Welcome back, TV lovers! This week, Killian reunited with his deceased brother Liam on Once Upon a Time. But the elder Jones has a dark secret that threatens the team’s plan to defeat Hades. Barry Allen took another trip through time on The Flash, and universes on Supergirl. Meanwhile, Arrow saw an attack on Palmer Tech.
Once Upon a Time 5×15, “The Brothers Jones” (Brianna)
I didn’t love this episode. The Liam & Killian story felt rushed and forced. In the past, Liam’s been a regular Dudley Do-Right and Killian’s done everything wrong. The brothers end up the sole survivors of a storm at sea after leading a mutiny against Captain Silver. Liam finds a rare jewel that the King has been seeking and earns naval enrollment for himself and Killian. Too convenient? Yes – Liam struck a deal with Hades, at the cost of his fellow crewmembers.
Hades holds that secret over Liam’s head in the present, blackmailing him into sabotaging the gang’s latest plan. Everything in the world above has an Underworld equivalent: that includes the Storybook, which has pages involving Hades. After a hilarious subplot where Charming/David has to impersonate his twin brother (who’s apparently hooking up with Cruella de Vil), the gang gets the key to the Sorcerer’s house. While everyone else is looking for the Storybook, Henry goes off on his own to find the Author’s Pen.Liam finds the book first and tears out the pages they need. Emma accuses him and Killian refuses to believe his brother could do such a thing. Blah blah lover’s quarrel, blah blah the truth about Liam comes out, everybody moves on. Hook reconciles with Emma. Henry comes clean about his meetings with Cruella and the Author’s Pen: no longer content to be left behind, Henry says he’s going to use his power and help bring down Hades by recreating the lost pages. I can’t wait to see the look on everyone’s faces when they find out Hades and Zelena have a secret history….
Supergirl 1×18, “World’s Finest” (Kayla)
This week, Kara gets an unexpected partner in none other than Barry Allen. He ran so fast, he ended up in a parallel universe where the Flash does not exist. It turns out that Kara’s ex-coworker, Siobhan, is actually cursed and is a banshee. She must kill the person who wronged her to make the curse go away. After Winn gives her a lovely tour of the D.E.O., Siobhan decides to free Livewire and take out Supergirl, so she can kill Cat. Meanwhile, Kara and Barry are bonding happily over ice cream. They hit it off, and it makes James crazy jealous. Everyone notices.
Kara and Barry team up to defeat Livewire and Banshee. They lose the first time because Kara was too headstrong and didn’t make a plan. The second time, they were on point and took both ladies down. With the day saved, Kara helped Barry get back to his own universe. We hope. The audience doesn’t actually get to see him arrive safely at his destination. Back at Kara’s apartment, she finally shares her true feelings with James. They kiss. Suddenly, James (and everyone else who is human) turns mindless and starts walking. Non, controlling all the humans, is the last scene.
The Flash 2×17, “Flash Back” (Megan)
After the realization that their current methods of trying to make him faster aren’t working, Barry travels back in time in hopes that the fake Dr. Wells, Eobard Thawne, can help him manipulate the Speed Force. When a Time Wraith follows him, Wells figures out that Barry isn’t his Barry. Thanks to a threat of stopping Wells from getting home, Barry convinces Wells not to kill him. The Time Wraith attacks Caitlin and Cisco, who are able to chase it off with help from Hartley Rathaway (the Pied Piper and former protégé of Dr. Wells who had some cool sonic skills). The past Barry shows up and forces our future Barry to reveal that he traveled through time. Barry tells Caitlin and Cisco to figure out how to stop Time Wraiths, Wells gives him the information he needs, and he heads home, chased by the Wraith. Barry returns to his own time and Caitlin and Cisco initially fail to stop the Wraith, but Hartley shows up to help and is able to stop it from killing Barry, clearly showing that Barry’s trip had some influence on the timeline. Now Barry presumably has what he needs to take on Zoom, which is good because the next episode, airing on April 19th, is called “Versus Zoom”! The writing on The Flash has been really solid for the past few episodes, so I’m excited for the remaining few episodes.
Arrow 4×17, “Beacon of Hope” (Megan)
The bee-obsessed Brie Larvan hacks into the prison computer system so she is released early from prison, and she then goes after Palmer Tech’s headquarters in hopes of stealing the fancy chip that allowed Felicity to walk. With Palmer Tech under siege from mechanical bees, a feverish Curtis stumbles his way into the Arrow cave, and offers his help. The team attempts a rescue of Felicity, her mother, and Thea, but Oliver is stung by one of the mechanical bees. Curtis realizes that the “sting” implanted a bee in Oliver, and it’s replicating, but they’re able to use Laurel’s Canary Cry to stop the bees from killing Oliver. Felicity evacuates the Palmer Tech board members and her mother, and offers the blueprints for the chip to Brie, who wants it because of a tumor in her spine that could leave her paralyzed. Curtis develops a virus to turn the bees against Brie and stop her before she can hurt anyone else. Felicity tells Thea that she doesn’t miss being part of the team, because for her it was always about how to help people, and she can do that with Palmer Tech now. There was also some side stuff with Darhk in prison, and Marlyn refusing to help him, and a final reveal that Diggle’s brother is still working for Darhk, but none of that was particularly surprising. There are six episodes left in this season, and I’m hoping the writers can make them an exciting conclusion to a season that has felt mostly hit-or-miss.
What did you watch this week, Geekettes?