It’s the end of May you know what that means (TV season wrapping up!) #SFWApro

flash123FLASH‘s second season was just as much fun as the first: Following the defeat of Zoom last season, Barry discovers he’s ripped open a breach into Earth 2, allowing that Earth’s Flash Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) to cross over (including recreating the Carmine Infantino cover shown here [all rights to current holder]). Unfortunately that Earth’s Zoom comes too, along with an army of super-villains assigned to destroy the Flash. This is easily the most fun super-hero series going, with lots of references for a long-time fan like me. I’m not surprised by the ending, which riffs on a Geoff Johns comics story (I’m only surprised they didn’t do it first season), but I’m still willing to see what they do with it. “The Speed Force hates it when you break the rules.”

ARROW was, as always, darker and more Batmanesque than its younger sibling. This year Oliver goes up against Damien Darkh (Neal McDonough), a sorcerer with a bigger and nastier version of Malcolm Merlyn’s destructive project from the first season. Can Thea control her bloodlust from being resurrected? Will Felicity and Oliver stay together? What happens when Diggle’s brother shows up on the bad guys’ side? Can Vixen (from the online animated special) turn the tide against Dahrk? Fun in its grim way, but if I had to pick, I’d go with Flash hands down. And after an apocalypse of this scope, I wonder where they can go next season. “I’m sorry—did I give you the impression I was a rational guy?”

Despite some good episodes, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD had an overall “meh” season, as the team struggles to cope with the growing number of Inhumans (ironically plans for an Inhumans movie are now dead in the water) and with Hydra’s scheme to bring its sinister deity Hive back to Earth. Part of my lack of interest is that Flash tackles the idea of a growing superhuman population with so much more flair. A bigger one is that when Hive reaches Earth he takes over former SHIELD agent Ward (Brett Dalton); Ward was okay the first season when he was just one of the team, but his utter lack of presence makes him unconvincing as an avatar of ultimate evil.  “I’ve always wanted to say this—help me Obiwan Kenobe, you’re my only hope.”

DC”S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW shows the advantage of building on an established foundation. The story of Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) traveling through time to kill the immortal super-villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) draws on a cast that includes Firestorm, Captain Cold and Heat Wave from Flash, plus White Canary (Caity Lotz) and the Atom (Brandon Routh) from Arrow. The acting ensemble isn’t as strong as the other shows, but the story entertained me and the super-battles were certainly spectacular (I’ll be touching on that point in Season Two). And if Falk Hentschall’s Hawkman has really left the team (in the final episode) that eliminates one of the weaker characters. “In a world of crazy super-villain plans, this is the absolute craziest!”

ONCE UPON A TIME started the year poorly as the efforts to free Emma from the Dark One lead everyone to Camelot where Arthur’s engaged in petty intrigues and nothing in the story ever caught fire for me. The second half has them descending into the underworld to free Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), which doesn’t sit well with Hades (Greg Germann)—yep, the guy from Disney’s Hercules. That part really worked for me, primarily because the characters have enough backstory to make dealing with their unfinished business and past enemies and rivals satisfactorily intense. However I’m dubious about the coming season: while one villain obviously opens up new directions (it’s not someone from a Disney film), I could have done without Regina reverting (sort of) to Wicked Queen—it’s going back to the same well too many times. “So my choice is to bring pain to everyone I love—or suffer with guilt.”

I watched BLINDSPOT because it seemed possible Jaimie Alexander — an amnesiac with tattoos that contain uncanny clues to upcoming crimes — was some sort of a time-traveler. By the end of the season I still don’t know (I’m guessing not, though I don’t know how they work it otherwise) and that’s too bad: like SHIELD this has some good episodes but it’s mostly a stock cop show (which is not to say I may not keep watching). “You’re the first person I think of—you always have been.”

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