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.)
Legends of Tomorrow
October 12, 2017
April 5, 2017
While the rest of the CW DCU takes the week off, the Legends conclude their season by revisiting a time they’ve seen before and doing battle with the Legion of Doom and a battalion of Reverse-Flashes.
Of course, we have in play the Spear of Destiny which, in this version of the DCU, can rewrite reality. A certain character gets to play god, a role that rarely works out. Things actually work out fairly well for our heroes….
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.
March 23, 2017
Arrow goes dark. Very Dark.
Legends of Tomorrow goes to the First World War, where a Tolkien appearance opens the door for many jokes and references.
March 15, 2017
CW DCU Discussion: The Flash, “Into the Speed Force,” Legends of Tomorrow, “Moonshot,” and Arrow, “Checkmate”
The Flash, “Into the Speed Force:” The Flash heads into the Speed Force to save Wally, as he and the rest of the team confront seemingly arbitrary rules of reality designed to force drama, and H.R. continues to be annoying.
Legends of Tomorrow, “Moonshot:” Houston, we have a problem.
Arrow, “Checkmate”: Ollie learns more about Prometheus and, rock-star-like, he trashes the Arrowcave. The ep also features a shoot-out at a hockey arena, but of the deadly variety.
March 7, 2017
“Evil me, Evil Stein, Evil Mick… I guess that would just be Regular Mick, but still….”
I think Marvel has scooped the news with those early shots of Lockjaw from the forthcoming MCU Inhumans show, but DC features some watchable episodes this week:
Supergirl, “Exodus:” this Alex-focused episode features spy thriller tropes, more Danvers Family intrigue, and a pro-immigration message.
I’m also left wondering if CatCo will be eased out of the series entirely.
The Flash, “The Wrath of Savitar:” This week puts the season’s Big Bad back in its sites. Of course, Wally conceals helpful information from his associates (these guys are worse than the Hoover-era FBI), but Wally later pays a steep price. Will he be lost forever? Then again, will Savitar be the same after having his appendage sliced off?
Legends of Tomorrow, “Land of the Lost:” We’re 70 million years in the past, but the story rips us into a Heroes fight their Evil Doppelgängers ep. There’s something charmingly old school about the way the show puts some of our heroes in the Cretaceous and some in a character’s mind, but has to eschew 90% of the possibilities those premises suggest because the show has a limited budget. Vixen does get a brief T-Rex taming scene, though.
Arrow takes the week off.
February 28, 2017
Kara and Alex’s father returns– but he appears to be working for Lillian Luthor. Supergirl and Mon-El’s relationship takes a serious turn, but it appears he‘s keeping a secret his new girlfriend won’t like.
Question: What sort of contraceptives do superhumans use? I’m asking for a friend.
Arrow, “Fighting Fire with Fire”
Team Arrow encounter double problems with Helix and Vigilante.
Legends of Tomorrow takes a week off, but they’re visiting the “Land of the Lost” in the next ep. I wonder if they’ll rescue Rick, Will, and Holly?
The Flash will receive its own review this week. I’m still hoping for a purple gorilla in the crowd.1
February 22, 2017
Legends of Tomorrow: “Camelot/3000”
The Legends play “Connecticut Yankee,” with even less historical accuracy than usual. We expect nothing less from a story set in Ye Olde Arthurian Times; at least, this time, the writers have an explanation for the anachronisms.
Arrow: “The Sin Eater”
The Team take on a metahuman girl gang, and authorities seek the Green Arrow… because he’s wanted for murder.
The Flash receives his own review, later today.
February 8, 2017
Supergirl: “The Martian Chronicles”
A ray of hope shines for fans, as this fairly well-done episodes pits Supergirl and her Martian associates against a bounty hunter from the red planet.
Legends of Tomorrow: “Turncoat”
The Legends travel to 1776 when they realize something’s wrong with Washington.
Team Arrow heads to Russia; Lance returns from rehab.
January 31, 2017
Supergirl: “We Can Be Heroes”
A tighter episode than last week’s sees Supergirl, Mon-El, and Guardian work together when Livewire escapes from prison. Or was she kidnapped?
The Flash: “Dead or Alive”
As Team Flash plot to change Iris’s future, Vibe battles a metahuman bounty hunter for the life of H.R.
Legends of Tomorrow: “The Legion of Doom”
The villainous alliance faces challenges from within as the heroes try to save Rip and history.
Arrow: “Second Chances”
Ollie teams up with Talia al Ghul, Felicity attempts to free Diggle, and the Team encounter the new Black Canary.