I think Flash could’ve been better this season. It’s not terrible by any stretch (there’s other shows I’ll get to in a moment which sorely declined) but yes, I’ll agree that Cicada wasn’t a strong villain. I didn’t understand the whole serial killer aspect when they could’ve gone with the cult leader he was in the comics. And then they introduced the new Cicada who feels like she’s hardly on the show. If it were possible to get all the actors back, they should’ve done a season where the Rogues were the villains. That’s what I was hoping they were going to do in the second season.
I think the biggest misstep of the season was focusing too much on Nora. Don’t get me wrong, as time went on and we learned more about her, I really liked Nora’s character, but it felt most episodes were about her…and considering it’s a twenty two episode season, that’s a lot of time to devote to someone who isn’t the main character. I’m torn on whether or not I want her to come back next season. I guess we’ll find out on Tuesday.
The Flash, while inconsistent this season, hasn’t declined in quality nearly as bad as Arrow, Supergirl and Black Lightning. With Arrow, I don’t feel like we had a strong villain this season, so the stakes weren’t there. And the flash-forwards with Star City in the future was such a road block. I am not interested in a future version of William and Mia, so whenever they cut to it, I mentally tune out. Supergirl leaned too much on political and social commentary this season. There’s nothing wrong with either and I know the show has had elements of that since the beginning, but I’m not one for politics or social commentary. I watched Supergirl because it was the fun superhero show (along with The Flash), suddenly the superhero aspects became an after thought. For me, the best episodes were the two with Lex (and yes, I realize the irony in saying I don’t enjoy political and social commentary when those episodes focus on Russia) because they felt very much like a superhero show. Black Lightning was just slow. Every time something interesting would happen like Khalil confronting Tobias, the pacing slowed down to a crawl soon after.
I’ve actually liked Legends of Tomorrow. They’re not afraid to be a fun superhero show. Constantine has been a joy and it’s nice to see Maisie Richardson-Sellers still on teh show (though I wish they gave her more to do with her new character). The only real complaint I have is Mona. Her character is very annoying and in a cast this big where everyone is trying to get screen time, they devote way too much to her and her “wolfie” persona.