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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…)

‘Arrow’ EP Talks About Tonal Shift and this One Ring

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There’s been a lot of talk about the tone of the upcoming fourth season of Arrow: will it be lighter, will characters spend less time crying, will it suck less as compared to season three? Fair questions, and one of the show’s key executive producers offers an answer in a recent interview. Now there are a lot of balls up in the air for Arrow’s fourth season: the fate of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and his company Palmer Technology (nee Queen Consolidated), how this season will look backward for inspiration, and does Oliver’s flashback trip to Coast City mean a close encounter with another emerald themed hero? (more…)

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Although it brings to mind the jaunty tune by the French electronic duo, “Midnight City” was no happy-go-lucky hour of Arrow. In Starling City, for Oliver’s friends and allies, there’s no time for mourning, nor is there any time to stop and catch their breath. True, everyone’s green hooded hero was alive and well (ish), but his city was taking a proverbial and literal beating from Danny “Brick” Brickwell. It’s time for a new hero to rise, time for her – yes, her – to take up her mantle as a leather-clad defender of innocents with a talent to wield blunt objects in manner almost as fierce as her temper. Too bad that this Canary is woefully under-prepared for the mantle passed down to her. (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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TV and comic books are both uniquely built to surprise. Sometimes, a character meant to be minor has such a profound affect on the overarching narrative that they end up becoming a bigger part of it than originally planned. So meet Felicity Smoak, a nervous, chatty, but obviously talented IT girl working at Queen Consolidated. Since Oliver Queen and his “something else” secret identity occasionally need advanced technical support, she’s the one he went to, and imbued with charm by Emily Bett Rickards, it didn’t take long for the Arrow producers to realize that they had something, or someone, special. Now, completing Felicity’s rise from day player to central figure of the show, she gets her own origin story, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E3 – “Corto Maltese”

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Corto Maltese, the titular island for this week’s adventurer, is entirely made up. Like a lot of locations in the DC Universe. It was introduced in The Dark Knight Returns as a Cuba surrogate, your basic South American hellhole. In Tim Burton‘s Batman, Corto Maltese was Vicki Vale’s last stop before Gotham City where she was taking pictures of a massacre stemming from the uprising of some local rebels. On Arrow, one gets the sense that Corto Maltese isn’t so bad, at least no worse than the average banana republic/tax shelter for rich guys that want to disappear in luxury. Sound like anyone we know? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E2 – “Sara”

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Before we dive into this week’s Arrow let’s agree about one thing: Laurel kinda sucks. No disrespect to Katie Cassidy, she’s done fine work with what she’s been given, but to be honest, what she’s been given hasn’t been very much. The Arrow team is clearly trying to create a more compelling path for Laurel, one that was hinted at in last season’s finale when Sara gave her big sister her Black Canary jacket. Said jacket made a reappearance in tonight’s episode, a moment of epiphany for Ms. Lance, and the audience, that says “Oh yeah, I have a destiny.” With all subtlety of a bat crash through the library window at Wayne Manor, Laurel now realizes that she must become someone else; she must become something else. And that thing is a hot, blonde, leather-clad crime-fighter with the initials B.C. (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…)

Superman Coming to ‘Arrow’ as The Atom

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Well, that’s kind of a confusing headline. What do we mean? To put it simply Devon Aoki‘s Katana isn’t the only new DC Comics character to join the cast of the third season of Arrow, as Superman Returns star Brandon Routh has now signed up to play Ray “The Atom” Palmer in the CW series. And nope, this looks like no mere cameo either as Routh has been booked for what looks like an extended stay in Starling City. (more…)

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As a whole, Arrowhas grown by leaps and bounds since its first season. The series has come to rely less on annoying “villain of the week” devices in favor of a stronger season-long arc and has surrounded its hero with a diverse and interesting cast of friends and foes. Last night’s season finale, “Unthinkable“, needed to send Season 2 out on a bang. Which it did, thanks to a solid season’s worth of build up. (more…)