Game of Thrones Episode 507 Discussion Vidcast

Cersei’s past comes back to haunt her, the Little Lion meets the Mother of Dragons (holy shit!), and Bronn has a bonding moment with Tyene.  DeAno and the GotR crew gather to go over the events of “The Gift.”

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Could The Time Vortex Help The Flash Prevent Paradox?

So we all know the conundrum the Flash writers are in. How do you explain away the paradox?

  1. Eobard is erased from history.
  2. Because he is erased from history, he never goes back in time to threaten anyone.
  3. Which means Eddie does not shoot himself, which means Eobard is no longer erased from history.
  4. Eobard comes back in, threatens everyone, therefore Eddie shoots himself.
  5. Go back to step one.

Now right after these events unfold, a time vortex appears. (That is what it was called in the show, so lets run with it). This is not the wormhole that was made previously all grown up, this is a completely separate thing. This is proven by the fact that it appears above the city, and not in the reactor where the wormhole is.

So here is my theory. The “time vortex” appears to actually fix things.

I will explain. A black hole can eat anything, including light. I am going to say that this one eats time itself. More specifically events in time. The same way a white blood cell will cleanse the body or what ails it, I think this time vortex is here to do the same thing. It will literally erase events from this timeline to prevent paradox. Sure it is eating a few buildings as well, but that could be a side effect that might be erased as well. (Because if there’s no paradox, there’s no reason for it to appear.. etc..)

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I am working from this theory because its the best one I know of that explains what the time vortex is doing there and how they can proceed with the show with it there. I think it eats what it needs to fix things then dies, much like a white blood cell. Because lets face it, running around really fast in the opposite direction isn’t going to do anything. This means they need to find some way to get rid of it, so what if it leaves on its own?

So what do you think? Its better than my “Rip Hunter shows up and has an anti-paradox weapon” theory from before. Do you think this theory holds water? Do you have your own theory? Let us know down below in the comments!

Meanwhile, you can also check out ALL 23 of our Flash vidcasts where we talk about this and so much more here on Geeks of the Round!

Could Eobard Thawne Be From The Flashpoint Universe?

On the finale of our Flash Discussion Vidcast, I made a Wild Speculation that Eobard Thawne hails from the post-Flashpoint world, and wanted to go into more detail about why I think this is the case.  Before I get to that however, let me explain for those of you who don’t know exactly what Flashpoint is.

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The Flashpoint storyline is what DC Comics used to reboot their entire universe into the New 52.  In it, The Flash woke up in a timeline that was vastly different from his own.  Differences included Captain Cold (here called Citizen Cold) being a great hero, Thomas Wayne being Batman instead of his son Bruce, who died that fateful night instead of his parents (if you want your mind blown, Google search who Flashpoint’s Joker was), the nations of Aquaman and Wonder Woman at war with one another, and the fact that his mother Nora was alive.

In this timeline due to that war and a few other factors I won’t get into, a great many people died.  While the Flash spent most of the story thinking Eobard responsible for all this, it was revealed that The Flash himself was responsible for everything.  How he caused this timeline was simple: The Flash had gone back in time to stop Eobard from killing his mother, that point in time being the Flashpoint itself.

Is that ringing any bells?

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We’ll come back to the events of Flashpoint in a bit, but first let’s run down my main factors in this theory:

  • Eobard comes from a future that sounds desolate and bleak, which we can infer from him mentioning that there aren’t even any cows where he comes from.
  • Future Flash made it a point to tell his past self to not intervene Nora’s murder, as if he knew what the consequences of that would be.
  • Nora Allen is alive in the future that Eobard is from, which we know because he’s the one that killed her.
  • Eobard was oddly furious at Barry for not saving Nora.

That last one is the most important.  Why does Eobard get so drastically angry at Barry for not stopping himself from killing Nora Allen?  Because without her alive, the future he wants to go back to doesn’t exist.  Eobard figured this out after he killed Nora and soon afterwards lost his connection to the Speed Force.  He needed Nora to be alive to ensure his own future and the only one that could make that happen at that point – ironically enough for Eobard – was the Flash.  The problem now was that his reason for killing Nora in the first place actually worked – Barry never became the Flash, which we also know from Eobard’s disconnection to the Time Force (long story short, Eobard got his powers by replicating the events that gave Barry his powers, so if it never happened to Barry, then future Eobard never did it to himself).  But Eobard needed the Flash, even if he had to create and train Barry himself…which of course is exactly what he did.

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Has your brain exploded yet?  The stories of The Flash tend to involve lots of time travel and lots of alternate universes, so don’t be shocked if keeping track of what’s what becomes ever more confusing when we return for season two this fall.  In the meantime, what say you all about my little theory?  Let us know in the comments below!

A Different Perspective on that Supergirl Trailer

Regular readers will remember DeAno’s reaction to the Rom-Com-esque trailer for the upcoming CBS Supergirl TV show starring Melissa Benoist. I’m here to offer a differing viewpoint.

Now, full disclosure: When I first saw the trailer, I felt the same way as DeAno. It was so totally ridiculous, especially after that SNL skit, and on the surface it struck me as sexist as hell.

But.

Yes, that needed to be bold and underlined.

See, the Clark Kent story, especially from the Christopher Reeve movies, plays like a Rom-Com, and pretty much exactly the way this trailer goes. Reeve’s Clark Kent was every bit as geeky and awkward.

And Superman – The Movie is still, in my opinion, the best Superman movie ever. [Editor’s Note: *cough* bullshit *cough* ;-)]

So is it bad to have Supergirl be very similar to Reeve’s Superman? Is it somehow sexist for her alter-ego to be very similar to Reeve’s Clark Kent?

The question I’d like to ask to those who think the trailer is too sexist is: Do you think Reeve’s Clark Kent was bad, and if not, what’s sexist about a girl playing (essentially) the same role?

I have a feeling this show is going to do something unnaturally brave: It’s going to tell a story in the same way as the Reeve Superman movies, just updated and with a freak-of-the-week plus story arc formula, but with most regular gender roles reversed. Hero – female, damsel – male, evil boss – female. I hope that the early press and opinion doesn’t sway too many people away from looking at the show objectively.

Now the three risks I see with this new show are these:

  1. The actors don’t sell it properly.
  2. The special effects don’t cut it.
  3. Supergirl needs to be rescued with alarming regularity.

If those things happen, the show will fail.

I hope that the show delivers on the more courageous option, and remains of high enough quality to be a truly positive and gender equal show. If they do that, I’ll be very happy.

What do you think?  Let us know in the comments!

Secret Wars – Week Three

This is where it gets interesting, and also hilarious.

This week in the Battleworld, the main story is left alone while we explore some of the realms in Doom’s world, such as Manhattan, where a bunch of Spider-people are trying to find each other, Arcadia, where She-Hulk is baroness and leader of the A-Force, and Greenland, which is a nice name for the realm of the Hulks, so not as pretty as Greenland on Earth!

Also in Manhattan, the Avengers from Earth 616 and Earth 1610 get together and we start to find out how the worlds began to collide.

There’s a lot more happening, but this week I want to focus on the funniest of the Secret Wars stories, and I don’t mean Peter Porker the Spider Ham‘s origin story (which is also covered), or even M.O.D.O.K vs all the M.O.D.O.Ks!

For fun, this week, we’re heading back to the original Secret Wars again, but this time, with the Merc with a Mouth himself, Deadpool!

Back when the original Secret Wars happened, Deadpool, of course, wasn’t involved, and the story was serious business in a way that Marvel has kind of outgrown. Marvel still has many dark and serious stories, but the storytelling has moved away from the over-dramatic dialogue of old. In my opinion this is a good thing.

In Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars, the titular hero (Now who’s going for over-dramatic writing, huh? :P) breaks apart the serious bidness of the original story with his own trademark humour. His confrontations with Crusher Creel, and later, Kang nearly had me falling out of my chair!

If you go and read the comics, just remember Geno’s Pizza Convention 😉