Count Vertigo

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Watching last night’s episode of Arrow unfold, one has to appreciate the re-emergence of the series narrative gusto, a quality that’s been sorely lacking in much of the season so far. A great many ongoing elements of the show came together to push the story and the characters forward, capitalizing on the somewhat meticulous maneuvering of deck chairs that characterized much of the last 12 episodes. In the wake of Oliver’s return to Starling is the realization that things have changed pretty profoundly for Team Arrow, and in the shadow of Vertigo’s return – the man and the drug – some awful truths are revealed, and even accepted. (more…)

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Like an RPG blowing up your favorite romantic dinner spot, the third season of Arrow began with more plot, exposition and character development than a skid full of C4. Following quickly on the heels of last night’s very well-received premiere of The Flash, it was Arrow’s turn to assert itself. The gold standard of comic book-based series, there were a lot of expectations for this first new episode of the season, but did it deliver? Mostly yes, but a little bit no. This premiere episode has packed from beginning to end with some slick action, interesting new characters, interesting twists for old favorites, and a gut punch in the end that will have reverberations all season long. (more…)

Arrow has had itself a pretty solid start. It’s not perfect, but it’s proved to be an interesting take on DC‘s emerald archer and I believe has been a pleasant surprise for comic book fans and non-fans alike. Sure, he’s never referred to as Green Arrow but rather, The Hood, which is a little irritating, but there have been plenty of winks and nods to classic DC lore to calm the nerd rage.

We learned last week Count Vertigo would be joining the cast as a, “truly scary and nightmarish,” villain early next year, and there was a lot of speculation this would turn out to John Barrowman’s mysterious “Well-Dressed Man.” Nope! Because today TVLine reported Fringe‘s Seth Gabel has been cast as Vertigo. It’s still unclear how like his comic book counterpart he’ll be, but we do know his appearance coincides with a new party drug, called Vertigo, hitting Starling City.

Speaking of all the changes, something they’ve amped up on Arrow has been the casualty count. The Hood kills, and it’s not like Green Arrow never did, but it’s happening far more frequently in Starling City than it ever did in Star City. Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell recently spoke to SFX Magazine and was asked why his hero is also a killer?

The central character of all the great shows on television, and I don’t list these names to draw comparisons, but as an example – Tony Soprano, Walter White, Don Draper – these are all incredibly flawed people that do regrettable things, terrible things, unforgivable things. But as long as they’re pursuing an overall goal, and as long as they engage the audience, that’s why those shows resonate. I’ve always wanted to play somebody who was unflinching, who set up for something and followed through with it. That’s why we have to kill people on the show, because he’s trying to clean up the city. To think that there wouldn’t be collateral damage, that would be farcical.

I think he raises a good point, shouldn’t our heroes be more realistic and flawed? This way they can be more relatable, and just maybe, their heroic actions will appear more heroic in contrast. I don’t know, just throwing some thoughts out there, but I know the high kill count on Arrow did catch me off guard at first.

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After I got over my initial

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and watched the show I found that the show has a lot going for it. It’s not Christopher Nolan’s Batman, but it’s not The Cape either. There is a great deal of Green Arrow and DC comic lore hidden in the story and characters just waiting to be told.

Another villain is going to appear on Arrow early next year, Count Vertigo. It isn’t clear if the character will retain the name, but word is that a new designer drug called Vertigo will start to flood Starling City. It doesn’t take a genius to see a clear connection between Oliver’s sister, nick-named “Speedy” who has her own drug problem much like the comic book version sidekick had.

The best bet out there at the moment is that Torchwood’s John Barrowman who is listed as “The Well-Dressed Man” will turn out to be the series’ new take on Vertigo. WHo knows, it could happen, Vertigo is described as, “Oliver’s deadliest adversary to date… He will be truly scary and nightmarish.” If Vertigo is to be the biggest bad guy then the role should be filled by someone like Barrowman.

You can catch Arrow Wednesdays at 8 pm on The CW.

Via: ScreenRant