Not sure if it’s been the string of so-so episodes since the series returned from hiatus or that “Heir to the Demon” really is Arrow‘s strongest offering to date, but last night’s episode rocked! It hit all the notes – action-oriented and dramatically – and did so superbly. Where do I even start? (more…)
After last week’s Arrow review was published I was genuinely surprised by the response. Most out there on the interwebz loved last week’s episode, where I was less impressed. My biggest problem was its complete reversal of the recent developments about Brother Blood, basically halting any progress The Arrow (Stephen Amell) made into that investigation. Blood doesn’t appear in “Tremors“, confirming my concern over any recent payoff on that front.
Yet unlike last week’s tiresome episode, I found “Tremors” to be more enjoyable–shocking, I know, considering how much it focused on angry, angsty Roy (Colton Haynes). (more…)
And it’s here, about half way through its second season, that Arrow begins to show the wear of a 22 episode order. A full season order of over 20 episodes has been the norm on television for years, but recently cable TV has garnered plenty of success with fast-paced, tightly scripted, 10-12 episode seasons. Should we see more programs adapt to these shorter seasons? I’d sure like to, as it would cut out so much of what’s been plaguing Arrow from the very beginning–extraneous drama. (more…)
Arrow‘s second season ended its first half on a real high note. Oliver (Stephen Amell) is firmly cemented in his role as Starling City’s hero, Roy (Colton Haynes) survived his injection of Miracle (aw shucks), Barry (Grant Gustin) was successfully electrocuted and is on his way to becoming The Flash, and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennet) was revealed as the man funding Blood’s (Kevin Alejandro) slow take over of the city. Basically, the mid-season finale was fantastic. Can the second half keep up that momentum? (more…)
For its mid season finale, Arrow did their own spin on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol; transforming the cautionary tale of Scrooge into a story where Oliver (Stephen Amell) finally accepts himself as a hero. Following last week’s setup, my expectations for “Three Ghosts” were high and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t let down. (more…)
Before Arrow went on a one week, holiday hiatus it left off with a rather lackluster episode that saw Moira (Susanna Thompson) acquitted and bid farewell to Count Vertigo (a character I’m all too happy to see bite the dust). Thankfully, this week executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, swoop in to set up a two part, mid-season finale that will excite fans of the show and absolutely thrill DC mega-nerds. (more…)
Moira Queen’s (Susanna Thompson) day in court has come. Will she fry for the 500+ innocent people she had a hand in murdering, or will she walk free? The earthquake only hit six months prior, which means her case is moving ahead at lightning speed, and in a flashback we witness the Arkham-like prison break it caused at Iron Heights. We see the guards escaping, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves (jerks), and we see The Dollmaker freed, by Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel), no less. (more…)
Stepping away from the Lance family drama that’s dominated the last few episodes, Arrow gives John Diggle (David Ramsey) some time in the spotlight. And of course there could only be one reason to bring Diggle back in to focus: Deadshot (Michael Rowe). Diggle’s government connection, A.R.G.U.S agent Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) has gone missing and Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) wants him to get her back. What? Not enough DC Comics name-dropping for you? Don’t worry, there’s more. (more…)
When Arrow was first being pitched as a concept offering a fresh spin on the Green Arrow legacy, I wasn’t really buying into it. Christopher’s Nolan’s vision of Batman was a new direction for the films, but not a drastic change from what had been happening for years in the comics. So how different, really, would this television series be from the typical origin of the emerald archer?
Turns out, quite different, and to more success than I initially imagined. (more…)
Black Canary and Green Arrow. They’re two iconic DC characters known as much for their heroics as they are their tumultuous relationship. On Arrow they’ve teased this pairing since day one, but always in a way longtime comic book fans wouldn’t expect. First, there was the twist of Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) love interest being named Laurel (Katie Cassidy) instead of Dinah. (Though Laurel is comic book Canary’s middle name.) Her father, Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) was still alive, though divorced from her mother, Dinah (Alex Kingston). See what they did there? Then the show went one step further and gave Laurel a sister. (more…)