“Livewire” introduces one of my favorite characters created for Superman: The Animated Series as a new enemy for Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). Staying pretty true to the character’s original origin story, shock jock Leslie Morgan (Brit Morgan) is hit by a bolt of lighting traveling through Supergirl (rather than Superman as in the original animated episode) transforming the selfish prima donna into living electricity out to take revenge on those she feels have wronged her. Morgan is well-cast in the role, even if the show struggles to find a way to bring Livewire’s unique animated look to live-action.
As the show moves closer to its fall finale, Once Upon a Time takes a break from the Dark Swan storyline to travel to DunBroch and catch up with the adventures of young Queen Merida (Amy Manson) who faces new challenges when the Witch (Lily Knight) threatens to curse the entire kingdom if the enchanted helm she gave to the late King Fergus (Glenn Keogh) isn’t returned. Adding to the trouble is the fact that Zelena (Rebecca Mader) and Arthur (Liam Garrigan) have arrived in town looking for the same artifact looking for the power to stand up to Merlin and Emma Swan.
A call from an old girlfriend (Carolyn Stotesbery) puts John (Jeff Hephner) in the middle of the murder of a Washington power broker and the attempt coup d’etat of a small group within the government who plan to blackmail their way to power. Offering audiences a short glimpse at the life John may have had if he hadn’t accepted his role as a secret agent, “Back in Your Arms” also allows the spy to make up for the manner in which he ended their relationship by at least keeping the woman he loved alive.
The latest issue gives us a look into the life and career of the smallest super-hero in Astro City – Wolfspider. Along with explaining the minature hero’s condition and unique tools, gizmos, and vehicles, Astro City #28 also features Wolfspider meeting the fictitious heroes who inspired him to become a hero whose appearance in the real world throws everyone for a loop.
As with nearly every issue of Astro City, I’m always wanting more. Although I enjoy these one-off issues I could easily spend far more time with Wolfspider and his unique view of the world from his tiny stature.
Unusual events send the Librarians to Wexler College where the college mascot is the latest member to disappear from campus without warning. Built by an eccentric occultist decades before, the Librarians discover plenty of odd aspects about the college whose layout and unique properties allow for a temporal rift on which sits a tentacled monster reaching out to pull others across dimensions. The episode makes the best of the show’s limited special effects budget in creating the creature and rifts (although life in the other dimension is a bit underwhelming).
Over the years Doctor Who‘s forays from sci-fi into horror have led to mixed results. While creating my favorite episode of the current run in “Blink” which introduced audiences to the Weeping Angels, other attempts have been far less successful. Sadly, “Sleep No More” falls into the later category as the audience is thrown into a found-footage style horror tale about monsters from your sleep made up of dream dust who devour people because… um, not sure about that part. There’s an intriguing idea at the center of the episode about the need for sleep and the repercussions of bypassing the natural order for greed, but the story itself delivers rather lackluster creatures and fails to make the scientist (Reece Shearsmith) responsible for creating them interesting in the slightest.