The 2015-16 television season brought with it already beloved superheroes, as well as a slew of new comic-inspired shows. To celebrate another year of awesome, nerdy, super television, AP2HYC is hosting our second annual TV Awards! Be sure to cast your votes in each category, and check back to find out which shows and characters were victorious!
The best part about superhero/comic-inspired television shows is that the allow for, and oftentimes encourage, team-ups that one couldn’t see anywhere else. The 2015-16 season brought some pretty awesome partnerships and, whether they lasted an episode or an entire story arc, the following were some of our favorite team-ups of the year.
The Alexandrians (The Walking Dead)
It’s safe to say that, at the start of The Walking Dead’s sixth season, most of the Alexandrians didn’t seem long for this world. Their ignorance and general ineptitude made it pretty clear that they’d be able to provide little assistance if faced with a walker attack but, surprisingly, under the tutelage of those more knowledgeable, the Alexandrians actually managed to pick up a thing or two. The walker hoard’s breaking of Alexandria’s walls initially seemed to spell inevitable doom for those inside, however, the townsfolk managed to successfully band together and take care of business. It was the first instance in which Rick and Co. (the audience included) seemed to realize that the Alexandrians could be quite capable if given an opportunity, and therefore made their team-up one of the best of the season. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
The Secret Warriors (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Teased since last year’s San Diego Comic Con, the Secret Warriors finally banded together in the back half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s third season. Comprised of Daisy, Lincoln, YoYo, and Joey, the Secret Warriors did a pretty solid job at using their various skillsets to help retrieve the rest of their S.H.I.E.L.D. team from the clutches of Hydra. The combination of super speed, vibration control, electricity, and metal distortion made the Secret Warriors’ first outing a successful one during which each team member played a starring role. Sure the whole, “Daisy got swayed by Hive in the process,” thing put a damper on the gang’s success, but the foursome’s debut was definitely a fun thing to witness and a clear indicator that the Secret Warriors might be teaming up again. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Daredevil & Elektra (Daredevil)
Be still my fanboy heart! The moment we first saw a fully costumed Daredevil and Elektra teaming up against a bunch of ninjas was truly everything I’ve wanted from a live action Daredevil. Affleck and Garner have nothing on these guys. –David Molofsky
Oliver & Constantine (Arrow)
Let’s be honest, the best thing about the team-up between Oliver and Constantine was the fact that it gave us a brief reprieve from this season’s terrible flashback sequences. Sure, the flashbacks still weren’t great (RE: mostly unnecessary) but they were definitely improved by Constantine’s wry humor and oozing charm. This team-up was particularly fun to watch because who would have thought that Oliver of all people would be so believing of magic? Couple that in with a semi-explanation for one of Oliver’s magical tattoos, the soul-retrieval of fan-favorite Sara Lance, and more exasperated Oliver sighs than I could count, and you have a team-up that was entirely successful and, more importantly, actually made for a fun episode of Arrow. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Team Arrow & Team Flash (The Flash/Arrow)
It was hard for me to imagine that this year’s Arrow/Flash crossover would be able to top last year’s. Much like Age of Ultron, I feared the novelty of the team up had worn off. Fortunately, the Berlanti crew upped the ante and delivered a pitch-perfect 2-parter, complete with Age of Ultron references. While this crossover was mostly to set up Legends of Tomorrow, it still worked on its own and added new aspects to both shows, the repercussions of which were felt throughout the rest of the year. And seeing all those heroes fighting alongside each other was pretty damn cool too! –David Molofsky