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A couple of years before the comic book movie craze became full-blown, there was a script making the rounds of the Warner Bros. backlot called Super Max. In it, the Green Arrow is sent to a prison full of super-villains, some of whom he put away, and is forced to survive amongst a jail full of the worst of the worst all the while planning his escape and then trying to prove his innocence. During the finale of tonight’s episode of Arrow the existence of Super Max came to mind, and despite the fact that it was written by David S. Goyer, who by this point has as man detractors as fans, it’s always seemed like a missed opportunity. Or is it? (more…)

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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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After last season’s shocking ending – seriously, I’m not being sarcastic, I really didn’t see that coming – Arrow returned for its second season last night with a solid premiere. The Hood has been absent since an earthquake left a good chunk of Starling City in ruins. Coincidentally, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) skipped town, too, though no one in town seems to find any correlation between these two events. Hey, they’re suffering, we can’t ask them to draw obvious conclusions right now. (more…)

Arrow will be back on the CW tomorrow evening at 8pm and with it the continuation of Oliver Queen’s struggle to become the hero Starling City deserves (as well as my episode recaps!). Speaking with The Huffington Post, executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti dished all about where the show’s going next. And I do mean dish, their article is littered with SPOILERS for the second half of Arrow‘s first season.

Berlanti discussed how our, as in the fan’s, response to the first half of the season influenced what they’re doing with the second,

We were able to go through the hell of the first seven or eight [episodes] that I think you have to go to, to sort of calibrate how to make a good episode and how to make it on time and on budget and all that stuff, and [we started] to get real, true audience feedback about what people are enjoying most. So this next run of episodes is the byproduct of a conversation we’ve had with the audience and then also our own learning curve in terms of how to make better episodes.

Good to know. I’d hate for them to come back with crappier episodes. The series has definitely improved as it’s gone on, as long as they keep that up I’m pumped for the show’s return. Be sure to check out HuffPo’s entire write up for all the details about where Arrow‘s going next, what new villains will pop up, which old villains will be teaming up, and more.

In the meantime, here’s a gallery of new promo images from tomorrow night’s episode, “Trust But Verify”, as well as some on set pics snapped of newcomer Colton Hayes, who’ll be playing Roy Harper.

And lastly, what are the odds we’ll see Arrow crossover with the CW’s other planned show featuring a DC superhero, Amazon? Not bad, actually, but it all depends on what the showrunners want to do. As reported by IGN, CW president Mark Pedowitz also put an end to any chance Bruce Wayne could come to Arrow,

At this time, no. And regarding your next question, regarding is Batman going to make a trip to [Arrow’s] Starling City, they’re not in the same state.

Well, shucks. Oh well, what are you look forward to from Arrow‘s second half of season one?

Sources: CBM (2), Bleeding Cool