to The Flash and SupergirlArrow is the grounded show – I can’t see superhuman abilities fitting in and I don’t think that Vixen belongs there.

A very strange scene occurred in which Laurel cried to her father about the fact that Oliver had cheated on her and fathered a child with another woman whilst they were together. I understand that they were really trying to press the theme of what it is to be a father but that was some really clunky writing. Perhaps I’m cold-hearted but I felt no sympathy for Laurel – it’s been a decade, you already knew he cheated on you with your sister: you should probably get over it.

Oliver was finally victorious over Darhk as Vixen destroyed what seems to have been his source of power. Moving forward, I’m not sure what that means for the show: I don’t think that we’ve seen the last of Darhk but will he get his powers back? I said that his wife seems like she could be a real challenge for Oliver so maybe she’ll step into the ring next.

Unlike with Laurel, I can sympathise with Felicity’s situation and her decision to take a break from Oliver (we saw them together at the gravestone at the beginning of the season so I don’t think that this separation is permanent). One thing did irk me a bit, though. Felicity can walk again – miraculously, just in time to walk out on Oliver. Is that poetic or just really cheesy?

The 100: Bitter Harvest (Season 3, Episode 6)

“What are you on and how do I get some?” – Jasper

Last week’s manifesto of ‘blood must not have blood’ was put to the test across the entirety of this episode.

Clarke was faced with the decision of what to do with Emerson – the man responsible for the most recent attack, and destruction, of the mountain – and eventually spared his life. Jaha continued to induct people into the increasingly sketchy City of Light and it was revealed that there is a second, improved version of Alie out in the world. Pike launched an attack on a Grounder village but thanks to Octavia, they were prepared and killed on of the Sky People.

As Clarke continues to stay with Lexa we’re seeing how their different ideas combine to create what ultimately is “ideal” policy and that’s an interesting part of the show. Obviously, last season they had a brief period in which they were a couple but that ended with a massacre. I like how the show hasn’t made them jump back into that relationship – whilst there is clear and palpable chemistry between them , there are bigger things at play than a will they, won’t they story. The development of their relationship this season feels very organic.

The mystery of the City of Light is slowly unraveling – is it a cult or a coup? Nobody seems particularly interested in it apart from Abby, yet it looks like the number of people involved in it within Arcadia is growing exponentially. When they revealed that Abby’s co-worker, Doctor Jackson, would being spying on her on behalf of Alie it all just became even more sinister.

Pike is wildly growing worse: what initially seemed like defensive, or even preemptive reactionary behaviour is now just becoming this bullying sense of entitlement. In this episode, Lexa said “it is human nature to want vengeance” and that was demonstrated pretty clearly through this story-line. The Sky People were ready to kill the Grounders without even asking for them to move but the Grounders were happy to raze their own home and the Grounders with it. This show is blurring the lines between right and wrong and it’s hard to fully support any one side.

Octavia was the one that alerted the Grounders to the Sky People’s plan and she’s a fascinating character in the show. I said that it’s hard to fully support any side but I’m always Team Octavia. Unfortunately, Bellamy is in the difficult position of standing on a different side from her but also being her brother. Bellamy has had a pretty dramatic change in his stance on Grounders but his love for his sister has always been his one unwavering characteristic. Will he turn against her?

Titus is an actual person – with real human feelings and ideas. After seeing Titus constantly at Lexa’s side, it was bizarre to see him in any other capacity that wasn’t faithful adviser. He has some very strong ideas and at the end of the episode it was shown that he was a survivor of the thirteenth ark station. Titus just became a lot more interesting and I can’t wait to find out what his endgame is.

That’s it this week – with the exception of Arrow, I thought that all of the shows brought a pretty high standard. Of course, you might think something completely different so tell me about it:

Is Siobhan more dangerous than a simple assistant? Were you impressed by the King Shark CGI work? Is Titus an enemy of Arcadia or the Grounders? Let me know in the comments.