I'm struggling with some of my shows lately. Partially because I’ve been a binger. Partially because I’ve felt like they’ve been dragging. Partially because I’ve been wanting to read more.
Mostly, I’ve just been frustrated with the story-lines. Here’s why:
They’ve been all over the place this year. I totally understand that with a new network they are able to explore a little more outside of the box than they were during Season 1. I arguably liked this season better than the last. That being said they introduced Mon-El to us (the delightful Chris Wood) and made him a major part of the beginning and the end of the season…but let him fall into being Supergirl’s boyfriend in the middle. They gave Winn a girlfriend for about a minute.
After an entire season of yet another masked speedster being the villain, they finally reveal that future Barry is Savitar and then they finally get into some really great and heavy themes. The ending? Ridiculous. They kill off a main character and then take it back. Then they send real Barry off into the speedforce and make us cry. There are no stakes here, they can’t continue without their lead. What would have been more dynamic? Sending the real Barry into the speedforce but letting Savitar/Barry run around on Earth 1 for a while. The episodes where Barry loses his memory and when they go back to get Captain Cold were excellent but those are the only two from the entire season (aside from the musical), that I even really remember. Did they even bother to battle other villains?
I have to admit that I stopped watching Arrow several episodes back. Around about the time that Chase decided to torture Oliver and make him admit that he liked killing people I was done. It was already a long time coming. The Russian flashbacks were boring to me and at this point I just had an incredibly hard time believing that Oliver managed to accomplish all these things in such a short amount of time. Five years doesn’t seem feasible. I’ll go back and binge the rest of the season later but in the moment I just couldn’t do it. Add to it the introduction of basically an entire team of new people and I lost my emotional connection to the show. Oliver as mayor? Black Canary is gone but we get the occasional Black Siren. The only one I enjoyed was Curtis but the braids to no braids conundrum drove me crazy. You know what I’m talking about. I adore Stephen Amell, I think he’s one of those rare actors who understands the mantle he wears and that fans are fickle creatures. I haven’t seen the finale yet, but I read a brief description of it so I know what to expect. Not sure I’m ok with how it ended but am cautiously optimistic about where it could be going.
Don’t even get me started on Legends of Tomorrow. How do you destroy the timeline but have the other cities be fine in the other shows?
So what’s the point of all of this? The point is that I’ve been unhappy with these seasons. Not to the point of stopping watching altogether, but close. I don’t have a solution for the issues I’ve had. I just need it to be fixed. Why not go for the more dynamic options?
What do you think? Am I crazy or was this season rough?