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Arrow – Guilty

by Alan Rapp on November 14, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Guilty
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Arrow - Guilty

More than any episode of Arrow in recent memory, “Guilty” struggles with a pair of stories that move forward character development but struggle to in terms of creating a compelling hour of television. Much of the problem can be laid at the feet of J.R. Ramirez as Ted “Wildcat” Grant who is simply too young to sell the premise of the city’s long-forgotten vigilante when he’s basically the same age of as every member of Team Arrow rather than a contemporary of Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) which would make a hell of a lot more sense. The storyline involving gang members murdered in a manner to point the police in Wildcat’s direction is awkward because never once are we given any reason to suspect that he could be the person responsible (and proof of his innocence).

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Justice League United Annual #1

by Alan Rapp on November 8, 2014

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Justice League United Annual #1Following up the events of the series’ first arc involving the rescue of a bizarre alien baby of immeasurable abilities, Justice League United Annual #1 bring the Legion of Super-Heroes back in time to destroy the fast-evolving child (already a teenager) before it grows into the monster of the 31st Century responsible for the destruction of countless worlds and billions of lives.

Opening with a battle between a distraught Mon-El and half the team including the Martian Manhunter, Equinox, and Adam Strange the comic is filled with quite a bit of action in a thinly-veiled tale about young Ultra growing into a Galactus-type monster capable of universal destruction.

The B-story involves Green Arrow, Animal Man, Supergirl, and Stargirl tracking down the villainous Bith and discovering that their dead teammate Hawkman isn’t so dead (although he’s apparently now working for the other side). For an annual the issue works well kicking off the next arc of the series which (even for someone who isn’t a bit Legion fan) should get interesting with the number of characters making appearances before all is said and done. Worth a look.

[DC, $4.99]

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  • Title: Arrow – The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak
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Arrow - The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

The past comes back to haunt Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) in an episode that reveals a bit about Miss Smoak’s past and introduces the group to Felicity’s estranged mother (Charlotte Ross). Putting the show’s own spin on Brother Eye, Arrow chooses to use the concept as the brand of an unknown hacker (Nolan Gerard Funk) who has appropriated Felicity’s super-virus (which she created during her hacktavist college days) to take control of the city… and rob armored cars (you know, like super-villains do).

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Arrow – The Magician

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – The Magician
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Arrow - The Magician

Alliances shift quickly in “The Magician” as Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) arrives in Starling City in search of Sara and her killer as well as bring news of Malcolm Merlyn‘s (John Barrowman) survival of the Undertaking. From the looks of things in this episode Oliver (Stephen Amell), Thea (Willa Holland), and Malcolm are going to be tiptoeing their way around the truth quite a bit this season before all secrets are eventually laid out on the table.

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Arrow – The Complete Second Season

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Season Two
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Arrow - The Complete Second SeasonPast mistakes loom large in Season Two of Arrow as old friends and enemies make their way to Starling City and Oliver Queen‘s (Stephen Amell) journey from killer to vigilante to hero continues. Split between flashbacks from the island and his time in Starling City following the Undertaking, the show’s Second Season forces the Queen family to deal with ghosts from their past and the arrival of another madman who has plans to burn the city to the ground.

Much of the season revolves around Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) who returns home, much like Oliver, changed by her experiences following the shipwreck. Flashbacks deal with Slade’s exposure to the super-serum that makes him a mentally-unstable but nearly unbeatable warrior and the end of his friendship with Oliver. Slade’s arrival in Starling is slow to unfold, choosing to work through subordinates such as Brother Blood (Kevin Alejandro) to build an army of warriors and destroy the city Oliver swore to protect.

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Arrow – Corto Maltese

by Alan Rapp on October 24, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Corto Maltese
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Arrow - Corto Maltese

In an episode used to continue to develop Arrow‘s supporting characters and move them a bit further on their journey to likely one-day becoming full members of Team Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Roy (Colton Haynes) head down to Corto Maltese to convince Thea (Willa Holland) to return with them to Starling City unaware that she’s been living and training with her not-so-dead father Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) for the past several months. Doing a favor for Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson), Diggle (David Ramsey) accompanies the group to find a member of A.R.G.U.S. that turns out to be more complicated than he was led to believe and plants a seed of doubt about A.R.G.U.S. which may come to bloom later this season (especially if he learns of Ollie’s own experiences with the group).

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Arrow – Sara

by Alan Rapp on October 17, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Sara
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Arrow - Sara

The death of Sara rocks the team as Oliver (Stephen Amell) hunts down assassin Simon Lacroix (Matt Ward) who has been hunting down and killing those involved in a lucrative oil deal with a bow and arrow and whose brand of weapon makes him the obvious suspect in Sara’s murder. The loss of Sara also heightens Oliver’s fears about not hearing from Thea (Willa Holland) who has been secretly training with her not-so-dead birth-father Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) over the past few months.

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Arrow – Calm

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Calm
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Arrow - Calm

Season Three starts with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) finally at peace. Despite the death of his mother and the disappearance of his sister, Oliver’s life is back on track with Roy (Colton Haynes) taking on his new role of Arsenal helping gel the team into a cohesive unit. Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) not only has his old job back but a fancy new promotion which allows him to force the Starling City police force to officially recognize their hooded hero. Properly title “Calm,” the good times don’t last as the storm clouds on the horizon start rolling in leaving one member of Oliver’s extended family dead, another in the hospital, and any hope of Oliver getting control of his company or beginning a relationship with Felicity in ashes.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on September 9, 2014

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Arrow – Season Three
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The trailer for Arrow‘s Third Season offers fans their first look at Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer, glimpses of Ollie (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) in a relationship and Thea‘s (Willa Holland) training, and the return of several supporting players including Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne), Sara (Caity Lotz), Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), and Diggle (David Ramsey). Season Three begins on October 8th.

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Justice League United #4

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2014

in Comics

Justice League United #4The comic’s five-issue opening arc comes to a close with the team’s return from Rann, but two members don’t make the trip. I was surprised to see Hawkman‘s death not quickly reversed, and given his new connection to Alanna and the Zeta Beam the safest place for Adam Strange is Rann meaning the comic has lost two of its core members before ever getting started.

The Animal Man/Green Arrow relationship remains the best part of the book, but I am disappointed with writer Jeff Lemire’s choice in Supergirl‘s adversarial relationship with the team, particularly Stargirl. As the comic has already lost two of its major selling points (in favor of far-less interesting stand-ins like Miiyahbin), the only way for it to succeed is to build relationships among the group which aside from Ollie and are sorely lacking.

Although Justice League United #4 wraps up the arc it doesn’t do much to sell me to continue reading the title past this so-so issue which leaves the team and comic with holes to fill. For fans.

[DC, $3.99]

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