Superhero Insider: The FlashArrow elevate the stakes as Supergirl prepares for Lex Luthor

Superhero Insider: <em>The Flash</em>, <em>Arrow </em>elevate the stakes as <em>Supergirl </em>prepares for Lex Luthor

Every week, we wreck down the obliging moments from Supergirl, The FlashLegends of The next day to come to come, Sad Lightning, and Arrow — each right here and on SiriusXM’s EW Are dwelling every Friday for the length of Superhero Insider.

This week’s Arrowverse exhibits upped the ante, with some introducing main twists (sorry, Jimmy Olsen!), whereas others observed contemporary villains procure the stage (hiya, Cicada, version!). Below, the main takeaways from the most up-to-date installments.


The Girl of Steel confronted complicated opponents this week against Manchester Sad’s elite, and even supposing her eventual decision to enroll within the march for Alien rights used to be heartwarming — and very season 1-y — the resolution intriguing James’ photo (and Imply GirlsJonathan Bennett changing his stripes in below 5 seconds) felt too natty and easy. Gentle, the prove did an admirable job the usage of its comedian-book DNA to copy true-world politics, and it deftly handled personality building within the center of all of it: Nia Nal’s development as a hero used to be particularly correctly-drawn, as used to be J’onn’s decision to scurry fat Manhunter. And as for that cliffhanger with James? I for one can’t wait to peek if that twist can repay and at closing sparks a compelling memoir line for Mehcad Brooks. Hello, Jon Cryer shouldn’t be the one to chunk the total scenery starting subsequent week… — Shirley Li

Associated: Read our recap, and brace your self for Jon Cryer’s version of Lex Luthor with this promo.


Is being a vigilante — gasp — depraved?! Arrow‘s been spinning its wheels for a prolonged whereas over this ask, and it’s weighed down this penultimate season prolonged passable. This week, Group Arrow’s officially deputized by the SCPD (which does not bear the splendid recognition the prove retains announcing it does), and it outcomes in rising disaster that mainly bear an impress on Dinah, who struggles to search out her footing as each captain and Sad Canary. Gentle, the resolution to the episode feels rather unresolved: In spite of all the pieces, what precisely made the SCPD so cool with having them continue to play costume-up and shoot folks as they resolve cases? Why did Felicity document a tape of all things for her children? To borrow a phrase from a wholly diversified universe, we desires to be within the endgame now, but it just doesn’t feel discover it irresistible but. Maybe subsequent week’s episode, which appears to be like to be to tackle the foundation memoir of Mia “Blackstar” Smoak, will shed some well-known-wanted gentle. — S.L.

Associated: Read our recap.

Sad Lightning

The last few episodes of Sad Lightning — and possibly season 2 as a full — may perhaps perhaps perhaps presumably be readily summed up within the last couple of minutes of this week’s episode, when Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain) attempted to attack Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III). As a replace, Jennifer’s contemporary suit overloaded and she overlooked, leaving her quivering on the ground as Tobias received away. With one episode left to scurry within the season, it’s unclear how the total a lot of memoir traces will reach anything else reminiscent of closure — particularly since Tobias is the prove’s easiest wonderful villain. He has in my opinion damage comparatively well-known every other personality (including Jennifer) within the deepest concepts, but how may perhaps perhaps perhaps they presumably smash him off? Bet we’ll discover subsequent week. For now, as a minimal we received to bear some relaxing with a recent meta within the make of Heatstroke (Esteban Cueto), a flame-powered pod particular person that Tobias intends to be the major member of his metahuman military. — Christian Holub

Associated: Read our recap.

The Flash

Feels like Cicada has leveled up. The O.G. Cicada (and Chris Klein’s supervillain growl) will be no extra, but this episode’s finale after all threw a wrench in things for Group Flash and for whatever Nora and Thawne are cooking up. I’m into the foundation of Barry and firm reckoning with the truth that they’ll never after all quit any villain, particularly as Most engrossing Awful Thawne is clearly positioned to stay one thing-or-other within the next seven episodes. Simplest ingredient is, I am hoping the prove doesn’t lose peek of Nora’s building — this week, she used to be clearly scrambling to preserve up in conjunction with her twin missions, but barely had any time to grapple with the possibility of going support to her contemporary. She’s received plenty to be taught, so fingers crossed Barry soon will get to raise to her one of his pep talks that impressed even Joe (in a rather sweet scene this week). Within the length in-between, I’ll procure a cup of that XS-presso! — S.L.

Associated: Read our recap.

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Click below to hearken to this week’s Superhero Insider, which airs every Friday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s Ch. 105, hosted by Kyle Anderson, Chancellor Agard, and Shirley Li.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET; Arrow airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Sad Lightning at 9 p.m. ET; and The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.