Zero hour arrives for Iris West in a climactic episode of The Flash

B

“Infantino Street” is, as previously noted in these reviews, an homage to Carmine Infantino, the DC Comics artist for many of the Flash’s greatest Silver Age adventures. If the creators of the CW version of The Flash really want to pay tribute to Infantino, however, they would do well to sit down with a stack of those…

Michael Scofield is back in the gleefully dumb trailer for Prison Break season five

Not even death can keep Wentworth Miller’s tattooed prison-buster Michael Scofield from the cages and bars that constitute his natural environment. Fox released a new trailer today for its revival of the Prison Break franchise, revealing once and for all that Scofield didn’t actually die in the show’s finale. Instead,…

The Flash recaptures the Silver Age spirit in its most fun episode of the season

A

“The New Rogues” is a treat for those of us who fell in love with The Flash during its first season and spent much of the second worrying the show might never pull itself out of its funk. It’s the most giddily entertaining hour of the series in ages: light on its feet and overflowing with humor, adventure, and Silver…

Powerful, personal stakes take DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow to a new level

A

A moment of silence for everyone’s favorite snarky bad boy: Leonard Snart, you will be missed, you deliciously hammy villain-with-a-heart-of-gold. Though not for long, apparently, as word has already come out that Wentworth Miller will be recurring on the upcoming seasons of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow and The Flash.…

Thanks to some time pirates, the stakes get higher on Legends of Tomorrow

B+

In its eighth episode, Legends of Tomorrow strands its heroes and villains in both space and time, with pretty solid results. From a plot standpoint, it’s pretty simple: they go from having no leads in their hunt for Savage to a specific time and place in history, and Mick’s volatility moves past the point of simply…

Legends Of Tomorrow improves slightly with a prison break in the U.S.S.R.

C+

With three team members holed up in Soviet gulag, the Legends Of Tomorrow gang has a clearly defined mission for this week’s episode: rescue their comrades, and prevent Vandal Savage from creating an army of Soviet Firestorms that will doom the future. “Fail-Safe” is a fairly straightforward prison break story, but…

Legends Of Tomorrow struggles with its central conflict, but excels in other areas

B

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow has the unenviable task of making DC Comics’ convoluted superhero mythology accessible and engaging outside of comics, which is especially difficult when working within the confines of TV. There are budgetary restrictions, which limit how much the story can rely on spectacle to captivate the…

Legends Of Tomorrow’s pilot improves as it settles into its ambitious concept

B

Rip Hunter’s team of time-displaced heroes and villains takes the fight to Vandal Savage in the second part of the DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow pilot, an episode that sees the show settling into its concept but still holding on to some of the main flaws of its debut. There’s much less of the clunky exposition (although…

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow shows considerable promise despite an uneven debut

B-

Hubris is at the root of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, not just for its characters, who believe themselves capable of altering the course of time, but for its creators, who take a big risk by launching a live-action superhero team TV series at a time when pop culture is saturated with superhero projects. Viewers have…

Captain Cold brings the heat on a stellar episode of The Flash

A

It may sound contradictory to suggest that The Flash is sometimes better when it slows down a little, but after last week’s frantic, overstuffed hour, which had to do the heavy lifting of launching the season’s arcs and introducing the exposition-heavy complications of a parallel earth, “Family Of Rogues” is a welcome…