Three heroic TV seasons: one great, one middling, one disappointing.

FLASH‘s fourth season was the good one. Rather than go with another evil speedster, this season the show-runners had the sense to try something new — Clifford DeVoe, AKA the Thinker (a Golden-Age Flash villain). With his brain energized by dark matter, DeVoe is actually closer to Marvel’s Mad Thinker, able to calculate potential outcomes to the point he’s always ten steps ahead of Team Flash. And he has a plan to save the world, but what is “Enlightenment” and how bad will it really be? I thoroughly enjoyed this season, including the introduction of Flash’s comics buddy Ralph Dibney, the Elongated Man, and the willingness to kill off likeable guest stars such as Izzy Bowen, the Fiddler. I hope next season can keep it up. “You will not defeat the big bad this year, Mr. Allen.

BLINDSPOT‘s third season was good until, like S2, it fell short at the end. Two years after Jane and Kurt tie the knot, the FBI team has to reunite when Roman gives Jane a new set of tattoos. He has an elaborate revenge scheme of his own, which goes awry when he falls in love. David Morse has a good turn as Crawford, another mastermind out to save the world against its will, and I was looking forward to the season ender. But much like S2, it couldn’t pull off the finish. Last year it seemed like they rushed to finish for fear of cancellation, this year they were clearly confident about renewal, yet they still didn’t satisfy. The trouble was, it felt like everything wrapped up fast so they could lay the groundwork for what’s coming in S4. Still, I’ll be back. “I got the gun, he got the bullets — one last transaction.”

ARROW‘s S6 made me appreciate why Screen Rant lists keep mentioning it as a Show That Needs to End. The season pits Mayor Queen and Green Arrow (Diggle’s now in the suit) against Caden James (Michael Emerson, playing an evil version of his Person of Interest superhacker) who blames Green Arrow for the death of his son. Can Ollie cope with such a cunning adversary while also being a father to the young son he didn’t know he had? And fighting off an investigation into whether the mayor is also Green Arrows? Part of the problem was that Diaz, the bad guy who replaces James midway through, is a lot less interesting, like a third-rate version of Black Lightning‘s Whale; part of it was that a lot of the character conflicts (can Diggle stay as GA despite a serious injury? Will René’s talking to the FBI tear the team apart?) felt very tired. If I have to drop a show next season, this will be the one. “Perhaps you did this to show which of you truly has a sense of honor.”

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