Hi there, folks. I’m going to be trying out a new weekly article where I review the shows that I watch every week (or at least a few of them). For the most part, this review is going to consist of episode reviews of The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Flash, and Agent Carter; also, I may occasionally serve up a Supernatural review (when I catch up) and I’ll add in reviews for Game of Thrones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Doctor Who when they come back on the air.
One final word of warning, these reviews will contain spoilers, though I’ll try my best to keep them minor; however, I may talk about things that happened in previous episodes, so I don’t have much control over that. Read at your own peril.
The Walking Dead: “Them”
This Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead was a bit mellow. In the aftermath of the death of Tyreese last episode and Beth in the midseason finale, the group is wrecked and ragged. This episode sees them trudging along a road in the heat without food and almost no water.
This is one of those character-building episodes that lacks a lot of action or suspense; there are a couple of zombie attack scenes, but mostly this is to help give the appropriate weight to the loss of Tyreese and Beth. This episode definitely wasn’t as strong as the last episode, but it wasn’t bad by any means. You see how the different characters handle the grief from the loss of either Tyreese or Beth (or both) and you see them all, more or less, come to a resolution that they have to survive and find a place to stay — life on the road isn’t possible this late in the game because supplies are thin.
The episode ends with the appearance of a well-groomed man (Aaron) who asks to see Rick by name. Comic fans have already pointed out how this character is probably going to play out, but I’ll leave that off of here.
The Flash: “Fallout”
I don’t think I can overstate just how much I love The Flash. This show has been a huge surprise for me in much the same way that Arrow was. The balance that the two shows strike with each other is, I think, a large part of their magic formula — Ollie gets the more “serious” show while Barry gets to have the fun and the cheese.
Well, Firestorm went kaboom last episode and this episode deals with the (insert episode title here), get it? Okay, all joking aside, this was a cool episode. You see Dr. Stein and Ronnie learn to better control fusing together and coming apart — they seem to have a better handle on the powers of Firestorm, as well. I really hope that they don’t get rid of Firestorm, because CW has the potential to have some pretty epic television episodes if they bring in the Arrow crew.
Anyway, for me the best part is at the end when we get just a little bit more of Grodd. They have been bread-crumbing pieces of Grodd all season and you finally hear him speak at the end of this episode and it made me squee with glee.
Side Note: In light of the evidence that adult Barry was in the past trying to stop the Reverse Flash from killing his mother, I’m putting together a weird theory that somehow Wells is some kind of composite of Eddie Thawne (who is the Reverse Flash from the comics, in theory) and Barry Allen — perhaps they were both absorbed by the Speed Force and so they’ve had to become this good/bad guy who helps Barry Allen become The Flash so that the timeline plays out like it’s supposed to. Just a thought.
Arrow: “The Return”
This week’s episode of Arrow wasn’t, to me, as strong as The Flash. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t one of the better ones from this season, either. Basically, Ollie and Thea have to train under Malcolm to be ready for Ra’s al Ghul.
I do love that we get to see Slade again for the first time in a while. Even though he’s no longer on the juice, he’s no less deadly. But, of course, Ollie and Thea are able to take him down together. In the process, though, Oliver tells Thea about what Malcolm did to get her to kill Sara. Poor Thea doesn’t handle it well, especially given that she went with him because of the lies of those around her in the first place.
What really drags this episode down a bit, to me, is the “Oliver’s past” sequence. Sometimes they’re good and tie in well, sometimes they don’t. This one is relevant, but not all that interesting since it mostly reminds us how unlikable Thea was in the first season. But, hey! We get to see Tommy in the flashbacks, so that’s kinda cool. I’m, in my head, trying to figure out how they’re going to Oliver’s past going in the background. It’s starting to seem a bit far-fetched, and we’ve still got at least a couple more years of his “missing” time to go.
Agent Carter: “SNAFU”
I’ve saved the absolute best for last. Where has this show been my whole life? Agent Carter is, hands down, the best comics show on television, so far. It has had a damn-near flawless seven episode run so far. The actors? Great. The humor? Excellent. The pacing, action, and story? Awesome. The fact that it’s a period piece that goes into the background of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Tony Stark’s is just icing on the cake.
This episode picks up with Peggy Carter in interrogation after the rest of the SSR has figured out that she’s been a double agent for Howard Stark the entire time. We lose a character and, surprisingly, it’s quite sad. We also see Dottie being awesome as a Black Widow, as she has been in past episodes. I’m left wondering how the future episodes will pan out since, at the end, the SSR realizes that Peggy was never the threat — their full trust, however, will probably take a lot more to earn back. Damn, this is a great show.
This has me wondering if/how this season of Agent Carter is going to connect to the returning half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Well, folks, that’s it for this week. See you next week with more episode reactions.