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This Week in DC 10/21

Welcome to This Week in DCTV, where the Twisted Cape examines, breaks down, and gives a quick review of all the original shows that DC has released this week. This will run weekly and start on Sunday and end on Saturday, so we catch everything on the CW, Fox, and the DC Universe streaming service. We will eventually be incorporating all of it, including the content from other networks, like Syfy. We’ll also include an average on the week to help determine whether the week was a success. Keep in mind there will be spoilers on a regular basis so read on at your own risk.

Weekly Score (Out of 5) – 3.5/5

This week featured a couple of season premieres and some deeper story. Another solid week, despite a noticeable low performer. Twist of the week goes to Arrow for that shower fight scene. Amazing how that one worked out.

The CW

Supergirl – 2.5/5

Supergirl set up the season by introducing a few new conflicts and adding a new character. SPOILERS - Kara is learning about being a mentor in addition to filling in for Superman, who is off world on Argo. There are people hunting down aliens and it’s discovered by the general public that the president is an alien. J’onn takes a new path to avoid violence and Alex struggles with a new sidekick in Brainy at the DEO. Additionally, James and Lena deal with James’ legal woes since being outed as Guardian. Finally, we get another shot of what is thought to be Russian Supergirl punching her way through something. This episode set up some intrigue but didn’t do anything to really advance the series yet. However, there are some solid building blocks.

Arrow - 3/5

Oliver Queen has been through a lot in our time together, but prison off of being outed is a new wrinkle in this character who could have grown stale by now. This episode primarily deals with Ollie in jail and the way it affects his loved ones. SPOILERS - While he’s in prison, Felicity and William are in witness protection trying to lay low until they are found by Ricardo Diaz. Diggle, Rene, Curtis, and Dinah all take time to adjust to their post-vigilante lives, which is not sitting well with Rene. Oliver deals with some villains that he’s put away as Diaz sends a message. Thankfully, Oliver hadn’t killed some of these villains which made this jail stint enjoyable thus far.

The Flash - 4/5

Barry and family have quite a bit to deal with this week, especially when Nora is involved. The family dynamic is put to the test and team Flash is set against a scary foe. SPOILERS - They chase a meta who is stealing high-tech weapons and encounter Cicada again as they hunt the same meta. Cisco needs help getting over Gypsy and Caitlin is avoiding finding out about her father. Nora and Barry reveal that Barry disappears and doesn’t come back which is why Nora is so interested in spending time with her dad. Emotional weight is what helps drive this show, but if they aren’t careful, it can slow the show down. Good installment overall.

Black Lightning – 3.5/5

Jefferson endures a major shift to his status quo as Anissa works to rebuild her personal life. The family finds themselves dealing with a meta in their home. SPOILERS – Jefferson officially steps down as principal in this episode and accepts a role as a teacher. The scene where he tells his students is particularly powerful. Anissa finds someone to hookup with as her previous relationships have fallen apart and her sister has urged her to get back out there. There is an incident with the pods and there is an escapee that Jefferson brings down while Lynn brings Issa from last episode to her house to help him out, but his powers make dinner an adventure. Tobias goes around “cleaning up” loose ends, but it isn’t clear to what end yet. It’s no doubt nefarious. Good episode, but it completely ignores the revelation that Jefferson revealed his identity to the Deputy Chief last episode. There should have been more immediate fallout from that.

DC Universe

Titans – 3.5/5

In this installment of the flagship DC Universe streaming show, Dick and Rachel go to some people from Dick’s past for help. Hank and Dawn get some backstory while we get a little bit of Batman connection. SPOILERS – Hawk and Dove are formally introduced in the show. They are a crime fighting duo that knows Dick from his earlier days as the Boy Wonder. Dick and Rachel are being hunted by a family who is using drugs to enhance their abilities and target Dick’s partner at work. Dick struggles with how much he’s changed as he gets involved with Hank and Dawn. Rachel shows flashes of her abilities. Is this show…. Good? I had some reservations early on, but it’s actually pretty good. The action is fast, brutal and bloody. The story misses beats at times due to some suspect acting/writing, but it’s still enthralling. Side note, Minka Kelly is disarmingly beautiful and they don’t shy away from using her beauty and earnestness in this episode.

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