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Superhero Crossovers

It’s the season for Superhero crossover both on the movie screen and in our living rooms with the recently released Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in cinema and the much anticipated Supergirl & Flash episode in season 1 of Superegirl World’s Finest on our tv streams.

This post does not serve as a review for either of the above, they will be separate posts later on. This post is about our greatest heroes meeting and the awesomeness that creates.

It’s always great to sit down and watch a movie or tv series featuring our favourite superhero whether it is the 1977 Christopher Reeve Superman, the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film, the 1990’s tv cartoon of the X-Men or the currently running CBS series Supergirl. These movies and shows allow us to escape to another world and allow our favourite heroes to entertain us in a world setting which is not far removed from the one we live in.

Crossovers in comics have been happening for years so of course it stands to reason as most of our Superheros find their origin in comic books that when these heroes make their transition to our screens that there will be crossovers there too.

When two (or more) of these titans meeting in a crossover on the tv or the big screen then the awesomeness of what we are watch increases greatly. We know that when our heroes crossover that the adventure and excitement will go up hugely. I guess this is one of the main reason why movie crossovers do especially well at the box office.

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It would be interesting to see crossovers across the different universes of Marvel & DC but I highly doubt this would happen due to franchise competition.

So with that in mind which Crossovers would you like to see both in the Marvel & DC universes. Also if franchise was no boundary which Marvel/DC crossovers would you like to see?

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Supergirl S1e5: How does she do it?

Supergirl is being monitored by an unknown probe which she suspects Hank is using to keep an eye on her, it’s true owner is soon revealed. Later at CatCo Ms Grant leaves the office in the care of Kara & Winn’s care with the added surprise that they need to look after her son Carter (Levi Miller). Ms Grant is going to collect an award in Metropolis. Meanwhile Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) is launching his new hyper train while his company Lord Technologies is being attacked by a bomber. Elsewhere Jimmy & Lucy talk about why their relationship ended.

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While this episode does not seem quite as strong as some of the more recent offering it is still a reasonable effort. Having Kara & Winn look after CatCo felt a little out of place with the other plot going on with Lord Technologies. To me this episode felt a little bit too busy with too many things going on at once which can distract the viewer.

That having been said there is a good deal of exposure for most of the main cast however I feel this would work better if it were spaced better and not all at once.

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I think when it is discovered who the bomber is it is a tad predictable however it does leave the question as to Maxwell Lord’s true intentions un answered. Supergirl also learns that despite her best efforts you can not always save everyone and that some people don’t want to be saved.

Finally once again Hank acts mysteriously in this episode through his actions. Clearly this is building up to something but what is yet to be determined.

Not the best episode so far this season but I would call it a reasonably solid effort none the less,

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*note this episode was originally going to be episode 4 but due to the November 2015 Paris terror attacks it was swapped with the episode that eventually screened as episode 4*

Supergirl S1e4: Livewire

*Note this episode and the episode “How does she do it?” were swapped in the schedule after the November 2015 Paris attacks due to the content of the episode*

It’s Thanksgiving and the Danvers family are gathering to celebrate Wynn is also invited as he has no other arrangements.

Else where Leslie Willis (Brit Morgan) a shock jock who is employee of CatCo speaks out against supergirl. Cat Grant tells Leslie to stop talking about Supergirl. When she refuses Ms Grant demotes her to the traffic report. During her report a lightning storm builds up and the traffic reporting helicopter is struck. Supergirl  saves the pilot but Leslie is struck by lightening which first passes through Supergirl.

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Livewire as Leslie now calls herself has a vendetta out against Ms Grant and attacks the CatCo building. Supergirl manages to save Ms Grant. However during the exchange Livewire proves she is impervious to most of Supergirl’s attacks.

At the Danver’s Thanksgiving things quickly deteriorate when Alex informs her mother she works for the DEO. Her mother is displeased and the gathering is stopped.

Ms Grant agrees to work with the DEO and Supergirl to stop Livewire using herself as bait to bring her out so Supergirl can stop her using a method Hank devised.

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Alex and her mother apologise to each other for the argument that happened and the episode ends with Fliza Danvers revealing a secret about Jeremiah’s past which sheds new light on things and caused Alex & Kara to look at Hank in a different light.

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Once again Supergirl delivers another excellent episode as the series continues to develop. I know I commented on this in my review of the pilot but the casting choices of Dean Cain (Jeremiah Danvers) & Helen Slater (Dr Eliza Danvers) was a spark of genius.

This series continues to grow from strength to strength with the relationships and the way they are gradually building up Hank’s story, you feel something big is coming there soon.

With so much going on in the series it feels a bit hectic at times but not to the point where a viewer can’t make sense of what is happening.

 

 

Supergirl S1E3 Fight or Flight

Towards the end of episode 2 we see two things which would start to shape the series going into the new few episodes. Firstly we saw Hank’s eyes glow red, the second thing was at the very end of the episode with Supergirl about to give an interview to Cat Grant

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During the course of the interview Supergirl accidently informs Cat of her family relation to Superman. Soon after this Supergirl is attacked by Reactron who is the first non alien villain of the week on the series. He is a villain out with a vendetta against Superman and decides to take it out on his cousin.

Reactron otherwise known as Ben Krull in the series is played by Chris Browning. He was a former nuclear reactor engineer who was exposed to radiation during a terrorist attack on his plant. While the attack was stopped by Superman the man of steel was unable to save Ben’s wife who died from exposure. Ben therefor blames Superman for his loss.

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Reactron attacks Lord Technologies and captures Maxwell Lord to force him to repair his suit. Lord is forced to comply. He then attacks a event being run by Cat Grant as a big media launch for Supergirl. Supergirl is able to defeat Reactron which is something her cousin was never able to do.

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Once again in the episode we see Hank’s eyes glow red. There is a really feeling that they are starting to tease this up to be something big later in the season. Towards the end of the episode back in CatCo we see a nice moment for Kara as she gets back to her daily work.

As the episode draws to a close we find out the relationship between Kara & Jimmy get more complex with the arrival of Jimmy’s ex fiancée Lucy Lane.

Another strong episode with Kara continuing to struggle and grow into her new role as a super hero. We see some nice development with several characters and the series is building nicely. This episode again shows some very strong acting by Melissa Benoist.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine 23rd Anniversary

On January 3rd 1993 the third Star Trek television series premiered entitled Deep Space Nine, it was to boldly go well sort of nowhere really as this trek series was set on an old Cardassian space station that was abandonded when they left Bajor. The Bajorian government asked for Federation assistance to help run the station.

With a principal cast of 8 Deep Space Nine when it started DS9 was one of the largest main casts of a television Star Trek series. One of the biggest advantages that the show had was because it was based in one location it was able to have a much larger supporting cast which grew over the show’s seven year run.

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The series suffered somewhat from being the “middle child” of Star Trek, with The Next Generation finishing it’s seven year run in 1994 and Star Trek: Voyager starting in 1995. Both of these shows somewhat overshadowed Deep Space nine. However to the credit of those running the station based series they kept the show fresh and appealing to episodes.

These changes included bring the character of Worf across to Deep Space Nine after the conclusion of The Next Generation and the continuing building of the Dominion story arc. The only major challenge the series hit later on was the leaving of Terry Farrell at the end of Season 6 and the introduction of Nicole De Boer. This did lead to some storyline being bogged down in the final year of the show as they needed to establish a new main character.

As is so often the case with Star Trek the interpersonal relationships between character makes the shows such a success and this most definitely applies to Deep Space Nine. Naturally the relationship between Ben Sisko and his son Jake was one of the main ones but also we had many strong relationships throughout the cast. Including the relationship between Odo and Kira, the friendship between Bashir and Garak and the love hate friendship between Quark and Odo. There are many more.. too many to mention here.

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At the start of series 3 the audience is introduced to a new cast member the starship Defiant. Developed as a result of the Borg threat this was unlike and ship the Federation had made before, it was a warship build totally for combat. It gave the series a new lease on life as the crew could go further than they had before and gave the series a whole lot of punch.

Below are my 5 favourite Deep Space Nine episode

5)  Blood Oath (Season Two)

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See the return of three classic series Klingons to the station to complete an oath they made with Jadzia Dax.

4) Who Mourns for Morn? ( Season 6)

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At the death of his most loved patron Quark is left with Morn’s estate. However when Quark tries to claim it all does not go well.

3) Our Man Bashir (Season 4)

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Bashir & Garak are trapped on the holosuit when a station wide emergency traps them in this fun James Bond spoof episode

2) Trials and Tribble-ations (Season 5)

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Sisko and crew are sent back in time to the events of a classic episode where they encounter Kirk and crew and lots of furry small creatures. This episode serves as the 30 anniversary episode for DS9.

1) Past Tense (Season 3)

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While technically a two parter this story sees Bashir, Dax and Sisko stuck in the past at a pivotal point in history where Sisko must take on the role of a historical figure

Deep Space Nine is certainly worth another watch if you have seen it before and if you have not watched it’s worth sitting down and seeing for the first time. It is a good series with a strong well planned over arching story line and character which you will enjoy watching.

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Supergirl S1E2 Stronger Together

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In this episode the DEO put Supergirl through her paces to see what her full abilities are. Kara enlists the hekp of Winn & James to help her focus her skills. One of the aliens which escaped Fort Rozz are searching for chlorine based food and a Kryptonian from Kara’s past shows up and makes things complicated.

Quite often when you sit down to watch the second episode of a new series you feel like you are coming off a high. This is mostly because a pilot episode is so full and awesome sitting down to watch a regular episode it can feel flat.

Thankfully in the case of Supergirl this is far from the case. This instalment sees Kara continue her development of her powers, her confidence and her relationships. In this episode we see a nice moment when James & Winn realise that each of them know Kara’s secret and their reaction to this is quite amusing to see.

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We also see the continuation of characters being introduced. The main recurring character brought in via this episode is tech boss Maxwell Lord he is critical of Supergirl’s actions in National City. Where this will lead at this time is unclear.

The episode draws to a conclusion with Supergirl agreeing to meet with Cat Grant for an interview on a hilltop overlooking the city.