THE POWER 5 ON TV FOR THIS WEEK:
Move over, Blacklist, we have a new number one this week. As stated, the competition is going to be much more intense now; this week alone saw the addition of 5 new shows (2 of which were series premieres) and there are still a few more set to premiere including the critically acclaimed Walking Dead.
After looking at last week’s Power 5, we promise we are watching more than The CW, but this week’s crop of shows was just that good. What shows did we miss?
With all that in mind, take a look below for this week’s power rankings.
1) Arrow—City of Heroes (new)
Simply put, Arrow is the gold standard on how to properly execute a superhero television show. Not only is there a great story but you have the perfect lead in Stephen Amell. No offense to Justin Hartley (who played Queen in Smallville) but Amell IS Oliver Queen/Arrow. If the character is included in the Justice League movie, no one else should even be considered to don the quiver and bow. The fight scenes are choreographed with a balletic intensity 99% of movies can’t recreate. As far as the season 2 premiere goes, we get more flashbacks of Oliver’s time on the Island, his present day crisis of faith, and his two compatriots showing Oliver just how much Starling City needs to the Hood. But he’s different now, and being different requires a new identity. “So what you do you want to be called?” Diggle’s question and Oliver’s poignant gaze at the arrow in his hand was as good as any superhero reveal in recent memory.
Oh, and a cameo by the Black Canary at the end of the day only adding depth to the world around Queen.
2) Sleepy Hollow—Lesser Key of Solomon (+3)
This show just keeps getting better and better. Not only are we getting outstanding monster-of-the-week episodes, if you will, but pieces of the 7 year puzzle is slowing being put together. We now have a name for the Big Evil, too—Moloch. Abbie’s younger sister, Jennifer, has been thrown in the mix and Tom Mison’s brilliant performance (rivaling James Spader as the best new lead actor in a drama) and it’s no surprise that Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for a second season.
3) Supernatural—I Think I’m Gonna Like It Heren (new)
Just when you thought Supernatural had gone as far as it can, it does the improbable and brings a fresh new take on things. There are no more angels in Heaven; they now walk amongst us. Castiel’s human now and number one on the most wanted list of his brothers and sisters, and Sam now has an angel (Ezekial) traipsing around in his head, doing some healing from the inside. What’s that mean for the Winchesters? More lies, misdirection and plenty of supernatural hiccups along the way.
Did I mention that the King of Hell is trussed up in the Impala’s trunk?
4) The Tomorrow People —Pilot (new)
In what was a big surprise, The Tomorrow People pilot episode turned out to be a fantastic hour of television. Having Mark Pellegrino gracing the small screen in a new and exciting show is alway s a treat, while Robbie Amell is going to give his cousin over on Arrow a run for his money as the king of The CW “supers”. So who are The Tomorrow People? They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities — the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager — until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up.
5) Vampire Diaries—True Lies (-3)
Two episodes in as the bad guy and I’m already tired of Mr. Silas. True, he’s an excellent villain, what with his mind control powers and immortality but I need a little bit more. Admittedly, how he insinuates himself in the lives of our heroes, it’s hard not to see the positively negative drama he’ll enact. We also get another player added to the mix in Nadia, a gypsy who has some more than likely wicked plans and chooses to align herself with Silas. We also get to see the strength of Damon and Elena’s relationship as well as how far Damon has come since she came into his life.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s one more headache for our white hats…Ripper Stefan is back.
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Some of the tension between Ward and Skye was evident here as they start building a bit more on the relationship between characters. Ms Rising Tide hacker is sent undercover to rescue a scientist where they discover a Gravitonium powered device. Despite that, there wasn’t enough happening to warrant an inclusion in the top five power rankings.
Only the second episode of this first year series added even more drama and substance to the Klaus/Marcel relationship, it also showed how powerful an ace in the hole Marcel has in the young Davina. Despite her inability to recover Elijah’s daggered body, Rebekah has discovered a big weakness in the bartender Cami. Now, if Klaus can stop being his own worst enemy for a little while, things may turn out okay for the Mikaelsons.
How the mighty have fallen? Not quite. The Blacklist drop is more to do with the execution of the competition rather than what Spader and company did not do. Red and Keen go undercover into the den of Wujing, a Chinese assassin all but invisible on the books and is charged with taking out rival agents of China. Keen wants to know more about Red’s insertion of himself into her life and his answers continue to be evasive. Throw in an apple eating mystery man that bugs Keen’s place, Ressler’s reluctant acceptance of Keen and questions surrounding her hubby and we’ve got quite a few story branches to hold us through the remainder of the year.
Last Week’s Power 5
1) The Blacklist
2) Vampire Diaries
3) Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
4) Sleepy Hollow
5) The Originals