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Both Diggle and King Shark are Returning to ‘The Flash’

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The Flash has done some pretty ballsy things in its year-and-a-half on the air: it embraced time travel, the multiverse, doppelgangers, Gorilla Grodd, and Barry’s sometimes cavalier attitude about keeping his secret identity. Then, in season two’s fourth episode, “The Fury of Firestorm,” The Flash team went and introduced King Shark into the mix, and it was glorious (at least for the whole two minutes King Shark was on screen before being incapacitated by Harrison Wells from Earth 2). If you were one of those people wanting more King Shark, you’re in luck, because he’s coming back later this season on The Flash, but the Scarlet Speedster’s going to need some help from a member of Team Arrow to take him down. (more…)

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There’s a great weight of expectation on the upcoming fourth season of Arrow. First of all, there was the disappointing return of the third season, which didn’t always seem to know what it was doing, so Arrow has to bounce back from that. Then there’s new costumes, new characters, a supposedly lighter tone, at least one major crossover (with Matt Ryan as TV’s Constantine) and Arrow doing its part to help set up the next spin-off Legends of Tomorrow. The odds are stacked against Team Arrow, and that’s hardly a new position for them, but dare I say that the below photo gallery offers something to get excited about? (more…)

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There was a scene in The Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” where the Itchy & Scratchy show abandons Krusty the Klown for the all-new, all-different Gabbo Show. Krusty is left only with the bizarro Soviet cartoon Worker and Parasite and after 30 nearly incomprehensible seconds we cut to Krusty smoking a cigarette and saying exasperatedly, “What the hell was that?!” That’s kind of how I feel having watched Arrow’s third season finale. I sat there, looking at the TV, saying, “What the hell was that?!” Not the whole finale, the action was dope, the character interaction pretty effective, and there were some interesting moments with fascinating long-term implications for the series, but seriously, What the hell was that?! (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E20 – “The Fallen”

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So that happened. After weeks of beating around the bush, Ra’s al Ghul finally was able to paint Oliver into a tight enough corner that he accepted being Ra’s al Ghul Jr. and being preparing to take over the League of Assassins. In a way, this is the episode of Arrow that the whole season’s been building up to, but in another way it seems like the writers worked backwards from the moment when Oliver suits up as the new League master right after he was branded with an arrow sign and told that everything else about Oliver Queen was dead and gone. Frankly, I thought my interest in the League of Assassins storyline was dead and gone, but maybe there’s something to this idea. Maybe. (more…)

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The weekly adventures of Arrow have not only been a success for its network, The CW, it’s also helped spawn a whole series of TV shows including two spin-offs of its own. But credit does not go alone to the bow-wielding hero played by Stephen Amell, but also to the cast of compelling characters built around him, like Arrow’s partner in crime-fighting, John Diggle played by David Ramsey. Making his way as a professional actor since the late 90s, Ramsey has appeared on series like Huff, The West Wing, The Ghost Whisperer and Dexter. During his time on Arrow, Ramsey has also moonlighted in a recurring capacity on CBS’ police drama Blue Bloods where he plays the Mayor of New York City. But really, it’s his important place on Team Arrow that we all want to talk to him about.

Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk to Ramsey about the Arrow season that’s currently winding down. Big changes are in the offing for Oliver Queen and friends, and while Ramsey didn’t spoil anything, he did tease that there are going to be interesting developments for the cast going forward, and that the effects of this season will reverberate on into Arrow’s already approved fourth season. While taking a break from filming the final episode of season three, Ramsey also talked about wanting more action for Diggle, why is character serves as mentor to the group of young heroes, and the surprising similarities between Diggle and his arch-nemesis. (more…)

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Last night’s installment of Arrow brought the Emerald Archer back to Starling City, but with Oliver Queen’s return to his hometown now being literally yesterday’s news, we need to know now what’s next for the show. Well, there’s continuing development of the Black Canary for one thing, Ray Palmer suiting up in his A.T.O.M. armor for another, and then there’s the oil and water team-up of Oliver and Malcolm Merlyn to fight Ra’s al Ghul. But if none of that peaks your interest, how about a visit from some old friends. Or make that frenemies. Task Force X is making a comeback, although you may know them better as the Suicide Squad. (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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It’s been a packed couple of days of Arrow news as the beloved CW superhero series was renewed for a fourth season and interest was expressed in a second spin-off from the show. But on to more practical concerns, like what’s coming up in the second half of the season and where fate might take the ragtag group of heroes and villains that populate Starling City. During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the CW hosted mega-panel of the costumed vigilantes, allies and agitators, from which we got some insight into what’s ahead on Arrow given the peculiar circumstances that the show left its titular hero in just before the Christmas break. Warning, spoilers be ahead. (more…)

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Last night’s The Flash featured some darker hues for the typically sunny world of Central City thanks to the timely arrival of the Emerald Archer and his cohorts. Tonight’s Arrow meanwhile, aimed to return the favor as the Fastest Man Alive and two of his associates come to Starling City to offer some light and humor to the typically demur world and gritty realism of its Wednesday night cousin. “The Brave and the Bold” closed out the two-night event that social media has taken to calling #Flarrow, an epic team-up of two heroes who, as Cisco observes, are in a league of their own. Of course that’s not a reference to the Geena Davis movie. It’s a reference to a team that may never be mounted in full on TV, but the super-bro get-together of Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin sure makes you wish they’d try. (more…)

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It was only a matter of time really, Arrow‘s Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) quickly became a fan favorite character moving from a recurring role to series regular in the blink of an eye. We saw another Arrow created character, body-guard and crime fighting partner John Diggle (David Ramsey), make the jump backwards into comic book continuity, now it’s Felicity’s turn. (more…)