It was all the way back in season one of The Vampire Diaries, of course. The show hasn't worried about doing too much in a long time. It's easier to name the tropes this show hasn't used.
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If you're invested in a TV series, it can be tough watching the protagonist making a decision you know to be dumb. If three protagonists all make a dumb decision — the same dumb decision — it can be agonising. The latest episode of The Walking Dead features three of our "heroes" all enacting doomed, stupid plans. And despite it being yet another needlessly 90-minute episode, only one of them even got close enough to actually fail.
I think we know why it took the CW having several shows based in already-connected source materials for the network to make giant crossovers a yearly event. Because there was once a plan to have the boys from Supernatural visit Smallville. No, not the fictional Smallville of the show, a fictional version of the set of the show.
There's a ton of anticipation heading into the 90-minute long Westworld finale. With just a 10-episode first season, the show is already an obsession for the millions of people tuning in every week. Lots of time has been spent by fans trying to piece together "clues" to provide evidence for any number of theories. But the mysteries are only the tiniest part of what makes the show good.
The CW/DC Universe has already handled some of the weirdest sides of world of DC Comics — but you have to admire its gung-ho desire to bring some of its most bizarre concepts to the big screen. Arrow did Ragman, Flash got Grodd and now Supergirl is getting everyone's favourite wanderer of the fifth dimension, Mr Mxyzptlk.
The CW's four-part DC crossover event is over, as the combined forces of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow defeated the alien Dominators. But saving the Earth wasn't their only achievement — they also managed to turn Barry Allen into a hero again, fixing the DC/CW universe's worst problem, while still provided the most fun superhero TV of the year.
If you were disappointed that the CW's big "Heroes v Aliens" crossover technically began with a Supergirl episode that was 98.9 per cent crossover free, the second chapter more than made up for it, resulting in a hell of a watch and what is easily the best episode of The Flash this season.
Freeform's Shadowhunters returns to the airwaves early next year with a pair of new showrunners at the helm. Expect the show — ostensibly about supernatural adventures, but actually about getting as many insanely good-looking young people into a single shot as possible — to be darker. But, uh, not thematically.