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This Week in DCTV 11/24

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

Finally a week with some juice! Bigger story developments, bigger action. It all felt worth watching this week. Twist of the week goes to a couple of amazingly brutal fight scenes in Titans.

The CW

Supergirl – 3.5/5 – “Call to Action”

Kara steps in for James who is doing investigative work. Manchester makes his presence felt, and Lena makes a discovery. SPOILERS – James goes undercover to expose Agent Liberty and write an expose, leaving Kara to debate Ben Smallwood on TV. It’s nice to see Kara stand for her ideals in a public forum other than being Supergirl. James connects with one of the Liberty agents and gets him to turn. This gives James Olsen/Guardian something to do. Manchester Black begins his vengeance tour taking down several agents of Liberty. Lena begins doing work that she believes will help create metas. Much better episode this week, namely because developments took a big step forward.

Arrow – 3.5/5 – “Due Process”

Laurel does interesting work as the DA, Felicity enlists some surprising help, and Oliver investigates a guard’s murder. SPOILERS – This was an action packed, story filled episode as well. Laurel goes and moves to get Ollie out of prison, citing the illegal mistreatment, but that is ultimately denied. They are really setting up Laurel for a redemptive arc. A guard is murdered in prison and Ollie looks into it and he accuses the wrong person of murder. He discovers far too late that it’s someone that has grown close to him. Felicity continues her path to find a way to get Ollie out of jail, leading her to Anatoly aka KGBeast. She almost gets him killed, but it helps get information. At times she seems stronger, but others, she’s almost unlikeable which is frustrating. The team also catches Diaz at the end, making it possible for Ollie to be freed. Much better episode here as well, and it seems to be setting up an Ollie heavy episode in the future, which is desperately needed, especially after Team Arrow captures Diaz.

The Flash - 4/5 – “The Icicle Cometh”

Caitlin and crew look for more information about her father while Iris, Sherloque, and Nora track down leads on Cicada. SPOILERS – Caitlin, Barry, and Cisco follow a lead to find Caitlin’s dad and they do. He tried to cure himself and got caught in a black site facility. Cisco seems skeptical while Barry is hopeful and it turns out Cisco was right. Her dad becomes Icicle, who is a split personality meta like Killer Frost. Speaking of which, they find a way to get Killer Frost back to combat Icicle. Meanwhile, Sherloque, Iris, and Nora track debris to find out more about Cicada. Sherloque finds a way to have Nora and Iris discover the truth he’s uncovered in a manner that allows them to further bond. This episode had a good balance between action and story. Well done.

Black Lightning – 3.5/5 – “The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi“

Black Lightning and Thunder go back to South Freeland and come across the Perdi. Lynn deals with the fall out of last week and Tobias deals with failure. SPOILERS – Anissa stumbles into a Romeo and Juliet situation that escalates into war. Unfortunately, it involves a set of twin newborn babies. Anissa and her dad do all they can to protect the babies, but they all seem to get split up and only one baby is accounted for by our heroes at the end of the episode. Really cool action sequence in here with Black Lightning that kind of reminds me of Black Dynamite. Lynn spirals after half of her pod kids are dead and she feels incredibly responsible. Tobias confronts Khalil over his failure to murder a pastor, leading to them coming to blows. This storyline comes across a little weird to me, namely because Tobias seems whiny and he beats up a high school age kid. Finally, confirming my suspicion from last week, Gambi is still alive. Solid week. Looking forward to the conclusion of this story arc.

Legends of Tomorrow – 3.5/5 – “Tagumo Attacks!!!”

The team travels to 1951 in Tokyo. With Constantine recovering, Ray seeks help. Nate and Ava share an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner. SPOILERS – Starting with the Thanksgiving dinner, Ava joins Nate and his dad at their dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner and they are called away by Gary who has dropped the ball with some displaced prehistoric men. We learn that Nate’s dad is looking to weaponize the Time Bureau. Ray goes after Nora Darhk to help heal Constantine. She heals him and realizes that she can use her magic for good, leading to her turning herself in to the Time Bureau. Finally, the rest of the Legends go back to 1951 to stop a monster attack which they believe is a fugitive, but it turns out is just a book that manifests what an artist puts in it until it plays out as written/drawn. Mick is the unlikely hero this week when he uses his character from his book (with 3 boobs no less) to take down the monster. Side note, the character was a little distracting because you could clearly see her nipples through her shirt. Anyway, another good episode here as well and I love the future drama added from Nate’s dad.

DC Universe

Titans – 3.5/5 – “Asylum”

The Titans set out to rescue Rachel’s birth mother from a mysterious psychiatric facility, but find themselves confronting their deepest vulnerabilities and fears. SPOILERS – The team lets Rachel talk to their captive where she learns that her mom is alive and captured and that she has the power to heal. They vote about whether or not they should rush in to rescue her mom or wait and Rachel storms off when it doesn’t go her way. Gar goes to her and says he just said what everyone else wanted to hear leading these 2 to leave and promptly get captured. Dick and Kory do recon, and then have to immediately mount a rescue mission and they get captured. Eventually they all escape and the biggest development is Dick burning his Robin uniform. Well executed episode, despite sloppy writing. Why wouldn’t Rachel wait for the recon and go in at full strength? It just feels silly to me. Seeing Dick struggle with his internal demons and abandon the Robin persona is great for me because it puts him on the path to Nightwing.

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