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Rogue Time
Wells has narcissistic personality disorder and is manipulative. Barry has time travelled to no added poignancy. Barry sees time travel as an excuse for reckless opportunism. Cisco goes to a family gathering - he is the black sheep of the family. Time is fragile. Wells has no compassion or empathy and has dangerously enlarged ambition, single mindedness and an appetite for power. Barry captures the weather wizard and has a constant air of simmering indignation that Iris hasn’t sexed him up yet. Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) are bothered by a crime family. Cue violence.

The future has been kinda sorta changed. Nobody but Wells is a complex human being. Cisco’s brother Dante is beloved and the ignored Cisco has a fractious relationship with him. Barry does surly stormings out. Thing don’t go logically forward. The aberration Dante is posturing. Barry does not have a plausible plan or a greater degree of integrity, as he embarks on an ill-conceived, ill-defined plan to steal Iris. Barry/Iris has no unbearable pathos. Barry is excessively jovial at dumping and hurting Linda.

Mason thinks Wells is some lunatic man. Barry has depersonalisation of Eddie. Cisco meets a woman (Peyton List of ‘The Tomorrow People’) who turns out to be Cold’s sister. Menacing ensues. Barry has puffed up sexual entitlement and oozes chivalric nice guy entitlement. Barry is one of the toxic aspects of this show. The bloodless freak Barry tells Iris they should have sex and reacts with bewilderment and tantrums when she says no.

Eddie punches Barry. Wells considers coldly. Barry lacks any particular perspective. Cold learns a secret. Joe encourages Iris to cheat on Barry. Iris wears hooker boots to work. Wells says stuff that is clearly intended as a reassurance but isn’t. Barry boasts of his own private prison. Flash tries to make a deal with Cold. Snow blames Barry’s crapulence on lightening psychosis. Mason calls his Wells’ article: A Man Of Good Science?  Wells kills him and Barry becomes suspicious of Wells. This was good.

Best Lines:
“I can do no right.”

“You ruptured the time continuum didn’t you?”

“The future remains intact.”

“This is my city.”
“Our city.”

“You and your pyro friend.”

“Fun. Fun. Fun.”

“There’s a new godfather and his name is Cold.”

“Nothing bad has happened.”

“These are nice things.”

“Dad’s in jail. Sterling role model.”

“Make me something pretty and toxic. Like me.”

“You keep making me the bad guy who keeps telling you no.”

“Imagine the havoc you would wreck.”

“Before you shuffle off forever.”

“Find a new line of work.”
“Don’t want to.”

“Your rogue’s gallery.”

“The Rogues. Cute.”


There is carnage at the Grounder war council. Indra refuses to die. Kane isn’t dead. Jasper and co fight to save the 48 in Mount Weather. Cue violence. Fox is menaced. Maya reveals her mother died from refusing outsider blood and that there is a resistance. Clarke has a crazed kind of determination. Octavia kicks ass. Isn’t Maya cured? A Mount Weather sniper won’t give up. Cage fumes and flouts. Kane and his gruff charm lives. Abbie is clearly upset about him nearly dying which is odd as she hates him. Clarke is obsessed. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“Victory stands on the back of sacrifice.”

“I want the Mountain Men dead. All of them.”

“They’ll never stop.”

“Let me help you.”

“You are the bringers of death.”

“We took the level but now we have to hold it.”

“They will be coming.”

“Retreat! Retreat!”

“Any other bad ideas?”

“We have to answer for our sins.”

“Almost isn’t good enough.”

“War is coming.”

“What happened here will not stand. The Mountain will fall. The dead will be avenged!”

“Today you saved lives. Tomorrow you’ll take them!”

A Piece Of The Action
The Enterprise visits a pre-warp planet named Sigma Iotia II which was culturally contaminated by the Horizon a century ago before the non-interference directive was created. Kirk, Spock and McCoy learn the Horizon left a book behind and the planet has based its culture around it. The book was ‘Chicago Mobs of the Twenties’. The Boss menaces them. There is no government, only mobs.

There are tommy guns, silly music, Kirk has tenacity and this was excessively onerous. How did the Horizon leave behind such a big book? The Boss wants heaters aka phasers to knock off punks. The Boss is highly disrespectful and hostile. This was inadequate and superfluous. This was another unhealthy and toxic planet of the hats. Kirk wants to end the destructive behaviour and emotional coercion. Mel the cook from ‘Alice’ is in this. Nobody has an indoor voice. Kirk can’t drive but does like to play dress up. Kirk follows through on threats if he is defied. This wasn’t one of the better episodes.

Best Lines:
“The Federation of Planets.”

“Going down to re-contaminate them.”

“Home was never like this.”

“I don’t know nothing.”

“Write him a letter.”
“I did!”

“The right of petition?”

“The Book.”

Suicidal Tendencies
Lyla and Diggle re-marry. Oliver is disinterested, non-communicative and self absorbed around Ray. Diggle and Lyla are married by Ray. There are no subtle narrative hints here. Sun rat Oliver is all entitlement, anger and greed. Everyone thinks the Arrow is murdering, cue the ensuing backlash. Lawton and his defunct moral compass resurfaces when a Senator (Steven Culp) is in peril aboard and needs rescuing by Task Force X.

There are fights. Cupid is all guile and deceit. Oliver is enraged and aggressive - he should be in a guilt spiral. Lawton has flashbacks to his PTSD which left him bitter and resentful and abandoned by his awful wife. This episode was basically a bit rubbish. Ray flies around. Felicity lies and is contemptible. Falsifiable events lead to wrong assumptions. I’m sick of the insuperably saccharine Felicity and her hooker wear. I’m sick of Oliver and his escalating duplicity.

Laurel lies with barely masked distain. There is a twist. This was not refreshing or invigorating. Oliver dislikes Ray for no apparent reason but Ray jumps on the Oliver love train. This was an experience in monotony. TinCanMan Ray is understandably unimpressed by Oliver but Ray is the one who is ashamed and bereft. Lyla blubbers. Oliver is an ass who needs to pull away. Staring City loses another useless mayor (Christina Cox). The rat faced Oliver needs to face the moral consequences for his disordered relationships.

Best Lines:
“No sign of evil Arrow.”

“I wasn’t always me either.”

“That really is not your best argument.”

“Use your words.”

“Why would you do that?”

“How are you getting out?”
“I’m not.”


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