What’s on TV tonight? ‘The Flash,’ ‘The Voice,’ Bill Murray on Letterman

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Flash’ Finale: Should Barry Save His Mother?.

Season one concludes Tuesday, with the episode beginning with Barry (Grant Gustin) having captured Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) and faced with a big decision: Should he travel back in time to save his mother’s life?The CW superhero show stands out among its peers as the opposite — and in many ways, the antidote — to the grim and gritty tropes on Fox’s “Gotham” and CW’s “Arrow” (which spun off the show). “The Flash” brought something missing from comic book adaptations, both film and TV — exuberance, a joy in having the ability to help others.One of the best descriptions of what sets The CW’s The Flash apart from other superhero TV series came back in November, when the show had only been on the air for a month.

That question has lingered for much of the season, after Barry learned he (as an adult) was present when his mother died 15 years ago, and also discovering that he can time travel by running really, really fast. We feel like there’s no way he’s going to get away with this one, but if ever a hero earned his happy ending … For his part, Scott Von Doviak is ready to swoop in and help kick some ass, just on the off-chance Victor Garber’s Firestorm isn’t enough. iZombie (The CW, 9 p.m.): This may actually be starting a couple minutes late to accommodate an ever-so-slightly extended Flash finale, so set your DVRs accordingly. Grant Gustin was best known for playing a smarmy creep on Fox’s “Glee,” but now it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role of forensics technician Barry Allen, struck by a stray bolt from a particle accelerator explosion and transformed into a speedster. The series has been delivering all the delights of Silver Age DC comics—superpowers, weird science, colorful villains, and, yes, a psychic gorilla—without ranging too far into campiness or winking.

Anyway, tonight’s episode sees “Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a journalist who was working on a story that linked psychotic episodes in a small number of consumers to a popular energy drink.” For once, I have no further questions about an iZombie plot synopsis. We did the greatest hits of all the scenes that made us cry over the season and put them all in the finale again.” Even before the show’s debut, when Barry stumbled his way over to Starling City, fans of The Flash have known that Barry was on a collision course with his nemesis, Eobard Thawne. The Flash’s success has been reassuring to the contingent of comic book fans who wish live-action superheroes were more… okay, let’s just say it: fun. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): Part of this episode is apparently about how Amy “gives breast milk to a dog.” We’re currently debating whether this is going to be exactly what it sounds like, or really, seriously, exactly what it sounds like. Labs team with this final fight.” From a Debra Birnbaum @ Variety.com profile of “Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti, whose production company also does “Arrow,” “Mysteries of Laura” and the upcoming “Supergirl,” “Blindspot” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:” That comicbook shows are now a success seems a no-brainer, given that they’re all that seems to be scoring in movies, but “Arrow” was a smallscreen breakthrough.

Given that the recent movies based on Marvel and DC superheroes have made billions of dollars worldwide—again, that’s billions, with a “b”—it’s probably pointless to talk about what’s wrong with the genre. Flash has his allies (Cisco, Caitlin) and now a bona fide Rogue’s Gallery (led by Wentworth Miller’s delightfully snarky Captain Cold, who will be spinning off into CW’s midseason series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”) The show has paid homage to the short-lived 1990 prime-time version by casting original star John Wesley Shipp as Barry’s unjustly incarcerated father and brought back co-stars Amanda Pays and Mark Hamill in guest spots. “The Flash” routinely drops Easter eggs for comic book readers. Here’s one more way to celebrate and commemorate David Letterman as The Late Show wraps up: Vish Khanna talks to musician and filmmaker Chad VanGaalen about doing stupid human tricks for Dave. It was his passion for the source material that infused the show — along with its successor, “The Flash” — with its emotional heart, compelling narrative and whiz-bang visual effects that have stirred fans and critics alike. Last week, he and his pals ended up at Ferris Aircraft, and in a bit of throwaway dialogue, we learned it had closed because a pilot had disappeared — that’s a reference to Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Deadly After Dark: Polar Bear Invasion (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.): “A showdown in Canada between the residents of Churchill and migrating polar bears is chronicled.” Wait, Canada is declaring war on polar bears and didn’t even invite the rest of us to join in on the bear-fighting fun? Late night: Jamie Foxx guests on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (10:34 p.m., WDSU), Bill Murray and Bob Dylan guest on “Late Show With David Letterman” (10:35 p.m., WWL), George Clooney guests on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (10:35 p.m., WGNO). Marvel has been better about adding humor to the mix in its movies and TV series, but it still has its gloomy Daredevil on Netflix, and the Fox movie versions of Marvel’s X-Men haven’t exactly been a barrel of laughs (aside from the zippy First Class, still the best of the X-Men films).

Deadliest Catch: On Deck (Discovery, 8 p.m.): We have no idea, but we do feel duty-bound to point out tonight is the conclusion of a two-parter, said two-parter is called “Super Typhoon,” and, if the synopsis—“A super typhoon hits the fishing grounds forcing the captains to decide between facing the danger or heading back to land”—is any indication, this episode might just feature a bunch of fishermen picking a fight with a storm system. The theme problem is trickier, and hard to define without sounding like a spoilsport (or a cretin), but here goes: While movies like Avengers: Age Of Ultron and The Dark Knight Rises are very good, they seem to be trying too hard to inspire lengthy essays and editorials, overtly asking to be taken seriously.

The Flash. “And dealing with time travel, logistically that can get very confusing.” At the end of last week’s episode, The Flash – with help from pals Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Firestorm (Robbie Amell) – managed to subdue Dr. The network is not releasing the season finale (Tuesday at 8 p.m. on WLVI, Ch. 56) for review, but judging from teasers, it culminates in the ultimate showdown between Dr.

Cultural relevance is absolutely something that a superhero movie should aspire to, but there’s also a virtue in simply telling a story, and letting the themes emerge more naturally and subtly. You years from now,” Thawne says. “We’re enemies, rivals, opposites, reverses of one another … neither of us was strong enough to defeat the other, until I learned your secret.

Let’s see what they have for us this week: “The CIA’s controversial interrogation methods are examined via recently declassified documents; and interviews with political leaders and CIA insiders. The first episode introduced Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin), a science geek and Central City CSI who acquires super-speed after an accident involving a S.T.A.R.

We’re trying to tell all of it.” The previews show Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) marrying longtime (and previously presumed dead) finance Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell). Frontline, we don’t mean to be difficult, but that’s kind of a weighty one to spring onto us right as we’re easing into vacation time, you know? Any chance we can work up to the torture story in easy stages, maybe starting with an exposé on how Jim over at Health and Human Services is totally stealing printer paper from the office? But seriously, I have been quite impressed by his performance. “All that duality, as an actor, it’s a joy to play, because you’re trying to approach it from different levels,” Cavanagh said. “Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t. “But one of the tremendous things is to have lines that go, ‘I look forward to seeing you soon.’ You know, stuff like that, which is layered with all sorts of different things. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) is on board for the spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, which features heroes and villains from The Flash and Arrow, but Ronnie is not among the list of regular characters.

Cannonball Run II/Smokey And The Bandit II (Esquire TV/CMT, 8 p.m./9 p.m.): Somewhere, Sterling Archer is weeping at the prospect of having to choose between these two Burt Reynolds mega-classics. It’s also possible season two will see Caitlin transform into the villain Killer Frost, who in the comics has powers similar to X-Men’s Ice Man, except she craves heat (that’s where Firestorm come in handy). He craves to be understood. “For actors, or for me certainly, it’s not like I’m besieged with opportunity all the time,” Cavanagh said. “That’s sort of the actor’s life. NBA Draft Lottery (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.): Before the Western Conference Finals get rolling, there’s the little matter of setting this year’s draft lottery.

It’s not like we get to pick and choose, ‘Maybe I’ll do that, maybe I’ll do this one.’ You don’t know where the opportunity comes. “When it’s something like this, it certainly is very different from other characters I’ve played. This show isn’t big on arcs, per se; instead, it’s delivered a string of standalone episodes with a villain of the week, while relegating the ongoing story of Wells and all of the characters’ personal relationship dramas to subplot status, to be moved to the center as needed. Alternatively, the Oklahoma City Thunder could win this, which would be hilarious and awful and amazing all at once. (Double alternatively, the Utah Jazz could sneak in and win it, though we only bring this up because we’re weirdly enchanted by Gordon Hayward and French blocking machine Rudy Gobert, better known as the Stifle Tower.) NBA Playoff: Rockets at Warriors (ESPN, 9 p.m.): The Rockets just prevailed in what may be the dumbest seven-game series in NBA history, with dueling blowouts, endless intentional fouling, and dangerously high levels of Josh Smith just kind of generally detracting from what could have been a pretty good matchup. A lot of The Flash’s players have musical theater training, and week to week they’ve drawn on that experience to fit neatly into the ensemble while waiting for their solos.

The Flash isn’t the 1960s Batman, and while it has some elements in common with Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse and Avengers movies—namely the team-as-family concept, and the willingness to go big with the storytelling—the overall approach is a little less knowing than Whedon. Like Gotham—which has never been able to figure out what to do with Barbara Kean, the mythology-mandated love interest for its hero—The Flash has botched Iris, and may never be able to fix the problem so long as it stays on-book. The Flash meanwhile has doggedly kept Candice Patton’s Iris West around, but has given her none of the pluckiness or maturity of the comic book version.

The character as written and played right now is a drag, and next season The Flash’s creative team might have to reboot or even recast the character—continuity be damned—or else make some radical changes to Flash history. The Flash is primarily for people who want to watch a show about The Flash—whether it’s longtime fans who’ll dig the references to Ferris Air and other DC universe lore, or newcomers who can get on board with the idea of a futuristic speedster costume that’s compressed into the ring on said speedster’s finger. But there’s something refreshing about The Flash’s willingness to get the superhero details right first and foremost, rather than trying to fit them into a larger statement.

But The Flash would be a different and very likely a lesser show if it stopped the action every week for a series of ethical debates (as Arrow so often does).

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