|THE CLOCK TOWERARROWVERSETHIS WEEK|
Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.
It always feels like the Arrowverse goes on hiatus right when we need it most. That’s not a shot at the shows – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Because of how they tackle current events, it’s always weird to go a week without them when the world’s falling apart. All the same, the world spins on. Thankfully, we have plenty of stuff to dive into while our heroes are away.Families Are Complicated
Man, I could not have been more off the mark with my theory of what was going on between Nash Wells and Allegra Garcia. Sometimes they get you, those writers! There was no deeper Crisis on Infinite Earths connection going on there, she was just Well’s surrogate daughter. Y’know, the surrogate daughter who he all but murdered with his ambition.
The Earth Prime relationship between these two characters has been super interesting, but we’ve gotta touch on the grief that Nash went through when Eobard was trying to take over his body. Nash is a fast and loose kind of guy. He doesn’t look back and he’ll win his prize by any means necessary. But he’s always known that Maya’s – the name of Allegra’s doppelgänger – was his fault. Sensing that weakness, Thawne sought to beat him down mentally and take over Earth Prime. Totally normal stuff for that creep.
Barry Allen, still wrapped up in his own grief over what he did to the Speedforce and the loss of his daughter Nora, finally has a breakthrough of his own and is able to work with Cisco to help Nash face his grief. The Mirrorverse angle they’re going with might not be doing it for me, but this whole Nash/Thawne angle really drove home the emotional beats that make The Flash exceptional.The Reshaping of Alex Danvers
While Kara’s rightfully always been the focus of her own show, I feel like we don’t spend enough time acknowledging the growth of her sister. Alex started off as a hardass, by-the-books agent. Over the course of the series’ five seasons she’s been given levels of complexity, come out of the closet, and decided she wanted to become a mom. It’s night and day from where she was in the beginning, and now we’re seeing her take on a new challenge with the idea that she can no longer run the DEO.
With Lex running things, Alex reasoned that she had to step out of her role as director. Now she finds herself working with J’onn at The Tower which, as far as I can tell, is kind of an alien private investigators kind of situation. The thing is, she can’t quite find her footing just yet. While I suspect her departure from the...
EXCLUSIVE: Grace and Frankie may have suspended production on its seventh and final season because of the coronavirus crisis, but the Emmy nominated Netflix comedy is back this week with a special live treat for fans and a spotlight on seniors in need during these troubled times.
The Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-led series will be having an online table read this Thursday to help Meals On Wheels COVID-19 relief program, I've learned – though you can make donations right now via the link here.
While other shows have taken a similar digital approach in recent weeks, the long running Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris showrun series is adding some originality. The April 9 presentation will feature an episode from the yet unaired seventh season, as well as a live Q&A afterwards moderated by Kauffman.
Along with Oscar winner Fonda and Oscar nominee Tomlin, fellow G&F cast members Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry will be participating in the reading of the Kauffman and Morris-penned “The Fallout” episode on Thursday.
Starting at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, the whole shindig can be seen live and direct on the Netflix is a Joke YouTube page LINK HERE on April 9.
“While we’re sitting here afraid, unsure and isolated, we wanted to come together and do some good,” Kauffman told me of the decision to take the show online in a new form and with a peek into the future.”
“All we’ve got is time on our hands and technology at our fingertips,” the Friends co-creator added as production on Season 7 was temporarily suspended late on March 12 as restrictions on large gatherings tighten in the City of Angels. “So we decided to use both of those assets to raise money for Meals on Wheels, which brings food to food-insecure and isolated seniors. They are among our most vulnerable right now and need our help.”
“Our cast is all in and super excited,” Okay Goodnight founder Kauffman also says of her superstar packed team. “And Netflix and Skydance have been particularly supportive. As far as giving the fans a peek into Season 7, we figured more people would tune in to new content and it would, hopefully, be a draw for fans of Grace and Frankie. The hope is: more eyes, more money raised for Meals on Wheels.”
Produced by Skydance Television, which launched in 2013, Grace And Frankie was one of the first original series for Netflix. Though in a pause period right now, like everyone else in Tinseltown the seventh and final season is still set to premiere next year, which will make the series the longest running comedy in the streamer's history.
As of last night, there are 6360 confirmed case of the coronavirus in L.A. County and 147 deaths....