Let us take a moment to appreciate the vastness of comic-based material available on our screens these days. From Marvel to DC and everything in between, a plethora of work is available to choose from for our viewing pleasure.
This was obviously not always the case, especially in TV land. However, going back over a decade, the mold was broken when audiences were presented with a show that would grow to defy expectations. When the groundbreaking series Smallville first premiered, many people had their doubts that anyone would be interested in an origin story about a teenage version of Superman. Thankfully, fans ate it up, carrying the show through ten seasons. Nowadays, shows about superheroes in their early years and beyond have skyrocketed in popularity, with no signs that fans are in the least bit fatigued.
Continuing the tradition, The CW launched another show soon after Smallville’s last season. Arrow premiered in 2012 and its seventh season is set to debut in 2018. The success of the show spawned several others and together they create what is now known as the Arrowverse. This connected universe is made up of the shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Here are the 8 Best (And 8 Worst) Episodes In The Arrowverse, According To IMDB.
16 BEST: SUPERGIRL "WORLDS FINEST"
In season one, episode 18 of Supergirl, fans are treated to their first crossover of the series with The Flash. Barry Allen has discovered a new ability – being able to run so fast he can open a portal to another Earth. This is a nice device used to tie Supergirl into the Arrowverse - seeing as she belongs in this other version of the planet.
Flash and Supergirl then team up to stop Livewire, a disgruntled ex-employee of Cat Grant. Livewire hadn't been seen since her first meeting with Supergirl, when she survived a deadly helicopter accident that gave the villain her powers. Naturally, the combined power of the superheroes is too much for Livewire to handle.
As far as most fans and critics are concerned, "Worlds Finest" is a fun crossover that helped pave the way for the interconnected universe.
15 WORST: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW "CAMELOT/3000"
"Camelot/3000" starts off with the death of a scientist and the heroic team commence their quest to find the Spear of Destiny. Throughout this adventure, fans are treated to a romp through the medieval time of King Arthur.
While there is a debate among historians whether King Arthur and his court were real, the Legends of Tomorrow end up in Camelot. However, as hinted at in the title of the episode, they first travel to the year 3000.
Naturally, the heroes save the day, and all’s well that ends well – or is it? Despite its charming storyline, the episode was still rated as one of the least favorite episodes by a number of fans and critics. Perhaps the time jumps were too much for fans' liking.
14 BEST: THE FLASH "OUT OF TIME"
This time-loop episode is rated as one of the best of the series, and with good reason. "Out of Time" alludes to a famous Superman storyline, where the hero has to reverse time in order to save Lois Lane.
While there’s the cute scene where Iris finally talks to Barry about his true identity, the secret he’s been wanting to tell her for so long, it's not the main storyline. There was also the terribly sad moment when Cisco gets killed.
At this point in the series, the rules were still being established, so there was a lot of wiggle room in terms of how they would reveal the extent Barry’s powers. Also, playing with the timeline is an effective strategy for exploring scenarios without being stuck to the outcome.
13 WORST: THE FLASH "GIRL'S NIGHT OUT"
Who doesn’t love a party? Unfortunately, things are never that simple for Barry Allen. What should have been fun a night out on the town turns into a battle of wits, wisdom, and ice vs. metal. There was also drunk Barry, something fans of the show rarely get to see due to his metabolism.
When Amunet sends her henchman to round up Killer Frost, things get messy fast. Despite it being a fun episode with some quirky quips and some serious girl power, "Girl's Night Out" was still rated as one of the least favorite episodes of The Flash.
Fans seemed to be turned off by the lack of Flash in the actual episode, as the storyline relegated him to more of a side character role.
12 BEST: THE FLASH "FAST ENOUGH"
"Fast Enough" is one of the saddest episodes of The Flash and has some of the highest ratings from fans and critics alike. It was heartbreaking for so many reason, not least of which was Barry having to face off against his mentor, Wells.
There was a lot of character growth in this episode. In terms of season finales, the episode took some genuine risks. The choice of killing off favorite characters to make room for expanded storylines, like the blossoming relationship between Iris and Barry, must have been a difficult choice.
While future episodes backpedaled on the death of Thawne, for obvious reasons, Eddie’s sacrifice was still meaningful. There was an equal amount of winning and losing on all sides. There’s a delicate balance to the chemistry of ensemble casts and killing off characters can be tricky, but this episode delivered.
11 WORST: SUPERGIRL "WE CAN BE HEROES"
"We Can Be Heroes" starts off with some great action, showing Mon-El and Supergirl training together. There are some emotional exchanges between all the characters in this episode. J’onn/Martian Manhunter’s scenes with M’gann were a great addition, and the reveal to Supergirl of Olsen “moonlighting” as a hero was balanced well.
Unfortunately, this was rated as one of the worst episodes of the series. Despite the action and the well-written emotional exchanges between the heroes and other characters, this episode still didn’t sit well with some fans and critics.
Nevertheless, it’s an interesting one that revealed a lot about the characters and their motivations, and it wasn’t heavy-handed. So, while the IMDB rating of this episode might be considered low for the series overall, a 7.7 rating truly isn’t all that shabby.
10 BEST: ARROW "THE CLIMB"
A pretty heartbreaking episode in itself, "The Climb" sees Oliver Queen having to sacrifice himself in order to save somebody he loves.
When Queen learns that his sister, Thea, has been working with his archenemy, Merlyn, he doesn’t want to believe it. Merlyn does the unthinkable and brainwashes his own daughter into killing one of her friends. When all is said and done, in order to save Thea, Arrow must face off against Ra’s al Ghul.
Queen ends up taking a sword to the chest and is kicked off the side of a cliff, leaving fans to wonder if he would survive. While he obviously ends up being okay, it was a great sequence. It’s also an effective way to show just how tough Queen really is.
9 WORST: THE FLASH "DUET"
Who doesn’t like a musical episode of their favorite superhero show? Apparently, fans of The Flash. The tradition of having a musical episode was popularized by the fan-favorite show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
However, it’s hard to top one of the best shows in the history of television, and “Once More, with Feeling” really set the bar high for musical television episodes. Unfortunately, it’s really no surprise that many fans were disappointed by what they got with "Duet".
While it was a fun episode with its own flair, the concept was a little too cheesy. The Music Meister ends up locking The Flash and Supergirl in their own heads to teach them a lesson about love. The negative reaction means that we'll probably never see another episode like it.
8 BEST: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW "INVASION!"
In this crossover episode, it turns out that Barry is a danger to the whole world, due to his messing with the timeline. The way the show works the consequences of Barry’s powers into this episode was very well done.
The Dominators are an interesting villain and the foreshadowing of later episodes in The Flash is pulled off nicely. The stakes were pretty high and the outcome wasn’t predictable. There were some heartwarming moments, particularly when Barry and Cisco reconciled, and watching the other heroes put their powers to the test against Supergirl was a riot.
There was a nice balance to everything, and fans and critics seemed to appreciate the effort put into blending together all the different characters from the other shows.
7 WORST: ARROW "BROKEN HEARTS"
This romance-heavy episode was considered one of the least liked by a number of critics and fans, according to IMDB. Overall, this season seemed to focus pretty heavy on the “Olicity” storyline, and this apparently wasn’t something that most fans wanted to see.
It’s possible that viewers didn’t really vibe with the primarily sad and awkward moments dealing with Oliver and Felicity. There was also the fact that fans in general don't seem to care about them as a couple – or maybe they just liked Felicity better with Atom.
It’s no wonder that season five really went all out, as "Broken Hearts" is another episode from the poorly received fourth season. Perhaps the writers should just give up on an Oliver Queen love interest.
6 BEST: ARROW "LIAN YU"
With a ton of action and suspense, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is one of Arrow’s highest rated episodes. With a phenomenal rating of 9.7 on IMDb, "Lian Yu" brings the series' A-game, and makes for a very interesting season finale.
From its first episode, Arrow received high praise. However, season four did take quite a hit, having some of the lowest rated episodes over the course of the series. Season five had some great episodes and it all came together perfectly in the finale.
From the get-go, the episode is fast-paced, while still keeping with many of the Arrow staples, such as information revealing flashbacks. To be fair, any episode with Deathstroke would be hard to mess up.
5 WORST: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW "PROGENY"
Rated as one of the worst episodes of Legends of Tomorrow, "Progeny" getting a 7.7 is actually quite respectable. The team travels to 2147, and gets a kick out of the seemingly perfect utopia they arrive in-- at least at first.
Atom gets to see how his tech progresses in the future, which was a fun moment for the character. However, everything isn’t as peachy as it seems, and soon enough the heroes find themselves fighting in a life or death battle for the future.
The episode asks questions about the cost of saving people's lives, but the overall time travelling aspect just doesn't seem to work with fans. Seeing as this episode and "Camelot/3000" were both poorly received, the Arrowverse may take less trips to the future.
4 BEST: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW "CRISIS ON EARTH-X"
Finishing out the last instalment of "Crisis on Earth-X", this episode is rated as one of the best in the series. The action is definitely locked at full-speed-ahead in this one, and the heroes are in for one of the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced.
Unsurprisingly, there are some tough decisions to be made and it’s a sad moment when Stein has to die in order to save Jax. However, thematically it’s quite fitting, and as with other episodes in the Arrowverse it was handled in a way that appealed to fans and critics overall.
Bringing together the heroes in such an epic four-part crossover was quite a feat. Seeing that it was one of the most highly-anticipated crossovers in the Arrowverse, it didn’t disappoint.
3 WORST: SUPERGIRL "PILOT"
It’s a bit surprising to see one of the most anticipated premieres of a series being rated as the worst of the show. Luckily, Supergirl bounced back from her crash landing to take a spot in the CW's Arrowverse.
The pilot is pretty dynamic and gets things with the rest of the cast going rather quickly. The chemistry between Olsen and Kara is immediate. There was also the intro of Cat Grant, which is fun and very fitting for a show about a superpowered woman.
Kara ends up showing her strength and saves the day, making it a fine introduction to the series, despite apparent apprehension from some fans and critics. The move from CBS to The CW has only seemed to have a positive affect on the show as well.
2 BEST: SUPERGIRL "CRISIS ON EARTH-X"
It’s not really a surprise that one of the most massive series crossovers in the Arrowverse is rated as one of the best episodes of Supergirl. In "Crisis on Earth-X", all of the heroes come together once again to save the world from evil and destruction.
Dark Arrow is featured as one of the main villains here, and he’s just as tough and far more ruthless than the normal Arrowverse’s Arrow. Of course, there’s also the issue of Flash and Iris’ wedding plans.
The episode blends the different worlds very nicely once again, leading into what will prove to be one of Supergirl’s toughest battles. The fact that they managed to pull off the multi-episode crossover so successfully is truly impressive.
1 WORST: ARROW "SCHISM"
Damien Darhk is out to destroy the world in "Schism", the episode that shows Oliver Queen inspiring the city to fight for itself. Rated one of the worst episodes of Arrow, it seems that most fans just didn’t take to it.
It’s not always easy to say what will or won’t go over in a series, but this particular episode appeared to try to strike a balance between showing hopeful resistance of the people and portraying the heroes as the saviors.
Given that the majority of Star City's population were rioting for most of the episode, it felt rushed when they all decided to fight Darhk together. The show needed a more plausible way of rallying the city together, rather than Curtis explaining it was because he saw Green Arrow fighting on TV.
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