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Jason McAnelly

  • Profile: Jason is perhaps best known to everyone as “that one guy who did that thing,” but few people know of his struggles in life. After making a name for himself training zombies to make pasta, he wandered the earth in search of the sacred cheese. Though the cheese eluded him, he discovered a talent for writing and has been working on perfecting his skills ever since. He is currently working on a fantasy novel and tapping keys for the folks at NerdBastards. Eventually, he will be rich and famous and way cooler than you.

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Last week on Arrow, the team was forced to face down against an alternate-Earth Laurel Lance in the form of Black Siren. That went pretty easy and the Siren was shuttled back to lock-up, but Team Arrow still had a few things to deal with, particularly the arrest of John Diggle and a quest to find a new, improved Black Canary to round out the roster. This week, ‘Second Chances’ brings a triple dose of heroes stepping up to before the big showdown against Prometheus and whoever he happens to pick up as allies in the meanwhile.

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We’re finally back from the long mid-season break and Arrow is once more with us. When last we left, Team Arrow was, as usual, having more than its fair share of problems. Curtis was having relationship issues, one of the team turned traitor and teamed up with Prometheus, Felicity lost a boyfriend, Diggle got thrown in jail, and, to top things off, it seems as if Laurel is back from the dead. How will all of this pan out as the next half of Arrow brings us closer and closer to the ultimate climax? We begin with ‘Who Are You?’, a nicely executed reintroduction to all the things that Team Arrow has to deal with in their battle against the baddies. (more…)

Arrow -- "What We Leave Behind" -- Image AR509b_0391b2.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog and Prometheus -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Last week on Arrow, there was all sorts of crazy alien stuff going down due to the crossover from the other DC/CW shows. This week, however, we’re back on track with the regular Arrow storyline, and damn does it get darker. Oliver and Team Arrow were seeking out clues on who Prometheus was and trying to stop the dude and, as episode 7’s conclusion revealed, Artemis was working with the enemy. This week, ‘What We Leave Behind’ delves deeper and comes up with one of the most emotionally intense episodes of Arrow we’ve seen since the series first began. Scroll on for the full review. (more…)

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Last week on Arrow, the one known as Prometheus made his presence officially known to Ollie and the gang. He caused some trouble in the city and started killing random people. Or not so random, as it turned out, since each person was linked to Oliver’s original kill list in a roundabout way. There was a bit of internal trouble with the team, but in the end everything worked out. Except that the identity of Prometheus may be someone close to Team Arrow, which could cause some significant problems in the near future. This time around, it’s a mostly filler episode with ‘Vigilante’, and the filler really shows. (more…)

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Last week on Arrow, we finally saw the finale of the Tobias Church story arc. The gangster with a plan was laid out on a slab courtesy of one mystery man by the name of Prometheus. Unfortunately for Oliver, Tobias gave Prometheus the info on who The Green Arrow is without the mask. This time around, Ollie and Team Arrow will have to deal with figuring out who Prometheus is and what game plan he has in mind. With ‘So It Begins’, we enter into a new Arrow chapter and looks like it could be an interesting one. (more…)

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Last week on Arrow, the new team was finally starting to come together. But when they had to go stop Tobias Church from doing bad things, The Green Arrow was nowhere to be found. He was out rescuing Diggle at the time and, unfortunately for the team, that meant Wild Dog got nabbed by Church and his gang. So now it’s up to them to get him back and stop Church from doing even more bad things. The season is going pretty well thus far, but can ‘Human Target’ make it 5 in a row? (more…)

Arrow -- "Penance" -- Image AR504a_0386b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Rick Gonzales as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog and Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Last week on Arrow, we got to see Oliver putting his new team together, although they weren’t proving to be that impressive. Despite Ollie’s best training techniques (such as punching them repeatedly), they ended up going off-script and creating a baddie who felt no pain. Oliver, naturally, had to come in and clean things up. And all while juggling the complications of being the city’s mayor. The final straw – Diggle has been framed and is in a military prison and his wife, Lyla, wants Arrow’s help in breaking him out. This week, ‘Penance’ presents a fun ride with plenty of Arrow action. (more…)

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Last week on Arrow, we saw Oliver trying to get a decent team up and running so that he’d stop having to do everything solo. He managed to pick up some promising recruits, including a dude with mystical powers, but none of them were up to par when it came to working as a unit. Meanwhile, Diggle was getting framed by his own men and the bad guys were out doing bad guys things. The season is starting up strong, though where it takes the conflict still remains to be seen. This week, ‘A Matter of Trust’ presents a villain-of-the-week scenario while developing events and relationships that will likely become important throughout the rest of the season. (more…)

Arrow -- "The Recruits" -- Image AR502a_0051b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt, Rick Gonzales as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog, Madison McLaughlin as Evelyn Sharp, Stephen Amell as Green Arrow and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Last week on Arrow, our hero was still fighting the good fight, though he didn’t have much of a team to work with anymore. Though reluctant, it seemed as if Oliver was going to have to find some new blood to fill out the ranks. Meanwhile, a new gangster by the name of Tobias Church came into town and was looking to take over the city. And, to make matters even worse, another angry archer showed up and started putting arrows into people. This week, ‘The Recruits’ has Ollie finally settling in on some amateur vigilantes to join up with Team Arrow. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S05E01 – “Legacy”

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Last season on Arrow, the almighty Oliver Queen managed to defeat the creepy-eyed, bad-haired magician, Damien Darhk and save the city once again. Add to that a load of Felicity and Oliver drama and we witnessed what may be (aside from a few exceptional episodes) the worst season of Arrow thus far. In the end, Ollie became mayor and Team Arrow mostly disbanded. Is this a way for the writers to press the reset button so they can bring us something a bit more compelling? ‘Legacy’ certainly suggests that this may be the path they’re taking this season, though only time will tell. (more…)