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TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E10 – “Blood Debts”

Since Arrow signed off for a month-and-a-half holiday hiatus, there’s been a persistent, dangling rumor that fans have been desperate to have addressed: can Thea make it work with her brother’s campaign manager Johnny Handsome? Of course, that’s not what has our interest. It’s that grave. That grave! The one that the Arrow writers are using to poke our spoiler-filled anxiety. Who is in that grave is a question we don’t get answered tonight, but we do find out who isn’t in the grave, and that’s progress because it’s the most frequently mentioned candidate for the coffin that we learn is alive and well in four months. (more…)

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Ash Williams: Groovy S-Mart employee with a penchant for boomsticks and mad DIY prosthetics skills. Also, unlikely hero from the sky, fated to stop the Deadite invasion. Pretty much the spirit of the 80’s b-horror movie flick. Lobo: Space biker with a short fuse, and an anti-grav motorcycle. Hangs out with a school of space dolphins. Has fought Wolverine and made it to the second round. Functionally immortal, with the capacity to infinitely reproduce from each drop of his own spilt blood. Each of them is a smug anti-hero with an almost fanatical cult following among the most gung-ho nerds.

Once, they were separated by vast gulfs of time and space, each occupying his Universe of origin. That is, until Brian Rosenthal, the director behind the 2013 fan film Marvel Zombies VS Army Of Darkness thought otherwise. After  holding his own against zombie-Wolverine and narrowly escaping a super-zombie infested New York,  Ash Williams has broken into a brand new universe, also overwhelmed by the undead and filled to the brim with horror-themed cameos!
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TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E9 – “Dark Waters”

On the one hand, last night’s Arrow was a festival of cloying Christmas holiday episode cliches, on the the other hand though, it was one of the strongest entries in the fourth season of the show so far. Getting back to the Darhk main story of the season after last week’s diversion through the Legends of Tomorrow and Central City, the big bad Damien was put back on the front burner in a big way just in time for some end of the year mayhem. The end leaves us in a precarious spot, as the team behind Arrow shrewdly dangled the Grim Reaper’s scythe over the show, and the cast, for the whole hour. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E7 – “Brotherhood”

“Even death’s not permanent anymore.” Famous last words in Star City these days. Sara Lance has come back from over a year in the ground, Ray Palmer didn’t die in an explosion but merely got shrunk, and now Andy Diggle has rejoined the land of the living. This week’s Arrow was another tale of resurrection, and offered further strange insights into the world that Damien Darhk’s arrival has ushered in. Although another back-from-the-dead tale should strain the credulity, especially in Arrow’s once grounded universe, this episode actually offered some interesting insight into the character of the man they call Dig. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E6 – “Lost Souls”

This week’s episode of Arrow re-introduced two elements from season three that didn’t, to be generous, necessarily work. One is Ray Palmer and the other is Donna Smoak. The former is a necessary evil, a pre-arranged dangling thread that needs to be tied off before Legends of Tomorrow can begin at midseason. The latter, well, has some kind of fascination either because we’re supposed to enjoy the ironic genealogy of Felicity’s mother, or because Charlotte Ross looks good in a cocktail dress. It’s a pretty thin line. Ray and Donna took their places in the A and B plot of this week’s Arrow, the question is whether they would ruin the show’s still wobbly season four momentum? (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E5 – “Haunted”

Signs of the expanded universe created across Arrow and through to The Flash and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow is now seen in just about every episode of the show. In the first four episodes of the season there’s always been some reference or callback to past, present or future events in the DC Comic TV universe, but even at that, tonight’s Arrow was special. Although Constantine is gone, John Constantine and his portrayer Matt Ryan were not forgotten, and on this week’s Arrow, the master of magic and the dark arts helped Team Arrow solve a very serious supernatural problem with tremendous results. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E4 – “Beyond Redemption”

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One of the key elements of Arrow is that its titular hero is trying to transcend the darkness he had to dive into in order to survive and become a stirring symbol of heroism his city needs. Although Oliver Queen struggles in trying to find a way to walk a higher path, he surrounds himself with people that inspire him to do better, and despite their differences, one of them is Captain Quentin Lance. And in a strange reversal of their relationship through most of the series, it was Oliver that found himself looking down on Lance, as the Captain struggled not only with his own deal with the devil, but his daughter’s too. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E01 – “Green Arrow”

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Welcome to the new and improved Arrow season four! Where as with last night’s The Flash, you could chill out and get right back into the Central City adventures like a warm bath, there’s a lot of hesitation about getting back into the waters of Starling City. Oh, sorry, I meant Star City. That little detail was only one of a myriad of changes for Team Arrow’s fourth year in business that also included new costumes, new villains and new flashbacks, as well as some strange new alliances, and a flash-forward that portends the shiny happy Oliver Queen that we see throughout the hour won’t be so shiny happy for long. Six months tops. (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…)

Feels Like Old Times in New ‘Arrow’ Season 4 Promo

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The new TV season will kick off in just a couple of weeks, but Arrow fans will have to wait a couple of weeks longer then that for the premiere of the new adventures of the vigilante from Starling City and his super friends to debut. In the mean time, let’s tide you over with a brand new look at the new season. A full trailer was posted online after being shown at Dragon Con last weekend, and even though this new one is a scant 30 second long it does offer one intriguing new thing, and that’s the first time a character from the show is called by his proper comic book name. (more…)