DCTU Series, Episode 20: The Flash, Season 5 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in August 2019, our DC Television Universe or DCTU Series panel – including moderator Kylie, Hilary, Kyle, Spencer, Kristen, and Nick – reconvenes Around the Water Cooler for the twentieth episode of our DCTU ongoing series.  In this episode, the panel discusses Season 5 of the Arrowverse’s first spin-off, The Flash. If you have not watched any of Arrow, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

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PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler: DC Television Universe Series, Episode 20, “The Flash” – Season 5, the DCTU Panel’s Review and Recap (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “The Flash” is a superhero/action/mystery drama centered on events and characters inspired by The Flash franchise of the DC Comic Universe, which airs on the CW, fall to spring Tuesdays at 8:00 PM.

What: “The Flash,” a series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / The Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. This series is considered a spin-off from Arrow. The series follows Allen (Grant Gustin), a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities.

SYNOPSIS

After witnessing his mother’s supernatural murder and his father’s wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen (Gustin) is taken in by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and his family. Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. His obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers; he investigates cold cases, paranormal occurrences, and cutting-edge scientific advancements that may shed light on his mother’s murder. No one believes his description of the crime—that a ball of lightning with the face of a man invaded their home that night—and Allen is fiercely driven to vindicate himself and to clear his father’s name. Fourteen years after his mother’s death, an advanced particle accelerator malfunctions during its public unveiling, bathing the city center with a previously unknown form of radiation during a severe thunderstorm. Allen is struck by lightning from the storm and doused with chemicals in his lab. Awakening after a nine-month coma, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds. Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh), the disgraced designer of the failed particle accelerator, describes Barry’s special nature as “meta-human.” Allen soon discovers that he is not the only one who was changed by the radiation. Allen vows to use his gifts to protect Central City from the escalating violence of meta-human and other criminals. He is aided by a few close friends and associates who guard his secrets.

When: Season 5 aired on the CW from October 9, 2018, to May 14, 2019, with a total of 22 episodes.

Where: The action is set in fictional Central City, one of the primary settings of The Flash franchise.  The action does branch out in the occasional crossover with Arrow to Star City (formerly Starling City) and, occasionally, to other dimensions in a “multi-verse.”

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the first Flash podcast episode via the embedded link below! It should be noted that CPU! Chief Couch Potato Kylie previously picked up this show during the 2014 Fall Preview, noting:

The DC comics universe is attempting some major expansions now that Marvel is push and shove proliferating on big and small screens everywhere.  The Flash is a classic hero; he was given an appearance on Smallville, and there is some crossover with Arrow, which I’ve decided to catch up on, since the CW is offering DC Comics a chance to implement those crossovers. Also, I like the choice for the title role. The Flash is a non-flashy guy, almost DC’s equivalent of Spider Man, given an extraordinary ability, as opposed to several.  It could be an engaging new take on an old superhero story.

How – as in How’s It Going? – THOUGHTS

This is the twentieth episode in CPU!’s DCTU series.  Here are only the prior The Flash episodes in the series; as we flush out seasons of all Arrowverse shows, older episodes will be searchable via the website – click the upper right dialog box in the header, the picture of the couch full of TV watchers. Listen to each episode here:

DCTU Series, Episode 3, “The Flash,” Seasons 1-2

DCTU Series, Episode 9, “The Flash,” Season 3

DCTU Series, Episode 15, “The Flash,” Season 4

DCTU Series, Episode 17, the DCTU Mid-Season Roundup, 2018-2019

In our last DCTU episode, our cheeky and feisty DCTU panel – namely Kyle, Hilary, Spencer, Kristen, and Nick – began addressing the most recent full seasons of each of the four “Arrowverse” series in order of the airing of each season finale by discussing the seventh season of Arrow.  Tonight’s episode finds the panel returning to the Water Cooler to talk the fifth season of The Flash in the twentieth episode of our DCTU series.  The discussion herein considers the success of Modern Age villain “Cicada” (Chris Klein); the introduction of Barry and Iris’ daughter, back in time from the future, Nora West-Allen aka “XS” (she is also a speedster, played by Jessica Parker Kennedy); the continued dual nature of Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker); the return of Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash (played by Cavanaugh in this iteration); and how the Central City section of the Arrowverse is faring as a whole.  In fact, the panelists’ typically unanimous and stalwart support of The Flash as the best of the CW’s DC Universe offerings continued to wane a little this time, with some of the panelists expressing dissatisfaction with repetitive story-telling and questionable character decisions, while other panelists still see The Flash as the most consistent and, therefore, most enjoyable property of the four (current) Arrowverse shows.

This particular episode was recorded in August 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of Season 5 of The Flash. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

Old Questions

1) Will Gorilla Grodd return?

ANSWER: Yes! Grodd returns in Episode 15, and he faces off against King Shark in one of the best episodes of the season! Listen to the podcast episode for details.

2) With the appearance of Nora, Barry and Iris’ daughter from the future, how much time will she spend on the show, and which comic story are they trying to channel?  Is it Flashpoint Redux or something else?

ANSWER: Nora lasts the whole season, and the writers seem to be drawing upon a few DC/Flash story lines to weave this particular tale, while also planting seeds for the upcoming and much ballyhooed Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. It is not Flashpoint Redux, owing to the return of The Flash’s arch nemesis, the Reverse Flash. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

3) Will Ralph aka Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer) become a permanent member of Team Flash?

ANSWER: Yes! Hartley Sawyer, portraying actor of Ralph Dibny aka Elongated Man, was promoted to series regular in Season 5 and becomes a permanent member of Team Flash.

4) Will the Trickster, as played by Mark Hamill, ever return?

ANSWER: Unknown. Luke Skywalker is still being Luke, and occasionally the Joker, and other stuff that makes him famous, so he is quite busy.

5) Will we see other Barry/Iris future generations, such as Nora’s son Bart Allen, who becomes another incarnation/version of Flash in the comics?

ANSWER: Not in Season 5.

6) Will the show return to more of a classic format: strong villain, an advisory version of Harrison Wells, and Barry being the primary speedster? The panel votes yes; some panelists hope profoundly that the Nora character will not be overused or become too omnipresent in Season 5, though those panelists might be facing profound disappointment as a result.

ANSWER: Yes! Barry is the primary speedster, though he is often accompanied by his daughter from the future, Nora. Harrison “Sherloque” Wells is the adviser of the season, sent to Team Flash by the Council of Wells. He is French and particularly particular about the way his name is pronounced. Meanwhile, the two primary villains of Season 5 were Cicada (and his niece, who takes up the Cicada mantle) and Reverse Flash, who, of course, masterminds everything we see. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

7) What is the writing that Barry uses when he emerges from the Speed Force, and that Nora is using near the end of the season?  Does it mean something?  Is it important? Is it Kryptonian? Is it something else?

ANSWER: It is Speed Force/Time language and does, in fact, signify something very important: the code to the Multi-Verse. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

8) Was Cecile’s (Danielle Nicolet) meta-ability of being able to read minds exclusive to just her pregnancy, as Caitlin initially theorizes, or is Cecile some lingering type of meta herself?  Alternatively, will her baby daughter one day be a meta?

ANSWER: Cecile’s meta ability persists throughout Season 5, despite having had her and Joe’s new baby daughter. As to baby’s potential meta-ness…that remains to be seen.

9) Who is the new female speedster that Jay Garrick said he was training as he transitions into retirement from being Earth 3’s Flash?

ANSWER: Unknown/still a question. The answer to this question was not clarified, unless Jay was suggesting that he was training Nora.

10) The show is seeding the idea that Caitlin might have always had Killer Frost in her, and that her disassociated personality might not have been caused by the particle accelerator explosion in Season 1.  What did cause that split in Caitlin’s past?  How is she able to manifest freezing powers because of it?

ANSWER: It seems that Caitlin’s father, Thomas Snow, a scientist like her mother, experimented with gene therapy and cryo-freezing processes when Caitlin was a child in an attempt to create a cure for devastating illnesses, like ALS, of which Thomas is diagnosed early in Caitlin’s history. He then, somewhat unethically this CP would espouse, tries these therapies on himself as well as on Caitlin as a child subject, which produces early side effects of being able to manipulate ice and cold moisture. Unfortunately, the side effects also produce a type of schizophrenia in both Caitlin and in, later, Thomas, as his experimentation on himself results in a dark personality that he ultimately names “Icicle.” Listen to the podcast episode for further details.

11) Will we learn more of what happened to Barry while he was in the Speed Force in Season 5?

ANSWER: No. We do not learn more about Barry’s time in the Speed Force in Season 5.

12) What is Nora’s “big, big mistake?”  Helping her future dad in the past? Or something else?

ANSWER: Unclear. Was Nora helping her father to foil the Thinker’s satellite-related mega-plans the mistake, as doing so paved the way for the creation of meta-tech and, therefore, the means by which Cicada comes to power? At first, Nora might be referring to this decision as her big mistake; more likely, however, she is referring to her choice to ally herself with Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash, as it is his advice that spurs her to make the decision to go back in time and to try to save her father, an event that presents far-reaching consequences on the future timeline. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

13) Will we get to see Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash next season (with a plausible explanation as to how and why)?

ANSWER: Yes! And yes! Just listen to the podcast episode already, as we spend some time discussing the clever machinations of Mr. Thawne.

14) Who will be the season-arching villain for Season 5?  Which of Flash’s rogues will appear and/or return in the fifth season?  Will they appear together, as panelist Kyle would like to see?

ANSWER: Cicada, with aiding and abetting by Reverse Flash, constitute the season-arching villains for the fifth season. Other than them, we also are entreated to appearances by Rag Doll, Gorilla Grodd, King Shark, Godspeed, and Bug-Eyed Bandit as rogues rooted in the actual Flash comics. We also meet a host of new villains, who come to power when the Thinker’s satellite of Season 4 is destroyed, creating dark matter-infused technology that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) deems “meta-tech.” To answer panelist Kyle’s wish, Grodd actually faces off against King Shark, who is on the brink of receiving a cure for his metahuman/animal hybrid condition, but who chooses to revert to his shark form to be able to muster the strength to defeat Grodd, in one of the best episodes of the season. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

15) What is Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash’s (currently played by Tom Cavanaugh) plan on The Flash? Why is he using Nora West-Allen aka XS, Barry Allen and Iris West’s daughter from the future, for his evil? Or, is she working for him and why?

ANSWER: (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) Eobard Thawne is in custody in the future because, well, he’s kind of evil and villainous. How is he held there? By the power dampening strengths of Cicada’s dagger, which has somehow become available to future authorities for power dampening purposes and which is plastered to Eobard’s chest, preventing his escape. Nora seeks out Eobard in prison under the guise of seeking further information about her father, who she learns during her early adulthood is, to her surprise and excitement, the Flash. In turn, Eobard, from prison, manipulates Nora’s wistfulness over not having a life with her father, Barry Allen/the Flash, by convincing her to run back in time and to reconnect with her dad, which then leads her to interfere with history by helping her dad against the Thinker, which then leads her to remain behind to get to know him and her mother while devoting effort to correcting history, every so often returning to Eobard in prison in this not-so-distant future to accept his device and direction related to what she should do next. In Nora’s mind, she believes that Eobard is helping her of his own accord because he has no other choice and possibly because he has genuine affection for her (which Iris, played by Candice Patton, also believes to be the case when she follows Nora into the future later in the season). In addition, Eobard provides fatherly advice to the “Little Runner,” particularly with relation to learning how to use her speedster abilities, which had been suppressed through a device employed by the future incarnation of her mother, Iris, throughout her childhood in an effort to avoid repeating what ultimately happens to Barry in this potential future: namely, his disappearance, as forecast by the future newspaper headline in the Time Vault, which most everyone on Team Flash has come to believe is caused by a confrontation with Cicada. It’s twisty, it’s turny, it’s quintessentially a trademark Reverse Flash mastermind ™ – because it’s all done with his own self-preservation in mind. Listen to the podcast episode for further details.

16) What is the little journal, containing presumably Speed Force writing, that Nora is carrying around with her?

ANSWER: The journal contains Time Language recorded in Eobard Thawne’s handwriting. The Time Language contains (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) a cipher for what represents the DC Multiverse.

17) How much longer will Orlin Dwyer aka Cicada (Chris Klein) be a factor? The panel has some decidedly mixed reactions to him.

ANSWER: Though an angry, future, and decidedly adult version of Orlin’s niece takes up the mantle of Cicada and ends up murdering her uncle during a quixotic set of violent decisions, she also hallucinates visions of her devoted uncle as she wrestles with the effects of time travel, an apparent connection to Nora fostered by a trip into Grace’s consciousness, and the long-term exposure to dark matter shrapnel lodged in her prefrontal cortex. In essence, Cicada is around for the whole season, whether as Orlin Dwyer or as Grace Dwyer, until young Grace accepts taking a meta-human cure developed by Cisco and Caitlin, which removes the power-creating effects of the shrapnel in Grace’s brain.

New Questions

1) How much of Season 6 will be devoted to setting up the mid-season crossover mega-event Crisis on Infinite Earths? Some of the panel wants a balance of setup and routine Flash shenanigans; some of the panel wants this show particularly to exclusively work toward that setup, since the Flash is central to that story.

2) Where in time is the version of Eobard Thawne that we watch in Season 5? Is he pre-Season 1? Post Crisis on Earth X? A time remnant? Or something else?

3) How much will the show explore the Negative Speed Force in Season 6? Will we see Eobard Thawne again, in his Season 5 incarnation, next season?

4) Panelist Kyle proved giddy in light of the appearance of Godspeed in Season 5. Will we see him again? Will he become a season “big bad?”

5) How will Cisco function and/or be in Season 6 without being Vibe? Will he make the adjustment well? Will he still be with Kamilla at the start of Season 6? Will he be truly at peace with his situation or jealous of all of his super-friends? Or something in the middle?

6) Will Barry and Iris try to have kids now, knowing that Nora once existed?

7) Will we see Caitlin’s mother’s full transformation to meta-human in Season 6? Will Caitlin/Killer Frost have to help her adjust? Will Caitlin’s mother also take on a “dark personality,” like her erstwhile husband and daughter?

8) With Captain Singh’s promotion to police chief and his admitted knowledge that Barry is the Flash, will we see him again? How will Joe adjust to life as precinct captain?

9) What will trigger the now moved-up headline (new date: 2019) in the Time Vault foreshadowing Barry’s disappearance and/or Crisis on Infinite Earths? Will Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) have to sacrifice himself to save Barry from his prognosticated fate, as the Arrow scene tag from Elseworlds, shown in Arrow’s season finale, seems to indicate?

10) Which version of Harrison Wells will we meet in Season 6? Tom Cavanaugh: our panel salutes you, sir!

11) Will we at least get to see if Sherloque (Cavanaugh) and Renee Adler live happily ever after?

12) If Crisis on Infinite Earths foretells the collapse of the multiverse, as proffered by the comics, which version of Harrison Wells will be Harrison Prime?!

13) The show toyed with the idea of Caitlin and Ralph getting together, though they, as in the characters themselves, poo-pooed the very notion in Season 5. Still: the chemistry is undeniable. Will Caitlin and Ralph reconsider? They seem to have a special rapport.

14) Alternatively, will Ralph find a romantic relationship that sustains beyond twelve steps (or however many steps there are in Ralph’s various self-authored self-help guides)?

15) Will we see any first-half-of-season crossovers on The Flash, in spite of the mega mid-season crossover on the horizon?

PARTING SHOTS

The CPU! DCTU panel continues to universally recommend The Flash to fans of comic books, particularly from the DC universe, and of the Flash franchise, though some of the panel’s members remain more restless with The Flash generally in these later seasons compared to the show’s strong two first seasons.  Still, most if not all of the panel continues to believe, generally, that even casual comic book/superhero fans will find something to love in what the panel primarily regards to be the Arrowverse’s most consistent if not best series.  The panel also continues to universally praise the ensemble cast as the series’ most solid feature as well as the general direction of the show, though there are some panelists who quibble with writing decisions, particularly around the third season’s main villain, Savitar, and the fourth season’s villain, the Thinker.  As several panelists note in tonight’s episode, however, even though this season might not be as mesmerizing as Seasons 1 and 2 (though the panel unanimously agrees that Season 5 surpasses Season 3 in quality and might equate to Season 4 on the same terms, in lieu of the stumbling around the “Flashpoint” story line in the third season), the weakest seasons of The Flash still surpass the strongest seasons of many other series, including at least one of the other Arrowverse series.  The panel, though, continues to appreciate, overall, the faithful and loving adaptation of a hero who may not have received the same star treatment as his Justice League compatriots and co-founders, Batman and Superman, at least in modern memory.  Further, the panel will always laud Grant Gustin’s portrayal of Barry Allen, readily and enthusiastically.  As always, take a listen and see if you agree with the panel’s general thoughts on these matters.

LOOKING AHEAD

The sixth season of The Flash is slated to premiere on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 8:00 PM on the CW.  CPU!’s next DCTU episode, which will focus on the fourth season of Supergirl, will publish in October!  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the blog, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes in the DCTU podcast series as well as of new episodes for all of our podcast panels! And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  Thank you! ⚡

DCTU Series, Episode Nineteen: Arrow, Season 7 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in August 2019, our DC Television Universe or DCTU Series panel – including moderator Kylie, Hilary, Kyle, Spencer, Kristen, and Nick – reconvenes Around the Water Cooler for the nineteenth episode of our DCTU ongoing series.  In this episode, the panel discusses Season 7, now the penultimate season, of the Arrowverse’s namesake, Arrow. If you have not watched any of Arrow, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler: DC Television Universe Series, Episode 19, “Arrow” – Season 7, the DCTU Panel’s Review and Recap (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “Arrow” is a superhero/action/crime drama centered on events and characters inspired by the Green Arrow franchise/DC Comic Universe, which airs on the CW.

What: “Arrow,” a series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg that is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who, five years after being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.

SYNOPSIS

The series follows Oliver Queen (Amell), billionaire playboy of Starling City (now Star City), who spends five years shipwrecked on the mysterious island of Lian Yu. Upon his return to the city, he is reunited with his family, including his sister, and friends. Oliver awkwardly survives his days back in the city by rekindling his relationships, while he spends his nights hunting down and sometimes killing wealthy criminals as a hooded vigilante. John “Dig” Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) assist Oliver in his crusade as does his ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy Rodgers); flashbacks show how Oliver spent his time and gained the skill-set that he uses as (now) the Green Arrow.

When: Season 7 aired on the CW from October 15, 2018, to May 13, 2019, with a total of 22 episodes.

Where: The action is set in the fictional metropolis of Starling City, the primary setting of the Green Arrow franchise – though as of Season 4, the city was finally re-branded to be Star City like in the comic books.  The action does branch out in flashbacks to international locales, including Hong Kong, the Middle East, Russia, and a fictional island called Lian Yu. In Season 7, some scenes occur in Star City twenty years into the future – though which future is the essential question ending the seventh season.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the first DCTU podcast episode, where our panel covers the first two seasons of Arrow, via the embedded link below!  It should be noted that CPU! Chief Couch Potato Kylie was hesitant to watch it, feeling somewhat loyal to Justin Hartley’s portrayal of the Green Arrow on Smallville, which ended in 2011, while Arrow premiered in 2012.  Also, the Chief CP is pretty leery of character fatigue in comic book properties of late, which may be the subject of a separate podcast or blog entry.  So, what finally convinced me to watch it? Other than a few good recommendations from viewers like you, listen to that first podcast episode to find out the reasons why I finally picked up the show in the end.

How – as in How’s It Going? – THOUGHTS

This is the nineteenth episode in CPU!’s DCTU series.  Here are only the prior Arrow episodes in the series (as we flush out seasons of all Arrowverse shows, though, older episodes will only be searchable via the website – click the upper right dialog box in the header). Listen to each episode here:

DCTU Series, Episode 1, “Arrow,” Seasons 1 and 2

DCTU Series, Episode 2, “Arrow,” Seasons 3 and 4

DCTU Series, Episode 10, “Arrow,” Season 5

DCTU Series, Episode 14, “Arrow,” Season 6

DCTU Series, Episode 17, the DCTU Mid-Season Roundup, 2018-2019

In our last episode, our cheeky and feisty DCTU panel – namely Kyle, Hilary, Spencer, Kristen, and Nick – met at mid-season “Around the Water Cooler” to discuss the progress of the four Arrowverse shows to date as well as to talk the awesome three show crossover event, “Elseworlds.”  Now, we begin addressing the most recent full seasons of each of the four “Arrowverse” programs in order of the airing of each season finale, beginning with the seventh – and penultimate – season of Arrow.  Thus, tonight’s episode finds the panel returning to the Water Cooler to talk TV universe progenitor Arrow following another rocky, inconsistent, and bloated Season 7 in, this, the nineteenth episode of our DCTU series. 

The discussion herein evaluates the success of the Green Arrow’s season nemeses, specifically the return of Ricardo “The Dragon” Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) and Oliver’s (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) secret, vendetta-seeking half-sister, Emiko Queen (Sea Shimooka); the tedious number of (sometime) Green Arrow sidekicks; Oliver’s stint in Slabside Penitentiary in the first half of the season after turning himself in to the vigilante-hunting authorities in the Season 6 finale; Oliver’s subsequent release from prison and his service, along with the rest of Team Arrow, to the Star City Police Department as an unmasked vigilante and as part of a “legitimate” crime-fighting task force; the projecting “flash forwards” to Future Star City and the goings-on of Oliver’s and other team members’ children in that later decade; and a season ending that, essentially, services not so much Arrow’s core story as it does set up the highly anticipated, highly marketed next DC Universe crossover event, the television adaptation of seminal Universe tale “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”  What’s more, officially, as of this episode, for the entire panel, the assignment to watch Arrow as part of this podcast series has become nothing more than “begrudging,” as the panelists unanimously struggle with Arrow, and with their waning affinity for it, more than with any of the other Arrowverse entries. Unlike last season, however, the panel apprehensively hopes that the writers will find a way to leave viewers with a smile by the series finale, given the remaining, shortened eighth and final season consisting of only ten episodes. Many of our panelists are not optimistic that these writers, which have accomplished little to evolve most of these characters in seven seasons, can achieve that feat, especially given the departure of key cast members, most notably Rickards, whose last episode as Arrow’s Felicity and as a series regular was the Season 7 finale.

This particular episode was recorded in August 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of Season 7 of Arrow. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

Old Questions

1) The panel members, largely bereft of hope for improvement of the overall quality of Arrow, did not ruminate upon many questions going into Season 7.  The biggest question on several panelists’ brains centers on why Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) returns to Star City and how he reintegrates into the new team.

ANSWER: This season, Roy first appears in the premiere, in a Flash Forward to Future Star City (FSC), a setting twenty years forward from the present Star City that we have become accustomed to watching. Roy also returns to present-day Star City in Episode 20, after Team Arrow recruits him as Arsenal to help with an operation designed to prevent the season’s overarching villainous organization, the Ninth Circle, from proliferating and activating a biological weapon. The panel, by and large, feels strongly that Roy and, therefore, Haynes is wasted this season on the FSC conceit and via his brief return to Star City’s version of the present. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

2) How will the show survive without Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne)?  Quentin dies at the end of Season 6 after he takes a bullet for the team; his portraying actor left Arrow and joined the cast of a new show on NBC called The Inbetween. The panel reacted negatively to his departure, believing Mr. Blackthorne to be one of the most consistently engaging parts of the show throughout its lifespan, other than Oliver/Stephen Amell.

ANSWER: Though the panel no doubt misses Quentin in theory, the panelists do not mention Quentin’s absence or their opinions regarding the effect(s) that his absence presents to the show’s seventh season in the instant podcast episode. Of course, we will always wish Mr. Blackthorne well, and The Inbetween was picked up by CPU! during the 2018-2019 pilot preview, to be consumed when we somehow find the time to watch it amidst other requested and picked up podcast candidates.

3) Oliver, in Iron Man fashion, announces to the Star City public in the Season 6 finale that he is the Green Arrow as part of a deal he makes with the FBI in order to guarantee the agency’s help in defeating the Dragon, in exchange for Ollie’s confession of illegal vigilante activity.  The last few moments of the finale find Ollie in federal prison.  Panelist Kyle has read that the first episodes of Season 7 will feature the “Longbow Hunters” and a widely panned story line from the comics called “Supermax.”  How long will the audience be forced to watch Oliver in prison?  What effect will these so-called “Hunters” present to Star City?

ANSWER: Oliver remains in prison for precisely seven episodes. During that time, the Longbow Hunters act upon order of Ricardo Diaz/the Dragon to menace Felicity, William, and Team Arrow, as Diaz is dead set on making Oliver pay for interfering with his and his cohorts’ plans in Season 6. The presence of the Hunters is largely regarded as anticlimactic and boring by our panelists, though we discuss this reaction more thorough in Episode 17, our 2018-2019 Mid-Season Round-Up (see above).

4) Will Dig take up the Green Arrow mantle once more while Oliver is in prison?

ANSWER: No. The Team lays low, with Anti-Vigilante law in full effect while Oliver is stuck in Slabside. Yet, another (fake) Green Arrow appears, apparently intent upon carrying on Oliver’s/the Green Arrow’s legacy. Of course, this Green Arrow is not all that he – or she – seems. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

5) Will William follow the trajectory of Connor Hawke in the comics?  What is William’s purpose on the show, except to complicate Oliver’s life (and presuming he has a purpose)?

ANSWER: No. Connor Hawke is a separate character, who we first meet as an adult in FSC. William, as an adult, also appears in FSC, though he never picks up a bow and arrow. Instead, he joins forces with other familiar and not-so-familiar faces, Connor included, to save the city in this future world and to help carry on the legacy of Star City’s vigilante tradition, started by Team Arrow. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

6) Will Earth 2 Laurel Lance aka Black Siren (Cassidy Rodgers) return in Season 7?  In what capacity?  Why would she care to do so if her almost family and almost father no longer exist?

ANSWER: Yes. Laurel aka Black Siren returns in Season 7 to serve as Star City’s District Attorney, as she poses as the version of Laurel that died in Season 5. She also becomes better friends with Felicity and is determined to work toward redemption, since Black Siren is somewhat murderous and crime-prone when we first meet her. She cares, as it turns out, because she sees Quentin, the Earth 1 version, as the father she lost all over again. In addition, she seems to yearn for respect and validation from Oliver, Felicity, and perhaps even from Dinah (Juliana Harkavy), particularly for attempting to be a good person again. As a result, this version of Laurel and her character progression were regarded more warmly by our panel than other aspects of the show’s seventh season. Listen to the podcast episode for the panel’s reactions to Black Siren’s Season 7 arc.

7) Diaz survives his most recent encounter with Oliver and escapes; he even watches Oliver’s city-wide proclamation that he is the Green Arrow on television through gritted teeth.  It seems as though Diaz is tougher than the average crook, which is fueled by some precedent set by the comics-version of the Dragon.  Will Diaz return in Season 7?  How will he affect Oliver and the rest of Team Arrow?  Will he somehow affiliate with the Longbow Hunters; will he make another attempt on Oliver’s life?  Or, is his character finished on Arrow?

ANSWER: Yes. Diaz returns in Season 7. He spends the first part of the season hellbent on making Oliver pay while in Slabside as well as by making Felicity and William suffer at the hands of the Longbow Hunters and other paid hit-men on the outside. This causes Felicity to “go dark” in an attempt to take Diaz out of the equation, which prompts her to seek help from Diaz’s former ally, Earth 2 Laurel, which is how they become close. This also prompts other members of Team Arrow, particularly Dig and Curtis (Echo Kellum), to respond with concern as Felicity becomes increasingly paranoid and obsessed with the idea, even if rightly, that she is not safe until Diaz is captured and jailed or even killed and even if said killing is by Felicity’s own hand. Diaz employs the Longbow Hunters for his purposes and makes several attempts on Oliver’s life, viewing him as a sitting duck while in prison and inciting inside allies to make Oliver’s life a living hell. Diaz, in fact, appears throughout most of the season, though in Episode 14, he meets a most grisly and anticlimactic end. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

8) Where does Anatoly go in the end?

ANSWER: Anatoly aka KGBeast reunites with the Bratva, though he also becomes one of Diaz’s targets in Season 7. Diaz captures and tortures Anatoly until Team Arrow rescues him. Where he goes after that, we are not absolutely sure, though we presume that he has finally returned to Russia. After all, his friendship with Oliver remains somewhat icy.

9) Will we see more crossovers with the other Arrowverse properties – apart from mid-season – next season?

ANSWER: Other than the “Elseworlds” crossover, covered in Episode 18 of our DCTU Series of podcast episodes, the only other character crossovers this season occurred in Episode 12, when Grant Gustin appears as Barry Allen to provide an interview for a documentary entitled “The Hood and the Rise of Vigilantes,” and Episode 18, when Caity Lotz appears as Sara Lance aka White Canary in an episode homage to the Birds of Prey. Listen to the podcast episode for details.

10) Will any of Green Arrow’s other traditional rogues return, including Count Vertigo, Clock King, etc. (panelist Kyle has all but lost hope)?

ANSWER: No. Panelist Kyle is sad.

New Questions

1) Where does the Monitor take Oliver Queen in the series finale? Does Oliver help the Monitor to save other Earths in the multiverse, as panelist Kristen predicts?

2) Will any of Season 8 focus specifically upon tying up Arrow’s story, to the extent that it needs tying up, or will these final episodes particularly propel Arrow toward its segment within the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover?

3) Will Emily Bett Rickards at least return for the crossover and/or the series finale, since she is no longer a series regular?

4) Where will Season 8 begin in the Star City/Earth 1 timeline, considering that Katherine McNamara, who plays Mia Smoak, was promoted to series regular for Season 8? Will Season 8 continue to focus, exclusively or intermittently, upon Future Star City? Will it be FSC before, during, or after the Crisis on Infinite Earths?

5) If Colin Donnell is returning to the show as a version of “Tommy that we have never seen before,” as panelist Kristen reports, will he appear as the official Merlyn, the villain as depicted in the “Green Arrow” comics, as panelist Kyle hopes? Or, will Oliver encounter Tommy, in addition to John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn and Susanna Thompson’s Moira Queen, as other versions of themselves in other Earths of the DC multiverse?

6) What is the “place of no return” to which the Monitor refers when taking future Felicity to meet future Oliver in the season finale?

7) Will Oliver die in “Crisis on Infinite Earths?” More importantly, if he does die, and if the infinite earths collapse into one shared universe as the comic book story goes, will Oliver be resurrected and/or will he be an element or aspect of the new version of Earth that we presume will result from the “Crisis?”

8) Have Colton Haynes and Katie Cassidy Rodgers permanently left the show? Panelist Kyle reports that a “Birds of Prey” spin-off was pitched to the network, which would be led by the Black Siren character, as portrayed by Cassidy Rodgers.

9) What effect will the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” have on each of the Arrowverse shows, Arrow included, since the cross-over is Episode 9 of Season 8, and Episode 10 is the series finale?

10) How will Arrow end? Will it satisfy? Will it match the high quality of the first two seasons or be more of the same? And what will our DCTU panel’s reactions be in the end?

PARTING SHOTS

Our DCTU panel universally agrees that Arrow Season 7 fared somewhat better than Season 6 in terms of storytelling quality, while cynically believing that overall show quality is likely irredeemable for the eighth and final season, with only ten episodes remaining by which to effect any such redemption, if such redemption is possible.  The panelists opined that the seventh season’s pacing and writing remained choppy and disjointed, though our panelists experienced surprise in discovering that the season’s first half, which Oliver spent much of in prison, proved to be better than the season’s second half.

Still, many of the panelists continue to describe Arrow and the obligation to watch it as a “slog.”  To wit, the panel universally hated both Emiko Queen as one of the season’s “villains” as well as the Future Star City story line, feeling that particularly the latter element seemed to be a complete waste of time in light of the impending crossover event, with the panel’s collective knowledge of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” story informing individual panelists’ opinions.  The panel additionally continues to offer mixed reviews regarding the Green Arrow’s sidekicks, with all panelists struggling to understand the purpose of each of them, even as the team seemed to work together more cohesively this season in the face of their many external threats, specifically Emiko, the Ninth Circle, Diaz, and the Mayor’s as well as Star City’s general anti-vigilante sentiments.

Moreover, the panel members now fully agree that Arrow continues to suffer from sloppy story mapping; an appalling lack of character evolution, particularly for the title character himself; and a repetitive story structure utilizing a formula that the writers do not seem to want to abandon or scrap for any reason, even when the formula does not work – which has ultimately been true for three to four seasons and apart from the Slabside arc starting Season 7. Still, whatever might happen in the final season, the panel hopes beyond hope that the writers can pull out a satisfying conclusion befitting the story, which the panel strongly feels that the steady (and handsome) portrayal of the Green Arrow by Stephen Amell, as well as the superb production values marking the Star City based quadrant of the multiverse for these past seven years, deserve. In addition, like the troopers they are and for the sake of the podcast and our DCTU Series, the panelists are prepared to strap in for the Arrowverse’s namesake program’s final ten episodes. Thus, to the Arrow writing and production team, we only say this: don’t fail this city – or this property and this character that you have now serviced for almost eight seasons.

LOOKING AHEAD

The eighth and final season of Arrow is slated to premiere on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 9:00 PM on the CW.  CPU!’s next DCTU episode, which will focus on the fifth season of The Flash, will publish next week!  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the blog, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes in the DCTU podcast series as well as of new episodes for all of our podcast panels! And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  Thank you! 🏹

Looking Back at Reign (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in July 2019, our regal panel of CPU! historical(ish) drama enthusiasts – moderator Kylie, Kristen, and new panelists Gina and Stephanie – gathered together Around the Water Cooler to Look Back at the erstwhile CW drama series depicting the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots: Reign.  If you have not watched any of Reign, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS.  Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Looking Back at “Reign” (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “Reign” aired on network TV, specifically on the CW, for four seasons from 2013 to 2017.

What: “Reign,” a historical fiction/fantasy series depicting the rise to power of, and the political machinations surrounding, Mary, Queen of Scots, who is portrayed by Adelaide Kane.

When: The series aired on the CW from 2013 to 2017 for four seasons. Seasons 1 and 2 were comprised of 22 episodes; Season 3 consisted of 18 episodes; and Season 4 totaled 16 episodes.

SYNOPSIS

The highly fictionalized Reign follows the early exploits of Mary, Queen of Scots (Kane), from the period in which she served as Queen Consort of France through her reclamation of the throne in Scotland and her eventual imprisonment and execution at the order of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England (Rachel Skarsten). The series opens in 1557, with Mary living in a convent in France; she is quickly returned to the castle to await her marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), to whom she has been engaged since they were six. Mary must contend with changing politics and power plays as well as her burgeoning feelings for Francis and the romantic attentions of Francis’s bastard half-brother, Sebastian or “Bash” (Torrance Coombs). Francis’s mother, Catherine de’ Medici (Megan Follows), secretly tries to prevent the marriage following Nostradamus’ confidential prediction that the marriage will lead to Francis’ death. The series also follows the affairs of Mary’s Scottish handmaidens – Kenna (Caitlin Stasey), Aylee (Jenessa Grant), Lola (Anna Popplewell), and Greer (Celina Sinden) – who are searching for husbands of their own at French Court.

Where: The show is primarily set in France, to where Mary is whisked in anticipation of her arranged marriage with Prince, later to be King, Francis; the show later divides time between Mary in Scotland, Catherine in France, and Elizabeth in England.

Why:  Listen to the podcast episode (embedded link below) for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Reign.

For your main moderator and Chief CP, I reviewed the pilot when it aired, in the early days of this website (read that review here). Simply put, Reign struck me as the PG-13 version of The Tudors, like The Vampire Diaries is kind of the PG-13 version of True Blood.  I watched The Tudors and tend to enjoy historical fiction generally, particularly related to royalty from yore and yesteryear and the lands across the pond. This historical fiction is largely set in France to start, though, curiously, no one has a French accent.

How – as in How Was It? (THOUGHTS)

Years ago now, Reign came to the Chief CP’s attention during one of my annual teaser/trailer reviews for upcoming shows. As above, I was drawn to the historical fiction aspects of the piece and even felt compelled to write a review about the pilot during the early days when our podcast under the “Couch Potatoes Unite!” banner was exclusively a blog, and given the fact that Reign takes quite a few liberal artistic liberties with the underlying history informing its story arcs.  I kept current on it for a season or two but then let it drift to the bottom of the long list of necessary TV entertainment to consume as our podcast started, especially since no one else I knew seemed to be interested in the show (or had even heard of it).  After some years, however, some friends, old and new, mentioned the show randomly as one of their recently and highly enjoyed TV viewing adventures while talking about when and what might be discussed in the future on the podcast, and I was again reminded of Reign and its role in the early days of Couch Potatoes Unite! Thus, we embarked upon convening a panel, which today features our most frequent voice and two brand new voices, all of whom have since watched the show and were thrilled to discover that others did too – apparently, those of us who have watched Reign are more common than we think but largely uncommon, as statistics and appreciation for CW-produced historical fiction go. Such is the way of TV fandom sometimes, I guess.

Our one-time Reign panel, then, gathered Around the Water Cooler to Look Back at a show for which our panelists express the kind of passion that only the guiltiest of pleasures can inspire as well as the inevitable regret resulting from the series’ seemingly too-soon end orchestrated by the network, despite the valiant fan lobby for a fourth and final, if choppily paced and overly rushed, season.  Whatever else might be said, this series also clearly made an impression on our panelists, which they royally dissect in the episode linked below.

This podcast episode was recorded in July 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as we cover major plot points in Reign. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, our DCTU Series panel triumphantly returns to the Water Cooler for its annual summer/fall marathon of episodes reviewing the four (current) entries comprising the CW’s Arrowverse. To kick it all off, the spicy DCTU crew parses through the now penultimate Season, the seventh, of TV universe progenitor Arrow. Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Our Reign panel, by and large, recommends the show, particularly to fans of very “loosely-based-on,” historical-type fiction; to fans of teen dramas and of soap opera soused romances; and to pure guilty pleasures.  The panel generally praises the performances of the ensemble cast as well as the overall visual pastiche of this series about Mary, Queen of Scots, even if historical accuracy was clearly not the writers’ and producers’ primary focus.  Yet, the panelists also note that pacing grows steadily more choppy in the second half of the series, in Seasons 3 and 4 and especially following the death (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) of King Francis, Dauphin of France, with an improbably cobbled together mess of an ending montage in the series finale that left all of our panelists somewhat dissatisfied, if not highly unsettled. Some, not all, panelists further see this program as easily reviewed and watched again, despite some of the overly fantastic mystical elements populating the story as well as questionable character choices not likely made by real-life counterparts, where applicable, since many of the characters themselves were invented for this tale. Ultimately, all panelists felt that Reign would have benefited from the production of one additional season in order to further explore Mary’s fall from grace in Scotland, her subsequent real-life marriage to Lord Bothwell, and her eventual years in exile, imposed by her cousin Elizabeth I. Plus, the panelists note how little set-up was offered for the final moments of the series, which might refreshingly if unfairly ascribe faith in the average Reign viewer to know a little more history than the show’s writers and producers were willing to offer of their own accord. In any event, the show’s aesthetic imbues it with a potentially timeless charm, at least insofar as it is already a period tale and as long as indie music from the mid-2010s never goes out of fashion, even if the extravagant but slightly over-the-top costumes might. In any event, the ladies in waiting of the Reign panel still find much to laud about this television homage to the Queen of Scots and believe many who choose to give it a chance would be bewitched by its many charms as well.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Ended!  Reign ended in 2017 after four seasons, all of which are available to stream at Netflix, as the streaming giant currently retains the contract for CW shows.  As above, the panelists eagerly recommend this series to an audience open to this type of guilty pleasure meets fanciful historical depiction.  It’s a quick watch, gentle listener, and does bring the story to a close, even if that close does not necessarily instill satisfaction. Plus, with the unending and wide cultural interest in the Tudors and in the Stuarts, as these dynasties have repeatedly become the subject for many an entertainment vehicle, Reign assuredly and regally holds its place among them, especially in light of its sympathetic view toward the heroine and toward the other women in the series who would also bear the burden of those heavy crowns.

THE THEME SONG!

In general appreciation of the original theme song, “Scotland” by the Lumineers, here is the link to the full ditty:

Grace and Frankie, Season 5 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in July 2019, our panel of CPU! veterans – moderator Kylie, Kristen, Krista, Amie, and Samantha – reconvenes around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss Season 5 of the quirky Netflix comedy about growing old (and growing up) gracefully, Grace and Frankie.  As always, if you have not watched any of Grace and Frankie, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville