Brother Blood

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And it’s here, about half way through its second season, that Arrow begins to show the wear of a 22 episode order. A full season order of over 20 episodes has been the norm on television for years, but recently cable TV has garnered plenty of success with fast-paced, tightly scripted, 10-12 episode seasons. Should we see more programs adapt to these shorter seasons? I’d sure like to, as it would cut out so much of what’s been plaguing Arrow from the very beginning–extraneous drama. (more…)

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Never one to be subtle, this week’s Arrow dealt with – surprise! – identity. True identities, false identities, secret identities, yearned for identities; it was all stuffed in there. Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has decided to again become the vigilante he must constantly be choosing which role to play: crime fighter or C.E.O? Laurel (Katie Cassidy) holds true to who she wants to be, the woman who captures the vigilante. And Roy (Colton Haynes) is finally given an identity and perhaps the potential to stop being so fucking annoying.  (more…)