Welcome to Geek Girl Authority’s Into the Arrowverse. Each week we recap the weekly episodes of Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning. And preview the next episode. Since GGA provides full recaps of The Flash, only The Flash preview will be featured in this column.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return in Spring 2020. We will cover that show after it premieres. All images and videos courtesy of The CW.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for all of the Arrowverse shows. If you haven’t watched the latest episodes, stop reading now. Otherwise, continue reading.
Batwoman (S01 E03) “Down, Down, Down”
Arrowverse newcomer Batwoman had her coming out party this week. Kate’s (Ruby Rose) adventures as ‘the Bat’ is causing a stir in Gotham City. One of Bruce’s childhood friends, Tommy Elliot (Gabriel Mann) returns to Gotham, hoping to see Bruce now that the Batman has returned. He is confident that Bruce is Batman, causing Kate to get a little nervous. Tommy sets a trap for Batman that includes blowing up the elevators in his own building. Tommy says Batman saved his mom once, but left her in a vegetative state. He puts a lot of Gotham’s elite in danger just to face the Bat.
Jacob (Dougray Scott) put Sophie (Meagan Tandy) on body guard duty for Mary (Nicole Kang) after she was attacked at the clinic. Kate mentioned to Sophie’s husband, Tyler (Grayston Holt) that she met Sophie at military camp, but no mention about how close they were. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) taunts Jacob and Catherine (Elizabeth Anweis) by breaking into their penthouse. She leaves three playing cards behind for Catherine. Looks like Alice knows Catherine’s secrets.
Kate has Luke (Camrus Johnson) make some adjustments to the Bat suit and ventures out to stop Tommy. She adds to her disguise with a red wig. Tommy almost bests Batwoman in hand to hand combat, but Alice comes to her rescue. After all is said and done, the city is now talking about the woman in the bat costume. Sophie is the one who first calls her Batwoman. A new era in Gotham has begun.
Next time on Batwoman, “Who Are You?”
A new villain with an eye for all things that sparkle drops in on the city; Kate attempts to find a balance between her personal life and her new role as Gotham’s guardian; Luke continues to fine-tune Batwoman’s arsenal of weapons.
Supergirl (S05 E03) “Blurred Lines”
Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) investigates a murder mystery involving a well known doctor…who happens to know both William (Staz Nair) and Andrea (Julie Gonzalo). William is also accepting bribes from someone who tells him to keep it going. Kara finds out the doctor was killed by a woman is covered in spider tattoos. She has some kind of alien organism in her that makes the spiders come to life.
James (Mehcad Brooks), Kara, and Alex (Chyler Leigh) find the woman. Alex has a magnetic tattoo gun that removes the alien organism from the woman’s body. Before they can even ask her any questions, some kind of shadow swoops in and kills her.
Surprise! Sean Astin guest stars in this week’s episode of Supergirl as an old friend of Kelly Olsen’s (Azie Tesfai). Well, he looks like her friend, but it’s really Malefic. He is using Kelly to reset his mind control powers that he lost in the phantom zone. Which she does successfully. She also gains the ability to see Malefic no matter who he appears to be. Kelly and James have to leave because Malefic knows about Kelly’s power to see him.
J’onn (David Harewood) discovers why he wiped Malefic’s (Phil LaMarr) existence out of the collective Green Martian consciousness. That’s why he doesn’t remember him. Nia (Nicole Maines) tells Brainy (Jesse Rath) that he goes overboard in his expression of love, thereby hurting Brainy’s feelings. Lena (Katie McGrath) asks for Lex’s (Jon Cryer) journals to calm her nightmares. But really she wants is Q-wave research to use in her own.
Next time on Supergirl, “In Plain Sight”
Kara’s investigation into William Dey’s “criminal” activities results in the shocking revelation he is not who she thinks; the conflict between Malefic and J’onn J’onzz reaches a boiling point.
Black Lightning (S03 E03) “The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell’s Pipe-Dream”
The highlights of Black Lighting episode 3 is Anissa (Nafessa Williams) finally found the love of her life, Grace (Chantal Thuy) and accepts Grace for who and what she is. Tobias (Marvin Jones III) is being tortured by Agent Odell (Bill Duke), causing him to have some hallucinations where he vows to kill Black Lightning. Jennifer (China Anne McClain) makes a new friend at school.
Some kind of virus spreads through the metahuman detention center. Odell enlists the help of Jefferson (Cress Williams) and Lynn (Christine Adams) to help find out what it is and how to stop it. Odell gives Jefferson a new watch that, when charged, creates a new super suit. (Now he’s ready to enter the Arrowverse!) He sends Jefferson to save some ASA troops that were taken captive by Markovians. Odell rewards Jefferson by sending him and Lynne home.
Odell also recruits Jennifer to help telling her that Markovians killed Khalili’s (Jordan Calloway) mother. Jennifer retaliates for Odell, flying to the Markovian base and blowing it up with fireballs. After her mission is complete, Odell sends Khalil, now called Painkiller (Calloway) in to finish off the Markvian operatives.
Jennifer and Anissa are happy to have their parents home, but too busy to celebrate. Same ‘ole Pierce girls. I’m sure Odell is being generous, but the Pierces shouldn’t get too comfortable.
Next time on Black Lightning, “The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four”
Jefferson faces new challenges due to the shocking state of Freeland; Lynn finds herself under intense pressure as she desperately tries to find a solution to the continuing crisis in Freeland; Anissa continues her work at the clinic.
Arrow Season Premiere (S08E02) “Welcome to Hong Kong”
The Crisis destroyed Earth-2 last week. This week, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy Rodgers) of Earth-2 is having a hard time believing it. Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) helps her come to terms with her loss and helps Laurel realize that she’s still needed in this fight.
The new Team Arrow of the future comes face to face with the Deathstroke gang. Connor tries to reach out to his brother JJ to stop his nefarious deeds, including kidnapping William. JJ wants to stop the unification project between Star City and the Glades so he can control the city. Mia is determined to stop him though and stop listening to Connor’s advice when it comes to his brother.
The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) sends Oliver (Stephen Amell) and his friends to Hong Kong and tells him to find Dr. Robert Wong for him. Dr. Wong has recreated the Alpha/Omega virus and the triad, led by China White (Kelly Hu) want it pretty bad. Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey) team up with Oliver’s old pal Tatsu (Rila Fukushima) to find him.
They find the doctor, but China stabs Tatsu. She attempts to behead Tatsu, but Black Siren stops her. Tatsu lives, Oliver decides to question the Monitor’s motives, and heads to Nanda Parbat to learn more about Mar Novu.
In the final scene, Lyla meets up with the Monitor to hand over Dr. Wong. She is upset that she sent Diggle to Earth-2 when it was destroyed. Their secret meeting only confirms that Lyla knows about the upcoming Crisis. How long has she been a member of the Arrowverse?
Next time on Arrow “Leap of Faith”
“Reunited with his sister, Oliver and Thea find themselves searching through a familiar maze of catacombs; John and Lyla partner on a special ops mission.”
The Flash S06E03 Preview, “There Will be Blood”
Last week, Team Flash learned of Barry’s (Grant Gustin) death in the upcoming Crisis. Now they have to prepare to continue on after it’s all over. Dr. Ramsey Rosso (Sendhil Ramamurthy) made some progress in his research to cure his disease, but at what cost?
On the next episode of The Flash:
“Barry’s efforts to prepare Cisco (Carlos Valdes) for Crisis are derailed when Cisco schemes to save Barry’s life instead. Meanwhile, Ramsey Rosso uses his deadly new abilities to save his own life, while sacrificing his humanity in the process.”