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Heroes of ‘Arrow’ & ‘Flash’ Team-Up for a Spin-off

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With all the ground work being laid in both Arrow and The Flash, introducing new characters who could each lead their own spin-off series, unless the CW wanted to change their name to the DC Network, this was really the only option that made sense. The CW has announced that they’re presently developing a “superhero team-up” spin-off series featuring a ragtag group of actors from both Arrow and The Flash. Currently being developed by DCTV Universe overseers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, the new show already has a popular quartet of actors apparently signed up to lead team, which will only, undoubtedly, open the door to more spin-off ready characters. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S03E15 – “Nanda Parbat”

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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…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E14 – “The Return”

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It was easy to be cautious when approaching this week’s episode of Arrow called “The Return.” It was a double, if not triple, return with Oliver returning to Lian Yu accompanied by Thea, with Slade Wilson returning to haunt the Queens some more, and, with the flashback, Oliver returning to Starling for the first time since he was shipwrecked. It’s was a minefield of potential letdowns and Easter eggs, a potential contortion of narrative so it would become contrived, and that’s just the flashback. In the present we have to deal with the potential letdown of Slade’s return, since Manu Bennett owned in the role last year and this season’s big bad in the form of Matt Noble‘s Ra’s al Ghul has yet to match up. So how did it all shake out? (more…)

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Last night’s installment of Arrow brought the Emerald Archer back to Starling City, but with Oliver Queen’s return to his hometown now being literally yesterday’s news, we need to know now what’s next for the show. Well, there’s continuing development of the Black Canary for one thing, Ray Palmer suiting up in his A.T.O.M. armor for another, and then there’s the oil and water team-up of Oliver and Malcolm Merlyn to fight Ra’s al Ghul. But if none of that peaks your interest, how about a visit from some old friends. Or make that frenemies. Task Force X is making a comeback, although you may know them better as the Suicide Squad. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E12 – “Uprising”

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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…)

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Get a life! Was the message of last night’s The Flash. And according to this definition, getting a life entails going to a karaoke bar, getting tanked, singing from Grease, barfing in the parking lot and telling your platonic friend that’s okay to peak when using super-speed to change you into PJs because he’s a hero and deserves a peak. The heart was firmly on the sleeve in “Crazy for You,” which is fine because a) The Flash can do that, and b) the “Freak of the Week” was a B-team stringer not worthy to be labelled “rogue.” The lesson of the night was that the heart wants what it wants, even if you’re a girl with teleporting powers and what you want is some hipster jailbird that ditches you at the first sign of danger. (more…)

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Although it brings to mind the jaunty tune by the French electronic duo, “Midnight City” was no happy-go-lucky hour of Arrow. In Starling City, for Oliver’s friends and allies, there’s no time for mourning, nor is there any time to stop and catch their breath. True, everyone’s green hooded hero was alive and well (ish), but his city was taking a proverbial and literal beating from Danny “Brick” Brickwell. It’s time for a new hero to rise, time for her – yes, her – to take up her mantle as a leather-clad defender of innocents with a talent to wield blunt objects in manner almost as fierce as her temper. Too bad that this Canary is woefully under-prepared for the mantle passed down to her. (more…)

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If you’re a fan of this site, then you’ve probably heard of the Force, but how about the Speed Force? You may not be so steeped into the comic lore of the original Flash books to know anything about the Speed Force, so you might not have gotten too excited when it was name dropped on last night’s episode of The CW‘s The Flash. That’s okay because executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is going to explain it to us. Out of what have looked like, on the surface, as another “freak of the week” episode, we were instead given a fairly big piece of Flash mythology and it was just dropped in a manner akin to the way we learned what Cisco wore to work on his first day at S.T.A.R. Labs. Spoilers ahead obviously. (more…)

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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…)

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The Flash returns tonight (fiiiiiiiinally) on the CW, and while the new episode called “Return of the Rogues” refers specifically to Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), the rogue that really has fans curious is The Man in the Yellow Suit, AKA: Reverse-Flash. Who is he? Why did he – apparently – go back in time to kill Barry Allen’s mom and frame his dad for it? Both good questions, and ones that I think will be answered to some degree by the end of the first season. Every fan has their theory, but now The Flash himself, actor Grant Gustin, says to throw those theories out the window because even he was surprised by what’s coming with this season’s end. (more…)