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, “Distant Sun” (Mar 27)

“Kevin Smith let me live because I’m not a Jesus freak”

Mon-El is becoming a bit of a bore. While his romance plot with Kara’s a bit stale, seeing Supergirl fighting alien mercenaries is great. The parent dynamic is pretty great, and it makes for a nice twist when they betray each other. Alex’s relationship often dominates episodes directed by Kevin Smith. This episode used it more sparingly, which meant it avoided too many cliches. We were saddled with an obnoxious “kindness in your heart” speech from Kara, but all things considered, that’s a small price to pay.

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SCORE: 8/10 Kryptonite daggers that should’ve worked on Martian Manhunter because they’re still, y’know, DAGGERS

The Flash, “Abra Kadabra” (Mar 28)

He needs to get back to the future… but how’d he end up in the past in the first place?

This episode was like a poorly written cop/medical drama, rehashing many of Flash’s blandest plot points. Abra Kadabra is an overpowered one-off villain, who accomplishes nothing new for the show. The reveal of Gypsy’s former partner was horribly cliche, and Cisco being mad Gypsy had an ex is super unfair. All those shots of people sitting alone, being moody, were incredibly cringey. And HOW MANY TIMES IS BARRY GONNA TIME TRAVEL? TIME TRAVEL NEVER WORKS! AND CAITLIN REALLY DIES ON THE WORD “DIE?” ALL OF IT IS THE WORST!!!

SCORE: 3/10 Time Machines

Arrow, “Disbanded” (Mar 29)

Ollie’s exact moral code has never been super clear

Chase’s mind games continue to be exciting to watch. Mopey Oliver is nothing new for Arrow, but the way it galvanizes his teammates is great. Anatoly has become one of the most interesting characters on Arrow. The change in their dynamic, five years apart, is brilliant. The Helix Hipster Hacker squad isn’t all that interesting, but Felicity in action is fun. It’s also nice to see the relationship between Oliver and Diggle take priority. Even though it’s the same morality argument from every other season, the way it ropes back to earlier this season is nice. Most notably, the fact Oliver wouldn’t even let the team keep their suits is hilarious.

SCORE: 7.5/10 Diabetes Meds


Arrow: 7 Weeks

Supergirl: 7 Weeks

The Flash: 4 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 - TV Editor
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.