Monkeys Fighting Robots

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, “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk” (Feb 20)

“Come on, babe, I got us Hamilton tickets!”

The week-late Valentine’s Day special sees Supergirl explore several love-centered storylines. After fighting aliens and cyborgs, the CW throws Supergirl her biggest threat yet – a… space genie? That’s also a classic Superman villain maybe? Mr. Mxyzptlk tries to woo Cara by destroying her city & role-playing as her cousin, as most Earth men do. Cara ends up hooking up with Mon-El, which is fine. Mxyzptlk is right, though, Mon-El is more bland than handsome. Maggie’s outburst at Alex makes no sense, and the dance seems more significant to her anyways. It’s actually kinda selfish. But Winn starts up a relationship with a hardcore alien woman, which was funny, and the main four lovebirds are still cute. All of these relationships are better than Julian and Caitlin, anyways.

SCORE: 7/10 Vera Wang Dresses

The Flash, “Attack on Gorilla City” (Feb 21)

It’s bad enough Caitlin’s falling for another semi-evil scientist, but why does it have to be one that dresses like THIS?

For an intro for a two-episode event, not a lot seems to happen. A good portion of the episode was spent showing off CGI-gorillas, which looked fantastic. However, said gorillas kept needlessly jumping into human bodies in between conversations. As cool as the fight scene looks in the featured image here, it gets wrapped rather quickly. Solovar mattered for maybe a minute before Grodd showed his true colors. The Wally/Jessie relationship is kinda cute, but it’s cancelled out by Caitlin & Julian. Hopefully a lot of the action hinted in the cliffhanger makes this event feel more epic.

SCORE: 6.5/10 Flash Freeze Pops

Arrow, “The Sin-Eater” (Feb 22)

How come Quentin doesn’t have to wear a mask?

Arrow takes on the Starling City Sirens, who kicks ass but still feel barely present in the episode. Liza is somewhat central, as she has a personal vendetta against Quentin. But it proves to highlight one of the episode’s biggest faults – there’s no way to make “sin” sound natural in casual conversation. Susan not outing Oliver right away as the Green Arrow doesn’t totally fit her character. It seems like she’s been out to get him since they met. However, it was a compelling twist to watch, and shows good initiative from Thea. Even though she tries to downplay it and apologize, it was a cool quick turn from Thea and Felicity. Also, does Wild Dog believe in ghosts? Did anyone else catch that? When they got to the graveyard? That was weird.

SCORE: 7/10 Body Suits


Arrow: 5.5 Weeks

Supergirl: 5 Weeks

The Flash: 3.5 Week

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.