This week’s Arrowverse episodes were Supergirl 2×14, The Flash 3×14 and Arrow 5×15. We recap the week in superheroes on The CW!
‘Supergirl’ 2×14 ‘Homecoming’
“Homecoming” had the broad outline of an episode that should have worked: Jeremiah returned after being a prisoner of Cadmus for many years and turned out to be a Cadmus mole; he infiltrated the DEO in order to obtain the alien registry for Cadmus’s use.
But the characters in this episode were dumbed down for plot convenience. The only person with the audacity to question Jeremiah’s miraculous return was Mon-El, leading to conflict with Kara. Even after Kara was convinced that something fishy was going on with her adoptive father, Alex took a hard-line stance that Kara either unquestioningly accept Jeremiah’s return or not be considered family.
Considering Alex works for an intelligence agency, you’d think she’d be a bit more suspicious by nature. Not to mention, her stubbornness might also make sense if there’d been follow up on the season 1 setup that Alex would be motivated to find her father in season 2. Instead, Alex has entered a relationship and… not really done much else.
J’onn was also dumbed down, allowing Jeremiah to rejoin the DEO with basically no testing. Even a surface-level medical checkup should have detected that his arm was cybernetically enhanced. J’onn should have tried to read Jeremiah’s mind long before he did. I know J’onn feels like he owes Jeremiah a great debt for saving his life from Hank Henshaw, but that shouldn’t override common sense.
So, by the end of the episode, Jeremiah returned to Cadmus with the alien registry while Kara and Alex debriefed with their love interests when once they would have been there for each other because the sisterly relationship was the center of the show.
‘The Flash’ 3×14 ‘Attack on Central City’
“Attack on Central City” was the second part of the Gorilla Grodd two-parter. With the team escaping Gorilla City in part one, Grodd needed a backup plan. Lucky for him, Gypsy was working on Earth-2, so he took over her mind and forced her to bring him and his gorilla army to Earth-1 Central City.
Barry’s big conflict was whether or not to kill Grodd. Barry knew that if they simply sent Grodd back to Earth-2 (or any other Earth) that Grodd would simply keep coming back to get revenge on Team Flash. Oliver has killed (quite a bit), he reasoned, and Oliver is still considered a hero as the Green Arrow.
But Barry Allen isn’t Oliver Queen. And killing is not something he can easily come back from. (Arrow has been a journey of Oliver doing so.) Doing one “evil” deed only makes doing a second and third easier. There is always another way, Harry said. And Harry was right. While three speedsters wasn’t enough to stop a gorilla army, Cisco and Gypsy bringing Grodd’s rival, Solovar, to Earth-1 to defeat Grodd did work.
Barry even convinced Solovar not to kill Grodd; instead, Grodd was taken to A.R.G.U.S. And that seems like a great idea until we remember that King Shark escaped A.R.G.U.S. Grodd is a telepathic genius so I expect him to make quick work of A.R.G.U.S. security. Maybe they should take him to Earth-19 so the DEO can look after him.
Meanwhile, Jesse decided to stay on Earth-1 to be with Wally. Harry approved, though he told Wally that he is terminally ill. Jesse, though, didn’t believe him, which naturally means he’s going to have a plot about dying at some point. Cisco and Gypsy also continued their flirtations, and I am kind of obsessed with them being a power couple.
And finally, Barry realized that he’s spent too much effort trying to change the future rather than living in the present. So he proposed to Iris. It’s lovely and sweet, but wow, they have not been dating very long. I know they’ve known each other for most of their lives, but there’s a difference between being life-long friends and being compatible lovers.
Then again, Barry and Iris have always been meant to be, so… we should hear Iris’s answer in the next episode.
‘Arrow’ 5×15 ‘Fighting Fire with Fire’
Surprise! We now know Prometheus’s true identity, and the Arrow writers pulled a fast one on us. In a confrontation between Vigilante and Prometheus, Prometheus is revealed as Adrian Chase. I confess to not seeing that coming since in the comics Chase is Vigilante. The writers were clearly playing on the audience’s assumption that they would stick with the character’s comic book identity.
(So, who is Vigilante?)
It should be interesting to rewatch this season knowing that Chase is Prometheus and see the moves that he made as the district attorney to get at Oliver. Covering up Billy Malone’s murder, for instance, led to the impeachment charges and eventual public denouncement of the Green Arrow in this week’s episode.
His next step is apparently to kidnap Susan Williams. Oliver convinced Felicity to get Susan her job back (which is completely undeserved considering Susan’s complete lack of ethics) and the two were contemplating getting back together with the understanding that Oliver is the Green Arrow — who, by the way, is now public enemy number one again — but their discussion was interrupted.
Meanwhile, Curtis finally got his
balls T-Spheres working. They are Mister Terrific’s tool of choice in the comics, so it’s exciting to finally see Curtis coming into his own as Mister Terrific. Unfortunately, this evolution also resulted in the end of his marriage. Paul invited Curtis to dinner only to serve him divorce papers, which was downright cold, especially since Curtis assumed Paul wanted to get back together.
And finally, Felicity decided to fully join Helix. Her moral compass has a new north since her boyfriend’s murder, and she’s going to take her lead from the other vigilantes in her life by embracing some darkness.