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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…)

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When Arrow was first being pitched as a concept offering a fresh spin on the Green Arrow legacy, I wasn’t really buying into it. Christopher’s Nolan’s vision of Batman was a new direction for the films, but not a drastic change from what had been happening for years in the comics. So how different, really, would this television series be from the typical origin of the emerald archer?

Turns out, quite different, and to more success than I initially imagined.  (more…)

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By ending last week’s episode on such an exhilarating cliffhanger, I’ll admit, Arrow impressed me. Not only because the series was willing to go there, willing to put Oliver (Stephen Amell) at such risk of discovery, but because Laurel (Katie Cassidy) was able to prove herself as ruthless and tenacious as any hero or villain. Say what you will about the series distorting the character of Laurel Lance from her comic book counterpart, but the lady’s got balls. Equally ballsy is Olives’ shining knight, Black Canary–or rather, the “masked blonde woman in black leather.”  (more…)