FilmEra on the Arrowverse: Week Eight

Supergirl

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Melissa Benoist in Supergirl, “Rather the Fallen Angel”

This week’s Supergirl was pretty lackluster. The episode centered around James and his flirtation with the Agents of Liberty, along with Manchester Black and his descent into darkness. There were some parallels between the two characters to be sure, but they ended up splitting in two different directions at episode’s end. Whereas James was finally able to come to his senses and realize the error of his ways in aligning with the Agents of Liberty and endangering Supergirl, Manchester only became more consumed by hatred in the wake of them killing the love of his life. I found both of these plots, which had been brewing for a couple weeks, to be very unsatisfying and uninteresting. Hopefully this will mark the end of James’ wavering moral code, although it remains to be seen if he will be able to mend his waning relationship with Lena. As for Manchester, it seems like his presence will continue on the show, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

Arrow

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Stephen Amell in Arrow, “The Slabside Redemption”

This episode can easily be summed up in one word: “Yassssssss!!!!” THIS IS ARROW!! What an episode!! This really has to be up there with the best episodes of the entire series, which is saying a lot at this point considering we are coming up on 150 episodes. Man, this was good. The entire episode was framed around Oliver and Diaz fighting in prison, with essentially every scene featuring one of the two of them. It also heavily featured Michael Jai White’s character, Turner, who aligned with Oliver to take down Diaz. Just the pacing of the episode, the escalation as Diaz gained control of the prison and Oliver fighting his way through every obstacle in his way, culminating with their incredible showdown… it was perfect. Like I said a couple weeks earlier, when an episode of Arrow hits, it can reach a ceiling that none of the other shows can. The fight choreography was stellar and even better than usual, with this particular episode being directed by James Bamford, who has been working on this show a lot lately and has previous stunt work credits on The Chronicles of Riddick, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Watchmen. Finally, at episode’s end, we see Oliver’s long awaited release from prison into Felicity’s arms, which was admittedly a great moment. Everything about this was just so good. The episode got me excited in a way these shows rarely do anymore. If you’re a casual fan of the Arrowverse, I HIGHLY recommend checking out this bottle episode ahead of Elseworlds in a couple weeks.

Legends of Tomorrow

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Nick Zano & Thomas F. Wilson in Legends of Tomorrow, “Tender is the Nate”

Apparently Legends of Tomorrow can do no wrong this season. In this week’s episode, Nate and his dad (whom I just found out is played by the actor of Biff from the Back to the Future franchise) tag along with the Legends on a mission to Paris in the Roaring Twenties. There was the usual slew of funny moments, heartfelt character interactions, and exciting action. The dynamic between Nate, his father and the team was great. It was really rewarding to have Nate back with the team again. Unfortunately, it was short-lived. At the end of the episode he once again said farewell to them in a touching sendoff. I loved everything about this episode, its characters and its story. It’s a shame Nate won’t be rejoining the team, but regardless I still love the roster they have. I look forward to seeing how they continue to integrate Charlie and Constantine into the team and how they will keep building on the characters at the Time Bureau. Love me some Legends!

The Flash

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Candice Patton & Jessica Parker Kennedy in The Flash, “O Come, All Ye Thankful”

We’re really doing this thing on The Flash this season, huh? Man, this has been tough to watch at times, and this episode really was an encapsulation of everything that has bogged down The Flash in its fifth season. Namely, the plot thread of Nora and her relationship with Iris & Barry continues to spin its wheels and be largely terrible. In this episode, we see Nora ask Barry to stop being The Flash so he can be there for her as a father. Really? Well no, not really. That conflict lasted about ten minutes. The villain of the week was Weather Witch, who has to be one of the most unmemorable throwaway villains I can remember on this show. Finally, this episode featured a deeper look at Orlin Dwyer, aka Cicada. It showed flashbacks that were meant to provide backstory to his relationship with his daughter and his reason for breaking bad. This really couldn’t have been worse, highlighted by a painful acting performance that has received a lot of backlash online. Considering he is meant to be the big bad for the season, this is incredibly troubling. It is possible his arc will end at the mid-season finale and that would certainly be best. We still have to worry about Nora and correcting the future timeline, so the sooner we can move past Cicada, the better.

All of The CW’s Arrowverse shows have their past seasons available to stream on Netflix, and the new seasons are currently airing on the following schedule on The CW:

Sunday: Supergirl 8pm ET
Monday: Arrow 8pm ET | Legends of Tomorrow 9pm ET
Tuesday: The Flash 8pm ET

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