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This series will be a brief, semi-comedic review of the CW superhero shows. The only shows discussed will be ‘Arrow’, ‘Flash’, and ‘Supergirl’. There WILL be some spoilers discussed, so only look at the reviews you’re up to date on!

Supergirl, “The Adventures of Supergirl”

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Super-CW smouldering looks

Supergirl’s come to the CW network, and at least for this episode, so has her cousin. While it seemed like Superman might totally overwhelm the series, thankfully his role was relegated to helpful alien-on-Earth life coach. He’s also far less mopey than Cavill’s Superman, which thank GOD. The episode follows her exploits to investigate, then protect Lena Luthor, who’s beset upon by vaguely European mercenaries. Not sure why Kara and James’ relationship didn’t work out, but at least that subplot won’t be too suffocating this season. Although that plot point is fizzling out, one can only hope Cat and Clark get together at least once. The show’s transition to CW seems to be working very well. Having a bigger superhero as a pal to see her through the switch is great as well. Supergirl brings a great new dynamic to the CW’s slate, and the series seems to be on a great path forward.

SCORE: 8/10 Gun Drones

The Flash, “Paradox”

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Barry gets a talking to from Good Guy Garrick

Once again, the problems time travel plague Flash & Friends. At last, we’re seeing some more chaotic time-travel consequences. All the Team Flash members have some negative changes in their personal lives. Barry’s sister-wife Iris still loves him, but her relationship with Joe is as strained as Joe’s relationship with Wally was last season. Cisco’s less humorous since his brother died, and he blames Barry for not time-traveling to save his life. Which seems unreasonable, until you realize it’s the exact kind of thing Barry does ALL THE TIME. At least Caitlin has a new dark side that ISN’T related to a dead boyfriend (though that’s sure to come up sometime soon). Unfortunately, Alchemy (who may/may not have a Doctorate) is out to get him in the new timeline. He manages to bring Lightning Gremlin Rival into the regular timeline, and they duke it out a second time. Barry’s also got an antagonistic parter, Julian Alpert. Alpert’s played by Draco Malfoy from ‘Harry Potter,’ although he’s clearly a Severus Snape-type in this series. Hopefully this new timeline is the last reality-warp we have to deal with for a while.

SCORE: 7/10 Husks

Arrow, “The Recruits”

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“How can I reach these kids?”

Oliver’s attempts at finding new friends doesn’t work all that well. In an attempt to get a new team, he recruits Canary Jr, Tall Nathan, and Angsty Hockey Dog. Rather than use the Common Core to train them, he uses Russian mafia techniques to beat them up and make them mad. This episode’s flashbacks do prove how successful the techniques are – at least, for Oliver. Diggle also struggles with his army recruit, and somehow manages to do EVEN WORSE for himself than Oliver. Team Arrow has to contend with the evil half-rag, half-octopus angsty teen, and they quickly fail. Ragman does become an ally to fight Tobias Church, but didn’t do nearly as well as Mr. “Not Green Arrow” Prometheus. We’ll see how long it takes the kids to shape up, but it’ll be a lot of angsty hormones flying in the mayor’s HQ for half a season.

SCORE: 6/10 Bells

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Jon Barr is a comedian and TV Phanatic. Yeah, he meant to spell it that way. It's like the Philly Phanatic, like from Philadelphia, because he's from - you get it. He loves good TV & mocking bad TV. You can find him all over the web.