Damien Darhk

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Welcome to¬†the new and improved Arrow season four! Where as with last night’s The Flash, you could chill out and get right back into the Central City adventures like a warm bath, there’s a lot of hesitation about getting back into the waters of Starling City. Oh, sorry, I meant Star City. That little detail was only one of a myriad of changes for Team Arrow’s fourth year in business that also included new costumes, new villains and new flashbacks, as well as some strange new alliances, and a flash-forward that portends the shiny happy Oliver Queen that we see throughout the hour won’t be so shiny happy for long. Six months tops. (more…)

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The new TV season will kick off in just a couple of weeks, but Arrow fans will have to wait a couple of weeks longer then that for the premiere of the new adventures of the vigilante from Starling City and his super friends to debut. In the mean time, let’s tide you over with a brand new look at the new season. A full trailer was posted online after being shown at Dragon Con last weekend, and even though this new one is a scant 30 second long it does offer one intriguing new thing, and that’s the first time a character from the show is called by his proper comic book name. (more…)

Neal McDonough is one of those actors, one of those “where do I know him from?” actors. He was one of the Band of Brothers, he was M.Bison in the ill-advised Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, he was Lt. Hawke in Star Trek: First Contact but like all Enterprise helsmen not named ‘Wesley Crusher’ he was doomed from the outset. More recently, and perhaps more famously, McDonough has taken up the role of “Dum Dum” Dugan, one of the Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger¬†and Agent Carter. Well now it seems like McDonough is going from hero to villain. He will be playing the mysterious part of Damien Darhk, the big bad of Arrow‘s fourth season. (more…)

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There was a scene in The Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” where the Itchy & Scratchy show abandons Krusty the Klown for the all-new, all-different Gabbo Show. Krusty is left only with the bizarro Soviet cartoon Worker and Parasite and after 30 nearly incomprehensible seconds we cut to Krusty smoking a cigarette and saying exasperatedly, “What the hell was that?!” That’s kind of how I feel having watched Arrow’s third season finale. I sat there, looking at the TV, saying, “What the hell was that?!” Not the whole finale, the action was dope, the character interaction pretty effective, and there were some interesting moments with fascinating long-term implications for the series, but seriously, What the hell was that?! (more…)

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The CBS series Person of Interest is good at a great many things, but one of its prize assets is the way it will alter the opening voice over to suit the narrative or theme of a given episode. This week’s Arrow followed in that tradition with the words, “My name was Oliver Queen.” To reflect last week’s development where Oliver joined the League of Assassins, stepping up to declare himself the heir to Ra’s al Ghul. Oliver is now not Oliver, but Al Sah-him, the Arrow. So now what? Well, there can’t be two heirs to the demon running around, can there? Time to settle old scores and take out the artist formally known as the heir to the demon, who right now is enjoying a french fry dipped in a milkshake. (more…)