This has been a super fall for Netflix. While the most recent seasons of the DC Comics TV universe shows and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D—currently the only representative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on television—has already started, Netflix just picked up a bunch of previous seasons.
First the new show. September saw Luke Cage debut on Netflix and needless to say, that was an event worth checking out. Stylistically it’s a notch above your usual superhero show from The CW and paced at a slower pace across the usual Netflix 13-episode format.
That said, it gets a lot done and has you wanting the next season to come quickly. This is true for most of Netflix’s heavy hitter shows such as House of Cards and Daredevil.
In the case of the CW’s DC shows things are faster pace often with a threat of the episode along with the overarching threat for that season’s storyline.
October has brought several of the last season’s shows to Netflix. Arrow season four and The Flash season two landed in the first week and this week saw the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
While all of the DC shows are interlinked, Legends of Tomorrow is the show that pretty much stands on its own given it’s a time traveling series featuring superheroes and super villains.
Like the other shows there’s a focus on teams and surrogate families forming. This also a theme with other CW drama shows particularly the Vampire series.
What makes Legends worth checking out is that you have a dynamic of heroes and villains teaming up to save the future and you get to see some guests from other the Flash and Arrow series as major characters. These characters have their own side stories in addition to the main story and those stories tend to risk altering their existence in the future in some way.
I suggest checking out all of the DC series, but the one that truly stands out is The Flash. It’s just a fun, well written series as far as pacing and storylines go.
The first season is a great introduction to the hero, his team, and given that Arrow had a two and a half season start on The Flash you get to see some crossover action. The second half of that season is also exciting as it builds to the confrontation between Flash and Reverse Flash. Season two brings probably the best villain I’ve seen on a DC show in Zoom and it’s just a really strong season throughout.
As for Arrow, it can be hit or miss depending on the season and the particular part of the season. It takes a bit to get into season one, season two is a bit easier to get into.
The third season headed up by the villain Deathstroke was the most enjoyable while season four is more season two in the sense you’ll stick around once you get into it, but it doesn’t exactly grab you or draw you in.
One show that was made a part of the TV universe was Supergirl which proved to be very enjoyable and popped up in September. On the Arrow-Flash scale of DC TV programs, you’ll find it more on the Flash end in that the fight scenes can be okay, but the drama parts are great—as opposed to the reverse with Arrow. Recently it moved to the CW from CBS, where it should’ve been in a year or two ago.
Not a part of the DC TV universe, Gotham and iZombie are available on Netflix as well. Of the two Gotham is the fun show to watch—especially season two—while iZombie is the interesting one mixing horror, comedy, and crime solving.
I really suggest checking out all the shows if you’ve got the time, but if your binge cue is crowded then your best picks are Luke Cage and The Flash from this fall’s new entries to Netflix. Both feature great writing and Luke Cage is a show you can get through in a weekend. As always there’s also shows from earlier in the year such as the dynamic Daredevil season two which introduced The Punisher and Elektra.