2021 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 16


This week featured time travel, past relationships, loyalties being tested and the return of the Legends!

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!

Batwoman - Episode 2.12 - Initiate Self Destruct


It is always fun to see the hero and the villain team up for a common purpose. It feels important, intense, and special. This episode of Batwoman was no different when Ryan and Alice teamed up to infiltrate a base.
 
Sophie had to risk her career and much more to save Batwoman's identity. She knows its Ryan, but doesn't want to everyone else to find out. The character is definitely in a turn, and will be much different by the end of the season. She will probably be a fully fledged member of the Bat Team, instead of one of the Crows.

Kate is alive and brainwashed, hopefully they focus on that more in the coming episodes. It is going to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
 
Jacob's drug addiction is starting to become a problem. But Mary knows about it. Hopefully she will be able to save him and they will bond more. There is a lot of character stuff happening with everyone. It will be nice to see it all dove tail and come together. 

 
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Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 6.01 - Ground Control To Sara Lance


Legends of Tomorrow is the craziest show on television, and their 6th season premiere reinforced that fact. We got reintroduced to some characters, and met some new ones. But the biggest revelation was about Gary of course.
 
Gary the alien. Funny, though I don't think it works in the grand scheme of things. If anyone can get away with ridiculous canon breaking and baffling decisions, it's Legends.
 
It was great to see the crew again though.  They were sorely missed. They are a breath of fresh air and add some much needed levity in an increasingly depressing Arrowverse.
 
The new character has already won me over. But I do hope that Sara isn't away from the team for too long, she's better interacting with everyone. I wonder if her separation is a Covid decision or not. Either way, I hope that it doesn't linger as things in the Arrowverse tend to do.
 
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Black Lightning - Episode 4.10 - The Book of Reunification: Chapter One


Everything is still going wrong for the Pierces. That is the sentence I started with last time, but its still true, and has been for the entire season. Things just get more and more complicated.

Lynn's ex boyfriend is back in the picture as the hot shot lawyer that got her acquitted. He was paid by Anissa behind Jefferson's back. It's very soap opera-y, but also just another thing for this family unit to have to deal with.

Tobias seems unstoppable. He really has everything going for him. It is going to take everything to stop him. That and the fact that Grace is happy no one has powers and wants to be rid of hers were the most compelling parts of the episode. The happily married couple has a big hurdle to get over, because happiness never lasts long on this show.

Jen got her powers back by essentially killing herself. But it seems like it will have lingering effects. The way this show goes, I'm sure it will be nothing good.

We are gearing up for the endgame here, and everything is coming to a head. I can't wait to see the end of the ride.
 
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The Flash - Episode 7.08 - The People v. Killer Frost


The Flash falls victim to predictable tropes all of the time. Text book, paint by number stories have become the norm unfortunately. That is why it was a pleasant surprise with how things went. The team didn't save the day. Not everyone got off scot-free. Killer Frost is permanently incarcerated...for now.
 
Things could always change, but it was nice to see their plan not work the way it was supposed to. Or that Barry couldn't run to solve this problem. Team Flash took a loss, and it will have big implications.
 
Caitlin and Frost got a lot of character development out of the story. It was a clever way to write Frost out and still be able to have Danielle Panabaker be a part of the cast.
 
Panabaker carried the episode, and it was nice to see her step up in that capacity. Hopefully she has a bigger role as time goes on, especially with Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh leaving for good after this season.
 
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Supergirl - Episode 6.06 - Prom Again

I am a sucker for time travel. These two Supergirl episodes did it very well. They even made it even more complicated by going back into the time loop of themselves. It was amazing. These episodes, even though they are missing most of the main cast, were some of my favorite the show has done.

The younger cast did wonderful jobs capturing the essence of their older counterparts. To the point where you didn't even really miss the cast because it felt like they were there.

These didn't feel like bottle episodes either, there was a point to them. They will play into the larger narrative of things, and that is exciting. That means they will be constantly referred back to, possibly even as a changing point for stuff. So I am glad these episodes did well.

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The best episode of the week was Supergirl. I am a sucker for time travel, as stated before. Especially when it was done well, like this was.

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