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This week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Rip Hunter and his gang are still stuck in 1975 as they wait for Kendra to recover in the med bay.  They’ve jetted over to Zeipzig, Germany for the time being, however, and are taking a moment to reassess.  This episode, entitled “Blood Ties”, is about both the bonds of family as well as actual, you know, blood.  We get a deeper look into the crazy that is Vandal Savage, as well as some further peeks into the backstories of the team.  If you haven’t watched the last few episodes, STOP HERE!  SPOILERS will be rampant from here on out.  You’ve been warned. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E12 – “Unchained”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was so tight that it brought backed a beloved regular from the past and it was probably the least notable thing that happened during the hour. A globetrotting adventure that took us from Nanda Parbat to Japan and all the way back to Star City, this week’s Arrow had no shortage of material as old friends returned, new enemies arrived, and strange bedfellows were sewn. This episode was so busy that it could only introduce major new plot points in passing, but as the official halfway point of the season, “Unchained” adds new elements to the seaosn’s arc that could potentially be followed up on in some very interesting ways. (more…)

The CW Orders 6 Hot, New Pilots!

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Rising from the ashes of UPN and The WB, The CW has become popular for its teen-focused dramas and its hosting of the Arrowverse, featuring Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. The network has just announced that it has placed an order for six new pilots, just fifteen short of the quorum necessary for producing hot radio hits such as “Stressed Out.” The order for the new pilots leans heavily on science fiction and supernatural fare, and one project based on the classic Archie Comics.

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When you’re a TV show about time traveling superheroes, literally anything is possible, and so shall it be again with Legends of Tomorrow. The DC Comics-based show set in the shared Arrow and Flash universe has already hosted Stephen Amell‘s Green Arrow, Katie Cassidy‘s Black Canary, and Neal McDonough popped up last night as a younger(?) Damien Darhk. So what’s next? How about more Arrow? Teasing an upcoming episodes, one of the show’s executive producer’s is promising a reprise from Green Arrow, just don’t expect it to be the same Green Arrow we see weekly here in the year 2016. (more…)

DC's Legends of Tomorrow -- "Pilot, Part 2" -- Image LGN102_20150917_0246b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein -- Photo: Diyah Perah/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Last week was the premiere of the newest CW show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and a lot was packed into the one hour time slot.  We met the titular “legends”, their leader, and their foe.  All were familiar faces to those who have been watching The Flash and Arrow, except for Captain Rip Hunter, the leader of the motley crew.  The premise of the show was introduced as well, that of a band of time jumping maybe-heroes out to save the world from certain destruction at the hands of the nefarious Vandal Savage.

This week, there’s more of a focus on developing the relationships of the team.  Most of them haven’t interacted before this, or if they have it has been sparingly.  Read on for more details of the episode, but be warned THERE ARE SPOILERS.  Read at your own risk! (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E11 – “A.W.O.L.”

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Only in Star City does date night end with an old colleague from your top secret former job crashing an evening walk and getting kidnapped right in front of you by an anonymous military outfit in a black van with no plates. This week’s Arrow was Diggle-centric, which is usually a sign of Arrow gold because David Ramsey is a trooper and when Diggle gets the chance to hog the spotlight a little, he owns it. Even without the Ghosts and Damien Darhk, this week’s Arrow had some kick, and was possibly the most most engaging entry of this season so far. It’s proof that sometimes what’s simple, works best. (more…)

Ahoy! Another Speedster is Racing onto ‘The Flash’

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In the beginning, there was The Flash. Then came the Reverse Flash, and then he was killed, and then he came back again. We’ve since been introduced to Jay Gerrick, the Flash from Earth-2; Zoom, the evil speedster from Earth-2; Jesse Quick, the daughter of Harrison Wells from Earth-2 who in the comic books becomes a speedster; and finally Wally West, son of Joe West and brother of Iris West who in the comic books becomes Kid Flash. If that’s not enough speed for you, The Flash is throwing one more speedster into the mix with Trajectory. Never heard of her? That’s okay, her tenure maybe, ahem, short-lived. (more…)

It’s interesting to see the converts fall like dominoes when it comes to the CW post-apocalypse drama The 100, and I’m one of those people that came late to understand and enjoy the wonderful complexities of this show. It’s a series about survival that takes survival seriously, confronting its heroes with the hardest of hard decisions. How do you impose rules in a world with no rules? How can you forge peace and understanding with a people as different from you as an alien race? How do live with making a terrible choice, even if the alternative is just as terrible? But in the wake of all this, The 100’s third season started with something weird, hope. (more…)

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Tonight, Legends of Tomorrow will debut on the CW, the epic new entry into the DC TV Universe that started with Arrow and continued with The Flash. But what if I told you that Legends is the fourth series set in this world. Vixen, based on the DC Comics superheroine of the same name, launched on CW Seed last year as an animated webseries, and like any good Arrowverse show it included guest (voice) appearances from Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin. But could Vixen, and voice actress Megalyn Echikunwoke crossover into the real world of Arrow and Flash? She will, and she has, and here’s the first photographic proof. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E10 – “Blood Debts”

Since Arrow signed off for a month-and-a-half holiday hiatus, there’s been a persistent, dangling rumor that fans have been desperate to have addressed: can Thea make it work with her brother’s campaign manager Johnny Handsome? Of course, that’s not what has our interest. It’s that grave. That grave! The one that the Arrow writers are using to poke our spoiler-filled anxiety. Who is in that grave is a question we don’t get answered tonight, but we do find out who isn’t in the grave, and that’s progress because it’s the most frequently mentioned candidate for the coffin that we learn is alive and well in four months. (more…)