I have been fascinated by the world of comic books since I was little; from #Superman to the Fantastic Four to #Spiderman and the #Avengers. With all my favorites coming to life on the big and small screen, I am sure you can imagine why I am loving this Golden Age of #superhero movies and television shows.
In the spirit of #Thanksgiving, I have compiled a list of things I have been thankful for in the year 2016.
6. Supergirl Switches To The CW
Probably the best move in recent television history. Under CBS' flag, #Supergirl was a story that was bland, predictable and some episodes were just plain boring. When the show moved to The #CW, it became the show it was supposed to be. It became action-packed, a solid, fast-paced story, combined with familiar faces of the #DCUniverse such as #Superman, Miss Martian and Mon-El and cameos by Dean Cain and Lynda Carter. Supergirl just became the best show on The CW. Hats off to you!
5. Luke Cage: A Cup Of Coffee?
When #Marvel decided to expand from the big screen to the small screen, I was initially skeptical. Yes, I do like #AgentsOf SHIELD and thoroughly enjoyed #AgentCarter, but the stories of those shows were not exactly enticing. When Marvel announced the Netflix deal and included #LukeCage, I wasn't really sure if a superhero like Luke Cage would actually work in a 2016 setting, especially because Luke Cage was created as the first black superhero at the height of the Blaxploitation movies. Clearly I was wrong. The show held its own, and its social critiques were spot on. For example: Luke Cage wears a hoodie in a lot of the episodes as a nod to Trayvon Martin.
The only critique I can give the show is that 13 episodes was either too many or they could have used some of the episodes to flesh out Willis Stryker / Diamondback rather than have him appear out of nowhere.
Side note: Who else uses the "coffee?" pick-up line over "Netflix and chill"?
4. Daredevil: She's Elektra, Can I Be Elektra Too?
#Daredevil Season 1 was great, but Daredevil Season 2 was even better. Yes, it was messy and chaotic at times, with several storylines, including the Punisher interfering with Matt Murdock's daytime life. In turn, Elektra's storyline was almost forced into this season Daredevil, but the mystery remained, even without the Big Bad Kingpin.
3. Arrow Season 5: Back To Basics
After the ending of Season 4 and the backlash from fans and pundits over Olicity, the death of Black Canary and #Arrow's dealings with magic, writers and producers decided it was time to go back to basics. I must say it worked out amazingly well. No more magic, no more backdoor piloting for new shows such as The Flash, #LegendsOfTomorrow or #Vixen. The show is going back to doing what made the show great in the first place: grounded villains instead of magic and Oliver working solo again. The show has lost a lot of viewers but believe me when I say: You do not want to miss Season 5.
2. The Flash: Not The Reverse, But An Infinite Loop
Season 2 ended on a high note and kept us in suspense for almost four months when Barry ran back and created Flashpoint. So when October came, I was glued to my screen to watch — and it did not disappoint. While many hoped for Geoff John's Flashpoint comic book come to life, this Flashpoint actually served as the opener of a very strong Season 3, where the consequences of Barry's actions were felt in every episode. Think of the new Killer Frost, Mirror Master, Dr. Alchemy, Savitar and Cisco's brother's death — they are all consequences of Barry's actions. It doesn't end there; Savitar made his first appearance, and even though it is yet another speedster, this one looks like he can actually handle Barry Allen. So thank you, CW, for renewing the show and introducing so many more from the #DCUniverse.
My only critique of Season 3 is that we are presented with yet another speedster. We have had them from the future (#TheReverseFlash), other Earths (#Zoom) and who knows where (#Savitar), but the thing is, why another speedster? Come on, Flash writers — you can do better than that!
1. Lucifer: Bright As A Morningstar
When #Lucifer was announced, the United States of moms and moral men were protesting with angry letters, Facebook rage and message board rants. A show about the Devil was seen as blasphemy, and that was that. But #Fox didn't care and aired all 13 episodes, and they were right to do so.Yes, it is about the Devil, but one that is morally ambiguous and witty. I have to say that despite my initial fears of the show having too many religious overtones, I do not regret ever watching it. It is essentially a cop drama with a few supernatural elements and is played out by a strong cast and good writing.
Who else is thankful for the upcoming, super crossover event on Monday?
These are the shows I am most thankful for in 2016. What about you? What shows are you most thankful for?