Hello DC TV fans! Welcome back to another week of 4 Your Excitement‘s The DC TV Mix.
Every week, we discuss the highs and lows of the CW line-up of DC TV shows: Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends Of Tomorrow. So if you’re a fan of all five of these shows, then definitely give us a listen.
For the next coming weeks, however, we are changing up the format as time constraints at the moment don’t give us much room to record so we are going to discuss our thoughts in a roundtable post until the end of May, where we’ll return to our regular format.
The DC TV Mix is presented by Editor-In-Chief Erika Rivera and Senior Editor (plus The Flash, Black Lightning, and Supergirl recapper) Bec Heim.
Be sure to also check out our recaps, which you can find here.
Without further ado, here’s our breakdown of the week!
- Emmy: Juliana Harkavy gets my vote this week. She has grown so much in her role as Dinah/Black Canary and always knows how to deliver some gut-punching emotional scenes. She’s been handed quite the doozy of a storyline this season with having to fill the late Capt. Lance’s shoes as the new chief of PD in Star City but is keeping her own with the storyline.
- Bec: It’s between Katie McGrath and Nicole Maines. Maines really got to step into the spotlight as a hero in “American Dreamer”. Her interview, encouraging the people of National City (human and alien) to fight back against fear, was inspiring. Plus the sleeping/dream puns were adorable. McGrath gets to play one of the most complex and sympathetic characters in the DC TV Universe as Lena Luthor. Her final scene, confessing to Kara about working with Lex and feeling like a bad friend, was heart-wrenching. Both remain excellent members of an already immensely talented cast.
- The Flash:
- Bec: Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker killed it on The Flash. Patton nailed Iris’ raw hurt at Barry sending Nora to the future without telling her. Her scene with Nora and Thawne in the prison just hammered home the complicated situation. When she and Gustin shared the end scene together? It hammers home how great these two actors play off each other. Panabaker consistently kills it playing two distinct characters in one body as Caitlin and Killer Frost. Her tearful conversation with her mother and then when her father died? I was wrecked.
- Emmy: I’m with Bec on this one as far as Candice Patton going in for the win at the Top Performer. Her scenes with Grant as she really went for the jugular with her pain and anger towards Barry was breathtaking to watch.
- Legends of Tomorrow:
- Bec: Caity Lotz and Jes Macallan had an excellent episode of Legends. They both always play off each other really well. But this was a landmark episode for Ava and Sara as they work their way through their feelings and the emotional work of having an adult relationship. It’s not always grand adventures, sometimes it’s doing the dishes and building a wardrobe from Ikea. They nailed it so well.
- Emmy: I feel like Caity Lotz doesn’t get enough attention for how wonderful her work is in Legends. I love how emotional and vulnerable she gets as Sara in particularly with her Avalance scenes.
- Bec: Legends of Tomorrow had an excellent character focused episode with “The Eggplant, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. Sara and Ava tackling their relationship issues? Yes. Nora and Constantine teaming up to exorcize Neron from Des? Yes. Nate and Ray looking over Hayworld and dealing with Nate’s complicated feelings about his dad? Sure. The text saga with Zari and the others? Uh-huh. It was all great and interesting stuff. And that ending, oh I got chills.
- Emmy: The Flash gets my vote this week as it was quite an emotional episode but in a good way. From Iris to Caitlin, it was a great week for strong performances by the female leads on the show. So much closure but so many questions still hanging in the balance.
- Bec: Legends of Tomorrow’s reveal that Ray was possessed? Chilling. One of the best twists in the show’s history. On the other hand, however, there was something so badass about seeing a trans superhero beat up a bunch of fascists while “American Woman” plays in the background. Supergirl is sometimes so excellent like that. Thanks for directing it, David Harewood.
- Emmy: That possession reveal was intense on Legends. I was not ready for that but also kinda here for it to as it gives Ray another edge.
- Bec: I was bummed that Des straight up blamed Constantine for what happened. Like, yeah, part and parcel with the character. From what I understood of the situation, and Emmy can correct me here, is that Des willingly went to Neron and got his soul tangled up in his demon-ness without telling John. John sent Des to Hell by a horrific accident. So saying it was all John’s fault? I don’t think it was that fair. Unless I’m misremembering, but I don’t think so.
- Emmy: You are correct with that, Bec, and I am also not here for Des blaming John whatsoever. He offered to help John through all of this Neron drama so to place the blame solely on Constantine is a load of BS.