2021-2022 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 17

This week featured big family drama, the return of Central City speedsters, and answers to lingering mysteries.

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!

Naomi - Episode 1.07 - I Am Not A Used Car Salesman

 
This is the episode that I have been waiting for. We got a lot of answers, and delved into the lore of the characters of the stories. The supporting characters got to shine through, and its nice to be able to connect to characters like Zumbado now. Things are escalating quite quickly, and we are deep into the season, so it feels like things are going to just get crazier now.

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Superman and Lois - Episode 2.07 - Anti-Hero


The drama never stops in Smallville. Lana is dealing with her separation, and Jonathan got caught with drugs. Meanwhile Clark got captured, and his ally is now going to work with the villain. All of this happened in 42 minutes, and it didn't feel crowded. Everyone had room to breathe, and each story felt like it was serviced properly. This is an interesting villain to use, and it has been pretty effective so far. While I still want Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor to show up, the villains of this series have been great so far. The second half of the season should be great.
 
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The Flash - Episode 8.06 - Impulsive Excessive Disorder


 
If The Flash ever continued without Grant Gustin, this episode showed what that could possibly look like. Barry's kids returned from the future and messed things up before they made things better. The first 5 episodes were one connected story, and this one seemed somewhat self contained. The season is divided into "graphic novels" but it feels like we are in between them, and are just experiencing some fun standalone episodes first. Plus, with most of the main cast absent from this, it felt like this was a way to film two episodes at once, a trick that Doctor Who has done many times. The tease at the end means we are in for a big Iris story, which gives me pause. Hopefully her story will be better than the mirror story, which became nearly unwatchable at times. It's nice to have The Flash back, and hopefully it can sustain a good record this season.

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The best episode of the week was Superman & Lois. There is a lot going on, and every character has something intriguing to watch so you don't feel like you're clamoring to get back to another story.

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