This Week on TV: Jan 23-29

Welcome back, TV lovers! Supergirl takes on Hank’s origin story, The Flash once more encountered the Reverse-Flash, and the Arrow crew teamed up with A.R.G.U.S. while Felicity tried to adjust to life in a wheelchair. Outside of the DCU, The Magicians adjust to life with new ways to learn and manipulate. Read our full thoughts below!

Supergirl 1×11 “Strange Visitor from Another Planet” (Kayla)

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This week saw Supergirl’s mentor in a new light. Hank, also known as Martian Manhunter, has been using his powers and it’s drawn a new enemy to the city: a white Martian. The audience is given a glimpse into Hank’s life on Mars where green Martians were decimated and put in what are essentially work camps. White Martians are hellbent on eradicating green Martians from existence. The team, led by Kara and Alex, try to fight the white Martian without letting Hank be identified. Supergirl (obviously) saves the day.

At work, Kara did some meddling in Cat’s life and wrote a letter to her estranged older son, Adam, asking him to come visit. When he gets there, Cat is blind-sighted and the two get off to a rocky start. However, Kara and Adam have a pretty good connection, as they should as real life husband and wife, and Kara is able to convince Adam to give his mother another chance. Through a dinner mediated by Kara, Adam, and Cat are able to open up to each other and finally see each other honestly.

Adam asks Kara out on a date, and the episode ends with Kara and Alex sitting on the couch, watching tv, and chatting about it. All of a sudden, Kara and Alex are watching Supergirl live on TV. Cliffhanger!

The Magicians 1×2, “The Source of Magic” (Kayla)

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THE MAGICIANS — “The Source of Magic” Episode 102 — Pictured: Stella Maeve as Julia — (Photo by: Carole Segal/Syfy)

The Magicians aired their first two episodes on Monday. If you’d like to read up on episode one, “Unauthorized Magic”, click here. Episode 2 starts exactly where 1 left off, with the class being attacked by a Beast. A professor is running an investigation to see who is responsible, and loyalties are tested between Quentin, Alice, Penny, and Kady. Quentin, in his desperation not to get caught, steals a crystal from Penny, who stole it from Kady. Quentin is turned in by Penny but is given a second chance.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Julia is starting on her path towards discovering magic without Brakebills. She is brought to a gritty building and locked in a giant meat freezer with another female initiated. Their goal is to get out before they freeze to death. The two go through an arduous and disturbing few hours before they realize the door was open the whole time, and the lesson was that magic doesn’t solve everything. When they get out, Julia learns her partner was actually testing her the whole time, and she is actually the leader.

The final scene shows Kady getting into a car in NYC with the woman Julia was being tested by. The two have some kind of sketchy deal where Kady steals valuable items and information from Brakebills. What was SUPER awesome is that author Lev Grossman makes a cameo in this episode!

The Flash 2×11, “The Reverse-Flash Returns” (Megan)

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Cisco asks Dr. Wells to help him improve his vibing skills, and they find out that Eobard Thawne is back. Wells points out that this must be a younger Thawne, which is why he’s still alive despite Eddie’s sacrifice. Working off of Cisco’s enhanced vibes, Barry is able to stop Eobard from killing and they trap him in the accelerator, but that’s when things start going wrong. To fix the rupture in the timeline that threatens to kill Cisco, Barry helps Eobard return to the future. Meanwhile, Patty has guessed that Barry is the Flash, but he refuses to admit it, so she still decides to leave. Caitlin continues to work on ways to save Jay, and Jay continues to insist that none of them should trust Wells after the Turtle is found dead in his cell. Lastly, Iris finally starts to connect with Wally as their mother approaches death. Other than showing some of the complications of time travel and weird timeline wonky-ness, I’m not sure what this episode was supposed to accomplish. It wasn’t a bad episode, but it felt like a placeholder, trying to sustain our attention until it’s time for the world to be seriously in danger again. The only story lines that felt like they had anything new or compelling were Iris and Caitlin’s arcs, and Wells finding a way to enhance Cisco’s powers (which could have been thrown in at any time but was awfully convenient for finding Eobard in this episode). Here’s hoping next week feels a little more exciting!

Arrow 4×11, “A.W.O.L.” (Megan)

Arrow -- "A.W.O.L." -- Image AR411b_0174b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): David Ramsey as John Diggle and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller -- Photo: Liane Hentscher/ The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Felicity struggles to figure out how she fits in with the team now that she is wheelchair-bound, and ends up hallucinating and arguing with her younger self. Meanwhile a mysterious para-military group called Shadowspire comes after A.R.G.U.S. and it turns out that Diggle’s brother used to work for them. There’s a lot happening, but in short Amanda Waller ends up dead, Diggle’s brother helps save the day, and by the end, Felicity regains her confidence. In flashbacks to when Diggle and Andy were in the army, we see Andy’s start with Shadowspire, and it’s revealed that the head of the organization is the same man Ollie dealt with when he went back to the island (so I guess all of Oliver’s flashbacks were going somewhere after all… sort of). While initially excited about the prospect of an episode without Damien Darhk, I ended up feeling underwhelmed (apparently I like him more than I realized – either that or this season is really not doing anything for me). I found Felicity’s struggles somewhat lacking in believability, since most of what she did for the team already had her sitting in a chair behind a computer – no different from how she is now. I enjoyed the arguing with her past self, but didn’t fully understand why her conflict was about being useful to the team, because being in a wheelchair didn’t impact that usefulness at all. In my mind it would have made more sense for the conflict to be about how being in a wheelchair would impact other aspects of her life (which we get a hint of when she complains about not being able to drive or walk down the street) but since these days we only really see Felicity helping the Arrow team, the episode fell short for me. Maybe a returning Damien Darhk will make me happier, who knows.

What did you watch this week, Geekettes?

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