(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.)

And then there was one! The Flash, Batwoman, and Supergirl have all wrapped up their seasons this week to varying degrees of success. If this is your first time tuning in, all three shows had their production cut short by COVID-19. Black Lightning wrapped up weeks ago, and Legends of Tomorrow has a shorter season. Meaning DCTV’s “stepchildren” both got a chance to finish their seasons while the remaining big three ended before they could even reach what had been intended as their penultimate episodes. It’s unprecedented times all around, but let’s take a look at what happened as the seasons closed. 

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(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.)

And we’re back! As of right now, it looks like the Arrowverse won’t be filming anything else for the regular season, meaning that each series will just have to end when they run out of footage. There hasn’t been official confirmation, as we’re still not quite sure how this whole pandemic situation is going to shake out. But, for now, all of our heroes are back from hiatus and ready to kick some bad guy butts! 

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Cooper's Bar Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

Los Angeles is a tough city. It’s filled with dreams and aspiring who-knows-whats all just trying to make their dreams come true. Some hustle hard enough to break through, others get flat out lucky. The rest? Well, the rest just find themselves with a lot of broken dreams and empty bank accounts. Cooper’s Bar takes a look at two men who are hoping to fall somewhere in those first two categories and desperately trying to avoid becoming the third.

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Supergirl Season 5 Trailer

(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.)

Listen. I know I said I’d see you next week and then I didn’t! We can talk about the Alfred “I failed you” gif, or we can just acknowledge that we’re moving to bi-weekly for a little bit while the Arrowverse and television as a whole finds its footing amidst this whole pandemic situation. I like the latter better too, so let’s just dive right in.

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Lusty Crest Review

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There’s something strange afoot at the lecherous hotel Lusty Crest. Humans and the supernatural alike come together to have their darkest desires satisfied in Lusty Crest’s ridiculous and fun pilot, and it’s up to Kasha (Erica Dasher) to get to the bottom of the sexy mystery. The young maid may have come to the sex hotel to escape her romantic past, but she quickly finds that past isn’t as done with her as she is with it. 

Just to be clear from the jump, Lusty Crest is hot nonsense. If that’s not your thing, you’re probably not going to have a lot of fun with this one. With that in mind, the SXSW jury thought it was fun enough to receive special jury recognition for comedy. After my own viewing, I have to agree with that assessment. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for an over the top anime script to be played out in live action, this pilot is the answer. 

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The Dream Review

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It seems pilots about chasing the dream in Los Angeles were supposed to be hot this year at SXSW! But of all the TV shows about this idea, The Dream is the one that worked the best for me. The pilot follows Daryl (Micah Bijon) as he struggles to find his path right out of film school. How hard is he struggling? Well, we kick things off with his middle school-aged nephew giving him ten dollars for gas to ensure he can get home, get to work that day, and presumably collect him at the end of the day. Turns out college is expensive. Living in LA probably isn’t helping him out much either. 

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This Isn't Me Review

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You ever have one of those days where you feel like the you that everyone sees isn’t the real you? Like you’ve got these ideas in your head of how you want things to go, but absolutely nothing goes that way? That’s the gist of This Isn’t Me. Fred (Ben Kawaller) starts his day off with a plan. It’s a weird plan, but damn it, it’s his! But life has a different plan for our protagonist in this pilot. 

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Chemo Brain Review

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All of us think we’re invincible right up until the moment life smacks us in the face and reminds us just how fragile we are. Oliver (Adam Ild Rohweder) is your average guy, living his life as any 28-year-old would. He hangs with his friends, he studies for school, and has a casual fling with the lovely Signe (Stephanie Nguyen). The two aren’t official just yet but Chemo Brain takes the time to establish that they’re seeing each other from the jump, so expect her to have some importance. 

Oliver might not have the perfect life, but he seems pretty chill with what the cards have dealt him. The one exception is that he’s been experiencing a bit of nagging back pain. Like a responsible adult, he heads to have it checked out. He had no idea that the pain in his back was actually a sign of testicular cancer.

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Arrowverse Recap For April 2 2020

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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.

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Bored Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

There’s this weird in-between time when you’ve put in the work for a thing but the work for said thing hasn’t paid off just yet. That feeling manages to be one of the most nagging, frustrating sensations on the spectrum of nagging and frustrating sensations. It’s the time of doubt, confusion, fear, a whole gamut of questions that all ultimately end in “did I waste all of my time and make a terrible mistake?”

That’s exactly where Jamie (Coral Amiga) finds herself at the beginning of Georgia Oakley’s pilot of for the new series Bored, which is currently looking for a home (and will hopefully find one).

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