Oh, The Metahumanity! (May 18-22)

We're heading into a big lull here at OTH. Flash is done. Got two episodes left of Powers, and four left of Daredevil, which is really only a couple of weeks worth with everything else on hiatus. But we'll go until we can't go no more. Or until Netflix announces a release date for AKA Jessica Jones.

THE FLASH:

There is a moment in the season finale of The Flash where Caitlin Snow asks everyone else in the room what a singularity is. Superbiologist Caitlin Snow, one of the Star Labs geniuses working on the particle accelerator, had to ask the room what a singularity was.

That showed a sacrificing of attention to detail for expediency, which is everything that's wrong with this finale. And like I said last week, you need to be able to show your work in a story like this. The details were all over the place, from the huge (what are the time travel ramifications of what Eddie did, which I totally called like a month ago by the way but can't prove) to the small (why are people making major life decisions when Barry's about to either kill them all or wipe the present from existence?) Why bring up the possibility of going too slow killing Barry when they didn't release the particle until they knew he was going fast enough? And why, dammit, why did they end the season where they did? I'll grant that it's different, but sometimes different is bad. Sometimes different is dog biscuits in your sandwich instead of bacon.

When Flash has failed, this season, it's because the stupidity got away from itself. This whole Reverse Flash plot was incredibly ambitious, but I don't think anyone involved had the chops to pull it off the way it needed to happen. It makes me wish they'd held off for a season or two. Even here, there were good character bits, the tone was solid, and everyone was trying really hard. And normally, the sight of a Jay Garrick winged helmet rolling out of a time/space portal would fill me with glee. But by that point I was too annoyed to enjoy it.

POWERS (Episode 8)

Oh, man. That was fun. Well, not "fun". There should be a word for something you really enjoy as a viewer when everyone in a show is being true to themselves and their situation, and the combination of all of that is so clearly pointing to a horrible, inevitable disaster and then the disaster happens and everyone is sad or dead but it's still satisfying. "Fun" doesn't really cut it for that.

One of my favorite things about the show to this point is that it started with a fairly standard distribution of characters on the hero/villain spectrum, and now everyone except Deena and Wolfe have basically been shoved to the middle. Even Retro Girl is proving morally compromised by this point. And the Walker/Johnny Royale stuff, which has been shoved around the most on the moral spectrum, is super-interesting as a result.

DAREDEVIL (Episode 9):

Daredevil fought a ninja, Matt Murdoch faced off against Wilson Fisk, Daredevil faced off against the Kingpin, and Foggy found a nearly-dead-from-fighting-a-goddamned-ninja Matt Murdoch in Matt's apartment. I don't know what more you could want from a show, unless you wanted like fifteen minutes of Catholic guilt agony over whether or not Daredevil should kill people or not.

And guess what? If you wanted that, this episode had that too.