Supergirl Vs. The Xenophobic World

So Supergirl begin season four by being more upfront about its politics than ever before. It’s had a dodgy time of this previously, yet it’s strangely working for the most part now. While we’re having a slow news week, I figure I’d check back in on all the recent happenings so that my eventual review of the DC TV season finales isn’t even more protracted this year. (I also realized My Crystal Fishbowl would be a keen name for a Mysterio fansite.)

When it began on CBS, Supergirl was the DC TV show about feminism by default. On top of its star having to be a role model for an entire gender, it didn’t help that most of the  issues it dealt with were superficial & the scifi was uninspired. At best it was a blander version of The Flash. (Although it did give Silver Banshee a better Venom arc than the Venom movie gave its lead.) In moving to The CW, the writers discovered something more substantial to hinge upon: Supergirl represents the immigrant experience better than her more famous cousin. After several showrunner shake-ups behind the scenes, now it feels like there’s a reason for this series to exist beyond the cast’s charm. It’s even turning past bugs into features!

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Send Doctor Who To The ER!

The start of Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who tenure wasn’t my cup of tea. Rather than being a fluke, it turns out “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” was in line with how the rest of his his first series/season would go. I felt both RTD & Moffat overstayed their welcomes as showrunners, but not in their debut seasons! After a string of blogs discussing things I’m excited to recommend like Gotham’s swansong, writing this one felt like a chore. I kept putting it off because writing it was a bummer. A comprehensive essay of how Doctor Who squandered fantastic opportunities is no fun. Lots of SPOILERS for the latest season follow.

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I will concede the Pting was cute.

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The End Of Gotham Begins

This may be my most punctual review ever as I had nearly a month’s head-start to get it done! In December I attended “Meanwhile, Back in Gotham: Preview Screening and Discussion” at The Paley Center. The last time I went to an advance screening of a season premiere it was for Doctor Who season six (in reboot numbering), & I got Steven Moffat to sign my sonic screwdriver. (PHRASING!) This time I was unable to obtain any autographs & it cost more, but I did avoid stress induced vomiting connecting to writing a monograph whilst waiting on line for hours. So I’m counting it as a success!

The two times I’ve attended NYCC, the Gotham panels were always on another day. Last year’s didn’t even announce there’d be one until the week before when all the tickets were sold out. With the series ending, this Paley Center event seemed like my last opportunity to see them. They finished filming literally the day before. I feared the entire cast would be executed after the finale wrapped (That’s what they do for TV shows. The trend of reviving long dead shows is due to conceal a spate of zombieosis.), yet they did not fall into a pit of fire or revolving blades beneath the stage. This cast has excellent camaraderie, although I’ll never be able to tell whether it’s genuine or the thespians are contractually obligated to keep up appearances. It’s pretty surreal to hear them discuss how they’re all suddenly unemployed.

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Is Aquaman Out Of His Depth?

Aquaman, Aquaman, does whatever water can! I was predisposed to liking Aquaman, but I didn’t expect the movie to be tailored specifically to me! Jack & Andrew on the The Wages of Cinema collaboreview can corroborate that it is a legitimutantly enjoyable comic book movie! OUTRAGEOUS!

Dive below for Davy Jones’s locker of SPOILERS!

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Spins A Wonderful Web!

Whoever bet Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse would be reviewed before Aquaman gets paid! We’ve got another The Wages of Cinema collaboreview for you! (Wifely-Duties Korey gave my blog one of its finest pull quotes: “I like it when I read it.”) In a nutshell, everybody should see this movie in the cinema! (That goes double for former co-host Andrew, who insisted I see Spider-Man: Homecoming despite my ambivalence only to declare he wasn’t interested in this one.) You get to choose whether  before or after reading the rest of this piece!

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Is Elseworlds The Best Of All Possible Worlds?

This Elseworlds crossover does double duty as the midseason finales for The Flash, Supergirl, & Arrow. As befits the Freaky Friday conceit, the typical airing day of the shows have been scrambled. Fortunately The Flash had its 100th episode last week so it won’t have to celebrate that too, unlike the Arrow third of Invasion!  Although this year’s crossover is missing its Legends of Tomorrow component, I’ll still be discussing “Legends of To-Meow-Meow” below. If I make any errors in my SPOILERIFIC review, it’s because reality got warped again.

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Thanksgiving For She-Ra!

I never watched the original She-Ra & the Princesses of Power (ditto He-Man & the  Masters of the Universe, though I don’t believe any of them mastered universes based on the movie adaptation I have seen), but my sister had most of the toys. I really enjoyed Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona (Which knight should Lee “Hammertime Piemaker” Pace voice in the movie?), but I didn’t like Lumberjanes as much because I needed more than one panel of The Holy Kitten! Her She-Ra reboot, however, is legitimutantly delightful! It’s reminiscent of the gone-too-soon Thundercats relaunch, particularly in its mythology. Like the new Ducktales & TMNT, it finds plenty of room for comedic characterization betwixt the action. (There’a lot of histrionic face-squishing!) The new intro is a definite improvement over the expository original. The bright pastel colors maintain a retro 80’s vibe. This seems like the opposite approach that David Goyer would’ve taken, & that is for the best! Catch the SPOILER cooties below because PRINCESSES ARE CONTAGIOUS MONSTERS!

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