The CW heroes are back; Westworld and No Tomorrow premiered; and Pitch continues to be awesome. This was a good week in television but what was the best show? Before we get to that, I have to appreciate some of the runner-ups.
- Westworld – for making westerns cool. It wasn’t easy, but you did it.
- Arrow – for reintroducing quality fight choreography to network television.
- Pitch – for keeping up an insane level of awesome three episodes in.
- Modern Family – for talking about a presidential election without talking about the presidential election.
- Gotham – for creating an episode that I actually remembered the plot of ten minutes later.
- How To Get Away With Murder – for… well, it was just especially good this week. Props.
Show of the Week: The Flash
The Flash came back strong in its Season 3 premiere. The much awaited “Flashpoint” was everything that you could have hoped for.
Something that I noticed last season with the Earth-2 story-line was that this show is very good at creating alternate timelines. It’s always fun and interesting to watch. Of course, the show has matured since its perpetually sunny first season but they still made sure that there were plenty of moments to laugh in this episode. The running ‘Kid Flash’ gag never stopped being entertaining for me.
Grant Gustin was fantastic – going from happy puppy to wounded puppy (let’s face it, he’s always a puppy) flawlessly and really selling the stakes involved in this new arc.
If you read my reviews last season then you’ll know that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow but her brief appearance in this first episode has me optimistic that she could actually be enjoyable to watch this season.
Unfortunately we will not be able to see how “Flashpoint” has affected the wider Arrowverse but we can look forward to another episode of consequences next week.
This Week’s Worst: Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time is a tricky show to get right: it doesn’t hide it’s camp nature and that in and of itself is awesome. It’s essentially a fairy-tale for grown ups but it felt like they forgot the “grown ups” part this week.
In it’s sixth season, this show has explored almost all the stories that could make compelling television but they aren’t stopping. This week the gang faced off against the Count of Monte Cristo – I’m sorry, are you not intimately familiar with your 19th century French literature? – and it ended almost exactly how you thought it would.
I still have faith in this show but this week wasn’t its best showing, especially compared to everything else (and I’m including Gotham in that category).
What did you watch this week? Do you agree or disagree with anything that I’ve said? Let me know in the comments.