By Chancellor Agard
March 29, 2019 at 05:30 PM EDT

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

 

This week, Arrow complicated the Queen family’s past with a few more Emiko Queen twists, and Supergirl dove into Lex Luthor and Red Daughter’s very interesting history. Here are the highlights:

Supergirl

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Sunday’s Supergirl was truly an embarrassment of riches, showcasing not one but two excellent performances. Written by Dana Horgan and Eric Carrasco, “The House of L” revealed Lex Luthor’s involvement in pretty much everything that’s happened this season, including Benjamin Lockwood’s ascent to Agent Liberty and Red Daughter all the way over in Kaznia. Jon Cryer enthusiastically dug into the material, which called on him to handle both grounded moments, like his scenes manipulating Red Daughter, and gleefully over-the-top moments, like when he pulls a Dr. Manhattan and steps into a nuclear reactor to give himself cancer as part of a very complicated supervillain plan. Then we had Mellissa Benoist, who delivered a fantastic performance as Red Daughter that perfectly conveyed how she’s both similar to and different from Kara. The show has stretched out the Red Daughter story line since last season premiere, but it was worth the wait.

Related: Read our recap, and check back later for an interview with Katie McGrath about Lena Luthor’s season-ending journey.

Arrow

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Arrow continues to pile on twist after twist, and “Inheritance” included two major ones. First, flashbacks revealed that Emiko’s Ninth Circle mentor Dante tipped her off to the bombs Malcolm Merlyn planted the Queen’s yacht. However, in a damning moment, she decided not to warn Robert Queen because he essentially rejected her as a daughter. Was this new wrinkle in the show’s inciting incident a little sweaty? Yes, but it doesn’t contradict or dramatically change the show’s history. Second: At the end of the hour, we found out that Emiko is actually the leader of the Ninth Circle, which is a far more interesting revelation because it makes any kind of redemption a lot harder (sorry, Oliver!).

Related: Read our recap, which explains who the Ninth Circle are, and revisit the 20 most essential Arrow episodes.

This week’s crossover moments:

  • On Arrow, Oliver reminisced about the time he shot The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in the leg to “make a point.” (Never forget that Barry got his revenge in the most recent crossover, “Elseworlds.”)

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, Chancellor Agard, and Shirley Li.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Arrow, which moves to 9 p.m. ET starting April 15, and The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET, all on the CW.

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