TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E11 – “Midnight City”

- 01-29-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

‘Flash’ EP Answers, “What is this Speed Force You Mentioned?”

- 01-28-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

TV Review: ‘Arrow’ – S3E10 – “Left Behind”

- 01-22-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

Gustin Says No One Will Predict How ‘Flash’ Season Ends, But We’ll Try

- 01-20-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

‘Dexter’ Actor will Play Trickster II After Hamill in Upcoming ‘Flash’ Episode

- 01-15-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Mark Hamill is a tough act to follow, especially when he’s in full-blown super-villain mode, but Devon Graye is going to give it a try. The actor, who’s probably best known for playing the teenage version of Michael C. Hall‘s titular serial killer on Showtime‘s Dexter, has been cast as one of two versions of The Trickster along with Hamill on an upcoming episode of The CW‘s The Flash. The Flash has been pretty sharp with some of its super-villain casting, primary among them is Wentworth Miller who plays Captain Cold, who will be plaguing the Fastest Man Alive (Grant Gustin) in the first episode of 2015 airing on Tuesday. But while the upcoming Trickster episode is more compelling for its Hamill appearance, casting Graye as Trickster: The Next Generation should definitely be of (secondary) interest. (more…)

‘Arrow’ News: [Spoiler] to Fill in for [Spoiler] while He’s “Away”

- 01-12-15Uncategorized Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s been a packed couple of days of Arrow news as the beloved CW superhero series was renewed for a fourth season and interest was expressed in a second spin-off from the show. But on to more practical concerns, like what’s coming up in the second half of the season and where fate might take the ragtag group of heroes and villains that populate Starling City. During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the CW hosted mega-panel of the costumed vigilantes, allies and agitators, from which we got some insight into what’s ahead on Arrow given the peculiar circumstances that the show left its titular hero in just before the Christmas break. Warning, spoilers be ahead. (more…)

‘The Flash’ is the People’s Choice, Plus New Trailer for Season 1.5

- 01-08-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Sometimes the winners of the People’s Choice Awards are programs that don’t exactly appeal to people with – what’s the word I’m looking for – “taste.” But sometimes taste makers and the omnivores of the TV universe agree on something, and this year, that something is the awesomeness of the CW series The Flash. At last night’s ceremony for the People’s Choice Awards (you may have already seen the clip of Captain America Chris Evans helping Betty White to the stage, re-certifying his volunteer merit badge in the process), The Flash beat out some strong competition to win the Favorite New TV Drama award. So the Fastest Man Alive is starting off the year right! Good thing, because as revealed by a new trailer, it’s a villain-palooza for 2015 in Central City. (more…)

Batman on ‘Arrow’? Possible, If Not Probable

- 01-07-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Numerous DC Comics characters have put in appearances on the The CW series Arrow in its two-and-a-half years on the air, even if those characters, ostensibly, have not much to do with Green Arrow. In the midst of the weekly adventures of Arrow we’ve met The Flash, Huntress, Black Canary, the Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller, Deathstroke and Ra’s al Ghul. Now, that last one, you may know, is a Batman villain technically, so it begs the question: is it possible that the Dark Knight might ever visit Starling City to be vigilante bros with Oliver Queen? A key producer on Arrow says that he’d love to welcome Batman to the show, but the fact of the matter is it’s highly unlikely that Brave and the Bold style team-up between the two heroes is unlikely. (more…)

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…)