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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, “The Last Children of Krypton” (Oct. 17)

Clark and Kara #cousin-twinning

Supergirl wraps up its two-week arc by having the Super-duo tag-team the Metallo Boys. Superman takes his leave, making sure to not upstage Cara too much. Tyler Hoechlin has shined as Superman so far, and I hope this isn’t the last we see of him. As far as action goes, this episode doesn’t differ much from last week, though that isn’t a bad thing. Cat makes her exit from the show, with reasoning just vague enough to keep her within reach for future episodes. Cat’s exit means that James is ascending to the top dog position at Cat Co. Additionally, Cara has a new boss – Snapper Carr, who says Cara isn’t a real reporter (which he’s right about). Snapper is a more lackadaisical J. Jonah Jameson type, but he shows promise as a character. Winn becomes increasingly more Cisco-esqu, but since he’s only showing up in small doses, it works out okay. Overall, another solid outing for the CW Girl of Steel.

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SCORE: 7/10 Metallos

The Flash, “Magenta” (Oct. 18)

Little Orphan Angsty

The Flash struggles to maintain its new timeline order with the return of Harrison Wells. Barry fights Magenta, an angsty teen with a split personality and Magneto powers. Wells comes back to rehash his overprotective father routine, with over-obnoxious “NOT” jokes. Jessie, Harrison’s daughter, has now developed super-speed, meaning the show has another speedster! Hooray! (NOT!) Harry is clearly in the wrong while arguing with his daughter. Caitlin is the voice of reason in this debate, for no other reason than to have her in the episode. Wally is still upset about not having superpowers, and the arrival of Jessie capitalizes off his concerns. It seems very likely he’ll turn to Dr. Alchemy to get some Speedforce, which could make for an interesting arc. Otherwise, this episode feels trope-heavy, ignoring logic for plot purposes.

SCORE: 6/10 Tankers

Arrow, “A Matter of Trust” (Oct. 19)

Amell vs Rhodes, Round 2

As Oliver Queen’s School for Violent Youngsters continues to run, not much is different from last week’s episode. Wild Dog continues to fill the role of the street-smart minority character, making him feel more bland than one would hope. Curtis feels one-note, Ragman feels like a sore thumb, and New Canary is hardly present. Diggle, haunted by the Ghost of Deadshots Past, decides to take responsibility for the crime he’s been framed for. It doesn’t make a lick of sense, but thankfully, Lyla puts Oliver on it. Thea starts a feud with a journalist, Susan Williams, for doing her job & not being wholly altruistic. Man, CW heroes HATE reporters. I’d mock Oliver more for his expectations of Bratva morality, but these flashbacks are still far better than those in Seasons 3 and 4. The episode’s character conflict feels bland, but the action with Sampson keeps the episode exciting. While the “new team” plot line still feels boring, it’s cool to see them kick ass together.

SCORE: 7/10 Bratva Knives


Supergirl: 1.5 Weeks

Arrow: 0.5 Weeks

Flash: 0 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 - 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.