Ever since Arrow capped off its Season 1 finale with the unexpected and tragic death of Tommy Merlyn, the series hasn’t let up. In a way, tragedy has become the name of the game, because no one ever became a broodingly heroic savior without losing a few of those closest to them. [SPOILERS]
Let’s be honest, last night’s episode of Arrow was about as near perfect an episode as they’ve had yet. And this season, as I’ve mentioned over and over, is already a vast improvement over its first. “Deathstroke” is the icing on the cake (which is saying something considering there’s still four more episodes to go). It’s thrilling, tense, and keeps you guessing at where its heading the whole time; an impressive achievement for the often heavy handed show. (more…)
Arrow is surely hitting its stride. Last night’s episode, “The Promise” was a true pleasure to watch, especially for those who’ve stuck with the series through all its hiccups and growing pains. In the past, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) and Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennet) relationship is disintegrating before our eyes, while in the present the two pace around each other like prize fighters–neither too sure who’ll land the first blow. The tension they manage to build in this episode is unlike anything the CW drama could have pulled off a year ago, and it’s all the evidence needed if you’re still wondering if Arrow‘s worth watching.
Not sure if it’s been the string of so-so episodes since the series returned from hiatus or that “Heir to the Demon” really is Arrow‘s strongest offering to date, but last night’s episode rocked! It hit all the notes – action-oriented and dramatically – and did so superbly. Where do I even start? (more…)
After last week’s Arrow review was published I was genuinely surprised by the response. Most out there on the interwebz loved last week’s episode, where I was less impressed. My biggest problem was its complete reversal of the recent developments about Brother Blood, basically halting any progress The Arrow (Stephen Amell) made into that investigation. Blood doesn’t appear in “Tremors“, confirming my concern over any recent payoff on that front.
Yet unlike last week’s tiresome episode, I found “Tremors” to be more enjoyable–shocking, I know, considering how much it focused on angry, angsty Roy (Colton Haynes). (more…)
Arrow‘s second season ended its first half on a real high note. Oliver (Stephen Amell) is firmly cemented in his role as Starling City’s hero, Roy (Colton Haynes) survived his injection of Miracle (aw shucks), Barry (Grant Gustin) was successfully electrocuted and is on his way to becoming The Flash, and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennet) was revealed as the man funding Blood’s (Kevin Alejandro) slow take over of the city. Basically, the mid-season finale was fantastic. Can the second half keep up that momentum? (more…)
Before Arrow went on a one week, holiday hiatus it left off with a rather lackluster episode that saw Moira (Susanna Thompson) acquitted and bid farewell to Count Vertigo (a character I’m all too happy to see bite the dust). Thankfully, this week executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, swoop in to set up a two part, mid-season finale that will excite fans of the show and absolutely thrill DC mega-nerds. (more…)
Moira Queen’s (Susanna Thompson) day in court has come. Will she fry for the 500+ innocent people she had a hand in murdering, or will she walk free? The earthquake only hit six months prior, which means her case is moving ahead at lightning speed, and in a flashback we witness the Arkham-like prison break it caused at Iron Heights. We see the guards escaping, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves (jerks), and we see The Dollmaker freed, by Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel), no less. (more…)
Stepping away from the Lance family drama that’s dominated the last few episodes, Arrow gives John Diggle (David Ramsey) some time in the spotlight. And of course there could only be one reason to bring Diggle back in to focus: Deadshot (Michael Rowe). Diggle’s government connection, A.R.G.U.S agent Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) has gone missing and Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) wants him to get her back. What? Not enough DC Comics name-dropping for you? Don’t worry, there’s more. (more…)
By ending last week’s episode on such an exhilarating cliffhanger, I’ll admit, Arrow impressed me. Not only because the series was willing to go there, willing to put Oliver (Stephen Amell) at such risk of discovery, but because Laurel (Katie Cassidy) was able to prove herself as ruthless and tenacious as any hero or villain. Say what you will about the series distorting the character of Laurel Lance from her comic book counterpart, but the lady’s got balls. Equally ballsy is Olives’ shining knight, Black Canary–or rather, the “masked blonde woman in black leather.” (more…)