This Week in DCTV 1/19/19
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
Good, solid week before we get a full DC slate rolling again. Looking forward to how the other DCCW shows restart from the crossover and the midseason finale of Young Justice. Twist of the Week (SPOILERS AHEAD) goes to Young Justice Outsiders for the surprise but not surprising beheading of Orm, the Ocean Master.
The Flash - 3/5 – “The Flash & The Furious”
While Nora grapples with the revelation that Thawne killed her grandmother, Team Flash must stop Weather Witch and Silver Ghost, a new villain who can control engines and motorized technology; Caitlin and Cisco discuss creating a metahuman cure. SPOILERS – Another episode where Barry was largely off the board, yet he remained more involved than previous episodes. More and more, they seem to be working Nora in so she can learn more about being a hero, much like Barry’s beginning. What’s unclear is why she is talking to Thawne in the future so much. As for Silver Ghost and Weather Witch, it seems like meta-tech is going to be more of a problem as the season moves along and may help form a new version of the Rogues, with Weather Witch seeming to be as conflicted as Snart was. The question I have is about the meta-tech: does it change people and bring out they’re inner good or bad? Certainly seems that way. As for Caitlin/Killer Frost and Cisco, they have a debate over whether or not a meta cure should be developed and it feels perfect for these two to have this conversation. They’ve both been on either side of the argument and it’s interesting to see where they both fall on the debate. Solid episode, but it felt more like an establishment or set up episode coming back from the break rather than something that advances the story.
Young Justice: Outsiders – 4/5 – “Evolution”, “Triptych”, “Home Fires”
In “Evolution”, Aliens once again threaten the Earth, but with the Justice League split and scattered, only Earth’s first and greatest hero can save us! In “Triptych”, As Meta-Human trafficking spreads across the United States, three very different teams of heroes seek to put a stop to it! In “Home Fires”, As Meta-Human trafficking spreads across the United States, three very different teams of heroes seek to put a stop to it! SPOILERS – Some huge developments throughout this week’s episodes. The Outsiders begin training, as we get a long look at Vandal Savage’s history. There is a gut-wrenching moment where he kills his daughter as her mind is going. The Outsiders officially get codenames, while Vandal Savage and Darkseid take the time to defend Earth. Episode 8 tells a disjointed story, but brings it all together in an incredible way, focusing on the split-up heroes of the League, the Team and others. They stop a meta-trafficking operation, but Wonder Woman is concerned that they have used a tactic that is unbecoming for their status as heroes. Finally, the third episode this week gave us some huge developments. We got a look at Lobo who was hunting Forager, who he seemingly killed, which was heart wrenching. Turns out, he just got rid of his exoskeleton, allowing Lobo to think he was dead. More importantly, the families of the heroes, specifically wives and children, all gather for a big playdate (including Lois and Jon Kent!) and unbeknownst to them, they are being watched. Turns out they have been stalked by Ocean Master who intends to kill them all to deal a massive blow to the heroes. He’s confronted by Lady Shiva who explains that the Light calls this the Nuclear Option, because there would be mutually assured destruction and that it shouldn’t be used lightly. When Orm won’t back down, Lady Shiva beheads him and disappears, which was crazy and unexpected. Finally, the Light returns, revealing that they are behind the Lobo hit, but it was to draw out Nightwing and his team and see who they all were. The light has Granny Goodness in tow, who says she’ll deal with them in good time, clearly hinting that Darkseid will be heavily involved soon.
Gotham - 3/5 – “Penguin, Our Hero”
With the creation of Haven as a safe place for refugees, Gordon hopes to stoop the gang fighting in Gotham; Selina is determined to find Jeremiah, and she convinces Bruce to help her; Penguin goes to Haven to reclaim his stuff. SPOILERS – We got a few unexpected things in this episode, which helped it get a better score than it was going to. With Penguin being deserted left and right, he mounts an assault on Haven, which finds a way to end with him being painted in a heroic light by the foolish citizens of Gotham. Selina and Bruce go after Jeremiah, but encounter what can only be described as this show’s version of Harley Quinn, who is crazy and dangerous. Selina’s more dangerous ‘Cat’ comes out and almost goes too far in several circumstances, which Bruce stops. Finally, as a showdown brews outside Haven with Barbara, Gordon, and Penguin, Haven explodes, seemingly killing all the occupants inside.