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  1. Finally getting caught up with Arrow this season, and this is the first episode I've felt compelled to comment. The reason being, as others have said, is that Oliver giving up and accepting Quentin's death not to mention his own is not only against years of character development but against who he is at his core. The REAL Laurel Lance said it best: "I know who you are in your bones Oliver, and that person doesn't give up!" Had this been anything other than the final season I would've fully expected Oliver to find a way to save Quentin anyway, despite the Monitor's attempts to throw the two into one unwinnable situation after another, his willpower pulling him through. Then do the same with his "inevitable" death in Crisis. However, since this IS the final season I don't expect that's how it's going to go. Instead, we got an episode where the Monitor put Oliver in a time loop so he could teach Oliver to bark only when the Monitor said he should bark. Get on leash Oliver! Little doggy!
  2. Yep, and it all started with Pride being stupid enough to willingly go into that house. Does Pride have brain damage from all the times he's been shot and ended up in the hospital? The only thing that doing that would result in is making the situation much worse and it's obvious that would've been the case. Considering Pride just shot a man in cold blood when he could've easily taken him in and that it was a dream, I'm pretty sure I know who the man in red is supposed to represent.
  3. That was the problem with Smith in Season 1, she actively made things worse with her every action and was directly or indirectly responsible for nearly every bad thing that happened the entire season. Not only that Smith got obvious about it really quickly to the Robinsons at the very least. This season at least had Smith help out every few episodes, (the sailing, talking that teacher into the crate, and the heroic sacrifice are what come to mind) while not being anywhere near as detrimental or obvious about it which helped justify the fact that the Robinsons didn't toss her out an airlock the first chance they got. I found Smith a lot more tolerable this season as a result. My guess is they might not even address it. Correct me if I'm wrong but did they ever explain how the Resolute got to the same star system as the Robinsons? I know for sure they never explained how SAR and the Robot got to the desert planet from the Resolute and what they spent 7 months doing. If they do, they'll probably toss in some throwaway line like "we didn't have the engine so they stopped giving a crap about any of us." Which is funny considering Penny spends most of this season feeling useless compared to the other Robinsons and her arc for the season is largely about that... and the writers don't give her much of anything to do that her skills might apply to (I'm drawing a blank, what skills does she even have?) to or have her work on developing skills that might actually be useful in response. Even Will ends up doing much more even without the Robot than Penny does on this show.
  4. Couldn't think of a better place to put this, but here goes. Probably the thing I like most about this show is that unlike Gotham and the Batman mythos in general Gotham City is not hopeless, at least so far. In the Crows and what little we've seen of the GCPD it's got some semi-competent law enforcement. Batwoman is there more to handle the things that are just a bit beyond those people than to be a one woman police force for the entire city. With Gotham the show started pretty dark and hopeless at the start and just nosedived down and down more and more as the seasons went on until Gotham City was clearly beyond any hope of redemption or even being remotely livable of a city to the point it was impossible to care anymore. Even as bad as it got even Star City never got as bad as Gotham City did in that show. I hope that, for all the trials that Batwoman has to go through to help Gotham City it never goes anywhere CLOSE to what the titular city of Gotham became.
  5. What's really fucking stupid is how Lena seems to treat Kara not telling her like because they were friends she somehow had a right to know anything and everything Kara. If Kara wanted to keep the fact that she was Supergirl from Lena that's her choice and right to do so and not a betrayal in any sense of the word, let it go. Of course, that's just typical Luthor behavior. Act all morally superior and that you are never ever in the wrong while doing things that are very clearly wrong by any standard whatsoever under the guise of being "for the greater good". All the while never taking any responsibility for anything you do. That's been Lex's characterization in nearly every incarnation of the character and that's why I hate to see Lena falling down the same trap. In fact, the reason I loved the character was specifically because they went out of their way to show Lena wasn't the typical Luthor in any way other than being a genius just to turn her into Lex 2.0 this season.
  6. immortalfrieza

    Iris West

    There's being hopeful and there's being a moron. Iris knew Barry had been taken over by Ramsey and she walked right into what could only have been more obviously a trap if Barry had started screaming "ACKBAR! ACKBAR!" into the radio and very nearly got killed as a result. The idea that it could be a trap doesn't even enter her head until Cisco outright says it and then she does it anyway. It doesn't matter if Iris has talked Barry down from similar instances before, and if it did in those instances she didn't have any other choices. It's still an incredibly stupid thing to do that could've gotten her killed and very nearly did when she clearly had other options in front of her at the time. Attempting to talk Barry down when he was in Star Labs with Iris having nowhere to run with his hand literally at her throat is one thing, deliberately walking right into a situation that made the same thing happening all but inevitable is quite another. Yeah, something she displays once a season, if that. Forgive me if I happened to dismiss her so called "combat skills" after looking over the dozens of times Iris has been in peril and not even put up a token defense, even when it's against a bog standard human or close enough to it that she should be able to fight back against. Most of the time she doesn't even carry around or have nearby one of those sci-fi tech rifles that Joe and other nonpowered people are sometimes seen using when coming against a meta. So yeah, combat skills? Could've fooled me. First, I didn't say the others have combat skills, though most of them at least have something, it's that Iris doesn't and she doesn't have anything else to contribute in place of that while everybody else does. Cisco, Ralph, and Caitlin have or had superpowers and even without them are all perfectly capable of contributing. Cisco is the "smart guy" who invents all the tech and usually (his occasional blunders with things like the photon gun this episode aside aside) can use it effectively. Caitlin has her medical knowledge and years of experience with the health of metahumans. Even Ralph has years of experience as a private investigator and quite a number of shady contacts he can use to help out. While Joe both has combat skills and the legal authority to make arrests and bring reinforcements against the foes Team Flash comes up against. What does Iris have? Nothing. The vast majority of the time she's completely helpless against any given threat and has made no effort throughout the run of the show to remedy that. She has nothing to provide to help Team Flash succeed, not even things the other members of the group could do just as well or even better to be able to serve as a backup. Again, all she can do is prop her hubby up with the 10,000th speech about how he's a great person and he will always win. Barry's mental well being is the most she can contribute because she doesn't have anything of actual substance to do so. If the writers wanted Iris in that kind of role then they should've given her a psychiatry degree and had her be the team therapist, at least then it would be an actual role in the team. Also generally I LIKE Iris as a character. However, the writers have put Iris into this box of uselessness that they refuse to take her out of. I'm not hating Iris for this, I'm just extremely disappointed by the utter refusal to allow Iris to grow as a character to help the problem of the week as anything other than a motivation, if that much. Even the brief glimpses of storylines outside of being Barry's girlfriend/wife that they've given her tend to either be motivated by Barry on some level or avoided until Barry gives Iris her own pep talk. Like how she was refusing to launch the Citizen in the hopes that not doing so would somehow prevent Barry's disappearance until Barry talked her into doing it. Now any Citizen storylines are going to be tainted by that even if Barry never gets involved with any of it again. She doesn't think or do much of anything outside of Barry just for her own sake, and she has nothing to provide for the storyline outside of propping up Barry either. It's really the only thing wrong with her character. In short, my problem with this criticism is that people here are acting like what they're doing with Iris now hasn't been the Status Quo from day 1 when the reality is it has been like this for the entire run of the show.
  7. Better than the alternative which they've used too much of on this show in the past, when the females just magically avoid any real threat and/or damage whatsoever at the hands of men just because it's a man attacking a woman thanks to the plot writing around having to do it when logically they should. Iris was a total moron going to their apartment to talk a Brainwashed and Crazy Barry down, the villain decided to have Barry hand deliver Iris and Cisco to him. In both cases getting choked for a bit was the least of the potential consequences and I'm glad to see that what should happen did happen. You act like this is a new thing for Iris. Iris has basically functioned as little more than a living prop the entire run of the show. Iris has no powers or combat skills of any kind, unlike Cisco, Caitlin and the various Welles she has absolutely no skills that are of actual value to the team at all and she's never going to get either one. Iris' role has been to be this woman Barry pined over and then when they finally got together to give her husband pep talks to make him into a more effective hero. Her own feelings have been treated as pretty much irrelevant to anything since the show started except in context as to whether she'd get together with Barry and she herself doesn't display those feelings much. Even an entire season focused almost entirely on preventing her death was far far more about how her death would effect Barry than it was about her or how she felt about it. The most they've ever attempted to do with Iris outside of her relationship with Barry was make her team leader only to pretty much shove that aspect aside 90% of the time she was supposed to be doing it. In the case of this season ignore it entirely as Barry makes Cisco the team leader instead of her despite the fact that she's had months of experience in the matter. Then they have this whole plot with the Central City Citizen that as of right now hasn't been relevant to anything (though to be fair is probably setting something up for the second half of the season) and has been more of an excuse just so she even has a plotline. Even on Supergirl Kara's Catco News side has been all but ignored for most of the show but has been significantly of more importance to the plot than Iris' own blogging or little newspaper has ever been. In fact, Iris' paper has had much more importance as another set for everybody to meet up and discuss things outside Star Labs rather than anything the paper has published or done. The fact that they've all but completely ignored Iris' feelings about her husband dying (not to mention the fact that she should be fighting with absolutely everything she has to prevent it, though that's not limited to her) and avoided having anyone acknowledge it including in this episode is pretty much par for the course.
  8. It's bizarre. Frost has all of Caitlin's memories, (something they pointed out not too long ago) for all practical purposes she SHOULD have access to all of Caitlin's medical knowledge and the degree that goes with it, but they've ignored it when Frost is out in nearly all the times it should be relevant. Honestly though? If they do merge the two I hope they have her keep Caitlin's medical knowledge and most of Frost's personality and all her powers, because I find Frost significantly more interesting and entertaining (not to mention useful) than Caitlin has ever been. She has this snark and bluntness to her that Caitlin distinctly lacks personality wise and the powers clearly make her more useful, while giving her Caitlin's medical expertise would give her the only thing Caitlin's been useful ( and lately, not even for that much) for the whole run of the show in the bargain. To be fair, Gypsy pretty much always existed for the sake of Cisco's development. She appears to capture Wells, Cisco stopped her, and from that point on she just made very occasional and brief appearances as "Cisco's girlfriend" until they eventually broke up. On screen she didn't have a life outside of Cisco, why should her death be any different. And by "To be fair" I mean there's nothing fair about it at all, but that's fiction for you.
  9. All I can say about this episode that hasn't been said already? Ramsey. A part of me kept expecting this: Or something like it.
  10. The Montior is one of those characters who could probably kill the plot by simply telling people things outright. Instead they refuse either to tell anyone anything for no real reason or are incredibly vague about what little they DO say, which only makes sense after the fact (if at all) rather than when it would have actually been helpful. All to manipulate everybody into doing very specific things to solve the plot that they either would have done anyway or wouldn't have needed to do in the first place if they had just been told what to do in plain simple english. It's also great for making characters sound all wise when they tell people vague stuff that later on just so happens to apply to their situation, when the reality is they actually said total nonsense that could've applied to anything. Except for the Fourth Godspeed, who happened to have gone a whopping 750 miles an hour! WOW! It's not like Barry was passing those speeds in SEASON ONE and has literally become hundreds of times faster than that since or anything. Of course Barry has to endanger everybody and cause massive property damage fooling around catching the guy instead of stopping him in literally less than a second. I know I know, TV, but at least add a couple zeroes to that speed so that it's in an orbit where Barry has to sweat a little. Incidentally, said mention happened to occur during an episode where the main threat was runaway black holes, which is what killed Ronnie (which I think they even used basically the CGI effect for) and had the resolution be about going inside black holes to retrieve something. Coincidence? Most likely, sadly enough.
  11. On that note, really Palmer? Going on this whole spiel about the rule "don't date a coworker" and then using Tony and Ziva's relationship as the ur example of how badly it can go? Tony and Ziva's relationship was obviously inappropriate for the workplace but there wasn't anything worse about it than any other relationship on network TV. You know, borderline if not outright abusive occasionally physically from the female since that's funny and the male couldn't possibly get away with it, emotionally from both, highly inappropriate and probably against the rules, and between two people who in reality would hardly be able to spend 5 minutes together in the same room not to mention actually get together. All things considered, Ziva and Tony got off lightly and whatever issues they had (namely the whole leaving and faking her death part) were beyond either one's control. Also Palmer? A blind and deaf brain damaged monkey could see there was a thing going on between Tony and Ziva from day 1, a sixth sense wasn't needed. I'm hoping he was just screwing with Torres and just avoiding stating the obvious (like with Mcgee a bit later with Bishop) rather than actually oblivious to Torres and Bishop. I had the same thought when I saw the kids run across the body. Having seen Bones from beginning to end (and loved every minute of it) the only thing that shocked me about it was seeing that kind of thing in an NCIS episode. Bones got more and more over the top with body reveals that by the end I barely even noticed anymore so this didn't bother me. I wonder if a Bones writer or two got on the NCIS production crew recently.
  12. Who is hanging around with and clearly going after a girl whose power is to be a living power generator and regularly loses control of said powers. Sounds MIGHTY convenient. It probably helps that Anissa has no good reason to think Khalil is alive and thus not to really any reason to look closer, especially during a fight. I also don't think he had the ability to poison people just by touching them before either, he had to fire some stingers of some kind.
  13. Exactly. I didn't mind the fact that they killed off LaSalle, I mind the fact that they chose to make him a positively colossal moron in order to do it. The worst part is, like nearly every time writers on anything make a character a total idiot in order to make the plot work, they could have very VERY easily have avoided it and achieved the same result. All they had to do was have the killer shoot LaSalle in his van a couple times. Boom! The exact same plot and LaSalle isn't made stupid as a rock.
  14. Which most interpretations of Lex Luthor have him the same, including this one. Lex honestly (because he's insane and supremely arrogant) believes he's doing humanity a favor by taking out Superman, and whatever else he does. Of course, he justifies himself using logic no sane person would buy into for a second and it's obvious to the audience that he's full of it. Lena looks like she's going down the same road. About time Nia just up and told Brainy that he's going way too far in his attempts at affection, though as usual Brainy didn't get the actual point. Brainy, it's not the fact that you go 100% in everything you do that's the problem, it's the fact that you don't know when to STOP and go far overboard, rather than switching gears to something else. I know it's a trope that smart guys have no social skills whatsoever but this is pushing it, Brainy REALLY should know better.
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