SPOILER ALERT for current/recent seasons of shows on The CW
One mainstay of my life since I began watching it a couple years back that I wouldn’t be a geek without is the TV channel of The CW. It all started for me when I got caught up on The Flash before the start of its second season, followed by an interest in Legends of Tomorrow, both including the plot element of time travel, which is my favorite. I’ve only seen the first season of Arrow and select episodes of Supergirl, but both shows from what I’ve seen are just as quality installments in this universe. As of right now, to me at least, it is the best one next to the MCU with its films and shows. Luckily, by next fall, I’ll have so much more to follow and even more to catch up on as the shows have been renewed. Just recently, though, their synopses were revealed!
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC character Kara Zor-El, (Melissa Benoist) Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later, Kara was living in National City and still concealing her powers, when a plane crash threatened Alex’s life and Kara took to the sky to save her. Now, Kara balances her work as a reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media with her work for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a super-secret government organization whose mission is to keep National City and the Earth safe from sinister threats. At the DEO, Kara works for J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood), the Martian Manhunter, and alongside her sister, Alex, and best friend, Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan). Also in Kara’s life are media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), a photo journalist who moonlights as Guardian, a masked vigilante, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), and Mon-El of Daxam (Chris Wood), whose planet was ravaged by Krypton’s destruction. As Kara struggles to navigate her relationships and her burgeoning life as a reporter, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, SUPERGIRL is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (‘The Flash,’ ‘Arrow’), Andrew Kreisberg (‘The Flash,’ ‘Arrow’), Sarah Schechter (‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash’), Robert Rovner (‘Private Practice,’ ‘Dallas’) and Jessica Queller (‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Felicity’).
Starting on Mondays with Supergirl‘s third season, the details that soar above the rest are that both the characters of Cat Grant (Calista Flockheart) and Mon-El of Daxam (Chris Wood), are described as if they are regulars. Thankfully, if this is the case, I as a viewer will be happy in that Cat Grant was my favorite character from what I saw of Season 1 and Mon-El was my favorite from what I saw of Season 2. Grant, even though she was Kara’s boss, made me smile with her humorously strict attitude, almost a maternal figure of sorts. Mon-El brought not only romance but his boyish charm into the life of Kara, something that also made me smile.
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police Department. Barry’s life changed forever when the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark-matter lightning storm that struck Barry, bestowing him with super-speed and making him the fastest man alive The Flash. But when Barry used his extraordinary abilities to travel back in time and save his mother’s life, he inadvertently created an alternate timeline known as Flashpoint; a phenomenon that gave birth to the villainous speed god known as Savitar, and changed the lives of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Wally West (Keiyan Lonsdale) forever. With the help of his adoptive father, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), his lifelong best friend and love interest Iris West (Candice Patton), and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs — Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), C.S.I Julian Albert (Tom Felton), and an Earth-19 novelist named H.R. Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) — Barry continues to protect the people of Central City from the meta-humans that threaten it. Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter and Todd Helbing.
Onto Tuesdays, The Flash includes three characters whose fates are being highly debated after the show’s most recent episode: Iris West (Candice Patton), H.R. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Julian Albert (Tom Felton). The entire focus of the second half of Season 3 was the forseen death of Iris at the hands of Savitar, which I’m sure most of us assumed, just as the synopsis presents, that by the end of the season she’d still be alive. Given H.R.’s character path, one would think he’d make a sacrifice, or that Julian wouldn’t make it out of this season. I never thought that about these two characters. H.R., to me, is equal if not better than Harry from Earth-2, and with his recent interest in Tracy Brand (who hopefully will make guest appearances next season), they act almost as the new Harrison Wells and Tess Morgan that I see a bright future for. Julian, especially given what has become of Caitlin Snow, was someone I always thought was going to replace her as she went her more comic-accurate route as Killer Frost. The synopsis also suggests her life will remain changed forever.
After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms — a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time! Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question. With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband — until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time travelling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nick Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends. Based on the characters from DC, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer and Sarah Schechter.
What’s being told about Season 3 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is the first hint of something new. The chaotic times/places the Legends arrived in at the end of Season 2 is what’s known as “anachronisms – a scattering of people, animals and objects all across time”. It also seems that a new Time Bureau is emerging with the help of Rip Hunter, and if Season 1 tells us anything, it’s that they are bad news, and in fact will be this season. The beginning of Season 3 will see the Legends disbanded, and when Mick Rory is on his much-needed vacation in Aruba, the Time Bureau makes itself known, thereby prompting the Legends to reunite, as “some problems can only be fixed by the Legends”.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his ‘family’. Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericle, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.
Season 6 of the show that started it all, Arrow, will have Oliver’s newest crime-fighting team threatened when “unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his ‘family’.” It makes me eager to get caught up because it’s either enemies I have seen or yet to see and furthermore could have a connection to one or more of his team members, maybe an actual family member. This will definitely intensify relationships in that one family will have to be chosen over another. From what I remember, family is one of the biggest themes of Arrow, and from what I’ve heard, the show deviated from what made it great, but really brought it back this season. Let’s hope that continues!
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