2021-2022 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 20

This week featured big secrets revealed, a missing hero, and further answers to lingering questions

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 1.09 - Keep Your Friends Close

 
I love story structures like this. When people are being interrogated about something we don't know has happened yet, and things get slowly revealed in flashbacks. This was by far the best episode of the show yet. The reveal of Naomi's adopted parents being aliens was genuinely shocking to me. The red herrings were obvious, so it was always going to be someone who no one suspected, but I didn't think it would go in this direction. The show definitely has me hooked now, and I can't wait to see how everything comes together.

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Superman and Lois - Episode 2.09 - 30 Days and 30 Nights


The birth of Superboy will be traced back to this episode. Jordan is coming into his own with his powers, but losing his personal relationships because of it. He and Sarah broke up, but he saved his mother and grandfather from being killed while Superman was away. This will only continue until eventually he's suited up with Steel and his father. The Bizzaro Jonathan showed up at the end, so it will be very cool to see more Bizzaro members if they show up.
 
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The Flash - Episode 8.09 - Phantoms

 
Iris's time sickness is becoming more of a prominent story. It was nice to see the time force again. The detective work of them figuring out who the meta serial killer is was nice, but the Central City Citizen stories are falling flat. A weak B story can taint even a strong A story. But it seems like whoever this cold heat meta is will be the big bad for the next few episodes. I appreciate The Flash trying something different this season with the "graphic novel" approach, and I liked the first chapter they did. They've been treading water recently, but it seems things are about to kick into high gear now.

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The best episode of the week was Superman & Lois. An episode that was mostly devoid of Superman managed to still be great because of the strong supporting cast.

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