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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter‘s weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox’s Gotham and what it all means. Note: Gotham did not air a new episode this week.
Jeremiah’s big return: When Kara (Melissa Benoist) and the DEO get lucky and rescue Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) from Cadmus on Monday’s episode, Alex (Chyler Leigh) will be overjoyed to finally have her father back after 15 years of captivity. But when Mon-El (Chris Wood) questions if Jeremiah actually returned on purpose and isn’t the man everyone thinks he is, it begins to cause some major Danvers family drama. “It definitely brings up a lot of questions, that’s for sure,” Leigh told THR along with a small group of reporters after an early screening. “Alex so wholeheartedly wants to believe that he’s absolutely right and that everybody should just jump in and trust him, no questions asked, just from the standpoint of being a daughter and not having seen him in so long. It’s just when you really have to strip the emotion out of it and say, ‘Okay, we need to vet this out fully and figure out what’s really going on,’ then it creates some friction and tension, especially between Kara and Alex just trying to navigate the road of figuring out what to do now and where they are now.”
The new power couple: Now that Kara and Mon-El have decided to take their relationship to the next level, don’t expect things to be smooth sailing. In fact, the “honeymoon period” barely lasts 10 minutes into their first day back at work. “They are happy together. I think part of their happiness is the tension,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said. “It’s sort of where they live. We love those banter-y scenes between them, where they have this sort of Sam and Diane [from Cheers] or David and Maddie from Moonlighting kind of dynamic between them. For us, what was so much fun about this episode is usually Mon-El is in the wrong and it’s an episode about Mon-El learning to be a better hero, and in this episode, ironically, it’s like Kara and J’onn [David Harewood] and Alex are so close to the problem emotionally that they can’t see it, so Mon-El is actually the one who’s the most clear-eyed, which was an interesting perspective to put him in.”
Part two: While the first of the two-part Grodd episodes took place in Gorilla City, next week’s episode is taking the fight to Central City. Barry (Grant Gustin) thinks that they’ve managed to keep Grodd trapped on Earth-2, but Grodd has a backup plan: Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), Earth-19’s bounty-hunting metahuman who can travel between universes. It’s unclear so far as to whether or not Gypsy is Grodd’s prisoner or acting of her own free will, but there’s no question that Barry has not altered the future as much as he believes, meaning that Iris’ (Candice Patton) fate is still sealed.
Speedsters galore: In order to defeat Grodd and his army of giant sentient gorillas, Barry is going to need all the help he can get. Thankfully, he’s got a ton of speedsters on his side. In addition to Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Jesse (Violett Beane), The Flash will also introduce the Accelerated Man (Sean Poague), Earth-19’s version of the Flash. But has he come to help fight along the Flash, Kid Flash and Jesse Quick, or is he on Earth-1 to bring Gypsy back to Earth-19 for committing the crime of interdimensional travel, a capital offense?
Legends of Tomorrow
Rip’s return: Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) has finally returned to the Waverider, but he’s still the villainous version of himself that Damien Darhk (Neil McDonough) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) turned him into. The rest of the Legends team believes him to be locked up in the ship’s jail cell, but the ship still recognizes his voice as the captain. Basically, Rip is about to unleash all kinds of hell upon the Waverider and they have no idea what’s coming their way. Although, based on the episode synopsis for the week after next, Rip won’t be a villain for much longer. Sounds like Stein (Victor Garber) might be able to reverse-engineer the mind control tech he stole from the future to help unscramble Rip’s brains, but will it be too little too late? Will Sara (Caity Lotz) give up the reins of the Waverider to their former captain, or will he be forced to follow her orders moving forward? Honestly, Sara has been a much better captain than Rip ever was, so it would be a little ridiculous to have the Legends just accept Rip back as their captain just like that.
Going too far: While Arrow hosted a “very special episode” last week about gun control laws and gun violence, it was actually this week’s episode that got more political, albeit on accident. When reporter Susan Williams (Carly Pope) uncovered the truth about Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) secret identity as the Green Arrow, Thea (Willa Holland) took it upon herself to “fix” the situation. She had Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) plant false evidence on Susan’s computer, framing her for plagiarizing her work. As a journalist, plagiarism is one of the most unethical things you can do, so this plan effectively ruined her career as a journalist forever. In a day and age where journalism and the media is under fire and the term “fake news” has become a part of everyday conversation, having a character on a TV show take down a reporter because they were going to report the truth is just a step too far. Sure, Oliver didn’t agree with what Thea and Felicity did, but aside from helping to prove that Susan was set up and clearing her name, which would only result in her exposing his secret identity, there isn’t any good way to fix this misstep. Let’s hope the writers have a plan to right this wrong.
What did you think of all the shocking twists, reveals and mysteries on the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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