Silence of THE FLASH / Hunt the Dark ARROW

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

Screen shot 2015-04-02 at 9.15.07 AMMark Hamill guest-stars as the Trickster in this week’s THE FLASH. Yes, he also voices the Joker in the Batman animated series and videogames, and he also played the Trickster in the old-school FLASH series of the 90s, so basically Mark Hamill owns the Jokey DC Villains Who Cackle. Barry and Joe consult Mark in his prison cell when a new Trickster threatens Central City. The setup is very much Silence of the Lambs, down to Mr. Hamill’s terrifyingly-accurate sense of smell. Also, he eats a Red Vine in a way that is just wrong.

In possibly the most meta-humorous moment in THE FLASH thus far, Mark Hamill delivers this surprising line to the new Trickster: “I AM YOUR FATHER.” Yessir, Mark Hamill says that. **

Flash & Arrow: Big Boss Battles

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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(Spoilers ahead)

This week’s FLASH and ARROW were mainly about leveling up the difficulty of the heroes’ showdowns with their foes, by addition of dramatic weight, new weapons, and an Iron Man suit.

FIGHT #1 Flash vs. The Rogues Gallery

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Queer Positive Moments in This Week’s ‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

FLASH's David Singh

FLASH’s David Singh

Y’know, those superhero shows may uphold some ideas which are of questionable value in real-world application — vigilanteism, duplicity, the solving of almost every problem with violence, the unlawful imprisonment of misfits whose main crime is that they can shoot electricity from their hands — but juvenile hero fantasies aside, they are also pretty supportive of gay people.

In this week’s FLASH, we meet, for the first time (I think), Central City Police Captain David Singh’s boyfriend, Rob. Captain Singh is hospitalized after Weather Wizard attacks the police station. The nurse hesitates when Rob wants to see David, saying that visitation is only for “family.” Joe explains that being Singh’s fiancé qualifies Rob as family. Ooh! A future same-sex marriage episode of FLASH seems inevitable! Pied Piper (Flash’s resident queer Rogue) will probably attack the wedding.

Leonard Nimoy at Star Trek Con

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Liz Ho is a fortune cookie: a crispy-Asian-American-treat that will give you useless advice & lotto numbers. She loves Star Trek, Hello Kitty (OBVIOUSLY), reading, working on her YouTube Channel and taking daily pictures of her ewok of a dogs.

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Hearing about the loss of Leonard Nimoy this morning made my heart drop. I am a Star Trek fan and have been since childhood.

I could wax on about how much Trek and Spock has influenced my life, and they both have, greatly. But I feel like there are better, more eloquent writers who can do that and so, I shall let them.

However, I will touch on the last time I ever saw Nimoy at the Creation Entertainment Las Vegas Star Trek Con. The Creation Entertainment Las Vegas Con is the biggest and oldest of the Star Trek Conventions. Nimoy, like many of his other co-stars, have appeared on its stages numerous times over the years.

Arrow “Nanda Parbat”

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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Some truly wacky things happened on this week’s ARROW. I’ll attempt to encapsulate:

OLIVER GOES TO FIGHT RA’S AL GHUL…AGAIN.
Thea reveals to everyone who doesn’t know that she killed Sara while under the influence of her evil dad, Malcolm Merlyn. She then rats him out to the League of Assassins, who waste no time capturing Merlyn and dragging him off to Nanda Parbat, the secret Himalayan city wherein the Assassins live in a fancy stronghold. Thea thinks, as I do, that this is a reasonable way for the bad guys to settle their business with each other.

Arrow “The Return”

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This week’s ARROW is a two-pronged flashback: in the present, Oliver and Thea return to the prison island Lian Yu for some LOST-esque survivalizing. In the past, longhaired Oliver returns to Starling City for the first time since escaping Lian Yu (the first time) with his mega-improved archery skills.

Also we have the return of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, whom Malcolm Merlyn sets free to test the Queens’ killer instinct. The idea is that none in the Arrow gang will survive Ras al Ghul’s forthcoming wrath unless Oliver is willing to kill. Malcolm has these types of ideas because he’s an Evil Mastermind.

Flash “Fallout”: Consensual Firestorming, Time Travel & Gorillas

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Firestorm separates into his two component people, Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, and they bicker about the inconveniences of sharing one body: hygiene, different haircut preferences, fractured personality, etc. Caitlin and Ronnie are reunited and make a lot of kissyface. (SPOILER: One of these days, Caitlin’s going to become Killer Frost, Firestorm’s complicated-villainess-relationship equivalent of Batman’s Catwoman.) Ronnie and Martin eventually reconsider the benefits of being one dude with the body of a hunky action star and the mind of a nuclear physicist. They figure out that Firestorm can function as an effective flamethrowing superhero if they perform the merger with full willing consent. They do this, some nuclear sparks fly as they trounce the bad guys, and then they de-merge to go back to their loving heterosexual relationships.

ARROW Review: “Canaries”

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Arrow was dead for what, one episode? He returned in last week’s “Uprising” via the plot of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (basically) and finds Starling City still fraught with dramas to deal with/shoot arrows into.

Oliver reluctantly shows Thea the Arrowcave, and she is extremely happy that her brother was only pretending to be a flaky playboy all those times, when in fact he was fighting street crime with archaic weaponry.

Flash, Firestorm & Speed Dating: “The Nuclear Man”

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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FLASH MEETS AN ASIAN PERSON

FLASH gains its first Asian cast regular, Linda Park (played by Malese Jow), Barry Allen’s new love interest. All right, ideally she becomes more than a love interest but I’m pretty certain she doesn’t have a superpower. Barry met Linda in a karaoke bar and impressed her both with his turn on “Summer Nights” and his startling resemblance to that guy on GLEE. Linda’s very into Barry and after roughly 1.75 dates wants to jump his bones. But a Classic Complicated Superhero Relationship Problem interferes, as Barry is called off to an important superhero mission juuuuuust as they’re making out and the underthings are coming off.

FLASH & ARROW: This Week in Fun Young Superheroes

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FLASH WAS VERY FANSERVICEY

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Flash fights Pied Piper, one of the rare openly-gay supervillains in comic book lore. His sexual orientation doesn’t really come up except for one questionable line about a “leather fantasy” involving Flash’s costume. At first I was like, “Really, the gay guy has to have a stereotypical fetish?” But that was my own sexual prudishness talking, because then I realized: Flash’s costume IS really hot. It’s basically one sleek red leather boot that sheathes his whole body. It’s way more svelte than Batman’s suit or Arrow’s hood, and allows Flash a subtle eroticism even when fighting preposterous villains.

ARROW “Left Behind” Episode Review: They’re Not Gonna Rename the Show “Felicity” Just Yet

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Well, it seems I was very wrong about that Lazarus Pit thing. Because I, like most naive people, UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF JAPANESE SUPER-AGENTS. More spoilers follow.

Most of this rather somber episode deals with Team Arrow learning that Oliver was killed in his cliffside duel with the evil and unspellcheckable Ra’s al Ghul. Felicity, in her grief, pleads with Ray Palmer to abandon his superhero aspirations. Diggle and Roy get extremely gruff and decide that the best way to honor Oliver’s memory is to go out and pound bad guys. Laurel combines the grief/gruff reactions by being sad for a bit and then finally suiting up as the new Black Canary and ambushing two goons with her patented sonic scream.

FLASH “Revenge Of The Rogues” Rundown & Review

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Flash trains so he can get faster than the Reverse Flash, who kicked his butt in the last episode. Captain Cold returns with an arsonist partner, Heatwave (not the 70′s funk band). Heatwave has a mega-flame gun to complement Captain Cold’s ultra-ice gun.

Flash’s dilemma is whether to keep hard training (because evil Dr. Wells wants him to) or to go fight the Icy Hot villains. Guess what? He eventually decides to go fight them. This results in another odd confrontation where Flash runs around his foes real fast instead of just grabbing up their weapons of mass climate change. I get it, if the fights happened in real Flash-time they’d be over much too quickly and plus we’d all get strobe-induced seizures from watching them. But it’s getting increasingly hard to believe that the Fastest Guy Alive cannot quickly settle a dispute with a man whose costume is a fuzzy parka.