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Old 02-11-2019, 12:04 PM
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black lightning, season 1 thoughts:
  • a bulletproof lesbian is a welcome change to the cw status quo, but it seems this did not become the network standard for some reason??
  • a lot of the original music for the show is cringeworthy
  • this show works overtime trying to not upset white people (for reference: i'm on the episode where bulletproof lesbian is training with black lightning and she breaks a hologram's ankle because he's a white man with a confederate flag on his shirt and black lightning is lecturing her about how that was The Wrong Thing To Do)
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:40 PM
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  • this show works overtime trying to not upset white people (for reference: i'm on the episode where bulletproof lesbian is training with black lightning and she breaks a hologram's ankle because he's a white man with a confederate flag on his shirt and black lightning is lecturing her about how that was The Wrong Thing To Do)
Honestly, given how FUCKING BAD 99% of TV writers are when it comes to tackling TOPICAL ISSUES, and that Black Lightning is basically TOPICAL ISSUES: THE SHOW, I'm just glad it wasn't way the fuck worse.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:41 PM
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But yeah that scene was a major "what the fuck are you doing YOU ALREADY LOST THAT PART OF THE AUDIENCE AT THE TITLE WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO REACH HERE" moment.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:02 PM
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Me: Oh I bet Tobias's sister is actually a figment of his imagination because she was actually murdered by their abusive father, that would explain why all these scenes are kind of weird.
The Show: Nope, but we will be doing this with Lala and LaWanda in a few episodes, so stay tuned!

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But yeah that scene was a major "what the fuck are you doing YOU ALREADY LOST THAT PART OF THE AUDIENCE AT THE TITLE WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO REACH HERE" moment.
it's extra ridiculous because they just did the episode where she destroys the confederate monument and everyone is like "That was the Wrong Thing To Do"
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:13 PM
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It was the right thing to do tho.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:15 PM
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If I woke up one morning with superpowers, I'd immediately take a cross-country road trip across the southeast just, fucking brutalizing every confederate monument on the map.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:15 PM
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Did it actually seem like the viewer was supposed to think Black Lightning was in the right there? Because if I remember the scene correctly, (it has been a year, so I might not) I didn't think the show was necessarily saying he was right. Usually, he and Thunder have an ongoing give and take about what is "the right way" to do things and I have rarely found the show to fully backing Black Lightning's stance. Just as often it is showing him as somewhat out of of touch. Like when he gets onto Thunder for playing Robin Hood in the second season.

Admittedly, as far as superhero TV shows that deal in topic issues, I rate Black Lightning as the best at it. It at least presents a coherent view, even if it isn't one I always agree with.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:05 PM
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it feels like there's an episode missing somewhere, because Bulletproof Lesbian's exploits are destroying the confederate monument and then getting into a fight with Black Lightning, both of which happen in her Captain Marvel costume, and then we don't see her do anything publicly for a while, then she's all "I'm Thunder" to her sister but it seems like that's the first time they use her code name, but everyone acts like she's a known superhero at that point, and then we see her suit up in the Gambi Suit for the first time, and it just sort of seems like we should have seen her transition into Thunder a little bit more
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:30 PM
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I am considering a retraction of my defense of Black Lightning after tonight's episode. In what was otherwise a solid episode that made some big changes, and really amped up the superhero nonsense, Black Lightning gave a speech to the school board that they should keep the new racist principal and let him implement his racist policies because Black Lightning wasn't sure he was a safe choice to replace him, since being a superhero is dangerous. That is a fine reason for Jefferson to not be principal, but that doesn't make his points about how much of a terrible little shit this guy is any less valid. It is such a sour note in an otherwise entertaining "oh no, have the villains won?" episode.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:47 AM
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That's pretty unfortunate about Black Lightning.

Meanwhile, Oliver Queen has recently decided that cops are great actually, and that he too should become a cop. He also spent half a year being brutalized and tortured in jail, and his big takeaway from the entire event was, "Maybe... I am the problem???"

I have to assume this is less a, "We don't understand our audience," kind of deal, and more a, "We very much understand our nervous cis white male bosses," issue. It's the only thing that makes sense.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:01 AM
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Officially Deputizing Oliver queen as a part of the police force means the show is now following in the footsteps of the original TV superhero show, BATMAN starring Adam west.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:05 AM
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I maintain that the reasonable end to Arrow as a series was the end of Last season, where Arrow went to jail and was more or less at peace with it because yeah.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:37 PM
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Black Lightning season 1 chat:
  • Nothing makes me feel older than this show using a black and white filter during flashbacks to the long long ago of, like, 1987 or so.
  • Also lol at that funeral flashback in the season 1 finale where it's raining but you can clearly tell it's a sunny day.
  • Does season 2 deal with the emotional repercussions of Dr. Mom shot gunning multiple guys to death or....?
  • I'm not really clear on the Villain Dynamics - Tobias was working for Lady Eve, who was working for the Racist Make America Great Again White Guy?
  • Speaking of: Kinda lame that they had Racist Make America Great Again White Guy, like, literally say He Wants To Make America Great Again (twice!) but then tried to backtrack so he wasn't really working for the US Government.
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Well, looks like Cicada actually is the big bad for this season of The Flash. But at least he’s made the transition from “Man with knife and asthma” to “Lesser Mortal Kombat villain”, which is an improvement.

Also, can’t help but feel that Joe being written out of the show, and as much as I like Nora and Cecile, that’s a trade down!

Joes cartoonish camera-mugging was The heart and soul of the show!
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Good evening to Rita Farr, who will become a destructive mass of roiling flesh without positive feedback, and Rita Farr only.
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Was anyone able to watch Doom Patrol, either because you have that DC subscription thing or you're in a country where it's on some other less terrible service?

Was it any good?
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Old Today, 08:18 PM
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I think it was okay! The app says the episode was only 33 minutes but it was in fact 58. Really liked Rita Farr. A bit too much “this is not a typical super hero story” narration. (seems like it is, imo!) I liked the deranged Titans pilot more but then again I was coming into that a fan and expected to enjoy it, whereas I didn’t like Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and wasn’t really looking forward to this.

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  • there is a homosexual, how wonderful
  • like alan tudyk’s papercut guy (don’t know his name)
  • brendan fraser is groped for Comedy?
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