In the past week, I’ve seen three of my favorite shows wrap up their respective seasons on The CW—The Flash, Supernatural, and Arrow. While the comics are all properties of DC, the shows have given new life to the popular and lesser known characters from the universe. And while there is much talk of the rivalry between DC and Marvel in both comics and the cinematic universe, I am appreciative for the progress DC has made particularly on the small screen.
Supernatural is now 10 seasons deep and appears to be going stronger than ever. Even though it was slated to only continue for about six seasons, devoted fans would not let Sam and Dean Winchester’s war against evil end so easily. Since its return, I feel that this season has been one of the more exciting ones for me. Opening the season with Sam’s hunt for Dean, who was corrupted by the Mark of Cain, the show gripped my attention even more than when the brothers inadvertently opened the gates of Hell and set Lucifer free back in the end of their fifth season. Following Sam’s quest to find a way to remove the Mark from his brother to prevent him from becoming “demonized” or just bloodthirsty, we were introduced to Crowley’s mother, Rowena, the Stein family, descendants of Doctor Frankenstein and dealers of the dark arts, and Cole, a man who began as a warrior consumed with vengeance and later an ally of the Winchesters. This season also reintroduced favorites such as Bobby, Charlie, and Claire Novak, the daughter of Castiel’s vessel. With the season finale ending with Dean reaping Death itself, the Mark of Cain being removed from Dean and unleashing “the Darkness” that preceded all creation, and the expected betrayal by Rowena, I can only expect the next season to be even more awesome.
The Flash, having just finished its first season, has surprisingly been quite impressive. Crossing over on several occasions with Arrow and introducing plenty of well-known characters including Firestorm, Grodd, the Trickster, Captain Cold and others, the show was incredibly well-executed. The mystery surrounding “the Man in Yellow” (also known as Eobard Thawne, also known as Harrison Wells, also known as “Reverse Flash”) really drew me into the series. The epic finale which included the death of two Thawnes, a brief time travel trip for Barry, and the creation of a black hole over the city really left me hanging, but I guess for a series that is sure to be renewed, a cliffhanger should be expected. I did appreciate the foreshadowing of Cisco Ramon becoming the hero known as Vibe and the brief glimpse of Caitlin Snow as Killer Frost, and I can’t wait to see what will be done with those characters as the series progresses.
Arrow, coming out of its third season, kind of fell flat for me in comparison to the other two, but was awesome in its own regard. The season ended with Thea putting on the red costume to become Speedy, Oliver defeating Ra’s al Ghul, Malcolm Merlin becoming the new leader of the League of Assassins, and Felicity and Oliver finally getting at least a temporary happy ending together. My only problems with this season were the lack of appearances with the Suicide Squad and the lack of resolution with the city believing the Arrow to be a villain. If Oliver Queen cannot continue protecting the city as the Emerald Archer, then who is he? The ambition of Ra’s al Ghul and the manipulation of Merlin were the driving forces for the plot of this season and we got to see a lot of great heroes from the DC universe come out of it including Wildcat, the Atom, and Katana. I’m really hoping that whatever mask John Diggle dons, as they foreshadowed more than once before, they can make the debut of his alter ego as exciting as seeing the other classic heroes on the small screen.
Having to wait until the fall for the return of these shows can be a pain, especially since The Strain is the only television program I regularly look forward to in the summer, but I will endure. The CW also raised the bar with teasers for the Arrow/The Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, but until more is revealed and the new seasons of these amazing programs start, we fans can at least dream of what will come.