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Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter‘s weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on the small screen. Every Saturday, 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, Supergirl and Black Lightning and Fox’s Gotham. Note: Gotham did not air a new episode this week.
The big news: The new Green Arrow has been unmasked, and it’s none other than Emiko Queen (Sea Shimooka), aka Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) secret half-sister. Talk about a twist!
What it means: While the reveal should have been obvious from the way the episode set up her debut (that work out sequence was totally Oliver season one, no?), it still nonetheless hit like a gut punch at the very end of the episode as she spoke to Robert Queen’s gravestone and called him “dad.” Her existence has been a complete secret, even from Oliver himself. But comic book fans are more than acquainted with Emiko Queen. At least in the source material, she’s Robert and Shado’s daughter, the result of a secret affair revealed in Green Arrow #18 in 2013. But she was kidnapped and raised by Robert’s former business partner turned enemy, Simon Lacroix aka Komodo, and tried to kill Oliver before eventually becoming his sidekick. Although “sidekick” might be pushing it, since she’s pretty fierce in her own right. What does she want on the show? Who is her mother? Will she become Oliver’s ally like she does eventually in the comics, or will she be following some other mission given to her by Robert? Whatever the case, introducing a badass female archer to take over as the new Green Arrow is an amazing direction for the normally male-dominated series to take seven years in.
Other noteworthy moments: Now that Oliver’s back in society and adjusting to life after prison, it didn’t take long for him to suit back up as the Green Arrow. But thanks to the anti-vigilante act, he did so with the full permission of the SCPD. Now, he’s going around in the hood but without a mask (since the whole world knows his identity as the Green Arrow), and fully employed by the police. What could go wrong? (A lot. A lot can, and most certainly will, go wrong.)
Also, in one of the most boneheaded moves ever, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) followed a lead on their ARGUS case to none other than Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), and decided to work with him and not tell Oliver about it. That’s going to work out well for them! It’s definitely a smart way to keep Diaz around after putting him behind bars, but what other stories can still be told with this villain?
The big news: Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) is back, and this time he’s manipulating Barry’s (Grant Gustin) daughter Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) instead of going directly at his usual nemesis.
What it means: The Flash’s 100th episode packed a lot into just one hour. Amidst all the time-travel shenanigans, the milestone episode also revealed that Nora’s mysterious benefactor is Barry’s greatest nemesis. But she didn’t know everything that Eobard had done to her family. All viewers know about their relationship so far is that Nora has been sending speed force encoded messages to Eobard in 2049 in his cell in Iron Heights Prison. What he’s planning and how he’s using Nora to do it will be revealed in coming episodes, but expect the family drama to explode when Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) find out their daughter is working with their No. 1 enemy. And for all those wondering just how Eobard is still alive and able to cause trouble for the West-Allen family, this is the version who escaped Crisis on Earth-X after Barry couldn’t bring himself to kill him. Eobard promised he would be back…and he’s certainly keeping that promise.
Other noteworthy moments: Much of the episode was devoted to time travel, as Barry and Nora collected pieces they needed throughout Team Flash’s time to successfully take away Cicada’s (Chris Klein) power dampening dagger, but it only worked for about two seconds. However, they did discover that because Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is not a metahuman created by dark matter, Cicada’s dagger doesn’t work on her. She may be the key to stopping this big bad once and for all. But does that mean that Cicada is actually not the big bad, and he was only a red herring for the first third of the season while Eobard was always waiting in the wings to take over? That’s a pretty successful bait-and-switch.
The big news: Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) took one step further on her journey towards becoming the superhero Dreamer.
What it means: While suffering from some pretty debilitating sleep deprivation after her nightmares were getting too real and scary, Kara (Melissa Benoist) intervened with the help of Brainy (Jesse Rath). With his future knowledge of how important Nia becomes as a superhero, Brainy helped guide her in her visions to understand what they’re trying to tell her. She ultimately saved her first life and got a taste of heroism, but she’s still far from suiting up. She still doesn’t eve know Kara’s real identity yet. But what’s interesting to note is that Brainy slipped up at one point and called her Nura, which comic book fans know is her destiny as Dreamer. Was that just a mistake on Brainy’s part, or is that who Nia becomes in the 31st century?
Other noteworthy moments: Supergirl and Alex (Chyler Leigh) both learned that Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) is the identity of Agent Liberty, and promptly had him arrested a terrorist. But that did little to help Supergirl in the court of public opinion, as his arrest only seemed to make him a martyr. Even his wife, who he kept in the dark and almost got her killed, was cheering for him outside the prison as he was taken inside. This might be the scariest villain this show has had yet, mainly because it’s just so real. How can Supergirl fight public opinion when it’s so wrong and full of hate?
Meanwhile, now that Ben’s been unmasked as Agent Liberty, he started touting some rhetoric about how the public knows all his secrets, so why is Supergirl hiding hers? His argument even convinced the POTUS (Bruce Boxleitner), who then ordered Supergirl to reveal her secret identity. When she refused, he fired her from the DEO. “The United States does not want a war with Supergirl,” he warned ominously. “Then I trust you won’t start one,” she fired back. Is a cold war between the U.S. and Supergirl about to spark? Now that‘s unexpected.
As for that shocking stinger scene first glimpsed on Supergirl before making its way to The Flash and Arrow, that is officially the start of this year’s crossover. The devastation of Earth-90 and all its superheroes, thanks to Mar-Novu aka the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), was quite a jarring intro to Elseworlds, and it’s clear that the Arrow-verse is not holding back with this year’s big event. John Wesley Shipp is back in his classic red costume as Earth-90’s Flash (as a nod to his ’90s series), and he’s the only hero from Earth-90 who escaped death. But what is the Monitor planning? Find out when the crossover begins this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT as an episode of The Flash, continuing Monday at 8 p.m. as an episode of Arrow and concluding Tuesday at 8 p.m. as an episode of Supergirl.
Legends of Tomorrow
The big news: The truth about John Constantine (Matt Ryan) finally came to light in this week’s episode, including his past, why he joined the Legends and who is after him.
What it means: It turns out that old Johnny boy is suffering from a case of heartache, Constantine-style. In the time since he last saw the Legends, he actually fell in love. Like, real, head-over-heels, moving-in-with-his-boyfriend love for Desmond (Christian Keyes). But, of course, it didn’t last for a cursed soul like his. Constantine became the target of Neron, a demon who will own Constantine’s soul when he dies. The demon took over Desmond’s body and when Constantine sent Neron to hell, Desmond was sent right along with him. Constantine ended up joining the Legends after that to outrun his guilt, but it eventually caught up to him, so much so that he decided to alter the course of his own history. He went rogue on a mission and visited Desmond six months ago to break up with him, thereby saving Desmond’s life. But he changed history in too big of a way, and the universe suffered a meltdown as a result. Time seemed to freeze on some of the Legends, while others like Zari (Tala Ashe) transformed into a…cat? Next week’s midseason finale is going to be bonkers in the best possible way.
Other noteworthy moments: The hilarious misunderstanding between Nate (Nick Zano) and Mona (Ramona Young) talking about dating was one of the season’s best scenes. When else will you see a conversation about “man meat” that means, simultaneously, being bisexual and cannibalistic? Dating in 2018 in a nutshell.
The big news: Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Khalil (Jordan Calloway) are still on the run, but Jefferson (Cress Williams) coming to her defense as Black Lightning may have just outed his secret identity to Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III).
What it means: This was bound to happen sooner than later. Black Lightning only resurfaced when the Pierce daughters had been kidnapped. He’s constantly come to the aid of Jennifer and Anissa (Nafessa Williams). Did Jefferson really not think that Tobias wouldn’t put two-and-two together?
Other noteworthy moments: Watching Jennifer put Khalil in his place was a truly a beautiful sight to behold. She’s way more powerful and could fry him in an instant, and now he knows it. She has taken her power back and hopefully staved off a potential problematic abusive relationship with Khalil. Expect that power dynamic shift to come into play moving forward for these young runaways.
The highly anticipated “Elseworlds” crossover event begins Sunday as Ruby Rose’s Batwoman will make her debut. DC TV Watch has you covered with our special guide covering everything to know about the three-part crossover.
Supergirl airs Sundays, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow air Mondays and The Flash and Black Lightning air Tuesdays, all on The CW; Gotham returns Jan. 3 on Fox.
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