December 9, 2014

Social Media | The Flash (2014) 1.9 Live-Tweet

Gloryosky will resume The Flash (2014) live-tweets on January 20, 2015. “The Man in the Yellow Suit” is The Flash (2014)’s midseason finale.

Also, spoiler alert: Grant Morrison is Professor Zoom. Grant Morrison is also Firestorm, and Iris West. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.


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December 3, 2014

Social Media | Arrow 3.8 Live-Tweet

The first part of the Flash/Arrow (the kids call it Flarrow) crossover, “Flash vs. Arrow”, is better than I thought it would be. It hangs on the Brainwashed and Crazy trope, and it’s supremely obvious in doing so. Basically, Rainbow Raider’s red eyes make Barry Allen angry. The Flash (2014) actually names the villain Rainbow Raider.

As a bonus, John Diggle is near a lantern. Even though Geoff Johns doesn’t write “Flash vs. Arrow”, the episode is one big elbow poke to the “emotional spectrum” concept he hung a near-decade of Green Lantern stories on. A character named John, a former military man, lantern…if you’re a fan of DC Entertainment’s television output, you already have Phil LaMarr’s voiceover in your head.

The name of tonight’s episode? “The Brave and the Bold”. (winks)

Seriously, “Flash vs. Arrow” is an hour of glorious, top-rank comic-book stupidity. I’m sure there are holes in the episode, yet it doesn’t matter. “Flash vs. Arrow” gives the audience what it promises. It’s as if Berlanti Productions says “we know exactly how absurd the superhero subgenre gets, and we play to that.” The last DC Entertainment show to do this is Teen Titans Go! Hell, Justice League Unlimited did what “Flash vs. Arrow” does at the drop of a batarang.

Speaking of aerodynamic weaponry, Nick Tarabay plays Digger Harkness tonight. Harkness is classic Flash rogue/Suicide Squad member Captain Boomerang, so Arrow threatens to continue the Flash/Arrow crossover fun…unless Arrow decides this is the night to be even more angst-filled than it usually is. There’s a reason I dropped Arrow live-tweets after six episodes.


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December 2, 2014

Social Media | The Flash (2014) 1.8 Live-Tweet

“Flash vs. Arrow”…like Superman vs. Batman, only off-brand. Doesn’t stop other websites from calling this an “epic crossover”, as promotion dictates. The truly epic thing is the appearance of Ray Bivolo, formerly Roy G. Bivolo (get it?), a character once known as Rainbow Raider. He has a way with colours. He’s an expert in mood lighting.

Dear Lord, I just typed something that Batman 1966 thinks is cheesy. Might as well climb up a building, then.


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December 1, 2014

Social Media | Gotham 1.9, The Flash (2014) 1.6, 1.7 Live-Tweet

Gotham 1.10 was not live-tweeted on November 24, 2014, due to a power outage in the Stirling, Ontario area. Gotham 1.10 will be “virtual”-tweeted on a future date. Gotham 1.10 is a fall finale, so Gloryosky will not return to Gotham until 2015, unless episode 1.10 re-airs before 2014 ends. I realize the series is online, but the point of the live-tweets is their first-run immediacy.

Arrow was dropped after November 12, 2014, due to weak interest levels compared to Gotham, Constantine, and The Flash (2014). Gloryosky will live-tweet the crossover between The Flash (2014) and Arrow, yet for all intents and purposes, Arrow is no longer featured on Gloryosky.

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November 12, 2014

Social Media | Arrow 3.6 Live-Tweet

Out of the four DC shows I presently cover for Gloryosky, the Berlanti shows are the most frustrating. They tend to swallow a wide chunk of the DC live-action multiverse. Last week, Arrow was about OMAC, and showcased a younger, far less mystical (for now) version of Ted Grant, d/b/a Wildcat. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim’s strategy for Arrow is to nail down as many costumed vigilantes as they can.

Ted Grant’s not the recipient of a spell gone horribly right, with the “nine lives” stipulation. I’d actually like to see that, yet Arrow is a relatively realistic show with the odd fantastic element, like the Mirakuru drug. At least Wildcat doesn’t have a were-panther for a son…although Arrow name-drops Tom Bronson as a boxer at Ted Grant’s boxing school. The show loves its Easter eggs.

The frustrating part, at least to me, is the relative seriousness of both Arrow and The Flash. Arrow likes to show Sara Lance, arrows in her midsection, plummeting off a building. It drives Roy Harper’s subplot, and dovetails into the drug withdrawal storyline that is part of the foundation for the Arsenal character. It’s the main reason for Laurel Lance training with Ted Grant. The problem is, after Sara Lance’s death is shown a few times, it’s the equivalent of a Batman-related storyline showing a picture of Bruce Wayne’s murdered parents. The scene is overplayed by now. I guess it’s there for narrative convenience, yet this show also laid groundwork for OMAC, and introduced Ra’s al Ghul. Once the Jack Kirby and Dennis O’Neil cards are played, they can’t be ignored for long.

Keep in mind, I don’t hate Arrow. It can be predictable and angsty at times, yet it’s partially the reason DC Entertainment has four shows on prime-time television right now. Is it a show I enjoy? Honestly, I prefer Constantine; that show has more weirdness potential than it presently shows on NBC. Also, I don’t think I’ll ever see the Phantom Stranger on Arrow.


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November 11, 2014

Social Media | The Flash (2014) 1.5 Live-Tweet

Clancy Brown – Lex Luthor, Mr. Krabs, The Kurgan, you know who this man is – debuts as General Wade Eiling. That is all.

Oh, there’s Plastique, another villain ganked from Firestorm. Apparently, she blows shit up, or something. The question is, does she angst in true Greg Berlanti fashion? This is a question for our age.


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November 10, 2014

Social Media | Gotham 1.8 Live-Tweet

One of the things I notice with the current DC Entertainment live-action shows is their different approaches to storyline progression. The Flash (2014) and Arrow are flashback-heavy; The Flash (2014) doesn’t rely on backstory as much as Arrow, but Greg Berlanti shows use the flashbacks to cram in as much of the DC universe as they can. Constantine is the most straightforward show so far, sticking to whatever evil John Constantine needs to fight that week, and adapting Hellblazer stories to NBC Standards and Practices’ guidelines. Where else would characters like Dr. Fate and The Spectre logically appear?

Gotham, for its part, loves juggling its many plot threads. The whole point of the show isn’t that Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. This is not fucking Smallville, where everything leads up to Clark Kent becoming Superman; Gotham is about a city with shaky moral grounding. To that end, I wish Gotham would rely on two or three plot threads each week – “The Mask” has Fish Mooney, Oswald Cobblepot, young Bruce Wayne, Barbara Kean, and Edward Nygma’s threads competing against the nominal A plot introducing Black Mask. The loopy Carol Kane cameo has evolved into the loopy Carol Kane recurring character. Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Fish Mooney, in particular, gets a lot of screentime…which has me thinking she dies before Gotham’s first season is over.

Gotham is a consistent performer for Fox. Granted, it’s a Batman-related series; DC relies on the Bat and his associates to spackle its walls and clean its gutters. That typed, I’m amazed how often DC Entertainment goes to the Bat-well and still manages to succeed, in spite of Batman’s current overexposure. This has me worried that Scooby-Doo will get a gritty, hour-long live-action drama in a few years. Fox is threatening something similar with Riverdale, so it’s not that farfetched.


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November 5, 2014

Social Media | Arrow 3.5 Live-Tweet

This week’s episode is “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”. That a superhero show has a long-running character who may be hiding parts of her past is like saying the Golden Age Vigilante dressed up like a cowboy. It’s an implicit tenet of superhero shows, especially vigilante dramas. The trick is to figure out which character adopts which identity. For instance, Laurel Lance doesn’t have to take over as Black Canary, although the direct connection to the Modern Age character’s name is an obvious tip-off.

The more interesting thing to me is this promo, and this Twitter post. At this point, I wonder if Arrow gives Jack Kirby credit for using his ideas, as Arrow’s tie-in comic explicitly mentions Brother Eye, and the show has referenced OMAC in previous episodes. I don’t understand why the supposed “most realistic” DC Entertainment live-action show needs to hint at Captain America of the future. Perhaps only the Arrow writers see The World That’s Coming!

As an aside, pick up Jack Kirby’s OMAC, and/or the Jack Kirby Omnibus featuring Green Arrow. Kirby’s DC work isn’t as well-known as his Marvel work, but then, Marvel just recently admitted how important the man is to its current bottom line. He is Jack “The King” Kirby, after all.


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