What We're Watching
You know, Supergirl isn't doing terribly this series. After a stellar first series, I really thought that the second series had drifted away from the brightness and joy that really defined it, and had lost something because of it. Series three isn't quite at the quality of the first series, but it's a little closer to it than the second series was.
Of course, the lack of Mon-El certainly helps in that regard, as does the renewed focus on Kara and Alex's sibling relationship. I'm a little concerned that they seem to have written out (for the moment) Alex's and Maggie's romance, but I doubt that that'll last long -- something will happen to push them back together.
(God, I wish the CW shows didn't try so hard to push a boring 'oooo, relationship drama' angle.)
The Gifted remains surprisingly un-terrible.
I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it's good. It is, at its core, like someone dumped every episode of Heroes into a blender and then strained the results into thirteen episodes, added a sprinkle of X-Men, and then put it on air.
What it is is surprisingly entertaining so long as you don't try to actually engage with it in any fashion. It's just sort of there, being vaguely fun but not really being noteworthy in any fashion, and I'm actually pretty okay with that.
Legends of Tomorrow S3.
Legends of Tomorrow is also surprisingly good this year. Despite having not yet shown up, Malus has been elevated to a halfway interesting villain by the indication that he's someone who successfully did what Savitar was trying to do in last year's Flash, and the quirky miniboss squad of Darhk, Kuasa, and Eloise works surprisingly well.
Legends seems to have found its niche as a wacky, comedy-action show, and the freedom offered by its time travel premise allows it to flit between various genres while retaining that comedy-action vibe: So far this year we've had an ET-esque 80s sci-fi story, a vampire horror story, and a Red Dwarf-esque sitcom story.
So, that's a lot of fun, at least.