The 2014-15 season of TV was a landmark one for superhero TV shows! To celebrate, AP2HYC is hosting its first annual TV Awards. Make sure you vote for your favorites at the end of each article and keep checking back to see who wins!
Sometimes, our heroes need a helping hand. Nothing wrong with that. Two heads are better than one. But you have to have a certain on-screen chemistry and the ability to complement one another if you ever hope of perfecting the superhero team-up. So which of our heroes made the best cooperative effort this year? Below are our nominees for best team-up of the 2014-2015 season.
Featuring contributions from writers: Eric Dodds, Jason Wong, David Molofsky, Scott Swartz, Brian Corliss
1. The Flash and the Arrow – The Flash and Arrow
I mean, come on, this was just awesome, and to see these two heroes from two great series come together to fight bad guys was one of the coolest images I’ve seen on TV in a long time. I’m a big fan of both shows and the way they handled these two characters sharing the same universe was extremely well-done. Despite their contrasting powers, the Flash and the Arrow were able to complement each other and help one another out in various situations. The Flash needed someone like the Arrow with his brilliant mind and contingency plans to save him from the Rainbow Raider’s spell, while the Arrow needed the Flash to assist with his battle against Captain Boomerang, and to save Team Arrow from Ra’s Al Ghul’s prison. These two go together like peanut butter and jelly.
2. Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson – Daredevil
Before Foggy Nelson learned that Matt Murdock was the Man in the Black Mask in Daredevil’s tenth episode “Nelson v. Murdock,” he often denounced the vigilante as a domestic terrorist. In that sense, the duo didn’t become a true team until after Foggy came to terms with the revelation and started to recognize the good that Daredevil was doing. From then on, there was real chemistry and teamwork with Foggy being aware and curious about Matt’s radar sense, hiding things together from Karen, and with taking alternate but parallel routes with Daredevil’s vigilante actions all towards the unified goal of taking down Wilson Fisk. This was a good team-up because indeed only their combined efforts finally brought down the Kingpin.
3. Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis – Agent Carter
Easily one of the highlights of the Agent Carter miniseries was the team up between Peggy and Jarvis. I had originally thought Howard Stark would serve as her partner in crime, but Jarvis proved to be a much better match. With Peggy playing the strong, determined one and Jarvis as more of the hapless follower (although he did show he is anything but by the end), their dynamic was much more balanced than Peggy’s would have been with Stark at her side.
Both characters being British also helped make their banter witty and wholeheartedly enjoyable. Jarvis got in plenty of sarcastic jabs with a classic passive aggression, while Peggy was a bit more straightforward in her barbs.
Now that Agent Carter Season 2 has been confirmed, I hope we see more of these two together!
4. The Flash, the Arrow, and Firestorm – The Flash
You know what’s better than two heroes teaming up? Three heroes teaming up. Yes, just like how they had the best fight, seeing the mini-Justice League on screen was totally worth the wait. We’ve got the speedster the Flash, who knows Wells the best and thus understands his thought-process, the Arrow, who has years of experience under his belt as well as an array of new moves and tactics, and Firestorm, armed with the ability to conjure fire at will. It’s the definition of a triple threat. Every hero brings something to the table. Also, each hero got his moment in the sun to challenge the villain. At the same time, they managed to not overstay their welcome and made sure that in the end, this was all Barry’s victory.
5. Phil Coulson and Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
We all know Coulson from the handful of Marvel movies leading up to the release of the television series, and the general consensus was that everyone you knew loved/s him. Skye? Skye was a nobody to the general hero enthusiast, whether you were an avid comic reader or if you made the jump from Avengers Assemble to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She was bratty and intelligent beyond borders, but sassy and immature. What dryness that makes Coulson so lovable (which was built through several movies) was still there, but Skye seemed to come off like a naive high-school punk. The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. allowed Skye to become a more wholesome character. Smarter and more effective writing as well as Chloe Bennet‘s acting chops helped her come through too. Her strength is apparent; she’s tough and formidable, less ditzy hacker than the first season, ultimately landing her as a leader in S.H.I.E.L.D., the culmination of the master-student relationship. The two care deeply for each other the way a father and daughter do, and that makes them a better duo than the rest you find on TV: no unasked-for intimacy, the subtle character flaws they silently accept, the trust they have with each other. For a show far from realism, they feel genuinely human among the ethereal.
6. Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock – Gotham
Before I begin, I, down to my core, believe that Gotham is a bad show. Not the it-is-what-it-is kind of foul though. I just think Gotham suffers from incredibly poor writing, impartial directing, and an imprudent producing staff that thinks endless cameos equal effective television. Gotham should be written off as a cash-in, and I am only holding back criticism because of the two leads, Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue, the latter of which is one of my favorite television actors. Yes, they are the classic good-cop/bad-cop trope, painfully so; Gordon is the ne’er-do-bad and justice-at-all-cost whereas Bullock is the voice of reason and the one to consider opportunities that will save him the most skin. Logue’s masterful acting as a selfish, even dumbly Machiavellian detective who’s getting too old for this, is a wonderful contrast to the crew-cut, by-the-book, “evil-doers will pay” Jim Gordon. Gordon is the most detrimentally ignorant of the whole show, near one-dimensional, but the discourse between he and Bullock feels natural, even if they have to hammer the individual ideologies time after time after time.
Which team of heroes was your favorite? Cast your votes below!
Best Team-Up of 2014-15