Superhero TV Wrap Up, 10/15/16: Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow Each Have Strong Premieres

Agents of SHIELD, S3:E3 “Uprising”

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This week, we got a little jipped when it comes to Ghost Rider (a.k.a., lets face it, the only reason you bother to watch this show now). While old hot-head didn’t make any appearances this week, we did get some development on the Inhumans’ fight for equality, and we also saw the official announcement of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s reintroduction to the public. The new director, Jeffrey Mace, made it official after a terrorist group of humans tried to frame the inhumans for a mass power outage. While the episode itself felt like a bit of a season-filler, the episode did set up a bit more for the team and for Ghost Rider/Quake’s next moves. We’re excited to see where the next few episodes take them.

Arrow, S5:E2 “The Recruits”

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Wow! Did Arrow really just introduce Ragman to the team? This show is just continuing to prove it has balls, week by week. Not only did we get three new low-level recruits to the team in the form of Mad Dog, Mr. Terrific, and the “unofficial” new Black Canary, but Oliver also extended an official invite to the menacing but totally awesome Ragman. Graced by the 2,000 year old rags his father bestowed upon him prior to the nuclear events of Genesis Day, Ragman is bent of avenging those who lost their lives and exacting his revenge on the people who were behind the explosion. This character is really a great addition to the show, because he’s one of the few mystical characters to have been introduced so far. His symbiotic relation to his suit is one we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more of. Folks, Arrow might just be the must-see show of the season. Oh and those teases of Prometheus are really getting us excited.

The Flash, S3:E2, “Paradox”

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This week found Barry dealing with the effects of his “reset” following the events of Flashpoint. His struggle to understand why the world is different than the way he left it, coupled with his revelation that The Rival somehow made his way back with him, throws Barry’s world out of whack. We also got to meet Tom Felton’s Julian Dorn, a brand new addition to Barry’s revamped “reality”, and also his office-mate. The show featured awesome fights between The Flash and The Rival, and another awesome tease of Dr. Alchemy. However, I’m still feeling a bit underwhelmed by this season. It still seems like the Flashpoint/Paradox storyline was poorly translated to the small screen, and the supporting characters feel a bit flat as of late. There’s still plenty of time for growth as the season treks onward, so look for some excited developments in the coming weeks.

Gotham, S3:E4 “New Day Rising”

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Ultimately, yet another pretty flat episode of Gotham. We got to see more of the Mad Hatter in action, and the malicious death of his sister, Alice. We also got to see more interaction between Jim and Lee, as they were forced to work together again after their drama-filled breakup last season. The biggest takeaway from the episode is Penguin’s victory in the mayoral election. His ability to pull strings and get Edward Nigma out of Arkham and onto his campaign team definitely paid off. Look for some huge developments as Penguin transitions into office.
Legends of Tomorrow, S2:E1 “Out of Time”

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What a cool episode of TV! This premiere episode brought us up to speed following the events of last season’s finale, revealing the Legends’ mission to correct the anomalies and mistakes following the destruction of the time masters. Oliver Queen’s cameo alongside Time-Detective Nate Heywood was interesting, and as they uncovered the secrets to the past, we saw the team hopping throughout time, all the while running into more threats and challenges. With Damien Dark and Reverse Flash are going to make for some troublesome situations for the Legends in the future. We also got a great tease of the Justice Society of America to wrap up the episode. The episode featured a hilarious appearance of Albert Einstein, and also left us questioning, “Did they REALLY kill off Rip Hunter?” This felt like a great set-up for an even greater season. Look for more fun and excitement as the season progresses!
Supergirl, S2:E1, “The Adventures of Supergirl”

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Supergirl — “The Last Children of Krypton” — Image SPG202b_0132 — Pictured (L-R): Tyler Hoechlin as Clark/Superman and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
I kid you not, folks. The premiere of Supergirl season 2 was one of the greatest hours of television to ever grace The CW. The inclusion of Superman to the story is a HUGE benefit to the show, and all of the improvements on last season are clearly evident here. There’s no better way to summarize the episode than just saying it was exciting, fan-pleasing, full of Easter eggs, and set up for an excellent season to come. If you haven’t seen Supergirl, folks, now is the time to start watching.

About Jeff Gould

SoCal writer with a passion for all things entertainment. Movies, TV, Music, Food, Comedy, Travel...just a few of the best parts of life, and I want to bring my own perspective into the mix.

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