“Nobody cares anymore because of the cancellation”
Discussion will ebb and flow.
I’ve been listening to a Swamp Thing podcast wherein the hosts have glommed onto the TV show’s heavy Alan Moore influence, and the entire time I was watching this episode I found myself wondering what their analysis of the episode was going to be since it leaned pretty heavily into concepts that Moore introduced while simultaneously undermining the biggest conceptual change to the character that he made and pretty much straight-up confirming that Wein and Bernstein’s straightforward origin story for the character has been stuck to here.
As for my own thoughts on the episode, I like that it didn’t take long for Abby and Alec/Swampy to reunite and for Abby to get some assistance from him directly , although there’s clearly more that needs to be done to actually stop whatever is causing my this Swamp Plague.
I’m not sure what the point of the shot from last week’s episode of Maria Sunderland lying next to Shawna’s drowned corpse was because it went absolutely nowhere here, but I did like seeing her assert some sort of authority by refusing to continue funding Avery’s research.
I like that Liz didn’t even really bat an eyelash when Abby told her about Alec/Swampy, and I also like that she and her GF Margaux are getting involved in investigating what actually happened to him.
The concept of The Rot/Black/Grey manifesting itself in the form of insect activity reanimating corpses is both gross, terrifying, and jntriguing, and I can’t help but wonder if this will continue or if we will see an actual avatar chosen in the same way that The Green has chosen Alec.
I’m not sure exactly where they’re going with Daniel Cassidy’s story since I was convinced that he’d already been turned into Blue Devil but was no longer “stuck in the suit”, but I do want to see more of him and hopefully learn more about his backstory and connection to Xanadu.
Speaking of Xanadu, I can’t figure out why she suddenly has a Jamaican accent (that I didn’t notice last week) when she’s from ancient Britain, but it was a little distracting.
I never ended up reviewing last week’s episode because my thoughts on it never quite came together, but I think “He Speaks” was the best episode of the show thus far and has,set up some very interesting story avenues going forward.