Happy Saturday everybody, all of the shows returned this week which was amazing. There was DC crossover week; Agents of SHIELD finally resolved that cliff-hanger; and Pitch aired their penultimate episode. Obviously the biggest question is which was the best but before we get there let’s talk honourable mentions.
- Agents of Shield – for some sweet Doctor Strange tie-ins.
- Modern Family – for proving that watching Ty Burrell get electrocuted never stops being funny.
- Westworld – for managing to be objectively amazing yet subjectively underwhelming.
- Pitch – for finally releasing an episode that didn’t stress me out or leave me an emotional wreck.
- Black-ish – for elegantly dealing with some complex themes of identity.
- Empire – for setting the standard for awkward family dinners.
- Gotham – for the best episode since its first season.
- Jane The Virgin – for catering to that burgeoning lapsed Catholic market.
- Once Upon A Time – for confirming that nobody will ever carry a baby full term in this show.
Show of the Week: DC Crossover
This week saw the first time in history that the DC shows on The CW – Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow – crossed over and it was perfect. Normally, this section is reserved for a single show but it is impossible to choose between the four episodes that aired this week because they all came together as one cohesive narrative. Separating them simply wouldn’t make sense.
When I heard that the main villain in the crossover was going to be aliens, I was less than enthused but I am happy to say that I was wrong to judge it so quickly. The aliens ended up being a very serious threat with believable motivations.
More than anything, I loved this television event because it felt like a massive pay-off for anybody that had been following these shows from the very beginning. Old characters were brought back; subtle nods were made to the wider DC universe; and they did an amazing job of analysing the relationship dynamics that form when you throw this group of people together.
The ending, with Oliver and Barry sat talking in a bar, felt like an wonderfully poetic way to wrap up the week. They were the two characters that began this wider universe and you were really able to appreciate that in how the wider team immediately deferred to them as leaders.
This Week’s Worst: No Tomorrow
There’s no doubt that No Tomorrow has improved from when it first began this season but it still isn’t doing enough. The show has established what it’s about and at times it can be a fun thing to watch but it has no real bite to it.
It’s being sold as an hour-long dramedy when its story seems better suited to the half-hour sitcom format. With such a high-level of competition on The CW at the moment, I don’t know if this first-season show will be renewed next year.
Did you have a favourite episode from the crossover? Have you been watching No Tomorrow? What did you watch this week? Let me know in the comments.