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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 Martian Chronicles” (Feb 6)

“Okay, watch out for the hoodwink or this Martian will make us think we’re looking at Aquaman”

Supergirl spun the somewhat silly story from last week into something more exciting. While the M’gann brain-death story felt odd, it was a good transition into “The Martian Chronicles.” The Kara/Alex conflict has been done a lot, but was contextualized well by Kara’s Bat Mitzvah. It’s a bummer to see Ms Martian go, but for the purposes of her storyline, it makes sense.Winn’s motivations are all over the place, and M’gann being married seems like an easy twist. But how can you hate an episode with Barenaked Ladies references?

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SCORE: 7.5/10 Lab Campfires

The Flash, “Untouchable” (Feb 7)

“You know that torture scene in Snowpiercer? Can you do that to my girlfriend?”

This episode is, for better or worse, return to form for the CW Speedster. Not that it returned to overall quality, but returned to basic structure and storytelling. Lying to Joe about Iris’ death feels pointless, considering how many secrets they’ve all shared. With everything that’s happened, especially with the bleak future, rehashing Flashpoint feels unexciting. But none of the rehash is all that problematic. What TRULY annoys me is what the show has done, ONCE AGAIN, with Caitlin Snow.


Why would you pair up Caitlin and Julian? It’s the exact thing you did with Jay Garrick last season! Caitlin has been a female scientist with dead boyfriends for most of her existence. This season saw her evolve beyond that, and you throw her back into it? Because let’s be honest, there’s no way Julian survives until Season 4. In fact, now it seems clear how Cisco’s vision of fighting Killer Frost will come to pass. Savitar will come back, and turn Julian back into Alchemy. Flash will have to kill Alchemy, making Caitlin so mad she becomes Killer Frost. But her character will regress to what she’s been in the past, and that is severely disappointing.

SCORE: 6/10 Ice Casts

Arrow, “Bratva” (Feb 8)

“You wanna rehash how I got these scars?”

It’s about time that Arrow fully tied up Oliver’s Bratva past. This episode provided a fitting ending to Oliver’s ties to the Russian mafia. “Bratva” also provided a great way to put the focus on the main three characters again. It also brings back how Oliver’s current girlfriend MIGHT be blackmailing him soon? Her exact motivations have gotten confusing as of late. Additionally, Felicity becoming an evil hacker again isn’t super interesting, just because it still seems motivated only by her fangirl. If she’s really gonna become CW’s Mrs. Robot, there should be a better reason. Ragman leaving is somewhat of a bummer, as he was a cool character. But especially now that a new Black Canary is emerging, the team could use some whittling down.

SCORE: 7.5/10 Sister Cities


Arrow: 5 Weeks

Supergirl: 3.5 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 - 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.