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This series will be a brief, semi-comedic review of the CW superhero shows. You can check out last week’s review post here, or see the tally of winners below. 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, “We Can Be Heroes” (Jan 30)

Supergirl
Winn clearly spent WAY less time on Mon-El’s suit than anyone else

Is Livewire supposed to be Supergirl’s Joker? If so, CW needs to get FOX’s Jerome instead. The twist of making Livewire a scapegoat was interesting, but not wholly earned. The brain-death plot line feels like a cheap way to resolve the Martian conflict. They save it at the end, but M’Gann deserved better. Winn is still pretty whiny, which I thought would stop after last week. Him then hopping to prove Supergirl wrong also feels off-brand. Seeing Guardian and Mon-El bumble around is entertaining, but it proves that Supergirl needs to cut down on its super-folk. CW shows already have too many heroes per series.

SCORE: 6.5/10 Car Doors

The Flash, “Dead or Alive” (Jan 31)

The Flash
“Who cares if I take him? You’ll get another Wells next season!”

Zack Stentz, you’ve done it again. Iris getting a chance to shine is great, and Kid Flash is still lots of fun. I like the idea of trans-dimensional Collector cops. The Speed Force could use agents like that instead of those creepy Dementor things. The Cisco/HR relationship development felt inevitable, but it was sweet to see it come to fruition. Cisco really does have a problem of falling in love with villains. It was great to see him be funny and dorky without relying on nerd culture references. Well, except for Westworld, but I get that. And what a great button with Barry and Wally! More than ever, I’m excited to see what’s next for The Flash!

SCORE: 8/10 Sci-Fi Novels

Arrow, “Second Chances” (Feb 1)

Arrow
Will the flashbacks to Hell finally stop after five years?

I like that there’s a new Black Canary, but I hope that Team Arrow slims its ranks down. Canary’s name and origin story are rather cringe-worthy, but she is a great DC staple. And the twist on the “what would Vince want” line was golden. While she might be fun, however, there seems to be no need for a new Al Ghul girl. The mini-me Felicity is somewhat interesting, but hopefully she’ll take a darker turn. Oliver’s helicopter scene is almost as unbelievably cool as Captain America’s. The flashbacks are finally wrapping up! We’re almost done with flashbacks! Hooray!

SCORE: 7/10 Flash Post-Its

WEEKLY WIN TALLY:

Arrow: 4.5 Weeks

The Flash: 3.5 Week

Supergirl: 3 Weeks

What show did you think won the week? Does Legends of Tomorrow take your vote? Do you think A.o.S. or Gotham outshines all the CW shows? Let us know in the comments below!

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.