It’s the end of the year, so it’s time to break out those best of 2014 lists. 2014 brought us new shows like Gotham, The Flash and Constantine, and old shows like Agents of Shield and Arrow, but which one was the best comic book TV show of 2014 (in my humble opinion)?
5. Constantine- The Pilot for Constantine was pretty weak lets be honest, and they knew it too. So they got rid of one of the main characters and replaced her with Zed, which I think was a great idea. And with that Constantine has been improving with every episode. Constantine is a great character, and they have done a good job so far with presenting his cynical character. But there’s nothing too exciting about the show for me yet. It’s fun to watch and pretty good, but it’s been playing it pretty safe with it’s formulaic nature. Maybe after watching nearly 10 seasons of Supernatural, I’m over the whole, hear a weird story about something that happened in a random town, goes to town, meet a few towns people and solve the creepy case.
Hopefully after the mid season break, they will really start mixing things up a bit. The bad news is that this season has been culled to only 13 episodes, but the good news is that NBC hasn’t given up the show yet, with it bringing forward Constantine’s time slot by 2 hours which is great.
4. Gotham- Who here actually wanted this story? I’m not sure many did, but they gave it to us anyways! I love Batman, he’s my second favourite hero (behind Supes of course), but even I wasn’t excited about getting the adventures of kid Batman. Gotham started off slow, but it did pick up and gave us some really great episodes. Gotham also brought me one of my favourite television characters of 2014, Penguin. Clearly the standout of the show, Cobblepot stole every scene he was in.
Annndd kid Bruce Wayne wasn’t as annoying as I thought he would be. Initially when the first few episodes came out, I could do without him. But he did get better as the show went on. I could go without the non-subtle hints to the destiny of the characters on the show, and I could definitely go without kid Poison Ivy, I mean really? Who thought that would be a good idea? The mid-season finale set-up a new Arkham story arc, which could be really good, if done right (and hopefully they stay away from overt Joker references in every episode).
3. Agents of Shield- I did not like Agents of Shield when it first started. I thought the story was crap, and the characters were two-dimensional. But then something beautiful happened, shit went down in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and then shit started going down in Agents of Shield. Season 2 has been pretty strong overall. They introduced some new awesome characters and continued developing the old ones. I love evil Ward, crazy Fitz and Quake Skye. The first half of season 1 played it safe, now they have their groove, and it’s great!
2. Arrow- I tossed up between one and two a lot. I love Arrow, been with it for 2 and a half seasons. But I have to say the first half of season 3 wasn’t as good as season 2. Yes I love Olicity moments and Ray Palmer, but season 3 didn’t have the prescence Slade brought to season 2. That was until they brought us Ra’s. And we didn’t really get much of him until the final few episodes leading up to the mid-season finale. And even though I felt the first half of season 3 was a little slow, that mid-season finale completely made up for it! Because what’s not better than stabbing your main character through the chest with a sword and then kicking him off a cliff. That right there made up for the slowness of the first half of season 3.
1. The Flash- Out of all the comic book shows on TV, The Flash is the real superhero show. The Pilot was like a mini-movie (and for the budget of CW show, that’s pretty damn good). They made Barry completely lovable, and a real superhero. Yes The Flash got a little formulaic with its freak of the week episodes, BUT, when you have the underlining story thread about the mystery of Harrison Wells, all is forgiven. Straight out bad guys are boring. We still don’t even know if Wells is a bad guy. And that’s what’s so great about his character. So no matter how annoying Iris is in an episode, if you keep giving me a lovable superhero Barry, creepy Harrison Wells, and fantastic effects and action sequences the show has been giving us, then all will be good (but still, feel free to show us less Iris).
2014 has by far been the best year for comic book TV shows. 2015 will bring us Agent Carter and Daredevil as well (and maybe one of the 1000 DC shows currently in development), so looks like 2015 will be just as good, and probably better than 2014.
Anyways what do you think? What was your personal favourite comic book TV show of 2014? Let me know!
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