Supergirl becomes Xenu, The Flash meets another DC fan-favorite, Legends visits another 80s film, and Arrow lets the characters switch seats.
November 3, 2017
October 27, 2017
Three weeks in! Supergirl fights for some more CGI budget on Mars, The Flash gives up on physics entirely and just listens to Frank Sinatra’s show tunes, and I haven’t caught Legends or Arrow yet so I can’t make fun of them. (Episode descriptions below the cut.)
October 20, 2017
Our heroes have returned, and face low powered psychics, homicidal technopaths, bearded ladies, saber toothed tiger, and local government. (Episode descriptions below the cut.)
October 12, 2017
This week, the Arrow-verse group of DC television shows returns with their season openers. How is this season starting out for our heroes? (Episode descriptions below the cut.)
May 25, 2017
Supergirl, “Nevertheless, She Persisted:” Through alien invasion, a temporarily mind-controlled super-cousin, an anti-alien weapons, the departure of her gratuitous super-boyfriend, and a teaser for next year’s big bad.
The Flash, “Finish Line:” Much drama ensues, Iris steps up, and Barry uses a technique against Savitar that he literally could have tried several episodes ago. Then we get a depressing teaser for next season, because CW still thinks we want a dark, mopey Flash.
Arrow, “Lian Yu:” Barry comes full circle, and past characters return.
May 18, 2017
Supergirl, “Resist:” The Daxamites take over National City, as much an alien-magnet as Doctor Who‘s London. Cat Grant makes a guest appearance.
Arrow, “Missing:” Adrian Chase’s people capture most of Ollie’s allies, requiring him to turn to other associates, not all of whom have been friends.
Season Finales await.
May 10, 2017
Supergirl, “City of Lost Children:” This week features alien refugees, problematic portals, and another direction for James Olsen.
The episode also teases the possible existence of Batman in Supergirl’s universe (indirectly referenced at least once before), which keeps very much with DC history. In their early comics, Batman and Superman crossed over, but rarely interacted with other superheroes, who, in turn, often interacted with each other. The CW’s two superhero TV-verses seem to function in much the same way.
The Flash, “Cause and Effect”: Barry is beside himself over recent developments, but the Team has a plan, the dangers of which initially get played for laughs. Indeed, at one point, the episode seems to acknowledge the desirability of having a lighter, non-mopey Barry. Alas, that won’t happen just yet.
The episode reveals that Killer Frost has her own motives, though it does not reveal what they might be, and includes dazzling if artificial visual effects.
The conclusion gives us a weapon that could take down Savitar—but there’s a glitch not even Doc Brown could solve.
Arrow, “Honor Thy Fathers:” This familiarly-titled episode brings Ollie back to the mayor’s office, criminals back to Star City, and a mystery corpse to the mix.
May 3, 2017
Supergirl, “Alex:” This episode focuses on Kara’s adopted sister and her partner, and the examines the effects of the mere existence of a metahuman.
The Flash, “I Know Who You Are:” this episode brings a new member into Team Flash and spends a lot of time on unconvincing personal drama. Thanks in part to his trip to the future, Barry deduces the identity of Savitar, and confronts him in the episode’s final moments.
Of course, we know now that the future can be changed.
Arrow, “Underneath:” Oliver and Felicity bunker down; Diggle and Lyla need couples counselling.
April 26, 2017
Supergirl, “Ace Reporter:” Every nanosecond brings danger as Lena Luthor’s ex comes to town with a medical procedure that may not be what it seems. Meanwhile, tension develops among the show’s second-string crimefighters.
The Flash, “The Once and Future Flash”: Barry travels to the future, to learn that Emma never returned from being Killer Frost, Savitar was defeated without the Flash learning his identity, and Mirror Master and Top continue to wreak havoc in Central City. Future Flash, taking a page out of the Arrow handbook, has become a mopey recluse in a bad wig. Can Barry get the old gang together and save the future? Can he save the doomed Iris? And will someone hand him a plot device in the last few minutes of the episode that he literally could have received at any other time in the episode?
Bonus: Killer Frost learns Savitar’s secret identity– but we don’t!
Arrow, “Dangerous Liaisons:” The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont use seduction to…. Wait, wrong Dangerous Liaisons. Everyone joins the chase after Adrian. Team Arrow may have to make an illicit deal with Helix, and hope there’s no double-cross, in order to stop the killer.
March 30, 2017
Legends of Tomorrow, “Doomworld:” more time-travelling shenanigans from the Legends. I suspect the success of the show depends on how much the audience wants to turn off brains and simply enjoy Silver Age-style superheroics.
Supergirl, “Distant Sun:” Supergirl has problems with her bf’s parents, in an ep with bounty hunters, CW romance, and palace intrigue. Mon-El’s mom apparently wants a part on Game of Thrones.
The Flash, “Abra Kadabra:” The show tries to reach out and grab ya with a new villain who may be able to help our heroes with Savitar. Caitlyn storms.
Arrow, “Disbanded:” Ollie, having gone over an edge, decides to break up the team and work with some allies from his past. This season’s big bad, Adrian Chase, has little time to gloat as his identity is exposed.