“Even death’s not permanent anymore.” Famous last words in Star City these days. Sara Lance has come back from over a year in the ground, Ray Palmer didn’t die in an explosion but merely got shrunk, and now Andy Diggle has rejoined the land of the living. This week’s Arrow was another tale of resurrection, and offered further strange insights into the world that Damien Darhk’s arrival has ushered in. Although another back-from-the-dead tale should strain the credulity, especially in Arrow’s once grounded universe, this episode actually offered some interesting insight into the character of the man they call Dig. (more…)
This week’s episode of Arrow re-introduced two elements from season three that didn’t, to be generous, necessarily work. One is Ray Palmer and the other is Donna Smoak. The former is a necessary evil, a pre-arranged dangling thread that needs to be tied off before Legends of Tomorrow can begin at midseason. The latter, well, has some kind of fascination either because we’re supposed to enjoy the ironic genealogy of Felicity’s mother, or because Charlotte Ross looks good in a cocktail dress. It’s a pretty thin line. Ray and Donna took their places in the A and B plot of this week’s Arrow, the question is whether they would ruin the show’s still wobbly season four momentum? (more…)
Signs of the expanded universe created across Arrow and through to The Flash and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow is now seen in just about every episode of the show. In the first four episodes of the season there’s always been some reference or callback to past, present or future events in the DC Comic TV universe, but even at that, tonight’s Arrow was special. Although Constantine is gone, John Constantine and his portrayer Matt Ryan were not forgotten, and on this week’s Arrow, the master of magic and the dark arts helped Team Arrow solve a very serious supernatural problem with tremendous results. (more…)
One of the key elements of Arrow is that its titular hero is trying to transcend the darkness he had to dive into in order to survive and become a stirring symbol of heroism his city needs. Although Oliver Queen struggles in trying to find a way to walk a higher path, he surrounds himself with people that inspire him to do better, and despite their differences, one of them is Captain Quentin Lance. And in a strange reversal of their relationship through most of the series, it was Oliver that found himself looking down on Lance, as the Captain struggled not only with his own deal with the devil, but his daughter’s too. (more…)
His father was Chondrakha: The God of all Sharks. His mother was a human woman (It’s confusing for us too.) He started out as a serial killer before making his first appearance in Superboy (Volume 4) #0, and then did a brief stint as Aquaman’s sidekick during Swords of Atlantis. He’s been a member of The Secret Six and The Suicide Squad, and has generally just been being a badass since Karl Kesel created him. He’s King Shark– the supervillain humanoid shark that made a cameo appearance in last night’s episode of The Flash. (more…)
This week’s Arrow was all about O.T.A. – or “Original Team Arrow.” In the last couple of seasons, Arrow has become a more complex show that’s introduced a great many new characters into the Arrow Cave for O.T.A. to play with. With Black Canary and Speedy abroad to deal with things Lazarus Pit-related, it was up to Oliver, Diggle and Felicity to deal with all things Darhk. The theme of the week is best summed up in the episode’s title, “Restoration,” but really it was about how for our three main characters, the more things change, the more they stay the same. (more…)
Constantine may be gone, but Constantine lives! As you may or may not know, in just a few short weeks Matt Ryan will reprise his roll as master of the occult John Constantine on the CW’s Arrow. Although his self-titled series may be over (for now?) Ryan’s portrayal of Constantine was so beloved that fans just couldn’t give him up so easily. Now, there have been a couple of guesses as to what might bring Constantine to Star
ling City, and the most obvious one has to do with the pending resssurection of a beloved heroine. It turns out, that was technically correct after all. (more…)
Week two of the new Green Arrow Arrow showed off a lighter Oliver Queen but took us deeper into a swirling, disturbing world where no one wants to run for mayor of a major city, and your little sister makes possessed Linda Blair in The Exorcist look sedate and controllable. Things got hairier and weirder on this week’s Arrow as another DC Comics villain makes his debut, members of Team Arrow decide to share for a change, and Damien Darhk stakes a claim as a gentleman villain. Meanwhile, Oliver’s new flashback island adventure gets interesting, and Laurel has an awesome, or possibly terrible, idea. (more…)
Last time on The Flash we finally found out what happened the day of the singularity. While a giant hole above the city threatened to absorb everything into it, the end result pushed friends and family apart in the form of Barry and company. For a moment, this seemed to be the path they were all destined for. Enter Atom Smasher and Zoom. Barry and his friends soon realized that being apart was the last thing they needed, and that the only way to defeat this new villain was to become closer than ever. However, Atom Smasher was just the beginning. This week’s episode, “Flash of Two Worlds,” introduces a new member of the team as well as new concepts that will help guide us for the rest of the season.
When the first season of The Flash ended, jaws dropped, fans stood up, and others raced out of the room. The season finale was so ambitious that, let’s face it, where do you even begin to compile a second season? From singularities to time travel, the first season was enough to give a normal person a headache. Yet, somehow, the show manages to make the complicated not so complicated. And, if the premiere of the second season is any indication, then fans of the show can relax because everything is going to be okay.
If you haven’t seen the premiere yet, then you may want to look away because, while it’s not intended, spoilers may be given away. So, if you’re ready to move forward, then keep reading.