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Boomb Tube, The Week in Comic Book Television: 10/29-11/4/2023

By | November 6th, 2023
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Welcome back to Boomb Tube! Here, we will be catching you up on the week in comics TV, both through micro-reviews, as well as links to our full-length TV reviews. We also tend to review series that are dropped all at once weekly so there are a few ‘older’ shows mixed in for good measure. Are we missing your favorite show? Let us know in the comments!

Bodies – “Right Up the Wazoo” (E4, Netflix)

Whiteman and Esther are the heart of this episode, where he gives her a ticket to Inverness so she can flee London with the other wartime evacuees. They spend the day at his flat waiting for the bombing to commence, so they can escape a spy (odd estimation of their chances there though.) Bonding, Whiteman learns Esther hopes her German aunt is still alive, leading him to disclose his Jewish name is Karl. It leads to a moving moment where he carries her into an underground station, in a sequence that reminds us the authorities originally did not want people using the Tube as shelter. While there, they befriend Hillinghead’s daughter, Polly, who looks after Esther when Whiteman notices the spy entering the underground. They get into a fight in the tunnels, where Whiteman kills the man, and unfortunately discovers he was a cop investigating him. Staggering back in the morning, he discovers Esther’s been poisoned, as Polly is revealed to be part of Mannix’s cult.

Over in 1890, as much as he tries not to, Hillinghead gives into his feelings for Ashe again. Afterwards, Ashe tells him he and his editor plan to name Harker as a suspect in the case in a front page story, although they have no evidence; it’s then he notices a smudge placed by Mannix’s alter-ego on Hillinghead’s spectacles, potentially proving his involvement. Young Polly, meanwhile, is suspicious about her father’s claims about his whereabouts the night before, leading him to amusingly joke that she went into the wrong profession. (A lady detective? That would’ve been better than what she would wind up doing!)

In 2023, Hasan uncovers Hillinghead and Whiteman’s identical cold cases, and even Barber is forced to concede that something very weird is going on. On learning Hillinghead’s prime suspect was Harker, Hasan discovers he was the founder of the group that provided the Morleys their legal representation, and that Andrew Morley is employed as a guard at Harker House. Ordered to keep this off the books, she infiltrates the building alone, and discovers a vinyl recording of Mannix telling his younger self about Iris Maplewood. Morley reveals himself, and shows her Defoe’s stored duplicates. He’s clearly overwhelmed by the conspiracy he’s become trapped in, but denies her offer to help, attacking her, and locking her in a dungeon.

Maplewood’s case in 2053 leads her to make amends with Defoe, who suggests she can protect him from his apparent fate. She lets him stay at his flat, where the two start to become close, debating freewill vs. destiny over wine; however, her loyalty to the regime gives him second thoughts. When Iris’s neighbor Lorna comes over looking for her cat, Defoe sneaks out, at which point Iris realizes he was lying to her the whole time about not knowing who Chapel Perilous are, and tackles him. However, Lorna reveals herself to also be a member of the group, and knocks her out. Damn, and here I assumed Lorna was a dead woman walking. – Christopher Chiu-Tabet

Gen V – “Jumanji” (S1E6, Amazon Prime)

After the last episode reveals Cate being behind the mind wipes, she tries to make amends by giving everyone back their memories. However, after she pushes her powers a little too hard, she not only passes out, but the crew (Marie, Jordan, Andre, and Dusty) ends up in her mind as she fights to live. They view the terrible highlights of her life, from making her brother disappear the day her powers first emerged to the toll it took on her parents’ view of her until they enlisted Dean Shetty to help. Shetty takes the mentor role, such as Xavier from X-Men, but instead uses her relationship to wipe Golden Boy’s mind whenever he gets close to remembering Sam and The Woods.

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The mind jumps, however, not only showcase Cate’s bad memories and moments but everyone else’s. Although it’s been shown that Andre and Cate have been hooking up after Golden Boy’s death, it’s revealed it’s been going on far longer than they made it seem, and she was cheating while he was still alive. Jordan has a memory of when Golden Boy confronted Brink, but it wasn’t when he killed him but far earlier in his collegiate career. Yet, instead of finding out why Golden Boy is mad, Jordan helps sedate him to get on Brink’s good side and become the T.A. Marie’s moment is the opening scene of the show when her parents died, but sprinkled with her little sister describing how much of a monster she is. As they escape one memory to the next, they realize that time is running out, and Andre grabs Cate and begs her to keep fighting to wake up so they can get back to reality.

The other storylines have Emma running away before all this begins so she can find Sam to tell him she remembers everything they’d done together and relieve the sexual tension built up between them. Shetty, on the other hand, is continuing her experiments in The Woods to not only get rid of powers from young Supes but eventually kill them all together. – Alexander Manzo

Invincible – “A Lesson for Your Next Life” (S2E1, Amazon Prime)

Read our full review by James Dowling.

Loki – “Heart of the TVA” (S2E4, Disney+)

In case you missed it, read our full review by Robbie Pleasant.

Loki – “Science/Fiction” (S2E5, Disney+)

Tune in later today to read our full review by Robbie Pleasant.

Pluto – “Episode 2” (E2, Netflix)

Read our full review by Elias Rosner.

Quantum Leap – “One Night In Koreatown” (S2E5, NBC)

There’s a fine line when watching a TV show or film when it comes to accuracy. No one wants a documentary in the form of an episode of Quantum Leap, but for a show that is centered on ‘the past,’ you need to have some sort of accuracy. When having an episode based during the LA Riots, there needs to be some truthful representation of the event and the people who lived through it. “One Night in Koreatown” does a pretty good job of simulating what it must’ve felt like for the folks living through the riots, but there’s a line that the episode skirts the entire time, and that is the portrayal of the Korean patriarch of the family, as played by C.S. Lee. Lee’s portrayal is quite broad and, while it may be accurate to his experience, it felt uncomfortably stereotypical. The accent, the characterization, everything about the character felt like a 90th percentile portrayal.

Lee does a good job of wringing emotion out of the character, but the writing really paints him into a corner that doesn’t feel particularly comfortable. It takes away from the episode’s overall tone, even if it eventually coalesces towards the end in some growth. The episode, overall, is one of the weaker of the season thus far, and Lee’s performance stands out like a relic from the original version, not a more understanding and progressive version thirty years hence. – Brian Salvatore

Star Trek: Lower Decks – “Old Friends, New Planets” (S4E10, Paramount+)

Read our full review of the season 4 finale by Joe Skonce.


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