2021 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 08
is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It
is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It
is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free
to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up,
you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!
Black Lightning - Episode 4.05 - The Book of Ruin: Chapter One
Black Lightning usually has pretty good pacing throughout their episodes. But this one felt different. It was a waiting game, both in terms of story, and pace. All the characters were waiting for Jen to re-materialize, and while they waited, nothing else really happened.
Not every episode needs big superhero moments, but it for the first time, maybe ever, Black Lightning was treading water. The charismatic characters made you want to spend time with them, but that was really the only saving grace of the episode.
China Anne McClain, who plays Jen, announced she was leaving the show even before Black Lightning was set to end this season. So when she disappeared last episode, I thought it was to merely save her for one more appearance in the finale. But it turns out we might have seen the last McClain.
When Jen emerged from her sci-fi bubble, she was played by a different actress. It was a clever way to recast, as her molecules had to be put back together, and it could just be that they got rearranged in the wrong order. Within the confines of the show, a recast actually was written into the story, instead of ignored.
So while the episode ended with a big shock in the form of a different Jen, the rest was lackluster. It was nice to get a reference to The Flash in the show though, it is the first time they have referenced their larger world since Crisis put them on the same Earth.
The episode definitely served a purpose in the grand scheme of things, but hopefully now they can go pedal to the metal until the series finale.
The Flash - Episode 7.02 - The Speed of Thought
Superman & Lois - Episode 1.03 - The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower
If you were to tell me in 2012 that out of all the shows spawned from Arrow, Superman & Lois would be the most angsty drama filled one, I would have laughed at you. But here we are almost 10 years later, and nothing is surprising anymore.