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Entertainment Weekly

CW Superheroes

Superhero Insider: Villains rise and fall on ArrowThe Flash, and more

Katie Yu/The CW (2); Richard Ducree/The CW; Diyah Pera/The CW

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Each week, we break down the biggest moments from Supergirl, The Flash, Black Lightning, and Arrow — both here on EW.com and on SiriusXM’s EW Live every Friday during Superhero Insider.

This week, Reign may have been discovered on Supergirl, Team Flash got Barry out of prison, Tobias Whale made a power-play on Black Lightning, and Cayden James fell on Arrow. Here are the highlights:


Katie Yu/The CW

I remember thinking at the beginning of the season that it was only a matter of time before Sam — or at least someone else — discovered that she was actually Reign. “How could they keep this up all season!?” I almost want to laugh at myself now, because Supergirl has absolutely earned this long wait, allowing the audience to find out who Sam is at her core, watch her struggle with uncertainty, and then subsequently see her basically in a prison of her alter ego’s making, trapped as she’s terrifyingly unaware of the destruction that Reign has wrought. The (potential) reveal that Lena now knows Sam is Reign is both heartbreaking and scary, mainly because this can only mean the beginning of the end for Odette Annable on Supergirl. Natalie Abrams
Related: Read our recap here, our interview with Odette Annable here, and get scoop on what’s next here.


Katie Yu/The CW

What a surprise delight Sugar Lyn Beard has been on The Flash this season. As one of the bus metas who wasn’t necessarily trying to hurt others, she brought a lot of comedy in her debut episode, causing misfortune in her wake. But Tuesday’s hour gave her the spotlight in a whole new way, as we saw Becky stand up to the other metas to protect Barry, despite knowing he’s the one who put her in prison in the first place. And we’ll be getting even more of Beard in coming episodes after DeVoe took over body, meaning the show now has two badass ladies as villains. Let’s just ignore the fact that DeVoe is basically drugging his wife into loyalty, okay? —N.A.
Related: Read our recap here.


Carin Baer/The CW

After spending the first three episodes in denial, Tobias Whale has finally accepted the fact that his nemesis Black Lightning is back, which can’t be easy since his entire criminal reputation is built on the fact that he killed Black Lightning. However, instead of tackling Black Lightning head on, Tobias has opted to take a smarter approach to dealing with the problem: using Jennifer’s injured boyfriend to turn public opinion against the hero, thereby squashing the renewed sense of hope in the community. It’s a very smart plan that reminds us yet again that Tobias is unlike any of the villains we’ve seen on The CW’s shows. Moreover, it’s definitely too early to say this for sure, but I have a feeling that the war between Tobias and Black Lightning won’t come down to who can punch the hardest, which is also exciting. —Chancellor Agard
Related: Read our recap here.


Diyah Pera/The CW

Alas, it was finally time to say goodbye to Michael Emerson, who played cyber-terrorist Cayden James. In Thursday’s episode, Ricardo Diaz murdered Cayden after revealing that he was actually the one responsible for murdering his son as part of some seemingly convoluted plan to take over Star City. We knew Emerson wouldn’t last the entire season because, well, he’s Michael Emerson, but it’s still disappointing that he went out in such anticlimactic way. Wouldn’t it have been more interesting to see Cayden actually team up with Team Arrow in order to go after the man who actually murdered his son instead of killing him? Cayden’s death feels like a missed opportunity to create more tension for Team Arrow. Here’s hoping Diaz, who has been rather unimportant up until now, ends up bringing something to the table to help Arrow finish off the season on a high note. —C.A.
Related: Read our recap here.

This Week’s Crossover Moments

Listen to Superhero Insider

Click below to listen to this week’s Superhero Insider, which airs every Friday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s Ch. 105, hosted by Kyle Anderson and Natalie Abrams.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Black Lightning at 9 p.m. ET., and Arrow airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.