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NEW YORK COMIC CON SPECIAL-Luke Cage, The Flash, The Walking Dead, Doctor Strange, and Iron Fist

COUNTDOWN: OUR 7 FAVORITE EPISODES OF The Walking Dead SO FAR

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Luke Cage Easter Eggs

The Flash Flashpoint Highlights

The Walking Dead Countdown

Doctor Strange turns back time in new TV spot

Iron Fist has a new trailer

…and on and on it goes as New York Comic Con is amidst us. 

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WE NEVER KNEW watching TV could be as hectic as attending Fashion Week–come Fall, you’re scrambling from one big event to the next, typing out your notes on each on the in-between cab or train ride. Now that we can stop binge-watching old shows on Netflix (and binge new ones), let’s take a deep breath and unravel a bit of all that’s happened in Geekdom so far:

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Sweet Christmas! Up to our eyeballs in shows and henceforth, WERK!

1. Luke Cage (Netflix) Easter Eggs: A Scavenger Hunter’s Basics

“The Incident”

Just like in Daredevil, “the incident” was name-dropped early on and often in this series. It is the important moniker given to the alien attack on New York City led by Loki’s Chitauri army in The Avengers (2012). The ramifications of that event are still clearly reverberating four years later in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

“Sweet Christmas!/Sweet Sister!”

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Saying his line on Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Count how many times in this series Luke Cage (Mike Colter) utters these phrases. It is Luke’s catchphrase; it’s his “HULK SMASH.” Created along with some other Blaxploitation superheroes (Shaft, most famously) in the ’70s, this line was meant to be Marvel’s kid-friendly substitute for Luke cursing. Along with his nicknames, Power Man and Mr. Bulletproof, the line brings a smile to our faces whenever old-soul Luke drops it on us.

“I’m not for hire.”

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You will repeatedly hear Cage insist that he’s “not for hire” this season. Indubitably,  this is the show’s allusion to the small company founded by Cage and Danny Rand (a.k.a. Iron Fist), Heroes for Hire, Inc. in the comics. Cage and Rand lend protection and investigative services for a fee on a very kosher basis–they never accepted extralegal jobs and the company was licensed by the state of New York.

Nods to his Classic Costume

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This is Luke Cage’s original costume. No way it was making it into a 2016 adaptation but look out for the way in which they cleverly managed to still wring out a scene with Luke rocking it. His self-commentary on the outfit is nothing short of hilarity.

Hammer Industries

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Remember that really funny and smug jackass in Iron Man 2? He was played by Sam Rockwell and went by the name of Justin Hammer. Oh, and he and his company were Tony Stark’s chief rivals in the weapons industry. With Tony Stark out of the arms manufacturing biz altogether, it looks like Hammer Industries has finally taken the throne. Take a shot every time their name gets dropped or is seen throughout this series.

Seagate Prison

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Don’t recognize this sea-engulfed prison? Oh, it’s filled with Iron Man’s MCU foes: Justin Hammer himself is supposedly still incarcerated here and so was actor Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) after the events of Iron Man 3.

“Black Mariah”

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Gun-runner Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali) yells this in a fit of rage at his cousin, councilwoman Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodward). She warns him to not call her that: here’s why.

“Night Nurse”

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Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) is one of several Night Nurses in the MCU. Catch the sly reference to this on the show.

Matt Murdock/Daredevil

Does Claire have a lawyer friend? Is he really good? 🙂 She only insists on Luke accepting the help of lawyer-by-day/Daredevil-by-night Matt Murdock, oh, about a dozen times.

Misty Knight’s Arm

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Oh, so close! Misty Knight (Simone Missick) is famous for having a robotic arm in the comics. Look out for the show’s approach to this.

Stan Lee Cameo

Find this poster 🙂

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Celebrity Cameos

A few totally catch you by surprise yet blend into Luke Cage‘s Harlem seamlessly.

Colleen Wing

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Claire wants self-defense lessons from some sensei named Colleen Wing. Who is she and when will we see her next?

2. The Flash (CW): Highlights of the “Flashpoint” episode

Let’s get one thing out of the way: It was way too short. We wanted to spend more time in the Flashpoint universe: We wanted to see more of smug and rich Cisco and way, way more of Wally West a.k.a. Kid Flash getting schooled by Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash.

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In any case, Season 3’s premiere might have been titled “Flashpoint,” but the following episode is titled “Paradox,” meaning… it ain’t over! We are guessing that the ramifications of Flashpoint leave Barry with more trouble than just Iris and Joe not talking.

Now, what we loved about “Flashpoint”:

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HEADLINE: “The Rival v Kid Flash” !!!
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Barry still has powers. We don’t know how, but we’re just happy he does!
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Badass Entrance– First look at Kid Flash. They stuck to the original costume!

On the other hand…

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The Rival– his costume is sooooo Halloweeny that we love to hate it!

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  • Barry and Iris’ Meet-Cute (Foster siblings/lovebirds/lifelong best friends meeting for the first time in an alternate reality will always melt the coldest of a cynic’s heart)… Well, we’re not sure how chivalrous it is stealing a girl’s purse just to pretend to give it back:
  • “I’ve got to meet a friend for dinner” a.k.a. Barry feeding his archenemy, Reverse Flash, fast food like a hamster in a cage:

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  • Aww, what a “It’s a Wonderful Life” moment, indeed. Henry and Nora Allen alive and well in 2016 and ha-ha, his parents want Barry to move out after he went through hell to save both their lives:

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  • Ew… Barry had to wash Joe West by himself. Hope he used a loofah!
  • Barry’s memory flashes… A visually resonant side effect of his F-U to Father Time. He’s starting to forget his original life and the memories it contained of Iris and other loved ones:
  • “I got you… Whoops, thought I had you.” Perfect comedic set-up to Barry discovering Kid Flash is none other than his Wally West:
  • “What did you expect, a fortress?” – Wally to Barry after the latter questioned the laxness of his base of operations. A Fortress of Solitude reference?
  • It was soooo nice hearing Wally tell the story of how he became powered. Almost exactly akin to Barry’s, with the addition of an illegal racing car.
  • Star Labs is Ramon Industries in the Flashpoint universe and Cisco Ramon is the richest man in America… with his player hand strong, flying up to work in a helicopter with a honey on his arm:
  • LOL – Cisco goes for an easy lay-up in his own office basketball hoop… and misses:

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  • Vibrating hand reference by Cisco:

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  • Barry losing some memories of Cisco… Very poignant:
  • “Whoa, it’s like I’m really there.” – Cisco
  • Cisco is a health nut in the Flashpoint timeline 🙂

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  • Barry reveals his powers to Iris and Wally West to team up against the Rival:

… and explains the Flashpoint timeline to this new team:

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  • Caitlin! There she is!
  • Aww, Barry is trying to glue his old friend-family back together.
  • “We’re something else to each other where you come from, aren’t we?” Give it up to Candice Patton– Her tearful acting was 100% believable:

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  • Kid Flash and the Flash, standing side by side:

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  • “It’s like he’s a Weather Wizard or something.” – Cisco
  •  Barry forgets… and then remembers that he’s… DRUMROLL… The Flash:
  • “I need you to kill my mother.” Ouch. Barry has to beg Reverse Flash to go back in time and re-kill his mom so they can restore the natural timeline:
  • West-Allen will always exist… in any universe or timeline:

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  • Talk about dark humor. How many times has Michelle Harrison have had to act our her/Nora Allen’s death?
  • Everything’s back to normal.. Or not.
  • “Clariss… Wake up.”
  • “Alchemy” written on Edward Clariss’ bathroom mirror:

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BOOM!

3. 2-for-1 Countdown to Season 7 The Walking Dead (AMC) Premiere… 3 WEEKS TO GO:

4th Best Episode Of All-Time: Too Far Gone, Season 4 Episode 8

FOUR Reasons We Love It:

1. This episode worked because of the ever-reliable formula of Big Speech followed by Big Booms. Usually in these cases, it’s the hero delivering said speech, but the flip that it was the villain made it all the more refreshing.

2. Rick’s Change of Heart. The first half of Season 4 saw Rick struggle to come back from his costly dictator-like mistakes in Season 3. Rick and right-hand Daryl touchingly restrain Rick’s son, Carl (who had become just as ruthless), from taking a clean shot at the Governor… just so they can parlay in good faith… “I know we all can change. We can still come back. We’re not too far gone,” Rick pleads. Which brings us to…

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3. Hershel’s Death – Tragic and tied for the most tear-jerking along with Dale’s, it was a death but so necessary to further the plot at this point. Several of the main characters had contracted a fast-killing flu in earlier episodes and all of them were miraculously not among the dozens who died. It was time for a dose of gravitas to be sourly delivered to our heroes. It was Hershel’s time. His well of wisdom had been imparted in full; Rick understood his message and, in turn, passed it onto the Governor.

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4. Hello, Sweet Vengeance. Comics readers or not, we all knew Michonne wasn’t dying this episode. She had still not amply punished the Governor enough for his crimes against her, Andrea, Glenn, Maggie, and etcetera and etcetera. We are so happy that Michonne is the one who shish-kebabs the Governor and leaves him to turn. Also, satisfying as HECK to see each of the Gov’s all-too-eager henchmen (and women) get mauled down trying to attack our heroes’ home, especially Tara’s (let’s be honest) super-bitchy girlfriend when she was nailed dead-center in the forehead by 10-year old Lizzy while trying to kill Tyreese. MUAHAHA.

Bonus MVP points go to Daryl for using a zombie as a shield like a G!

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LINE OF THE EPISODE:

“You walk through those gates, you’re one of us.”

-Rick to the Governor’s army as they ready to attack the prison

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3rd Best Episode Of All-Time: A, Season 4 Episode 16

THREE Reasons We Love It:

1. The intertwining imagery of Rick’s return to righteous savagery (he was seconds from watching his son get raped) and his past Zen-ful lessons on the prison farm courtesy of Hershel.

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2. The return of Hershel!

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3. THROAT RIP! (NSFW GIF HERE) Rick is so hungry in the Zombie Apocalypse apparently that he’ll treat himself to some human esophagus, if he damn well pleases. I can’t decide which was more enjoyable –  the dark humor and satisfaction I derived from the scene or the sheer shock value of it. Of course, on The Walking Dead, there is always more to gore than just gore for gore’s sake. Every decapitated head, every eyehole stab, throat slit… Each moment of violence on this show pounces on the emotional arcs presented that episode. For an episode hinging on Rick Grimes re-earning his Ricktatorship throne, I would say this moment sealed the deal.

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LINE OF THE EPISODE:

“They’re f***ing with the wrong people.”

-Rick’s best motivational speech yet to his group 

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4. Doctor Strange (Marvel Studios/Disney)’s New TV Spot Hides Secret Messages

Messages contained in reverse in this new TV spot, along with flashes of images, reveal the exciting probable revelation of another Infinity Stone in the upcoming MCU film. Listen in forward and reverse mode from Doctor Strange himself:

“This is just the beginning”

“Time” repeated by Strange himself in different tonalities…

The Time Stone… A new Infinity Stone enters the MCU arena.

NOVEMBER 4th, Oh, won’t you come

5. Iron Fist (Netflix)… Say hello to our newest crush.

Sorry, Mike Colter, but geek love is a fickle mistress! We still love ya but we just finished Luke Cage and on we are to the next Marvel/Netflix lovechild, Iron Fist! Mike is one of the most handsome men in the world, but we can’t deny how boyishly charming Finn Jones (who plays Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist)’s smile and curly goldilocks is. Oh, and Madame Gao is back.

We even auditioned to be Colleen Wing… but our tape went missing 😦

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THE FLASH: Ezra Miller over Grant Gustin. WHY?

Ezra Miller (below left) is The Flash in DC Comics’ cinematic universe. Grant Gustin (right) is not.

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Gripers (like me) gonna gripe, but grief is a process and it is time to move past the stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, and Depression into one of Acceptance of this tragically appalling news. After all, Miller is already neck-deep into filming 2017’s Justice League with Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman as forensic scientist Barry Allen-turned-fastest man alive, The Flash. He is also confirmed for 2018’s solo venture, The Flash.

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Official concept art for Justice League: Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ezra Miller as The Flash

We’ve all heard Zack Snyder, who directed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will be helming Justice League, give his decidedly canned excuse for why the insanely popular and critically acclaimed Grant Gustin wasn’t a “good fit” for The Flash of the cinematic universe he created. Basically, Gustin and his CW series about the speedster superhero were deemed too tonally light for Snyder’s depressing and ever-moody features.

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Sorry, Grant, you’re too happy to be The Flash apparently.

The Bargaining Us would have retorted, “Have you seen Grant Gustin do dark on his show? When he cries, WE ALL CRY.” The Zen and Accepting Us spots THREE POSSIBLE- AND REASONABLE- ULTERIOR MOTIVES for why the DC and Warner Bros team made such a bizarre snub:

1. They wanted to cast a female Asian Flash without casting a female Asian Flash.

There has been a lot of retconning in both DC and Marvel comics lately to make characters non-white or a different gender or sexual orientation, with the most recent example being a black and female Iron Man:

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15 year-old RiRi Williams is inheriting Tony Stark’s mantle as Iron Man (Iron Girl? Iron Woman? Iron Badass B?)

Here’s my official stance: If your core demo wants to see a character take on a different cultural, racial or sexual identity, do it! Comics’ business model, perhaps more than any other’s, has a direct line from Consumer to Business. That relationship between comics and reader is highly personal. For that same reason, however, it is unwise to go around retooling, willy-nilly, these hyper-iconic figures just to please a small-but-vocal group of SJWs who barely read the comics. Forced progress is never any progress at all.

… Which brings us to: DC seems to have gone for a sound middle ground with the selection of Miller for the role of Barry Allen, who has always been buff, blonde, and manly in the comics.

This hilariously off-color meme sums up not just the evolution of The Flash but the overall state of comics and comics-based movies and TV shows over the past two decades:

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Miller is effeminate without being female and Asiatic without being Asian (The actor’s lineage is 100% Caucasian).

DC can avoid a potentially franchise-killing controversy for casting a non-white Flash while appeasing those who have been incessantly demanding non-Caucasian males on the small and big screens. The preternaturally boyish Grant Gustin isn’t the traditional Barry Allen in terms of looks, either, but his chameleon-like acting chops won the most purist of comics fans over the moment his pilot aired.

Plus, The Flash is not He-Man; a super-fast guy should look lithe and limber, not bulky and stout.

2. DC wants indie credibility. 

DC is losing big-screen dominance to Marvel Studios/Disney and part of the reason is that MARVEL KNOWS HOW TO CAST. Their secret formula? Taking actors formerly famous for only being critics’ darlings and plopping them in the middle of these epic set pieces and storylines. Miller is the perfect get if this is DC’s newfound endgame. He’s exclusively known for small, non-studio films for which he’s received mucho critical clout inhabiting these quirky, prodigiously insightful characters. Gustin has no such reputation. Before The CW’s The Flash, he was only known for being a too-cool-for-school prepster on FOX’s millennial-centric musical Glee.

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Ezra Miller (far right) with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

3. DC is unwilling to keep track of continuity.

Marvel Studios’ motto is “It’s All Connected,” meaning that all current Marvel Studios TV, Netflix, and cinematic properties are running simultaneous storylines in the same universe (officially known as the MCU). At the same time that Loki was plowing through midtown Manhattan with an alien army in The Avengers, Matthew Murdock from Netflix’s Daredevil was already practicing his nighttime vigilantism in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC with just a bandana covering his face. The Netflix series had yet to even be developed when The Avengers was released but “The Battle of New York” is now constantly referenced as having impacted the events of Daredevil. These are just two examples. Off the top of my head, Marvel Studios has had to maintain continuity throughout all of the following shows and feature films so far:

In no particular order:

  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Agent Carter (recently cancelled)
  • Daredevil
  • Jessica Jones
  • Ant-Man
  • Deadpool
  • Upcoming Netflix shows: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher
  • Upcoming MCU films: Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, etc.

DAMN.

Marvel is already visibly struggling to keep all these stories synced chronologically and contextually. Casting Gustin as The Flash in the cinematic DC-verse would mean entangling every last piece of canon previously established on his show with those in past movies like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the upcoming Suicide Squad, Justice League, and Wonder Woman.

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DC don’t want none of that action. Sorry, Grant. They’re just too lazy? Who knows?

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Forget Sad Keanu Reeves. Say hi to Sad Grant.

DISCLAIMER: Ezra Miller is a fine young actor.  My beef isn’t that I think he’ll underperform…It’s that it was entirely unnecessary to recast the Flash when Grant Gustin’s performance has been one of the most sensational and popular in recent superhero movie/show history. You are fixing what isn’t broken and taking a risk on a new unknown variable versus hedging your bets on the likability of a familiar face.

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TV: Come Along with Me to Earth-2 – #TheFlash

CAN YOU SAY DOPPLE…GANGER ONE MORE TIME? These last two weeks of The CW’s “The Flash” saw our titular speedy hero (Grant Gustin) and two friends travel to a mirrored dimension filled with people who look, sound, and move exactly like them, except they lead completely different lives. An alternate reality in other words.

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The trip’s goal was noble, of course–to save a young girl from the demonic clutches of an evil speedster named Zoom significantly faster than Barry Allen of Earth 1 (Barry-1)/The Flash. But that’s besides the point. We viewers really went along with them on this multiverse journey to see all the trippy DC Easter eggs–people and events–that another “Earth” had in store for us… and DC did not disappoint. A world rife with doppelgangers awaited us and here were my reactions and thoughts as I watched along:

PART ONE ~ Episode 13: “Welcome to Earth-2”

5:30 As Barry, Dr. Harrison Wells (the marvelous Tom Cavanagh) whose daughter is said captured girl and their tech-geek pal/newly minted superhero with the ability to permeate the vibrations of the universe (an explanation of “Vibe”‘s powers here), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), are speeding through the portal to the other dimension, they see objects and people in existence at all instances throughout time–in the past, present and mostly the future.

EGG SCAVENGING TIME!!!

Easter Egg #1: The Green Arrow, in either a future or alternate-reality version

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#2: 90s Flash! John Wesley Shipp (who beautifully portrays Henry Allen, Barry’s dad, on this show) is shown as the Flash on his 90s vehicle

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#3: Supergirl! The current live-action iteration of her anyways, as played by Melissa Benoist on CBS. My not-so-great feelings on that show.

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#4: Gorilla Grodd, hopefully happy and content in Gorilla City

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#5: WHO IS THIS MAN IN A FEDORA HOLDING A DERRINGER? HELP, YOU GUYS?

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#6: A ring… Green Lantern’s ring? (UPDATE: Thanks, @Kevslider on Twitter, I had a total brain fart– THIS is Barry’s ring from the Legion of Superheroes!)

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6:43 I LOVE that Barry and Cisco act like two eager tourists the moment they arrive on Earth-2:

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  • 6:50 “Holy 2001, I feel like I just opened my third eye.” – Cisco upon arrival
  • 6:55 Barry excitedly punches Cisco on the shoulder, saying “come on!” and Cisco, in all the excitement, still goes “ow.”
  • 7:45 Like two tourists, they huddle in front of a cliché landmark symbol for an uber-cheesy selfie. And I mean two-fingers-raised-horizontally-cheesy.

8:02 “AHHHH.” Their reaction to Earth-2 Henry Hewitt… Priceless:

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9:13 Laughing out loud at Cisco’s bravado:

“Alright, Zoom, you can run but you can’t hide,” as he slickly slides on a pair of power-enhancing frames to search for Zoom.

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…Nothing for a good few seconds…

“You know what, you guys are crowding my space. I can’t perform like this under pressure. If you can back up a little…”

…Wells and Barry dutifully back up.

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“Take 2… ‘Alright, Zoom, you can run…”

*LAUGHING SO HARD I’M CRYING EMOJI*

10:09 Barry’s doppelgänger (Barry-2) surfaces and he is…academic. Apparently, distinguished men of all ages wear bowties on Earth -2:

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11:30 I love that Cisco packed TWIZZLERS in his utility vest:

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12:00 Having kidnapped Barry-2 and temporarily taking his place as a CSI to suss out the sitch.. Barry-1 sees, at the Earth-2 Central City Police Department:

  • Captain Singh is apparently a constantly arrested n’er-do-well (a pimp? Drug dealer?)
  • Deadshot, a villainous sniper with a 100% shot record on Earth-1, is a good-hearted cop with the worst aim this side of the multiverse. So he’s still Deadshot…hilariously.
  • Iris West (Candice Patton) is the badass detective of the West-Allen family! She’s also, oh, hold up, why are you feeling me up…Barry’s wife:

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AT THIS POINT, I MUST make a note about the almost-anachronistic fashions of Earth-2. This is apparently an alternate reality in which science and technology are advanced almost a century ahead of Earth-1. Yet, 20-something year old men wear tweed, female police detectives wear high-waisted bell-bottoms, and fedoras bounce atop domes everywhere. Who decided that this would be the sartorial look for Earth-2? I’m not complaining but it is curious how it clashes with the technology of the times.

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ON EARTH-2, 20 SOMETHINGS WEAR TWEED, FEMALE COPS WEAR HIGH-RISE BELL-BOTTOMS, AND FEDORAS BOUNCE ON DOMES EVERYWHERE..

13:50 Enter Killer Frost a.k.a. Earth-2 Caitlin Snow  (Danielle Panabaker). From the moment you hear her echo-y voice deliver an evil monologue and then take in her leather-clad vixen look in full, you fall under her particularly icy spell. Every note of her performance (CLAP CLAP, DANIELLE) is perfection.

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The blue lips, platinum blonde mane, and all-leather ensemble suit her cold-blooded (humor me, please) persona down to the last cube in the ice tray (okay, I’m done). Killer Frost, however, may not be as one-dimensional a villain as viewers would expect.

The first hint of her possible hidden warmth is felt through her love connection to Ronnie Raymond a.k.a. Deathstorm on Earth-2, a villain who blasts nuclear energy at people. Even Killer Frost’s one-liners are not as one-toned as they usually are with Villains of the Week. She seems genuinely damaged and unfortunately twisted into who she became.

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I’m SO gonna be Killer Frost for Halloween 2016.

Every crack in Killer Frost’s broken person sheds human light upon her soul… I enjoy Panabaker a lot more as Frost than as a goody two shoes MD on Earth-1.

15:38 Iris West-Allen undressing in front of Barry-1 causes him to look away like he’s suddenly disgusted by the sight of female breasts… Just good ol’ Barry being respectful to a woman who doesn’t know he’s impersonating her husband.

15:52 Here’s the kicker: Iris tells Barry-1, “Your mom called.” DROP THE MIC–Barry-1’s mom has been dead on Earth-1 since he was 11–for 15 years.

16:00 Barry-1 calls Nora Allen/Earth-2 and we see some very important names on the landline phone’s speed dial:

  • Hal (as in Jordan?! a.k.a.The Green Lantern?!)
  • Diana (as in Prince?! a.k.a. WONDER friggin’ WOMAN?! They have Wonder Woman on speed dial?!)
  • Eddie (Earth-1 Iris’ fiancé who died to save the world)… In this world, I can’t fathom why they would plant Eddie on speed dial. Does he have powers like Hal and Diana? Or is he just an ex here, too?
    • “HEY HONEY, LET’S PUT YOUR EX ON OUR SPEED DIAL FOR SH!TS AND GIGGLES.”

16:35 Barry speaking to his mom = MUCHO TEARS ON MY END. Learning that she’s not only alive on this Earth but happy and healthy…Waterworks.

18:57 Joe (Jesse L. Martin) as a pro lounge singer! Wow, is Jesse L. Martin a smooth vocalist! Bad news… Barry and Joe are not loving foster son and dad on Earth-2 but “Bartholomew” and “Joseph” to each other…A hostile son-and-father-in-law relationship there.

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20:00 Joe’s strong dislike (hatred) for Barry is saddening but mostly hilarious…

EVERY DAMN TIME JOE CALLED BARRY “BARTHOLOMEW,” I PRETTY MUCH PEED MYSELF.

22:05 Back on Earth-1, Jay Garrick confessed yet another shady side to his increasing lack of character– Zoom didn’t steal his powers; he lost them by being greedy and experimenting on himself so he can get more speed.

WOW. I NEVER SAW ME LOVING HARRISON “HARRY” WELLS AND DISLIKING JAY GARRICK AT THE SEASON’S START…

THIS GUY GETS FISHIER AND FISHIER WITH EACH APPEARANCE. SWIM, SWIM, MY LI’L FISHY!

26:00 “God, this is making me so hot!” -Killer Frost watching Deathstorm try to blast the Flash.

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Deathstorm and Killer Frost, two villains up in the flames of their love

30:00 Why am I crying at a fake Joe West’s death? I hate this show’s ability to manipulate feels.

32:21 TOTAL CLARK KENT MOMENT! BARRY, WHO OTHERWISE NEVER GETS THE OPPORTUNITY, GOT TO WHIP OFF HIS GLASSES BEFORE SUPERHEROICS.

33:00 Talk about the dull Villain of the Week. Geomancer… easily the worst thing about this 2-part series. “Get ready to rumble.” Yes, we get it. You make the earth quake. Blah blah, see you in cuffs soon.

33:38 Jay’s speed drug fails him amidst superheroics. DON’T DO SPEED-ENHANCING DRUGS, KIDS.

36:05 Cisco seeing his Earth-2 counterpart:

“Dopple…” – Cisco-1

“…Ganger” -finishes Cisco-2

36:20 Of course, Cisco-2 is evil and shares Cisco’s powers–he’s just way more advanced in exercising them.

37:20 “Are you Cloud City-Vadering me right now?” -Cisco-1 after his counterpart offers to split the Earth-2 empire with him.

38:30 Love “Deadshot” missing each and every attempt at shooting Cisco-2 at close range.

39:20 For a guy who can run about 10x faster than the Flash, Zoom talks at a painfully slow pace. Like, dude, are you like Bane and severely injured around your mouth area or something?

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Zoom grabbing Barry-1/The Flash; I bet Zoom’s breath STINKS.

40:01 A twinge of sympathy for Killer Frost as she weeps over Evil Ronnie’s dead body, courtesy of Zoom.

40:40 As Caitlin and Jay discuss his condition and the possibility of their friends being stuck on Earth-2 forever, I’m beginning to suspect Jay has a terrible ulterior motive. Call it an inkling.

41:14 Great, Barry’s stuck in a prison with the Gimp:

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PART TWO ~ Episode 14: “Escape from Earth-2”

(the superior episode of the 2-parter IMO)

2:20 CAN SOMEONE KILL ZOOM ALREADY SO I DON’T HAVE TO EVER HEAR HIM HOARSELY WHISPER AGAIN IN THAT QUASI-BRITISH ACCENT?

3:30 Barry-2, still kidnapped and locked in a room by Wells and Cisco, is…delightful.

“Hello??? Whoever’s responsible for this…Ohh, we are going to have words, the two of us!”

Now, Barry-1’s no smooth operator but Gustin does an amazing job further differentiating between an awkward-but-superpowered Barry and an awkward-and-super-awkward Barry.

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Stop whimpering, Barry-2! Zoom’s out there!

7:00 The mute and masked Gimp won’t stop tapping, attempting to send the captured Barry-1 a message.

I SAY THE GIMP’S PERCENTAGE CHANCES OF BEING SOMEONE THEY ALL KNOW (OR THINK THEY DO) ARE AT WELL OVER 90.

8:02 Jay CONSTANTLY is breach-fixing, making everyone think he’s the one screwing with the breaches. Maybe he is really a good guy, but he definitely has more nasty skeletons in his closet to share.

9:30 Scott Evans? A pretty-boy editor for Iris on Earth-1… Smells like a love interest for her (before she meets her inevitable destiny and marries Barry) to me.

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Iris’ sexy new boss, Scott Evans (Tone Bell)

12:25 “Patty Spivot is pretty… thorough in her metahuman logs.” – Earth-2 Barry, the pause indicating a whimsical wink at Barry and Patty’s former romance on Earth-1.

12:30 Barry-2’s lab looks identical to his on Earth-1. Guess they ran out of prop and CGI money to upgrade the look of his man-cave.

15:54 “Velocity 9” for Jay–All this emphasis on the advancement of speed drugs for Jay just makes me more and more nervous that his story is heading down a sinister path.

18:00 My favorite SFX on any speedster is when his eyes crackle with lightning:

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18:35 SOMETHING TELLS US JAY WASN’T NAPPING DOWNSTAIRS LIKE HE TOLD CAITLIN…

19:02 And now the Gimp is tapping to tell Barry-1 something about Jay.

A LOT OF FAN THEORIES SWARM THE GIMP’S IDENTITY SO I’LL JUST SPELL OUT THE FACTS AND THE FACTS ALONE:

  • THE GIMP IS IN THE SAME UNBREAKABLE GLASS PRISON AS THE FLASH, BUT NOT JESSIE. A SPEEDSTER PRISON?
  • THE GIMP VEHEMENTLY SHAKES HIS HEAD WHEN BARRY REPLIES, “JAY GARRICK IS ALIVE.”
  • AFTER BARRY INSISTS JAY GARRICK IS ON EARTH-1, THE GIMP FRUSTRATINGLY BANGS HIS HEAD ON THE WALL.

So… keep speculating. This is quite the entangled mystery. Bravo, showrunners.

21:22 Killer Frost continues her dance with her good, bad and neutral sides throughout these two episodes. As Cisco-1 reminds her, they now have a common enemy in Zoom. Yet, she seems both afraid of Zoom and a naturally loyal follower.

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Evil or good? Which am I today? Hmm…

A question about Killer Frost’s powers: She throws apparently deadly icicles through people’s chests. HOW DEADLY are icicles in real life when aimed at most places on the human body? Is it the speed at which she propels them?

28:53 “Caitlin, so sorry I didn’t come sooner.” – Jay… OH, you mean “sooner” as in when I almost died in a crazy, loud-ass fight with Geomancer while you were a mere floor below supposedly napping?

I DO NOT TRUST JAY GARRICK!

33:06 Barry’s speech to Barry motivating him to get fast enough to phase through his prison walls was this episode’s “Barry-1 talking to mom.”

“I’M JUST BARRY ALLEN… YOU’RE THE FLASH.” – BARRY-2 TO BARRY-1

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Heart to Heart with Barry and Barry

35:60 Gimp looks very happy when Barry escapes from Zoom and encouraged him to leave him behind for the time being for Barry’s sake. Sounds like the Gimp is a hero to me.

38:36 “WE HAVE SOME FAMILY IN ATLANTIS WHO CAN HELP US OUT.”

40:24 HOORAY! Dr. Wells, and therefore, Tom Cavanagh, is going back for good to Earth-1. I’m not prepared to lose Tom as a series regular.

40:42 Jay conveniently stands in front of the last closing portal to Earth-2 just long enough for Zoom to stick his claws through Jay’s chest and pull him back to the other dimension. Something tells me that’s what Jay wanted all along…

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WHO IS THE MAN IN THE MASK (WHOM I HAVE BEEN CHEEKILY CALLING THE GIMP AND FOR THAT, I AM SORRY, SIR)?

WHAT IS JAY AFTER? IS HE REALLY JAY GARRICK?

HOW DOES ZOOM POSE A THREAT TO TEAM FLASH NOW THAT THEY HAVE SUPPOSEDLY CLOSED ALL THE PORTALS BETWEEN THE TWO EARTHS?

THOUGHTS?

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Dopple…ganger

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