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'Vixen' fan recap: Meet The CW's newest superhero

Season 1 | Episode 1 | Aired Aug 25, 2015

Vixen got off to a great start today! Vixen‘s premier episode featured mystery, action, a powerful superheroine, and two familiar faces. As I mentioned last week, Vixen is a great fit for The CW. She is a strong superhero with connections to the Justice League and the Suicide Squad. This episode, while very short, set up a great story that I am excited to keep watching.

Meet Mari McCabe

The first time we see Vixen, aka Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echikunwoke), she’s running from two familiar heroes: The Arrow (Stephen Amell) and The Flash (Grant Gustin). Why is she running from them? We don’t know … yet.

In the midst of this chase, we get to see Mari show off her fighting and transforming skills. First Mari leaps over The Arrow’s head in a super-jump, then she hurls a trash bin with super-strength. She scales a water tower and a building, halting only to catch one of Oliver’s arrows in her bare hands. Once she catches the arrow, she crushes it and continues to leap up the building like a tiger. The totem, the glowing necklace she wears, then makes her invisible, and she is able to hide from The Flash and The Arrow until they discover her position.

Mari is practically uncatchable until she misjudges the edge of the roof and careens over the side. We are left in a literal cliffhanger as Mari screams, falling to the ground. The episode slides to a flashback, three days later, and we are left in the dark over Mari’s fate.

Vixen and her dad CW

Searching for family

The flashback starts with Mari in jail. A police officer returns her personal items, which includes her enchanted totem necklace. Another cop offers to buy it from her, but she refuses. Mari is then met by the man who put up her bail: her adopted father. Mari is surprised at his appearance, but he is elated to see her.

During their conversation, it’s revealed that Mari has come back to Detroit after unsuccessfully looking for her parents. She says that she “found nothing,” but I think she found the totem. She also tells her dad why she was in jail: She stabbed a guy when he suggested she perform a sexual favor to secure a job in the fashion industry. Yuck. Their reunion is cut short when a gang of guys holds them up at gunpoint and demand that Mari give them the necklace. The episode ends there, leaving us with another cliffhanger.

Closing thoughts

Last week I wrote that Vixen was going to be a six-episode series, with each episode running around 30 minutes. Clearly that is not the case. From what I can tell, Vixen will be six episodes, each running around four minutes, totaling one 20- to 30-minute episode. What I think that means is this: We are watching the Vixen pilot episode over the course of six weeks. It’s a strange way to do it, but it is the first time The CW has attempted something like this.

Despite wanting more Vixen right away, I do feel like we learned a lot about her in the four minutes we got. We know she is looking for her parents. We know that she has a tenuous relationship with her adopted dad, and a possibly deceased woman named Patty. We know that at some point she crossed paths with The Flash and The Arrow, and that she is able to use her totem powers to escape them.

All in all I genuinely enjoyed this first episode. I think the animation is fantastic, I really enjoy Megalyn Echikunwoke voicing this character, I love hearing Blake Neely’s score, and I love that we are getting to see another character and city in the expanding DC/CW universe.

Hopefully the series does so well, The CW gives Vixen a full series order! Who knows? We may even see Vixen live on The Flash or Arrow this season!

Vixen airs Tuesdays on CW Seed.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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