8:00am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
DC TV Watch: 'Arrow's' Secret Finally Comes Out
Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means. Note: Gotham did not air a new episode this week.
Bottle episode: This season, Supergirl has tried a little too hard to cram way too many storylines into each episode. Stories are moving too fast with little time to breathe, lessening the impact on all the characters. That's why the decision to do a bottle episode this week as Kara (Melissa Benoist) and the gang tried to hunt down a White Martian inside the DEO worked so well. The plot was simple, yet exciting. The action was high-stakes and fast-paced, but each character had time to actually talk through their issues and fully experience their feelings before the show moved on to something new. The case of the week was resolved by the end of the hour, but each of the characters were able to go on complete personal journeys as well. While shows shouldn't do a bottle episode (or high-concept episodes in general) every single week, every so often Supergirl should take a creative risk like this, as it truly paid off.
Goodbye Miss Martian: Despite how close M'gann (Sharon Leal) had gotten with J'onn (David Harewood), she decided at the end of Monday's episode that she needed to go back to Mars. She felt like it was her duty to find other White Martians like herself who didn't agree with genocide and wanted to stand up to the crueler members of their race. While it's certainly important to show that not all White Martians are cold, ruthless killers who want to wipe out an entire race, that also means that Miss Martian is leaving the show. Will she come back, or does this tie up Miss Martian's arc on Supergirl? The character has done such amazing things for J'onn, bringing out a completely new side to him and helping him express his feelings and allowing him to be vulnerable. Will he bring up his guard again once she leaves?
The Iris problem: While The Flash took a big step forward with Iris (Candice Patton) last week, finally allowing her to be the real hero of her own story, Tuesday's episode was like two steps back. When she became the target of a metahuman who can decay a human body just by touching him/her, Iris was once again the damsel in distress while Barry (Grant Gustin) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) worked hard to figure out a way to save her. With a ticking clock on Iris' life, it'd be more rewarding to see her solving her own problems and saving her life and other people's lives instead of having to be saved by others. That might continue to be an issue, however, as Joe (Jesse L. Martin) finally was read into the Savitar-killing-Iris prophecy, and he went into full protective dad mode.
Monkey business: For now, the Savitar storyline will be put on hold as the STAR Labs crew faces yet another Grodd problem for two episodes. "One of them will take place in Gorilla City [on Earth-2] and one of them will take place on Earth-1," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says.
A new romance? Is The Flash setting up a potential romance between Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Julian (Tom Felton)? Over the past few episodes, the two scientists have bonded over their shared lack of control when it comes to their metahuman powers, her as Killer Frost and him as Doctor Alchemy. In fact, Caitlin has actually been able to chip away at Julian's icy exterior, helping him become a kinder and more considerate co-worker (although only slightly), so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to wonder if something more was blossoming there.
Legends of Tomorrow
Narration MVP: Mick (Dominic Purcell) needs to do the show intro every week moving forward. That's not a suggestion, it's a demand. From breaking the fourth wall to serving up attitude and recapping the show's premise with no hyperbole, his 30-second narration was a highlight of the entire series so far. Plus, Mick should teach history in school: his explanation of what it means to be an American was just perfect.
The most formidable villain yet: In a shocking yet completely refreshing move, Legends of Tomorrow has turned its main hero into its main villain. A brainwashed Rip (Arthur Darvill) wreaked havoc on his former team in his quest to obtain the Spear of Destiny for the Legion of the Doom, going so far as to ruthlessly kill Sara (Caity Lotz) without a second thought. Of course, the team was able to revive her later with Gideon's technological help, because Canaries have about nine lives on CW superhero shows. But it's hard to envision any kind of redemption for Rip now that his former teammates and friends have all written him off as one of the bad guys. Plus, he now has the power to rewrite reality with the Spear, so there's no telling what kind of damage he's about to inflict on the timeline.
Secret no more: It's surprising that it's taken investigative journalist Susan Williams (Carly Pope) this long, but she finally discovered Oliver's (Stephen Amell) secret identity as the Green Arrow at the end of Wednesday's episode. After looking into Oliver's missing five years on the "island" and figuring out he was actually in Russia for a chunk of that time, she put two and two together when she found a security camera image of a hooded archer vigilante operating in Russia during the same year that Oliver was there. Seeing as how she's also sleeping with Oliver, pushing him to tell her his secret past while acting like a concerned girlfriend, she's obviously got big plans in store to expose him. The only question is: Is she doing this just to report the truth like a good journalist, or does she have ulterior motives?
Full-circle flashbacks: Speaking of Oliver's time in Russia, this season's flashbacks continue to impress as the show has gone completely full circle, tying in the past storyline with the present in a cohesive way like never before. Oliver suited up as the "Hood" for the first time in Russia with Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig) in the past, easily killing targets without a second glance, while he stayed in civilian plainclothes during his Russia mission in the present, agonizing over his obligations to the Bratva, being forced to kill so his team members Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) wouldn't have to. The stark juxtaposition of his actions and feelings in both timelines shows just how far Oliver has come over the past five years, and how much he owes to his best friends/teammates for that personal and emotional growth. Plus, now it's his turn to be there for his friends, as Diggle and Felicity both struggled with crossing the line for revenge/justice and Oliver was the one who had to pull them back.
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Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.