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Superman and Lois continues to be good. The social justice rears its head here and there, mostly in Lois‘s complaints about Morgan Edge and a living wage… But really, it’s minor. It’s the sort of little jab that we would be perfectly content to ignore in a less polarized age, and I’m not gonna let that distract from my enjoyment of seeing Superman return to television. I am a little perplexed about Morgan Edge though… We’ve had him already in the arrow verse, specifically a we’ve had him already in the arrowverse, specifically in the excellent first season of Supergirl. I’m wondering how we’re getting a second iteration of the character when Superman and Lois is firmly planted in both Supergirl and The Flash‘s world… Perhaps we can just blame it on the crisis.

They are throwing in some fun stuff like multiple suits and time at the Fortress of Solitude. All that stuff is a big winner with me and it makes me very happy that I bought the black Superman figure when I went out to the toy Ohio show a couple weeks ago!

I also have to give them props for the courage to make there a big bad guy not just a minority, but also that they’re making him an original character instead of just race-swapping the most obvious candidate. They’re actually giving him some depth and an interesting backstory and there’s enough here to keep me intrigued, wondering where this whole thing is going to go. I’m pleased to see it’s renewed for a second season, and I have no complaints. It’s still fine, but here’s hoping that it becomes great.
Speaking of the arrow verse, the flash returned this week as well. I’ve got to say, it’s an embarrassment of riches to have Superman, the flash and WandaVision all new in one week.

I’ve mentioned recently though, that The Flash is kind of running out of steam. It’s still watchable, and it’s still enjoyable, but they’re running out of interesting stuff to do, and the cracks are beginning to show. It was unfortunately cut short last season because of the pandemic, so I was quite eager to see it return… A full 11 months later.

 
The problem is, nothing is changed. at the beginning, Barry is still losing speed, Iris is still trapped in the mirror universe,… It really was a sort of transitionary episode, trying to wrap up last season and set us up for this year. As a result, we actually get more than the usual qoutaof attractive people standing in hallways talking about their feelings, and a very minimal amount of superhero action. About five minutes at the beginning, and about three minutes at the end. Come on guys, all this together! The cast is almost entirely different now, but I still have hopes to see the flash turn things around and go back to being must watch television for Tuesday night!
 
And then there’s Wandavision. For the most part I’ve liked it. The return of kat Dennings was an absolute triumph, and we really needed some fleshing out on Wanda and Vision. These are fundamental Avenger characters.
 
But this show is troubling. The way she has taken over this little town, enslaved the populace, basically turned them into meat puppets. It’s a violation, and it’s horrendous. Going forward, I can’t see how anyone in the MCU can ever again see her as anything but a villian. My buddies keep assuring me “Dr. Strange will fix it!”. I’m not so sure. This is so hideous in my eyes, and White MurderVision was totally justified in trying to squish her head. 

Glad he didn’t though. The new costume is really good.
 
One last note – while we’ve been obsessed with the MCU and the Muppets and Superman and Lois, you may not have noticed, but Netflix quietly added season three of Disenchantment. It’s every bit as brilliant as ever, and I HIGHLY recommend you pop up and give it a watch!

DREAD PIRATE LEAVEO!
 
 

 

 


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