Ra’s al Ghul

Alexander Siddig is about to add another nerdy franchise to his acting belt as he has been cast to play Ra’s Al Ghul in Gotham. Best known for his role as Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and lately as Doran Martell on Game of Thrones, Siddig is a fantastic choice for Batman’s greatest enemy/frenemy that keeps coming back thanks to the Lazarus Pit. Check out the casting announcement below. (more…)

Neal McDonough is one of those actors, one of those “where do I know him from?” actors. He was one of the Band of Brothers, he was M.Bison in the ill-advised Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, he was Lt. Hawke in Star Trek: First Contact but like all Enterprise helsmen not named ‘Wesley Crusher’ he was doomed from the outset. More recently, and perhaps more famously, McDonough has taken up the role of “Dum Dum” Dugan, one of the Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter. Well now it seems like McDonough is going from hero to villain. He will be playing the mysterious part of Damien Darhk, the big bad of Arrow‘s fourth season. (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…)

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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’ – S3E21 – “Al Sah-Him”

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The CBS series Person of Interest is good at a great many things, but one of its prize assets is the way it will alter the opening voice over to suit the narrative or theme of a given episode. This week’s Arrow followed in that tradition with the words, “My name was Oliver Queen.” To reflect last week’s development where Oliver joined the League of Assassins, stepping up to declare himself the heir to Ra’s al Ghul. Oliver is now not Oliver, but Al Sah-him, the Arrow. So now what? Well, there can’t be two heirs to the demon running around, can there? Time to settle old scores and take out the artist formally known as the heir to the demon, who right now is enjoying a french fry dipped in a milkshake. (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…)

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…)

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A couple of years before the comic book movie craze became full-blown, there was a script making the rounds of the Warner Bros. backlot called Super Max. In it, the Green Arrow is sent to a prison full of super-villains, some of whom he put away, and is forced to survive amongst a jail full of the worst of the worst all the while planning his escape and then trying to prove his innocence. During the finale of tonight’s episode of Arrow the existence of Super Max came to mind, and despite the fact that it was written by David S. Goyer, who by this point has as man detractors as fans, it’s always seemed like a missed opportunity. Or is it? (more…)

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It’s rare that the wedding of two main characters in an episode is actually the least interesting, or the least pertinent, development in an episode, but that’s the way it was with the latest episode of Arrow. Now this was vintage Arrow, people! It had solid action, character development, dense plotting, and more than a couple of decent Easter Eggs. Specifically, it featured a long-awaited superhero face-off and some insightful background into one of the series long-time antagonists. But it was also a compelling story in its own right with a good twist in the A story, and a killer twist in the B. (more…)