It’s fall season and our favorite superheroes are back with more action-packed plotlines and new villains. Few of the highest rating shows we have impatiently awaited that have returned for their brand new seasons are: Arrow, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Flash. Anyone who watches any of these show has to admit that they are one of the most well-made shows all around, from their engaging plots to their memorable characters, no matter the size of their roles. Let’s get into brief recaps of two of these must-watch shows.
Arrow aired its new season this week and as usual, was not a letdown. Before I can rave about every part of the show, quick intro for those who are not acquainted with the oh-so-hot #absfordays Oliver Queen: Oliver was known as the Arrow, going around town with his squad (consisting of his girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend, his sister, and his bodyguard turned friend) and saving Starling City and facing many villains and overcoming many deaths and issues with his friends and family. Right before this fall’s season, Oliver faked being evil and emotionless to get into an elite evil mafia/cult-like group who he was apparently destined to be the leader of, to kill the then-current leader. This whole situation strained his relationship with a few people, strengthened some, and he eventually left with the love of his life to retire from being the Arrow. Back to this week’s episode, Starling City is under attack and his squad, left without its founder, is desperately trying to save it as usual until they realize the situation is bigger than they thought. The squad then calls Oliver for help and he reluctantly returns to his suit and arrows. The new villain in town, or should I say, back in town, is Damien Darhk who has made his own troop and has this new seemingly spiritual power that allows him to suck the life out of people. Let’s just say this is just the beginning and things are already started to look complicated and dangerous. Oliver decides to stay and go with a new code name which he has taken 70 episodes to say, “I am the Green Arrow.” So far so good. Arrow’s plotline from its very first season has been sensationally well-thought out (and I thought Smallville was good), so props to the writers for not having turned this superhero show into a hot cheesy mess as it turned out with many before adapted hero TV shows.
Gotham is definitely one to rave about. Gotham, as anyone may know, is the name of the city Batman saved and lived in. Remember Detective Jim Gordon? Gotham depicts his younger days working with the police department in the city where criminals lurk everywhere and even run the city. One of the side stories includes showing the life and shaping the future of our favorite Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman, who is just a kid who has lost his parents. There is a new villain in the city who has taken some of the high profile criminals under his wing to make them his personal slaves who do the dirty work. Theo Galavan’s plan is to make his criminals wrek havoc in Gotham so that he can swoop in and ‘save’ the city to be looked as a renown hero. Now the acting job done by the criminals gathered up by Galavan is phenomenal. They are the stars of the season and what makes the show so thrilling and addicting. Every character on this show serves their purpose well and aces every facial expression and embodies their character on a level that cannot be overlooked. Some of the favorites that should be applauded and watched for are: Penguin played by Robin Taylor, Barbara Kean played by Erin Richards, and most of all, the short lived yet most memorable and twisted teen Jerome Valeska who is played by Cameron Monaghan. May I emphasize, Jerome Valeska, playing Theo Galavan who is comparable to a younger version of the Joker, has done an exceptionally sensational job in portraying his character. Watch the clips below. 10/10 for this show and should be on everyone’s list of must-watch TV shows.
– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)