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‘The Flash’: 5 Questions We Want Answered At SDCC 2018

The fourth season of The Flash left our titular hero in a good place. Having saved the day and stopped the bad guy, and surrounded by the people he loves the most, the season ended on an upbeat note for…

The Importance of the Human Side of Superhero Stories

Superhero stories are, hands down, my favorite kinds of stories. They have been for as long as I can remember. There’s something about the dichotomy of good and evil. The comfort of easily identifiable – and often handily dispatched –…

‘The Flash’ Season 4 Review: Holding Out for a Hero

In a recent interview, Grant Gustin revealed that he has been excited for season five of The Flash since the beginning of season four. Now that this season has come to an end, I can’t help but agree with the…

‘The Flash’ 4×23 Review: “We Are the Flash”

Finales are always bittersweet. On the one hand, they should (ideally) wrap up loose ends, give ongoing arcs a satisfactory conclusion, and tease fans with hints of what to expect in the future. On the other hand, there’s that long,…

‘The Flash’ 4×22 Review: ‘Think Fast’

The penultimate episode of The Flash’s season four – titled ‘Think Fast’ – wrapped up a few loose threads. And left a good number dangling. A Bad Man’s Bad Plan Unsurprisingly, this season’s Big Bad, DeVoe, had a great deal…

‘The Flash’ 4×21 Review: “Harry and the Harrisons”

“Harry and the Harrisons,” this week’s episode of The Flash, did very little to move the main plot with DeVoe forward. However, as I think the last part of this season has been trying to course correct certain characters in anticipation…

‘The Flash’ 4×19 Review: ‘Fury Rogue’

In The Flash’s episode this week, titled Fury Rogue, there was a lot of good stuff going on for our good guys. There was some interesting stuff going on with our bad guys. And then…then there was some stuff that…

‘The Flash’ 4×18 Review: Lose Yourself

Some things were lost in The Flash this week, and some things were…well, no. Things were mostly just lost. Frankly, it’s a good reminder that not all losses are bad. In this case, it got things moving again as we…

Fandom Entitlement: Who Owns the Story?

I wrote before about how fandom can become a negative place when fans confuse the fictional story with behind-the-scenes reality. This week, I want to write about another dark side of fandom: fan entitlement. This tends to rear its ugly…

‘The Flash’ 4×17 Review: ‘Null and Annoyed’

Whatever nefarious thing I did to Alyssa so that I could write the reviews for two of my favorite episodes of the season, she definitely got me back with this episode. I was looking forward to Kevin Smith’s return as…

Lets Talk About The Dark Side of Fandom

I love fandom. I love having a place to connect with other people who love what I love. There is just something about joining a community of people, all of whom are invested in the same thing you’re invested in…

‘The Flash’ 4×16 Review: ‘Run, Iris, Run’

I promise I didn’t do anything bad to Alyssa this week, guys! However, when she asked me to review this week’s episode of The Flash, Run Iris Run, how could I resist? Two great episodes in a row, and I get…

‘The Flash’ 4×15 Review: ‘Enter Flashtime’

Alyssa asked me to write the review for The Flash’s episode this week. For the record, nobody can prove I did anything nefarious to her so that I could write a review of what turned out to be one of…

DCTV: What’s In a Team?

Most of the DCTV shows – all but Black Lightning to date – work off the same formula. Part of that formula involves the use of a team to support the hero, provide exposition and explanation, and justify the addition…

DCTV Crossovers I Want to See (That Will Never Happen)

The annual DCTV crossover may be met with mixed reactions in fandom, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about ones I would love to see. Some crossovers I would particularly love to see will never happen due to differing…

The Flash’s Caitlin Snow Problem

I’ve written before about the problematic treatment of women on DCTV. The Flarrowverse has some of my favorite shows, but I’ve written before about how more than one woman in this universe deserves better than they’ve been given. However, this…

Black Lightning: The Cool Badass Dad of DCTV

Countless articles have been written about how Black Lightning has changed the game for DCTV. Starring largely (if not solely) an African-American cast, grounded in the real-world challenges that people of color face today, and with a LGBTQ+ relationship front…

“We Are the Flash”: Welcome to Metaphors!

Ever since the “Mixed Signals” episode of this season’s The Flash, there have been people (calling some of them “fans” verges on overstatement) who have taken exception to Iris’s line: “You aren’t the Flash, Barry. We are.” For the past…

10 Best Movie Moments of 2017

2017 was filled with movie moments that made us laugh, made us cry, and – occasionally – freaked us the hell out. Below are our top ten best movie moments of the year. Of course, it’s impossible to talk about…

The Best and Worst of DCTV This Season

Since we’re about halfway through the current seasons of the DCTV shows, it seems a good time to reflect on the best and worst each show has had to offer this year. Well, the second worst, at least. The worst…

Movie Ships We Loved in 2017

There is nothing quite like the movies. I love sitting in a dark theater with an irresponsibly large bucket of popcorn and a fountain drink that will all but ensure I will be wishing for a bathroom break well before…