Oh, The Metahumanity! (Apr 27-30)

A movie tie-in, more fun in DC-land, and skipping Powers in this week's OTM.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Another rock-solid outing, with some nice, if a bit heavy-handed, lead-in to Age of Ultron. Ward and Agent 33 are definitely Up To Something. There's no way they're not. Ward's damaged, but repentant psychopath act is way too good to be real. I'm very worried they're going to kill Kyle MacLachlan off, except for the part where I don't have to keep looking up how to spell his last name. And what the fuck are they doing with Simmons? It's a bold choice, to gradually transform her from wallflower scientist into a ruthless, self-righteous killer with a very end-justifies-the-means attitude towards whatever she's annoyed with this week (metahumans, Ward, etc.) but I hope it's intentional.

Also, I know they can't possibly be related, but to an outside observer, it sure looks like the one-take hallway fight from Daredevil prompted a response in the form of the one-shot Skye Takes Out A Room Full Of Hydra Agents Without Even Really Using Her Superpowers bit. Oh, and Skye hit Raina with a "Sonic The Hedgehog" joke. Flawless victory. Fatality.

THE FLASH:

Has there ever been a more comic-booky hour of TV than this most recent episode of The Flash? I would submit that none such hour exists.

I mean, we've got time travel, using a gadget to explore memories of alternate dimensions, a supervillain gloating over the comatose body of his nemesis yet lamenting the fact that he can't kill him, love interest discovering secret identity on her own, schemes, counterschemes, and the death of a body double. Plus in the preview for next week, which counts as part of the hour, an evil, superintelligent gorilla. IT GETS NO COMIC BOOKIER.

ARROW:

Finally, flashbacks. Not that I'm in a hurry to see a child die, but goddamn, they've been drawing out how Akio would bite it in the flashbacks for like ten goddamn episodes since it became obvious the kid was doomed. And suddenly, the relevance and importance of the season-long Hong Kong flashbacks snaps into sharp focus. The whole thing's a bit pat for my tastes, and the resolution of the season is pretty clearly telegraphed with little room for a last-minute swerve, but it's not awful.

And if you told me a year ago that I'd be looking forward to scenes with Laurel kicking people in the face as Black Canary to distract me from some of the other characters' angst, I'd have had you committed because you would have been a crazy person needing to be committed.

DAREDEVIL (Episode 5-6):

I had to watch two, because episode 5 ends in a straight up no-holds-barred cliffhanger. The pair of episodes basically deals with the Kingpin's master plan to cut the Russians out and blame it on Daredevil. This is an interesting take on Kingpin - almost an origin story of its own. He's technically at the top of the Hell's Kitchen crime organizations, but his position there is new and tenuous, and he himself isn't necessarily all together either - there's an insecurity going on, an unsureness combined with an insane temper.

It's not the established Kingpin we know, but it's easy to see how he could get there from where he is in this series, and they're managing to do all this without making him any less of a threat, because he's more than a match and challenge for Daredevil, who at this point is also very much trying to figure out what the fuck he's doing. They both have goals, talents, and skills, but they're not assured in their methodologies or approaches, and that's fun to watch.