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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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Week in and week out, The Flash continues to provide its fans with strong content with a side of laughter and this week’s “Who is Harrison Wells?” remains true to form, though the episode wasn’t nearly as strong as last week’s “All Star Team Up”.  In yet another Arrow crossover, the episode managed to bring Joe West and Cisco out to Starling City to investigate Wells’ past; had Eddie shooting two officers in cold blood; and had an intimate moment between Barry and Caitlin.  Well, in a manner of speaking, of course.  As always, spoilers ahead. (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…)

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In the current TV climate, a spin-off combining characters from The Flash and Arrow in a new show is about as close to a sure thing as you can get. It was a few months ago that the CW first floated the possibility of another show to take place in this small screen DC Comics-universe, which if Supergirl also has tendrils to Arrow et al would make four series part of the same superhero universe on the air. This new CW series though is a bit less straightforward than tagging a new hero and creating a show around them, it’s taking parts from other shows and creating a new series. Kind of Legendary, wouldn’t you say? (more…)

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Last night’s episode of Arrow featured the climactic swan song for one of its main characters, a sudden departure for both actor and role and an important void that will galvanize the rest of the main cast going forward. It’s been a fairly uneven year for Arrow. With The Flash stealing some of its thunder and the difficulty in trying to top an excellent sophomore season, Arrow just hasn’t been up to snuff, and Ra’s al Ghul hasn’t been the big bad ass he’s been advertised to be. So now what? That was a heck of a cliffhanger the show left us with last night, so what comes next for Arrow and the Starling City gang? The executive producers have the answer, and warning, there be spoilers below. (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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If you were watching last night’s episode of The Flash, Tricksters, for any other reason that seeing Mark Hamill reprise his role from the 90’s Flash series, you may have been watching for the wrong reasons.  That being said, many came for Hamill but they stayed for the absolutely wonderful episode that the original Trickster brought along with him.  As always, spoilers ahead. (more…)

FLASH VS. ARROW

It’s coming down to crunch time for both of the CW‘s flagship superhero series, Arrow and The Flash. Both shows are two-thirds over for the season, and major plot points have been revealed as the pieces have started to be arranged for what’s sure to be seminal, cataclysmic season finales. There’s the rub, obviously the shows want to keep their secrets close, but they both shoot outside on the occasionally, but rarely, mean streets of Vancouver, where sharp-eyed shutter bugs can catch site of superhero doings in progress if they’re quick enough, and/or lucky enough. Making the rounds on the internet this morning is what might be a look at the epic fight that will cap The Flash’s first season, and this should go without saying, but spoilers are ahead. (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…)