2021 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 09
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!
Batwoman - Episode 2.07 - It's Best You Stop Digging
The kryptonite sickness is front and center now, and it is really impacting Ryan in ways that I thought they wouldn't. I assumed as like most big things in these shows that it would be an easy fix. But they are letting it linger, and getting interesting story details out of it.
The flashback is a trope used in the Arrowverse from the very beginning. It isn't used as frequently anymore, but Batwoman is utilizing that tool to tell more of Alice's story, and it is effective. Her time on an island, where she learned new skills and met new people (sound familiar) is the most interesting part of the story at the moment.
The macguffin of the fix all flower is a bit much though, they need to use it to cure Ryan, and then make sure it can't come back, or it is an easy write out of any corner. Plus it will lessen Mary's impact on the show. Who needs a doctor when you can just use a magic healing flower?
The dynamic with Ryan's ex keeps getting more interesting, and hopefully it will come to a head soon. This is the first time she interacted with her as Batwoman, and I'm sure there is more to come.
Overall, the episode was fine. It was definitely a means to an end, in order to make things happen later in the season.
Black Lightning - Episode 4.06 - The Book of Ruin: Chapter Two
The new Jen hit the ground running, and while the rest of the Pierce family adjusted, it was still business as usual. She even suited up (albeit in a different suit) to help Jefferson who is back full time as Black Lightning.
Laura Kariuki fit the role of Jen well. She captured the essence created by China Anne McClain, yet gave the part her own spin. Recasts happen all the time, but in true Black Lightning fashion, they made it happen in their own unique way.
Tobias running mayor seemed inevitable, but it was still a really well done moment. He wants to own Freeland, and becoming mayor is the best way to do that. There is no one who can seemingly stop him, or wants to, outside of the Pierce family.
La La seems to have finally met his match too. The concrete death was great (Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood suffered the same fate) and so was the Han Solo-like aesthetic of him stuck in the concrete. That story is far from over, as I will never count La La out again.
The Pierce family is still broken, but tragedy seems to bring them together like nothing else can. Things are starting to get a little better. Anissa and Grace are married and want to go on a honeymoon. People are talking to each other more. It isn't a huge step forward, but it is something.
The show is on a hiatus for a while, but it seems that we will get an update on Khalil when it comes back, which will probably set up his spinoff Painkiller. It'll be interesting to see if its a completely clean break from Black Lightning or if it has more connective tissue than just his character.
The Flash - Episode 7.03 - Mother
Superman & Lois - Episode 1.04 - Haywire