The Arrowverse is a giant thrill ride that never ends. Despite everything these shows clearly get wrong, they are still immensely entertaining. Legends of Tomorrow is hilarious and dynamic. Supergirl is adorable and surprisingly relatable. The Flash can be hilarious at one moment and then do a complete 180 the next. And Arrow, for all its shortcomings, can still find a way to surprise us. Each of these shows found its own space, its niche and audience. Granted, the quality has been fluctuating, especially as of late, but thus far the writers have mostly managed to redeem themselves.
That being said, we can’t in good consciousness sing Arrowverse’s praises without touching upon some if it less than stellar moments of utter ridiculousness. The Arrowverse has never shied away from its campy nature, silly genre tropes, and predictable plotlines. Although, at times, these moments of absurdity work out surprisingly well. Other times, it’s all just a tad too much. As we well know, The Flash is notorious for being quite repetitive and Arrow has a tendency to turn into a soap opera every once in a while, but that’s par for the course. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the 17 most ridiculous Arrowverse moments.
17. FELICITY AND OLIVER GET FAKE MARRIED
Talk about a cringe-fest. In one of Arrow’s worst episodes, “Broken Hearts”, Oliver and Felicity staged a fake wedding in order to lure out Cupid. The entire episode was incredibly awkward for both the characters and the audience. Oliver and Felicity were still working through their post-break-up issues and were clearly in no state of mind to get married, even if it was all pretend.
Whether it was about catering to Olicity shippers, or just creating more unnecessary soap opera drama, Oliver and Felicity’s fake wedding was one of the most ridiculous moments of the fourth season and that’s saying a lot. But the worst part is, the wedding did nothing for Oliver and Felicity. It didn’t bring them closer together, it didn’t drove them further apart. It just sort of happened and then everyone moved on. And we gladly did the same.
16. HACK THE NUKE
Arrow’s fourth season was a dumpster fire, but its finale was possibly an all-time-low for Arrow. In an episode titled “Schism”, Oliver faced his strongest opponent yet, the formidable Damien Darhk. In fact, the writers made Darhk so incredibly OP that they had to resort to some pretty ridiculous workarounds when time came to wrap up the story.
In a ridiculously poorly choreographed fight scene, Oliver and Darhk engaged in a surprisingly civilized and nearly turn based battle.
Prior to which Oliver gave some generic, underwhelming speech to the citizen of Star City who then decided to join the fight. All the while, Felicity and Curtis developed magic powers of their own when it comes to hacking. From start to finish, nothing in this episode made any damn sense and we were all just waiting for it to be over.
15. WORST WEDDING GUESTS EVER
“Crisis on Earth-X” was awesome, make no mistake about that. However, we do have one bone to pick with the glorious four-way crossover: the soap opera-like double wedding. After Barry and Iris’ actual wedding got interrupted by freakin’ Nazis from a different Earth, the couple decided to forgo all the planning and pomp and just get married on the spot. Barry grabbed John from Star City, Oliver and Felicity stood as the best man and maid of honor, and everything was set.
Until the moment Felicity decided to interrupt the ceremony (again) and make it a double wedding. Barry and Iris, after having survived Nazis, were seemingly cool with this development, but a great number of fans found this moment to be ridiculous and frankly a bit inconsiderate. Still, despite all the mushiness and ludicrousness, it was hard to resist the urge to smile when the couples kissed.
14. THEY CALL ME MR. TERRIFIC HAIR
The best kept secrets in the Arrowverse are not secret identities, love affairs, or evil plans. No way. The best kept secret in the entire Arrowverse is Curtis Holt’s hair. When he’s just Curtis Holt, genius hacker, Curtis sports a full-blown afro. But, when he suits up as Mister Terrific, Curtis’ hair is neatly composed in cornrows. Of course, everyone knows it should be impossible to braid a full head of hair in such a short period of time.
However, the Arrowverse is full of stuff that just doesn’t make any sense in a real-world setting and that’s totally fine.
But, it’s the details like Curtis’ super-fast hairstyle and Clark Kent’s glasses that require a willing suspension of disbelief. And while we’re more than willing to forgo reason to enjoy these stories and characters, it’s impossible to completely disregard their absurdity.
13. FELICITY IN THE ATOM SUIT
The first two seasons of Arrow were extraordinary and then the third season happened. Or, as many would argue, Olicity happened. There was no shortage of nonsense in season three, but Felicity in the Atom suitm saving Oliver from certain death has to be the most ridiculous moment of the entire season.
By the end of season three, the fans have already gotten sick of Felicity’s ever-growing set of unique and unmatched skills, but operating the Atom suit is what took it to a whole different level. With unbelievable ease and precision, she caught Oliver mid-air and then flew them both back to safety, performing a perfect landing. Let us not forget that it took Ray almost an entire season to learn how to operate the suit, yet Felicity somehow managed to do it on her first try.
12. CECILE’S TELEPATHIC ABILITIES
Season four of The Flash has provided us with a lot of surprises — some good, some bad, and some utterly ridiculous. In “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash” we were blindsided by Cecile’s newfound and largely unexplained telepathic powers. In layman’s terms, her pregnancy is somehow responsible for her temporary metahuman abilities, which are expected to disappear once she has her baby.
Of course, the show tried to explain Cecile’s powers in a very roundabout way by having Caitlin spat out some scientific mumbo jumbo about Cecile’s exposure to either dark matter or the accelerator being the cause of her pregnancy-awaken powers — even though, Cecile just got pregnant and the two events should have no causation or correlation whatsoever. But the writers didn’t introduce this purely for comic relief. Cecile’s powers will probably come in handy in the near future, which only makes this whole thing more absurd.
11. THAT TIME BARRY STARTED AN EMO PUNK ROCK BAND
Meeting your future self has been established as a big no-no by Captain Rip Hunter. Actually, interacting with any version of yourself is supposed to be a cataclysmic event, one that ought to be avoided at all costs. Yet, the Legends and Barry Allen all but went out for coffee with their past and future selves.
In season four, Barry Allen from the present traveled to the future to ask his future self for advice on how to defeat Savitar.
Since this is a CW show, crazy hairstyles are something we’re pretty much used to by now, but Barry’s ’00s emo hair takes the cake. Don’t get us wrong, Grant Gustin couldn’t look ugly if he tried, but this silly wig sure is cutting it dangerously close. The worst part is that the episode was supposed to deliver the feels, yet all we could think about was that hair.
10. WE SHOULD BE FIGHTING A DEMON, BUT OUR PET RAT DIED SO…
With time travel at its core, a team consisting of criminals, misfits, failed heroes, and in general broken individuals with a penchant for screwing things up for the better, Legends of Tomorrow is a truly unique show. Over the years, these self-proclaimed legends proved that they can deliver on spectacle, know how to do comedy and have time to perform a rat funeral in the midst of it all.
During the season three episode “Amazing Grace”, the lovable Ray Palmer was all like ‘hey guys I know there’s this demon we’re supposed to be fighting, but we need to have a funeral for my pet rat Axl first’ and Sara and Mick just rolled with it. Of course, the scene was hilarious, especially when Axl’s spirit rose from the dead after the Death Totem was activated. And Legends just wouldn’t be the same show without these silly moments.
9. BARRY RUNS HIMSELF BACK INTO THE FRIENDZONE
Whether you like it or not, ship it or not, Barry Allen and Iris West are married. The couple tied the knot during the amazing crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” in a small, double ceremony. The road to happiness was not an easy one, but these two finally made it.
And looking back on season one, we can’t help but wonder how the heck they even got here.
In case you’ve forgotten, back in season one, in what is perhaps the show’s best episode, “Out of Time”, Barry and Iris shared their very first kiss, only for Barry to literally run himself back into the friendzone seconds later. By running back in time to save the city, Barry erased his kiss with Iris and returned from whence he came. If this wasn’t so damn ridiculous, it would be almost tragic.
8. THAT MOMENT THE WRITERS GAVE UP ON TIME TRAVEL LOGIC
The epic four-episode crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” truly showcased Arrowverse’s finest qualities. Featuring a cast of over 20 heroes, adapting a comic book storyline and overflowing with easter eggs, references and cameos, “Crisis on Earth-X” was the superhero flick we were hoping for. These four episodes were so unbelievably engaging, hilarious, emotional and action-packed that even the ridiculous moments were ridiculous in a good way.
The best part was when the writers finally decided to screw the logic when it comes to time travel. After the Earth-X Reverse-Flash is revealed to be Eobard Thawne with Harrison Wells’ face, much to Barry’s surprise and bewilderment, Thawne brushed it off with “time travel, Barry, so very confusing.” The much bigger message being, stop trying to make sense of everything and just enjoy the show, which we gladly did.
7. WHEN A MAN LOVES AN AI
Gideon has been part of the Waverider crew since the very beginning. The ship’s AI usually serves as the exposition dumper, but in one particular episode she got a much bigger role. In “Land of the Lost” Sara and Jax traveled to Rip’s mind, a la Inception, in order to restore his personality.
However, once inside they discovered that Rip has encountered a version of Gideon in form of a gorgeous woman.
In an unexpected turn of events the two fell in love, or perhaps have always been in love, and in the end, they shared a passionate kiss. Ridiculous as it was, the moment was also kind of sweet and soon enough the fans started shipping Rip with Gideon. And no, the hilarity of shipping a man with a ship did not escape anyone. In fact, this and many other jokes have been made about their tragic love story.
6. GREAT. NOW, THEY REALLY ARE THE FLASH.
The Flash’s always been about mystery. Who’s the Reverse-Flash? Who’s Zoom? Who’s Savitar? And now: who’s the Flash? Ever since the season started Iris has been insisting that she and Barry are the Flash. And up until “Run, Iris, Run” we thought of it as one of those annoying and cheesy things couples say. However, the disastrous Iris-centric episode in which Iris temporarily becomes a speedster gave new meaning to this asinine line.
Why did she have to become a speedster? Even temporarily? Because the writers on The Flash don’t know any other way to actually give her the spotlight. The episode felt like a poorly written attempt to give Iris some actual character development, which, while overdue, was completely ineffective. Oh, and now we can’t complain about “We are the Flash” because it’s kind of true.
5. IT’S OVER 9000
Arrow season five finale was a vast improvement on the previous season, even if the payoff never came. However, there was one line in “Lian Yu” that drove fans absolutely crazy, and with good reason. We’re talking, of course, about Felicity’s bold claim that she and Curtis have a combined IQ of over 500. No, we’re not kidding. This is what she said, or rather what was written.
Somehow, none of the writers on the show have apparently ever seen or researched an IQ scale.
No matter which you use, an IQ of 250 is nearly impossible. Just for the sake of comparison, Stephen Hawking’s IQ was 160, Garry Kasparov has an IQ of 194 and the only man who is estimated to have had an IQ between 250-300 is William James Sidis. So, just how intelligent are Felicity and Curtis?
4. IRIS WEST ALLEN AND TEAM FLASH
The Flash got off to a rocky start this season. Taking a different approach with a more cheerful tone, a non-speedster villain and without the big identity reveal, the writers wanted to bring freshness to the show. However, in their valiant efforts they somehow managed to make Iris West Allen even more intolerable.
After Barry went into the Speed Force, Iris became leader of Team Flash for no other reason than to finally give her something to do. Although, the show’s had an Iris problem since the very inception, this doesn’t solve it. Not only did Barry assign Cisco as team leader, Iris has no skills that would qualify for this role. Yet, that did not stop the writers from portraying her as more scientifically knowledgeable than three geniuses on several occasions. And having Iris repeat that she’s the team leader the entire episode only makes this more ridiculous.
3. BARRY AND KARA GO BACK TO GLEE CLUB
Remember when The Flash could actually do silly comedy without making us want to gouge our eyes out? Yeah, those were the times. As ridiculous as the crossover episode “Duet” was, it was still fun to watch. Sure, it didn’t really have any ties to the main story of either The Flash or Supergirl, but it was a pleasant, silly, nonsensical distraction that not only made us laugh, sing and dance but also paid homage to Glee, a show on which both Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin played a part.
Musical episodes are not at all uncommon.
The Office, Fringe, Scrubs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many other shows did musical episodes and they’ve always a bit cringey but at the same time are a damn good time. Watching Barry and Kara sing and dance their way out of an alternate reality was hilarious and cute.
2. THE FLASH TRIES TO DO FEMINISM … AND FAILS
If the abysmal episode “Girls Night Out” has served any purpose, it was to prove beyond reasonable doubt that The Flash doesn’t know how to handle its female characters. If the writers haven’t even figured out that no one uses “hashtag feminism” in an earnest way, then they most definitely had no business writing an episode that was supposed to be about feminism and female empowerment.
Of course, expecting an episode that actually deals with feminism from a show that’s become notorious for stuffing its female characters into the fridge was naive on our part. Perhaps we felt hopeful seeing as there were two female writers and a female director attached to this debacle, making the fact it went so wrong even more puzzling. In the end, the episode merely rehashed every possible feminism trope and pop culture reference just for the sake of being cool. Laughable, indeed.
1. BEEBO FIGHTS A DEMON … AND WINS
The Legends of Tomorrow season three finale was quite possibly the craziest Arrowverse episode yet. Titled “The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly”, the episode saw the final showdown between the Legends and the demon Mallus. But how did the Legends defeat a demon, you might ask. Well, with the help of Beebo the God of War, of course.
After Amaya discovered that they’re supposed to combine the powers of all the totems in order to summon a being of light to fight Mallus, our brave heroes did their best to imagine and wish to existence the most benevolent creature: Beebo. There was something incredibly enjoyable, and at the same time disconcerting, about watching an oversized stuffed animal fight a demon and actually win. Sure, it’s downright barmy, but you can’t tell us it wasn’t satisfying at the same time.
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