Tonight, Tuesday December 2nd, was the best night evah! Funny cause it wasn’t finale night for any of these shows, but they showed that the were doing great these season no matter what. Surprising because both shows had something going on as far as setup. The two shows I mean were The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. SHIELD was setting up its mid-season finale game, while The Flash was kicking off the “The Flash vs Arrow” 2 night crossover, which was a tough thing to jump into seemingly for a new show in its first season, I can tell you it did good. So lets start from the first show out the gate:
The Flash was this series this season that kicked off new superhero shows. Slowly but surely, superheroes have started to take over media. For a genre built from comics that mostly sat in animated mediums, it is a genre that has taken strides. DC Comics has hit this running. With a record number of shows both on the air and either in production or contracted to be created, currently DC is the leader in live action superhero TV. I already said all over twitter and anywhere else I can be heard that Flash is the best. Tonight showed that.
The episode starts with our classic opening of Barry, played by Grant Gustin who has grown to be our fav hero, filling us in on his thoughts at the moment. We learn a little more about Barry each episode and what makes him tick. The one thing I do wanna say about Barry which differs than most heroes, Barry likes being a hero. Barry revels in the idea that he has powers. He enjoys it. Last episode we were able to see him make every drink for the coffee shop line just because he was impatient. He’s the type of character that shows what happens if a comic geek got superpowers what would they do. In this episode we get what comic readers wanna see when they get together and all disagree on whose the best.
The episode starts with a bank robbery by a metahuman who can hamper ones ability to stop them from releasing their most primal emotions. Funny because it seems all the people in the shows primal emotion is being pissed off. Like no one seems to wanna make out or anything, nothing wrong with fighting, but goodness talk about this going from Central City to Starling in the first 10 minutes. The bad guy gets away of course, which is par for the course since he never really gets caught until like 15 minutes before the show ends in some sort of science explained way. This show should be shown to kids in chemistry, it would kill.
After this Eddie starts going on a manhunt to start a task force to hunt down The Flash. Now this part I felt was slightly out of place. I always thought Central City was the place that loved their hero. In every iteration of The Flash, whether it be animated or otherwise, he was a character that saved lives at the cost of himself and the city loved him, i mean the guy has a museum for goodness sakes. I am still waiting on what comes of this, but it makes him more Batman/Arrow then The Flash. We build tension in the first 15 minutes that lead us to the appearance of Oliver Queen and Team Arrow. The writers for The Flash pretty much make Arrow a jerk. He spends the whole episode telling Barry that he pretty much is a loser. Now I know he’s new to this and things need to be learned, but did anyone forget that this is Central City and not Starling. We spent every moment that they were together with Oliver telling Barry how stupid he’s acting and to get over himself.
Well apparently I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, because Barry runs off saying he didn’t need Oliver’s help to capture Prism, as Cisco called him (anybody else thought this was gonna go as wrong as it did?). Well Prism hit Barry with his powers and disappeared. Well we think that after all the tests and everything Barry is ok, until he goes all “step off I’m not you dead boyfriend” to beloved Caitlyn. Then he snaps on his boss and Joe at the police department. So of course, everyone says he’s been “whammied”. I found this funny because if it had been Oliver it was normal. It was Barry so we thought “something is deathly wrong”, see the characterization there.
This about where we get what every geek watching has been waiting for. After Barry drags Eddie out of a moving car in front of Iris (seriously hope your ok Rick Cosnett), we get Flash versus Arrow. Now the part that made me laugh the most was Diggle, Cisco, and Caitlyn literally had the “Who would win in a fight conversation”. They bantered about speed, powers versus none, experience, intelligence. They went thru everything before Felicity did the non-fan thing and said “are we really doing this”. The fight ends with a arrow to Barry’s leg, Wells and Joe curing him, and Cisco calling it a tie. The metahuman is captured off screen. Which made me think I missed something but not care. Mainly because he was only there to get the fight going. Throughout the episode we are also shown various reason on how both heroes are different.
Arrow was not welcomed with open arms in Central City because he was an “unknown variable” and because of the injuries.death he leaves behind. Also he left Flash with a parting gift, Eddie got his task force to pass and Iris wanted him to stay away. Damage done. The cities both have the same producer and minds behind them but have two different feels. Its why I feel the show has done well. Yes, they both are in the same universe. Yes they crossover. But you could see that this was still The Flash. The humor and heart was still there. Also the comic book surprises. The Flash is a comic book on screen while Arrow is a noir tale. Thats the feel.
Also I may have left something out….SPOILER…after all the credits we get a shot underneath a bridge. A group yells at the seemingly homeless man telling him that it is unsafe to be underneath the bridge. At the point the figure gets up and the camera pans around as the man engulfs himself in flames. It is revealed as Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm. So we are left with questions like how did he get out of the reactor to get to the bridge? Since he’s two people in one body, who was that in control? Also, how are Caitlyn and Cisco going to react? We did not get a preview for next week, instead we received a preview for The Flash vs Arrow Pt 2: The Brave and The Bold, but next week is a new episode so I’m guessing its Ronnie Raymond. You think he will be Flash’s new bestie?
Agents of SHIELD after the cut….
So finally we were graced with the awesomeness that was Coulson and his crew. They were missed for a bit but they were back in full force. Now like I said before in introduction, this episode was a setup to next weeks Winter finale. The episode seemed like they left all the extended scenes in so they would be able to push all the big stuff to next week.
The episode begins with Skye and what looked to be some sort of Instagram filter. We quickly were shown it was a dream. She dreamed that she was seeing Coulson and Agent May with a baby. They end up leaving the baby on the table and leaving the sequence. This seemed to illustrate more to maybe give us insight on what happened to Skye as a child. Something else the dream showed was Skye touching a music box, then start to become petrified like those who touch the “Diviner”. Once this occurs Skye wakes up to Coulson with a very appropo “We’re back”.
Throughout the episode we are caught up on beats in certain characters, which you can tell are things they wanna cover before the finale so that can be focused on action and hype. Agent Tripp is seen being helped by Agent Simmons after being stitched up, we also get our first inclining that she isn’t talking to Fitz. We get a hint that something is up between Agent Morse and Mack that Hunter knows nothing about. Could this be personal or spy thingy?
We also run back into Raina. She was running around making ends meet while being tailed by Coulson to fish for Hydra. Funny comment of the night was the dialogue between her and Skye, “get that girl a flower dress”. We also see the Koenigs and the running gag for the night is to ask them how many of them there are, first by Tripp then by Ward. Raina is the first in the series to state that the blue alien is a Kree, which at this point all viewers know but it was fun to hear her say. She also states that they, as in her and Skye, are human but have the potential for me. Raina could be alluding that her and Skye are Inhumans who have yet to go thru Terrigenesis.
We finally get to the city after walking thru Puerto Rico learning that Couslon values lives more then Fury, he states numerous times that there are no valuable losses. After getting to the city with Mack, FitzSimmons, and Bobbi, Coulson starts there mission to see what they are up against. At the same time Tripp, May, Hunter, and Skye are seeing what is going on with Raina. At this point it all comes to a head, as Mack is infected by something in the city and attacks his team. Ward attacks with Hydra to take both Skye and Raina back with him to use the Diviner to access the city.
The episode drives home that this season, unlike last, that we are working towards something. This season has been on its A game since it began. Introducing plot points that each step matter to the overall story, no wasted moments. I mean even that rogue agent who stole May’s face shows up, oddly still wearing May’s face with scars to boot. The episode ends with Hydra ordering to destroy the bus, luckily we see most of the team for the preview next week. All we can wonder is if the rumors are true and this city is the Inhuman home Atilan. We can wonder who will survive, since many characters during the episode allude that they are well and good or they have a bad feeling. I’m excited about what exactly will happen in the mid-Season finale. How about you?
Catch The Flash Tuesday nights at 8pm on The CW. Arrow Wednesday nights 8pm on The CW
Flash vs Arrow:Intro of Firestorm
Catch Agents of SHIELD Tuesday Nights at 9pm on ABC
Agents of SHIELD: Preview for the mid-season finale