2021 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 15

This week featured a supporting character move to the forefront, a bunch of trauma being dealt with, and someone coming to peace with their past.

Below 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 4.09 - The Book of Ruin: Chapter Four

Everything is still going wrong for the Pierces. Lynn is having dreams about taking her family's powers away. People are hunting the Pierces, and they have the upper hand.

Lynn getting arrested at the end is one of the most harrowing scenes the show has ever put on screen. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most real scenes in the show, as it happens to innocent black woman quite frequently.

JJ got tricked and surrounded. She narrowly escaped, but then was in danger again when her power failed with the rest of her family's. Jefferson was taking on an assassin when his happened. Lynn's vision came true in a way, but not in the way she imagined it.

TCs power failed too. It might have to do with Gambi's injection, since he's been around all of them. Life is hard enough for them with powers, but a powerless Pierce family will be just that - powerless.
 
The Khalil scene was great. The duality between him and Painkiller is fascinating, and can definitely sustain its own show.

We are in the homestretch of the entire series, and things are looking bleak. It will be interesting to see how they pull everything together.
 
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Supergirl - Episode 6.05 - Prom Night

This episode didn't have Melissa Benoist in it at all, but still had a whole lot of Kara. With Brainy and Nia time traveling back to 2009, we got high school versions of her, and younger versions of Alex and even Cat Grant.

It felt like a weird episode, but a way to film more than one episode at once. If there is an episode in the future without Brainy and Nia in it much, that could be why.

With as many rules as time travel has, this episode still had stakes, and was still a lot of fun. The humor carried it, but so did the drama and emotion. It is everything you want from a great episode of Supergirl, just without much of the core cast.

The show doesn't do 2 parters very often, but they are always spectacles when they do. Last time they did it, Winn returned. So for this to do it, there is something important here. Especially for them to do it with it being the last season and having limited time.

I really enjoyed this episode. Hopefully part 2 sticks the landing next week.

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The best episode of the week was a tie. Both were great. Both are in their final season, so that may have something to do with how big these stories are at the moment.

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