Underrated: Comic Book TV Shows That Don’t Suck (Anymore)
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comic Book TV Shows That Don’t Suck (Anymore)
Do you remember when [insert comic book TV show here] debuted, and how excited you were to start watching it? Do you then remember the moment when your excitement waned and you realized that somewhere alone the line that [insert comic book TV show here] either never was all that good, or had begun the descent into suckage?
Well, here’s a few shows where that descent was reversed, for better or for worse. The only caveat is that is all personal opinion, and some shows still suck. Obviously this is not going to be an fully comprehensive list, because I haven’t watch every comic book show available, but merely a selection of those I have.
And if your favourite show isn’t here? Maybe it never sucked enough…
Arrow Now somewhere in its eighth season, Arrow started out with significant promise before slowly trending downwards. Hitting a low point around the third season, Arrow struggled throughout the following year and a half before finally pulling itself away from the poor man’s imitation of Batman we’d been seeing as the show moved away from the League of Assassin’s and toward a direction you’d never expect to see Batman or Bruce Wayne take as Oliver Queen ran for Mayor of Star City. Now, although the show still has its problems, Arrow is on a decidedly upward trend and no longer deserves the poor reputation it so justly earned a few years ago.
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ironically, few people enjoyed this show right from the get go – my wife effectively gave up on this right around the tie in for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was around when the series started to pic up in its quality. Since then, barring a few hiccups (most notably Season 4), the show has been remarkably solid with the fifth season standing out as the best one that has been produced in the last five years.
Gotham Unlike the other two shows mentioned in this week’s column, Gotham is a show I actually dropped half way through the first season. It turns out that for a long time that was the right decision. But recently those who have bravely stuck with the show for various reasons have been rumbling that, maybe, it’s something that should make its way back into my television viewing schedule. While I haven’t made the plunge on it yet, primarily due to time constraints, I have every intention of reading the highlights online before starting with the most recent season. I’ll let you know how that ends up.
That’s pretty much it for this week, so join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.