Ranking the Arrowverse #10

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10. Supergirl: Season 1

Supergirl started well with a strong first episode that showed a ton of promise. Sadly that promise was barely on display for the rest of the year with the seasons best episode being one that relied on a crossover with The Flash.

Now, it’s not that anything about the shows debut season was terrible. Instead it just sort of meanders through each episode without really making much of an impact. The cast is strong but here it’s like they don’t really know what to do with the majority of them. Melissa Benoist is excellent as the titular character even if she struggles to convey anger in a credible way whenever a scene calls for it, thankfully this was no longer a problem in its sophomore year. Alex too is another highlight even if she isn’t served as well as she would be in the future.

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Winn and James Olsen appear to exist purely to pine after Kara, neither of them offer up a great deal when it comes to being characters than can be invested in. For Winn this does  get better the following year, for James however it actually gets even worse. I can take or leave J’onn, he has flashes of brilliance and he has a superb backstory but David Harewood never really really feels like he has truly settled into the role. Then there’s Cat Grant who has the ability to be both the best and worst thing about the whole year. There are times when she delivers some truly exceptional lines and delivers great humour, but the focus on Catco above seemingly everything else often feels more irritating than it does compelling.

The DEO didn’t really work here either. The best moments this season involved Supergirl just being Supergirl. Flying around the city with joy and excitement whilst saving people who needed her help. Having her in this organisation hampered that, allowed her to be too bogged down with the bigger picture to go out and enjoy having her powers. The show really suffered because of that.

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And then there’s the villains. Now the Arrowverse isn’t known for having the most complex foes, more often than not they are there to service a need for villainy rather than being interesting in their own right. Never is that more apparent than here. Whilst the main villain for the season is fine (and nothing more) the weekly rotation of bad guys are just so forgettable. That’s even true when they are directly linked to the main characters as was the case with Winn one week and Cat early on. There are admittedly a couple of exceptions but on the whole it was very weak.

Perhaps the worst thing the whole season did though was too rely way too much on the romance. Kara liked James but he was involved with Lucy Lane. James in turn liked Kara but was trying to make it work with Lucy. Winn liked Kara but she liked James and so on. It was too much. It also sucked so much life out of the show that the writers almost immediately disregarded it all when the second season started up.

Truthfully the whole season is just there. It doesn’t feel like its doing anything different or adding anything especially awesome to the already busy table. I never hated watching it, but there was barely a moment throughout all 19 episodes that I thought about once the end credits rolled. For that reason it deserves its low placement on the list.

In other news! 

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It’s E3 time! Back in the website running days, this was a time of panic and speedy article writing. Now i can just kick back and enjoy, whilst also worrying about where on earth I’m going to find the money to buy all this awesome stuff. Microsoft’s presentation kicks off in just under an hour where we’ll find out all the details about the Scorpio that we’ve been waiting for since this time last year. Please be good. 

Ranking the Arrowverse #11

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11. Arrow: Season 3

Full spoilers for the whole of this season

Coming off the back of its incredible second season, I had extremely high hopes for the third run. Finally bringing in Ra’s Al Ghul after so much teasing of him was exciting, as was seeing how Team Arrow could try and take him on. Things started off relatively well too. Sara’s death was a shock, Thea’s transformation was fun to see and it looked like whilst not being quite as great as what came before, this could still be an entertaining run. But as soon as Oliver met the grizzly end of Ra’s blade and was sent tumbling off of a mountain, the season lost steam and ended on a note that was frankly horrible.

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To say that season 3 is a mess would be putting it kindly, but let’s look at the positives first. Matt Nable was a great Ra’s, not the kind of Ra’s you may have expected admittedly but I enjoyed his performance. The ‘who killed Sara’ mystery was nicely done and I enjoyed the ramifications of Thea being unwittingly responsible. Malcom Merlyn was a ton of fun too, as ever he was unpredictable and he’s a joy to watch. Stand out of the cast for me though is Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer. He’s just so damn likeable throughout. A constant breath of fresh air whilst everything around him gets misery dumped on them.

Palmer is a great way to lead into what doesn’t work about the season. He is well and truly shafted by the time year three drew to a close. The audience is supposed to be rooting for Oliver and Felicity to get together, but when they do it’s right in Ray’s face without either of them giving the remotest of shits about him. The two characters became so self absorbed that when they literally rode off into the sunset, I couldn’t help but be angry because neither of them deserved that temporary happy ending. Especially Oliver. What a complete and utter tool this guy is here. He’s transformation into the next Ra’s is just one massive cheat, the bigger problem though is that he does so much terrible stuff that he may as well have joined the league anyway.

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I do not buy for one second that Oliver couldn’t and wouldn’t bring a single person in on his plan, especially Diggle. There was nothing to stop him from giving Dig the heads up and having him play along. Instead, Oliver puts the mans child as risk and carries on like a total twat to everyone around him. How he was forgiven is beyond me, this season almost lost me all the love I had for that character due to the terrible writing that he was forced to play out. Imagine if Oliver truly had changed sides? Wouldn’t that have been a much more interesting story to tell? Apparently not. Then there was Laurel and her awfully unconvincing and far too easy turn into the new Black Canary. Then there was Quentin suddenly hating vigilantes again because of plot reasons. Then there were pointless characters like Wild Dog and a horrible exit for the always interesting Roy. Honestly I could go on and on about what didn’t work here.

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There was some fun to be had in the season. Vinnie Jones was surprisingly entertaining as Brick and those episodes where Oliver was missing allowed other members of the cast to step up. Then there was Oliver’s battle with Ra’s (the first one, definitely not the second). Seeing Oliver impaled and hurled off the cliff remains one of the Arrowverses stand out moments. It’s just a shame that the resolution to how he survived it was so laughably glossed over. I guess they just thought we would be happy he survived?

I haven’t mentioned the flashbacks here because honestly there isn’t a lot to say. With the exception of one episode that showed Oliver home way before he should, everything else was bland and forgettable.

Hey, on a separate non Arrow note. Forces is officially up for pre-order here. It’s only £1.99 in the UK (other regions vary) but wherever you buy it, it’s cheap! July 31st is the day it will come out and be delivered straight to your kindle, and if you don’t have a kindle there’s an app you can get your phone. Because there’s an app for almost anything. It would be awesome if you could check it out, the second instalment is well on the way too.