Brain Dump: Supergirl & The Flash, American Crime, Taken, Shots Fired

Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin in The Flash

This and that about a few TV shows: a brain dump. This week I’m thinking about musical crossovers, hidden slavery in America, the ratio of Beals to violence, and the criminal justice system.

Supergirl and The Flash

Victor Garber, Jesse L. Martin, and Candice Patton in The Flash
Victor Garber, Jesse L. Martin, and Candice Patton in The Flash

No secret here: I love a musical. I looked forward to the musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash. Highlights of the episode for me were:

  • Jesse L. Martin and Victor Garber doing a duet as gay dads
  • Darren Criss teaching everyone a lesson
  • Jeremy Jordan singing because that dude can SING
  • I don’t watch The Flash unlessĀ Supergirl is on. So I don’t know who the man playing the father of the character formerly known as Mon-El was (John Barrowman, thanks to commenter Lucy), but that dude can SING
  • Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist doing a song and dance number

American Crime

Felicity Huffman in American Crime
Felicity Huffman stars in American Crime

This season American Crime looks at the hidden slavery still practiced in the United States. A few months back I read Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It. Since then I haven’t been able to look at my waiters/waitresses, construction laborers, or many other workers in the same way. Many sex workers live in slavery conditions.

American Crime tackles big issues and boils them down into manageable bites. The first two seasons were outstanding. Season 3 is off to a brilliant start and promises to be one of the most socially conscious shows on your TV once again this year. With a cast of brilliant actors doing important work, American Crime is must watch TV.


Jennifer Marsala in Taken
Jennifer Marsala is stealing my heart

When I first considered Taken, I was concerned about how much of it would be Jennifer Beals as head of the agency bossing Clive Standen about, and how much of it would be Clive Standen doing violence to everyone around him. My philosophy is MORE BEALS, LESS VIOLENCE.

Episode 4 just finished this week and Jennifer Beals has been around enough to keep me going. The surprise for me is that Jennifer Marsala who plays Riley is such an important character. In fact, she’s becoming my favorite character on the show. (Shh, don’t tell Jennifer Beals.)

Gaius Charles, an actor I have faithfully loved since Friday Night Lights, is doing a great job as a tough guy on Taken.

Shots Fired

Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James
Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James in Shots Fired

Only one episode into Shots Fired and I can predict this 10 episode mini-series is going to be a big winner.

Created by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood, who has rocked the world with everything she’s done so far, the series looks at police brutality and corruption. Police brutality flipped on it’s head with a black cop and a white victim. The cast is excellent, the first episode was outstandingly written, the characters are complex, the situation is fraught and important and topical. If you missed the first episode, I suggest you catch up and start watching.

Are you watching any of these shows? What do you think about how they are going?

4 thoughts on “Brain Dump: Supergirl & The Flash, American Crime, Taken, Shots Fired”

  1. christopher swaby

    i loved that episode of “Flash.” i watch all of the DC shows as i have been reading comic books since the 60s. i love how they have translated into tv shows. Flash has a similar vibe to “Supergirl” in that the leads are easily accessible super positive characters. the female characters in Supergirl are better developed that those in Flash but i think you would still enjoy the latter show.

    I love me some Jennifer Beals but have not at all enjoyed “Taken.”

    “American Crime” is the best show on television. it reminds me a bit of “The Wire” in its willingness to tackle hard subjects and not dumb it down for the viewers. the acting company is without equal.

    As much as I love Ms. Belas, I love Sanaa Lathan more. i would watch her read the phone book (were there still such a thing as phone books). i have really been looking forward to this show. It is off to a great start.

    1. From that first moment we saw Sanaa looking a little the worse for wear with less than perfect hair I thought “woo boy she’s going for an Emmy this time.” Her performance the rest of the hour just cemented my opinion. She’s going full out.

  2. I don’t watch the Flash either, but the guy you’re referring to is John Barrowman. He’s a tv actor (starred in the Dr Who spin off Torchwood, where his character was bisexual) and theatre actor. He’s excellent in everything I’ve seen him in.

    PS. Just randomly stumbled across your site yesterday. Love it!

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