TV shows are pretty much on a break for the winter. I thought I would get a few thoughts down.

Spoilers for Supergirl season two )

Spoilers for The Flash 3x09, "The Present" )

Spoilers for Arrow 5x09, "What We Leave Behind" )

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 2x08, "The Chicago Way" )

And jumping comic book universes, over on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ...

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season four )

I'm actually glad that my TV shows are on a winter hiatus. It gives me time to watch other things I've been meaning to watch. But soon we will have new Doctor Who and Sherlock to watch. :-)
So the CW finally had its mega crossover. Will they do one every year? Probably. I mean, how can you not, right? I just hope the next one is a proper four show crossover. Supergirl kicked things off in a way, but at the same time, not really. Her episode was more of a teaser.

And that's my main gripe. Each part felt like it was an episode of whatever show was airing on each night rather than being one continuous episode of the CW Superfriends. For one week, they could have dropped some of the B plot stuff. On the other hand, I can see why they had to include some of the ongoing stuff from each show. It probably helped with scheduling and it enabled the writers to fill out the full 45 minutes. Plus, Arrow had it's 100th episode thrown in there, too, so they had to work around that.

With that said, what we got was still awesome. I think the sheer delight of seeing all of the heroes together outweighs some of the weaker plot points.

I'm going to break down the episodes by show; it's just easier that way.

Spoilers for Supergirl 2x08, "Medusa" )

Spoilers for The Flash 3x08, "Invasion!" )

Spoilers for Arrow 5x08, "Invasion!" )

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 2x07, "Invasion!" )

I think, overall, the crossover was a delight to watch. Did it make sense a lot of the time? No, but it's a comic book show, so it's a given that some stuff won't make sense. I don't know how they're going to top this one next season. What's bigger than an alien invasion? Maybe they'll tackle the infamous "Crisis on Infinite Earths"? It'd be a nice way to merge Earth-38 with Earth-1.
All four CW superhero shows are back so I'd thought I would post some thoughts:

Spoilers for Supergirl 2x01, "The Adventures of Supergirl" )

Spoilers for The Flash 3x01 and 3x02 )

Spoilers for Arrow 5x01 and 5x02 )

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 2x01, "Out of Time" )

Whew, that's a lot of DC content. Add on Gotham and Lucifer and DC is killing it on TV. I really need some Arrowverse icons...
- I have access to Netflix for the short term, allowing me to watch Luke Cage without resorting to "alternative means". I have to say, Netflix is a dangerous thing. So many shows you could watch. No wonder people like to binge watch; everything is all right there. To my great delight, all of the Star Trek shows are there, so I can potentially watch all of TOS season three without having to get the DVDs out from the library. I also saw that they have many of the old Power Ranger shows, VR Troopers, and Beetleborgs, all which made up a large part of my youth. It's very tempting to see if they are as cheesy as I remember.

In the mean time, I'm slowly making my way through Luke Cage. I'm not loving it as much as Jessica Jones, but it could be the pacing of the season. The arc feels very much like a slow burner. I do appreciate that they worked in Luke's classic superhero costume from the comics. That costume is pure 1970s, so kudos to the writers for finding a somewhat organic way of working it in.

- I started reading a really cute web comic called Shattered Starlight. The story follows a young woman who used to be something akin to a Sailor Scout from Sailor Moon, only it's ten years after her heyday. Now she has to deal with day to day things, like work and rent, and resist the urge to use her magical powers (one of which is an astral hockey stick!). It's set in Montreal, which is cool, and that was part of the reason that I started to read it. It's a work in progress, with the artist posting a page every week, so you'll easily work your way through the archive of pages, but I think it's well worth the wait to see what's coming next.

- The Flash and Arrow are back this week, followed by Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow next week. The CW released an awesome promo for all four shows:


This makes me very excited for the giant crossover they have planned for later in the season. I know the tone won't be exactly the same, but it's still great to see Kara finally interacting with the rest of the superheroes.
- Totally not a surprise, but the CW is planning a massive crossover for all of the Berlanti-verse shows. A four night event of super heroics. Cue the ice cream gif:


Wild speculation about the mega crossover )

If this crossover happens around episode 8, then that coincides with Arrow's 100th episode and this would be a fine way to celebrate.

- As for Legends of Tomorrow, which had its season finale this week...

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 1x16, "Legendary" )

The CW just needs another DC superhero show on Friday and then DC would have total domination over the schedule. Something for next next season maybe?
- Upfronts are going on right now so there's a constant stream of news about new shows for the fall. MCU took another hit as ABC didn't pick up Marvel's Most Wanted, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off with Hunter and Bobbi. The two of them were written out for nothing. Fingers crossed that the writers can figure out a way to write them back in. So the only thing left on the books for the TV side of the MCU is Damage Control, which I think is still in development, and Cloak and Dagger, which is going ahead on Freeform (formerly ABC Family).

I don't think Damage Control has much chance of becoming a series. DC's Powerless on NBC, which got a series pick-up, pretty much has the same premise: a workplace comedy about a company that cleans up after the superheroes. The only difference is the roster of superheroes that cause all of the destruction. I think Marvel is happy with the success of their Netflix shows, so the stuff on network television takes a back seat.

Oh, and Hayley Atwell's new show, Conviction, got a series pick-up. The name of her character? Carter Morrison. Carter! Just rub it in, ABC. I read that the show is going to film in Toronto, so that's the one small upside; Hayley in Canada.

- And they're remaking MacGyver. :-P The pilot got a series pick-up. No thank you. The 1980s version is perfectly cheesy and fun and the stakes were never too high. And the mullet! What will the show be without the signature MacGyver mullet? If they must redo everything, at least keep the science plausible. While some of the stuff Mac came up with it wouldn't work in real life (thank you Mythbusters for testing some of his ingenious lash ups), the ideas had a basis in real science. I hope the writers remember that when trying to get Mac out of a jam. Hmm, I wonder if Richard Dean Anderson will have a cameo...

- One more episode to go for Legends of Tomorrow.

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 1x15, "Destiny" )

- Started my second Fourth Doctor scarf commission last week. My arms and wrists are already getting sore. Maybe I need to do stretches before I start knitting for the day. But I can't wait to finish this thing. I can move on to other projects that are much smaller.
First off, TV show renewals and cancellations:

- Well frak. ABC has cancelled Agent Carter. :-P Damn you! Please move the show to Netflix. I need more Peggy in my life.

- Incidently, ABC also cancelled Castle, which is a good thing since the show was going to suck without Beckett around. I wonder how they'll end the show. I read they filmed an extra scene just in case they didn't get a pick-up. Hopefully no one dies.

- Thankfully, Supergirl got renewed for another season. And it's moving to the CW! Crossovers galore! I think the show is also moving to Vancouver to take advantage of the low Canadian dollar. Makes sense. The Flash can do weekly wonders with a CW budget in Canada, so Supergirl can now follow suit. Now they just need to figure out how to incorporate Kara's world with Earth-1.

Moving on to general TV show thoughts:

- So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did have a reference to Captain America: Civil War.

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x20, "Emancipation" )

- Kevin Smith's episode of The Flash wasn't bad. I don't think I've ever seen any of his movies, so I don't know what his directorial style is like, but I didn't feel like the tone was out of place. There was a tad more humour, but given the situation, you can't help but joke.

Spoilers for The Flash 2x21, "The Runaway Dinosaur" )

- Oh, there was something from last week's Arrow that bugged me.

Mild spoilers for Arrow 4x20, "Genesis" )

- The description on my PVR for the latest episode of Legends of Tomorrow started off with the words: "Rip and Rory..." I'm sorry. I instantly pictured Rip and, well, Rory from Doctor Who. If you must, please refer to Heat Wave as Mick and not Rory. But this also gives me a germ of an idea for a Doctor Who/Legends of Tomorrow fanfic.
- I think I caught Alan Tudyk's cold. :-P My throat is starting to feel sore, which is usually not a symptom of my seasonal allergies. I'm pretty sure I know how the germs got transferred, too. I had lunch after getting Alan's autograph and didn't wash my hands before eating. I basically swallowed the germs. Dang it; I knew I should have brought hand sanitizer. On the other hand, these are celebrity germs.

- Got my tickets to see Captain America: Civil War on Friday. I doubt Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a big tie-in to the movie, but I want to see it regardless just in case there is a reference. Though, the latest episode did have a passing reference. I wonder if this means the movie is already happening?

I haven't been watching any of the Civil War trailers, but I did fast forward through one while watching one of my shows and I noticed something:

Wild speculation regarding a shot from a Civil War trailer )

- The Flash had an odd line in the latest episode.

Spoilers for The Flash 2x20, "Rupture" )

Ooh, Kevin Smith is directing next week's episode. That should be good. The guy is a big DC fan.

- I got around to watching the Legends of Tomorrow from last week and one of Ray's lines made me giggle. At one point he says "... reverse the polarity of the dwarf star matrix." Too bad Rip wasn't around to hear the line. I would have loved a quippy comment from him about how the line makes no sense.

- And yeah, it's May the 4th. Do Star Wars related things, I guess.
- Teaser trailer for Doctor Strange was released. Spoiler alert: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character with an American accent. Boo. I know, Stephen is American in the comics, but when you hire an actor like Benedict Cumberbatch, who has an amazing voice, you shouldn't force him to put on a bland, flat sounding accent. He only has a few lines in the trailer, so maybe it's not as bad as it seems, but I still wish they had put some English lineage in Stephen's background so they could justify having Benedict's natural accent.

As for the movie itself, it looks trippy, which seems to be in line with how psychedelic the comics were back in the day. I can't wait to see full on footage of Benedict in Doctor Strange's robes. They look so flowy.

- I finally finished season two of Daredevil. I didn't like it as much as the first season, to be honest.

Spoilers for Daredevil season two )

- Supergirl is heading into its finale (hopefully just season and not series). The first part is all set-up, so there are many scenes of Kara trying to get a handle on the situation.

Spoilers for Supergirl 1x19, "Myriad" )

And this isn't a spoiler, but the President of the United States in Kara's world is a woman. :-) Actually, the producers wanted Lynda Carter to play the President, but her schedule didn't work out, so I guess that's why the President is only on the phone. They said they want to work her in to season two, so just one more reason Supergirl needs to be renewed.

- I've already seen the new episode of Legends of Tomorrow airing on Thursday. Did I discover a TARDIS and take a trip into the future? Alas, no time travel was involved. CTV, probably having no room in its Thursday night lineup because of Grey's Anatomy or something, decided the air the new episode on Tuesday.

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 1x11, "The Magnificent Eight" )

I would like more of these episodes next season, ones where the plot doesn't have any major ties to the seasonal arc. Maybe the team will defeat Savage, but then the Waverider is damaged, forcing them to randomly travel through time. Basically, I want the premise of Doctor Who but with DC superheroes. ;-)
- Had to cancel my cruise for this year. It's been planned since last year, but I just don't have the funds right now for a vacation overseas. I'm bummed, sure, but I have the Star Trek 50th anniversary con in Las Vegas to look forward to and I think that'll be more fun. Ronald D. Moore, Star Trek writer extraordinaire and creator of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, is one of the guests and I'm super excited to see him. Most cons don't bother to have writers as guests so it'll be a great chance to hear him talk about the process. I really want him to sign something but I don't know what yet. Hopefully he is doing autographs.

- I'm still watching Legends of Tomorrow. I love the characters, but logistics is not the show's strong suit. It feels like the writers have no idea what to do with all of the characters or how to work their powers and skill sets organically into the plot. So we get a lot of scenarios where half of the team is back on the Waverider twiddling their thumbs and it makes no sense. Oh sure, the writers try their best to explain it away, but in the end, Rip just ends up looking like an idiot. I really hope they learn how to balance everyone as the show progresses.

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 1x06, "Star City 2046" )

- Still knitting away at my friend's season 16/17 Fourth Doctor scarf. I've started the "Duplicate" half, so I'm at least 50% done. I get so bored doing endless rows of garter stitch that I started a bunch of side projects to keep my sanity. I'm nearly done Rose's wrist warmers from "Doomsday" and I came up with a pattern that replicates Jessica's infinity scarf from Jessica Jones. It's not a super accurate design, but it's good enough for my liking.

- Agent Carter is done for the season tomorrow. :-( I hope the show gets renewed for a third season. Maybe Netflix can pick it up if ABC decides to drop it? I mean, if Full House can get a revival, then surely Agent Carter can find a good home there.
I got caught up in my knitting, so I haven't been able to get some thoughts down. My gosh, there are so many superhero shows on right now.

Mild spoilers for Supergirl season one )

Spoilers for The Flash, 2x11 "The Reverse-Flash Returns" )

Spoilers for Agent Carter, 2x03 "Better Angels" )

Spoilers for Arrow, 4x11 "A.W.O.L." )

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow, 1x02 "Pilot Part 2" )

When iZombie comes back from its winter break, that will be seven DC or DC imprinted shows on the air. That's nuts.
<---- Not related at all to the content of this post, but it's Arthur so close enough.

Oh man, Legends of Tomorrow was so good. And it was just the first part of the pilot! This show has so much potential. I can't wait to see the rest of the season.

All of the Berlanti DC shows were on top form this week, but yeah, LoT tops them all. After all of the set-up they did for the show, it was nice to see the pay-off. It's crazy how big this cast is. 9 regulars. This is a proper ensemble, like Firefly or something from a Star Trek show. There are going to be so many ways to pair the characters.

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 1x01 )

I still like to imagine that Rip is a time displaced Rory and he's been given a chance to be awesome time travelling problem solver like the Doctor. Ooh, crossover fics with Legends of Tomorrow and Doctor Who. Someone is bound to write some. :-)
- I saw this on io9.com the other day. They introduced a female Captain America in the Spider-Gwen universe and her origins were laid out in the latest issue. What really caught my eye, though, was the fact that on Earth-65, there's a eye patch wearing Peggy Carter that's basically a stand in for Nick Fury. I totally love this idea. This makes Peggy even more bad ass. I really want to read the Spider-Gwen series now, if only to see more of Eye Patch!Peggy. Ooh, maybe this female Cap will get her own series.

- I'm 95% finished on my first ever Jayne hat. It knitted up pretty quick thanks to the fact that it uses bulky yarn. I love bulky yarn. It's not too thick, but it's thick enough that you can knock out projects in a couple of days. I think I have enough yarn left over to make another hat and I would love to make one for myself. The one that was gifted to me is a bit tight; apparently I have a large noggin. We'll see. I'm knitting a few things for Christmas this year and I don't have a lot of time. A Jayne hat for me will probably have to wait until after the holidays.

- I finished reading Armada, the second book by Ernest Cline. He wrote Ready Player One, which I loved, so I thought Armada would be just as good. Sadly, I was disappointed. Armada is okay, but it doesn't have the same spark as Ready Player One. All of the geek references in Ready Player One made sense within the context of the world. In Armada, all of the geek references seemed tacked on, like it was in Cline's contract that he had to have geeky references so he just threw them in wherever. And he actually explains some of the geeky references! Wha? You shouldn't have to do that. Just reference it and the reader can Google is later if it doesn't make sense.

- The big crossover for The Flash and Arrow is at the end of the month. I think I saw a thing saying that Mark Hamill is back as the Trickster for the crossover. That would rock. Mark Hamill and set up for Legends of Tomorrow? Yes please. :-D I'm so excited for Legends of Tomorrow. Both shows have been busy setting everything up. All of the players are in place. Now we just need to meet Rip Hunter. I still can't help but think of him as a time displaced Rory who was recruited to sort out the timelines. Hmm, maybe there's a fic idea in there...
- Yay, it's a long weekend here in Canada! Thank you needless holiday for Queen Victoria. ;-)

- My book club is all about the books, but occasionally the odd audio book will pass through the group. I'm not a big fan of audio books, and even if I do listen to the rare one here and there, I don't count it towards my book total for the year. You're not reading; you're listening. Despite this, I somehow ended up with an audio book from the meeting. And not just any ol' audio book. An X-Files audio book. And not even an audio book based on one of the original novels; it's an audio book of a novelization of one of the episodes. But here's the real kicker: the book is on cassette tape. Two cassette tapes. It just goes to show you how old the book is (and how old The X-Files is). I still have a working Walkman from my elementary and junior high years, so I popped in the tapes and listened to them while knitting the other day. Suffice it to say, I think I would have been better off just watching the episode. The reading was so bland. On the plus side, my Walkman still worked perfectly. Star Lord would be proud. :-)

- Speaking of listening to stuff while knitting, I've started re-watching Classic Doctor Who episodes so there's something on in the background. I watched all of the surviving episodes during my massive undertaking from 2009-2010, but I skipped over the reconstructions simply because my attention wandered while I was starting at a static image. Now seems like a good time to go back to the reconstructions of the missing episodes. They're just audio with some images, which is perfect for when I'm knitting.

- I've also started thinking about knitting a Fourth Doctor scarf. Not that I need another project right now. I still have to finish off the baby leg warmers and the baby hat I'm knitting for a friend's baby shower and I'm in the early stages of learning how to knit socks. On the other hand, the scarf would be super easy to do; it would just be time consuming. I consulted the great doctorwhoscarf.com and they suggested an excellent site for yarn. The yarn is actually relatively cheap so I wouldn't go broke trying to get enough balls. I'm not entirely sure why I would need a 12 inch scarf, but it would be a good way to learn how to incorporate colour work into my stuff and I would get more used to adding a new ball of yarn. We'll see how my sock knitting goes before I make any decisions.

- And the CW released a trailer for DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the Arrow/Flash spin-off, and it looks awesome:


It also spoils a lot of the pilot. But we get to see Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter and for some reason he's wearing Ten's coat. Honest to goodness, Rip is wearing a long, brown coat that looks a lot like Ten's iconic coat. Big in-joke? Or just a coincidence? This is so going to generate epic crossover fanfics now. I can totally imagine that Rip Hunter is actually Rory, who's now a time travelling adventurer in his own right. :-)

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