Thursday, January 21, 2016

Legends of Tomorrow Episode Guide - Format Key

As in my earlier episode guides for The FlashArrow and Supergirl, I'll be using a form inspired by what I think is the finest episode guide ever written - Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide by Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping.  Here is the quick rundown.

Plot: A quick summary of the main story.

Influences: Specific media which may have inspired or otherwise influenced the episode.

Goofs: Holes in the plot, visible wires during the stunts and other things that don't work the way they should.

Performances: The actors and their craft - how well the characters are played.

Artistry: Anything on the technical side of things that is notably well-handled, such as set-design, lighting, sound effects, cinematography, etc.

Trivia Of Tomorrow: Random things of interest and references to the comics.

Technobabble/ArcanaPseudoscience terminology used to justify the unlikely.and/or impossible things that sometimes happen in superhero shows as well as anything regarding the rules of how science and magic work in the Arrowverse.

Dialogue Triumphs: Anything the characters say that make you want to put on a cape and fight for justice!

Dialogue Disasters: Anything the characters say that make you roll your eyes or snort in disbelief.

Continuity: Direct references to previous episodes or events on The Flash and Arrow.

Location: Where and when the story is set.

Untelevised Adventures: Stories that take place off camera, but are referred to.

The Fridge Factor: How badly Canary, Hawkgirl or any other female character on the show is manipulated by the story in order to build up the male characters.

The Crisis Factor: How badly the heroes are manipulated to look incompetent and badly trained compared to whatever villain they're facing.

The Bottom Line: Is it good or bad?  Why is it good or bad?  How can they make it better/not make it worse?

Got any suggestions on a category to add?  Let me know in the replies.

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