First up is Supergirl and the upcoming outing titled “We Can Be Heroes,” which will feature the return of Livewire as the Guardian finally reveals that he’s James Olsen and Mon-El continues getting in the Girl of Steel’s way.
In his quest to take down Kovar, Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets help from a surprising source – Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig). However, when she reveals what she wants from him in exchange, Oliver isn’t sure he can accept her help. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) attempts to hack the NSA to help free Diggle (David Ramsey) but when her online efforts are flagged, she faces off against an unknown adversary. Meanwhile, Curtis (Echo Kellum) tells the team about a female vigilante, Tina Boland (guest star Juliana Harkavay), he uncovered online who has been wreaking havoc all over the country.
As for The Flash, it appears as if H.G.’s secrets are finally going to be revealed as Gypsy (a character we know will be striking up a friendship with Cisco) comes looking for the apparent fugitive in “Dead or Alive.”
H.R.’s (Tom Cavanagh) past catches up with him when a bounty hunter with vibe powers named Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) arrives in Central City to bring him back to Earth-19 to stand trial for his crime. It turns out inter-dimensional travel is illegal on their Earth. H.R. surrenders but when Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) find out that H.R.’s only hope would be to challenge Gypsy to a fight to the death, they intercede and Cisco offers to fight Gypsy instead. Harry Jierjian directed the episode with story by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes and teleplay by Zack Stentz.
Meanwhile, in Legends of Tomorrow (which will now air on Tuesdays), it sounds like the hunt for Rip Hunter will continue as “The Legion of Doom” (also the episode’s title) possibly implodes.
The Legends are determined to find and rescue Rip (Arthur Darvill), but first must focus on locating the Spear of Destiny. Stein (Victor Garber) thinks he has the perfect person to help but knows involving her will be risky. Meanwhile, Malcom Merlyn (guest star John Barrowman) and Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) realize that Thawne (guest star Matt Letscher) is pitting them against each other. Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Franz Drameh and Maisie Richardson-Sellers also star. Eric Laneuville directed the episode written by Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim.
Finally, Arrow will add a major DC Comics addition in “Second Chances” as we finally get to meet the DC TV Universe’s take on Talia al Ghul, a character with ties to Oliver and Prometheus.
After Livewire (guest star Brit Morgan) seemingly breaks out of prison, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is intent on recapturing her. After training Mon-El (Chris Wood), Supergirl takes him with her when she sees Livewire attack the NCPD but things go awry when Mon-El puts Supergirl before the citizens of National City. Meanwhile, James (Mehcad Brooks) decides to come clean with Kara and M’Gann (guest star Sharon Leal), has a psychic attack and collapses into a coma.
So, it sounds like we should expect some pretty interesting things when these episodes start airing on the week of January 30th. It’s hard to say which of these is most exciting, though getting to see Talia in Arrow promises to pretty cool, especially as she could be the key to revealing the secret identity of season 5’s big bad.
We’ll just have to wait and see about that, but stay tuned for more on all of these shows over the next couple of weeks as they begin returning to The CW.