Arsenal

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Arrow has suffered from a distinct lack of both energy and direction this season. It meandered from one decision on the part of the characters in one episode, like Oliver’s refusal to indulge in his romantic feelings for Felicity, only to have them regret that decision in the next. Then starts the backpedaling, a primary feature in this one step forward, three steps back journey to the climactic showdown between Arrow and the gang versus Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins. Yet, in this penultimate episode of Arrow’s third season, the series shows a little fire in its belly, a little urgency. But is it too little, too late? (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E19 – “Broken Arrow”

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Oh Roy… What is there left to say about the man who would be Arrow? I’m not sure, but we’ll give it a whirl here. Arrow, the TV series, returns after a one week break and a fun diversion of key Arrow characters to Central City in last night’s The Flash. Well, it seems that meta-human trouble followed Felicity and Ray Palmer back from “the fun one” of the Arrow/Flash metropolitan dyad. Aside from that, this episode came complete with black cloud, not because of Oliver’s ongoing police troubles, but because this episode’s long been teased for having, let’s put it this way, a significant departure. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E12 – “Uprising”

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This week’s episode of Arrow brings the stirring and action-packed finale to the Funeral for a Friend Brick trilogy, in which Team Arrow comes to terms with being Oliver-less just in time for the Man in the Green Hood’s return. In a busy hour of television that saw Oliver’s triumphant comeback, and the titular gathering of Glades residents ready to stand up to Brick and his very ambitious gang of psychos and criminals. We also get new revelations into the mind of Merlyn and a new direction for the season as to how Ra’s al Ghul will respond when he finds out that stabbing a guy with a sword isn’t nearly as effective a death as it should be. (more…)

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If “The Climb” had all the emotion and decisiveness of a season finale, then “Left Behind,” the winter premiere of Arrow, had all the forward momentum and drive of a season premiere. New motivations were discovered, the status quo was shaken up, and everything we were led to think happened, actually happened with some slight adjustment. Emotionally impacting, but still not short on any action, Arrow began 2015 with a simple, but pointed question: Can Arrow still be Arrow without Arrow? In other news, a new villain arrives with big plans, an old villain sees his plans fall apart, and a new hero borrows an old identity to become the latest Starling City resident to kick ass and take names. (more…)

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Something weird happen on last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I don’t mean the guy that went all Memento on his own body with alien markings. No, I’m referring to that scene where Skye tells Mac the intention of the GH formula, that it was meant to resurrect fallen Avengers, and Mac replies, “You mean Captain America, Iron Man, those Avengers?” No, she meant Steed and Peel. But kidding aside, what surprised me about that moment was how organic it was, it didn’t feel like it was being forced to remind the audience that Agents and Avengers were part of the same universe. Making Easter eggs go down as smooth as 12-year-old whiskey has rarely been a problem for Arrow, and tonight’s entry “Guilty” proves it again revealing Ted Grant’s back story. (more…)

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And you thought Captain Cold appearing on The Flash last night was a huge deal. Tonight’s Arrow follows up last week’s adventure in Corto Matese, and while that one was notable for bringing Thea back into the fold, this week’s entry, “The Magician,” is notable for so much, much more. From important returns, to important reunions to important introductions, if you missed this week’s episode of Arrow (like Felicity, who was too busy teaching team work and smooching in Central City this week), then you picked a less than ideal time to drop out for the week. “The Magician” seems to set up this season’s battle lines, or to put it another way, the show is courting war. (more…)

Arsenal

When we last saw Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), he’d recovered from the Mirakuru cure, was given a red mask, and while wearing the mask and his trade mark red hoodie, he helped Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and company (David RamseyEmily Bett Rickards) save the city from Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) Mirakuru fueled army. What will Roy Harper be wearing when we see him in season three of Arrow? Click on through for the full picture and find out! (more…)

The CW has a bonafide hit on their hands with Arrow. Comic book fans and non-fans alike seem to be loving it. I think they’ve done a great job at blending the history of the DC character Green Arrow with their younger, more modern, and dare I say grittier Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). And with this casting announcement from TV Guide, there about to do it again.

Colton Haynes, best known for MTV’s Teen Wolf, has been cast as Roy Harper, a character long associated with Green Arrow and one who should be instantly recognizable to fanboys and girls. Harper is GA’s first sidekick, Speedy, who famously struggled with a heroin addiction before evolving – yup, like a Pokemon – into the teen hero Arsenal, eventually joining the Justice League as Red Arrow. And losing his arm, losing his daughter, and going completely bonkers and revisiting his heroin addition.

Of course, that was before the New 52, so I’ve got no clue what Roy Harper’s up to these days. But in the Arrow-verse this Harper is described as, “a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from ‘the Glades,’ the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City.” It’s also mentioned he’ll be a recurring love interest for Willa Holland‘s Thea, Ollie’s sister, who is oh-so-coincidentally nicknamed “Speedy.” Apparently they’ll meet, “in an unexpected way,” and Roy is “destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow.” Hmm, okay.

All of this sounds awesome, unless it means we see Roy in a costume before Thea. They’ve been dropping major hints all season Thea could one day assist her brother in his crusade, I’ll be pissed if it’s her boyfriend instead.

What do you think about this new addition to the Arrow family?

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