I concur concerning the "cheesy drama". "Oh, I can't believe I did a one night stand with that girl". "Oh, let's not mope about a busted engagement and losing a boyfriend". "Oh, I will NOT marry you Oliver". Come on--get over yourselves. It felt like half the episode was about "touchy-feely" feelings that really did not need to be there in connection to the main story line of the Earth-X invaders. IMO, those "dramas" were just a waste of story time that could have been put to better use in fleshing out the Earth-X story. But, as I said, that is just my opinion. YMMV.
Yeah, I think the reality is that they had a little over 2 1/2 hours of show to fill b/w the 4 episodes, and no way they could do that with just the main plot (or as you mentioned, should've spent much more time digging into Earth-X, etc...).
It is interesting to see how hard to network is trying to push the "PC" agenda.
I'm not sure they are pushing all that hard rather aiming towards their audience. Trying to be relatable... from preteens to teens based on the show. It's not attempting to be Dark City (one of if not my favorite movie) where adults could become engulfed. For what it's worth I enjoyed the first night more than the second. However having to watch what I find "silly" x times more only highlighted what I don't enjoy and what I do isn't that great to offset it. Then again I don't watch all four shows.
They keep flipping Black Siren back and forth... this episode makes it seem like they are taking her back to the good side by showing her cringing at all the crazy Diaz did... even though she was otherwise mostly happy to participate in other parts of the bad. It makes her character unsympathetic to me. They've had a couple of times in the plot where they built in a reason for her being bad, then given a chance for redemption that she seems to want, but then they flip her back. That back-and-forth tease makes me not want to root for her, so assuming they still want to redeem her, I'm not going to care at that point. It's not about the actress' portrayal either. She's acting the lines on the page... the lines are schizophrenic is all.
Season 8? I can't believe it's been that long since I stopped watching this (after season 4). I've watched the crossovers the past few seasons and was always quickly reminded as to why I dropped this show.
It doesn't seem that long ago we were debating whether it was a good idea to have somebody else replace Justin Hartley in the role, and now it's coming to an end. This was the first superhero show that started today's glut of superhero shows (CW and elsewhere), wasn't it?