TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E9 – “The Climb”

- 12-10-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E8 – “The Brave and the Bold”

- 12-03-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Last night’s The Flash featured some darker hues for the typically sunny world of Central City thanks to the timely arrival of the Emerald Archer and his cohorts. Tonight’s Arrow meanwhile, aimed to return the favor as the Fastest Man Alive and two of his associates come to Starling City to offer some light and humor to the typically demur world and gritty realism of its Wednesday night cousin. “The Brave and the Bold” closed out the two-night event that social media has taken to calling #Flarrow, an epic team-up of two heroes who, as Cisco observes, are in a league of their own. Of course that’s not a reference to the Geena Davis movie. It’s a reference to a team that may never be mounted in full on TV, but the super-bro get-together of Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin sure makes you wish they’d try. (more…)

Guess Who’s Coming Back for More ‘Arrow’? Hint: He’s Bad!

- 12-03-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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We pause in the midst of the 24 hour break between portions of The Flash/Arrow crossover to talk spoilers about the immediate future of the Emerald Archer of Starling City. (Incidentally, you can read the Nerd Bastards review of “Flash Vs Arrow” here if you so choose.) Now Arrow and his cohorts have a lot of problems on their plate at the moment, from the return of Malcolm Merlyn, to the death of Black Canary, to the pending arrival of Ra’s al Ghul, but it seems that the Arrow writers room has one more potentially deadly twist up their sleeve for Oliver Queen and his rascally crew of do-gooders; a blast from the past that will by no means be a welcome surprise for anyone on Team Arrow. Potential spoilers below. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ S1E8 – “Flash Vs Arrow”

- 12-03-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Last week’s entry of The Flash addressed a typical superhero quandary: what happens to a super-powered person when they’re suddenly no longer super-powered? At the same time though, the seeds were sewn for another proud superhero trope, an appetizer if you will in the form of Robert Knepper‘s The Clock King taking hostages and trading time-related quotes from Bartlett’s  with Det. Joe West. Yes, it was finally time for the biggest superhero team-up live-action TV has ever seen as the separate but equal worlds of Central City and Starling City converge in “Flash Vs. Arrow,” the Flash half of the two-night Flash/Arrow crossover. But was it everything that we hoped it would be? (more…)

Is ‘Supergirl’ Going to Join the DC TV Universe with ‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’?

- 11-26-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Although you can’t shoot a green arrow without hitting a TV show based on a DC Comics property these days, only two – Arrow and The Flash – have any kind of established connectivity with each other. Since it looks like all the DC Universe characters will be on TV at some point now, either introduced in an established show or are being launched into their own series, it begs the question whether or not there will be more crossover potential. Supergirl is an interesting case. Based on the comic book about Superman’s cousin who also finds herself on Earth after Krypton’s explosion, the idea of an alien woman with incredible powers may be too much for the Arrow/Flash-verse and have no place in the gritty realism of Gotham or the supernatural realm of Constantine. Or maybe – maybe – we have that wrong. (more…)

Epic First Look at ‘Arrow’ Vs ‘The Flash’!

- 11-26-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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At the end of last night’s Flash, which will be recapped later today on Nerd Bastards, The CW effectively teased next week’s epic team-up of the Fastest Man Alive and the Emerald Archer, Arrow. Although The Flash has hardly been shy about borrowing from its “cousin” on Wednesday night – from Oliver’s cameo in the pilot, to Felicity’s visit, to last night’s appearance by the Clock King – this is will be the first time that Arrow and Flash will join superhero forces on a mission that will span two nights and both shows. It’s not exactly The Avengers, but I submit it may be the closest thing to the Justice League we’ll see for a while (at least until Arrow or Flash add more JLA members, The Atom, for example). (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E7 – “Draw Back Your Bow”

- 11-20-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the same old story: boy meets girl, boy saves girl from super-powered bad guy, girl falls in love with boy, girl becomes a trained archer and kills people to impress boy, boy and his friends try to stop here. This week’s Arrow was all about matters of the heart, and apropos, the bad guy was a woman named Carrie Cutter, AKA: Cupid. Obsession is nothing new for superheroes and their rogues, one might say that The Joker is obsessed with Batman for example, but I’m not quite sure if “Draw Back Your Bow” plays as a superhero Lifetime Movie of the Week, or Fatal Attraction with costumes. Either way it was a big week for our heroes and their romantic issues. (more…)

Mo’ Villains Mean Mo’ Problems in ‘Flash’/’Arrow’ Crossover

- 11-14-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the two shows premiered last month, both Arrow and The Flash haven’t exactly been keeping to themselves to save up their crossover karma for next month’s two-parter. Still, a lot of people are stoked about seeing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) be full-on superhero bros in a two-night event, and now, The CW has released the plot description for both episodes which includes details on who the heroes will be forced to face-off against. Befitting the occasion, the writers have decided to introduce two new villains to the shows who are taken directly from DC Comics. One of them is kind of a big deal, and the other is, well, kind of a surprise. (more…)

First Pics of Katie Cassidy as the New Black Canary on ‘Arrow’

- 11-13-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Arrow has earned the love and admiration of comic book fans for its thrilling weekly adventures of the Emerald Archer, and the way it’s captured the spirit of the comic book Green Arrow on the CW TV series. But fans don’t love all aspects of the show universally, and more often than not, Katie Cassidy‘s character, Oliver Queen’s ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance, has been something of a lightning rod. Hate her, or feel indifferently about her, from the start of the show, we’ve known Laurel has a destiny to join her ex’s war on crime in Starling City, and this season’s been making a move toward that in earnest. Apparently though, destiny is coming sooner than we think because below you can see Cassidy, for the first time, in full Black Canary gear. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E6 – “Guilty”

- 11-13-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Something weird happen on last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I don’t mean the guy that went all Memento on his own body with alien markings. No, I’m referring to that scene where Skye tells Mac the intention of the GH formula, that it was meant to resurrect fallen Avengers, and Mac replies, “You mean Captain America, Iron Man, those Avengers?” No, she meant Steed and Peel. But kidding aside, what surprised me about that moment was how organic it was, it didn’t feel like it was being forced to remind the audience that Agents and Avengers were part of the same universe. Making Easter eggs go down as smooth as 12-year-old whiskey has rarely been a problem for Arrow, and tonight’s entry “Guilty” proves it again revealing Ted Grant’s back story. (more…)