John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood) had to have his appendix removed last night and decided to live Facebook Video the experience for his fans. Most likely it was more to calm any fan worries and provide him with some fun antics to chew up the wait, that and all those wonderful drugs the doctors pumped him up with before the surgery. Check out the before and after videos below. (more…)
Long before actor John Barrowman blessed American audiences as the new Ra’s al Ghul on Arrow (and now the “Arrowverse” as a whole), the UK actor was a part of geek culture across the pond as the memorable Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who as its subsequent spinoff, Torchwood. First introduced on the BBC series as a time agent turned con man from the 51st Century, he quickly became a fan favorite as he briefly was one of The Doctor’s companions. After his character’s supposed death, he went on to become immortal after being brought back to life as a result of the time vortex. As a result of never being able to die, Captain Jack has been killed 1,409 times. The character then was stranded in the past and joined the Torchwood group monitoring alien threats and reshaped it to honor The Doctor (rather than hunt him). He has since had his own spin-off show Torchwood, a show that had a darker edge than the family-friendly Doctor Who, which went on for four seasons.
In a different world, this space would be filled up with tons of insight into John Barrowman‘s time on beloved fan series like Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Arrow, or his pending future as a utility villain across the DC Comics TV universe on the CW. On the other hand though, those that attended Barrowman’s Q&A at Fan Expo Canada today wouldn’t have traded his rollicking, R-rated music and comedy review for all the spoilers in the world. (more…)
Acting, singing, dancing, writing, time travelling and evil archery – often, it seems that there is no ends to the list of skills at which John Barrowman excels. Leaping to every new challenge with his signature flair and flamboyance – not to mention incredible levels of energy – it’s no surprise that he’s won so many awards for being generally an all round amazing entertainer. At San Diego Comic Con this week, he added to his list of accomplishments by showing off his fabulous cosplaying talents. (more…)
After making an impact with nerds at large as Doctor Who’s and Torchwood’s xeno-amorous time-traveling captain, Captain Jack (known to time-normies as John Barrowman) has taken on the mantle of Arrow’s nemesis, Dark Archer. For the non-die-hard Green Arrow fans out there, Dark Archer (AKA Malcom Merlyn) was Oliver Queen’s arch nemesis. Originally going by the stage name “Merlyn The Magician”, the trickster won his very first bout against Oliver Queen in Justice League Of America #94 in the olden days of November 1971. Since then, Malcom Merlyn has switched careers constantly, joining the League of Assassins, working as a soul-bound unpaid intern in service to the demon Nero, and competing in the Olympics with the Zandian National team.
This incarnation promises a brand new twist however, as according to a recent statement by John Barrowman, he is preparing to launch a series tie-in limited comic book series, titled Arrow: The Dark Archer (more…)
Sadly I had to skip Dragon Con this year as I was hosting a family get together over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, but fear not, we’re still going to scour the Internet and find all the most fabulous Dragon Con happenings and bring them to you here. One such item was John Barrowman‘s entrance to his panel at Dragon Con. Suffice it to say that Barrowman knows how to make an entrance, one that will make you smile for the rest of the day, and what better way to wipe away that “I gotta go back to work after a 4 day weekend” feeling? (more…)
Sometimes, you should leave the hype alone. For the last week and a bit we’ve been promised that this week’s episode of Arrow, the last before a month-long break, was going to huge. Not just huge, but HUGE! I believe there was also a twist promised. Alas, like a lot of season three thus far, “Nanda Parbat” seemed a messy collage of the various storylines this year, and where they are all going is not so much a complicated question, as a swampy haze that leaves you lost and confused. Nearly two-thirds of the way through the season it feels like the writers have lost track of where they’re going, and that ending “twist” doesn’t lend a whole lot of confidence. (more…)
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…)
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…)
After last week’s crossover with The Flash, Arrow might be more than a little amped up and energized, but in the face of the midseason finale the show had a lot of work to do to get back on track. A number of provocative pieces were laid out in the first couple of episodes of the season, and it all seemed to get buried under secret origins, crossovers, DC Comics Easter Egg hunting and turning Laurel Lance into the Black Canary. But what about Sara’s murder? Or the coming vengeance of Ra’s al Ghul? Or the fact that Quentin Lance is in the dark about his youngest daughter’s death? Or the game Malcolm Merlyn is playing, and how much Oliver’s sister Thea knows and/or is a part of it? Most importantly though is just what the heck does all this pointless meandering around Hong Kong have to do with anything?* (*Just kidding, it’s entirely pointless.) (more…)