Welcome to our newly revamped 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!
The Flash – “Phantoms” (S8E9, The CW)
What do you do when you are grieving?
This is the theme of this episode for both plots, in the main one, the team keeps looking for last week’s villain, who already has three victims. Chester seems specially affected by this case, so, when he and Barry discover a little black flame and take it with them to S.T.A.R. Labs, Chuck starts having nightmares that eventually become real.
He is convinced that this entity, known as the Black Flame (no, not that one) is his deceased father, Quincy P. Runk, who comes after him because of his past resentment and feeling of abandonment.
They eventually discover that the Black Flame impersonates the person that the victim mourns, because it (or they) feed off of their negative emotions. So, Cecile and Allegra help Chester overcome those bad feelings, and think positively about what his father would think about him, defeating the Flame for now.
Meanwhile, Iris is loosing herself to her time sickness, so when Sue Dearborn comes back with a chance to follow a lead in Coast City, she decides to go for it, after all, she needs the change of pace.
In Coast City they meet a meta girl who escaped from her house to find her biological mother, Tinya can phase through walls, and wants to prove her mother that she is someone and has value. Iris is going to help her find her mom and maybe eventually help her become a hero (in the comics she is Phantom Girl).
We are affected by different things, and we all grieve differently, but it is important to keep a focus on something, and to keep your friends close, because they are the ones that can help you come out of it, like Allegra and Cecile helped Chuck, Sue helped Iris, and Iris herself is going to help Tinya. – Ramon Piña
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – “Eternia” (S2E3, NETFLIX)
King Stratos continues to endear himself with the game by subtly demeaning them and trying to take control, while Ram Ram (my new nickname for her) starts hearing voices in her head.. I’m sure this is going to end well. What’s charming about this episode is that with King Randor essentially on the run as a war refugee, his continued struggles to adapt help ground him further and make him a more sympathetic character. When he was first introduced he was a bit two-dimensional and what you would expect from a King/father figure. The humbling of his status will most likely give him a taste of the poor life and hopefully bring him closer to his son. Again the character development in this show is surprisingly deep and well thought out.
As Prince Adam and King Stratos start fighting over who gets to stop a runaway train, we see that true leadership is defined not by heroics, but over the mentality and soft skills that a true leader needs. Obviously the meaning of this episode is to teach the individuals ont the team that without working together, nothing will work. A predictable but important lesson for the kiddos to learn and help further develop their character both individually and also as a group. There is a really exciting bullet train battle sequence featuring new villains and some good twists and turns that I don’t want to spoil. Let’s just say things do not go according to plan, and being a hero isn’t just a matter of puffing up your chest and acting like one.
But alas this is not the lesson to be learned during this episode, as tensions come to a head as He-Man kicks out King Stratos, calling the shots.. whoops!
In this episode we are also treated to the weirdest dance number and slow motion dance music that I really wonder what these writers are on. –Henry FinnContinued below
Moon Knight – “The Goldfish Problem” (S1E1, Disney+)
Read our full review of the series premiere by James Dowling.
Naomi – “Keep Your Friends Close” (S1E9, The CW)
After a few episodes that felt, at times, like spinning wheels, this episode of Naomi was a solid forty-four minutes of build up, done through a mixture of police-interrogation confessionals and some slightly dubious plotting. But even when the ‘we need to use a special film developing solution!’ was the best MacGuffin they could come up with, “Keep Your Friends Close” worked because of the payoff at the end of the episode.
I don’t want to dig too deep into spoiler territory due to the nature of this column, but let’s just say that Naomi’s parents laid all their cards on the table and, essentially, did good by their daughter while very much blurring the line between morality and immorality. They also revealed a secret about themselves that truly changes the entire composition of the show. I love that the series is not afraid to eschew the source material when there’s a chance to do something interesting, and between this episode and Zumbado’s quite different role, the producers are going for the story, not the adaptation. In fact, aside form being a Superman fan from an alternate Earth, Naomi hasn’t felt too much like its comic origins.
And frankly, that’s totally fine. – Brian Salvatore
Riverdale – “Death at a Funeral” (S6E7, The CW)
Read our full review by Elias Rosner.
Snowpiercer – “The Original Sinners” (S3E10, TNT)
Read our full review of the season finale by Corrina Lawson.
Star Trek: Picard – “Fly Me to the Moon” (S2E5, Paramount+)
Picard is taken by the Watcher, Tallinn, to her apartment, where we learn she was assigned to look after Renee Picard (Penelope Mitchell), Jean-Luc’s great-great cousin, a trainee astronaut. (Picard is reminded of the original series character Gary Seven, implying Tallinn is a member or agent of the same aliens that assigned him to Earth in the ‘60s.) Historically, Renee will discover a microorganism she believes is sentient on Io, but she struggles with depression and anxiety, and Picard and Tallinn discover Q is posing as a therapist to manipulate her into quitting the mission.
Q also makes contact with Adam Soong, the ancestor of Data and Soji’s creators (played once again by Brent Spiner), who is a geneticist with a sickly daughter, Kore (who resembles Soji.) Soong has been denied a grant for his research for engaging in experiments outlawed in the wake of the Eugenics Wars (the ones Khan et al. caused), condemning Kore to a life indoors. Q gives Soong the treatment she needs, but the effects don’t last long, and she nearly dies from exposure to the air and sunlight after going for a swim. The trickster promises he’ll help Soong overcome his “limitations” if he helps him with Picard.
The Borg Queen worms her way into Earth’s telecoms and lures a policeman to the cloaked ship, taking him hostage. Faced with a no-win scenario, Jurati shoots and kills the Queen to save him, even if it means they’ll likely be left stranded in the 21st century. Picard brushes over the matter when he returns with Tallinn, Seven, Raffi, and the rescued Rios, preferring to focus on infiltrating a NASA gala Renee will be attending. Jurati gets herself apprehended and taken to the security room, where it’s revealed in flashback the Queen infected Jurati with assimilation nanites before she died, and is now in her mind – yeah, Jean-Luc really should’ve prioritized what happened instead of what’s going to happen. – Christopher Chiu-Tabet
Superman & Lois – “30 Days and 30 Nights” (S2E9, The CW)
Read our full review by august (in the wake of) dawn.
The Walking Dead – “The Rotten” (S11E14, AMC)
Read our full review by Christopher Cole.