Oh, The Metahumanity! (Dec. 1-3)

Surprises abound on this week's relevant superhero shows. I am not a fan of most of the big twists from this week, but I am a big fan of the episodes they were in, which is an odd position to be in at least twice in one week.

The Flash: Legends of Today

The start of the big annual crossover event setting up Legends of Tomorrow has a lot of stuff in it. Most of it's good. But having spent a couple seasons doing it and at least one episode lampshading the fuck out of it, maybe stop relying on Rando Walks In To Secret Hideout, writers? This week it's Spivey, who shoots Earth 2 Harrison because nobody's told her what the fuck's going on around her. So it's their own damn fault.

They went with the Egyptian Reincarnation version of the Hawkpeople, which is my least favorite version of the Hawkpeople, but the one that makes the most sense for shows that have just introduced magic and have yet to introduce space aliens. And thank fuck the costumes don't look as bad on screen as they did in promo photos. At least so far.

Vandal Savage is... we'll see. He's a bit more manic and over the top than I was expecting, but I'm hoping he'll grow on me and not turn into another Ra's Al Ghul situation, where an iconic, immortal, dangerous DC villain has his balls cut off by a weird performance. At least he's not Australian.

Arrow: "Legends of Yesterday"

Ugh. That long-lost Ollie son thing went exactly where I knew it would go. Everything else about this season is so fresh and so vibrant, but here comes Hollywood's obsession with fatherhood again.

Which sucks, because all the other superhero stuff was great. We got time travel and Nth Metal and a city blowing up and Malcolm Merlyn being a bastard again in the final tag, although it does beg the question of why the first episode of Legends of Tomorrow doesn't involve Rip Hunter showing up with a time machine, a broom, and a dustpan and telling Ray Palmer to sweep up Vandal Savage five minutes before Malcolm shows up to resurrect him.

About the only good thing about this Ollie's Son plot is that it introduces a potential new occupant for the grave seen in the season premiere's flash-forward. I don't WANT the show to return Oliver to supergrim by killing his kid and having Felicity leave him over the revelation that he had a kid and now the kid's dead, but if it's that or him becoming supergrim again because they kill off a character I like, well, sorry, kid.

Agents of SHIELD: "Closure"

I'm torn on this one. The event that kicks the episode off is shocking, surprising, and sets a number of great, great things in motion, mostly involving a driven, reckless, and angry Phil Coulson. The Secret Warriors, all three of them, get an impromptu start. And a whole bunch of people end up on Planet Permablue.

Unfotunately, the event that kicks the episode off is also a trope that we need way less of in media and fiction. Basically a Women In Fridges moment. So part of me hates them for executing it so effectively that it largely worked. And that's a shame.

Jessica Jones: "AKA It's Called Whiskey"

Loooooooootta fuckin'.

The thing I appreciated most about this episode is how they handled the cop at Trish's door. Unlike certain other shows I cover here which have the characters completely fail to remember Alternate Universe Dopplegangers Are A Thing, Trish very clearly evaluated the situation, took a calculated risk, and almost lost. She wasn't stupid. She weighed her ability to take out a mind-controlled cop against the damage done to her life and career by a regular cop, prepared accordingly, and chose.

Amidst all the fucking, and boy was there a lot of fucking, we learn that mind-controlled Jessica killing of Luke Cage's wife was both the catalyst for her breaking free of Kilgrave and probably a dealbreaker in any long-term relationship between her and Cage, which is a lovely little double edged sword from the writers there.

Right now, I'm leaning towards Kilgrave as a dangerous, obsessed saidst, but not a particularly bright one. He has power, and uses that power to fulfill his desires, but his desires are fairly base ones and he doesn't use his mind control in a particularly clever or interesting way. Psycologically, he's a brute. He's common. He's sloppy. And I hope that's intentional and his downfall. This episode also leaves open the question of whether or not Kilgrave can actually control Jessica anymore, and either way, does Jessica THINK he can? Because he doesn't try in the apartment. Why didn't he try?

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Kilgrave

I'm further ahead than you but I don't think it's a spoiler if I say that Kilgrave is basically a MRA, very pathetic and if he didn't have his powers, he'd be on the internet all day harassing feminists about ethics in video game journalism.

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